Friday, May 22
via Cincinnati Business Courier
Last year, Kroger's private label brand, which was introduced two years ago, hit $1.2 billion in sales. Read more...
via CBS News
The nation's largest retailer is urging meat and egg suppliers to use antibiotics only for disease prevention or treatment, and to stop performing painful procedures on animals without proper pain management. Read more...
via Bloomberg Business
Officials in China, which has long been wary of genetically modified organisms, are getting ready to turn their country into a GMO power. Read more...
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So far, three deals have been made between the California Milk Processor Board and food producers whose products are meant to be paired with milk. Read more...
via The Boston Globe
Daily Table, created by the former president of Trader Joe's, aims to serve up affordable, healthy meals. Read more...
Thursday, May 21: USDA won't investigate alleged organic farming violations | The rise of Small Food
via The Washington Post
The agency says photographs taken last summer of 14 large organic egg and dairy farms and submitted to the USDA by an organic watchdog organization, along with allegations that the farms weren't complying with organic farming standards, are "insufficient to warrant investigation."
Thanks to falling barriers to entry within the food industry, companies like Arctic Zero, Talenti and Mediterra are finding shelf space in major retailers.
via The New York Times
Avian flu has devasted a large portion of egg-laying hens in the U.S., leading major food companies to search for alternative supply sources (including Hampton Creek, apparently).
via BBC News
A new study found that organic farming led to higher plant diversity on surrounding conventionally farmed fields.
The fast-growing population of natural and organic shoppers are challenging the very existence of major packaged food companies. Here's how they're trying to turn their businesses around.
Wednesday, May 20: Method co-founder takes on vitamin marketing | Berkeley soda tax rakes in $116K in first month
Eric Ryan, the co-founder of Method who helped transform marketing the cleaning-product category, is hoping to give the supplements aisle a similar makeover with a new brand, Olly. "Instead of selling melatonin, we sell sleep. Instead of selling biotin, we sell beauty," he says.
via NBC Bay Area
Berkeley, which became the first city in the U.S. to adopt a soda tax, back in November, estimates the tax is on track to provide an extra $1.2 million a year to the city's health programs and schools.
An interview with Monica Feldman, head of consumer health industry research at Euromonitor International, on trends in the booming probiotics market.
via Food Safety News
One requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (enacted in 2011) that has yet to be implemented is a recall notification system for grocery stores. CSPI made its frustration with implementation delays known via a letter to the FDA.
Virtually all the almonds in the country are heat-pasteurized or treated with a fumigant to prevent foodborne illness. Is this misleading consumers?
Tuesday, May 19: Why Big Food is going mini | Ireland sets guidelines for marketing 'natural' products
Why going smaller makes sense for brands like Starbucks, Coca Cola and Sonic.
via Food Business News
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland released guidelines calling for products marketed as 'natural' (starting in December 2016) to be formed by nature and not significantly interfered with by man.
via National Review
Fellows at the Property and Environment Research Center and the Hoover Institute argue that a tax on all organic products could reduce demand for "water-wasting organic products" in the drought-stricken state.
via Science Daily
Older adults at risk for Alzheimer's disease who consumed more omega-3s were more able to efficiently switch between tasks and had a bigger anterior cingulate cortex in a University of Illinois study.
Bacon kraut. Bacon veggie burgers. Bacon milkshakes. It's safe to say that bacon is having a moment.
Monday, May 18: FDA expected to ban trans fat | John Oliver slams U.S. poultry industry
As soon as next week, the Obama administration could issue a ruling that would force companies to cut use of trans fat even more than they already have over the last decade.
“Chickens no doubt can be treated terribly, but that is not what this story is about. This is about chicken farmers,” the comedian says John Oliver before launching into an 18-minute takedown of the American poultry industry.
"Since when do the mainstream news media, in a country that worships at the altar of capitalism and the free market, launch a coordinated attack against a company for selling a product consumers want? When that company dares to cross the powerful biotech industry," writes the international director of the Organic Consumers Association in defense of Chipotle's non-GMO move.
Fresher, healthier foods are taking shelf priority at Target, potentially spelling trouble for big food companies like Kraft and Campbell's.
In a new study, nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, appeared to cut recurrence of non-melanoma skin cancer in patients who previously had skin cancer.