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Avian flu outbreak has not dented consumer confidence in eggs, reveals American Egg Board survey

Devastating though the latest outbreak of Avian flu has been to the US egg industry, it does not appear to have dented consumer confidence in eggs, says the American Egg...

Vision Critical’s Insight Communities help large CPGs protect market share from startups

New software from Vision Critical aims to help large consumer packaged goods companies protect their market share from nimble startups by facilitating a two-way dialogue with consumers in real time...

Ingredients made via synthetic biology won’t qualify for Non-GMO Project verified stamp

Food ingredients produced using ‘synthetic biology’ techniques – such as Evolva's vanillin, which is made from genetically engineered baker’s yeast - do not qualify for the Non-GMO Project Verified stamp, says...

Sales of energy shots slump as consumers reach for drinks instead

Sales of energy shots are slumping as their medicinal taste and less favorable position as a supplement drive consumers to reach for energy drinks, which many shoppers consider safer, according...

Cheese could be the next health food, industry expert suggests

The tide may be changing for cheese, as science helps re-position the dairy food as a protein-dense, calcium-rich, healthy snack rather than as a high-fat and -sodium food to be...

Whole Foods defends its prices and explains source of new value chain's savings

Executives are aggressively defending Whole Foods Market’s high prices, even as they tout the potential cost-savings for the consumers at the retailer’s newly named value chain.

Online snack subscription service NatureBox to expand to physical retail

The successful online snack subscription delivery service NatureBox wants to build brand awareness and drive more consumers to shop online by moving into the physical retail realm. 

Lidl invests $202m in US base in Virginia, promises ‘unique experience for American consumers… unlike anything else in the market’

European discounter Lidl will use Virginia as a launchpad for a US retail invasion, investing $202m to set up a corporate and regional HQ and distribution center, with the first...

Consumers increasingly value animal welfare and seek out retailers, CPGs that do, too

Consumer concern about animal welfare is rising to a level that retailers – and by extension CPG manufacturers and suppliers – can no longer ignore, according to new research by...

Whole Foods unveils the name of its soon-to-launch value chain

Whole Foods Market’s much vaunted new value chain – 365 by Whole Foods Market – will not be a “discount model or a dumbed-down version of Whole Foods” as feared...

Monk Fruit Corp doubles capacity as more US firms add monk fruit to sugar reduction toolkit

BioVittoria and Guilin GFS Bio-Tech Co have doubled their monk fruit supply and significantly boosted production capacity following a multi-million-dollar investment leading to the formation of a new company -...

Diamond Food’s expands healthy, natural snack offerings under Kettle and nut brands

Efforts by Emerald Premium Snack- and Kettle brand chip-maker Diamond Food’s Inc. to meet consumer demand for healthy, natural and convenient snacks are paying off with sales climbing 2.5% to...

Cross-promoting center-store items with produce could boost sales, FMI study finds

Manufacturers could boost the struggling sales of shelf-stable products sold in the center of the store by co-branding and merchandising them with related, high-velocity produce, sales of which are outpacing...

Back to the Roots raises $2 million to develop new RTE products & growing kits

Back to the Roots want to go beyond providing consumers with packaged food that has a simple ingredient list – it wants to give them the exact recipe so they...

ConAgra: The meat snack category is pretty complicated

Flavor NPD and category management is vital in meat snacks amid increased competition and variety, says the brand director at ConAgra Foods.

Which new food and beverage products had the highest purchase intent scores in May?

Goldfish Puffs (twisted grilled cheese), Honey Bunches of Oats chocolate chip breakfast biscuits, and Doritos Roulette Chips all garnered high marks in the latest shelf score ranking from Instantly, which measures...

Chocolate makers accused of leveraging 'loophole' on child slavery

The National Confectioners Association has hit back at U.S. senators it says mischaracterized the chocolate industry’s efforts on preventing labor rights abuses on cocoa farms in West Africa. But some Fair...

Premium price of organic more than compensates for yield loss

New research showing organic agriculture is significantly more profitable than conventional should reassure farmers who are considering switching to organic but are nervous about financial loss during the three year...

FOOD VISION USA: Which food & beverage companies are really driving innovation?

According to Nielsen data, 85% of new consumer packaged goods fail within two years, and big firms are no better - and often far worse - at picking winners than...

Bakers hail new egg supplies from The Netherlands, but warn that avian flu crisis is ‘far from over’

The arrival of egg products from The Netherlands “may make up for about 10% of the supply that’s been lost due to the impact of the avian influenza” in the...

HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL DAIRY SPECIAL EDITION 2015

Consumers want milk ‘with benefits tailored to them’: Datamonitor

Dairies can recover market share lost to non-dairy alternatives, such as almond milk, by developing milk products tailored to the meet the nutritional needs of specific groups, says Datamonitor Consumer.

Hostess Brands Sale Rumors: Part II

Hostess Brands sale could see global bakery titan emerge

Hostess Brands could see global expansion of Twinkies, Donnettes et al. and an extremely strong bakery player emerge if a buyout transpires, analysts say.

Large firms weigh buying or building new brands to remain relevant

Manufacturers of iconic food and beverage brands favored for decades by baby boomers run the risk of becoming irrelevant unless they adapt to the evolving demands of millennials, who are...

Smucker’s will launch more “clean” & “healthy” products in fiscal 2016, executives say

Peanut butter and jelly maker J.M. Smucker Company plans to introduce more than 100 new products in the coming year – most of which will be “clean” and “healthy,” according...

5 emerging multicultural ingredients with cross-generational appeal

Multicultural wellness ingredients are emerging as a tie that binds the diverse desires of multiple generations together, according to the latest Packaged Facts’ Culinary Trend Tracking Series report .