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Global ID: 'I wouldn't say the writing is on the wall for GM crops, but big brands are listening to the signals in the marketplace'

If big food brands start to lose the GMO argument at the checkout and in the court of public opinion, they will feel compelled to respond, whether they are in...

Non-GMO factor gives Omega-9 canola a boost in battle of next generation healthy oils

Production of omega-9 canola oils from Dow AgroSciences' patented Nexera seeds has surged 250% since 2011 as food manufacturers  continue to seek healthier alternatives to oils high in trans- and...

Snacking on ideas with Sally Lyons Wyatt: Part I

IRI executive: Snacks faced a competitive shark tank last year

Snack makers survived a difficult 2013 with increased competition forming a much larger battleground that included quick-serve, online and even airlines, says a leading sector analyst.

Bakers blast 'flawed' FDA trans-fat crackdown: 'It's unlawful, unnecessary and will have unintended consequences'

Revoking the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to crack down on artificial trans fats is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, says the...

Herbalife confirms FTC investigation

Network marketing giant Herbalife has confirmed that is the subject of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.  Trading in shares of the company were briefly halted on the New...

Insights from Expo West 2014

From ancient wisdom to the new transparency: Trend spotting at Expo West

The natural products market continues to grow and achieve scale, reaching $150 billion last year and projected to hit $226 billion by 2018—with 68% of that coming from food and...

Predictive data analysis can help companies become 'market makers,' consultant says

Markets, whether for dietary supplements, functional foods or other consumer products, are divided between  “market makers” and “market followers.”  You don’t want to be in the latter group if you...

Expo West Day Three: If your brand was a person, who would it be… Steve Jobs or Matt Damon?

On day three of Natural Products Expo West, the FoodNavigator-USA team  checked out education sessions on connecting with shoppers, natural claims, non-GMO Project certification, and consumer trends.  

Butter consumption is at a 40-year high, but margarine is the healthier option, says NAMM

Butter might be winning the PR war in the spreads category owing to its all-natural credentials and short ingredients list; but from a nutritional standpoint, the healthier choice is margarine,...

Expo West Day Two: Popcorn on fire, non-GMO explosion, frozen food 2.0, and the rise & rise of protein

On day two of Natural Products Expo West, the FoodNavigator-USA team trawled the show floor and found a proliferation of protein, popcorn, quinoa, chia, gluten-free and non-GMO claims. But there...

Expo West Day One: The rise and rise of Sprouts, GMO battle lines, top trends and ‘ancient wisdom’

It’s 70 degrees, and there are a lot of free snacks, so the FoodNavigator-USA team did the decent thing and headed to Anaheim to bring you the highlights from the...

Insights from Baking Tech 2014

Baking industry needs to better communicate GM enzyme benefits: DuPont

Moving enzyme production largely into factories using genetically modification has resulted in better functioning enzymes, yet the bakery industry has been a poor communicator on both the ubiquity and benefits...

Dispatches from NCA State of the Industry Conference in Miami

For whom the till tolls: Could impulse candy buys flatline as checkouts phase out?

Impulse-reliant confectioners should be wary of emerging technology that could spell the end for in-store checkouts as we know them, says a retail expert.

Study reveals growing global reliance on handful of crops

Global per capita food supply has increased over the past 50 years – but it has become more similar among countries, increasing reliance worldwide on a narrow range of commodities.

Groundbreaking stevia launch opens up completely new territory for formulators with sugar reductions of “50, 60, 75 and in some cases 100%”, says Cargill

The word ‘game-changer’ is used so liberally these days that Cargill has not given in to the temptation to employ it here. But ViaTech - its new range of stevia-based...

WHO recommends halving sugar intake advice

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised halving sugar intake advice from 10% of total calories to 5% of total calories in a new dietary guideline proposal.

News in brief

GMO Inside calls on Starbucks to source organic milk from cows not fed GM feed

Activist group GMO Inside has turned its attention towards Starbucks in the latest phase of its campaign to persuade big brands to move away from GMOs.

Insights from Baking Tech 2014

Clean label: The shopper will define it with dollars

While manufacturers faced renewed pressure to clean up labels following recent media attacks on the dough conditioner azodicarbonamide and artificial preservatives, far less attention has been paid to what these...

Interview with Bobo's Oat Bars founder Beryl Stafford

Bobo’s oat bars at the crux of convenience, gluten-free

Ten years after Bobo’s Oat Bars first hit natural food store and coffee shop shelves in Boulder, CO, the now profitable cereal bar manufacturer is capitalizing on the parallel growth...

Decoding the future of healthy bakery

 Governments, NGOs and consumers are driving change in the bakery sector, but how can industry keep up? What’s the next direction for healthy bakery? And will this future need to...

Guest article

Oxfam's sustainability scorecard: Spurring a race to the top for the food industry

Food and drink companies can have a big influence over sustainability and ethical issues in their supply chains - and have the power to change them rapidly. One year on from...

Dispatches from Snaxpo 2014: Frito-Lay marketing executive insight, part I

Frito-Lay: ‘These days of mass marketing are limited…’

Mass marketing no longer resonates with today's consumer and it must be replaced by one-on-one marketing with dedicated focus on pre-shop behavior, says Frito-Lay’s senior vice president and chief marketing...

News in brief

What will happen to food prices in 2014?

While the consumer price index (all food) rose a modest 1.4% in 2013, it is likely to rise 2.5-3.5% in 2014, predict USDA economists, who believe food price inflation will...

Boulder Brands on the growth of gluten-free in foodservice: ‘There is potentially an avalanche coming’

The foodservice sector could generate explosive growth for gluten-free products, although it’s hard to predict exactly when talk will translate into action, according to the firm behind leading gluten-free brands...

Healthy snackers driving growth in US cracker market

As Americans continue to trade traditional meals for smaller eating occasions throughout the day, the $7 billion market for US crackers (as of 2013) is benefiting from this shift in...

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