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GT's Kombucha hit with false advertising lawsuit over 'powerful antioxidants' claim

There are strict rules governing nutrient content claims about antioxidants. However, a new lawsuit challenging claims that GT’s Kombucha drinks contain “powerful antioxidants” suggests there is still room for debate over what you...

Web portal gathers organic producers, purveyors and consumers under one umbrella

Choice in the modern food system is something of a two edged sword. More options are available now than ever, but this abundance can also create more stress for consumers...

Fresh food “critical” to driving Walmart sales, market share, new CEO says

Improving the quality, assortment, display and accessibility of fresh food is “critical” to Walmart’s “plan of attack” to grow sales and market share, the firm’s new U.S. CEO told analysts...

Snack Out Loud’s pinto bean snacks: the next nut?

As many of today’s busy consumers are getting upwards of half their daily calories from snacks, they’re demanding more than ever from the category. So newcomer Snack Out Loud saw...

Can cultural differences affect consumer understanding of food labels?

Country-specific differences could influence consumers’ understanding of nutritional information on food products, researchers have said.  

Thinking outside the can: Fig Food’s soup pouches are eye-catching and environmentally-friendly

Fig Food Inc.’s low-sodium, locally-sourced, vegan soups and cooked beans are not only healthy for consumers, but thanks to their eye-catching, BPA-free pouches they also are healthy for the earth...

Not just for hippies: Hemp's rising superfood status

Bursting with nutrients and boasting an impressive growth rate, the future of hemp seed is bright– but what’s the best way for manufacturers to cash in on a product that...

Energy drink TV adverts are placed on channels that appeal to teens: US study

US energy drink manufacturers primarily advertise on television channels that appeal to adolescents, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Home cooks who watch food shows tend to be heavier than viewers who do not cook

New research suggesting sourcing recipes online, in print and in person may be healthier than from television could shed light on marketing opportunities for food and beverage companies with healthier...

Rexam jumps on ‘fantastic’ opportunity for beverage cans in India

The beverage can remains a ‘novel’ form of packaging in India, according to manufacturer Rexam. But having seen a 72% increase in sales volume in 2014, the company predicts the...

Abe’s Market: natural for the masses

With a million customers nationwide and counting, online natural products retailer Abe’s Market looks to make it easier for natural products consumers to buy everything in one place by focusing...

Special Edition: VitaFoods South America

Rising health trend in Brazil creates opportunity for supplements, healthy foods, analyst says

The demand for health food and dietary supplements in Brazil is being driven by consumer trends in the country, according to recent market research presented by Mintel.  Almost a third...

An organic check off campaign could bring more farmers into the fold, clarify claims, OTA says

Demand for organic in the U.S. is soaring with more than 80% of families buying some organic products, pushing sales up to an expected $40 billion last year, according to...

‘Normal but better’ is the key to driving innovation and development: Waitrose

Aiming to source and develop foods that have subtle points of difference from the competition in terms of quality or product offering is the key to innovation and new product...

dispatches from Food Vision, Cannes

Salty, sour, spicy, bitter: Will soft drinks ever go beyond sweet?

Will ‘sweet’ always be superior in the soft drink category? Or will consumers embrace the whole world of senses and suss out alternative tastes?

Heinz Kraft merger: Synergies and cost cutting

The super-merger of Heinz and Kraft is less about synergies and more about cutting costs, analysts have said.

Quorn 'categorically rejects' allegations in wrongful death lawsuit

Quorn Foods has launched a vigorous defense of its ‘mycoprotein’ meat substitutes in the wake of a wrongful death lawsuit filed in California by the parents of Miles Bengco, an 11-year-old...

Kraft & Heinz merge to accelerate growth and expand distribution globally

The mega-merger between Kraft Food Group and H.J. Heinz Company announced March 25 will allow the U.S. based companies to grow more quickly together than they could individually by combining...

Rabobank on top natural food trends at Expo West: Ginger and turmeric are in, kale is so last year

Ginger, turmeric and sprouted grains are hot, while kale and Greek yogurt are cooling off, according to  trend watchers at Rabobank International who walked the floor at the 2015 Natural...

Jamba Juice settles ‘all-natural’ lawsuit, but will pay no damages

Jamba Juice has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed in California alleging it misled shoppers by labeling its smoothie kits as ‘all-natural’.

Lawsuit v Hampton Creek Foods re-filed in Florida: 'Just Mayo is not mayonnaise at all'

A false advertising lawsuit filed – and then abruptly withdrawn – by Florida plaintiff Leah Davis against Hampton Creek Foods over its Just Mayo spread has been re-filed in a different court.

Judge tosses ‘no refined sugars’ case vs KIND Healthy Snacks, but attorney says it had a lucky escape

A judge in Illinois has thrown out a class action lawsuit against KIND LLC over “no refined sugars” claim on its Healthy Grains products, which contain evaporated cane juice, a...

Coalition recommends label declaration for use of nanotechnology

A coalition of NGOs has released a policy recommendation on how companies should move forward on the use of nanotech in foods and supplements. The document recommends corporate transparency and...

Fiber… Are you getting enough?

Can oatmeal save the cereal industry from slumping sales?

Manufacturers are rolling out a vast array of new oatmeal products in an effort to meet consumers’ growing demand for healthier fiber- and protein-packed breakfasts and to offset declines in...

GMO update: Non-browning Arctic apples and Innate low-acrylamide potatoes are safe, says FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says two high-profile genetically engineered foods - Simplot's low acrylamide 'Innate' potatoes, and Okanagan Specialty Fruit's non-browning 'Arctic' apples – are “as safe and nutritious...