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FDA weighs in on heavy metals in baby food as lawsuits pile up

By Elaine Watson

In the wake of the recent congressional report into heavy metals in baby food, the FDA says its goal is to reduce exposure to toxic elements in foods through research and collaboration, but has not said if it plans to issue guidance on upper limits for...

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‘Big Food’ enjoying sustained sales uplifts as consumers stay home

By Elaine Watson

US retail sales of leading packaged food brands tracked by Bernstein* rose +12.1% year-on-year in measured channels in the four weeks ending August 8, with big brands reaping continued benefits from the shift to eating at home, though sales growth slowed...

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Former Chobani exec takes over as Campbell Soup CFO

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Campbell Soup Company has appointed Mick Beekhuizen as its new chief financial officer and senior vice president leading the company's finance division, including tax, treasury, audit, investor relations, external development, corporate financial...

Bolthouse, Plum hot spots in tepid earnings report from Campbell Soup

Bolthouse, Plum hot spots in tepid earnings report from Campbell Soup

By Hank Schultz

Recent acquisitions in the natural space—Bolthouse Farms and Plum Organic—were among the bright spots in a disappointing quarterly earnings report for Campbell Soup Company.  The development points to changing sales patterns within the United States overall.

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