Packaging / Labeling


  • An orange package of Reese's Big Cups Stuffed with Reese's Puffs on a white background.
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    Leftovers: Reese’s stuffs with Puffs cereal; Jelly Belly quenches thirst with chocolate drink

    The popular Hershey sweet introduces what “might be the most meta mashup ever,” and Nick’s Swedish Ice Cream turns Minecraft into a square meal.

    By Food Dive Staff • Sept. 30, 2022
  • Mars Inc. and Berry's sustainable packaging
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    Mars unveils plastic jars with 15% recycled plastics

    The candy giant and packaging manufacturer Berry say the new containers for Starburst, Skittles and M&M’s will eliminate roughly 300 tons of virgin plastic annually.

    By Sept. 28, 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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    ‘Healthy’ gets a new definition from FDA

    The regulated definition looks at how well food items measure up to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, with limits on the amounts of sodium, added sugars and saturated fats they contain.

    By Updated Sept. 28, 2022
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    Biden administration releases strategy to end hunger and increase dietary and physical health by 2030

    The policies outlined ahead of the first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health in more than 50 years target improving access to healthy food, labeling changes and connecting healthcare with nutrition.

    By Sept. 27, 2022
  • Pepsi, PepsiCo, s'mores
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    Leftovers: Pepsi pours a s’mores soda; Kellogg goes nutty with Little Debbie cereal

    The beverage giant is tapping the campfire staple for the latest variety of its flagship cola, and Old Bay gets sweet with a new caramel-flavored seasoning.

    By Food Dive staff • Sept. 23, 2022
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    Hydroponic crops qualify for organic certification, appellate court rules

    The ruling affirmed the USDA’s decision that the plants grown without soil are eligible for the designation, potentially ending a protracted legal battle.

    By Updated Sept. 23, 2022
  • Just Ice, Eat the Change, tea, Seth Goldman
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    As Honest tea production ends, co-founder fills void with new beverage in fewer than 4 months

    Seth Goldman is bullish there’s demand for beverages like his new Just Ice Tea, saying Coca-Cola didn’t manage his previous product well.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    Leftovers: White Castle slides into burger snacks; Eat the Change chews let adults choose veggies

    The burger chain rolls deeper into the freezer aisle with bites based on its Sliders, and Southern chicken restaurant Zaxby’s puts its popular sauces into freezer pops.

    By Food Dive staff • Sept. 16, 2022
  • Labeling information for three boxes of food lying next to each other, all of which have been made with bioengineered ingredients.
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    GMO ingredient disclosure online is not enough, court rules

    The judge found technical problems when using a QR code or text message could prevent consumers from getting the information they seek, but denied several other challenges to the federal labeling law. 

    By Sept. 15, 2022
  • Mars Wrigley, ice cream
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    Inside Mars Wrigley’s ‘bold ambition’ to create a $1.1B ice cream business

    More than three decades after buying Dove Bar, the candy giant behind Snickers and M&M’s is harnessing innovation and e-commerce to drive its expansion in frozen treats.

    By Sept. 14, 2022
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    Consumers ignore dates on shelf-stable foods as they try to save money, study finds

    Shoppers are looking to get the most value out of what they spend on groceries, looking for discounts and trying not to let anything go to waste, according to Attest.

    By Sept. 12, 2022
  • A red and yellow M&Ms Classic Mix bag and a light blue Crispy Cookie M&Ms bag on a grocery store shelf.
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    Candy industry met 5-year calorie reduction and labeling goals

    Half of offerings from large brands including Mars Wrigley have 200 calories or less, and almost 95% have front-of-pack calorie information, meeting a target set by the National Confectioners Association and Partnership for a Healthier America. 

    By Sept. 9, 2022
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    Seth Goldman’s Eat the Change announces flavors for new tea brand

    Varieties of Just Ice Tea, which are expected to hit shelves later this year, include a few of the most popular extensions under the Honest tea line being discontinued by Coca-Cola.

    By Sept. 7, 2022
  • The USDA Organic seal and Non-GMO Project Verified seal on a white food package
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    Non-GMO Project Verified products saw steep sales growth, study finds

    The certification group and SPINS found that products with the butterfly seal posted bigger increases from 2019 to 2021 than items that billed themselves as non-GMO or had no indication whether they contained bioengineered ingredients.

    By Sept. 6, 2022
  • Mondelez's OreoxRitz mashup
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    How Mondelēz boosts impulse buys

    With consumers shopping differently after the pandemic, the snacking giant has retooled its efforts to trigger last-minute purchases on e-commerce and in stores.

    By Sept. 6, 2022
  • Nestle, Kit Kat, vegan
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    Nestlé launches vegan KitKat in 15 European countries

    The bar, which uses a rice-based substitute in place of dairy, is getting an expanded rollout as products from Hershey and Mondelēz remain in testing or debut in a limited release.

    By Sept. 1, 2022
  • A stack of uncooked Impossible Burger patties separated by wax paper on a yellow background
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    Impossible Foods reformulates to have less fat than beef

    The new recipe also gives the plant-based analog as much protein per serving as meat.

    By Aug. 30, 2022
  • Vital Farms' Organic Restorative eggs.
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    Vital Farms debuts ‘restorative’ eggs

    The sustainable foods company is pursuing third-party regenerative certification for the eggs, which are raised using practices like cover crops.

    By Aug. 26, 2022
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    Monster struggles to shift aluminum can sourcing to US

    The company is still relying on imported cans to ensure adequate availability ahead of planned price increases.

    By Alejandra Salgado • Aug. 24, 2022
  • Rao's, Sovos Brands, pizza
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    Frozen pizza gets a new competitor as Rao’s debuts premium offering

    The Sovos Brands line, made with fresh basil and San Marzano tomatoes, enters the crowded, $6.4 billion category at a time when consumers are watching their spending.

    By Aug. 24, 2022
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    USDA invests up to $300M to expand organic certification

    The funds will be used to help farms make the transition, including through technical assistance and mentorship.

    By Aug. 23, 2022
  • Ben & Jerry's, ice cream, Tony's, chocolate
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    Ben & Jerry’s partners with Tony’s Chocolonely to end modern slavery in chocolate

    The socially conscious companies also are collaborating on new ice cream and candy bars, debuting in the U.S. in January.

    By Aug. 18, 2022
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    Ball shutters beverage can plants as alcohol demand declines

    The facilities in Arizona and Minnesota, which have a combined net capacity of nearly 4 billion units, are both set to cease production by spring 2023.

    By Megan Ruggles • Aug. 17, 2022
  • Bowls with scoops of a variety of ice cream flavors in different colors sit on a white marble countertop.
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    Leftovers: Salt & Straw adds veggies to ice cream; Snickers seasoning sprinkles on sweetness

    The desserts brand develops five flavors made with ingredients like spinach and fennel, and Fair Earth Farms creates compostable packaging for its new line of salads.

    By Food Dive staff • Aug. 5, 2022
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    Most consumers don’t understand what ‘carbon-neutral’ means: study

    As more food companies apply the term to labels, even self-identified environmentalists struggle to grasp the term, according to Morning Consult.

    By Aug. 3, 2022