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Dannon grows as it fulfills promise to improve its products’ nutrition, fund healthy eating research

As The Dannon Company nears the finish line for fulfilling its promise to improve the nutrition of its products that it made three years ago to the Partnership for a Healthier America, the company also is demonstrating that what is good for Americans’ health is also good for business. 

Kite Hill closes $18m funding round led by Gen Mills 301 Inc & CAVU: 'We are growing very aggressively'

Kite Hill - a San Francisco-based brand on a mission to disrupt the dairy case with its cultured nut milk products – has closed an $18m fundraising round led by 301 INC (General Mills’ business development and venturing unit) and CAVU Venture Partners.

US organic food & beverage sales rose 10.6% to $39.8bn in 2015, says OTA

US sales of organic food and drink surged 10.6% to $39.8bn in 2015, significantly ahead of the 3% growth in the overall food market, with some segments up more than 30% year-on-year, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

US specialty and natural cheese market booming, hitting $17.4bn in 2015

A report by Packaged Facts estimates the total US retail sales of the natural and specialty cheese market at $17.4bn, growing at CAGR of 4.1% since 2011, largely driven by lower prices and the consumer snacking trend. 

NAS GM crops report will 'provide fodder for friends and foes of GE,' says plant scientist

There is no evidence that foods from genetically engineered (GE) crops are less safe to eat than their 'conventional' counterparts, according to a new report from The National Academies of Sciences, which will "provide fodder for friends and foes of GE," according to one plant scientist.

FDA developing next-gen toolbox for probiotic products

The US Food and Drug Administration is developing a next-generation toolbox for analyzing live microbial products, including DNA microarrays, metagenomic sequencing and analysis, and a whole genome database development.

Do fermented foods contain probiotics? Not necessarily, says Ganeden

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi and yogurts containing ‘live and active cultures’ are healthy and tasty, but they are not necessarily packed with probiotics, says Ganeden Inc, the Ohio-based firm behind one of the best-known probiotic strains, BC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086).

Naturally More brings probiotics to peanut, almond, hazelnut butters

There is yet another probiotic product in town, this time in nut butter form, launched last week at national stores including Walmart, Kroger, and ShopRite, by California-based Naturally More.

GRAS process for evaluating ingredient safety threatens FDA’s mission, Sen. Markey argues

The “loose structure” and voluntary process for companies to self-determine if new ingredients are “generally recognized as safe” without required input from FDA undermines the agency’s ability to ensure the US food supply is safe and should be strengthened, Sen. Edward Markey argues.

11th hour reprieve from the courts or from Congress increasingly unlikely

Bounty hunters could come after you from day one if you are not compliant with Vermont GMO labeling law, warns attorney

Private litigants, or so-called ‘bounty hunters’, may start targeting food manufacturers over alleged violations of Vermont’s new GMO labeling law from day one (July 1), lawyers at Hogan Lovells have warned.

Chr. Hansen’s new culture helps manufacturers offer premium cheese on a budget

Today’s shoppers are demanding higher quality cheeses with new flavors and convenient formats, but often are unwilling to pay the higher prices necessary to cover the added cost of innovation – placing manufacturers between a rock and a hard place. 

Bone broth pioneers level-up with new branding, packaging that will elevate category overall

As the nascent bone-broth category comes into its own, early pioneers in the space are rebranding with professionally polished packaging that communicates their products’ benefits and points of differentiation to better take advantage of the segment’s rapid growth.

More than half of older millennials drink kombucha, Mintel finds

The fermented beverage will gain even more momentum this year as taste influencers and conventional grocery stores are putting the spotlight on kombucha.

News in brief

CAVU Venture Partners invests $7m+ into Health-Ade Kombucha

West L.A.-based Health-Ade Kombucha has received more than $7M in venture funding from CAVU Venture Partners.

Amazon for ingredients: New e-commerce platform rolls out with transparency and factory-direct pricing

Ingredientsonline.com is promising to change the industry by allowing manufacturers in the US to purchase raw materials directly from overseas factories, providing considerable cost and time savings.

CFSAF: 'Gen Mills was forced to make decision because of Senate’s failure to act'

General Mills and Mars to roll out GMO labeling nationwide as Vermont deadline looms: 'We can’t label our products for only one state'

It was prompted by pragmatism, rather than an ideological shift, but General Mills and Mars have resolved to roll out GMO labeling nationwide as Congress has proved unable to hammer out a federal solution that all stakeholders can get behind before new labeling laws take effect in the state of Vermont in July.

Food, bev & ag startups talk sustainability at FoodBytes! Brooklyn

Rising food, beverage and agriculture start-ups joined leading retailers, investors and celebrity chefs at Rabobank North America Wholesale's FoodBytes! Brooklyn pitch-slam March 3 to discuss advancing food culture, sustainability and farming. 

Parents’ anxiety, depression correlates with fussy eating in kids, study finds

Putting on a happy face could help children have happy plates, suggests new research that links parents’ anxiety and depression with an increased risk of children becoming “fussy eaters.”

Wish-Bone tries to entice shoppers back to the center store with two new dressing lines

With the launch of two new Wish-Bone lines, Pinnacle Foods hopes to reinvigorate the salad dressing aisle in the struggling center-store by enticing back consumers who left to make their own dressing or to buy refrigerated options they perceive as fresher.

Ganeden sets up Probiotic Jumpstart Program to stimulate food and beverage innovation

Probiotic manufacturer Ganeden launched a program for companies to innovate with probiotics within the food and beverage industry.

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