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Annie’s/So Delicious deals just the beginning says corporate finance expert: CPG giants now eyeing up natural firms with revenues of $10-25m

While the jaw-dropping amount that General Mills paid for Annie’s ($820m) raised some eyebrows, it was “worth it”, says one corporate finance expert who says big CPG firms are increasingly...

Food Justice Certified label aims to verify fair treatment of farm laborers, others in food chain

After a years long pilot process, the new label Food Justice Certified is ready for market. The new designation aims to do what the USDA Organic Certification does not, and...

Interview: Neil Goldsmith, CEO, Evolva

Synthetic biology is cheaper, faster, and more sustainable, says Evolva CEO: 'We’re proud of what we do'

What’s more sustainable? Using acres of land, water and energy to grow plants that produce minuscule quantities of natural flavors, sweeteners or phytonutrients; or making them via a fermentation process...

Activists raise warning flags about 'synthetic biology' ingredients

Opponents of genetic modification say there is a new, potentially more powerful technology to contend with: synthetic biology.  Purveyors of natural products who are concerned about this technique have coined...

Regulatory roadblocks to AquaBounty's GE salmon ‘seriously damage the global credibility of FDA and its objective, science-based approval process’, warn scientists

90 scientists have written to President Obama urging him to press the FDA into making a decision, one way or another, on whether AquaBounty Technologies should be allowed to introduce...

Attorney: ‘I don’t think food is the next tobacco… Virtually all 'all-natural' cases face significant hurdles’

While new class action lawsuits over ‘all-natural’ claims on food labels are still filed in the ‘food court’ in California on a weekly basis, some recent orders from judges handling...

B&G Foods hit with 'all-natural' lawsuit over 'artificial' or 'GMO' dextrose, xanthan gum, maltodextrin, citric acid, soy lecithin

B&G Foods is the latest firm to be hit with a class action lawsuit accusing it of misleading shoppers by labeling products containing ingredients that are “highly processed” or/and derived...

Ex-vitaminwater execs prepare for national rollout at Target for agua enerviva: ‘Energy water is a new category and we’re leading the charge’

While sales of vitaminwater and SoBe Lifewater have been pretty lackluster of late, US consumers are still looking for functionality along with hydration and refreshment in the enhanced waters category,...

Organic/natural acquisitions allow the food industry to align CSR messages with product portfolio: Euromonitor

Desires to align product portfolios with messages of corporate social responsibility are driving some of the M&A activity regarding organic and natural companies, says Euromonitor International.

'No high fructose corn syrup' claims featured on 2.35% of new products launched in 2013

'No high fructose corn syrup' claims featured on around 2.35% of the 20,000+ new products launched in the US in 2013, compared with 2.30% of new products launched in 2012, 2.09% in 2011 and 1.56% in 2010.

INDUSTRY VOX POP: Do natural claims still resonate with consumers? Mamma Chia, Runa, Saffron Road, Cargill et al weigh in

Are consumers weary of 'all-natural' claims? And if so, what other cues do they look for on pack to see if a brand fits in with their values? We quizzed...

New products gallery: Cinnamon Toast Crunch turns 30, ConAgra makes snacking ‘guilt-free’, Kevita’s kombucha for the mainstream

Here’s a look at the latest and greatest in new product launches—from General Mills making the old new to kombucha for all, bean-based chips, eggless eggs, and protein-packed chips and...

Group forms to clarify roles of vitamins and minerals in diet

A new group called the Global  Nutrition & Health Alliance has formed with the mission to clarify the role of food fortification and nutritional supplementation. The issue of the role...

News in brief

GMA et al seek injunction to stop Vermont implementing GMO labeling law until legal dispute is resolved

Food trade associations are seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the state of Vermont from implementing its GMO labeling law (Act 120) until a lawsuit they have filed that challenges...

Bootstrapping, brand-building & Fresh & Easy’s quest for what's ‘fresh, unique and new’: A day at the Food & Beverage University

From how to keep control of your trade spending to presenting the perfect pitch to investors (spoiler alert: ‘Let me get back to you on those numbers’ will not inspire...

Weekly text reminder may help people ‘budget’ calorie intake

A weekly text message reminder of recommended daily caloric intake may help consumers make healthier food choices, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...

Calorie counting is a declining trend

Ditching the ‘diet’: Americans want to shed pounds, but they're tiring of traditional weight loss regimes, says Packaged Facts

While 28% (66 million) of American adults are trying to lose weight, and a further 14% (32 million) are trying to maintain their weight, they are losing interest in strict...

More ‘all-natural’ blues for Kashi as Florida judge allows GMO/all-natural class action to proceed

Just months after Kashi agreed to settle a California class action lawsuit accusing it of deceptively advertising its wares as ‘all-natural’, a judge has allowed most claims in a similar...

Digital pioneers now, CPG market leaders tomorrow: GMA

CPG companies at the forefront of digital marketing and e-commerce today are setting themselves up to be overall market leaders in the next few years, according to a report prepared...

Record beef prices see FTB volumes increase, albeit slowly: Cargill

Is finely textured beef staging a comeback?

Could record ground beef prices in the US mean a return to finely textured beef (FTB)? 

'We are looking to be more disruptive at retail'

Vita Coco CEO on ‘owning the coconut’, staying independent, and class action lawsuits: ‘Things have got totally out of hand’

When Coca-Cola & PepsiCo invested in Zico and O.N.E. in 2009; Vita Coco CEO and co-founder Michael Kirban admits he became a little nervous as pundits predicted he’d get sidelined...

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So Häagen-Dazs ‘says no to synbio’?

When it comes to reporting the position of some of the world’s biggest food companies on genetically engineered foods, Friends of the Earth, it seems, has been engaging in some...

Hershey unveils new logo, brand makeover: 'Today we are much more than the Great American Chocolate Bar'

Hershey has unveiled a new logo as part of a corporate brand makeover designed to reflect its “evolution from a predominately U.S. chocolate maker to a global confection and snack...

Food brands missing the boat on digital couponing

Although grocery lags other sectors when it comes to e-commerce, the effects of digital marketing are beginning to show, as a growing number of shoppers seek out coupons before and...

Big interview: Dave Asprey, CEO of Bulletproof Exec

Bulletproof coffee: start of a revolution or a magic elixir?

For the creator of Bulletproof Coffee, the butter-infused, "low-toxin" coffee that’s created something of a media storm, the epiphany of the Bulletproof lifestyle came (as epiphanies sometimes seem wont to...

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