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Butter consumption is at a 40-year high, but margarine is the healthier option, says NAMM

Butter might be winning the PR war in the spreads category owing to its all-natural credentials and short ingredients list; but from a nutritional standpoint, the healthier choice is margarine,...

SPECIAL FEATURE: What exactly is evaporated cane juice?

It’s been gracing food labels for years, but more recently, it’s also prompted a tsunami of civil litigation against firms from Chobani to Trader Joe’s . So what exactly is ‘evaporated...

Chobani to launch organic Greek yogurt: ‘There was a gap in the market and we decided to act on it’

Chobani will make its first foray into the organic market later this year with the introduction of 32oz grass-fed multi-serve packs of its Greek yogurt.

Expo West Day One: The rise and rise of Sprouts, GMO battle lines, top trends and ‘ancient wisdom’

It’s 70 degrees, and there are a lot of free snacks, so the FoodNavigator-USA team did the decent thing and headed to Anaheim to bring you the highlights from the...

SFA: Nutrition labeling will ‘expose’ snacks but we remain confident

Nutrition labeling will expose snacks for what they are, but we’re committed to being transparent and confident US consumers will remain a snacking nation, says the CEO of the Snack...

Late July CEO: The brand just exploded... We’ve tripled our revenues in three years

In 2012, Late July’s revenues were a modest $18.6m. In 2014, founder and CEO Nicole Dawes says the brand is "currently at a $60M run rate", primarily due to explosive...

American Heart Association to FDA: The industry doesn’t need years to phase out artificial trans fats

The food industry doesn’t need years to phase out partially hydrogenated oils (which create harmful artificial trans fats), according to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of...

Insights from Baking Tech 2014

Clean label: The shopper will define it with dollars

While manufacturers faced renewed pressure to clean up labels following recent media attacks on the dough conditioner azodicarbonamide and artificial preservatives, far less attention has been paid to what these...

Label changes open door for discussion of 'good' fats, GOED chief says

In the proposal by the Food and Drug Administration to update labels for foods and dietary supplements, the agency declined to set a value for omega-3 fatty acids.  This does...

Decoding the future of healthy bakery

 Governments, NGOs and consumers are driving change in the bakery sector, but how can industry keep up? What’s the next direction for healthy bakery? And will this future need to...

CSPI: ‘Facts Up Front is a joke that should be roundly ignored by the FDA’

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has again urged the FDA to come up with its own mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labeling system and “ignore” the industry-backed, voluntary...

How much do consumers use (and understand) nutrition labels?

On the heels of the US Food and Drug Administration’s proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label—which received largely positive marks from the food and beverage industry—new research from the...

Smart Balance becomes latest brand to go non-GMO, but says 'We aren’t taking a position on the GMO debate'

Smart Balance has become the latest high-profile brand to make a commitment to sourcing non-GMO ingredients in its products, starting with its buttery spreads.

SnackSafely.com closing the allergen contamination knowledge gap

The founders of an online food allergen guide are hoping to fill a void left by the current federal food allergen labeling system in an effort to make packaged foods...

Chobani (finally) prevails in evaporated cane juice lawsuit, but other firms still being targeted

A high-profile class action lawsuit accusing Chobani of deceiving consumers with the term ‘evaporated cane juice’ on labels has finally been dismissed with prejudice (ie. the plaintiff can’t re-file and...

FDA’s proposed nutrition label changes emphasize calories, serving sizes

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing several changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods and beverages. If approved, the new labels would place a bigger emphasis on total...

PopChips agrees $2.4m ‘all-natural’ lawsuit settlement; settlements also likely in Kashi and Bear Naked cases

Snack maker PopChips looks set to become the latest firm to stop using the term ‘all-natural’ to describe its products after agreeing to settle a lawsuit alleging it misled consumers...

Copper Moon launches first probiotic in a K-Cup with Ganeden BC30

Ganeden Biotech - the Ohio-based company behind ultra-resilient probiotic BC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) - has scored another industry first after teaming up with coffee firm Copper Moon to launch...

FDA agrees to new deadlines on FSMA final rules

The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to new deadlines for final rules detailing the implementaiton of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The agreement comes as part of a...

News in brief

CA senator introduces GE labeling bill SB 1381: ‘A simpler, cleaner version of Prop 37’

California state senator Noreen Evans (D – Santa Rosa) has introduced a new GMO labeling bill claimed to be a “simpler, cleaner version of Prop 37’.

Have ‘all-natural’ lawsuits peaked? And what defense strategies are working?

While the number of lawsuits filed against food and beverage manufacturers over ‘all-natural’ claims appeared to peak in 2012 and drop off again in 2013, it’s too early for the...

Is the food industry falling out of love with ‘natural’ claims? Not according to the data, says Mintel

When PepsiCo replaced the word ‘Simply Natural’ with ‘Simply’ on some Frito-Lay lines recently, some commentators wondered if this signaled the beginning of the end of the industry’s love affair...

Plant egg entrepreneur raises $23m in latest funding round, led by Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing

While most start-ups struggle to raise the funds to turn their dreams into reality, Hampton Creek Foods CEO Josh Tetrick has convinced some of the world’s wealthiest people that his...

News in brief

'Obesity, diabetes, tooth decay': California mulls soda health warning

California is considering a controversial law change that would mean soda cans carry labels warning that added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

PepsiCo: New non-cola beverages with stevia and sugar launching in US this year; colas in other markets

New non-cola products sweetened with stevia and sugar will hit the US market this year, while cola products combining stevia and sugar will be tested in other markets, says PepsiCo.

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