News highlights, market trends, and original data analysis related to the U.S. retail food & beverage industry … by Jay Nargundkar

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.

April 23, 2015

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.

April 16, 2015

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.

March 15, 2015

“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.

February 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

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.

November 6, 2014

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.

October 5, 2014

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.

September 24, 2014

As Soda Lags, Coke Looks to Energize Its Portfolio

Coca-Cola’s investment in Monster Beverage is just part of its strategy to shift its portfolio away from the big, sugary sodas consumers have been increasingly shunning.

August 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Where’s the Beef: A Saturated Fat Comeback?

Good news for lovers of butter, eggs, and red meat: a new study lends further weight to the exoneration of saturated fats as nutritional villains.

May 6, 2014

All About Milk (and Milk Substitutes)

Almond milk has leapfrogged soy milk as king of alternative dairy. Organic milk sales are growing faster than traditional milk. And whole milk is making a comeback.

April 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Loco for Coco: Coconut Water Sales Hit $400M

A decade ago, coconut water was almost unheard of in the U.S. In 2013, the leading coconut water brands, foremost among them Vita Coco, sold $400 million.

April 28, 2014

Diet Sodas Losing Their Appeal

Diet sodas, once thought to be an industry savior, are declining in popularity even faster than traditional sodas as consumers grow increasingly wary of artificial sweeteners.

April 23, 2014

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