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US ‘specialty gourmet’ channel has 1,000 stores and revenues topping $18bn, says SPINS

The US ‘specialty gourmet’ retail channel – led by retailers such as The Fresh Market and Mariano’s - has 1,000 stores and revenues topping $18bn, according to market researcher SPINS.

Selling complex carbs in a post Grain Brain world: Do grains really make us fat and sick?

Grains, according to the author of best-selling book Grain Brain, are “silent killers”. Not only are they making us fat, says Dr David Perlmutter, “but even healthy ones like whole...

Healthier RTE cereals exist but consumers aren’t eating them: Study

Consumers are gravitating towards less healthy ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal products and it has nothing to do with price or availability, find researchers.

'Sprouted grains have long term potential to be very big...' Ardent Mills

Sprouted grains: The next big opportunity for the grain chain?

Sprouted whole grains could give the grain industry a real opportunity to claw back the initiative in the debate sparked by books like Grain Brain and Wheat Belly by tapping into demand for more...

Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan

The insect protein market has been relying on its youthful enthusiasm and faith in sustainability but it needs a solid business plan to move forward, says Invenire as it seeks...

JUNE 2015 NEWS QUIZ: Are you up to speed with the latest food & beverage industry news?

Do you know how long the FDA has given the industry to phase out partially hydrogenated oils? Or who has agreed to settle a lawsuit over natural claims for $3.99m?...

Traditional foods dominate Fourth of July menus

Americans may increasingly seek bold new flavors and adventurous or exotic food for everyday cooking, but this Fourth of July most will turn to time-honored, traditional dishes and big name...

Snacks with dried fruit & veggies multiply as category revenues reach $4 billion

Sales of snacks with dried fruit and vegetables climbed 1.7% annually over the last five years and is predicted to reach revenues of $4 billion in 2015, thanks largely to...

US fruit pouch category could be worth $1bn in next 3-4 years, predicts GoGo squeeZ: ‘The opportunity in the space is tremendous’

The US fruit pouch category could be worth $1bn in next 3-4 years, predicts the firm behind GoGo SqueeZ, a resealable squeezable fruit snack that was developed in France in...

Brazil, Kenya and Iran: Three markets to watch in cheese

Latin America, the Middle East and Africa are hot on the heels of the US and Europe in packaged cheese, and growth is set to stir up plenty of future...

Fructose could lead to lower brain reward than glucose

Fructose may lead to overeating by creating fewer reward signals in the brain, suggests a small pilot study published in PLOS ONE.

Kanbo International bets big on sucralose with new factory in China and intl HQ near Chicago

While Tate & Lyle has just announced plans to close its sucralose plant in Singapore, blaming industry overcapacity; rival Kanbo International is building a second factory in Dongying that will...

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Ahold to acquire Delhaize

Dutch retailer Ahold, which operates the Stop&Shop and Giant banners in the US, has unveiled plans to acquire Belgian rival Delhaize Group, which runs the Food Lion and Hannaford chains...

Love With Food acquires Taste Guru as consolidation in subscription food services continues

Snack box delivery service Love With Food’s acquisition of competitor Taste Guru, a leader in the gluten-free food delivery sub-category, signals the burgeoning online food subscription category already is consolidating...

Drinkable yogurt, dairy-based smoothies could help counter declining consumption of fluid milk

Individually packaged drinkable yogurt and dairy-based smoothies are increasingly popular as more convenient and modern alternatives to fluid milk, the consumption of which has declined in recent years, according to...

Whole milk, cheese and butter surge ahead; margarine, skim milk and frozen yogurt fall backwards

Who are the winners and losers in the US dairy products market?

New data on the US retail market for dairy products reveals strong dollar sales growth for butter, whole milk, cream, kefir, and natural cheese, but a lackluster performance from low...

FDA outlines when firms do not need to label major food allergens

Manufacturers do not need to label major food allergens if they can prove to FDA prior to distribution that the production process eliminates allergenic proteins from the product or that...

Most consumers spend majority of grocery budget on packaged foods, CivicScience finds

Consumers may talk big game about buying more fresh foods, but most still spend the majority of their grocery budget on packaged, prepared foods, new research from CivicScience reveals. 

Artizone gives small food providers a digital hand with marketing & distribution

Artizone, an online hybrid of a farmer’s market and an incubator, offers very early stage food and beverage startups a convenient way to market, sell and distribute within their communities,...

Pope Francis weighs into the GMO debate

Pope Francis has weighed into the debate over GM crops, arguing that while he doesn’t believe there is any “conclusive proof that GM cereals are harmful to human beings”, he...

Egg replacement ingredients help manufacturers reformulate in avian flu wake

The spread of avian flu among hens in the U.S. may be slowing, but the resulting egg shortage could take up to two years to rebound – prompting some worried...

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Post Holdings lowers avian flu egg impact forecast after tests confirm false positive for Nebraska flock

Post Holdings says the impact of the avian flu outbreak on its egg volume commitments is not quite as bad as it had warned last month, as tests suggesting a...

What are the hottest dairy trends – and companies - to watch in 2015?

What are the hottest new trends in dairy? Grass-fed everything? A whole milk renaissance? High-protein kefir? Quark? And what’s next after Greek yogurt?