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Nestlé Canada recalls pizzas due to metal contamination

Nestlé Canada is recalling five of six varieties of Buitoni brand pizzas following two consumer complaints that the products contain pieces of metal.

WhiteWave CEO: The cost advantage of plant-based food and beverages over dairy will continue to grow

The economics of supplying plant-based foods and beverages over dairy will become increasingly compelling “because the cow is a relatively inefficient converter of grain into protein”, says the chief executive...

5-Hour Energy ‘misled public’ as to our product safety stance: CSPI

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has hit out at 5-hour Energy, claiming that the brand misled the public as to the body’s stance on the safety...

FDA broadens irradiation use

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the use of irradiation to a maximum 4.5 kilogray (kGy) dose for a variety of meat products.

Trendspotting 2013: Coconut water is key to 100% juice declaration, without the calories, says ITI Tropicals

While coconut water is best known for its hydrating properties, manufacturers are increasingly using it to cut calories and liven up 100% juice beverages, says one formulation expert.


Tetra Pak researches processing methods to tap ‘explosive’ coconut water trend

Kit Lai, director of Tetra Pak’s Soya- and Coconut Knowledge Centers, discusses the global growth of coconut water and soya milks as categories, and the firm's latest formulation and processing...

Asian savory, Mexican sweet highlight McCormick's global flavor forecast

Flavor trends blending familiar ingredients with formerly exotic  tastes such as Asian savory sauces and Mexican caramel will drive food product and restaurant menu innovation in the coming year according...

Hispanic food and beverage market set for ‘more aggressive growth’, predicts Packaged Facts

The Hispanic food and beverage market is “expected to embark on a more aggressive growth pattern from now through 2017” as firms pump more dollars into innovation and marketing, predicts...

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National Restaurant Association predicts hot culinary trends for 2013: Whole grains, healthy kids’ meals, gluten-free and sustainable seafood…

Healthy kids’ meals, whole grains and gluten-free feature strongly in the National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot culinary forecast of menu trends for 2013.

‘We need a revolution in the way we think about food’: Futurologist

The future of food is an area that is often overlooked in the context of short political cycles, but we all need to have a view on how we can...

Majority of social media conversations about HFCS are negative: Loudpixel data

Over 65% of social media posts about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are negative, according to a new report from social media research firm Loudpixel.

Clarkson teams with Italian firm to boost organic soy lecithin supplies

Clarkson Soy Products has moved to alleviate the pressure on organic soy lecithin supplies by entering into a relationship with an Italian supplier, the company announced yesterday.

Can the almond-based dairy alternatives market maintain its 50% growth level?

The market for almond-based dairy alternatives, just one section of the ever growing free-from market, is growing at an impressive 50%, with strong brands maintaining a stranglehold on the business.

Veggie proteins, mini-meals and Millennials: ConAgra unveils Phil Lempert's top trends for 2013

Snackable mini-meals, veggie protein, healthier breakfasts and portion-controlled frozen foods will all gain momentum in 2013, according to ‘Supermarket Guru’ and TV personality Phil Lempert.

Special edition: Free-from foods (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Mary’s Gone Crackers founder: ‘There’s enough gluten-free junk on the market already. I want to make something I would want to buy…’

With many manufacturers in gluten-free notching up growth rates rivals in the center of the store can barely dream of, you’d assume the burgeoning category is a hotbed of recipe...

US cider market set to ‘explode’ – C&C Group

C&C Group says it expects the US cider market to explode, but aims to build a strong multi-beverage business group rather than just a ‘pure play’ cider business.

Special edition: Free-from foods (gluten-free, dairy-free)

The rise and rise of gluten-free: But can the meteoric growth continue?

Gluten-free marketers have a habit of drawing a series of concentric circles when they are trying to describe their target market - and the potential size of the prize.

Suppliers gear up as Health Canada gives the green light for stevia in Canada

Stevia suppliers are gearing up for action in Canada after Health Canada gave industry the green light to use steviol glycosides as table top sweeteners and food additives in food...

Trend spotting 2013: Protein rocks! Why muscle is a hot new issue, and the rise of the ‘aware’ shopper

Muscle and protein will be hot trends across every age group in 2013 as more US shoppers look to maintain lean muscle mass and stay healthy and active as they...


Mid-calorie carbonates won’t check US soda fall – BMC predicts

Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC), data and research group head, Gary Hemphill, does not think mid-calorie CSDs like Dr. Pepper TEN and Pepsi NEXT can restore the overall category’s ailing fortunes....

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FAO stresses importance of industry for global food security

The private sector has an important role to play in promoting sustainable agriculture and fighting poverty and hunger, according to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva.

Special edition: Free-from foods

Sorting through the gluten-free toolbox

Gluten-free foods are a hot trend, and formulators are rising to the formidable challenge of replacing this multifunctional ingredient in baked goods, soups and sauces.

Prop 37, the end of the Twinkie, and ConAgra gets Ralcorp: November 2012 in pictures

It was a fascinating month for the US food and beverage industry, with California rejecting Prop 37, ConAgra Foods finally agreeing a deal to acquire Ralcorp, Hostess Brands throwing in...

Guar gum buyers aren’t buying, sellers aren’t selling: Industry expert

Guar gum prices have dropped a long way from peaks of $20 to $25 a kilo – but there is now a standoff between buyers and sellers, according to hydrocolloids...

Hispanic foods and beverages to reach $8.2 billion

The US market for Hispanic foods and beverages is estimated to be worth about $8.2 billion this year, according to a new report from Packaged Facts.

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