Ice Cream Recalls: Listeria Contamination at Blue Bell, Jeni’s Splendid
In the past four months, three popular “indie” ice cream manufacturers, most notably Texas-based giant Blue Bell Creameries, have issued full product recalls due to listeria contamination.
Claims Land KIND Afoul of the FDA
This week saw the public release of a reprimand sent to KIND Healthy Snacks by the Food & Drug Administration alleging improper health claims and product labeling.
Emerging Brands: Where Did Halos Come From?
Halos mandarins became a $400 million brand in just two years — but the company behind the popular snackable citrus fruits didn’t exactly start from scratch.
Five Products We Loved at Expo West 2015
Presented here are brief profiles of five products we loved at Expo West: chickpea pasta, cold-brewed coffee blends, environment-championing chocolate bars, organic meat bars, and savory yogurt spreads.
Trendspotting at Natural Products Expo West 2015
Several emerging trends and interesting new food and beverage products were on display at the latest natural products mega-conference.
The Most Popular Cereals in America (2014)
In another down year for cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios remains America’s top-seller. The full Top 10 of 2014, and additional trends and insights, are presented here.
Hershey Buys Krave Jerky. Now What?
Hershey acquires artisanal jerky maker Krave, and there’s more to the deal than your chocolate-covered meat snack fantasies.
“Mini” Soda Sales Growing, Still Tiny
Sales of Coke and Pepsi’s smaller-sized cans are growing much faster than traditional soda sizes, but remain a blip in their overall portfolios.
Nation’s First Soda Tax Passes in Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, passed the nation’s first tax on sugary drinks this week. Nervous beverage manufacturers fear it could inspire similar actions elsewhere.
Emerging Brands: Good2Grow
Atlanta’s In Zone Brands merged existing brands under new “Good2Grow” label, added a snazzy bottle re-design — and has a hit new kids’ beverage.
Jell-O: It’s (Barely) Alive
Sales of the iconic Jell-O brand are sharply lower in recent years, as consumers abandon refrigerated gelatin and puddings in favor of healthier yogurt options.
Trendspotting at Natural Products Expo East 2014
Several emerging trends and interesting new food and beverage products were on display at the nation’s largest natural products exhibition.
How Big Soda Will Meet Its Calorie-Cutting Pledge
Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper have pledged to change their marketing, distribution, and packaging to help fight obesity — here’s how they’ll do it.
Emerging Brands: JOIA Thinks Soda Should Be More Interesting
A quick profile on JOIA Natural Sodas, which uses unique fruit flavors and herbs to make a complex, interesting beverage.