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Insights from IFT 2014

Is your product ready for nutrition label changes?

Food and beverage manufacturers are holding their collective breath in anticipation of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel put forth by the Food and Drug Administration and likely...

Consumers seek out ‘natural’, ‘locally grown’ on product labels: survey

When shopping for food, two-thirds of US consumers look for “locally grown” on labels, while 59% check to see if the products they’re buying are natural, according to a survey...

IFT 2014: Chefs! Is it time to proudly serve GMOs on your table?

You'd think that pro-science,'molecular gastronomists' such as Chef Homaru Cantu would be all in favor of genetically engineered foods, especially if they can add nutrition, or reduce the environmental impact...

Special edition: Oils & Fats

Progress on PHOs and why saturated fat is still bad: Bunge

The packaged food industry has removed roughly three-quarters of the 8 billion pounds of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) that abounded in the marketplace at the heyday of trans fats in...

Are food marketers missing a trick? (Hint: over 65s like yogurt and protein bars too)

The number of Americans aged 65+ will double in the next 25 years. But manufacturers of products that could have strong appeal to this demographic (Greek yogurt, protein bars) are...

Honest Tea co-founder Seth Goldman on disruptive innovation: We can take the Honest brand beyond the beverages aisle

The Honest brand could extend well beyond the ready-to-drink tea category into a wider array of beverages and even foods, says the co-founder of Honest Tea, which posted a 27%...

EPA, DHA for the masses? Cargill unveils cost-effective ‘drop-in’ solution for F&B omega-3 fortification

Cargill has unveiled IngreVita, a proprietary blend of high oleic canola oil, antioxidants and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) from fish oil that it claims will take omega-3...

Trendspotting from Innova Market Insights

Protein, sugar and hybrid products: Innova teases IFT agenda

Can anything top protein? What’s a “silver consumer” and why should we care? Would salty caramel work in a soft drink? Innova Market Insights teased a very full agenda of...

Grocery shopping in 2014: diversified and fragmented, says FMI

Not only are today's consumers less likely to rely on a primary store for food shopping, but they're sharing shopping duties and planning for specific meals rather than stocking up...

News in brief

Attorney: First round to POM at the Supreme Court, but don't expect the floodgates to open...

POM Wonderful scored a big win on Thursday after the Supreme Court gave it the green light to sue juice rival Coca-Cola for false advertising. But don't expect the floodgates to...

POM v Coke at Supreme Court: Food marketers be warned, if your labels are FDA compliant or not, you're fair game

While POM Wonderful’s Supreme Court victory over Coca-Cola doesn’t have any direct impact on the wave of consumer class action lawsuits over false advertising engulfing the trade, it still makes...

POM Wonderful scores ‘resounding victory’ at Supreme Court: But what does it mean for your label?

You can have an FDA-compliant label, but still face a false advertising lawsuit brought by a competitor, concluded Supreme Court justices today in an 8:0 opinion  described by legal experts as a...

SCIENTIST INSISTS PEN NANO INVENTORY 'MISREPRESENTED' STUDY CONCLUSIONS

PepsiCo, Coke deny using 'potentially dangerous' nano-sized titanium dioxide

PepsiCo and Coke insist they do not use titanium dioxide in SoBe and Powerade drinks after a controversial report warned they use the colorant in a 'potentially dangerous' nano-sized form.

'OUR LABELS COMPLY WITH ALL LAWS & GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS': CAMPBELL'S

‘An elaborate con!’ CSPI threatens to sue Campbell's over V8 juice marketing

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) today threatened to sue Campbell's Soup Company alleging that it makes misleading statements about the juice content, nutritional value and healthfulness...

What can the US learn from Europe? Clean label and subtle nutrition, says Mintel

US bakery, snack and cereal manufacturers should look to Europe for lessons on clean label and better-for-you products that don’t scream health, says Mintel’s innovation head.

'All-natural’ frustration for Whole Foods: Judge refuses to toss suit over SAPP in baked goods

Three months after a federal judge in California gave the preliminary thumbs up to a $3.4m settlement of a class action lawsuit accusing Trader Joe’s  of falsely advertising products as ‘all natural’,...

Underlying forces will continue to drive functional food growth, analyst says

The hot market for functional foods shows no signs of cooling off, according to longtime industry consultant Jeff Hilton.  In his view a number of factors will combine to drive...

Who owns How (and does it Matter)? Chobani on trademark lawsuit: ‘This is all a bit silly’

Becoming a target of opportunistic lawsuits is the price you pay for being successful, says Chobani’s marketing boss, who says he is “baffled” by a complaint filed by Dov Seidman...

How Matters: Chobani ‘disappointed’ by ‘baseless’ trademark infringement lawsuit from Dov Seidman

A lawsuit filed by bestselling author and corporate ethics consultant Dov Seidman accusing Chobani of infringing his trademarks with its 'How Matters' campaign is "baseless and without merit", says the Greek...

The power of the 0.9%

Although fewer than one in 100 (0.9%) of US consumers is afflicted with a peanut or treenut allergy, the purchasing power of that group extends far beyond those with allergies,...

News in brief

Non-GMO, beets, lentils, bee-free ‘honey’ & drinkable grains: What are the top 10 natural and organic food trends inspiring the mainstream?

From drinkable grains to Non-GMO verified, Sterling-Rice Group has identified 10 natural and organic food trends that are starting to influence the mainstream grocery market. Are you up to speed?

PLT to debut whole food vitamin D mushroom powder at IFT

PLT Health Solutions will debut a new vegetarian source of vitamin D with a whole food mushroom powder at the Institute of Food Technologists trade show later in June in...

News in brief

OTA: organic certification enough for non-GMO claims

The Organic Trade Association says that third-party certification under the USDA National Organic Program is sufficient for non-GMO label claims, calling organic production is the optimal solution to US agriculture,...

Evaporated cane juice blues for Blue Diamond as judge surprises legal experts by allowing lawsuit to proceed

Several food manufacturers have been let off the legal hook recently as lawsuits filed against them for using ‘evaporated cane juice’ (ECJ) on labels have been dismissed or stayed following...