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Will the ConAgra 100% natural case end up in the Supreme Court?

POM v Coke got there, but will another high-profile food litigation case – this time over GMOs and 100% natural labels on cooking oil (Briseno v ConAgra) - also end...

Strong double-digit growth at gardein, says Pinnacle Foods: ‘Plant-based proteins represent a very significant opportunity’

Net sales at plant-based protein brand gardein grew at a “strong double-digit rate” in 2016, according to Pinnacle Foods (which acquired gardein in late 2014), with new production capacity coming...

Terrafertil Nature’s Heart enters US natural channel through acquisition of Essential Living Foods

Ecuador-based snack company Terrafertil Nature’s Heart has acquired California-based organic and vegan ‘superfood’ firm Essential Living Foods, marking the global company’s first step into the US market.

Diet to Go stands test of time in volatile meal delivery market: 'It’s the customer experience that makes or breaks you'

Investors are continuing to throw money at meal kit companies; but fully prepared meal delivery services offer greater convenience, says the founder and CEO of Virginia-based Diet to Go, which...

US deal will flood UK market with food people don’t want, warns respected academic

A trade deal with the US will give “the majority of the UK public food they don’t want” as well as open “a very new can of worms” in terms of food fraud, according to...

Stonyfield Organic survey explores consumer attitudes toward probiotics for babies

While researching the ‘probiotic for babies’ market landscape, Stonyfield paired with ORC International to conduct a survey and found that 77% of parents with children under two do not incorporate...

Private label is a growth engine at Sprouts, says CEO

Private label sales now account for more than one in every ten dollars spent at Sprouts stores, said the Phoenix-based retailer, which posted a 0.7% rise in same store sales...

AQUAhydrate targets 'everyday warriors' as premium pH segment continues to grow

Celebrity-backed AQUAhydrate has doubled its distribution over the past 18 months from around 30,000 to 60,000 outlets by appealing to a broad set of ‘everyday warriors’ it claims are seeking...

Irish study says people with highest dairy consumption have lower BMI

A new study looking at dairy consumption and its relationship with metabolic health has delivered some promising results for the dairy industry.

Three strategies to tap into the multi-billion-dollar multicultural cuisine market

The rapidly changing face of America and the growing influence of multicultural households on the mainstream population demand retailers revise their marketing and stocking strategies to better meet evolving consumer...

An apple, or five, a day could help keep COPD away in men who smoke, research suggests

New research suggests there could be something to the old adage an apple a day helps keep the doctor away – at least with regards to chronic lung disease in...

Plant-based protein a 'strategic growth platform' says Maple Leaf Foods as it strikes $140m deal to buy Lightlife Foods

Four months after Tyson Foods took a 5% stake in plant-based meat brand Beyond Meat, Canadian packaged meats giant Maple Leaf Foods has struck a $140m deal to acquire plant-based...

Other generations catching up to Millennials in online grocery shopping, says Clavis Insight report

How can the grocery sector win over more online shoppers? Clavis Insight divided US shoppers into three different general personas, providing a handy view of the online retail landscape.

KIND CEO launches Feed the Truth to shine light on food policy research funding & influence

Despite increased transparency into how food is sourced, who makes it and how, much of the research on which nutrition policy is based and how it is funded remains notably...

Seafood manufacturers tackle causes of low consumption with new flavors & convenient packaging

Building on the momentum of FDA’s recent guidance that women and children should eat more fish, several seafood manufacturers are launching new products that could help the industry come closer...

PepsiCo: ‘We listened to the CSPI out of concern for our consumers’

PepsiCo to revise Naked Juice labels in settlement

PepsiCo will make several modifications to the way it labels and markets Naked Juice, in an agreement that ends litigation filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest...

From moon cheese to crunchy yogurt: REV technology paves way for new-to-the-world snacks, says EnWave

Moon Cheese – a shelf-stable, clean-label 100% cheese snack developed using 'radiant energy vacuum’ (REV) dehydration technology - is now in 20,000+ stores three years after launch, and will soon be...

FoodNavigator-USA reader survey: Have your say on the state of the industry

Can organic supply match demand? Is Paleo a fad or a trend? Are you getting enough bang for your promotional bucks? How big will online food shopping become? To gauge...

Is food deflation easing? Food-at-home index flat in January

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food-at-home — a proxy for grocery-level inflation — was flat in January, after months of declines, with higher prices in eggs, dairy, meat, fish...

Standards of identity are designed to protect consumers, not stifle competition, says GFI

Dairy Pride Act is 'anti-competitive' and 'unconstitutional,' says Good Food Institute

More than 46,000 people have signed a Good Food Institute petition urging Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Peter Welch not to pursue the passage of the Dairy Pride Act, which...

GAO argues again that the US should unite the 19 agencies that oversee food safety under one system

Citing an uptick in multi-state foodborne illness outbreaks and their high cost to consumers and manufacturers alike, the Government Accountability Office reiterates its 40-year argument for a single, unified food...

State bills call for warnings about risks associated with synthetic dyes & sugar-sweetened beverages

Two California state senate bills would mandate controversial warnings on some foods and beverages, and if enacted could start a domino effect among other like-minded states, potentially creating a patchwork...

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: Fat is back, protein is (still) hot and sugar is out…

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves, where we see plant-based protein creeping into everything from hot cereal to shakes, bars, chips and bites; coupled with...

Kraft Heinz drops Unilever bid but are other UK firms 'sitting ducks' for post-Brexit takeovers?

Unilever shares have plummeted as Kraft Heinz drops its multi-billion dollar merger bid -  but with the sterling weakened by Brexit, smaller firms are "sitting ducks" for foreign takeovers, UK politicians...

Guest article

Did a Nobel Laureate spark the obesity epidemic?

The old discussions about the causes of obesity are becoming lame. Certainly it is true that societies are gravitating to large serving sizes, that processed food lacks specific micronutrients and...

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