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B Corp concept harnesses profit for social good, co-founder says

One of the inventors of the B Corporation concept, Andrew Kassoy, said his goal was to find a way to harness the entrepreneurial spirit to solve social problems.  Along the...

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ALDI introduces ‘Specially Selected’ gourmet private label brand to US stores

ALDI is introducing its premium private label range ‘Specially Selected’ to US stores after it proved a big hit in Europe.

WHO outlines variety of salt reduction strategies across Europe

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a new report outlining European salt reduction strategies – and while most countries are following EU guidelines, there are still big differences between policies.

All chocolate at PCC Natural Markets must comply with ethical standards

The US’s largest natural foods retail cooperative PCC Natural Markets claims it has become the first grocer in the nation to sell chocolate made only from ethically sourced cocoa.

Health and wellness goals will continue to drive US yogurt demand - Mintel

The health and wellness aspirations of US consumers will continue to drive demand for spoonable drinkable, and frozen yogurt for the “foreseeable future,” leading market research company, Mintel, has claimed....

The rise and rise of Greek yogurt. But is the growth sustainable?

From a standing start in 2007 - when it accounted for just 1% of refrigerated yogurt sales in the US food, drug and mass channels excluding Walmart (FDMx) - Greek...

Bill Gates: Food industry innovation crucial for health and food security

Our approach to food is ripe for reinvention – and the food industry is just at the beginning of what it can achieve through innovation, according to Microsoft mogul and...

'We are building Lifeway as a global brand', says CEO

Record sales and a 97% control of the kefir category are only the start for Lifeway Foods, as the company states it’s ‘in the early stages of its long-term growth...

Diet Pepsi doesn’t want design partners to ‘overshadow’ brand

PepsiCo tells that it seeks partnerships with ‘relevant and attainable designers’ who keep the focus on the Diet Pepsi brand rather than overshadow it. 

Running out of juice? Category hits hard times in North America

North America is the world’s largest juice market, but firms active there are losing share within soft drinks due to high price perceptions and mixed health and wellness messages.

Fortified gum prospects in fastest-growing Mexican confectionery category

All confectionery categories will grow in Mexico over the next five years, but gum will grow the fastest and confectioners can capitalize with products enriched with vitamins and minerals, according...

Ingredion: We’ve absolutely seen an increase in interest for our BVO alternatives

Pressure from consumers for alternatives to weighting agents like BVO (brominated vegetable oil) is driving interest for novel clean label ingredient solutions, says ingredient supplier Ingredion.


Dannon took two years to win 25% Danimals Smoothies sugar cut

Dairy giant Dannon (Danone) says it spent two years reformulating its Danimals Smoothies for kids in the US to achieve a 25% sugar reduction, as Mintel predicts strong growth for...

Slow response in salmonella outbreak “likely contributor” to illness count, finds report

Authorities must adopt a more robust salmonella surveillance system and a more aggressive response to outbreaks, according to a Pew Charitable Trust Report, in response to a 2011 outbreak from Cargill...

NJ firm launches ‘world’s first low fat, low calorie, snack nuts’. But are they better for you?

A New Jersey-based firm is seeking to patent the process behind the ‘world’s first commercial low fat snack nuts’: nuts that have been pressed using a novel high-speed process that...

Industry giants keeping an eye on Greek ‘brogurt’ category – Powerful Yogurt

US yogurt “industry giants” are keeping a close watch on the development of the market for high-protein, low-fat Greek yogurt products for men, US 'brogurt' manufacturer, Powerful Yogurt, has claimed....

Innovation, sustainability, nutrition 2.0, and space food: Food Vision 2013 in pictures

Delegates from 30 countries traveled to the Hotel Martinez in Cannes, France for the inaugural Food Vision. The event was heralded a success by delegates and commercial partners alike. Here...


Hispanic snacks: Hot opportunities beyond Latin American consumers

There are tremendous opportunities for Hispanic snacks that target non-Hispanic consumers, but products must be spicy and authentic, according to a marketing expert.

Cargill: Production of finely textured beef still significantly below where it was before the ‘pink slime’ debaclé

While there is a good chance that sales of finely textured beef (FTB) will pick up again in time, Cargill’s production still remains significantly below where it was before the ‘pink slime’ media...

Wal-Mart to continue China investment despite feeling the pinch

Wal-Mart has announced plans to invest RMB500m (US$79.8m) to upgrade its Chinese stores. The statement comes in a bid to play down local media reports that the company’s growth plans...

Outbreak of E.coli O121 linked to frozen food products

An outbreak of E.coli O121 has sickened 24 people from 15 states, according to the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

What’s the difference between a Walmart shopper and a Super Target shopper?

While Walmart, Super Target, Fred Meyer and Meijer are all classified as supercenters, the profiles of people that shop there are surprisingly different, according to a new report from Packaged...

NFC launches alternative to Non-GMO Project verified seal called GMO Guard

Natural Food Certifiers (NFC) is offering an alternative to the non-GMO Project verified seal with the launch of a new product verification program called GMO Guard. 

Awareness of probiotics growing worldwide, expert says

Probiotics and their benefits have wide recognition in Europe and Asia, and awareness is growing.  This situation bodes well for growth in the US, while it will serve to buoy...

Almost no progress made in improving nutrition of kids' menus, report finds

Restaurant chains in the US have made little progress in recent years in improving the nutritional profile of their children’s menus according to a new report by the Center for...