Food labeling and marketing

Brand loyalty stronger among social media users

Brand loyalty stronger among social media users

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Social media use is increasing, and that could be good news for manufacturers of branded products, as frequent social media users tend to be more loyal to name brands, according to new research from the NPD Group.

Mintel: Shoppers 'don’t feel OK about eating junk food just because they are on the go'

Dispatches from the 6th Annual Food Technology & Innovation Forum, 2012, Chicago

Mintel: Health and quality key to next generation of on-the-go foods

By Elaine Watson

Foods with ‘on-the-go’ claims represent a small - but rapidly growing - proportion of global new product launches, but firms that want to cash in need to think about health and quality as well as convenience, says Mintel.

Tagatose can help firms make significant calorie reductions in bakery products without compromising taste or texture, claims Nutrilab NV

Could it be second time lucky for low-cal bulk sweetener Tagatose?

By Elaine Watson

Belgian firm Nutrilab NV is preparing to introduce low-calorie, low glycemic bulk sweetener Tagatose to North and South America later this year, six years after dairy giant Arla Foods pulled the plug on the ingredient claiming it was not commercially...

Nation's bulging waistline is a food industry issue

Nation's bulging waistline is a food industry issue

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Americans are getting fatter – and it’s not just the individual that needs a health check, according to a new IOM report. Like it or not, this health crisis has plenty of implications for the food industry.

Wild Flavors was one of several exhibitors at the 6th Annual Food Technology & Innovation Forum, held last week at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago

Dispatches from the 6th Annual Food Technology & Innovation Forum, 2012, Chicago

Novel digestive health ingredient targets big guns in food and beverages

By Elaine Watson

Wild Flavors is in advanced negotiations with leading food and beverage firms about using a novel milk-based digestive health ingredient claimed to help maintain and repair the lining of the gut wall.

Musselman: 'The good thing about KCl compared with other approaches is that it is cheap and it works'

Dispatches from the 6th Annual Food Technology & Innovation Forum, 2012, Chicago

Nu-Tek Salt: 90% of our customers are reducing sodium by stealth

By Elaine Watson

Nine out of 10 customers using potassium-chloride-based salt replacers from Nu-Tek Salt are now reducing sodium by stealth to avoid antagonizing shoppers, says the Minnesota-based firm.

Delegates heard from R&D bosses at leading brands from Hershey to Heinz, Chobani, Nestle, Abbott Nutrition, Mead Johnson and Coca-Cola

Dispatches from the 6th Annual Food Technology & Innovation Forum, 2012, Chicago

Quote/Unquote: Heinz on rocking the boat, Coca-Cola on backing the right horse in beverages, why we’re really fat and how Jane Fonda helped one brand go viral …

By Elaine Watson

If you didn’t make it to Chicago for the Food Technology and Innovation Forum last week – or were too busy speed-dating with suppliers in the exhibition hall to attend the conference - we’ve rounded up some of the best bits…

More Americans would like extra info on-pack, IFIC survey finds

More Americans would like extra info on-pack, IFIC survey finds

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The proportion of Americans who say they would like extra on-pack information about their food has increased over the past two years, according to new poll results from the International Food Information Council (IFIC).

Californian GMO labeling: What would it mean for food companies?

Californian GMO labeling: What would it mean for food companies?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The Californian ‘Right to Know’ campaign in support of labeling foods and ingredients produced using genetic engineering looks set for inclusion in the state’s November ballot, after it attracted nearly a million signatures. If enacted, what would the...

Higher prices boost Kraft profit in Q1

Higher prices boost Kraft profit in Q1

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Kraft Foods reported a 1.8% increase in first quarter profit after it raised prices for its products around the world and increased sales of its ‘power’ brands, particularly in developing markets.

Could private label be losing its luster?

Could private label be losing its luster?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Sales of private label foods and beverages have been on the rise for more than a decade, but consumers are beginning to lose enthusiasm, suggests a new report from market research organization The NPD Group.

Mango and coconut will trump acai and pomegranate this year, predicts Sloan Trends

Special edition: FoodNavigator-USA 2012 trendspotter

By Elaine Watson

What’s on the menu for 2012? Traditional fruits, Thai and Indian cuisine, freshness, different varieties of chili, plant proteins, smoke flavors, more part-prepared foods and Asian and Latin American flavors, predict trendwatchers…

Improper nutrient content claims cited in new wave of class action suits

Improper nutrient content claims cited in new wave of class action suits

By Elaine Watson

With class action lawsuits alleging labeling violations now “filed almost daily in California”, food manufacturers are spending “hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and settlement amounts” to resolve cases that are entirely avoidable, according...

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