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USDA inches toward allowing online grocery purchases with food stamps

Under pressure from industry, consumers and legislators, the US Department of Agriculture is exploring how Americans can use food stamps to buy groceries online.

Schuman Cheese introduces trust mark to counter widespread adulteration of Italian cheeses

US-based Schuman Cheese is taking a stand against what the CEO described as widespread adulteration and fraud that currently are “diluting and polluting” some sectors of the Italian cheese market by rolling out the industry’s first trust mark.

Cottage cheese innovator good culture lands $3 million investment

An infusion of $3 million from new and existing investors will help dairy innovator and industry newcomer good culture advance its mission “to bring cottage cheese back.”

Trimona Bulgarian yogurt unveils new line, rolls out at Sprouts, as shoppers buy into grass-fed, organic, whole milk credentials

If Bulgarian yogurt is still well below the radar of most Americans, growing numbers of shoppers are looking for organic, grass-fed and whole milk products in the dairy aisle, and Trimona ticks all three boxes, says founder Atanas Valev, who has just secured shelf space at Sprouts nationwide and unveiled new packaging and flavors. 

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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The evolution of local food to do-it-yourself options

Consumer demand for local food and beverages is no longer a niche market – rather it is fully mainstream. But an outgrowth of this trend that is just starting to peek over the horizon is a “do-it-yourself” food and beverage movement, according to market analysts.

Dreaming Cow: ‘We were using grass-fed whole milk way before it was cool!’

‘Grass-fed’ is a hot trend in the dairy aisle these days, but back when Dreaming Cow started in 2009, it wasn’t something co-founder and CEO Kyle Wehner even thought about calling out on pack, he recalls. “We used to talk about New Zealand style yogurt, because hardly anyone knew what grass-fed even meant.”

5 trends changing how consumers grocery shop & tips for retailers to adapt

After changing little in the past 80 years, supermarkets need to lean into megatrends that are reshaping how consumers buy groceries or else risk losing shoppers to other emerging channels, including ecommerce, suggests Acosta, a full service sales and marketing agency, in a recently published report – The Revolution of Grocery Shopping.  

Harris Poll reveals what groceries Americans buy online and why

When it comes to online shopping, consumers may say that they want products with a long shelf-life, but a recent Harris Poll found that they are just as likely to buy fresh fruits and vegetables as dry packaged goods online – revealing ecommerce may hold more promise for perishable products that originally believed. 

Don't have a cow? Perfect Day animal-free milk bids for slice of multibillion-dollar global dairy market

The word ‘disruptive’ is bandied around with wearying regularity in relation to food startups these days, but if anyone warrants this moniker, it's Perfect Day (formerly Muufri). Unlike the purveyors of nut- or legume-based ‘plant milks’, Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi are actually making the real thing… dairy milk without any cows, and it’s coming to a store near you by late 2017.

Will consumers embrace animal-free milk Perfect Day?

Perfect Day, a new ‘animal-free’ milk scheduled to launch at the end of next year, contains all the same components as cow’s milk, including dairy proteins, but doesn’t use any animals in its production process. But will consumers embrace it as cruelty-free and sustainable, or will they be wary of milk made in fermentation tanks? We asked three experts…

Dairy in sales decline as Danone tops global dairy rankings again

New research from Euromonitor shows continued economic and political instability in the world’s biggest economies is dramatically affecting the global performance of dairy, with what initially appears to be a 9% decline in retail value sales in 2015, and continued decline in 2016.

Shoppers aren’t confused by our labels, Chobani tells court: ‘Plaintiffs count on a consumer who is a veritable fool’

A false advertising lawsuit alleging that Chobani’s labels are confusing and deceptive, paints American consumers as credulous fools unable to apply common sense when they go shopping, argues the yogurt maker in court documents urging the judge to toss the case.

Danone, WhiteWave deal ‘raises serious questions about the future of the organic milk supply market’ Cornucopia Institute tells FTC

Danone’s proposed acquisition of WhiteWave Foods will “have a serious anti-competitive effect on the organic yogurt and organic fluid milk markets in the US,” the Cornucopia Institute has told the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice.

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Soup-To-Nuts podcast: What is old is new again

Trends may come and go, but they often don't stay gone forever -- rather most eventually cycle back in vogue, as is the case with the current focus on “ancient wisdom,” and time-tested, traditional cooking techniques and ingredients that are influencing today’s food and beverage industry.

IFT 2016 in review

Dairy Permeate cuts manufacturing costs and sodium while boosting nutrition, USDEC says

Most Americans consume more than 1.5 times the daily recommended cap for sodium – a staggering figure that prompted FDA to draft voluntary guidance earlier this summer for the food and beverage industry to drastically cut sodium levels in their products over two to 10 yrs. 

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Replacement ingredients fail to fulfill full functionality of eggs across platforms, AEB funded research shows

New research showing the superior function and flavor of eggs compared to replacement ingredients in baked goods is part of a larger effort by The American Egg Board to win back manufacturers that reformulated recipes with fewer eggs during the Avian Flu crisis last year.

IFT 2016 part two: Ingredients and trends to watch

In part two of our IFT 2016 highlights gallery, we explore trends from the showfloor and the education sessions, spanning sprouted grains, stevia blends and natural antioxidants, colors and flavors, to novel sources of protein.

Sens Booker and Lee propose checkoff reform bill as a 'direct response to egg board scandal'

Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have proposed legislation designed to bring more “transparency and accountability” to federal commodity check off programs as “a direct response to the egg board scandal and past checkoff program misconduct.”

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HorizonScan helps spot food safety risks before they affect consumers, Global ID exec says

Food safety incidents, including contamination of food-borne illnesses, mold and adulteration, increased double-digits in several major food categories in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the prior year, according to data pulled from the global web-based information system HorizonScan, which is now launching in North America. 

News in brief

Frozen custard and dairy-free biggest climbers in ice cream category, says Nielsen

US retail sales of non-dairy ice cream surged 43.7% to $75.2m in the year to May 28, as more consumers enjoyed almond and coconut-based products in addition to dairy, while frozen custard has also generated significant growth (+134%) over the same period, according to new data* from Nielsen.

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