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Trust in nutritional science ‘deflating’, claim Dutch scientists

Nutrition science appears to be in crisis with a public reluctance to trust nutritional insights, according to a Dutch group of scientists, who also believe the subject’s boundaries are hampering...

What Amazon’s meal kit service means to category’s future and competition with grocery retailers

There’s a very likely chance that Amazon will come to dominate the meal kit category, according to market research analyst Howard Waxman at Packaged Facts.

The ready meal category is ripe for growth and likely will pull consumers from meal kits and frozen

The ready meal category in the US is set to explode in part as a natural evolution of the meal kit craze that taught consumers how to cook healthy, fresh...


Koia ‘positioned to become category leader’ in plant-based beverages with $7.5m investment

Koia, a refrigerated RTD plant-based protein beverage company, has secured a $7.5m funding round led by private investment firm KarpReilly and existing investor AccelFoods.

McCormick’s purchase of Reckitt food brands could threaten Kraft Heinz’s leadership in condiments

McCormick & Company’s acquisition of Reckitt Benckiser’s food portfolio, which includes iconic brands such as French’s mustard, place the company within a stone’s throw of condiment and sauce category leader...

General Mills wins fight to label Nature Valley granola bars as ‘natural’

General Mills has won a lawsuit alleging its Nature Valley granola bars cannot be labelled “100% natural” as they purportedly contain traces of herbicide.

Consumer demands placing more pressure on flavor, texture of sports nutrition products

Flavor innovation is usually seen as a key component of food product development and of less concern for supplements.  But as sports nutrition brands seek competitive advantages and to bring...

The future of grocerants? Deliveries, humanoids and a good dose of life-hacking, says supermarket guru

Amazon's increased penetration into the grocery sphere will mean computer wizards, molecular biologists and sustainability experts will be developing ultra-intelligent grocerants of the future, predicts 'supermarket guru' Phil Lempert.

Bonafide Provisions expands the reach and appeal of bone broth with Drinkable Veggies

As recently as two years ago, bone broth was virtually unheard of by the masses, but now it is seemingly everywhere with newcomers crowding the category and pushing early players...

Poultry producer Perdue Farms modifies its animal welfare policy

Increasing the number of chicken houses with windows, providing chickens with more space, and raising and studying slower-growing chickens are among priorities Perdue Farms emphasized in its new animal welfare...

Trade groups sue to block New York City from enforcing menu labeling ahead of FDA

Leading trade groups for the retailer and food service industries are suing New York City to stop inspectors from holding their members responsible for posting calorie counts for prepared “restaurant-type...

Coca-Cola enters meal kit market with Chef’d partnership: ‘Beverages are an integral part of the meal occasion’

As consumers continue to seek new flavors and experiences, Coca-Cola is exploring the booming US meal kit market in a new partnership with Chef’d that offers co-branded meal kits with...

Another personalized nutrition testing firm attracts investment capital

Investment capital continues to flow into the personalized nutrition space with the announcement of another infusion of cash into Orig3n, a company that offers genetic testing kits.

Conagra VP of Innovation: There is power to doing less, and don’t forget the chef

There’s great pride that comes with seeing a product still on store shelves decades after it was once just a figment on a drawing board. But as industry veteran Barry...

Brands risk becoming ‘invisible’ in the grocerant boom, warns supermarket guru

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands have a tough road ahead with the boom in grocerants, but they can survive with some clever collaboration and product re-thinks, says 'supermarket guru' Phil...

Emerging ice cream trends reveal sophistication, portion control and allergy-friendly

As the summer days heat up, so is the market for frozen desserts, including dairy- and nut-free options, high-protein ice creams, ice cream sandwiches, ice pops and indulgent flavors specially...

Break The Cup coffee breaks the mold by creating a new animal-free fermentation process

The thought of fermenting coffee beans by feeding them to small cat-like civits or large elephants only to collect them again at the other end of the digestive process sounded...

Researchers answer whether a low-fat or low-carb diet is more successful for weight loss

The long-raging debate over whether cutting carbs or cutting fat is a better way lose weight is a false dichotomy, according to new research published in the American Journal of...

Food industry veteran Paul Smucker Wagstaff takes Eagle Foods to next phase with acquisition of snack brands

In the food and beverage industry, 100-year-old companies are adapting with the times. Eagle Foods’ acquisition of ready-to-eat popcorn brand G.H. Cretors is one prime example.

thinkThin continues double-digit growth, prepares to unveil ‘breakthrough protein snack’

Household penetration of protein bars has continued to increase as more retailers have moved them from the OTC/supplement aisles to the main snack bar fixtures, prompting shoppers to ‘trade up’...

Bevi aims to make bottles and cans obsolete through data-driven beverage dispenser

Custom beverage machine startup Bevi has raised $16.5m in funding to launch its counter-top beverage dispenser model and expand its North American footprint with the ultimate goal of making packaged...

Condiments offer easy-opening to US market for companies making internationally-inspired food

Entrepreneurs whose families immigrated to the US increasingly are bottling the flavors of their culture in marinades, sauces and spreads to satisfy not only their cravings for foods from their...

IFT 2017

Protein yet to plateau in chocolate confectionery, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has expanded its protein product portfolio by launching its FortiPro brand, a chocolate coating that contains 15% to 20% protein per serving. 

News in brief

Sweetech flavor enhancers can help firms slash sugar by up to 50%

Sweetech, a new family of flavor enhancers from Bell Flavors and Fragrances, can help food and beverage manufacturers achieve significant (20-50%) reductions in sugar and retain a clean label, claims...

GUEST ARTICLE: GMO labeling... What we know and what may happen next

One of the hottest topics in the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries, for both producers and advertisers, remains the disclosure of genetically modified organisms, or ‘GMOs,’ in these products.  ...

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