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Oldways Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers conference

Sprouted flours are ‘the next big thing,” baker Peter Reinhart predicts

Sprouted grain flour is gaining traction with food manufacturers and consumers alike thanks to its sweeter taste, longer shelf life, increased nutrient bioavailability and overall better baking experience, claims Peter...

Natural Grocers notches $521 million in sales in fiscal 2014, sets sights on 100-store goal in 2015

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage reported strong revenue growth for the fourth quarter of its 2014 fiscal year. Net sales grew by 17.8% over the same period in 2014 and...

‘Robust’ evidence for GM crop benefits, says meta-analysis

Genetically modified crops offer ‘large and significant’ benefits in both developed and developing countries, according to a new meta-analysis.

Pope Francis: Food has been reduced to a commodity

Market pre-eminence has reduced food to a commodity subject to financial speculation, Pope Francis told attendees at a major nutrition conference in Rome this morning.

The gluten-free category still has room to grow in entrees & decadent desserts, Elevation Brands CEO says

Even though Ian’s Natural Foods specializes in gluten-free foods, the CEO of Elevation Brands is not worried about a negative impact on the firm if the gluten-free fad ever fades...

Special edition: functional foods

Functional Foods: The end of the processed foods era?

To understand Functional Foods you must see it as a strategy to add value to processed foods, says the president and founder of the HealthyMarketingTeam, Peter Wennstrom, in this guest article....

Special edition: Functional foods

Phood booed: Why big pharma fails at functional food

Faced with mounting difficulties in their drug businesses, many pharmaceutical manufacturers are looking at getting into functional foods and beverages, notes food marketing expert, Julian Mellentin in this guest article.

Reed's CEO: Mainstream supermarkets are embracing kombucha now

While mainstream food retailers discovered kombucha later than their counterparts in the ‘natural’ channel, they are playing catch-up now, says natural soda maker Reed’s, which entered the market in 2012...

Oldways Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers conference

Schools need manufacturers’ help to meet new whole grain requirements

The higher cost and lack of familiarity with whole grains are complicating some schools’ efforts to comply with requirements to serve 100% whole grains that went into effect last July,...

Sales growth in US yogurt category will likely ‘venture into negative territory in 2015’

Three years ago, Greek yogurt was on fire. Today, as the category has matured, its growth has slowed to a more modest pace, while one market watcher predicts dollar sales...

Idle investment capital driving consolidation in testing arena, exec says

The need to get higher returns on investment capital that has lain idle is driving the ongoing consolidation in the sphere of analytical testing according to Dave Kliber, CEO of...

Oldways Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers Conference

Pseudoscience, taste & cost hinder sales of whole grain products

Consumers’ perception of whole grains have come a long way, but with most Americans consuming only 15% of the recommended daily intake of them, whole grains still have several barriers...

The gluten-free diet “fad” may be unsustainable

The increasing number of U.S. adults reducing or eliminating gluten from their diet who are not diagnosed with celiac disease likely is an unsustainable fad, clinical researchers argued at the...

‘Exploring the frontiers of innovation’: Food Vision USA to inspire food business leaders on cutting-edge technologies, trends and opportunities

Chicago will host the first ever Food Vision USA event in October 2015, bringing together senior figures in business strategy, R&D and marketing from established players and rising stars in...

Special edition: Sodium reduction

Is sodium reduction falling down the food policy agenda?

Four years ago sodium was public enemy #1. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was calling for the FDA to modify the GRAS status of salt and slash the daily value...

Are salt reduction efforts reflected in heart health?

Salt reduction efforts around the world are making progress – but how has lower salt consumption affected health?

"When we put all this data together, there isn't a country that doesn't experience significant malnutrition"

Malnutrition costs 11% of world's GDP: Global Nutrition Report

Malnutrition is costing the global economy $3.5 trillion (€2.8trn) a year in both the developing and developed worlds, the biggest ever global survey of nutrition has concluded.

News in brief

Pinnacle Foods to buy Garden Protein (Gardein): 'Plant-based protein is at the tipping point of becoming mainstream'

Pinnacle Foods has struck a deal to acquire Canadian plant-based food specialist Garden Protein International (Gardein) for C$175m ($154m) from founder Yves Potvin and private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners....

Trade spending: The elephant in the boardroom?

Tune into an earnings call from a big consumer packaged goods (CPG) company, and you’ll likely hear a lot of frustration over the ineffectiveness of trade spending. But is weary...

Whole Grains Council's Oldways Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers Conference

Sampling and positive messages in ads boost sales of whole grain products

The “best” way to change consumers’ long-held perception that whole grain products taste “like cardboard” and to spur sales is to give consumers a risk-free chance to try the products...

News in brief

How have American eating habits changed since 2004?

The percentage of Americans that regularly eat yogurt, bottled water and pizza has grown significantly in the past decade, according to a new report.

Popular diet plans lack evidence for long-term benefits

Popular commercial diets can aid weight loss in the short term, but the long-term impacts on weight maintenance and heart health remain ‘unclear’, say researchers.

reThinkFood highlights: From IBM's Chef Watson to steak chips (minus the bull)

What’s for dinner tonight? And could Watson - the IBM computer that trounced its human rivals at Jeopardy - have the answer? FoodNavigator-USA headed to the reThinkFood conference - a...

‘For retailers that embrace health and wellness, we’re a natural fit’, says Guiding Stars

As more retailers shift towards health and wellness as a strategic opportunity, there will be more demand for independent nutrition guidance programs like Guiding Stars, said the program’s client services...

Academic: "Anybody who thinks the world’s malnutrition problems are going to be solved without industry is dreaming."

Time for a vitamin E intake rethink? Emerging data builds argument

Emerging research linking vitamin E deficiency with increased risk of Alzheimer’s, miscarriages and fatty liver disease can contribute to an ongoing debate around recommended intakes, a nutrition congress was told...

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