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Strong double-digit growth at gardein, says Pinnacle Foods: ‘Plant-based proteins represent a very significant opportunity’

Net sales at plant-based protein brand gardein grew at a “strong double-digit rate” in 2016, according to Pinnacle Foods (which acquired gardein in late 2014), with new production capacity coming...

Terrafertil Nature’s Heart enters US natural channel through acquisition of Essential Living Foods

Ecuador-based snack company Terrafertil Nature’s Heart has acquired California-based organic and vegan ‘superfood’ firm Essential Living Foods, marking the global company’s first step into the US market.

US deal will flood UK market with food people don’t want, warns respected academic

A trade deal with the US will give “the majority of the UK public food they don’t want” as well as open “a very new can of worms” in terms of food fraud, according to...

Stonyfield Organic survey explores consumer attitudes toward probiotics for babies

While researching the ‘probiotic for babies’ market landscape, Stonyfield paired with ORC International to conduct a survey and found that 77% of parents with children under two do not incorporate...

Private label is a growth engine at Sprouts, says CEO

Private label sales now account for more than one in every ten dollars spent at Sprouts stores, said the Phoenix-based retailer, which posted a 0.7% rise in same store sales...

Three strategies to tap into the multi-billion-dollar multicultural cuisine market

The rapidly changing face of America and the growing influence of multicultural households on the mainstream population demand retailers revise their marketing and stocking strategies to better meet evolving consumer...

An apple, or five, a day could help keep COPD away in men who smoke, research suggests

New research suggests there could be something to the old adage an apple a day helps keep the doctor away – at least with regards to chronic lung disease in...

Plant-based protein a 'strategic growth platform' says Maple Leaf Foods as it strikes $140m deal to buy Lightlife Foods

Four months after Tyson Foods took a 5% stake in plant-based meat brand Beyond Meat, Canadian packaged meats giant Maple Leaf Foods has struck a $140m deal to acquire plant-based...

Other generations catching up to Millennials in online grocery shopping, says Clavis Insight report

How can the grocery sector win over more online shoppers? Clavis Insight divided US shoppers into three different general personas, providing a handy view of the online retail landscape.

KIND CEO launches Feed the Truth to shine light on food policy research funding & influence

Despite increased transparency into how food is sourced, who makes it and how, much of the research on which nutrition policy is based and how it is funded remains notably...

Seafood manufacturers tackle causes of low consumption with new flavors & convenient packaging

Building on the momentum of FDA’s recent guidance that women and children should eat more fish, several seafood manufacturers are launching new products that could help the industry come closer...

FoodNavigator-USA reader survey: Have your say on the state of the industry

Can organic supply match demand? Is Paleo a fad or a trend? Are you getting enough bang for your promotional bucks? How big will online food shopping become? To gauge...

Is food deflation easing? Food-at-home index flat in January

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food-at-home — a proxy for grocery-level inflation — was flat in January, after months of declines, with higher prices in eggs, dairy, meat, fish...

GAO argues again that the US should unite the 19 agencies that oversee food safety under one system

Citing an uptick in multi-state foodborne illness outbreaks and their high cost to consumers and manufacturers alike, the Government Accountability Office reiterates its 40-year argument for a single, unified food...

State bills call for warnings about risks associated with synthetic dyes & sugar-sweetened beverages

Two California state senate bills would mandate controversial warnings on some foods and beverages, and if enacted could start a domino effect among other like-minded states, potentially creating a patchwork...

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: Fat is back, protein is (still) hot and sugar is out…

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves, where we see plant-based protein creeping into everything from hot cereal to shakes, bars, chips and bites; coupled with...

Kraft Heinz drops Unilever bid but are other UK firms 'sitting ducks' for post-Brexit takeovers?

Unilever shares have plummeted as Kraft Heinz drops its multi-billion dollar merger bid -  but with the sterling weakened by Brexit, smaller firms are "sitting ducks" for foreign takeovers, UK politicians...

Ag Committee weighs whether SNAP should pay for sugary drinks

Prohibiting the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages and other “unhealthy” foods and beverages with SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, likely would not discourage their consumption, but would be costly...

Arctic Apple could be Litmus test for future of GM foods, Rabobank analysts suggest

When the Arctic Apple hits select store shelves this month as one of the first products genetically modified for consumers’ benefit, it will serve as a line in the sand...

Meal kit co Sun Basket raises $15m in Series C financing round

Sun Basket raises $15m: 'Our goal is become America's favorite way to make healthy organic meals'

San Francisco-based Sun Basket, one of the fastest-growing players in the burgeoning meal kit delivery market, has raised $15m in a Series C funding round that will enable it to...

Snacking Innovation Summit trend-watching: Mini-meals, tapas-style eating, and hero SKUs

The trend towards continuous grazing throughout the day will create new ‘multi-temperature’ snacking opportunities for manufacturers as a ‘tapas-style’ approach to eating gains momentum, predicted panelists at the FoodNavigator-USA/BakeryandSnacks snacking...

Full-year results

Nestlé coy on future of ‘disappointing’ US confectionery unit

Butterfinger maker Nestlé refuses to speculate if it will offload its challenged US confectionery business, but says it is “no stranger” to portfolio trimming.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Paid influencers make big impact with small budget in hot sauce category

From restaurants’ fixation with ghost peppers to the presence of sriracha on dining tables across the country and chili pepper in everything from snack chips to hot chocolate, it is...

Ripple ‘Not Milk?’ campaign brands almond milk a ‘sham’ and tackles dairy over sat fat, sugar and sustainability

Pea protein-fueled brand Ripple has weighed into plant-based ‘milk’ debate with a provocative new media campaign that challenges the nutritional and environmental credentials of dairy milk, but also brands almond...

Legislation could entice more young farmers by offering student loan forgiveness

With the average age of farmers in America climbing ever closer to the average age of retirement, legislators hope to encourage more young people to enter the profession by offering...

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