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Judge to FDA: When are you going to make a decision on evaporated cane juice labeling?

A federal judge in California has asked the FDA whether it is planning to clarify its position on evaporated cane juice (ECJ) labeling any time soon as confusion over whether...

Online snack subscription service NatureBox to expand to physical retail

The successful online snack subscription delivery service NatureBox wants to build brand awareness and drive more consumers to shop online by moving into the physical retail realm. 

Consumers increasingly value animal welfare and seek out retailers, CPGs that do, too

Consumer concern about animal welfare is rising to a level that retailers – and by extension CPG manufacturers and suppliers – can no longer ignore, according to new research by...

Coolhaus combined the power of multiple retail channels to fuel fast growth

Direct-to-consumer marketing through food trucks and fast casual restaurants can efficiently generate brand awareness and consumer trial of new food and beverage products, but to build brand longevity and business...

Millennials might not be the trendsetters marketers think, CivicScience research shows

Targeting millennials in an effort to reach adventurous, trendsetting consumers who will adopt and evangelize new products early will only get marketers a third of the way to their goal,...

Cross-promoting center-store items with produce could boost sales, FMI study finds

Manufacturers could boost the struggling sales of shelf-stable products sold in the center of the store by co-branding and merchandising them with related, high-velocity produce, sales of which are outpacing...

Winston Lee: 'We're caramelizing milk and sugar together and then culturing it'

Tarte Asian Yogurt CEO: 'Greek has 47% of the market; we’re going after the other 53%'

When Winston Lee started pitching Tarte Asian Yogurt to retailers three years ago, the market had already hit peak Greek, he says: “Buyers were already looking at what's next after...

Back to the Roots raises $2 million to develop new RTE products & growing kits

Back to the Roots want to go beyond providing consumers with packaged food that has a simple ingredient list – it wants to give them the exact recipe so they...

Jolt Energy Gum relaunches as category experiences sales resurgence

Sales of chewing gum are climbing again after several years of stagnation, likely due to evolving tastes and eating patterns, in addition to new product launches, according to IRI Worldwide.

FOOD VISION USA: Which food & beverage companies are really driving innovation?

According to Nielsen data, 85% of new consumer packaged goods fail within two years, and big firms are no better - and often far worse - at picking winners than...

Hemp is ready for prime time, says Evo Hemp co-founder: We’re growing at 300% year over year

It may not have hit prime time yet, but it’s only a matter of time before hemp is as big as chia in the US food and beverage market, predicts...

5 emerging multicultural ingredients with cross-generational appeal

Multicultural wellness ingredients are emerging as a tie that binds the diverse desires of multiple generations together, according to the latest Packaged Facts’ Culinary Trend Tracking Series report . 

The Cookie Department aims to help children fight obesity with a healthy cookie alternative

As counter-intuitive as it sounds, the founder of The Cookie Department says he wants to “fight the good fight for anti-obesity” by marketing a vegan cookie to children and their...

NurturMe angles for pole-position in quinoa-based baby food category

A $1.5 million investment from EcoEnterprises Fund will enable NurturMe to expand its line of quinoa-based children's food as well as its social mission as a B-Corporation to improve sustainable...

Online meal delivery services are “next big wave of food companies,” Veestro CMO says

California startup Veestro  is bringing to consumers’ doors healthy, plant-based frozen meals and with them the next evolution in the burgeoning direct-to-consumer meal kit and grocery delivery movement.

Americans believe ‘preservatives / chemicals’ are significantly more harmful than added sugar, saturated fat and sodium, says new poll

A poll* of more than 4,200 US consumers conducted in April 2015 by CivicScience shows Americans believe that ‘preservatives / chemicals’ are significantly more harmful to their heath than added...

Chobani refreshes Simply 100 Greek yogurt range; appeals to ‘thoughtful weight managers’

Dollar sales of Chobani’s Simply 100 Greek yogurts have grown 25% in the first five months of 2015 vs the same period last year, while unit sales are up 28%,...

From hemp and turmeric to artisan dairy-free ‘cheese’: Nine natural food trends for 2015

From veggie powders to sprinkle on your food to artisan dairy-free ‘cheeses’ made from nuts, Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) selects nine natural food trends it predicts will inspire packaged foods and...

The future of tofu: pressed, baked and vacuum-packed

Vitasoy USA Inc., the maker of Nasoya products, hopes its new vacuum-packed and ready-to-eat baked tofu products will bring new consumers into the category by making tofu easier to prepare...

KeVita proposes 'Verified Non Alcoholic' logo to reassure shoppers kombucha is below legal alcohol limit

Tens of thousands of kombucha bottles were pulled from US shelves in 2010 after it emerged they exceeded the 0.5% legal alcohol limit, so you’d assume products on shelf today...

Booming meat snack market grows with new flavors, formats & packaging

Consumer demand for high protein, on-the-go food is helping drive sales of jerky, which climbed 12.8% last year, and other dried meat snacks, which increased 14.3% last year, according to...

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Heinz clashes with Boulder Brands over ‘Smart Balance’ trademark on frozen foods

Heinz is urging a Pennsylvania court to reverse a decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) allowing Boulder Brands to register ‘Smart Balance’ as a trademark for frozen...

MAY 2015 NEWS QUIZ: Are you up to speed with the latest food & beverage industry news?

Do you know what Panera plans to oust from its menus, or which food & beverage giants just snapped up Blake's and Applegate? And what do we know about Millennials...

Avian flu prompting strategic rethink at US food companies, claims Hampton Creek boss: 'It's not just about price'

The latest outbreak of avian flu has, predictably, prompted a surge in demand for egg replacers. But some industrial egg users are now considering making permanent changes to recipes and...

New data reveals winners in the US snacks aisle: RTE popcorn, bean chips & dried meat snacks

Potato chips, tortilla chips and cheese snacks are performing strongly in the US retail market, despite growing demand for healthier snacking options. However, the big winners in the snacks aisle...

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