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US beef imports cleared by China after 14 years

The US and China have reached a trade deal that includes beef and poultry.

NACS, Cumberland Farms commit to expanding access to healthy options

Corner stores, bodegas and gas stations have a bad reputation when it comes to the healthfulness of the foods and beverages they offer, but the National Association of Convenience Stores and Cumberland Farms hope to change that by teaming up with Partnership for a Healthier America to provide consumers with healthier choices and "clues" on how to find them.

Former First Lady Obama criticizes efforts to delay Nutrition Facts changes as insulting to consumers

Requests to delay the implementation of the updated Nutrition Facts panel, which includes a line to indicate added sugar and makes calories more visible, and a last-minute delay of menu labeling regulations are insulting to consumers, suggests Former First Lady Michelle Obama.

BOU brings better-for-you bouillon cube for today’s health-conscious shopper

Bouillon cubes, notorious for using monosodium glutamate (MSG) and containing high amounts of sodium, isn’t typically on the shopping lists of today’s health-conscious shopper. Entrepreneur Robert Jakobi wants to change that.

As more Americans search for 'premium' meats, US sales of Prosciutto di Parma grew 39% in last three years

In the competitive meat category, US shoppers are increasingly eyeing premium options—a momentum which Prosciutto di Parma is riding on.

Jaswant’s Kitchen makes cooking Indian food from scratch at home ‘easier on the brain’

A strategic packaging redesign of Canadian start-up Jaswant’s Kitchen’s Indian spice blends reveals that consumers are willing to spend more for products that provide simple step-by-step recipes directly on the package than for products that require visiting a website for meal inspiration and directions.

Pork and poultry outperform beef in grocery sales, says Packaged Facts

Retail sales of poultry are expected to increase over the next five years thanks to its cost advantages relative to many types of meat, according to the latest report on the meat and poultry category by Packaged Facts.

Cellular agriculture advances mean ‘clean meat’ could be commercially available in less than 10 years

The idea of eating a burger grown in a lab rather than from a cow raised on a farm and slaughtered for its meat may sound like something out of a science fiction story set far in the future, but in reality the commercialization of so-called “clean meat” could be as little as four or five years away. 

Trendspotting at SIAL Canada reveals quinoa, meat snacks and premium chocolate

Quinoa-based foods, bean-to-bar chocolate, innovative meat-snacks and plant-based convenience foods continue to emerge as on-trend products that consumers want as illustrated by exhibitors showcasing new packaged foods at SIAL Canada in Toronto May 2-4.

James Beard Foundation EVP: 'We try to include the largest food companies we can, we want to hear from them'

As a household name from the culinary world (thanks, Bravo and Netflix), The James Beard Foundation is using its recognition and influence to advocate for a better food system in the United States. 

NaturalShrimp partners with Fortune 200 company to shake-up shrimp farming

Publicly traded NaturalShrimp is preparing to expand its facilities to bring more stateside-farmed, high quality shrimp to consumers with the help of a Fortune 200 company, CFO William Delgado told FoodNavigator-USA.

Think clean label just means no artificial ingredients? Think again

CLEAN LABEL 2.0: Natural flavors and preservatives, pesticide residues, and Non-GMO in the spotlight

Think 'clean label' just means ditching ‘artificial’ ingredients and avoiding anything attracting negative press (warranted or otherwise)? Think again. Today, brands are also questioning whether ‘natural’ flavors, preservatives and sweeteners are really ‘clean,’ whether Non-GMO claims should only apply to what's in the final product, and whether pesticide residues – even at trace levels – belong in ‘natural’ or ‘clean label’ foods. So where will this all lead?

Crickets aren't the only game in town when it comes to edible insects, says Hargol FoodTech

While crickets currently lead the edible insect pack, the grasshopper – which has a whopping 72% protein by dry weight with all the essential amino acids – has just as much potential as a protein source, claims Israeli start-up Hargol FoodTech.

School nutrition standards under fire again, threshold for free, reduced meals increased

Congressional pressure on federal agencies to back down from nutrition policies created under the Obama Administration continues to mount with the standards for school meals now in the cross-hairs. 

Clean label reformulations can buffer frozen food sales’ slow but steady decline

A slow decline is forecasted for total frozen food sales, which includes frozen dinners/entrees, pizzas, side dishes, and appetizers/snacks, according to Packaged Facts’ latest numbers.

Community supported agriculture gains momentum to capture larger share of “fresh” market

As demand for local, fresh and healthy food increases community supported agricultural models are evolving to capture a larger share of consumer spend and could become a threat to more traditional retailers that rely on foot traffic generated by regular trips to their produce sections.

Sunrise Strategic Partners invests in Vital Farms: 'When consumers understand what cage-free really means, they'll switch to pasture-raised'

Emerging brands accelerator Sunrise Strategic Partners has made a minority investment in Vital Farms, which launched with 20 hens in Austin, Texas, in 2007 and is now the largest provider of pasture-raised eggs in the country. 

USDA reassures poultry farmers that their organic status is safe if birds moved indoors to avoid flu

USDA encourages organic poultry farmers in areas where outbreaks of avian flu have been reported recently to bring their birds inside, and reassures them that doing so will not risk their organic status, according to a memo released this week. 

Sea Cuisine seeks to bring new consumers to seafood by offering variety and convenience

With the launch of 10 boldly and authentically flavored, ready-to-cook frozen whole fish fillets, premium seafood company High Liner Foods hopes to tear down several of the barriers that currently hold back many Americans from eating as much seafood as recommended by FDA and nutritionists. 

Nielsen: Protein-craze boosts meat snack sales, dampens diminished meat prices for retailers

Meat snacks have graduated from its road trip ‘gas station snack’ image, sales data imply. The $2.8 billion category had a compound annual sales growth of more than 7% over the past four years.

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