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Danone, Unilever and Nestlé ranked top for nutrition – but could do better, says report

Danone, Unilever and Nestlé are doing better than most companies in tackling the problems of obesity and malnutrition – but even these firms have significant room for improvement, according to...

We're never going to win on obesity: It's time to change the conversation, says Lustig

The fight for public health should not be against obesity, but rather the dangerous metabolic conditions that both obese and non-obese people suffer from. And the prime target for those...

Micropharma’s cholesterol-busting probiotic ready for US food, beverage and supplements market

With ten years of work behind it, two clinical trials (plus results of a third ready for publication), and Groupe Danone on-board, Canada’s Micropharma is rolling out its cholesterol-lowering Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB...

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Some like it hot... In fact, consumers now like their food hotter than ever, says Kalsec

Consumer demand for hotter, spicier, foods is increasing on both sides of the Atlantic, says Michigan-based natural extracts specialist Kalsec, which has tied up with Mintel to develop new ‘heat...

New York the ‘natural fit’ for USDA Greek yogurt pilot scheme – state governor

New York State – the home of Chobani, Fage and Muller Quaker Dairy - would be the “natural fit” for a scheme to trial the inclusion of Greek yogurt in the US...

Lyfe Kitchen Grocery CEO: ‘We’re on a mission to change how people think about frozen and ready-to-eat meals’

From non-entity to 15 retailers in 2.5 years is a rapid rise, and doing so by blending health, convenience and affordability to produce prepared foods that also taste ‘amazing’ is...

EFSA health claims chief to share ‘magic recipe’ insights in Geneva

The chief of EFSA’s health claims panel will discuss where the agency stands on the topic in 2013, at this year’s Vitafoods conference and expo in Geneva in May.

C-stores and value retailers the winning channels for confectionery

Convenience stores and value supermarkets are the fastest growing channels for confectionery in the US as cash strapped consumers down-trade and stores expand, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA) and...

Whole Foods Market commits to GMO labeling in all US and Canadian stores by 2018

As moves to secure GMO labeling continue to gain momentum at a state level, Whole Foods Market has “put a stake in the ground” and made a commitment to label...

Bob Marley brand chills on ‘challenge’ of building new drinks category

Bob Marley relaxation drink brand Marley’s Mellow Mood tells BeverageDaily.com that building a new functional drinks sub category has been challenging, but the brand is now gaining real momentum....

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30% of US adults trying to cut down on gluten, claims NPD Group

Almost a third (30%) of American adults say they are trying to reduce or exclude gluten from their diets, according to The NPD Group , which conducted a consumer survey in January...

Chobani is the perfect example of getting teens in their ‘four screen world’: Marketing expert

The shining star of Greek yogurt, Chobani, has figured out the ‘four screen world’ of teenagers and Millenials, giving food and beverage marketers a case study on how to connect...

COMMODITY REPORTS: FAO

Europe drives 4.3% global wheat surge as US drops: FAO

Global wheat production will surge 4.3% for 2013 driven by a strong European and Russian harvest, the FAO says. The US yield is expected to drop 6%.

Oxfam confronts Mondelez, Nestlé and Mars over women’s rights on cocoa farms

Oxfam has called on the three biggest chocolate manufacturers to conduct independent audits on conditions for women on cocoa farms supplying their factories after finding evidence of unequal pay, discrimination...

Environmental Working Group, Organic Voices form GMO labeling coalition

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Organic Voices, the group behind the Just Label It campaign, have announced a new collaboration to advocate for the labeling of foods containing genetically...

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Is perilla the new chia? It's time for perilla to 'step out of the shadows of other plant-based omega-3s', says Valensa

By rights, perilla seeds should be the first choice for firms looking for good sources of the omega-3 fatty acid Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) ahead of chia and flaxseed, because...

Dairy Farmers of America facing court over alleged ‘manipulative’ dairy trading

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is facing court over allegations that it manipulated trading in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Cheese Spot and Milk Futures markets to drive up the...

Confectionery not recession proof; target emerging markets, says Goldman Sachs

The confectionery industry is not immune to economic recession and must exploit opportunities in emerging economies to grow, according to an analyst from Goldman Sachs.

Mintel Research: Shoppers are more concerned about how much sugar they are eating than whether it is from HFCS or sucrose

A new survey from Mintel Research Consultancy (MRC) suggests that consumers are paying a lot more attention to how much sugar is in their foods, but are less concerned about its source,...

Sweden’s Salinity brings all-natural mineral to US salt reduction market

A ‘unique’ mineral salt containing sodium chloride and potassium chloride is being launched in the US, offering to lower the sodium impact of any food product without sacrificing flavor or...

Oxfam thanks food industry for ‘bland’ and ‘complacent’ response to damning CSR report

Oxfam will step up its campaign to improve the treatment of people and resources that form part of the supply chain of the world’s biggest food conglomerates, after it cast...

Dispatches from NCA Miami Conference - Supermarket insights

Confectioners must adapt to online shopping environment, says supermarket boss

Confectionery manufacturers must use electronic communications and ensure in-store displays are “show stoppers” as consumers make the shift to online shopping, according to the head of a US supermarket....

Vegetarian nutrition congress in pictures: MyPlate (minus the meat), saving the planet and why we should eat more nuts…

Back in the 6th century BC, Pythagoras was doing his bit to promote a vegetarian diet (‘what wickedness to swallow flesh into our own flesh…’). These days Paul McCartney is...

Catering to different generations

Capturing the sweet tooth of the Millennials

Candy makers must connect on social media and allow criticism to appeal to the influential Millennials generation aged 13-31.

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