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Promote healthier products to meet dietary guidelines, says new analysis: It could decrease chronic disease risk and boost retailer profits

Small and inexpensive changes to the content of supermarket circulars have ‘great potential’ to boost healthy eating and get consumers closer to dietary guidelines, but only if the retailers are...

Dispatches: AACCI ANNUAL MEETING 2014

Panera Bread calls on bakers to stand strong against ‘bad bread’ messaging

Bakers cannot sit back and be bombarded by negative messaging around bread anymore because there’s actually a huge consumer group who wants it, says the VP of Panera Bread bakery...

Chobani and Green America to explore non-GMO feed options for dairy cows

Chobani is working with Green America (formerly Co-op America) to “discuss realistic and viable” ways to secure more milk from cows fed non-GMO animal feed.

Fundamental market shifts benefit smaller firms over larger, analyst says

The marketplace for consumer goods has fundamentally changed, and CPG companies looking for stable long term growth need to be able to solve this “frustrating puzzle,” according to a new...

'The feedback we received appears to be merely satisfactory or mixed'

Coca-Cola Life off to 'lackluster' start in the US, says analyst

Initial feedback suggests the US debut of Coca-Cola Life has been “lackluster”, with staff in some of the first stores to feature the product reporting “satisfactory” sales, but nothing to...

The cost of GMO labeling? Less than a penny a day, says Consumers Union analysis

The cost to consumers of requiring labeling of genetically modified food is $2.30 per person annually, or less than a penny a day, says new analysis commissioned by Consumers Union,...

Snacking is a huge untapped opportunity for probiotics, says Ganeden Biotech

Until relatively recently, probiotics - gut-friendly live bacteria - were largely limited to the supplement aisle or the dairy case. Today, thanks to the development of more resilient strains, they...

What will we be eating in 2050? From 3D printed snacks and lab meat to insect protein

What will we be eating in 2050? Insect bars, 3D printed food, lab meat and personalized nutrition bars? No one knows for sure. But with a growing population and a...

Equity crowd funding will transform food industry, expert says

New crowd funding platforms will transform the food industry, said an executive of a Canadian company set to go that route to raise additional capital.

Analyst: ‘I guess Pepsi Next is now Pepsi Past’… PepsiCo takes on Coca-Cola Life with stevia-sweetened Pepsi True

Just weeks after the US launch of Coca-Cola Life, PepsiCo has unveiled plans to launch its own mid-calorie soda sweetened with a combination of sugar and stevia under the Pepsi...

Natural & Clean Label forum highlights, part II:

If GMOs were involved in any way in the production of your product and you’re calling it ‘natural’, be prepared for a lawsuit

In part one of our coverage of FoodNavigator-USA’s natural & clean label panel debate we looked at whether the FDA - or industry stakeholders - should define ‘natural’. In part...

Natural & Clean Label forum highlights, part I

CSPI: ‘A ‘natural’ definition would not be perfect, but we shouldn’t let perfect be the enemy of the good’

The notion that defining ‘natural’ is just too hard - either for the FDA or for the food industry - and that we therefore shouldn’t even bother to attempt it,...

Convenience and health driving growth in $25 billion branded refrigerated meals and meat market: Packaged Facts

The US market for market for refrigerated meats and meals is predicted to hit a mouth-watering $31 billion in 2018, up from today’s $25 billion, says a new report from Packaged Facts.

Tetra Pak urges 'world view' to address dairy supply and demand imbalance

The "traditionally domestic focused" dairy industry must adopt a "world view" to ensure increasing global consumer demand does not outstrip milk supply, says Tetra Pak.

Energy drinks may hog the limelight, but watch out for RTD teas: Euromonitor

The growth of naturally healthy ready-to-drink (RTD) teas is predicted to be even stronger than that of energy drinks, according to figures released by Euromonitor this week.

KonaRed rapidly expands distribution in wake of licensing pact with VDF Futureceuticals

Six months after resolving an IP fight with a competitor turned collaborator, KonaRed Corporation has made rapid progress in moving its coffee fruit beverage into nationwide distribution.

Edible insects: Create consumer demand – even where there is none

Successful development of insect-containing foods will not be led by consumer demand – it will create it, according to an industry expert.

Hummus on fire: Sabra Dipping Co names new CEO, doubles hummus production capacity

Buoyed by the surging popularity of hummus in the US, Sabra Dipping Co has unveiled plans to expand its hummus manufacturing facility in Chesterfield County, Virginia, doubling its production capacity...

US COMMODITIES CORNER

International factors 'most important element' influencing US milk prices

DairyReporter.com's US dairy commodities expert, John Geuss, examines the increasing influence of international factors on domestic prices.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

CSPO may remain a niche unless it penetrates China and India, says expert

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil could remain a niche product unless it gains importance in India and China, according to former RSPO director Jan Kees Vis.

China to overtake US as largest dairy market by 2017: Euromonitor

China will overtake the United States to become the world’s largest dairy market by 2017, Euromonitor has predicted.

Millennials want bold flavors, convenient protein, natural, organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO, says Diamond Foods

Diamond Foods is "competing with products addressing the trends in convenient protein, natural, organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO", CEO Brian Driscoll told analysts Thursday. And while its nuts and chips tap into some of...

From ancient grains to 'industrial artisanal' production: Rabobank unlocks the growth opportunities in baked goods

Sales of packaged bakery products have been sluggish for years as shoppers have shifted their focus from the center of the store to the perimeter, but there are pockets of...

Food Justice Certified label aims to verify fair treatment of farm laborers, others in food chain

After a years long pilot process, the new label Food Justice Certified is ready for market. The new designation aims to do what the USDA Organic Certification does not, and...

Regulatory roadblocks to AquaBounty's GE salmon ‘seriously damage the global credibility of FDA and its objective, science-based approval process’, warn scientists

90 scientists have written to President Obama urging him to press the FDA into making a decision, one way or another, on whether AquaBounty Technologies should be allowed to introduce...

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