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Sustainable sourcing

Sustainability is no longer an optional add-on for food manufacturers and their suppliers. Climate change and shrinking resources mean a responsible approach is called for – and shareholders and customers want to know what is being done to safeguard food supplies and the interests of future generations.

Mediterranean diet faces triple threat: FAO

The Mediterranean diet is being undermined by climate change, a misuse of natural resources and a brain drain which are damaging the social fabric of rural communities, according to a...

Transparent labeling could boost sales, consumer loyalty, Label Insight survey finds

Providing transparent, accurate information about products that go beyond what is legally required can boost sales, market share and consumer loyalty, suggests new research by Label Insight.

6 steps companies can take to “do good” and expand their appeal to modern consumers

Modern Americans expect much more from food companies today than they did in the past -- now not only do they want food that is better for them, but they...

Nestlé USA chief procurement officer: 'I am a kind of translator between the corporate world and the farm world'

As part of Nestlé's 150th anniversary celebrations, FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson caught up with Nestlé USA chief procurement officer Patty Stroup to talk about how relations with dairy farmers are changing....

NOSB votes to keep ‘GMO 2.0’ techniques out of organic

To protect organic crops and products form the “incursion” of rapidly developing genetic engineering, the National Organic Standards Board voted last week to recommend USDA expand and strengthen the definitions...

13 food giants pledge to ‘redouble’ climate change efforts at COP22

A coalition of food industry giants pledged to “redouble their efforts” in combating carbon emissions, carbon dioxide and deforestation, at the COP22 meeting in Morocco last week.

NOSB’s vote to delist carrageenan viewed as ‘dangerous precedent,’ restrictive

The National Organic Review Board’s decision Thursday to remove carrageenan from the list of allowable non-organic ingredients in organic products will limit consumers’ organic options, result in inferior products and...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Expanding cranberries’ appeal beyond the holidays & to a new generation

For most Americans cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple, but it isn’t the dish everyone clamors for -- which the fruit’s industry stakeholders hope to change with aggressive marketing campaigns,...

Pros & cons of carrageenan weighed at NOSB ahead of vote to delist it

Advocates for and against allowing organic products to continue using the non-organic thickener carrageenan argued their cases in front of the National Organic Standards Board Wednesday ahead of the advisory...

NOSB debates organic status of carrageenan, tocopherols, marine algae, hydroponics

Organic industry stakeholders from across the nation are gathered in St. Louis today for what promises to be a highly contentious three-day meeting during which the National Organic Standards Board...

Big Spoon Roasters spills the beans on what goes into a $10 jar of nut butter

For double the price of iconic peanut butter brands like Jif and Skippy—in a jar that is 6 oz. smaller—Big Spoon Roasters is offering nut butters that shoppers will want...

What will a Trump presidency mean for the US food & beverage industry?

Whether you went to bed last night overwhelmed with horror and uncertainty or with a big smile on your face all depends on your political affiliations. But what might a...

Dairy alternatives continue to grow with almond milk at the forefront, market research reveals

With a projected annual growth rate of more than 13% through 2022, the dairy alternative market – especially beverages – continues to pave the way forward for the overall expansion...

Behind the curtain: Calls for accountability in cocoa chain grow louder

Chocolate companies are coming under increasing scrutiny to publish third-party verified impacts on cocoa sustainability efforts, including taxes paid in origin countries.

Algae ingredient developer fixes on protein as latest path to market

Zivo Bioscience, an algae company long focused on deriving unique bioactives from its proprietary strains, has pivoted to protein as developers realized the potential inherent in the straight, unrefined biomass.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Evolving soy’s marketing strategy beyond protein

Soy may be best known in America as a source of high-quality protein, but as more trendy and allergen-friendly sources of plant-based protein enter the market, the bean may need...

Upcoming vote on organic certification of hydroponics stokes emotions, has far-reaching impact

Mere weeks before the National Organic Standards Board is expected to vote on a recommendation to allow hydroponically grown food to qualify as organic, the Cornucopia Institute filed a formal...

Tolerant Foods poised to be top contender in legume pasta category

The seven-person company is making big strides in a young but rapidly growing category, establishing itself as one of the ‘Best for the World’ food items according to research company...

Forced labour in food industry: ‘Progress has been slow’ says report

Large food manufacturers are not doing enough to tackle forced labour, a report has found, as vulnerabilities in supply chains means workers are amongst the poorest paid and most exploited.

Just how nutritious are sustainable proteins?

The need for sustainable proteins is on the rise, but are they as healthy and nutritious as their mainstream equivalents? A public-private partnership (PPP) coordinated by Wageningen University aims to...

Getting right financial advice critical for startups trying to clear distribution hump

Going from $2 million in sales to $10 million is a huge jump that requires a radical change in company culture. Getting expert advice in how to negotiate that change...

Quinn Snacks removes more than gluten from pretzels, shows consumers its supply line

Historically consumers who wanted a gluten-free alternative to a wheat-based product had to sacrifice nutrition, taste or accept the presence of other common allergens in the ingredient list. 

Four chocolate giants invest $5m in Ivorian education program

Mondelēz International, Mars, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut have joined forces on a community development and education program in Côte d’Ivoire in partnership with the Jacobs Foundation.

Soybeans with super nitrogen-fixing capabilities produce higher yield with less fertilizer

A “breakthrough” discovery that increases how much nitrogen soybeans can pull from the atmosphere and how efficiently they use it could help feed the world’s rapidly growing population by significantly...

News in brief

Tyson Foods takes 5% stake in Beyond Meat: 'It meets our desire to offer consumers choices'

Tyson Foods - one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef, and pork - has taken a 5% stake in plant-based protein producer Beyond Meat.

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