- Revamped packs carrying ‘Seriously’ branding began rolling out this week
- It is understood Young’s is keen on a deal, and has been looking at the business for several months
- Backed by a £2m investment including outdoor and sampling, the advert will run until 10 May
- The NPD is aged for a minimum of five years in Bourbon barrels
- Rachel’s Organic is the largest casualty of the cull, with three SKUs delisted
- Britain’s shops are slashing workers as they try to cut costs in the face of rising prices and falling sales.
- The quest to rid product labels of phosphates, carrageenan, titanium dioxide, mono- and di-glycerides and other substances gracing food marketers’ ‘unacceptable ingredients’ lists has created new growth opportunities for Fiberstar’s citrus fibers, which are sourced from byproducts of the juicing industry.
Clean label: What works, what doesnât, where is it headed, and what are the legal vulnerabilities?The clean label movement may have started as industry’s response to consumers who wanted foods and beverages made without artificial or “chemical” sounding ingredients, but overtime as brands continued to one-up each other, the concept morphed and metastasized to represent so much more.
CLEAN LABEL 2.0: Natural flavors and preservatives, pesticide residues, and Non-GMO in the spotlightThink 'clean label' just means ditching ‘artificial’ ingredients and avoiding anything attracting negative press (warranted or otherwise)? Think again. Today, brands are also questioning whether ‘natural’ flavors, preservatives and sweeteners are really ‘clean,’ whether Non-GMO claims should only apply to what's in the final product, and whether pesticide residues – even at trace levels – belong in ‘natural’ or ‘clean label’
- While SmartLabel is still in its relative infancy, manufacturers are flocking to the technology to help them provide the in-depth information that today’s consumers want as part of the clean label movement, but which might not fit on product packaging.
- The winners will be revealed at a lavish event at London Hilton on Park Lane on 12 May
- Sonny Perdue, with his wife Mary, takes the oath of office administered by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in the U.S. Supreme Court Building, becoming the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. (Photo credit: USDA)Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony at the Supreme Court building. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on Monday evening.
- The duo is joined in the frozen aisle by new non-alcoholic lolly Chilly Mango
- Researchers baked cookies using Versafibe 1490, a branded resistant starch by Ingredion, and another batch without it. Then they had 28 healthy participants eat either one cookie to compare Versafibe’s effect on postprandial blood glucose levels, and found that the resistant starch lowered blood sugar and insulin responses.
- The coffee recycling scheme is available at all 390 Morrisons cafés across England, Scotland and Wales
- Nutrient management and crop quality clearly go hand in hand. But not always in the ways you might think.
In my nutrition management work, I have focused on understanding how to manage nutrition at different stages of fruit development to affect fruit quality. I have learned that it is relatively easy to substantially impact fruit size, firmness, sugar and solids content, shelf life, and storability with nutrition management. Many of these improvements in fruit quality are in some way associated
- Maureen Torrey with Torrey Farms of Elba, New York, participated in a roundtable discussion on April 25, at the White House with President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding the policy needs of rural America and the agriculture industry. Torrey is a United Fresh Produce Association member and former chairman of the board.
The meeting set the stage for the President’s Executive Order, signed the same day, that establishes an interagency task force to examine a wide
- Photo credit: Linda TannerCheck out these excellent pest management practices, compiled by experts across the country.
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- America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.
“The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of
- As more shelf-space is dedicated to gluten-free products in the snack and bread aisles, one retired baking industry veteran noticed a void in the in-store bakery section—and it pulled him out of retirement and back to the drawing board.
- Parts of the station were closed for more than 24 hours while the affected tanks were cleaned out and refilled
- Shoppers will be able to choose one of 14 ice creams
- Flowers on this blooming plant are iced over during a freeze. (Photo credit: Bill Cline)Blueberry growers in North Carolina had quite a rollercoaster start to the 2017 growing season. Warm temperatures started the season early — three weeks, in fact, says Bill Cline, Researcher and Extension Specialist for the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University.
Then, in March, freezing temperatures came. While growers were able to use overhead irrigation to irr
- Coca-Cola says it will cut approximately 1,200 jobs after global carbonated drink sales fell 1% in the quarter to March 31.
- Brakes boss contributed to a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on hunger..
- The annual results of Costa Coffee owner Whitbread and 300 UK jobs being axed by Nestlé generate plenty of column inches this morning.
