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Food stamps under fire in $4.1tr budget dismissed as non-starter on both sides of the aisle

Budget proposals unveiled by the Trump administration this week include a $193bn cut to food stamps (SNAP: the supplemental nutrition assistance program) over the next 10 years – slashing SNAP’s...

AWG partners with RangeMe to help streamline the product discovery process

Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) has joined a growing number of high-profile names – from Ahold and Whole Foods to Target – that have signed up with online platform RangeMe to...

Designers weigh in on Hampton Creek’s new look: ‘It's anti-branding, it's simply food’

Hampton Creek has unveiled a colorful new look for its plant-based brand. But what do branding experts think of the redesign? 

Will changes to the Nutrition Facts panel lead to a wave of ‘defortification’?

Updated daily values (DVs) for vitamins and minerals that will roll out with the new-look Nutrition Facts panel, coupled with changes to serving sizes, may reduce the nutrient density of...

McBurney: ‘Nutrition status measurements will enter the era of home pregnancy testing’

We should ‘shift from measuring food intake to measuring nutritional status,’ argues expert

“It is time to change the nutrition dialogue from an obsession about what foods we put into our body to objective measures of nutritional status,” according to one nutrition thought...

Are you an innovation trailblazer? Then take center stage at FOOD VISION USA 2017

We’re searching for trailblazing, entrepreneurial start-ups to present their red hot food and nutrition innovations at Food Vision USA in Chicago on November 13, 2017. 

No Cow (D’s Naturals) to unveil new look, new products, in Jan 2018: ‘Our goal is to be a $100m+ brand’

D’s Naturals – the plant protein-fueled start up that recently caught the eye of investors at General Mills 301 INC and 2X Consumer Partners – will unveil a new brand...

NACS, Cumberland Farms commit to expanding access to healthy options

Corner stores, bodegas and gas stations have a bad reputation when it comes to the healthfulness of the foods and beverages they offer, but the National Association of Convenience Stores...

Morningstar: 'It would be a mistake for investors to dismiss meal-kit delivery services'

Meal-kit delivery services account for less than 1% of US food and beverage retail sales, and most are likely to remain stubbornly in the red in the short term. That...

American Heart Association: A clean label doesn't necessarily make for a 'healthy' product

Consumer research indicates that for many shoppers, ‘healthy,' is all about foods that are organic, minimally processed, natural, non-GMO, or free of artificial ingredients. But such factors should not be included in...

CANADA: House of Commons to vote on GMO labeling bill on May 17

Canadian GMO labeling debate heats up ahead of May 17 vote

Members of the Canadian Parliament will decide whether to approve mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods in a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday. 

Former First Lady Obama criticizes efforts to delay Nutrition Facts changes as insulting to consumers

Requests to delay the implementation of the updated Nutrition Facts panel, which includes a line to indicate added sugar and makes calories more visible, and a last-minute delay of menu...

Unilever’s venture unit backs meal kit company Sun Basket

The private equity arm of global CPG giant Unilever, called Unilever Ventures, led the $9.2m Series C-2 funding of organic meal kit company Sun Basket.

Kroger and Once Upon a Farm partner to test coolers in baby aisle

Retailer Kroger is testing coolers in the baby aisle in 10 stores around Dallas and Houston, responding to demand from Millennial parents for fresh baby food.

As more Americans search for 'premium' meats, US sales of Prosciutto di Parma grew 39% in last three years

In the competitive meat category, US shoppers are increasingly eyeing premium options—a momentum which Prosciutto di Parma is riding on.

Cellular agriculture advances mean ‘clean meat’ could be commercially available in less than 10 years

The idea of eating a burger grown in a lab rather than from a cow raised on a farm and slaughtered for its meat may sound like something out of...

FlavorHealth CEO: We have to move away from this black and white view of 'natural,' when there are shades of gray… the important thing is complete transparency

How are the next generation of natural flavors being developed? Elaine Watson caught up with Christian Kopfli, CEO of New Jersey-based FlavorHealth, which is taking high-throughput cell-based screening to the...

Campbell’s brand beloved by Boomers, but Millennials are less enthusiastic, says Morning Consult

Campbell Soup is a beloved brand, but maybe not for long. Data from a survey of 200,000 US adults by brand intelligence firm Morning Consult suggest the iconic soup brand isn't...

Farmer’s Fridge CEO: ‘We won't stop until it’s easier to get a salad than a candy bar’

Can you make money supplying fresh prepared food via vending machines? Not everyone was convinced when Luke Saunders launched Farmer’s Fridge in October 2013, but the fact he's just persuaded...

James Beard Foundation EVP: 'We try to include the largest food companies we can, we want to hear from them'

As a household name from the culinary world (thanks, Bravo and Netflix), The James Beard Foundation is using its recognition and influence to advocate for a better food system in...

General Mills seeks to patent high-protein oat variety

General Mills is seeking to patent a new oat variety with more than double the protein of standard cultivated varieties and a more stable fatty acid profile, making the oats...

NaturalShrimp partners with Fortune 200 company to shake-up shrimp farming

Publicly traded NaturalShrimp is preparing to expand its facilities to bring more stateside-farmed, high quality shrimp to consumers with the help of a Fortune 200 company, CFO William Delgado told FoodNavigator-USA.

Rao’s notches up double digit growth: ‘We don’t have consumers, we have fans’

Does premium pay in the pasta sauce category? Do the math, says Rao’s Specialty Foods president Jim Morano: “The average retail price in the category is $2.25; our average is...

Fruit juice does not warrant a ‘healthy’ food label, says CSPI

'Healthy' bones of contention: Stakeholders at odds over added sugar and saturated fat

There is significant disagreement between key stakeholders over how to define ‘healthy’ on food labels, with added sugar and saturated fat proving the biggest bones of contention, and heated debate...

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Fancy a cruise through Chicago’s waterways with the bosses of SPINS, Presence Marketing and KeHE?

Are your taste buds tickled by the prospect of a food tour of Mexico with Chef Rick Bayless? Or maybe an intensive business strategy session with Presence Marketing CEO Bill...

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