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The GM debate

Genetically modified food is one of the great opinion-dividers of our time. Some argue that GM foods reap irreparable damage on the environment and human health. But others say they could be the answer to a secure food supply for the world’s growing population.

GMO labeling push will propel organic market, Organic Monitor says

The struggle over GMO labeling will push the growth of certified organic products in the US in 2014, according to market research firm Organic Monitor.  And at least one major...

Original Cheerios going GMO-free

General Mills says original Cheerios will now be made without genetically modified ingredients, citing consumers' growing preference for non-GMO food products. The change doesn’t apply to the other 11 varieties...

Food industry group wants permission to label GMO foods as ‘natural’

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents some of the largest food and beverage manufacturers, is seeking approval to label foods containing GMO ingredients “natural”, according to a Dec. 5 letter...

Whole Foods to drop Chobani in early 2014

Whole Foods said Wednesday it plans to dump Chobani as a yogurt supplier at the beginning of 2014, citing a number of reasons—primarily that it has become more selective in...

Regulation in 2014 PART TWO: The snack food and beverage industries grapple with increased transparency

The debate rages on over whether government should have a say in what consumers eat and drink, as the high-profile proposed cap on soda sizes brought the issue into the...

A look at regulation in 2014 PART ONE: Farm bill, sugar labels and biotech

What will 2014 bring on the regulatory front for the food and beverage industry? From the stagnant farm bill to the ongoing debate on biotech to consumer confusion on the...

The FoodNavigator-USA business leaders round table debate

Who is driving innovation in the US food & beverage market? Find out at the FoodNavigator-USA business leaders round table debate

What are the hottest trends in food and beverage? And are the big bucks really in blue-sky innovation, or have the most successful firms played with an existing concept and just...

Food labeling & litigation: What’s in store for 2014? Nutrition Facts, GMOs, natural claims, trans fats, GE salmon, whole grain statements

What might give the food and beverage industry's regulatory affairs teams sleepless nights in 2014? From more evaporated cane juice lawsuits to proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel, stay...

Canadian firm to bring encapsulated hemp oil ingredient to market for supplements, foods

Canadian firm Natural Splendid Ltd. is bringing to market a line of plant-based omega-3 products for supplements and functional foods based on technology developed at the University of British Columbia.

Will 'all-natural' be phased out from product labels?

Amid mounting false advertising lawsuits and increased pressure from consumer advocacy groups, the future of the historically vague marketing term "natural" is in question.

Celiac Disease Foundation, plant geneticist, challenge report linking GMOs to celiac disease, gluten sensitivity

A controversial  new report  alleging that genetically engineered foods could be an environmental trigger for gluten sensitivity and celiac disease has been challenged by the Celiac Disease Foundation and a leading plant geneticist....

You are what you eat (and retweet): Using social media to connect with consumers

Why is your business using social media? To sell more products? Raise your profile? Change your image? Find out what key ‘influencers’ really think about your brands? Identify and target...

"We maintain our conclusions," says Seralini

Seralini stands firm as journal moves to retract GM rat study

The researcher behind a heavily criticised study linking Monsanto's GM maize and Roundup products to cancer in rats says he will not willingly withdraw the research, after the journal issued...

GE salmon a step closer to commercialization as Environment Canada says AquaBounty's AquAdvantage Salmon are not harmful to the environment or human health

AquaBounty Technologies - which is hoping to become the first company to introduce a genetically engineered (GE) animal to the human food supply - is another step closer after Environment Canada...

Yes on I-522 campaign: Fight for GMO labeling isn’t over, we’ll be back in 2016.

UPDATED -The campaign urging voters to say ‘YES’ to Washington State’s GMO labeling initiative 522 has acknowledged that it will not pass, but said the latest results show the tally...

Timing right for federal standard on GMO: AHPA

With more than 85% of the votes in on Washington State's GMO labeling initiative 522 as of Thursday night, it appears that the Yes side has an insurmountable deficit to...

I-522 effort a victory regardless of outcome, says Stonyfield Farms chairman

I-522 is a victory for the proponents of GMO labeling, no matter how the final polls might turn out, attendees on a United Natural Products Alliance webinar were told yesterday.

Global non-GMO market could reach $800bn by 2017; demand not unanimous

The global market for non-GMO food and beverage products shows great promise in the coming years, but its success is far from guaranteed, as global consumer support for mandatory GMO...

Attorney on I-522: Maybe it is time for GMO labeling supporters to revise strategy and focus on clear legal standards for non-GMO labeling instead?

With early results from Washington State’s ballot on GMO labeling (I-522) suggesting voters may narrowly reject it (click here ) legal experts predict that while this particular battle may be lost, the...

I-522 vote: Initial returns suggest voters in Washington State say NO to GMO labeling; but too close to call yet

Initial returns indicate that voters in Washington State have given the thumbs down to GMO labeling proposal I-522, in similar proportions to the vote on California's GMO labeling proposal Prop 37. ...

CFS: FDA should reject calls to define ‘natural’ without first inviting public comment

Washington DC-based non-profit the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has urged the FDA to reject calls to make an administrative determination over whether GMOs belong in products marketed as ‘natural’.

Proponents of Washington's GMO labeling bill say they have slight lead going into Tuesday's election

The proponents of Washington State’s I-522 initiative mandating the labeling of foods containing GMO ingredients claim they have a slight lead hours before tomorrow's election deadline.

Big Interview: Matt McLean, CEO of Uncle Matt's Organic

Uncle Matt's Organic outpaces competition in organic juice 'war of attrition'

From one pulp-free organic orange juice SKU in a regional Florida grocery store chain in 1999, Uncle Matt’s Organic is the oldest US organic juice company with 11 organic juice...

Survey reveals consumers want to avoid pesticides, but are unsure how label certifications help them do that

Whether a food product contains genetically modified organisms, and whether the disclosure of that information should be mandatory on the label has dominated public discourse in recent years.  But that...

Stonyfield packaging overhaul highlights absence of ‘toxic pesticides’

Organic yogurt maker Stonyfield is rolling out new packaging hammering home its organic credentials with a new logo featuring the phrase ‘no toxic pesticides used here’ following research suggesting 74%...

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