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Survey reveals consumers want to avoid pesticides, but are unsure how label certifications help them do that

Whether a food product contains genetically modified organisms, and whether the disclosure of that information should be mandatory on the label has dominated public discourse in recent years.  But that...

Future of natural food additives in colors, fat replacers: Packaged Facts

As US consumers have fallen out of love with artificial additives and long, unpronounceable ingredient lists, the food additive industry is undergoing a considerable shift, according to a study by...

Coke Surrounded! Gay rights activists demand Sochi soda action

Gay rights campaigners have surrounded Coca-Cola’s HQ in Atlanta in a bid to force the company into speaking out against Russia’s ‘anti-gay’ laws ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in...

Big Interview: Todd Beckman, cofounder and COO of GoodBelly

Consumer education on probiotics critical: GoodBelly founder

In a country like the US where 60 to 70 million people have digestive issues, and roughly 20% of the population suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (though only a third seek medical...

Less than 20% of consumers account for almost half of organic sales

Across the board, consumers are embracing natural and organic products more and more, with natural/organic retail sales reaching $81.3 billion in 2012, up 13.5% from the year before. 

FoodNavigator hangout: Fructose claims, who skips breakfast, energy drinks and is saturated fat off the hook?

Is saturated fat the nutritional bogeyman it's sometimes made out to be? How much caffeine are we really consuming, and do 'low sodium' messages actually make food less tasty, even...

Special edition: Tackling diabetes. Formulating for healthy blood sugar

How can the food industry address the ticking time bomb of type 2 diabetes?

Given that one in three American adults is expected to develop type 2 diabetes by 2050, and poor diet and lack of exercise may be largely to blame, what can...

Special Edition: Tackling diabetes: Formulating for healthy blood sugar

Glucose management ingredient gets UAE distribution, ‘needs to be in food supply,’ founder says

Sometimes the best way to build a new market is to step back. 

KeHE sees significant growth potential in Asian food category as shoppers seek authenticity and convenience

There is huge untapped potential in the Asian foods category - despite its relative maturity - according to KeHE, a leading national distributor of natural and specialty food products. 

Colorado startup shakes up energy drink category with timed release caffeinated beverages

Colorado-based beverage startup Züm XR has made a splash with its patented technology that delivers slow, sustained caffeine release that has  made its line of beverages the best sellers in...

Special Edition: Tackling diabetes: Formulating for healthy blood sugar

Focus on energy balance could jumpstart mainstream appeal of resistant starch beyond diabetes

The overall topic of blood sugar management is becoming increasingly important beyond the population with type 2 diabetes, as mainstream media has made consumers more aware of the health needs...

Gluten-free 2.0: Where is the gluten-free trend going next?

If the first generation of gluten-free products was short on flavor and nutrients; the next generation - ‘gluten-free 2.0’ - is all about taste, health and convenience, and is infiltrating...

FNCE 2013 highlights: Gluten-sensitivity, dairy and GHG emissions, energy drinks, portion sizes, GMOs, and what America eats for breakfast

From the risks and rewards of energy drinks to what Americans eat for breakfast, strategies to tackle mindless eating and the next generation of gluten-free foods, Houston was the place...

IBIE 2013: EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

Out with the bad, in with the good: Consumers seek positive nutrition

Removing negative ingredients like trans fats from bakery is still important for consumers but they are also looking for positive nutrition, says the research director of Packaged Facts.

Bread’s riches to rags story: The villainous white loaf and heroic whole grain

The bread sector has experienced a riches to rags story and is now in a state of decline with white bread demonized but industry has hope in whole grains, says...

Wells Fargo: The c-store sector is entering a ‘new era of growth and sophistication’; serves as great incubator for new products

The US convenience store sector is poised for continued growth driven by the growing number of Hispanic consumers (heavy users of c-stores), and increased demand for ‘grab n go’ convenience,...

News in brief

Energy drinks remain ‘most dynamic segment in the soft drinks market’ in Latin America

The energy drinks market in Latin America is worth a whopping $1.2 billion, with Brazil leading the way, says a new report from Zenith International.

Special Edition: Tackling diabetes: Formulating for healthy blood sugar

Type 2 diabetes a ‘mismatch disease’ for our Paleolithic bodies

When we examine the long list of noninfectious diseases that trouble modern society—which run the gamut in severity from flat feet to acid reflux, anxiety, certain cancers, high blood pressure,...

Investment giant bans two palm oil companies for ‘unsustainable’ deforestation

The world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund has permanently banned investment in two palm oil companies for alleged unethical practices, after dropping  23 palm oil firms from its portfolio for the...

Rosemary extract sees ‘substantial growth’ in shelf extension

As manufacturers and consumers alike continue to call for clean-label preservatives, natural options like rosemary extract are gaining traction in the market as a safe, effective alternative to synthetic shelf...

Getting insects past the ick factor, into mass food production

Insects form part of the traditional diets of at least 2 billion people worldwide, and more than 1,900 species have reportedly been used as food, according to the Food and...

GMO debate gets ugly as General Mills takes flak from GMO Inside and GMA is sued by Washington State attorney general

In new developments in the highly charged debate over GMOs, General Mills has been targeted in a report blasted by a plant geneticist as “a collection of discredited studies and...

Ontario agri-food cluster seeks investors in region’s growing F&B sector, R&D capabilities

The Ontario Food Cluster is encouraging global food and beverage buyers and suppliers to join the likes of General Mills Canada, Maple Leaf Foods and Unilever by investing and becoming...

Potential in gluten-free market significant for egg replacers: Arla

As egg white prices continue to rise on the heels of continual popularity in foodservice applications, egg replacement firms like Arla Foods Ingredients are seeing growing interest in egg white...

Health/weight-conscious consumers are driving the gluten-free market, not celiacs, says Mintel

A new Mintel report provides further evidence that the gluten-free market is being propelled by consumers avoiding gluten for perceived health benefits or as a weight management strategy rather than those...