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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,...

Deep cuts to agriculture spending, including organic, are a “no-go,” Congressman Panetta says

President Trump’s aggressive budget proposal for fiscal 2018 is a pennywise and pound-foolish approach to agriculture, and especially organic production and sales, according to legislators and industry leaders, who promise...

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Marinova attains GRAS status for fucoidan extracts

Australian biotechnology company Marinova Pty Ltd has received a letter of no objection for its GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe) status of its Maritech fucoidan extracts.

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Functional food bar launches with Niagen nicotinamide riboside

Barology’s Live Younger bar is the first launch of Niagen nicotinamide riboside (NR) into the functional food space, and offers consumers a new way to help boost cellular metabolism and...

High Brew secures $17m funding: ‘We are just scratching the surface when it comes to the convenience channel’

Austin-based High Brew recently closed $17m of new growth capital led by BIGR Ventures, further propelling the brand’s accessibility and penetration, and signalling investor sentiments that cold brew coffee has...

BC30 probiotic may help with plant protein digestion, according to new Ganeden-backed study

Plant protein, when digested with a patented probiotic strain, increased bioavailability of amino acids in the upper gastrointestinal tract, leading to a healthier colon environment, according to an in vitro...

Hint Inc urges court to stay propylene glycol lawsuit as FDA ponders ‘natural’ claims

Flavored water brand Hint Inc has urged a California court to stay (put on ice) a high-profile lawsuit accusing it of falsely advertising its wares as ‘all natural.'

Trump administration sees four ways to help ag ‘punch above its weight’

As part of a larger strategy to reduce the US deficit, the Trump Administration wants to help the agriculture sector “punch above its weight” by promoting trade, providing an affordable...

PepsiCo, Vita Coco, tight lipped on takeover rumors

PepsiCo has declined to comment on reports it is in talks to acquire All Market Inc, the owner of coconut water brand Vita Coco (an allied brand of Dr Pepper...

Evolve BioSystems completes series B financing to fund commercialization of products

California-based microbiome company Evolve BioSystems has completed a $20 million Series B financing to fund the commercialization of its initial products.

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...

Conagra Brands strikes $285m deal to sell Wesson oil brand to J.M. Smucker

Conagra Brands has struck a $285m deal to sell its Wesson edible oil brand to J.M. Smucker as it continues to re-engineer its portfolio.

Organic industry asks legislators for funds to expand domestic production & increase oversight

More than a hundred representatives for the organic industry descended on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, last Thursday to extol to legislators the benefits of their industry to the US...

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Zollipops’ 12-year-old founder squarely hits ‘better-for-you’ demand in candy category

Health and indulgence are not mutually exclusive, something that 12-year-old entrepreneur Alina Morse, founder of nationally-sold candy brand Zollipops, knows perfectly well.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Evolving views on breakfast create challenges, opportunities for CPGs

Breakfast has long been known as the most important meal of the day, but when people are eating it and what they are reaching for is quickly evolving and as...

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...

ACI FOOD LAW FORUM: What’s in your ‘natural’ flavors? (And is your cane sugar vegan?)

As enterprising plaintiff’s attorneys ask whether pesticide residues – even at trace levels – belong in ‘natural’ foods, and high-profile brands query whether ‘natural’ flavors and preservatives meet stricter ‘clean...

Algatech teams with Lycored to launch astaxanthin beadlets aimed at functional foods

Israeli firms AlgaTech and Lycored have teamed to launch a line of astaxanthin beadlets in the North American market aimed at functional foods, gummies and other applications.

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Accelfoods raises $15m from Danone Ventures and other 'hands-on, value-add investors with unique resources and insights'

Recent investments from the venture arms of ‘Big Food’ companies “bridge the gap between the innovative thinking of start-up organizations and the resources they need to scale,” says the co-founder of New...

Flavor Trends free webinar, June 14 at 11:30 EST

How do you make a flavor trend work for your brand?

Is there a science to flavor preferences and combinations? And how can companies market and brand products designed to satisfy the emerging American 'global palate' trend authentically?

‘Unprecedented traction’ of Hippeas attracts Leonardo DiCaprio, Strand Equity Partners

Leonardo DiCaprio – who has already shown quite an interest in the food and beverage sector via investments in guayusa-fueled tea brand RUNA and seafood company Love the Wild –...

Fishpeople wants to fix the ‘fundamentally broken’ seafood industry with increased transparency

The seafood industry is “fundamentally broken” and crowded with businesses beholden to “old school thinking” that fails both the oceans and the consumers, according to Ken Plasse, the CEO of...

Standardized language for expiration dates should help reduce food waste, according to GMA

According to the nonprofit Feeding America, 126 billion pounds of food is wasted each year in America – a staggering number that prompted USDA and EPA to challenge producers, manufacturers...

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Mars, Ferrero and Jelly Belly among Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017 Most Innovative Award winners

The National Confectionery Association (NCA) has announced the Most Innovative Award winners from nine major candy and snack categories, including chocolate, seasonal, gum and mints, at the Sweets & Snacks...

Timing of probiotic consumption 'unimportant’ for colonization: Study

Should probiotics be consumed on an empty stomach or with a meal? A new study from the University of Milan suggests it doesn’t matter.

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