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Amazon sold almost $500k of Whole Foods private label items in week one post deal, says One Click Retail

Amazon moved quickly to add Whole Foods private label items to its Prime Now and Prime Pantry platforms post the acquisition, notching up sales of almost $500k in week one,...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How to refine a pitch to woo investors and score retail distribution

Whether it is trying to raise money, build brand awareness or convince a buyer to stock your product on store shelves, knowing how to successfully pitch your company, and yourself,...

Javamelts founder: ‘Our goal is to become like an AriZona or Red Bull—become a household name’

The concept of Javamelts is simple: Drop one cube of Javamelts, a blend of sugar infused with other ingredients, to flavor your hot beverage. Its founder wants it to become...

Hartman Group: Don’t downplay the online threat

Could traditional supermarkets disappear in 20 years?

As the immediate shock of the Amazon Whole Foods deal wears off, and spooked retailers are reassured that just 1% of US food and beverage retail sales are generated online,*...

Euromonitor: 20 most influential megatrends to shape the world by 2030

Euromonitor International has identified 20 of the most influential megatrends to shape the world by 2030 with analysis on eight megatrends with the furthest-reaching impact on industries and consumers in...

Oldways marks Whole Grains Month by gathering donations from members to combat food insecurity

To raise awareness of the risks of food insecurity and the ability of whole grains’ to help fill bellies and nutrient gaps, the Oldways Whole Grains Council is coordinating a...

Consumers rely more on social media commentary and reviews than ads. So what are brands to do?

Toppling Ellen DeGeneres’ star-studded, Oscar selfie from its ‘most retweeted tweet’ throne is a tweet by a teenager about Wendy's chicken nuggets.

Frozen desserts and snacks are the next frontier for plant-based protein, Euromonitor

Much of the focus for growth of plant-based proteins in the US to date has been on alternatives to meat and cow’s milk, but new research from Euromonitor International suggests...

Dispatches from Shanghai

Ruby chocolate a fourth category 'naturally colored' from cocoa, says Barry Callebaut CEO

Barry Callebaut claims it has created the fourth category of chocolate, adding to milk, dark and white.

Austin-based accelerator SKU opens up applications to CPG brands for sixth year of program

SKU, a business accelerator based in Austin, Texas, is calling for CPG brand applicants as it readies for its sixth year in business.

NMPF: There's no consumer benefit to going Non-GMO, and dairy brands know it

NMPF spars with Dannon, Dean Foods, over ‘rampant fear-based marketing’ on GMOs

"Rampant fear-based food marketing" – most notably from brands touting their non-GMO credentials - is damaging consumer trust and “jeopardizing the safe, sustainable farming practices that have enhanced farm productivity over...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The rise and potential of high pressure processing for fresh, clean products

In general, talking about how a food or beverage is processed is not a way to win the hearts, minds and money of today’s consumers, who increasingly want products that...

Sports drinks, fresh fruits top back-to-school grocery lists

Sports drinks seem to signal the start of the school year, according to numbers crunched by market data firm Nielsen.

USDA reviewing feasibility study for using QR codes to disclose GMOs ahead of new labeling law

Contrary to suggestions in a federal lawsuit filed against USDA earlier this month, the agency currently is reviewing a feasibility study exploring how electronic or digital disclosure, such as QR...

Garden Lites offers new products that are a “gateway” to loving vegetables for life, exec says

Recognizing most Americas have a love-hate relationship with vegetables, Garden Lites is introducing a series of new products that either celebrate or hide vegetables to help ensure all consumers can...

UrthMarket will tempt consumers to buy groceries online by offering curated products, cash back

Even though sales of groceries online are minuscule compared to brick and mortar stores, online snack subscription service UrthBox sees significant potential in ecommerce for food and beverage and hopes...

Food, beverage companies donate millions of dollars and products to Hurricane Harvey relief

As the extent of the damage from Hurricane Harvey in Texas continues to rise with the flood waters, food and beverage manufacturers are stepping forward to help feed displaced people...

Eagle Foods gobbles up another popped popcorn brand with Popcorn, Indiana acquisition

Newcomer Eagle Foods has snapped up ready-to-eat (RTE) popcorn brand Popcorn, Indiana, strengthening its position in the RTE popcorn and snacking segments.

Hippeas founder: 'This could be a $100m brand in the next three to five years'

It’s barely more than a year old, but Hippeas is already generating monthly revenues just shy of a million dollars, says founder Livio Bisterzo, who reckons the chickpea-fueled brand could...

Atlantic Natural Foods seeks to disrupt sleepy shelf-stable plant-based protein category

The shelf-stable plant-based protein market is ripe for disruption, says Atlantic Natural Foods (ANF), which is hoping to bring incremental growth to the segment with a category-first: fully prepared vegetarian...

Sen. Roberts outlines three must-haves for agriculture in 2018 Farm Bill

As negotiations for the 2018 Farm Bill continue, legislators across the aisle need to work together to ensure “small differences do not get in the way of the larger goal”...

Amazon acts fast to tackle barriers to online grocery sales with help from newly acquired Whole Foods

Amazon is wasting no time in leveraging Whole Foods Market’s reputation and physical locations to tackle two of the largest barriers for online grocery sales: consumer concerns about product freshness...

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Sugar scare fails to sweeten US sugar-free candy sales

Sugar-free chocolate and candy sales in the US have declined in the first half of 2017 despite consumers aiming to limit sugar in their diets.

Smucker’s looks to reenergize sales with coffee innovation, ecommerce development

Coffee’s energizing effects are not cutting it for Folgers’ manufacturer JM Smucker Co., which like several other large CPG companies missed its projected estimated earnings in the last quarter due...

FDA promises menu labeling guidance as NYC agrees to delay enforcement

Two weeks after FDA filed a court document siding with industry’s effort to block New York’s controversial menu labeling law, the agency’s new head said the administration will soon issue...

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