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Health Is the New Diet: Rebranding a Relationship with Food

The diet industry has a new name, according to NPR’s The Salt. That name is “health.” An October Mintel report explains that “Consumers are somewhat skeptical about diet products, and instead of purchasing traditional diet-specific products, they are turning to a well-balanced diet and products that support it.” Mintel analyst Marissa Gilbert says that dieting in the traditional sense may be …

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5 Smartest Food Industry Investments for Growth in 2016

In April of 2015, FoodProcessing.com reported $21 billion in budgeted capital spending by 45 of the nation’s largest food and beverage companies. In May, Tom Ryan and Ian Sylvan, investment analysts for MB Financial, advised food processors to find smart ways to use capital to grow their business. Just before Christmas, Entrepreneur‘s food industry predictions highlighted, among other things, growing consumer demand for supply-chain-transparent, non-GMO, …

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Extended Discussion on “Natural” Food Labeling

Public comments will now stay open through May 10 on the use of the term “natural” in American food labeling. The FDA has extended the discussion, partially because of three citizen petitions that asked for definition or prohibition of the word on food labels. According to the FDA, natural means “nothing artificial or synthetic  (including all color additives regardless of source) …