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Vision Critical’s Insight Communities help large CPGs protect market share from startups

New software from Vision Critical aims to help large consumer packaged goods companies protect their market share from nimble startups by facilitating a two-way dialogue with consumers in real time...

FDA revokes GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils; allows food industry to file petition to permit specific uses

As widely expected, the FDA has finalized plans to revoke the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to eradicate artificial trans fats...

Ingredients made via synthetic biology won’t qualify for Non-GMO Project verified stamp

Food ingredients produced using ‘synthetic biology’ techniques – such as Evolva's vanillin, which is made from genetically engineered baker’s yeast - do not qualify for the Non-GMO Project Verified stamp, says...

Cheese could be the next health food, industry expert suggests

The tide may be changing for cheese, as science helps re-position the dairy food as a protein-dense, calcium-rich, healthy snack rather than as a high-fat and -sodium food to be...

Whole Foods defends its prices and explains source of new value chain's savings

Executives are aggressively defending Whole Foods Market’s high prices, even as they tout the potential cost-savings for the consumers at the retailer’s newly named value chain.

Online snack subscription service NatureBox to expand to physical retail

The successful online snack subscription delivery service NatureBox wants to build brand awareness and drive more consumers to shop online by moving into the physical retail realm. 

Consumers increasingly value animal welfare and seek out retailers, CPGs that do, too

Consumer concern about animal welfare is rising to a level that retailers – and by extension CPG manufacturers and suppliers – can no longer ignore, according to new research by...

Whole Foods unveils the name of its soon-to-launch value chain

Whole Foods Market’s much vaunted new value chain – 365 by Whole Foods Market – will not be a “discount model or a dumbed-down version of Whole Foods” as feared...

Millennials might not be the trendsetters marketers think, CivicScience research shows

Targeting millennials in an effort to reach adventurous, trendsetting consumers who will adopt and evangelize new products early will only get marketers a third of the way to their goal,...

Monk Fruit Corp doubles capacity as more US firms add monk fruit to sugar reduction toolkit

BioVittoria and Guilin GFS Bio-Tech Co have doubled their monk fruit supply and significantly boosted production capacity following a multi-million-dollar investment leading to the formation of a new company -...

Premium price of organic more than compensates for yield loss

New research showing organic agriculture is significantly more profitable than conventional should reassure farmers who are considering switching to organic but are nervous about financial loss during the three year...

Mushroom mycelium could breathe new life into declining cereals category, claims MycoTechnology

Grain companies are working with Denver-based MycoTechnology to explore how mushrooms’ filament-like roots or ‘mycelium’ could help create new value-added opportunities in the cereals market by transforming the nutritional profile of...

5 emerging multicultural ingredients with cross-generational appeal

Multicultural wellness ingredients are emerging as a tie that binds the diverse desires of multiple generations together, according to the latest Packaged Facts’ Culinary Trend Tracking Series report . 

NurturMe angles for pole-position in quinoa-based baby food category

A $1.5 million investment from EcoEnterprises Fund will enable NurturMe to expand its line of quinoa-based children's food as well as its social mission as a B-Corporation to improve sustainable...

Probiota Americas

NYAG affair will have implications for probiotics suppliers, exec says

According to one prominent executive, for the probiotics industry, the fallout from the NYAG affair should be fairly straightforward:  Make sure you know how to do what you’re supposed to...

Israeli start-up has novel approach for grasshopper shakes

Israeli insect start-up, Steak TzarTzar, aims to target the Western sports nutrition market with its grasshopper protein powder - competitively priced thanks to grasshopper sales in Africa.

Driving consumer demands for chocolate includes nuts, dried fruit

Chocolate marketers likely will gain more traction if they appeal to consumers emotionally and emphasize the health benefits of inclusions, such as nuts and dried fruit, suggest the results of...

MAY 2015 NEWS QUIZ: Are you up to speed with the latest food & beverage industry news?

Do you know what Panera plans to oust from its menus, or which food & beverage giants just snapped up Blake's and Applegate? And what do we know about Millennials...

Birthday cake emerges with other nostalgic throwbacks as top flavors

Yellow birthday cake with thick, sugary frosting, like those made in local grocery stores nationwide, is emerging as a top selling new flavor in candies and sweets, according to leading...

Avian flu prompting strategic rethink at US food companies, claims Hampton Creek boss: 'It's not just about price'

The latest outbreak of avian flu has, predictably, prompted a surge in demand for egg replacers. But some industrial egg users are now considering making permanent changes to recipes and...

Study adds proanthocyanidins, vitamin E to Lycoberry's already verified high levels of lycopene

A new study looking at the autumn olive berry (AOB) - branded by a promoter as Lycoberry - has confirmed the rich assortment of proanthocyanidins and alpha- and gamma- tocopherols...

Higher meat prices drag down sales across grocery departments, Nielsen research reveals

Higher beef and pork prices are dragging down grocery sales not just in the meat department, but in the center of the store as well, according to a recent Nielsen...

Just scaling up alone without fundamental changes to farming practices could decrease costs by 25-50%

All Things Bugs: We’re having conversations with a lot of mainstream food manufacturers

While cost is a barrier – and regulatory issues need ironing out – mainstream food manufacturers “have been way more open to this [using edible insects in their products] than...

Culinary trend-spotting: Where retail & foodservice collide

Restaurants increasingly eat into grocery sales, research shows

For the first time, consumers are spending more money at restaurants than on groceries in America, likely reflecting more financial flexibility from savings garnered by shopping at less expensive box...

Algae oil: The next big healthy cooking oil? Products have a cleaner taste than other cooking oils, report consumers

Consumer feedback on Solazyme’s new high-oleic algae oil reveals high acceptance levels, with 98% of healthy oil purchasers sent samples for at-home testing reporting it had a ‘pleasant or no...

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