All news articles for February 2017

Sonoma Brands hails 'explosive' growth trajectory at SmashMallow

Sonoma Brands hails 'explosive' growth trajectory at SmashMallow

By Elaine Watson

It’s early days, but SmashMallow snackable marshmallows – launched by food & beverage brand incubator Sonoma Brands in August 2016 – are already in 2,000 stores and growing at an “explosive” pace, claims founder Jon Sebastiani.  

Private label a growth engine at Sprouts Farmers Market in Q4

Private label is a growth engine at Sprouts, says CEO

By Elaine Watson

Private label sales now account for more than one in every ten dollars spent at Sprouts stores, said the Phoenix-based retailer, which posted a 0.7% rise in same store sales in the latest quarter while rival Whole Foods Market has continued to see its...

No confirmed reports of listeriosis have so far been reported

California food firm hit by 26t recall

By Oscar Rousseau

US, California-based Ready Pac Foods Inc has recalled 26 tonnes (59,225 pounds) of chicken salad products that may be contaminated with listeria.

Naked Juice to revise labels in settlement with CSPI

PepsiCo: ‘We listened to the CSPI out of concern for our consumers’

PepsiCo to revise Naked Juice labels in settlement

By Rachel Arthur

PepsiCo will make several modifications to the way it labels and markets Naked Juice, in an agreement that ends litigation filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in October.

Is food deflation easing? Food-at-home index flat in January

Is food deflation easing? Food-at-home index flat in January

By Elaine Watson

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food-at-home — a proxy for grocery-level inflation — was flat in January, after months of declines, with higher prices in eggs, dairy, meat, fish & poultry offset by lower prices for fruits & vegetables, non-alcoholic...

The Dairy Pride Act, says supporters, simply requires the FDA to enforce standards of identity already enshrined in law

Standards of identity are designed to protect consumers, not stifle competition, says GFI

Dairy Pride Act is 'anti-competitive' and 'unconstitutional,' says Good Food Institute

By Elaine Watson

More than 46,000 people have signed a Good Food Institute petition urging Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Peter Welch not to pursue the passage of the Dairy Pride Act, which the GFI argues, is both “anti-competitive” and “unconstitutional.” 

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Ag Committee weighs whether SNAP should pay for sugary drinks

By Elizabeth Crawford

Prohibiting the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages and other “unhealthy” foods and beverages with SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, likely would not discourage their consumption, but would be costly and difficult for retailers to implement,...

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Did a Nobel Laureate spark the obesity epidemic?

By Mark Miller, PhD. Chief Science Officer, Healthy Directions

The old discussions about the causes of obesity are becoming lame. Certainly it is true that societies are gravitating to large serving sizes, that processed food lacks specific micronutrients and we exercise a lot less. However do these factors adequately...

Campbell Soup disappointed by performance in C-Fresh in Q2

C-Fresh sales down 8% in Q2 driven by lower sales of carrots, Bolthouse Farms refrig beverages, Garden Fresh Gourmet

Campbell Soup CEO: Fresh is the future, but ‘the truth is, we expected more, faster…’

By Elaine Watson

Packaged fresh food is bang on trend as consumers seek more convenient fresh and healthy options, says Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison. But it’s taking longer than expected for the company’s brands in this segment to deliver a positive impact on the...

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