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'Simple Truth has been our most successful brand launch ever'

Simple Truth generated sales of $1.2bn in 2014, says Kroger: ‘Natural foods are becoming more and more mainstream for many people’

Kroger’s natural and organics brand Simple Truth notched up sales of $1.2bn in 2014, and continues to generate double digit growth, said CEO and chairman Rodney McMullen at the company’s...

Reinventing US breakfast: Nutritional & cereal bars an ‘efficient platform’ for food engineers

US breakfast habits are changing, with Americans moving from breakfast cereals towards nutritional and cereal bars offering food engineers an ‘efficient platform’, says Packaged Facts.

Sales growth from lower-calorie products inspires companies to promote healthier options

Research showing that 99% of sales growth from packaged food from 2008 to 2012 came from lower calorie foods is inspiring major manufacturers to more aggressively promote and launch healthier...

Atkins directs new shoppers to struggling frozen pizza category

Atkins Nutritionals enters the competitive frozen pizza category with the launch of a high-protein, low-carb option that it says will expand the sluggish category by bringing in consumers who do...

Jerky mix (meat + nuts + dried fruit) is the hot new category in high-protein snacking, says Dick Stevens

North Carolina-based brand Dick Stevens is looking for a slice of the action in the burgeoning high-protein-snacks market with a novel ‘jerky mix’ product combining meat, nuts and fruits in...

TK Hibiscus’ RTD teas offer a caffeine & sugar free alternative to sodas

What is not in TK Hibiscus’ ready-to-drink teas is just as important as what is when it comes to setting the beverage apart in an increasingly crowded category, according to...

Vegan, paleo, grass-fed, pasture-raised, ancient grains, and allergen friendly claims are gaining

From grass-fed to Paleo: What are the hottest trends in the natural food and beverages market?

According to Chicago-based market research firm SPINS, US retail (dollar) sales of foods & beverages rose 1.7% in 2014, while unit sales declined by 0.4%. By contrast, sales of natural...

Cooksimple meal kits aim to “revitalize” the grocery store center aisles as a healthy destination

The CEO of the startup The Healthy Pantry hopes Cooksimple, a healthier, modernized take on iconic meal kits will revitalize the center of the grocery store, which he compared to...

'We lack a clear positioning; the shopping experience hasn’t matched what our guests expect'

Target unveils bold new food strategy: ‘Shoppers want us to inspire them with unique and differentiated products’

Some details about Target's food 'reinvention' plan emerged during its Q4 earnings call last week, but more flesh was put on the bones this week as bosses outlined plans to...

Partnership for a Healthier America Summit

Childhood obesity is improving, but First Lady Michelle Obama urges food companies to do more

Childhood obesity rates have “finally” stopped rising and now are falling among America’s youngest children, thanks in part to the food industry’s efforts to cut calories and offer healthier options,...

Cocoa back in deficit for 2014/15, predicts ICCO

The cocoa market is expected to revert to a deficit in the current cocoa year as dry weather and dusty winds harm production.

New products gallery: WhiteWave unveils Aussie style yogurts, Kellogg explores its Origins, Post enters breakfast biscuit category

From Post Foods' new breakfast biscuits to Häagen-Dazs's new Artisan Collection, this month’s gallery is packed with innovative new food and beverage products, many of which are making their debut...

We recognize we have to change the in-store experience

Target to double Made to Matter natural & organic collection as part of food 'reinvention' plan

Target will double the size of its 'Made to Matter' range of natural, organic, and sustainable products this year as part of a plan to "reinvent" its grocery offering and...

Partnership for a Healthier America Summit

Making healthy food affordable, accessible to low-income shoppers can be a win-win, execs say

The food industry may be a low margin business, but that does not mean manufacturers of high quality, nutritious food must sell their products at a premium in the natural...

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Member states back national bans for GM crops

EU member states have voted to allow national governments to ban or restrict cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops even when approved at EU level, meaning the new rules will...

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Currency headwinds, weakness in North America depresses Herbalife's results

Herbalife seems to have put the specter of activist investor Bill Ackman behind it.  But emerging out of a mixed earnings report is another cloud for the company: slowing sales...

Fruits & veggies take on packaged food with FNV ad campaign endorsed by the First Lady and celebrities

The threat posed by fresh foods and produce to sales of packaged foods is about to increase exponentially with the launch of a star-studded, national marketing campaign to encourage teenagers...

Growth in organic, raw, non-GMO and allergy-free products is outpacing rest of business

Sprouts Farmers Market CEO on online delivery: We haven’t found a model that works for us … yet

Sprouts Farmers Market is exploring online delivery options, but hasn’t found a model that works, yet, chief financial officer Amin Maredia said this week.

‘The milk that might change everything’? a2 milk to hit stores in California in April

a2 Milk – milk from cows that only produce A2 beta casein protein -  is set for an April launch in California, where brand owner The a2 Milk Company hopes...

Introducing peanuts early could reduce allergies & increase marketing opportunities

New research suggesting early introduction of peanuts could significantly reduce children’s risk of developing a potentially fatal allergy to the groundnut could create a marketing opportunity for food manufacturers to...

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Goya Foods slams 'outdated, inaccurate' 4-MEI figures in soft drinks study

Goya Foods has hit back at a study on the safety of 4-MEI in soft drinks by John Hopkins researchers, insisting that the team's data on the caramel color byproduct...

Coconut sugar: The latest sugar alternative

Coconut sugar is increasing in popularity because it is seen as being a healthier, more ethical alternative to sugar - but nutritionists remain sceptical of the health claims.

'Semi-skimmed soft drinks!' Mid-calorie soda could become the mainstream choice, Zenith International

Mid-calorie soft drinks have the potential to gain ground on traditional full calorie drinks – and could eventually become the new mainstream choice, according to Zenith International. 

Green business procedures can save money in the long run, advocates say

Proactively assessing and minimizing the environmental impact of producing foods and beverages can help manufacturers minimize the impact of climate change on Earth and on their bottom line by improving...