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The obesity problem

The obesity problem

Obesity rates have ballooned in the US in recent years – 15% of the population was obese in 1980, compared to more than a third of US adults today, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These swelling figures – along with the rising cost of healthcare for obesity-related diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease – have put pressure on government and industry to find a solution.

Weight Management 2020

Apples, pears & berries rich in flavonoids could help weight management, study finds

If predictions are true that the future of weight management is less about what to cut out and more about eating healthy foods, then manufacturers and consumers should consider adding...

60-second interview, Dr Liz Sloan and Dr Catherine Adams Hutt, Sloan Trends

What does health and wellness mean to US consumers?

What do US consumers think health and wellness means, and how is the food industry responding? Is low-carb still a thing, does the paleo diet have legs, and is non-GMO...

XOS alters microbiome of pre diabetic individuals in study

In a UCLA study on xylooligosaccharide the prebiotic fiber showed the potential for altering the gut microbiome of pre diabetic individuals.

WHO report backs a tax on sugary drinks to halt child obesity

A report commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) backs a tax on sugary drinks, mandatory nutrient labelling and restrictions on marketing to children in a bid to tackle the child obesity...

Lean Cuisine ditches “diet” for “wellbeing” in emotionally-charged rebranding

In a dramatic rebranding, Lean Cuisine ditches the “antiquated” idea of dieting to become an advocate for overall healthy lifestyles, and in doing so, is empowering women to change the conversation about...

IN PICTURES: Snacks trendwatching at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

From seaweed snacks to toasted hemp seeds, beet chips and bars, onion chips (that are actually made out of onions), grass-fed jerky, and fruit bars with a hint of spice,...

IN PICTURES: Beverage trendspotting at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

From bone broth, birch water and yaupon tea to macadamia milk, the Winter Fancy Food Show is a great place to go beverage trendspotting. FoodNavigator-USA hit the showfloor at the...

health and wellness 2020

7 trends influencing the evolution of health, wellness and consumers' views of food

Americans’ evolving definition of health and wellness from treatment to prevention is dramatically impacting how they view food – with many people looking to the ancient past for guidance on...

Safety warnings could deter parents from buying sugar-sweetened drinks

Adding warning labels about weight gain, disease and tooth decay to sugar-sweetened beverages, as proposed by several state bills, could deter parents from buying them for their children, a new...

Healthy food does not replace junk in kids’ diets: Study

Eating healthy food does not reduce the consumption of junk food among children according to researchers, who say there is no link between healthy and unhealthy food consumption.

ALDI pledges to ditch junk food at its US store checkouts by the year-end

ALDI USA will replace chocolate and candy at the checkouts at its nearly 1,500 US stores with nuts, trail mix, dried fruits and granola bars by the end of the...

What are the key beverage trends - and companies - to watch in 2016?

What distinguishes the winners from the losers in the ultra-competitive beverages market?

'The huge disparity between what the guidelines advocate and what Americans actually eat is beyond alarming'

Dietitians respond to 2015 Dietary Guidelines: ‘The American public needs more forceful messages.’

What do registered dietitians and nutritionists think of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and how much do they ultimately matter, since the gulf between what Americans are told to...

Cartoon characters could help children embrace fruits & veggies, study finds

The same marketing tactics used to sell sugary cereal and junk food to children could just as effectively sway youngsters to want more fruit and vegetables, a recent study suggests.

FOOD VISION USA VOX POP: Food & beverage entrepreneurs to watch (PART 2)

As part of our Food Vision USA program, FoodNavigator-USA quizzed food & beverage entrepreneurs on the trends they are tracking, plus what keeps them awake at night, from fundraising to...

FOOD VISION USA: The highlights!

If you didn't make it to Chicago in October for FoodNavigator-USA's inaugural Food Vision USA event, you missed a truly awesome ensemble of industry experts covering everything from our nutritional...

Back to Nature Foods Co. repositions SnackWell’s as a “free-from” line

Back to Nature Foods Co.’s revitalization of the recently acquired iconic SnackWell’s brand is an example of how established companies can refresh aging brands that are struggling to better compete...

Food for kids!

Mobile app aims to help children pick healthy, portion-controlled food

Ensuring children have healthy options in their lunches and for snacks is one way to help them fight obesity, but for the times when they select their own food at...

Beverage entrepreneurs and trends to watch: From bone broth to pecan milk

From veggie juice and bone broth combinations to pecan milk, teas brewed with wild-crafted chaga (a nutrient-packed fungus that grows on birch trees), bamboo leaves and the 'superherb' of the...

Juice in focus at BevNET Live: From V8 to Evolution Fresh, Suja & Bolthouse Farms

Campbell Soup on reinventing V8: 'Your brand has to be almost willing to die to survive, to shed its skin and start again...'

Brands, like celebrities and artists, have to stay true to their core essence to retain their integrity, but must also “change and shed personas” from time to time to stay...

Coca-Cola controversy kills anti-obesity group

A specialist group formed to combat obesity has been binned after it was forced to return a huge chunk of funding to Coca-Cola amid allegations of industry-biased science.

Finding that men eat more with women could impact marketing strategies

New research that finds men eat significantly more in the company of women than with other men begs the question whether marketers could boost sales of food and beverages by...

The Right Cup positions plain water as a desirable alternative to sugary drinks

A self-proclaimed “sugar-fighter,” the founder and CEO of The Right Cup is taking on America’s addiction to sweetened beverages with the upcoming launch of a scented cup that tricks the...

Restricting large packages may be key to reducing over-eating, researchers say

Portion control packaging, like the 100-calorie pack, is ubiquitous in the food and beverage industry, but new research suggests smaller options may not be enough to curb over-eating and fight...

KIND petitions FDA to update ‘outdated’ food labeling rules

KIND has filed a citizen petition with the FDA to update 'outdated' regulations governing the use of the term healthy on food labels and address the disconnect between what Americans are encouraged to eat...

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