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2011-12 takeover talks were a 'ruse to get access to Nirvana's confidential information' claims bottled water co.

Nestlé offered stores financial incentives to stop carrying rival's products, claims lawsuit

Nestlé Waters North America engaged in ‘deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior’ says Nirvana Inc in unfair competition lawsuit

By Elaine Watson

Nestlé Waters North America engaged in “deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior” in a bid to drive a small competitor out of business, alleges New York-based Nirvana Inc in a lawsuit accusing the world’s biggest bottled water company of illegal anti-competitive...

Is the term 'all-natural' still resonating with consumers?

Natural vs organic: What’s the difference, and do shoppers care?

By Elaine Watson

How clean is your label, and who decides - plaintiff's attorneys or Whole Foods Market? Are ‘all-natural’ claims still resonating with consumers or are other on-pack cues more important? And do shoppers understand the difference between natural and...

Pinnacle Foods CEO: 'We have to be price competitive, otherwise we start losing market share'

Analyst: Top CPG firms not delivering on innovation, falling back into promotional trap

Pinnacle Foods boss: ‘We’re looking at this industry right now as very much a zero sum game. We're not seeing growth in total’

By Elaine Watson

As several CEOs have recently observed, big brands are not getting so much bang for their promotional buck these days. But in the current climate, targeted trade spending is a must to retain market share, although other strategies must be pursued in the...

The GMA says mandatory GMO labeling is a huge waste of time and money, but supporters say they have a right to know. Picture by Daniel Lobo, flickr

Vermont AG: 'Natural' labels do not belong on foods made with GMOs

First Amendment challenge to Vermont GMO labeling law does not stand up, claims state AG

By Elaine Watson

Vermont’s new GMO labeling law (Act 120) does not violate the First Amendment because the disclosures it mandates are “purely factual” and the law “does not require manufacturers to state a particular viewpoint, such as whether GE foods are good or bad”,...

Steve Hughes: 'I really think what you're looking at in the next three years in the food industry is Armageddon'

Retailers are going to reduce the space given to legacy brands

Boulder Brands: Large-cap 'legacy' food & beverage brands face 'Armageddon'

By Elaine Watson

Leading CPG companies are like huge ships that cannot change course quickly enough to address evolving consumer trends, claims the boss of Boulder Brands (which owns the Udi’s Gluten-Free, Earth Balance and EVOL brands). But unless they make some bold...

The proposals mark the biggest change to food labeling regs in 20 years

New labels would highlights calories, include 'added sugars'

Special edition - Nutrition Facts revamp: Radical overhaul or a missed opportunity?

By Elaine Watson

UPDATED: Significant changes to the Nutrition Facts panel on foods & beverages have been proposed in the US and Canada, with the plan to include ‘added sugars’ tweak rules on dietary fiber labeling, and update the reference values used to calculate...

Clemmy's CEO: 'It’s a David and Goliath battle and some people think I’m crazy ... but I just felt that enough was enough'

Ice cream co engaged in ‘David & Goliath’ lawsuit vs Nestlé alleging unfair competition

Ice cream co in ‘David & Goliath’ lawsuit v Nestlé: Is it time for a rethink about the way shelf-space is allocated in US supermarkets?

By Elaine Watson

As Kraft’s CEO recently observed, smaller, more agile players seem to be better at coming up with exciting new products than many CPG giants, for whom innovation is often more about trade management than addressing genuine consumer needs. But if this...

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