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Nestlé ‘strongly committed’ to confectionery outside US as segment declines continue

Nestlé’s confectionery business has continued to decline in the first half of 2017, but it says it remains committed to the segment.

Will a qualified health claim for soybean oil give it a new lease of life?

Just days after approving a qualified health claim extolling the heart-healthy benefits of macadamia nuts, the FDA has approved a similar claim about soybean oil in a move petitioner Bunge...

Good Food Institute, NMPF, to FDA: Give the industry some clarity on plant ‘milk’ labeling

The FDA – which has continued to maintain radio silence over plant-based ‘milk’ labeling despite mounting frustration from stakeholders – should clarify its position in the face of increasing commercial,...

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market could help push more shoppers to ecommerce

Only 9% of US consumers currently buy groceries online, but the Amazon/Whole Foods deal already is generating incremental interest in buying egroceries, according to a new consumer survey.

Real Oyster Cult takes the intimidation and safety risks out of oysters with front door delivery

The mail order oyster company Real Oyster Cult launched last May out of equal parts desire to deliver to consumers the freshest tasting oyster experience and a need to address...

Nailbiter uses video to collect real-time data on purchase decisions

As Facebook Live, Snapchat, and Instagram Stories became embedded into day-to-day routines, market research firm Nailbiter saw an opportunity to elevate consumer surveys to involve real-time videos of the decision...

Daiya Foods CEO on selling to Otsuka: ‘The entire senior leadership team is staying on… our job is just beginning’

Daiya Foods has carved out an enviable slice of the fast-growing plant-based foods market since its 2008 launch, but did not attract the valuation it was looking for when it...

GNC CEO: ‘Amazon is not a death knell for brick-and-mortars, but a great advertising platform’

Amazon is not a threat to brick-and-mortar retailers but an opportunity to be put in front of countless new consumers, says Bob Moran, CEO of GNC in a recent earnings...

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Fruit d'Or gets 'health maintenance' claim in Canada for cranberry seed oil

Fruit d’ Or has announced approval by Health Canada for the omega-3 and omega-6 content of its multifunctional cranberry seed oil ingredient.  The approved claim wording includes “for the maintenance of...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Can duck become the dark horse of animal proteins?

When it comes to eating meat in the US, chicken, without a doubt, is the main attraction with Americans consuming an average of 91 pounds last year – that is...

FOOD VISION USA 2017: Where is the plant-based movement heading (and will ‘clean’ meat give it a run for its money)?

Growing interest in plant-based foods, ‘clean’ (aka cultured) meat, and grass-fed, humanely-raised meat and regenerative agriculture, stems from a desire to seek alternatives to industrialized animal production. But where will...

How far do consumers want Non-GMO claims to go in the dairy case? Right back to the farm, says Dannon

How deep into the supply chain do consumers expect food manufacturers to delve when it comes to label claims about genetic engineering (or its absence), and do they realize that...

First round to Lidl in trademark infringement dispute with Kroger

Kroger has lost its bid to gain a preliminary injunction that would immediately bar Lidl from using its 'Preferred Selection' name on its premium private label products.

Amazon ‘does not solve all of Whole Foods' woes,’ analyst

While Amazon is widely expected to have a transformative impact on Whole Foods over the long term, Whole Foods still faces “the prospect of several years of further decline and...

The top performing grocery retailers have superior prepared food sections, says Nielsen

Among top performing retailers with high sales across the store, 49% of these sales come from the fresh department, according to the latest analysis by market research firm Nielsen.

Ben & Jerry’s says product is safe after traces of glyphosate found in ice cream

Unilever-owned Ben & Jerry’s has said that its ice cream products are safe to consume after independent lab testing by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) found that certain ice cream...

Herbal infusion Wanku offers functional benefits for consumers and producers

The Andean herbal infused beverage Wanku combines the functional health benefits of kombucha with the refreshing flavor of the increasingly popular plant-based waters and none of the downsides of the...

Industry players outline their wish lists for ‘NAFTA 2.0’ and express anxiety about renegotiation

While most agricultural industry leaders gathered on Capitol Hill yesterday urged lawmakers and the current administration to tread lightly when it comes to renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement,...

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Amazon's US grocery sales surged 50% to $420m in Q2; perishables up 110%

As a percentage of the overall grocery retail market, Amazon’s $420m in Q2 grocery sales in the US is pretty small fry. But its 50% year-on-year growth is making the...

Was the $1.7bn price tag Dr Pepper paid for Bai justified?

"Early signs suggest Dr Pepper Snapple Group's acquisition of Bai may not generate sufficient returns to justify its rich [$1.7bn] price tag," says Wells Fargo in a note published ahead of...

FOOD INNOVATION FORUM HIGHLIGHTS: ‘At the heart of all successful brands over the last 4-5 years is the idea of simplicity…’

From why Facebook is a great way to garner consumer insights on a budget, to why inviting chefs to your focus group could help invigorate and speed up your innovation...

What does Blue Apron’s roller-coaster stock price mean for the meal kit category’s future?

In an about-face, Blue Apron’s stock is surging on the strength of positive investor ratings published earlier this week, but the meal kit company’s initial rocky start in public trading...

UrthBox shopping spree continues consolidation in subscription snack segment

With the acquisition of three competitors, healthy snack subscription box company UrthBox hopes to better shine a light on organic and natural brands that otherwise may be caught in the...

Protein2o raises $4m, attracts ex-Gatorade execs to support ‘explosive’ growth

Protein2o – a rapidly-growing brand of flavored waters infused with electrolytes and 15g of whey protein – has completed a $4m capital raise and attracted two high-profile ex-Gatorade executives as...

New qualified health claim for macadamia nuts shows FDA’s evolving stance on dietary fat

FDA’s decision to greenlight a qualified health claim connecting macadamia nuts to the reduced risk of heart disease despite the ingredient’s saturated fat content suggests the agency may give manufacturers...

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