Barilla Tops Among World's Most Respected Companies
Italy-based pasta maker Barilla Holding was No. 1, Kraft was the only U.S. firm to make the top 10 and a handful of international food firms were among the top scorers in the Reputation Institutes annual ranking of corporate reputations.
Consumers Less Uneasy About Biotech Food
Its been 10 years since genetically engineered crops were planted commercially in the U.S., and still the majority of consumers claim to not know much about biotech food. Maybe thats OK, as their opposition to biofoods is at an all-time low, according to the fifth annual survey on the topic.
Ethanol Makers Could Suffer from Industry Consumption
A new report warns the popularity of ethanol could have a greater impact on the food supply than previously predicted. The environmental group Earth Policy Institute said 79 new biorefineries are being built, but a key industry count lists only 62, causing experts to underestimate the amount of grain that would be needed for ethanol. The report also says ethanol production could push corn prices so high that some ethanol producers would merely break even, if they do not lose money.
Send in the Clones?
Consumer advocates and others have complained bitterly in recent years that the Food and Drug Administration has veered from its scientific roots, making decisions on controversial matters such as the emergency contraceptive "Plan B" on political rather than scientific grounds.
FDA updates health claim for calcium, osteoporosis
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to allow new claims on foods and dietary supplements containing calcium and Vitamin D to show their potential to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The proposed rule would allow manufacturers to include new information on their food and supplement labeling and to eliminate certain other information.
Trends in novel vs. traditional food flavors
Consumers' food flavor preferences are increasingly polarized between two trends: novel, striking and often ethnic flavor profiles, and nostalgic traditional flavors. These are not mutually exclusive trends as consumers will migrate between the two based on varying individual need states, demographic and occasion-related factors. Obtain exclusive data concerning ethnic food consumption and flavor claim incidence over time and understand the differing motivations and occasions influencing consumers' flavor choices with this report from Datamonitor.
Nutra-pharma to converge for functional foods, says analyst
As the food industry is embracing technologies that have until now been the preserve of pharmaceuticals, such as nutrigenomics, metabolomics and nanotechnology, global regulations are being more closely aligned between the two categories of health products, according to Business Insights.
ConAgra closes two plants in popcorn and seeds unit
ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced the closure of two plants, the expansion of another facility, and shifts in production between plants, all within its Popcorn and Seeds platform. The closings will result in 200 job cuts.
A new R&D kitchen for Sara Lee
Sara Lee Corp. in late January unveiled plans for
"The Kitchens of Sara Lee," a multi-million dollar research and development campus to be located adjacent to the companys year-old corporate headquarters in Downers Grove, Ill.