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House passes bill that gives grocery stores wiggle room on menu labeling regulations

Legislation passed in the House Feb. 12 would give grocers wiggle room to comply with FDA’s menu-labeling requirements, which they and others complain is overly burdensome and unrealistic for how...

Whole Foods explores promotions as way to shake “whole paycheck” moniker

After Whole Foods Market failed to shake its unwanted moniker “whole paycheck” by lowering prices on produce and other items that drive in-store traffic, the retailer is now trying its...

Looking ahead: Coca-Cola’s refranchising plans, new product development & higher value drinks

The Coca-Cola Company released its full year 2015 results this week. Euromonitor International picks out key points from the results, and what they mean in the long term.  

Grow the core and add more: PepsiCo reports Frito-Lay profit up 6%

Frito-Lay has benefited from improved productivity and lower commodity costs in the past 12 months, PepsiCo has reported in its full-year results.

Tootsie Roll posts 2015 growth as Warren Buffet and potential suitors lurk

Tootsie Roll has grown net sales and earnings in the fourth quarter and full-year 2015, which one analysts says may intensify interest from Warren Buffet or Turkish firm Yildiz Holdings.

Study supports shelf stability of Sabinsa’s probiotic for functional foods

Sabinsa’s Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 is shelf stable during processing and storage of functional foods, says a new study from the company.

Obama’s budget proposal attempts to fill FSMA funding gap, but likely falls short, industry claims

President Obama’s fiscal budget proposal significantly bolsters funding for food safety, but industry stakeholders doubt it is enough to ensure the Administration’s desired legacy.

Summer feeding program for school children could become permanent if Obama gets his way

Recognizing the detrimental impact – and long-term costs to the US – of hunger on children’s health and education, President Obama proposes expanding and streamlining existing programs that help feed...

Soapbox

If Mexico’s soda tax really works, why are tax revenues still rising?

In January, the much respected British Medical Journal published a paper which aimed to test the success of the Mexican sugar excise tax, which had been levied on sugar-sweetened drinks.

More governments will act to restrict soda consumption, but additional progress needed, CSPI says

More than half a dozen countries hope to follow Mexico’s successful lead in reducing sugary soda consumption by severely restricting advertising and leveraging heavy excise taxes on the beverages by...

Simple Mills exhibits almond flour’s versatility with bake mix line

From pizza to pancakes to pumpkin muffins, Simple Mills uses only almond flour as its base ingredient, and as of now, it’s the only brand of its kind.

Organic growth set to double – but it won’t feed the planet alone: Study

Sales of organic food and drink are set to double by 2018 but this is not enough to feed the world – a truly sustainable farming system is needed for...

Long-term trends at foundation of accelerator AccelFoods’ latest investments

Based on the latest additions to AccelFoods ’portfolio, the packaged food and beverage accelerator is betting that cold brew coffee, ethnic flavors, gluten-free and the one-two punch of protein and...

GOED EXCHANGE 2016

Omega-3s suffering from believability gap, GOED's Ismail tell attendees

The omega-3 sector is in the midst of a believability crisis, GOED executive director told conference attendees last week in the Canary Islands.

Coca-Cola accelerates bottler refranchising plans as it announces full year results

The Coca-Cola Company has announced it is accelerating its refranchising plans, as part of its efforts to focus on ‘building strong, valuable brands and leading a system of strong bottling...

Asian noodles hold promise, but consumer education is needed, Packaged Facts says

Despite hitting spot-on several major trends driving food sales today, Asian noodles are struggling to gain traction in the US because many consumers are unaware of, daunted by or have...

Tyson Foods “Core 9” & improved consumer spending environment boost profits in Q1

Tyson Foods ongoing efforts to boost sales of its “Core 9” packaged foods brands are paying off – helping the firm achieve record earnings, operating income, margins and cash flow...

Mars to ditch all artificial colours from its entire global food portfolio

Food giant Mars has pledged to phase out all artificial colours from its global food and drink portfolio in the next five years.

Ben & Jerry’s vegan frozen desserts could pave the way for more mainstream plant-based alternatives

Ben & Jerry’s new line of vegan frozen desserts could accelerate the already fast consumer adoption of plant-based alternatives to conventional products and inspire more mainstream product manufacturers to follow...

Fresh prepared food elevates groceries, drives foot-traffic

Fast-growing and increasingly sophisticated fresh prepared food services at supermarkets are a double-edged sword for consumer packaged goods with one side defending against competition from restaurants and the other cutting...

GUEST ARTICLE: Click for Cupid…Maximizing Valentine’s Day sales online

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), a quarter of Valentine’s shoppers went online to shop and/or buy gifts in 2015, up from 16.3% the prior year. 

Jerky category still has room to grow by type, location and target demographic, exec says

New entrants are quickly saturating the fast-growing jerky category, but there is still white space for pork, chicken and premium products aimed at consumers in the “middle of the road,”...

2016 Beverage Innovation summit: Have you registered yet?

Diet soda sales plummet further, but what's taking their place?

Bottled water, sparkling flavored water, energy and sports drinks, and ready-to-drink coffee have all made strong gains in the New Year as shoppers have continued to spurn carbonated soft drinks...

Kuli Kuli expands portfolio, mission with energy shot launch

Moringa superfood product manufacturer Kuli Kuli expands it portfolio and the reach of its social mission with the launch of three energy shots, thanks to an infusion of $1 million...

RSPO to crack down on ‘palm oil free’ labels

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will crack down on member companies claiming to have removed palm oil for environmental reasons.

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