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CP Kelco expands KELCOGEL gellan gum production capacity at Oklahoma facility

CP Kelco, a global producer of hydrocolloid solutions, completed new production capabilities in its Okmulgee, Okla., plant for manufacturing KELCOGEL gellan gum.

Globally, consumers ‘confused’ about food labels and claims, says study

A new survey found that there was disconnect between what consumers think labels like organic, antibiotic-free, or ‘no added hormones’ mean, and what the labels actually mean.

Jar Goods sees marketing potential in mid-tier sauce category

In the highly-saturated pasta and pizza sauce categories, startup Jar Goods still see significant opportunity not in the polarized ends of the spectrum that promise either mass market convenience or...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Industry stakeholders seek to take the sting out of threats to bees’ health

Spring has finally sprung, which means birds are chirping, crops are blooming and bees are pollinating – at least those that survived the winter, and the varroa mites, damage from...

The big debate: Can sugar survive a public health crisis?

The world is getting fatter and unhealthier - are smaller portions and diet drinks really going to help when they sit next to full-sugar, supersized products? Is it time to...

Higher consumption slashes risk by 35%

Legumes linked to lower diabetes risk

A higher total intake of legumes is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes by more than a third, the long-term PREDIMED trial had concluded.

More than half of consumers think 'hybrid beverages' are a pricey gimmick, Mintel survey finds

Despite the emerging trend of blurring category lines in the functional beverage sector, many consumers still hesitate to believe the claims and attributes on pack, let alone make a purchase,...

Skinny Souping dips toes in emerging grab-and-go soup category

As debate around juice's high sugar content slowly pushes the category out of fashion, brands are testing the waters with vegetable soups. Chicago-based Skinny Souping is one of them.

Which beverages will rise to fill void left by declining soda sales?

As carbonated soft drinks’ long supreme reign over the beverage industry continues to slip amid fears of consuming too much sugar, sales and distribution of healthy, better-for-you and functional alternatives...

Legislation seeks to overhaul commodity checkoff programs, make them voluntary for participants

Bipartisan legislation introduced this week in both the House and Senate seeks to overhaul commodity checkoff programs, which critics say have been “hijacked” by corporate interests so that they no...

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Easter chocolate NPD 2017: Hershey, Cadbury, M&M’s and Godiva

ConfectioneryNews highlights new items from Hershey, Cadbury, Mars and Godiva for Easter, a major contributor to overall US candy sales. 

Califia Farms taps into growing RTD coffee & dairy alternative beverage markets in Canada

Califia Farms has rolled out its almond beverage and cold brew coffee ranges into Canada: a market where non-dairy alternative milks grew by 225% during a three-year period, with almond...

Health watchdog takes legal action against Kellogg, Weetabix, Walgreens and others for acrylamide in ‘Disney’ animal crackers

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has launched legal action against several US biscuit manufacturers and retailers for allegedly failing to warn consumers about the high levels of acrylamide (AA)...

Health advocates argue for a tax on sugary drinks in Canada to save lives and healthcare costs

Twenty-four public health advocates and organizations are calling on the Canadian government to levy a significant tax on manufacturers of sugary drinks to discourage consumption and help fund healthy living...

Review of government data highlights how food and beverage industry contributes to US economy

Every year $8 billion is invested in new products or processes in the food and beverage industry each year, according to a new report released earlier this month that looked...

Chicago snack start-up No Denial Foods targets low-sugar shoppers seeking indulgence

No Denial Foods Founder Debbie Wood has had a front-seat view of the packaged food sector as a sugar-conscious shopper, having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age...

Misfit Juicery’s two-prong approach to addressing the anti-sugar trend’s threat to juice

Startup Misfit Juicery is taking a two prong approach to the growing threat to the juice category posed by consumers’ increasing concern about sugar, and in doing so is setting...

Tiny but Mighty Popcorn targets Target, Costco and Publix shelf space with new packaging

Family-owned Tiny but Mighty Popcorn has redesigned the packaging of its entire product line with paintings created by Iowa native artist, Grant Wood. 

'Fibre is the only option to turn our comfort foods from toxic to therapeutic,' says FiberFlour founder

What made a practicing doctor give up medicine to create and supply a high-fibre flour? “I saw an opportunity to be infinitely more effective in preventing disease in the first place. Fibre...

In age of sugar reduction and 'clean label,' sweetener manufacturers adapt

“When consumers are asked an open-ended question, ‘What are you trying to avoid,’ the top three out of four answers are related to a sweetener,” Andy Ohmes, global director of...

Scientists have developed a wheat that could aid the world’s malnourished millions

Test results found the wheat increases the digestibility of phosphorus, calcium and other minerals in poultry.

News in brief

Nielsen’s new Quick Screen can help brands predict a product’s success before it’s launched

Out of the multitude of new product launches in the food and beverage space, how many actually stay on shelves for the long-run? It’s less than half, Nielsen says, and...

Whole Grain Stamp collection grows with consumer, manufacturer interest in whole & ancient grains

A new Whole Grain Stamp from Oldways Whole Grains Council gives manufacturers another tool to standout on store shelves and tap into consumers’ rising interest in products made with whole...

Cissé Cocoa Co. leverages purchasing power for social good

For Cissé Cocoa Co. selling baking mixes, hot chocolate and crunchy bites of super thin brownies is about more than just helping consumers satisfy their chocolate cravings, it is about making...

Snackworthy wants to make better-for-you snacks affordable and approachable

Snack brand Snackworthy is the result of a comprehensive survey of 300 Millennial-aged consumers. “That data validated that we were on the right track, it resonates with the Millennial consumer,”...

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