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Miyoko’s Kitchen CEO weighs into plant-based dairy labeling debate: It’s time to ditch ‘outdated and arcane’ standards of identity

Consumers have moved on since dairy standards of identity first hit the statute books, says Miyoko's Kitchen founder and CEO Miyoko Schinner, and it's time regulators did too.

Campbell Soup backs 'potassium salt' petition: A more consumer-friendly name will ‘advance public health goals’

Campbell Soup has joined a growing number of food manufacturers backing a citizen’s petition from NuTek Food Science asking the FDA to allow ‘potassium salt’ as an alternate name for...

VOX POP: What keeps food & beverage CEOs awake at night?

Donald Trump? GMO labeling? Raising money? FoodNavigator-USA quizzed food & beverage entrepreneurs and CEOs to find out what is keeping them awake at night as they head into the New...

VOX POP: What emerging trends are food & beverage CEOs tracking?

Personalized nutrition? Plant-based foods? Paleo diets?  FoodNavigator-USA quizzed food & beverage entrepreneurs and CEOs to find out what trends they will be monitoring in 2017 and why…

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IRI, Turner: Excessive promotional spending has brands locked into 'cycle of commoditization'

Shifting 10% of promotional spending to media advertising would boost firms’ ROI on marketing spend by 10-25%, according to Chicago-based market research firm IRI and global media company Turner.

TerraVia CEO ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Soylent’s reaction to recall

Soylent’s rush to judgment over recall is damaging our business, claims TerraVia as it suspends supplies of all of its ingredients to Soylent

Soylent’s decision to drop TerraVia’s algal flour from its new food bar and version 1.6 of its powder was made without a rigorous investigation into whether it was actually to...

What are the toughest challenges facing ‘big food’ in 2017? Nielsen weighs in

What keeps food & beverage industry CEOs awake at night? Declining returns on promotional spending? Lackluster topline growth? An uninspiring innovation pipeline? Anxiety about how to tap into the e-commerce...

FoodNavigator-USA’s 15 food & beverage trends to watch in 2017

From customizable granola and meals based on your DNA and blood markers, to seamless new shopping experiences and kitchen robots, and shifting definitions of 'healthy' and 'natural,' we’ve highlighted 15...

Nestlé USA to fight ‘baseless’ lawsuit over ‘no preservatives’ claims on Lean Cuisine

Nestlé USA is the latest in a series of food companies to be targeted by New York-based law firm Lee Litigation Group over its use of the label claim ‘no...

Dr David Katz: ‘Lifestyle is the most potent medicine we have’

Interest in lifestyle medicine is exploding, but personalized nutrition and health companies need to keep the science ahead of the marketing, and customization needs to be within the context of...

Beverage trendwatching at BevNET Live.. from personalization to probiotics

From fruit- and herb-infused apple cider vinegar to bitter melon & green tea combos, and collagen-laced waters, new beverage concepts are hitting the market every week. But which emerging trends...

Demographics don't provide easy answers to GMO debate, says Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center: The GMO debate is hugely polarizing, but the divide ‘does not fall along familiar political fault lines’

Think anti-GMO sentiment is primarily the preserve of white college educated liberals? Think again, says Pew Research Center, which has just conducted a consumer survey suggesting that attitudes on GMOs,...

Plant-based burger just another protein option, says Beyond Meat: ‘All of a sudden, the meat aisle becomes the protein aisle’

The Beyond Burger – the first refrigerated plant-based patty to sit in the meat counter – will move into all Whole Foods regions by the end of the year, while...

FOOD LITIGATION 101: Are you up to speed?

There have been hundreds of class action lawsuits directed against food and beverage companies in recent years over everything from evaporated cane juice to Non-GMO claims. But has the false...

Dairy from cows fed GM feed is not ‘all-natural’, alleges lawsuit vs Dannon – but will it fly?

Has the FDA’s probe into ‘natural’ claims on food labels put a stop to the tidal wave of false advertising lawsuits engulfing food manufacturers? Not if a new complaint against...

Incubation and investment at FOOD VISION USA: Sniffing out marketing bulls**t, are meal kits a good investment, and how to pick winners

The food industry’s biggest guns have recently been engaged in some serious retail therapy, investing in a flurry of smaller, sexier brands and setting up venture arms to nurture them....

NAMI: ‘Failure to act on TPP will be potentially devastating’

What will Trump mean for beverages, meat, bakery? Wells Fargo, ABA and NAMI weigh in

A Trump administration could herald more business-friendly tax policies, but it could also stymie food labeling, health and nutrition-related initiatives set in motion under the Obama administration, and create uncertainty...

FOOD VISION USA 2016, the highlights: ’Selfies from the inside,’ oats for dinner and feeding the digital natives

If you didn't make it to Chicago last week for Food Vision USA 2016, you missed a truly awesome ensemble of industry experts covering everything from personalized nutrition, savory oats...

FOOD VISION USA: Dude, where's my consumer?

Many ‘legacy’ food and beverage brands are losing market share because they have “lost touch with where the consumer is going,” delegates at Food Vision USA were told.

Trump: Good, bad or ugly news for the food industry? (Our survey results are in)

From ‘disastrous’ to ‘better trade deals.’ The prospect of a Trump presidency has provoked alarm and delight in equal measure. But substantial numbers of respondents to a FoodNavigator-USA survey also...

Social Nature harnesses social media to drive consumer engagement

How do you generate buzz around your new product without breaking the bank?

Demos are expensive and time consuming, shows and events can be hit and miss, and redemption rates for coupons handed out at events can be frustratingly low. So how can...

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...

Despite GOP legislative control, active industry engagement still critical, trade groups say

Donald Trump’s stunning upset victory has dumbfounded pundits both at home and abroad. But it is of less importance for the dietary supplement industry than the result of the down...

‘Pro business’ is best guess when looking at character of Trump administration

Donald Trump’s historic victory leaves dietary supplement industry observers wrestling with the question of what will be the character of his administration, when the candidate himself has taken so many...

Hard to do systems biology when you ignore 99% of us (the microbiome): Expert

Any advances in systems biology must incorporate study of the microbiome, says Rob Knight from the University of California in San Diego, because if we don’t we’re ignoring 99% of...

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