- Ranjit Boparan has agreed to invest £5.1m in struggling value chain Crawshaw for an initial 30% stake, with options to take a further 20%
- To the casual observer, ‘cleaning up’ our food sounds like an eminently sensible thing to do. But where is the clean label trend going, and is ditching every ingredient you can’t pronounce really the key to fixing the ‘broken’ food system (as Panera implies in a recent ad) or improving the health of people and the planet?
- Soylent is voluntarily recalling 890 boxes of its Soylent 1.8 powder because it may contain undeclared milk, says the company, which had hoped to stay out of the spotlight after a rocky few months marred by recalls of version 1.6 of its powdered beverage and food bar and a public squabble with a supplier.
- Photo credit: Zauber KartoffelIt sometimes seems that culls and volunteers survive even winter conditions, while your desired crop needs coddling. Taking a look at how feral potatoes behave will give you insights that will help you get the results you need for your crop.
Daughter tubers of wild potatoes, cousins of the ones we grow, are “stored” by simply overwintering in the soil underneath the parent plant. Volunteer potatoes in commercial production do essentially the same thing.
- Brightly colored egg masses laid by Colorado potato beetle stand out in foliage as does the damage left by what eventually hatches.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie C. WellsThe Colorado potato beetle, potato leafhopper, and wireworms have been known to cause significant losses in potato crops across the country. Control for all three pests requires a combination of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, including regular scouting, sanitation, and chemical and cultural controls.
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- The progression of downy mildew symptoms is seen from younger to older leaves, with yellowed or dead areas on the top of the leaves and the white spores of the pathogen on the bottoms of some visible leaves. (Photo Credit: Wayne Wilcox)Downy mildew is a challenge for all grape growers, especially on the East Coast where the disease can strike when conditions are wet, particularly when rains occur with temperatures ranging from the 60s to low 80s (°F). The pathogen for downy mildew can spread
- Bakkavor has now admitted to being the supplier of Sainsbury’s own-label houmous
- The owner of jam and marmalade maker Tiptree has reported a reduction in full-year gross profitability as the post-Brexit rise in input costs hit its margins.
- Staff member Jade Gregory created a ‘Ginger Ed Man’ ahead of the singer’s concert in Manchester
- Handmade chocolate start-up Troffle has launched a crowdfunding campaign on KickStarter to raise £20,000 to help the business expand.
- The workshops are open to manufacturers and caterers across all categories within the food industry…
- As both the dietary supplement industry and consumers are well aware, taking one’s dietary supplements is a daily routine people are prone to forget. A cup of joe, on the other hand, not so much.
- In its latest cleanup of its food facility registration database, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has culled an eye-opening 28% of existing registrations. The biggest drops happened in overseas sites.
- Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has been confirmed as the 31st secretary of agriculture. The U.S. Senate held a vote, 87 to 11, on April 24. Perdue will be sworn into the position on April 25.
Perdue was a member of the Georgie State Senate for 11 years, and served as governor for two terms.
The American Farm Bureau Federation released a statement in support of the confirmation.
“We are eager for agriculture to finally have a seat in the president’s cabinet, and we know Secretary Pe
- The association said the proposals for the trial were “impractical” and would be costly for consumers
- New menu takes inspiration from Japanese pubs and includes specialties such as Chicken Katsu Sando
- Timothy previously held a number of senior communications and public affairs roles at Tesco
- North Yorkshire-based farm shop takes top prize at William Reed’s fourth annual awards
- Investigators also uncovered 300,000 cans of fish in Portugal, including almost expired sardines that had been repacked in tomato sauce
- New research shows exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) in pregnant mice can disrupt the immune system and lead to multiple sclerosis in infancy, but experts say the chemical poses no risk to humans.
- Albertsons, the US supermarket operator controlled by buyout group Cerberus Capital Management, is exploring a takeover of high-end grocer Whole Foods Market.
- Assuming FDA does not delay the deadline for the new Nutrition Fact label as requested by industry, then large companies have slightly more than a year let to overcome challenges associated with added sugar, the new definition of dietary fiber, changes to vitamins and minerals daily values and other time consuming tweaks.
Oldways: âItâs time we stopped tying âhealthyâ to a formula of nutrients divorced from actual foodsâ“If we were looking for an easy answer and widespread agreement on the definition of ‘healthy,’ we didn’t find it [at a public meeting last month],”observed the FDA in a blog post this week. So could it seriously consider banning the word from food labels altogether, as several commentators have advised?
- Drawn by the start-up’s mission to reduce global food waste, investors have injected $2 million in seed round financing for Silicon Valley-based marketplace Full Harvest.
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