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Analysis: GrainCorp takeover

All deals destined to go ahead as Australia surveys new Asian age

Now the ACCC, Australia’s anti-trust commission, has given the green light to ADM’s proposed acquisition of GrainCorp, foreign interests will control all major grain handling facilities and grain ports in...

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Punchbowl quizzes its party planners to dig deeper into snacking trends

Findings from a new survey of 2,000 active users of top party planning site Punchbowl could help snack firms gain a deeper insight into the habits and preferences of party...

SPECIAL EDITION: HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL CONFECTIONERY

Industry voices on consumer demand for functional confectionery

Does the industry believe there is strong demand among consumers for functional and healthier confectionery products?

Gluten-free takeout orders up 60% YoY, while 4% of US restaurants now offer gluten-free options, says GrubHub

Gluten-free takeout orders have grown almost 60% since April 2012, according to digital food ordering service GrubHub.

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ConAgra Foods reaches settlement with OSHA over ammonia issues

ConAgra Foods has reached a settlement with the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect workers from anhydrous ammonia.

Palm oil companies given 48 hours to provide satellite images of plantations

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has given five of its Indonesian members 48 hours to submit satellite images of their plantations, as evidence that they are not responsible...

Focus on taste to attract ‘middle greens’ to sustainable foods, says Organic Monitor

Want to attract consumers to your sustainably produced products? Focus on taste, and make it personal, according to experts speaking at Organic Monitor’s Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam earlier this...

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Green bull? ‘Natural energy’ grows health claim wings

The EU energy market is set to grow by €1bn by 2017 and much of that could come from ‘natural energy’, a sub-sector that has been boosted by recent health...

Natural & Clean Label Trends 2013: Who's driving the agenda? From Simple Truth to Open Nature…

USDA certified organic on a food label means something concrete. ‘Natural’ or ‘clean label’ mean something rather more fluid. But while the stream of lawsuits over ‘natural’ claims suggests more...

MILLING & GRAINS

Deaths and injuries in grains handling ‘too frequent’, says US OSHA

Cases of death and injury in the US grains handling sector are too frequent and could be prevented, says the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Market gap for caffeine-free energy gums, claims Vitaball

US firm Vitaball is gearing up to launch a caffeine-free energy tablet gum and gum ball that it claims gives it a distinct market position over its competitors.

The future of food retail: Dollar, natural, fresh, limited assortment and e-commerce?

Traditional supermarkets continue to lose market share to non-traditional formats such as dollar stores, supercenters, fresh food specialists such as Whole Foods Market, natural stores, limited assortment players such as Aldi,...

Special edition: All-natural: How clean is your label?

Natural flavors: Consumer purchasing habits don’t always reflect their preferences, but natural flavors are still growing

Consumer preference for natural flavors - seen in market research data – does not always translate into product purchasing, but the future still looks very rosy for natural flavors, say...

‘Big beverage interest shows we’re onto something’: Oatworks CEO

Wellness Works CEO David Peters tells BeverageDaily.com that the NYC firm has attracted interest from major firms in its healthy Oatworks smoothie brand, and says this shows the potential of...

STRAWBERRY VERSION OF 'APPLE ALE' DUE FOR US LAUNCH THIS FALL

‘Flavored alcohol is on fire’, MillerCoors CMO on new Redd’s Apple Ale strawberry launch

Miller Coors says it plans to launch a strawberry version of Redd’s Apple Ale in the US this Fall, with one top company executive noting that flavoured alcohol and malt-flavored...

Social media: The B2B money maker?

Social media is an extremely powerful brand-building tool that engages consumers, but it can also be a platform for strong business relationships and revenue generation, an expert says.

Japan calls for more GMO info before lifting US wheat ban

Japan will not lift its ban on US Western White wheat imports until the American government provides detailed information on the extent of unauthorized genetically modified wheat found in Oregon,...

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AMA proposes ban on marketing of energy drinks to kids, but ABA says resolution is 'fraught with inaccuracies'

In two high-profile votes at the American Medical Association’s annual meeting in Chicago, delegates officially recognized obesity as a disease, and called for a ban on the marketing of energy...

Mars Drinks eyes ‘huge potential’ in single-serve beverages after new functional coffee launch

Mars Drinks says it sees huge global potential for single-serve hot drinks machines and consumables in the high-growth office environment, and predicts ‘tremendous growth’ in emerging markets.

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Chipotle labels GMOs on its website - says half products contain 'unavoidable GM ingredients' from corn or soy

Chipotle has started adding a red ‘G’ for GMOs next to foods on its online menu that are made using ingredients that may come from genetically modified crops such as...

Fictional food proves surprisingly popular in the real world, says Hartman Group

Foods inspired by fiction - from Harry Potter and Downton Abbey to Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Lord of the Rings - are starting to gain traction in the...

‘Stronger anti-monopoly laws’ could help craft brewers in Mexico: USDA report

US and native microbrewers could profit if Mexico’s antitrust regulator rules that controversial exclusivity deals, which benefit local giants Grupo Modelo and Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, owned by AB InBev and Heineken...

What do ‘natural’ and ‘clean label’ mean anyway?

Market researchers tell us that consumers are seeking ‘natural’ products more than ever – and ingredient suppliers have responded by providing ways to ‘clean up’ product labels – but what...

USDA validates test for GM wheat; says evidence suggests this is a ‘single isolated incident’; but lawsuits pile up

In an update on its probe into unauthorized genetically modified wheat detected in Oregon, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Friday that it “has neither found nor been informed...

Where are the biggest growth opportunities in the US convenience store sector?

How can convenience stores find sustainable growth beyond gas and cigarettes? And why were unit sales of energy drinks in c-stores up 56% between 2008 and 2012, while unit sales of...

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