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Peeled Snacks Fancy Food Show selling education session

Peeled Snacks: If you don’t take time to understand retail buyers, why should they take time to understand you?

The natural channel: ‘An utter pain to sell to, but the exposure it can give your brand is huge’

By Elaine Watson

Which retail channel is right for your brand? Natural? Club? Convenience? And once you’ve jumped through all the buyers’ hoops, will you still be able to make any money? It all depends on whether you’ve done your homework, one snacking sales expert told...

FDA Nutrition Facts timetable not realistic, says Kroger

Two-year time frame 'would almost certainly drive an increase in food prices'

Switching to new Nutrition Facts label in two years is not feasible, says Kroger

By Elaine Watson

The two-year time frame in which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expects the food industry to switch to new-look Nutrition Facts labels is unrealistic, and “would almost certainly drive an increase in prices of food products”, claims Kroger.

‘The whole field of nutrition is in the dark ages’: Dr Lee Hood

PLMI 2014 THOUGHT LEADERS CONSORTIUM

‘The whole field of nutrition is in the dark ages’: Dr Lee Hood

By Stephen DANIELLS

The market capital of a wellness industry that aims to promote and maintain good health will vastly exceed the current treatment-focused disease industry, says Dr Lee Hood, MD, PhD, President & Co-Founder, Institute for Systems Biology.

Supermarket loyalty cards are not delivering, says TABS Group

Supermarket loyalty cards are not delivering, says promotions expert

By Elaine Watson

Whether supermarket loyalty cards actually drive loyalty, or provide retailers with killer consumer insights that give them a genuine competitive edge, has long been a source of debate. But the evidence is clear,  according to one expert in promotions:...

Menu labeling rules: A quick guide, plus industry reaction

Professor: 'Congratulations to the FDA for putting public health first'

Menu labeling rules: A quick guide, plus industry reaction

By Elaine Watson

The FDA released its much-anticipated final rules on calorie information on menus and vending machines today as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Sodium reduction: has all the low-hanging fruit been plucked?

60-second interview: Mel Mann, Director of Flavor Innovation, Wixon

Sodium reduction: Has all the low-hanging fruit been plucked?

By Elaine Watson

Food manufacturers are under increasing pressure to reduce sodium, but surveys suggest many shoppers are, well, not that bothered. So where does this leave firms plugging sodium reduction solutions? 

Is the high-protein craze backed by sound science?

Does the high-protein craze make sense from a nutritional perspective?

By Elaine Watson

Protein is hot - and big brands are piling more of it into everything from breakfast cereal to ice cream. Yet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans say “inadequate protein intake in the US is rare”. So does this trend make sense from a nutritional perspective?

The Pope said food was susceptible to manipulation by complaints of the economic crisis

Pope Francis: Food has been reduced to a commodity

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Market pre-eminence has reduced food to a commodity subject to financial speculation, Pope Francis told attendees at a major nutrition conference in Rome this morning.

Special edition: functional foods

Functional Foods: The end of the processed foods era?

By Peter Wennstrom

To understand Functional Foods you must see it as a strategy to add value to processed foods, says the president and founder of the HealthyMarketingTeam, Peter Wennstrom, in this guest article.

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Special edition: Functional foods

Phood booed: Why big pharma fails at functional food

By Julian Mellentin

Faced with mounting difficulties in their drug businesses, many pharmaceutical manufacturers are looking at getting into functional foods and beverages, notes food marketing expert, Julian Mellentin in this guest article.

Is sodium reduction falling down the food policy agenda?

Special edition: Sodium reduction

Is sodium reduction falling down the food policy agenda?

By Elaine Watson

Four years ago sodium was public enemy #1. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was calling for the FDA to modify the GRAS status of salt and slash the daily value for sodium to 1,500mg, and the food industry was on high alert. Today, sugar is the new bogeyman,...

Trade spending, the elephant in the boardroom?

Trade spending: The elephant in the boardroom?

By Elaine Watson

Tune into an earnings call from a big consumer packaged goods (CPG) company, and you’ll likely hear a lot of frustration over the ineffectiveness of trade spending. But is weary resignation (‘it’s just a cost of doing business') a constructive response?

“A congress like this is a stimulus for organisations to reassess recommendations...”

Academic: "Anybody who thinks the world’s malnutrition problems are going to be solved without industry is dreaming."

Time for a vitamin E intake rethink? Emerging data builds argument

By Shane Starling from the 3rd World Congress of Public Health Nutrition in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Emerging research linking vitamin E deficiency with increased risk of Alzheimer’s, miscarriages and fatty liver disease can contribute to an ongoing debate around recommended intakes, a nutrition congress was told yesterday.

Sprouted seeds! The meteoric rise of Way Better Snacks

Consumers want to see what you are putting into the product as well as what isn’t in there

The meteoric rise of Way Better Snacks: ‘All-natural’ is all very well, but what really matters is nutrient density

By Elaine Watson

With revenues going from zero to “north of $20m” in three years, the growth of Way Better Snacks has been nothing short of meteoric. But while great branding, its focus on ‘sprouted’ seeds and the CPG experience of its founder & CEO Jim Breen have...

Sugar-sweetened beverages do not easily fit within a healthy diet, says Anderson

Food industry must slash sugar – not just tinker

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Food industry ‘tinkering’ with sugar content while foods and drinks remain relatively high in sugar may detract from more basic sugar reduction strategies, warns a public health expert.

PepsiCo CEO, Q3, 2014, Our innovation is becoming more durable

PepsiCo CEO: ‘Our innovation is becoming more durable’

By Elaine Watson

If you’ve got enough money - and clout - it’s not hard to make a big splash with a new product launch in year one. The real test comes in years two, three and four. And PepsiCo is proving that its innovations are still delivering after the initial hype...

PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi slams ‘discriminatory’ soda tax proposals

GOLDEN STATE ROW ESCALATES AS NOVEMBER 4 BALLOTS APPROACH

PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi slams ‘discriminatory’ soda tax proposals

By Ben BOUCKLEY

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has attacked November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley that will ask city residents to approve increased taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and sweeteners used to sweeten such drinks.

Promotions are not delivering for many CPG companies, says Nielsen

Three-quarters of CPG promotions don’t break even, says Nielsen

By Elaine Watson

It’s well-known that many CPG firms feel that they are not getting enough bang for their trade spending bucks. But a recent analysis by Nielsen reveals that most of them are not getting any bang for these bucks, with almost three quarters of promotions...

The Future Market from Studio Industries

The Future Market: What will food shopping be like in 2065?

By Elaine Watson

The IFT's FutureFood 2050 initiative has started a fascinating conversation about what we might be eating in the future. But what will food shopping be like? Will supermarkets as we know them today still exist or will we get all of our groceries...

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