Packaging / Labeling


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    Tracking sustainable food and beverage packaging innovation

    As plastic waste continues to drive the industry's significant carbon footprint, major CPGs have launched packaging designs in recent years using materials like paper and aluminum.

    May 23, 2022
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    More consumers look for clean eating as they battle stress, survey shows

    The International Food Information Council's annual survey shows that more than half of Americans are now following a diet or eating pattern, while nearly three in four snack daily.

    By May 23, 2022
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    Natural and organic

    Natural and organic foods have caught a brisk tailwind during the pandemic, as consumers increasingly seek out food options with a health halo.

    By Food Dive staff
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    Kraft Heinz to test paper-based ketchup bottle with Pulpex partnership

    The company said it will assess the performance of the prototype before trying the packaging with consumers and then eventually bringing it to market.

    By May 11, 2022
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    Leftovers: Pure Leaf tea gets sweet on less sugar; Opopop goes global with wasabi-flavored popcorn

    The Pepsi Lipton Tea partnership's Lower Sugar line slashes the sweetener while keeping the taste, while Laird Superfood upcycles coffee waste into compostable pods.

    By Food Dive staff • May 6, 2022
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    Big brands targeted for plastic reduction and refill commitments in 2022 proxy season

    Plastics remain a potent issue for shareholder advocacy this year, with CPGs such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Tyson facing calls to slash their use of the material in packaging.

    By Cole Rosengren • May 2, 2022
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    Corrugated boxes: The ultimate expression of a circular economy

    Learn how corrugated boxes are manufactured, used and recycled with the utmost care to maintain circularity and prevent waste throughout the supply chain – all the way to consumers' homes.

    April 25, 2022
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    After a sharp decline in sales, Halo Top changes its recipe

    The ice cream, which faces mounting competition, is switching to ultra-filtered milk to create a creamier feel while keeping the same taste and low-calorie count.

    By April 19, 2022
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    Kosherization: How one food factory transitions for Passover

    Every January, whipped topping and creamer maker Hanan Products undergoes the rigorous process — and unyielding rabbinic scrutiny — to make items that observant Jews can enjoy during the eight-day holiday.

    By April 14, 2022
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    Conagra's Evol brand to introduce carbon-neutral frozen meals

    The CPG giant said eight single-serve offerings will reach store shelves starting in June and be verified by the Carbonfree Product Certification Program.

    By April 13, 2022
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    The 'silent salesman': How kosher certification went mainstream

    While the seal signifies that items meet Jewish dietary laws, it increasingly represents purity, good practices and trustworthiness to non-observant consumers.

    By April 13, 2022
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    Cracker Jack ushers in a new ballgame with Cracker Jill packaging

    The 126-year-old snack from Frito-Lay is leaning into the rising popularity of women's sports, which could boost its image as a socially conscious brand.

    By Sara Karlovitch • April 7, 2022
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    Specific claims like 'cruelty-free' are more effective than USDA organic label: survey

    Many of the individual statements are already covered under the department's Organic Standard, indicating a lack of understanding from consumers about what "organic" means.

    By April 6, 2022
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    Corrugated boxes: The ultimate expression of a circular economy

    Circularity is the epitome of sustainable materials management – linking all life cycle stages for production, use and reuse to protect the environment.

    April 4, 2022
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    Louisiana plant-based meat labeling law is unconstitutional, judge rules

    The court ruled the products caused no consumer confusion, and agreed with Tofurky, the Good Food Institute and the Animal Legal Defense Fund that the law limited free speech.

    By Updated March 30, 2022
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    FDA will conduct research on front-of-pack 'healthy' symbol

    The results are the first step in a regulated optional seal to help consumers more easily determine if a product is nutritious by the federal government's standards.

    By March 25, 2022
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    Keurig Dr Pepper makes sustainability push with new water goal and packaging prototype

    The beverage giant set a target to become net water positive by 2050 and will test a recyclable and compostable paper bottle in the U.S. later this year.

    By March 23, 2022
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    PepsiCo to set time-bound, single-use plastic reduction goal by end of 2022

    The soda giant's pledge comes after a shareholder proposal from nonprofit As You Sow, and follows Coca-Cola's commitment to increase its use of refillable bottles.

    By Updated March 17, 2022
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    From a turkey-and-gravy soft drink to cannabis, Jones Soda looks for its next high

    The company, which plans an aggressive rollout of its new Mary Jones brand where recreational use is legal, is optimistic the offering could eclipse sales of its iconic soda within a few years.

    By March 16, 2022
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    Fewer than 1 in 10 consumers can make healthy choices from front-of-pack labeling, study finds

    Consumer research platform Attest found that 60% of consumers want products that support their overall health, but 46% believe items with wellness-targeted packaging might not actually be as good for them.

    By March 15, 2022
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    Leftovers: Lay's taps Lionel Messi for a legendary chip variety; Clif gets slim for on-the-go snacking

    The PepsiCo-owned brand honors the decorated soccer star with a standout bag, and Godiva chills out with new ice cream pints.

    By Food Dive staff • March 11, 2022
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    Sugar Association updates its sweetener labeling petition after 2 years of regulatory inaction

    The industry group first asked the FDA to change the rules in 2020, arguing consumers don't know when they are consuming other sweeteners.

    By March 8, 2022
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    Consumer interest in probiotics is growing far beyond yogurt, survey finds

    Research from Chr. Hansen shows opportunity for food manufacturers to expand the microorganisms to new categories and dayparts — and to educate about their benefits.

    By March 3, 2022
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    Coors Light to begin global shift from 6-pack plastic rings in 2022

    Molson Coors will spend $85 million to start the transition to cardboard-wrap carriers for the brew while upgrading machinery so its entire North American portfolio can use the material by the end of 2025.

    By March 1, 2022
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    Once an afterthought, brand licensing reaps billions for CPGs hungry for growth

    Hershey, Conagra and Post are a few companies using the strategy to expand their business, build equity and keep products relevant.

    By Feb. 22, 2022
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    Sustainability label claims are influencing more consumers, Cargill survey finds

    Nearly four in 10 U.S. consumers would be more likely to purchase a food product that highlights sustainable sourcing or other qualities, according to the research.

    By Feb. 8, 2022