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The potential of a delay to Nutrition Facts label changes should not slow compliance efforts

Assuming FDA does not delay the deadline for the new Nutrition Fact label as requested by industry, then large companies have slightly more than a year let to overcome challenges...

Full Harvest aims to make access to ‘ugly’ produce easier via B2B marketplace

Drawn by the start-up’s mission to reduce global food waste, investors have injected $2 million in seed round financing for Silicon Valley-based marketplace Full Harvest. 

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

Study unlocks how genes may affect dietary preferences

Genes involved in behavioral and psychological traits appear to drive a significant part of someone’s food preferences and dietary habits, says a new study from Spain.

Nestlé Waters North America joins How2Recycle

Nestlé Waters North America, Campbell Soup Company and Unilever have joined How2Recycle as PepsiCo plans to roll-out more products with the label.

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: From compostable coffee pods to turmeric tea drops

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves, spanning everything from plant-based proteins, grain free granola, and grass fed dairy, to turmeric tea drops and compostable coffee...

NOSB defers vote on organic certification for hydroponics amid confusion about ‘basically everything’

Hydroponic and aquaponic farms can keep their organic status – at least for now – following the National Organic Standards Board’s decision April 21 to defer a vote on whether...

Unleash your inner Viking! Saga Dairy takes its grass-fed Icelandic yogurt nationwide with Sprouts

Viking Icelandic Yogurt – which hit the market in 2015 as grass-fed products started to gain traction in the dairy case - is launching nationally with Sprouts starting April 17,...

Sir Kensington’s joins Unilever: ‘This allows us to expand distribution while holding true to our values’

Unilever has struck a deal to acquire New York-based condiment maker Sir Kensington’s, under which co-founders Mark Ramadan and Scott Norton will continue to run the business from their offices...

Sir Kensington's co-founder: 'We wanted to make sure that we weren’t going to be swallowed up and de-prioritized'

Does selling up mean selling out? Not if you go in with your eyes open, say the co-founder of upmarket condiments brand Sir Kensington's, which has just jumped into bed...

One in three shoppers will buy groceries online this year, says Unata report

E-grocery is no longer a differentiator—it is now a “critical method of doing business,” according to online grocery consultancy firm Unata.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Will Moringa knock kale out of the top superfood spot?

For years kale has reigned supreme as the go-to superfood for many Americans thanks in part to its relatively low cost, nutrient density, broad accessibility and the plethora of ways...

Nutriati’s chickpea protein is white, odorless, and neutral-tasting

Chickpea protein in the spotlight as high-profile investors pump $8m into Nutriati

Commercial quantities of highly functional, neutral-tasting chickpea protein concentrates and a high-protein chickpea ‘flour’ will be available by the end of the year, says Richmond-based Nutriati, which has just closed...

The FoodNavigator-USA reader survey results: ‘We’re in the 3G era... where cost cutting is valued over growth’

The results of the 2017 FoodNavigator-USA reader survey are in… and not surprisingly, given the breadth of our readership, they’re pretty mixed, with many readers excited about their company’s prospects...

Mark Rampolla: Beanfields could be a $20-30m snack business before you even think about brand extensions

 “So why does the world need another [insert your product here]?” is a question entrepreneurs are well-advised to prep for before hitting the stage at any pitch slam judged by ZICO...

good culture CEO: ‘We’re looking to scale pretty aggressively over the next 1-2 years’

Grass-fed cottage cheese brand good culture – which launched in August 2015 with organic ingredients and some edgy savory flavors - is confident it will be in 6,000 stores by...

Berkeley soda tax: Volume of SSBs sold decreased by 9.6% in first year, says study

The volume of sugar sweetened beverages sold in Berkeley declined by 9.6% in the year following implementation of a soda tax, showing the tax is ‘working as intended’, according to...

Ice cream doing well as Unilever shows Q1 growth

Unilever published its first quarter financial results this week, with ice cream doing well as the company reports solid growth.

Cornell professor of agricultural economics: US took advantage of 'loophole’ in dairy trade with Canada

Multiple US dairy groups have blasted Canada recently saying that the country is blatantly violating terms of the NAFTA trade agreement and that US dairy processors are suffering due to...

OTA sets high bar for revised organic seed-purity standards

The Organic Trade Association wants to put the breaks on a proposal from the National Organic Standards Board to strengthen the requirements for use of organic seeds because “a few...

Snyder’s-Lance CEO retires amid unsatisfactory results

Snyder’s-Lance has announced the surprise retirement of CEO Carl Lee Jnr (56) amid disappointing performance results for the first quarter of 2017.

Converting native land to organic farms has ‘unintended consequences’ on biodiversity, economies

To increase supply of organic and avoid the financially challenging three-year transition period necessary to convert conventional farm land, some producers are converting native ecosystems to organic farms – a...

NOSB reconsiders the use of some non-organic substances in organic certified products

Curating the National List of non-organic substances that are allowed in products certified as organic is a core responsibility of the National Organic Standards Board, and as such stakeholders will...

On the move

Mondelēz and Bazooka Candy announce North America leadership changes

Mondelēz and the Topps’ confectionery division Bazooka Candy Brands have announced new leaders for their North American businesses.

Functional foods have role in reversing 'thin outside, fat inside' phenomenon, paper's authors conclude

Functional foods could have a key role to play in combating the global rise of the phenomenon of sarcopenic obesity, according to a published report of the proceedings of a...

Flexibility will distinguish winners from losers in the meal kit category, says Terra's Kitchen CEO

Are meal kits the next big thing in food, or a black hole into which to pour large sums of cash chasing the latest fad? Investors are in different camps...

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