Food labeling and marketing

DDW CEO Ted Nixon: The natural colors industry is still in its infancy

Big interview: Ted Nixon, chairman and CEO, DDWilliamson

DDW: We could be as big in natural colors as we are in caramel colors in 5-10 years

By Elaine Watson

Founded in 1865 - the year Lincoln was assassinated - DDW has been in the food colors business for an astonishing 148 years. But there’s no room for complacency, CEO Ted Nixon tells Elaine Watson during a visit to the firm’s HQ in Louisville, KY.

Kalsec's line of natural antioxidants is based on rosemary extract.

Special edition: All-natural: How clean is your label?

Natural preservatives pack efficacy, marketing punch

By Hank Schultz

The term ‘natural’ has been used to mean so many things that it means less all the time, except as a starting point for class action lawsuits.  But tell consumers you’re getting rid of artificial preservatives and you’ve telling them something meaningful,...

What do consumers mean by 'natural'? And how does it correspond to food companies' idea of 'clean label'?

What do ‘natural’ and ‘clean label’ mean anyway?


Market researchers tell us that consumers are seeking ‘natural’ products more than ever – and ingredient suppliers have responded by providing ways to ‘clean up’ product labels – but what do these terms really mean?

Tate & Lyle 'disappointed' by CSPI's note of caution on sucralose

Tate & Lyle 'disappointed' by CSPI's note of caution about sucralose

By Elaine WATSON

Tate & Lyle says it is “very disappointed” that the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has removed sucralose from the ‘safe’ category in its guide to food additives on the back of unpublished research from a scientist it claims has been...

Picture: Community Food Co-op, Montana

Maine House backs GMO labeling bill

By Elaine WATSON

The campaign for mandatory GMO labeling gained a further boost this week as the Maine House of Representatives voted 141-4 in favor of LD 718, a bill that would require foods made with ingredients from biotech crops to carry the label ‘Produced with Genetic...

Does 'natural' amount to more than just a list of acceptable or unacceptable ingredients on a food label? What other cues are consumers looking for when deciding if a product is natural and wholesome? Find out on June 26 at Natural & Clean Label Trends 2013

Natural & Clean Label Trends 2013

Where do your products sit in the clean label hierarchy?

By Elaine WATSON

If it sounds like a ‘chemical’, or isn’t in the kitchen cupboard, shoppers may regard it with suspicion. But which ingredients are 'acceptable' to today's consumers, which are to be avoided, and who decides? 

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Twinings tea ‘antioxidant’ court row brews on in USA


A US court says a class action alleging that Associated British Foods (ABF) brand Twinings broke the law by labeling green, black and white teas as a ‘natural source of antioxidants’ may proceed.

FDA finalizes FSMA prior notice import requirement

FDA finalizes FSMA prior notice import requirement

By Hank Schultz

FDA has finalized a rule on the importation of food under the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The rule, Information Required in Prior Notice of Imported Food, was adopted without any changes suggested by comments from the draft version of the rule.

Connecticut State Senate passes GMO labeling legislation

Connecticut State Senate passes GMO labeling legislation

By Hank Schultz

The legislative pressure on mandatory GMO labeling continues to build, at least on the state front, as the Connecticut State Senate voted 35-1 in favor of SB 802, a bill that would require labeling of products with genetically modified ingredients.

Restaurant goers are looking at calories - but not much else...

What nutrition information are restaurant goers looking for?

By Elaine Watson

While four out of 10 consumers say they are trying to avoid or reduce intakes of certain fats and oils, cholesterol, sodium and sugar, only one in 10 actually looks for this kind of information on menus when dining out, according to NPD Group.  

Monster Energy accuses SF City Attorney of publicity-seeking: ‘The media got copies of his lawsuit before we did’

Monster Energy accuses SF City Attorney of publicity-seeking: ‘The media got copies of his lawsuit before we did’

By Elaine WATSON

Just days after Monster Beverage Co pre-emptively sued him, San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera has slapped the energy drinks giant with a lawsuit of his own accusing it of violating state law by marketing its products to kids.

Are all-natural claims losing their luster?

Are all-natural claims losing their luster?

By Elaine WATSON

The phrase 'all-natural' is still emblazoned on scores of new food and beverage launches, but not quite as many as it used to be, according to Mintel research.

It’s all Greek to me! How fair was the ruling against Chobani?


It’s all Greek to me… How fair was the High Court ruling against Chobani?


New York-based Chobani was handed an injunction last month prohibiting its use of the term ‘Greek yogurt’ in the UK following a court battle with rival, Fage, which claims that the term refers to geographical origin. But can Athens-based Fage stand by...

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