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Viva Las Vegas! What's happening at #IFT?

Food industry top brass, scientists and formulators have descended upon Las Vegas for this year's Institute of Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo. Catch up on the best bits...

Introducing the FoodNavigator-USA Food Innovation Forum in partnership with FOOD VISION USA 2017

What’s the secret to developing winning food and beverage products (and can 'Big Food' still innovate)?

What’s the secret to developing winning food and beverage products? Hard data and insight… or intuition and stardust?  And can ‘Big Food’ still create winners, or should it throw in...

Gobble founder: 'We are one of the most lean, capital efficient companies in the meal kit market today'

While barely a week goes by without the launch of a new meal kit company, there is room in the market for “many multi-billion dollar players,” provided they carve out...

Bernstein: ‘By acquiring Whole Foods, the 365 brand becomes instantly available as part of Amazon’s online offering’

Aside from giving Amazon a network of bricks & mortar stores from which to expand Amazon Fresh and other services, acquiring Whole Foods gives the ecommerce giant access to the...

‘This is not puffery… this is a misleading claim’

Judge orders Arla Foods to halt ‘Live unprocessed’ campaign: ‘Ads create false impression that rbST is something foreign and dangerous’

Arla Foods has been ordered to halt its new $30m ‘Live Unprocessed’ ad campaign – which makes a virtue of using milk from cows that have not been fed the...

CPG at a crossroads: 'Retailers are agnostic to the plight of Big Food'

It’s no secret that small and medium-sized food & beverage manufacturers are driving much of the growth in food retail. But they are also selling a far lower percentage of...

Kantar Retail: 'Lidl is going to take significant market share away from a lot of folks'

Given that Lidl is only opening its first US stores this week, it’s impossible to predict with certainty what its future looks like, but it could be a significant force...

Is PepsiCo at the top of Kraft Heinz’s shopping list?

Kraft Heinz was recently rebuffed by Unilever, but is widely rumored to be eyeing up other acquisitions. But would a marriage with PepsiCo, one of several potential targets rumored to...

A tale of two plant ‘milk’ lawsuits: Court stays Whitewave lawsuit, but dubs near-identical case vs Blue Diamond as ‘patently implausible’ and throws it out

Court stays Whitewave almondmilk lawsuit: 'Whether plant-based 'milk' should be deemed an 'imitation' fits squarely within the FDA’s authority

A lawsuit alleging Silk almondmilk is falsely advertised as nutritionally equivalent to dairy milk has been stayed by a judge on primary jurisdiction grounds, while a near-identical case filed by...

‘Amazon Choice is becoming increasingly important as we transition to this world of voice’

Alexa… how can I win on Amazon?

It’s well known that the brands that are growing the most rapidly on Amazon are not necessarily growing the most rapidly in grocery stores, so what are the most successful...

GFI: Clean meat will likely enter market as a high-value ingredient in plant-based products

What's the path to commercialization for clean meat?

 ‘Clean’ (a.k.a. cultured/lab-grown) meat will likely come to market in phases, with the first products perhaps hybrids combining clean meat and plant-based meat; followed by ground meat products (nuggets, burgers);...

SPOTLIGHT ON BRAZIL: Whole grain labeling… Should Brazil follow US or European criteria?

The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) is looking into ways to regulate whole grain labeling, with a definition expected to be ready for public comment by the end of the...

Arla Foods defends ‘Live unprocessed’ campaign as rBST maker sues over allegedly ‘blatantly and egregiously false’ claims

Arla Foods has defended its new ‘Live Unprocessed’ ad campaign – which makes a virtue of using milk from cows that have not been fed the growth hormone rBST -...

Food litigation trends: From the future for 'natural,' to slack fill, Prop 65 and glyphosate residues

The number of class action filings against food and beverage companies dipped from 158 in 2015 to 145 in 2016, largely due to a drop off in ‘natural’ lawsuits, but...

What is a probiotic? IPA releases guidance document on qualifying probiotics

The definition of probiotic varies by region, and an increasing number of products potentially mislabeled as “probiotic”. In response, the International Probiotics Association has released a guidance document.

FDA guidance continues to be used as a 'roadmap for class action lawsuits'

A tale of two evaporated cane juice lawsuits: Steaz prevails thanks to website disclosure but Late July case will proceed

Very different outcomes in two near-identical lawsuits over evaporated cane juice labeling serve as a reminder that when it comes to food labeling, your website is every bit as important...

SPOTLIGHT ON BRAZIL Plant-based foods, beverages: 'We're sensing a tremendous business opportunity,' says GFI

The plant-based trend is gaining traction in North America, but does it have similar appeal in Latin America? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with Gustavo Guadagnini, managing director at the Good Food...

Chef’d CEO: ‘Our customer acquisition costs are about a tenth of what the competitive set is paying’

Thanks to its unique partnership model, wider selection, and no subscription fees, customer acquisition costs at meal-delivery firm Chef’d are significantly lower than rivals,’ claims founder and CEO Kyle Ransford,...

ABA: Fiber suppliers are stuck in a 'holding pattern'

Nutrition Facts overhaul proves double-edged sword for inulin

The arrival of the new-look Nutrition Facts panel (which will require manufacturers to list added sugar), is generating renewed interest in inulin: a widely-used ingredient from chicory root that also...

ACI FOOD LAW FORUM: GMO labeling blues, Nutrition Facts delays, daily values and de-fortification, and will the FDA ever nail down natural?

Will the July 2018 deadline for compliance with the new Nutrition Facts panel stand? Will federal GMO labeling regulations stop GMO-related lawsuits? And will the FDA nail down ‘natural’ anytime...

Food stamps under fire in $4.1tr budget dismissed as non-starter on both sides of the aisle

Budget proposals unveiled by the Trump administration this week include a $193bn cut to food stamps (SNAP: the supplemental nutrition assistance program) over the next 10 years – slashing SNAP’s...

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? 

Will changes to the Nutrition Facts panel lead to a wave of ‘defortification’?

Updated daily values (DVs) for vitamins and minerals that will roll out with the new-look Nutrition Facts panel, coupled with changes to serving sizes, may reduce the nutrient density of...

McBurney: ‘Nutrition status measurements will enter the era of home pregnancy testing’

We should ‘shift from measuring food intake to measuring nutritional status,’ argues expert

“It is time to change the nutrition dialogue from an obsession about what foods we put into our body to objective measures of nutritional status,” according to one nutrition thought...

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