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Pepsi explores salt flavor modifiers with Senomyx; plans new 'made with real sugar' colas

San Diego-based flavor innovator Senomyx has entered into a collaborative agreement with PepsiCo to identify flavors with "modifying properties intended to restore the desired salty taste in products with reduced salt"....

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Judge dismisses evaporated juice lawsuit: Let the FDA decide

Another class action lawsuit taking issue with the food industry’s use of the phrase ‘evaporated cane juice’ (which plaintiffs argue is just plain old sugar and should be described as...

More pushback from industry over FDA trans-fat crackdown: Soybean industry has ‘grave concerns’, cardiologist says we should act now

FDA proposals to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in order to crack down on trans fats will lead to increased saturated fat intakes, greater reliance on...

Big Data and Big Food: Where to draw the line?

The exponential growth and availability of “Big Data” offers food and beverage marketers unprecedented access to consumer information, but it also raises some ethical questions when it comes to how...

AHPA's new protein guidance addresses issue that has been percolating for years

The American Herbal Products Association has set a new policy for how member companies ought to calculate the amount of protein in their products to deal with a situation in...

GMO labeling bill makes headway in Vermont; Rep Mike Pompeo silent on rumors over federal bill

A bill requiring foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled in Vermont has made further progress after passing in the Senate Judiciary committee in a 5-0 vote.

Evaporated cane juice lawsuit on ice as FDA weighs in. But what does this mean for industry?

A class action lawsuit accusing Coca-Cola subsidiary Odwalla of misleading consumers and misbranding its products by using the term ‘evaporated cane juice’ (ECJ) on labels has been put on ice...

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Suntava secures Non-GMO Project certification for its antioxidant-packed purple corn

Suntava - the Minnesota-based firm promoting anthocyanin-packed purple-corn ingredients - has gone through the Non-GMO Project verification process to reassure customers and consumers that the corn from which they are...

Labeling laws shouldn’t be decided in court: F&B attorney

With more and more class-action lawsuits against the food and beverage industry making headlines, FoodNavigator-USA caught up with an attorney specializing in complex corporate litigation to discuss the proper role...

Trans fat crackdown: Here are two practical alternatives to a blanket ban on PHOs, industry tells FDA

Two practical alternatives to a blanket ban on partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) would help the FDA achieve its objective (cracking down on trans-fats) without causing formulation nightmares, claim leading food...

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Unfinished business: Obama’s nutrition agenda marches forward

The recent Let’s Move! nutrition related announcements by the White House mark ongoing efforts by this Administration to make good on a number of nutrition commitments from the first term.  Following on...

GMO Answers: Biotech's big guns seek to claw back initiative in GM debate

While die-hard opponents of GM crops probably won’t undergo a damascene conversion after checking out the latest updates on ag-biotech-funded website GMO Answers , they are not the target audience, say...

Axing GMOs from Original Cheerios has not boosted sales, says General Mills

While General Mills’ decision to rid Original Cheerios of GMOs has generated an enormous amount of publicity, it has not, apparently, translated to the top line.

Judge blasts plaintiff in trans-fat lawsuit vs Smucker for claiming ‘grossly excessive’ attorneys’ fees, costs

The fees claimed by the plaintiff in a high-profile - but ultimately unsuccessful - class action lawsuit against JM Smucker over trans fats are “grossly excessive”, according to the judge...

How many products making ‘0g trans-fat’ claims still contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (PHOs)?

How many products with ‘0g trans-fat’ on the label still contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, a key source of harmful artificial trans-fats? Not as many as you might think, according...

Heinz is latest target in new wave of false advertising lawsuits over ‘all natural’ claims and GMOs

Heinz has vowed to vigorously defend itself after becoming the latest food giant to be targeted in a false advertising lawsuit alleging it is misleading consumers by describing products made...

Expo West highlights: ‘Unless you've literally pulled it out of the ground yourself and stuck it in a box, don't call it all-natural’

If it’s in the natural channel today, it could be in food, drug and mass merchandise stores tomorrow, so food and beverage trend-spotters were out in force at the Natural...

Global ID: 'I wouldn't say the writing is on the wall for GM crops, but big brands are listening to the signals in the marketplace'

If big food brands start to lose the GMO argument at the checkout and in the court of public opinion, they will feel compelled to respond, whether they are in...

Sabra Dipping Co files citizen’s petition to establish standard of identity for hummus

Sabra Dipping Co has submitted a citizen’s petition to the FDA asking it to establish a standard of identity (SOI) for hummus based on the traditional ingredients of chickpeas and...

Senators object to EU claim on cheese names

US senators have objected to an ‘absurd’ European initiative to protect local cheese names, which would force changes to common names in the States.

Herbalife confirms FTC investigation

Network marketing giant Herbalife has confirmed that is the subject of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.  Trading in shares of the company were briefly halted on the New...

Predictive data analysis can help companies become 'market makers,' consultant says

Markets, whether for dietary supplements, functional foods or other consumer products, are divided between  “market makers” and “market followers.”  You don’t want to be in the latter group if you...

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.