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Sonoma Brands hails 'explosive' growth trajectory at SmashMallow

It’s early days, but SmashMallow snackable marshmallows – launched by food & beverage brand incubator Sonoma Brands in August 2016 – are already in 2,000 stores and growing at an...

RangeMe adds 1,000 new suppliers a week

LuckyVitamin: Product discovery is a messy process; it's a combination of art and science

18 months after its US launch, online product discovery platform RangeMe is adding 1,000 new CPG suppliers a week as more high-profile retailers use it to identify and compare new products.

Increased research, consumer education & land access top organic industry’s wish list for Farm Bill

Increased funding for research to improve production tops the organic industry’s wish list of policy actions that it wants legislators and regulators to consider as they begin in earnest the...

Experts weigh in on what the next ‘it’ beverage will be as sales for the once all supreme soda slow

For years, carbonated soft drinks were the go-to choice for Americans to quench their thirst and boost their energy, but in recent years the category has begun to falter –...

Millennials replace meals with snacks, survey finds

Most Americans between the ages of 18 and 35 eat a ‘wholesome’ snack in place of a standard meal at least once a week.

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Executive order threatens protections that safeguard food - EWG

President Trump’s latest executive order threatens protections that safeguard food, according to the EWG’s senior VP for government affairs.

LIVE Beverages Founder: ‘Drinking vinegars are where kombucha was 4 years ago’

LIVE Beverages founder and CEO Trevor Ross sees great potential for the drinking vinegar category. He started the brand by launching a line of kombucha back in 2013, what he...

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...

Obesity caused by parents, not social or economic factors: Study

Up to 40% of obesity in children is inherited from parents - irrespective of wealth and social status, new research has found.

Post Mexico’s sugar-sweetened beverage tax, purchases of levied beverages have fallen 7.6%, says study

Mexico’s sugar tax may have influenced beverage purchase decisions of Mexican households in urban areas, according to a follow up study by University of North Carolina Chapel Hill researchers.

Hershey’s next CEO shakes up executive team

Hershey’s incoming president and CEO Michelle Buck has named her executive team.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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