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Keurig brings back My K-Cup reusable pods even though they conflict with DMR technology

Coffee company Keurig Green Mountain will bring back the reusable My K-Cup pod at the behest of a small, but passionate group of consumers in a move that ostensibly undermines...

'Millennials are increasingly health conscious...'

Second wave of conventional retailers now demanding natural, organic, non-GMO, says Hain Celestial

Retailers want growth, and CPG giants such as Heinz and Kraft are no longer delivering it, said Hain Celestial bosses this week.

Whole Foods Market will enter value ring with new price sensitive chain in 2016

Unable to shake its reputation for being notoriously expensive, Whole Foods Market is changing tack to appeal to less affluent millennials with the launch of a new value-focused chain. 

Leading from the heart led Plum Organics to the top

The secret to Plum Organics’ rapid ascent to the top of the organic baby, toddler and children’s food industry is its deeply engrained philosophy to “lead with the heart,” the...

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Could humor be the secret weapon in the GMO debate?

Attacking biotech companies and spurning ‘artificial’ ingredients will usually generate some positive PR for your business, even if food scientists wearily point out that there are greater threats to our...

Nutritional drink marketing linked to music, sports & politics may be most effective, study reveals

Manufacturers of high-end juices, nutritional shakes and smoothies likely will get more bang from their advertising buck in marketing associated with music, sports, technology and politics, according to consumer research...

$30 million NatureBox fundraise demonstrates investors’ confidence in DTC subscription models

A multi-million dollar investment in the online snack delivery start-up NatureBox Inc. suggests the firm’s direct-to-consumer subscription model has long-term viability, according to market research analysts and investors.

Investment to tackle organic ‘price barrier’

Price is arguably the biggest barrier the organic market faces, says Mintel – but retailers are coming up with ways to make organic foods accessible to a wider audience.

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CSPI on Panera's clean label drive: ‘Just because something is hard to pronounce, doesn’t mean it’s unsafe’

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has welcomed news that Panera is removing partially hydrogenated oils, butylated hydroxyanisole, and some other ingredients from menus by 2016, but...

Which new breakfast products have the highest purchase intent scores?

New data from Instantly’s Product Watch tool - a "live, crowd-sourced insights engine" which gathers insights from an army of consumers via their mobile phones as they shop – reveals fairly...

Forte Gelato repositioned as a decadent dessert in pint-sized packages

The maker of Forte Gelato hopes to expand its consumer base beyond health-conscious shoppers, recovering patients and athletes to reach the mainstream consumer by repackaging its high-protein, low-fat dessert into...

Row intensifies over 'Eat less red & processed meat’ message in dietary guidelines report

The row over the health and sustainability of meat consumption prompted by the recent Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) report has intensified this week as stakeholders rushed to submit comments...

Industry takes first steps to establish standard of identity for maple water

A clear standard of identity for maple water would provide clarity for the industry and consumers in this new – but rapidly growing - category, say stakeholders, although there are...

Trident gum coming to China as category picks up, says Mondelēz

Mondelēz plans to launch its Trident brand in China as its gum business returns to growth after a long slump.

special edition: authentic tea tastes

What makes Fairtrade Premium: A minimum wage - and more - for tea producers

As the tea market evolves with RTD teas, herbal infusions, new markets and more: so must Fairtrade International’s activities in the industry.

Food service, retail distribution offer different strengths for growing a start-up

Rather than choose between food service and retail distribution, start-up Spread the Love The Love Jams & Jellies embraced both, and as a result, it has quickly outgrown its production...

Maker of GoodBelly shares 6 tips for successfully growing a brand

The vast majority of food and beverage launches fail to survive beyond the initial “experimental phase” in part because they expand their distribution too quickly, warns Alan Murray, the CEO...

From 'How Matters' to 'Love this Life': Chobani unveils new media campaign

Greek yogurt maker Chobani has launched ‘Love This Life’, a new multi-media campaign with the strapline: "To love this life is to live it naturally."

People who snack multiple times a day tend to be younger and to reach for sweets, finds poll

A whopping 80% of U.S. consumers snack at least once per day, with the vast majority favoring unhealthy but convenient foods, according to a new poll conducted by CivicScience. 

Meat is made from plants, says Lightlife in new plant-based protein campaign: So cut out the middleman

How do you market plant protein? Until recently, it was all about ‘vegetarian’ options, ‘meat analogs’ or ‘meat-alternatives’, says Lightlife Foods, but today, marketers are presenting their plant-based wares as...

Start-ups better positioned to follow new playbook for snacks, expert suggests

Start-ups and small brands are better suited than most large CPG firms to take advantage of consumers’ increased interest in snacking because they are unfettered by outdated expectations and assumptions,...

organic and non-gmo trends

Most consumers unwilling to pay more for non-GMO, even as their concern rises, research shows

Consumers’ concern about genetically modified food is on the rise, but most shoppers are not yet willing to pay a premium for non-GMO foods – making it difficult for manufacturers...

APRIL NEWS QUIZ: Are you up to speed with the latest food & beverage industry news?

Do you know how much General Mills paid for Annie's? Or which high potency sweetener Diet Pepsi will be using this summer instead of aspartame? And just how fast are...

CleverFoodies gains distribution fast for category-creating product with co-branding

Startup CleverFoodies secured national distribution at major retailers with enviable speed for the launch of Scramble natural mix-ins for eggs by creating a new category and partnering with well-established brands...

VitaminFIZZ seeks to emulate meteoric success of Sparkling ICE in enhanced waters market

VitaminFIZZ – a new zero-calorie enhanced sparkling water backed by former Red Bull executives and other beverage industry veterans – is now available in 1,400+ stores in the US nine...