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Health & wellness chocolate to outpace regular category: Euromonitor

Functional, organic and reduced-sugar chocolate are set for higher volume and value growth than regular chocolate up to 2021, says Euromonitor.

High prices, consumer confusion & store placement hold back organic from full sales potential

Sales of natural and organic products may be steadily increasing – and even outpacing that of the overall food industry – but three main barriers continue to hold them back...

Packaging trends evolve to preserve flavor & the planet, Tetra Pak predicts

Manufacturers and brands will need to be more flexible in their approach to packaging in 2017 to better reflect the previously unexpected blending of ingredients, flavors and usage occasions that...

Univar and TerraVia ink deal to bring whole algae to Europe

Ingredients distributor Univar has inked a deal to bring TerraVia’s AlgaVia brand of whole algae ingredients to Europe.

Consumer interpretation of clean label trend varies by generation

As the concept of clean label continues to evolve and transition from an industry term to one consumers understand and seek, companies should take a more sophisticated approach to the...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Countering the impact of climate change on coffee

Every year more people wake up to coffee or use it to fuel them day, but according to a comprehensive report recently published by the Climate Institute, this early morning...

HIA sues the DEA: ‘Stop treating hemp as something illicit’

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) has filed a motion to hold the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in contempt of court for disregarding a 2004 ruling that hemp fiber, stalk, sterilized seed and oil...

Protein holds steady in 2017 but consumers become more sophisticated in their demands

Protein shows no sign of petering out in 2017 with many consumers still listing it as an “ideal attribute” for fortification across categories and an ever-growing list of sources from...

Sugar-reduction efforts pick up steam ahead of update to Nutrition Facts panel

Food and beverage brands of all sizes and across categories are scrambling to reduce sugar in their products before FDA regulations mandating they indicate added and total sugar on the...

US ranks near the bottom globally for nutrition, sustainability & food waste

Perhaps not surprising, but disappointing nonetheless to environmental, health and nutrition advocates is new research that ranks the US dead last, or very near the bottom, out of 25 countries...

Pulse snacks gain traction, but still trail other better-for-you options, Packaged Facts finds

Pulse-based snacks are enjoying an “unprecedented popularity” thanks in part to a year-long marketing campaign spearheaded by the United Nations, but they still have a long way to go to...

Broadband, changes to crop insurance & alternative energy top stakeholders’ wish list for next Farm Bill

The due date for the next Farm Bill may still be a year away, but stakeholders already are drawing up a laundry list of diverse requests that will require a...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Separating fact from fiction when formulating with probiotics

Once restricted to a handful of products, such as yogurt, probiotics are enjoying unprecedented popularity and are popping up in unexpected places with many bold health claims, but not everything...

FDA offers to help industry draft guidance following Trump’s regulatory freeze

Days after President Trump signed an executive order that freezes some regulations and draft guidance documents, FDA offers to help food industry associations draft their own guidance documents to help...

Thrive culinary algae oil to roll out to foodservice operators across the US as TerraVia hooks up with Compass Group

Compass Group subsidiary Bon Appétit Management Company has teamed up with algae specialist TerraVia to use Thrive Culinary Algae Oil as its preferred cooking oil across more than 650 cafés...

Dairy innovations will take butter to ‘new flavor places,’ Packaged Facts predicts

Taking advantage of butter’s current, albeit controversial, status as “back,” chefs and manufacturers are taking the ingredient to new levels with innovative flavors and formats.

Consumer food safety education must be reinforced to ‘reap the rewards’ of FSMA, FDA official says

As the deadlines for regulations painstakingly developed under the Food Safety Modernization Act begin to go into effect, compliance by producers, suppliers and manufacturers alone will not be enough to...

Four tools to help fight food borne illness & boost food safety efforts

Declaring that public health professionals are “losing the battle” against food borne illness, a former president of the International Association of Food Protection suggests food safety specialists over-rely on training,...

Polyphenols specialist Artemis rebrands core line, branches out into purple tea

Polyphenols specialist Artemis International is rebranding its core berry-based product line and is branching out into other dark-colored botanicals including a unique purple tea. The company is also starting to develop...

BASF unveils brilliant orange beta carotene color with superior stability, dispersing characteristics

BASF has launched a new nature identical brilliant orange colorant targeting formulators looking to replace Azo dyes yellow 5 and 6 in beverages, soups, confectionery, and nutrition products.

New formats, varieties and packaging of nut- and seed-based products gain traction in 2017

Consumers’ growing familiarity with the health benefits of nuts and seeds paired with their versatility is inspiring manufacturers to seek new varieties, uses and packaging for the ingredient – propelling...

FDA & USDA push forward plan to update how genetically modified organisms are regulated

FDA and USDA push forward a strategy to modernize how genetically modified organisms are regulated that was created in part with the Executive Office of the President under the Obama...

‘Final advice’ on fish consumption from FDA & EPA could boost seafood product sales

New guidance and an easy-to-use reference chart from EPA and FDA encouraging Americans – especially pregnant and nursing women and parents of young children – to eat more fish could...

Chocolate’s ‘plight does not look set to improve’ in the US, says Euromonitor

The US chocolate confectionery market is set for a 1% volume decline between 2016 and 2021 as Americans’ GDP per capita is set to fall while the category is caught...

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Safe for babies: FDA has no objections to GRAS status of Ganeden's BC30 probiotic strain for use in infant formula

The FDA has no objections to Ganeden BC30s GRAS status for use in infant formulas, the company announced this week.

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