2006

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  • Food-health claims warrant scrutiny

    Move over drug advertising. Consumer groups are urging the Food and Drug Administration to step up regulation of food marketing.

    12/07/2006
  • U.S. uneasy about biotech food

    Ten years after genetically engineered crops were first planted commercially in the United States, Americans remain ill-informed about and uncomfortable with biotech food, according to the fifth annual survey on the topic.

    12/12/2006
  • Got lawsuit? Milk dieter's is thrown out

    Catherine Holmes saw the ads for the so-called "dairy diet" and thought it would be a tasty way to lose a few pounds. After all, she loves buttermilk, yogurt and cheese.

    12/12/2006
  • Wixon receives organic certification

    Wixon, Inc., a food ingredients company, received organic certification as a processor from Quality Assurance International (QAI), the largest independent certifying organization of its kind in the U.S.

    12/14/2006
  • Healthy Food Holdings to acquire Van's Waffles

    Healthy Food Holdings, a portfolio company of private equity firm Catterton Partners, is set to acquire Van’s International Foods, Inc., the maker and marketer of Van’s Waffles. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    12/19/2006
  • Capitalizing on new meal consumption patterns

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner occasions share many similarities. All are increasingly being consumed away from home and all are hugely affected by time pressures. As a result, informality is a trend that characterizes each occasion. Meal occasions are also becoming lighter too a phenomenon influenced by a desire to eat more healthily throughout the day and to simply grab a quick bite. Access a broad range of data including consumption frequencies by daypart, relevant market data and consumer survey insight and learn how to tailor your product portfolios and marketing campaigns to effectively target consumers' changing eating patterns with this report from Datamonitor.

    12/20/2006
  • The skinny on trans fat: It's hard to tell the difference

    The cherry turnovers beckon. The pastries look light and airy, with a nice little sprinkling of sugar on top. Flip the box. On the nutrition label: 7 grams of trans fats. That's like eating more than four tablespoons of butter-flavored Crisco shortening.

    12/20/2006
  • More Americans clean their plates of 'bad' food

    The nation has a serious case of food phobia. Many folks — particularly health officials in New York City — are fretting over trans fats. Others are sweating over the E. coli bacteria outbreak linked to Taco Bell that has sickened dozens of people in five states.

    12/20/2006
  • Heinz may make its brand mix a little saucier

    H.J. Heinz Co. may spice up its offerings of sauces and condiments through acquisition -- especially if Kraft Foods Inc. puts its A1 steak sauce on the table, a senior Heinz official said.

    12/20/2006
  • Dark chocolate: A bittersweet pill to take

    Chocolate is richer, darker and more indulgent than ever this holiday season, but don't go double-dipping into the Godiva truffles and Hershey Kisses if you think this ancient food possesses magical medical benefits.

    12/20/2006
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