U.S. smoothie market more than doubles
With on-the-go dining and snacking moving to the American meal forefront, the U.S. smoothie market has been flooded with consumers looking for a quick portable meal alternative.
Americans adopt heart-healthier diets
Over the past 20 years, the diets of American adults have become more consistent with most dietary recommendations for heart disease prevention -- but the trend may not be continuing, research suggests.
Folate intakes drop
Americans are not consuming enough folic acid, a B vitamin that may prevent serious birth defects of the spinal cord and brain (i.e., neural tube defects) and may also protect against heart disease, cancer and Alzheimers disease, according to a report published in the November 2006 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
State probes Coke-Nestlé calorie-burning drink claims
Connecticut's attorney general has launched an investigation into claims by Coca-Cola Co. and Nestlé SA that a new green-tea-based soft drink they are marketing burns calories, saying he is concerned the assertion may be misleading and based on "voodoo nutrition."
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.
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.
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.
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.