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New products gallery: WhiteWave unveils Aussie style yogurts, Kellogg explores its Origins, Post enters breakfast biscuit category

From Post Foods' new breakfast biscuits to Häagen-Dazs's new Artisan Collection, this month’s gallery is packed with innovative new food and beverage products, many of which are making their debut...

Partnership for a Healthier America Summit

Making healthy food affordable, accessible to low-income shoppers can be a win-win, execs say

The food industry may be a low margin business, but that does not mean manufacturers of high quality, nutritious food must sell their products at a premium in the natural...

News in brief

Member states back national bans for GM crops

EU member states have voted to allow national governments to ban or restrict cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops even when approved at EU level, meaning the new rules will...

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Target to double Made to Matter natural & organic collection as part of food 'reinvention' plan

Target will double the size of its 'Made to Matter' range of natural, organic, and sustainable products this year as part of a plan to "reinvent" its grocery offering and...

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GUEST ARTICLE: Investing in our future: Why the time is right for an organic check-off

As organic pioneers recognized more than twenty years ago, there is something keenly satisfying about controlling your destiny.

Currency headwinds, weakness in North America depresses Herbalife's results

Herbalife seems to have put the specter of activist investor Bill Ackman behind it.  But emerging out of a mixed earnings report is another cloud for the company: slowing sales...

Fruits & veggies take on packaged food with FNV ad campaign endorsed by the First Lady and celebrities

The threat posed by fresh foods and produce to sales of packaged foods is about to increase exponentially with the launch of a star-studded, national marketing campaign to encourage teenagers...

Growth in organic, raw, non-GMO and allergy-free products is outpacing rest of business

Sprouts Farmers Market CEO on online delivery: We haven’t found a model that works for us … yet

Sprouts Farmers Market is exploring online delivery options, but hasn’t found a model that works, yet, chief financial officer Amin Maredia said this week.

‘The milk that might change everything’? a2 milk to hit stores in California in April

a2 Milk – milk from cows that only produce A2 beta casein protein -  is set for an April launch in California, where brand owner The a2 Milk Company hopes...

Introducing peanuts early could reduce allergies & increase marketing opportunities

New research suggesting early introduction of peanuts could significantly reduce children’s risk of developing a potentially fatal allergy to the groundnut could create a marketing opportunity for food manufacturers to...

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Goya Foods slams 'outdated, inaccurate' 4-MEI figures in soft drinks study

Goya Foods has hit back at a study on the safety of 4-MEI in soft drinks by John Hopkins researchers, insisting that the team's data on the caramel color byproduct...

Coconut sugar: The latest sugar alternative

Coconut sugar is increasing in popularity because it is seen as being a healthier, more ethical alternative to sugar - but nutritionists remain sceptical of the health claims.

'Semi-skimmed soft drinks!' Mid-calorie soda could become the mainstream choice, Zenith International

Mid-calorie soft drinks have the potential to gain ground on traditional full calorie drinks – and could eventually become the new mainstream choice, according to Zenith International. 

Green business procedures can save money in the long run, advocates say

Proactively assessing and minimizing the environmental impact of producing foods and beverages can help manufacturers minimize the impact of climate change on Earth and on their bottom line by improving...

Lightlife Foods CEO on growing the meat-free market: 'Make it healthy, make it tasty and make it easy'

Meat-free brand Lightlife Foods is getting an image overhaul this spring with new packaging, a new logo, new products and a commitment to engaging with a growing number of consumers...

Sugar can be “powerful tool” to improve children’s diet, AAP

Added sugar in foods and drinks offers no nutritional benefits and contributes to the obesity epidemic by increasing consumption of empty calories, but it also can help children eat a...

The stunning rise of frozen fruit: ‘Usage occasions have completely changed,’ says Dole

While sales in much of the US frozen food category are pretty lackluster, sales of frozen fruit have surged in the past three years, with the category now worth more...

PepsiCo on CSDs: How it thinks it can kick the industry’s Achilles’ heel

PepsiCo’s 2015 launches will see an increased focus on products with health benefits, while it will push smaller packages to make the most of growth in its on-the-go business. 

Amara Drink aims to modernize the sports drink category with low-sugar option

The founder of Amara Beverage Company is on a bold mission to fight the obesity epidemic by “modernizing” the sports drink category, which he says is filled with beverages laden...

DGAC’s criticism of high intensity sweeteners is “contradictory", says ABA

DGAC "ignores science", says American Beverage Association; but CSPI welcomes its 'blunt advice' to consume fewer sugary drinks

If the meat lobby isn’t happy with the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC’s) recommendations on what constitutes a healthy diet, neither it seems, is the American Beverage Association (ABA), which...

Keurig Green Mountain expands hot options even as it prepares for cold launch

Thanks in part to the ongoing success of Keurig Green Mountain’s personal beverage brewing system, sales of single cup coffee are helping to buoy the overall coffee category as sales...

NAMI: Ten pounds of beef provides more complete nutrition than 10 pounds of rice

North American Meat Institute slams 'flawed' and 'nonsensical' advice on meat consumption in DGAC Dietary Guidelines report

Recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) report on meat consumption are “flawed” and “nonsensical” and fail to recognize the role that nutrient dense lean meats can play in a...

DGAC: Public and private sectors must work together to achieve a population-wide culture of health

Dietary Guidelines for Americans should factor in sustainability, says DGAC report

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) – an panel of experts tasked with developing recommendations about what Americans should eat – has submitted its report to the U.S. Departments of...

Campbell reorganizes its portfolio, cuts costs to drive growth

Facing tepid earnings growth and changing consumer shopping dynamics, the Campbell Soup Co. will drastically reorganize its portfolio and cut at least $200 million in costs in the next three...

US retail sales of RTE cereal dropped 4% in 2014, says IRI, but Kellogg, Gen Mills insist decline isn't terminal

US retail sales of ready to eat breakfast cereal continued to fall in 2014, with multi-outlet* data from Chicago-based market research firm IRI revealing a 4% drop in dollar sales...