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Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Health and wellness is about healthy food. But it's also about emotional wellbeing, according to market experts at Mintel, who argue that a premium private label mac & cheese might fit in just as neatly with a wellness concept as a functional beverage. Is it good for you? Maybe not in the strictest sense, but is it about ‘wellness’ in a broader sense? You bet. It’s comforting and wholesome, and it makes you feel good.  

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Evolving views on breakfast create challenges, opportunities for CPGs

Breakfast has long been known as the most important meal of the day, but when people are eating it and what they are reaching for is quickly evolving and as...

Evolve BioSystems: We’re facing a ‘generational loss’ of critical gut bacteria in infants

Research into the gut microbiome suggests that the ‘generational loss’ of a specific variety of beneficial bacteria - B. infantis - in the infant gut could increase the risk for a...

Designers weigh in on Hampton Creek’s new look: ‘It's anti-branding, it's simply food’

Hampton Creek has unveiled a colorful new look for its plant-based brand. But what do branding experts think of the redesign? 

Probiota Americas built around cutting edge research

Experts from diverse research fields including infant health, skin health and global microbial demographics will expand the view of the microbiome at the upcoming 2017 IPA World Congress + Probiota...

Leading candy companies make historic commitment to reduce pack-sizes, increase label transparency

Leading chocolate and confectionery companies are taking an offensive position in the ongoing war on sugar by together committing to reduce calories in single serve products and increase transparency with...

No Cow (D’s Naturals) to unveil new look, new products, in Jan 2018: ‘Our goal is to be a $100m+ brand’

D’s Naturals – the plant protein-fueled start up that recently caught the eye of investors at General Mills 301 INC and 2X Consumer Partners – will unveil a new brand...

Bugs could hold the key to fighting childhood obesity, suggests former President Clinton

According to former President Bill Clinton bugs could hold the answer to fighting the childhood obesity epidemic and to stemming the rising tide of Americans developing type 2 diabetes and...

Holistic approach that downplays RCTs best path to optimal nutrition, paper says

A holistic approach to optimal nutrition that would include other research modes beyond RCTs will be the best way to get a handle on the modern plague of obesity, authors...

NACS, Cumberland Farms commit to expanding access to healthy options

Corner stores, bodegas and gas stations have a bad reputation when it comes to the healthfulness of the foods and beverages they offer, but the National Association of Convenience Stores...

American Heart Association: A clean label doesn't necessarily make for a 'healthy' product

Consumer research indicates that for many shoppers, ‘healthy,' is all about foods that are organic, minimally processed, natural, non-GMO, or free of artificial ingredients. But such factors should not be included in...

Former First Lady Obama criticizes efforts to delay Nutrition Facts changes as insulting to consumers

Requests to delay the implementation of the updated Nutrition Facts panel, which includes a line to indicate added sugar and makes calories more visible, and a last-minute delay of menu...

Unilever’s venture unit backs meal kit company Sun Basket

The private equity arm of global CPG giant Unilever, called Unilever Ventures, led the $9.2m Series C-2 funding of organic meal kit company Sun Basket.

Kroger and Once Upon a Farm partner to test coolers in baby aisle

Retailer Kroger is testing coolers in the baby aisle in 10 stores around Dallas and Houston, responding to demand from Millennial parents for fresh baby food.

Is single-serve packaging also a health-halo?

Serving sizes of packaged food can affect a consumer’s health perception and intended consumption, according to a new study in the Journal of Business Research.

Can water give soil a run for its money? Hydroponics is on the up, says Suncrest, 'but it's all about scale'

Right now, hydroponic and indoor grown lettuce account for around 4-5% of lettuce production in the US, but that figure will rise “substantially” in the coming years as more growers...

SPECIAL REPORT: Consumers and ‘clean’ food: Where is the clean label trend going next?

To the casual observer, ‘cleaning up’ our food sounds like an eminently sensible thing to do. But where is the clean label trend going, and is ditching every ingredient you can’t...

What is healthy? Comments flood in as FDA docket closes

Oldways: ‘It’s time we stopped tying ‘healthy’ to a formula of nutrients divorced from actual foods’

“If we were looking for an easy answer and widespread agreement on the definition of ‘healthy,’ we didn’t find it [at a public meeting last month],”observed the FDA in a...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Will Moringa knock kale out of the top superfood spot?

For years kale has reigned supreme as the go-to superfood for many Americans thanks in part to its relatively low cost, nutrient density, broad accessibility and the plethora of ways...

The FoodNavigator-USA reader survey results: ‘We’re in the 3G era... where cost cutting is valued over growth’

The results of the 2017 FoodNavigator-USA reader survey are in… and not surprisingly, given the breadth of our readership, they’re pretty mixed, with many readers excited about their company’s prospects...

Greco has experience ‘in preparing and bringing companies to acquisition’

AquaBall maker True Drinks taps CPG veteran James Greco as CEO

Former Sbarro CEO James Greco has taken the helm at True Drinks Holdings – the firm behind kids’ flavored water brand AquaBall – while Kevin Sherman (who has been in...

Beyond Burger goes beyond borders, taking meat-free patty to HK aisles

Beyond Meat, manufacturer of the “first refrigerated plant-based burger to sit in the meat counter” in America, has chosen Hong Kong as its first international export destination.

Healthy Skoop aims to ride plant based trend

Healthy Skoop, a Boulder-based nutritional product company, is capitalizing on the plant-based nutrition trend with new product launches and an expanded retail footprint.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Could Fair Trade certification help avoid a coconut shortage?

Ever since coconut water burst on to the US market several years ago, Americans have been enthralled with all things coconut, but while manufacturers are reaping the rewards of the...

Supplement to offer structured introduction of potential food allergens into kids' diets

The increasing prevalence of food allergies is a challenge that has opened a business opportunity for California startup Before Brands.

School nutrition standards under fire again, threshold for free, reduced meals increased

Congressional pressure on federal agencies to back down from nutrition policies created under the Obama Administration continues to mount with the standards for school meals now in the cross-hairs. 

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