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How big is the gluten-free market? What percentage of coffee is now sold in a K-Cup? How are food brands using social media to engage with consumers? Stay up speed with the latest consumer trends and market developments here.

New products gallery: Cinnamon Toast Crunch turns 30, ConAgra makes snacking ‘guilt-free’, Kevita’s kombucha for the mainstream

Here’s a look at the latest and greatest in new product launches—from General Mills making the old new to kombucha for all, bean-based chips, eggless eggs, and protein-packed chips and...

High-protein diet may lower blood pressure

Despite that people in the West typically get more than enough protein in their daily diets, new research may further validate our collective protein obsession. 

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'90s redux: Surge soda returns

Twelve years after it was discontinued, the Coca-Cola Co. is reviving Surge soda after fans of the citrus-flavored soda launched a Facebook campaign to bring it back.

Age is just a number: Huge potential for protein in aging market, says DuPont

The rising aging population in the US presents an underexploited opportunity for food and beverage marketers—particularly in the already massive protein market, as older consumers are just as desperate for...

Group forms to clarify roles of vitamins and minerals in diet

A new group called the Global  Nutrition & Health Alliance has formed with the mission to clarify the role of food fortification and nutritional supplementation. The issue of the role...

Entrepreneur interview: Sanjiv Kakkar, managing director of Himalaya International

Himalaya International: Indian food hasn’t taken off because there’s no standard of identity

The flavors of Asia have no doubt made their mark on American palates—as Chinese, Japanese and Thai influences have made their way from niche to mainstream retail and foodservice outlets....

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GMA et al seek injunction to stop Vermont implementing GMO labeling law until legal dispute is resolved

Food trade associations are seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the state of Vermont from implementing its GMO labeling law (Act 120) until a lawsuit they have filed that challenges...

Trendspotter: coconut inclusions

If it says ‘coconut’, it sells: Trailblazer Foods

As it ramps up flaked and shredded coconut production in anticipation of another holiday season, private label and branded grocery products manufacturer Trailblazer Foods says the growing popularity of coconut...

Weekly text reminder may help people ‘budget’ calorie intake

A weekly text message reminder of recommended daily caloric intake may help consumers make healthier food choices, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...

Calorie counting is a declining trend

Ditching the ‘diet’: Americans want to shed pounds, but they're tiring of traditional weight loss regimes, says Packaged Facts

While 28% (66 million) of American adults are trying to lose weight, and a further 14% (32 million) are trying to maintain their weight, they are losing interest in strict...

A look at first year of implementing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Healthy school standards take effect; waivers an ‘outrageous’ threat to progress, RD says

From crowded hallways to pop quizzes, cliques and assemblies, the 2014-2015 school year will likely look a lot like previous years—except when it comes to the food served to students. ...

Where’s aisle five? Never mind, I’ll find it: More men the primary grocery shopper

In yet another indication of the shifting US consumer landscape, men are the primary grocery shoppers in four out of 10 households across the country, according to a report by...

General Mills to acquire Annie’s in $820m deal to expand natural & organics portfolio

General Mills has made a bold move to expand its presence in the fast-growing natural and organics market with an $820m deal to acquire Annie's.

Insights from Barclays Back to School conference

Coca-Cola: We have to be willing to be a little riskier

Global instability in key regions and continued slumping US soda sales have put pressure on Coca-Cola’s long-term growth volume goals, but the beverage industry giant is prepared to take a...

Digital pioneers now, CPG market leaders tomorrow: GMA

CPG companies at the forefront of digital marketing and e-commerce today are setting themselves up to be overall market leaders in the next few years, according to a report prepared...

Almendra: Why stevia was 'scapegoat' in Vitaminwater reformulation saga, and Reb A is the best game in town

Only Coca-Cola knows what really went wrong, but it seems highly unlikely that stevia was to blame for the recent Vitaminwater reformulation debaclé, according to Almendra, an ambitious new entrant...

Don’t write off carbonated soft drinks just yet, says PepsiCo: Mountain Dew Kickstart worth 'almost $250m' in two years

While Diet Pepsi sales remain pretty dire, strong growth from Mountain Dew Kickstart, Wild Cherry Pepsi and retro-style ‘real-sugar’ Pepsi prove that Americans haven’t lost their enthusiasm for carbonated soft...

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Obesity rates exceed 30% in nearly half of US states: CDC

The number of adults with obesity in the US remained high last year, with estimates across states ranging from 21.3% in Colorado to 35.1% in both Mississippi and West Virginia,...

More than half of CPG firms say their trade spending programs are 'ineffective'

Are you getting enough bang for your trade spending bucks? No, say CPG firms

It will probably not surprise food & beverage CEOs to learn that most CPG firms responded with a resounding ‘NO’ when asked in a recent survey if they were getting...

Record beef prices see FTB volumes increase, albeit slowly: Cargill

Is finely textured beef staging a comeback?

Could record ground beef prices in the US mean a return to finely textured beef (FTB)? 

Special edition: Natural & clean label trends

There’s a general lack of consumer education on natural colors: FMC

More and more consumers are digging into ingredient labels and questioning what’s in their food, down to what’s used to color it. 

One for the girls? Hype Energy targets US market, with some help from Kim Kardashian and Candice Swanepoel…

As brand managers at Monster and Red Bull are well aware, their audience has always extended well-beyond extreme sports enthusiasts. But boy-racers still seem to dominate much of their marketing,...

Best practices in ingredient marketing

Anderson Partners: Ingredient suppliers have a brand story to tell, too

Ingredient suppliers are taking on expanded roles in the packaged food and beverage industry beyond just selling ingredients, from research and development to consulting. 

Food manufacturers divulge chemical use; shouldn’t be the last word, CSPI says

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has decided to share its database on how food manufacturers use chemicals that are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) with the US Food and Drug Administration,...

Accelerating move toward plant proteins shakes up sports nutrition market, expert says

A continued move toward plant proteins will be one of the major trends of the sports nutrition marketplace in the coming 12 months, according to market watcher Tom Vierhile, innovation...