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ENI CEO: ‘Most prominent companies are starting to work on incorporating non-GMO materials’

The majority of the leading US supplement companies are working on using non-GMO ingredients in their formulations, said Cal Bewicke, CEO of Ethical Naturals Inc (ENI), as the company launches...

Special edition: Organic & Non-GMO

Vermont GMO labeling bill presents packaged food companies with ‘a serious quandary’, says Rabobank analyst

As anti-GMO activists celebrated their first major victory in Vermont this week with the passage of GMO labeling bill H112 , the GMA said it would mount a legal challenge within...

Flawed FDA guidance on evaporated cane juice has caused chaos for the food industry, say Chobani, Amy's Kitchen et al

The FDA’s “flawed” 2009 draft guidance  on ‘evaporated cane juice’ has put food manufacturers and retailers between a rock and a hard place when deciding what to put on their labels, says...

Kashi agrees $5m ‘all-natural’ lawsuit settlement; Bear Naked to pay $325,000 to settle related suit

Kellogg subsidiary Kashi has joined a growing list of big food companies that have agreed to stop using the term ‘all-natural’ to describe certain products in response to a tidal...

Special edition: Organic & Non-GMO

Consumer Reports: 84% of US consumers buy food with organic seal, but some are confused about its meaning

84% of US consumers buy organic food sometimes, and 45% of them buy it at least once a month, according to a new national survey of 1,016 adults. However, there...

Calorie labeling on menus is not driving a significant change in consumer behavior, says review

While calorie labeling on restaurant menus is still in its infancy - as is academic research attempting to measure its impact - a new study suggests it is not driving...

Bittersweet victory for plaintiffs in Twinings antioxidant lawsuit: Judge certifies class, but says no to monetary damages

A judge has certified a class of consumers accusing Twinings North America of misbranding its teas as a ‘natural source of antioxidants’, but said they cannot seek monetary damages because...

Abbott rejects shareholder call for GMO labeling on its products

An Abbott Laboratories shareholder proposal to label genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in its Similac infant formula range received about 5% of the vote, and has been rejected by the company.

1.4 million US users in three months: The meteoric rise of grocery coupon app Checkout 51

Just over three months after launching in the US market, grocery coupon app Checkout 51  has attracted an eye-boggling 1.4 million users, and expects to attract tens of millions more. Why?...

Term 'evaporated cane juice ' misleads consumers, says nutrition education group

Consumers are confused about what evaporated cane juice (ECJ) is, but the FDA’s preferred term - ‘dried cane syrup’ - is not much better, according to one of the first...

So if I ‘like’ you, I can’t sue you? General Mills’ legal policy woes

General Mills found itself at the center of a bad PR storm this month after a seemingly routine change to its online legal terms to include an arbitration clause. Food...

Vermont GMO labeling bill heads to governor's desk. But can it withstand a First Amendment challenge?

A bill requiring foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled in Vermont has passed the house and the senate, and now just needs Governor Peter Shumlin’s signature to be signed...

'I was astonished by this line of questioning.' More reaction to POM v Coke at the Supreme Court

The questions posed by Supreme Court Justices during oral arguments in a false advertising case brought by POM Wonderful against Coca Cola were nothing short of “astonishing”, according to one...

Special edition: Organic & Non-GMO

The organic food industry has been engaged in a 'multi-decade public disinformation campaign', claims report

Consumers have spent years paying over the odds for organic foods based on the erroneous belief - promulgated by stakeholders with a vested interest - that they are healthier and...

POM v Coke at the Supreme Court: Who came out on top?

POM Wonderful and Coca-Cola both got a grilling at the Supreme Court on Monday as they traded blows in a false advertising case, but while the justices seemed to give...

POM v Coca-Cola false advertising spat heads to Supreme Court, but what does this mean for your label?

It’s not quite as dramatic as the Oscar Pistorius trial, but in the world of food law, a false advertising case brought by POM Wonderful against rival Coca-Cola is being...

Changes to Nutrition Facts panel may have limited impact on consumer perceptions, says Hartman Group

Proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel  on food and beverage labels are well-intentioned, but may not have as much effect on how consumers perceive products as policymakers hope, according to...

Special edition: Healthy beverage trends

Fruit + Java = Frava: NY-based start-up bets on naturally caffeinated juice

Being a minnow in a pool of sharks is both scary and exhilarating, admit the entrepreneurs behind caffeinated fruit juice Frava. But “in the worst case scenario, it’ll make the...

Grocery shoppers ready to embrace mobile apps, but only if they save time and money

The good news? Two-thirds of primary household shoppers who own smartphones have used their mobile devices on a shopping trip. The bad news? Most of them were not bowled over...

News in brief

Vermont GMO labeling bill passes state senate

A bill requiring foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled in Vermont has passed by 28 votes to two in the State Senate.

Special edition: Healthy beverage trends

Mamma Chia CEO Janie Hoffman on saying no, not drinking your own kool aid, and managing explosive growth

Managing explosive growth is not a problem most entrepreneurs have to worry about. Most of them are too busy burning money, and wondering what on earth motivated them to give...

Insights from Perrin Conferences

Is Big Food the new tobacco?

As the class-action lawsuits pile up amid growing public health concerns over obesity and ongoing labeling debates, one has to wonder: Is Big Food going the way of Big Tobacco?...

Quirky, cult-like, aspirational, but affordable: The rise and rise of Trader Joe’s

If you want to see what success looks like in US grocery retailing, look no further than Trader Joe’s. Its unique combination of affordable prices, innovative private label items and...

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Rhubarb, Lavender, cucumber… and significantly less sugar. It’s time soda got sophisticated, says DRY Soda

There’s a reason why soda is generally sweet and comes in three flavors (cola, lemon & lime and root beer), because that’s what sells, right? Wrong, says DRY Soda founder...

FDA honey guidance: a response to labeling litigation?

Honey mixed with other sweeteners must be labeled as a blend, rather than just “honey”, according to a draft guidance issued by the US Food and Drug Administration last week....