Policy


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    Opinion

    Income should not be a barrier to making ethical food choices

    To create a fairer food system, WIC agencies across the U.S. must eliminate restrictions on buying cage-free eggs, writes Ben Williamson of Compassion in World Farming.

    By Ben Williamson • May 16, 2022
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    Turning threats into opportunities: Can food companies successfully attack in all directions?

    Whether it's sustainability, supply chain issues, inflation or the obesity crisis, CPGs must be able to tackle multiple challenges at once, writes Sean McBride of DSM Strategic Communications. 

    By Sean McBride • May 4, 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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    Meatpackers push back against lawmakers' price-fixing charges

    At a recent Congressional hearing this week, leaders of Tyson, JBS and Cargill argued that market forces, not consolidation, were to blame for higher meat prices.

    By April 29, 2022
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    FDA investigating illness linked to Lucky Charms

    Over 231 consumers have told the agency that the General Mills cereal made them sick, with thousands more reporting illness online, though the source remains unclear.

    By April 25, 2022
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    Consumer awareness of food's environmental impact is slowly growing

    A report from Kearney said four out of five people are at least somewhat aware of the sustainability of their eating choices, though cost and the stigma of a vegetarian diet are impediments to making changes. 

    By April 25, 2022
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    Report: Food's future is more complicated than the alternative protein debate makes it seem

    The study from IPES-Food says that changes are needed to stabilize the food system, but a wholesale switch to plant-based or cuts in greenhouse gas emissions ignore some pressing issues.

    By April 8, 2022
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    Q&A

    After years of growing awareness, ReFED director sees a 'rubber-meets-the-road moment' for food waste

    The U.S. government's 2030 food loss and waste reduction goal is fast approaching, and consumers are paying more to eat. Dana Gunders discusses what this all means for reduction and recycling efforts.

    By Cole Rosengren • April 6, 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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    Consumers spent a record $36.9B on candy in 2021

    Last year showed a resurgence in sales for all kinds of treats, especially Halloween sweets and gum, according to the National Confectioners Association's annual report.

    By March 17, 2022
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    Nearly 80% of food and beverage companies have passed on higher costs to customers, survey finds

    According to Mazars' research, 83% of respondents expected sales to increase in 2022, while 54% identified higher shipping costs as their primary concern.

    By March 14, 2022
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    How food and beverage companies are responding in Russia

    AB InBev is selling its stake in the Russian joint-venture AB InBev Efes, and is in discussions with its partner, Turkish brewer Anadolu Efes, to acquire this interest.

    By Food Dive Staff • Updated April 22, 2022
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    Consumers 'deflect responsibility' over salt intake: study

    Only about four in 10 U.S. consumers try to control how much sodium they include in their diet, despite recognizing the potential health risks, a survey by Ajinomoto has found.

    By March 10, 2022
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    Motif FoodWorks moves for Impossible Foods' patent to be revoked

    This petition, which comes after the plant-based meat maker sued the ingredient company over its heme product, argues that the patent at the center of the dispute shouldn't have been granted in the first place.

    By Updated April 20, 2022
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    FDA approves GMO cattle for food

    The animals are designed to have shorter coats, which is a naturally occurring genetic mutation that helps them do better in hotter temperatures. This is the third genome-engineered animal to be approved for consumption.

    By March 10, 2022
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    Coca-Cola and PepsiCo latest CPGs to suspend business in Russia

    The soda giants join Kellogg, Kraft Heinz and others in ending or meaningfully scaling back operations in the country amid pressure from consumers and investors. 

    By March 9, 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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    Unilever commits to annual nutritional report

    The global CPG giant says it will publish its first report measuring its food products against governmental health goals by October.

    By March 8, 2022
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    DOJ investigates poultry companies over anticompetitive labor practices, WSJ reports

    The government is reviewing whether producers engaged in sharing information about employment practices that kept wages lower for workers.

    By March 4, 2022
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    Consumers believe inflation is significantly higher than it actually is, survey finds

    The increase in prices has overtaken the pandemic as a top concern, prompting some consumers to turn to private label or larger pack sizes, according to Dunnhumby's Consumer Pulse Survey.

    By Sam Silverstein • Feb. 28, 2022
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    Califf confirmed as FDA chief in close vote, ending protracted vacancy

    While food policy issues didn't figure much in the confirmation fight, he will have many important labeling and safety challenges before him.

    By , Jonathan Gardner • Feb. 15, 2022
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    Beer industry scrutinized by Treasury Department following wave of consolidation

    In a new report, the department said the DOJ and FTC should examine the way they review mergers in the sector while paying "particular skepticism to claims of efficiencies" in assessing future deals.

    By Feb. 10, 2022
  • Tyson's profits soar amid higher meat prices

    Shares of the company hit an all-time high this week after it reported that demand for its meat products has not eased despite price increases.

    By Feb. 9, 2022
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    What a raft of CPG rebrands portend for marketer priorities in 2022

    M&M's, Anheuser-Busch and Coca-Cola refreshes serve as a reminder that marketers can connect purpose to brand identity — if it's authentic.

    By Chris Kelly • Feb. 4, 2022
  • Ferrara wins lawsuit banning look-alike THC-laced Nerds

    The ruling — in which edibles maker Higharchy has been directed to pay all profits from the copycat products to the Chicago confectioner — is the latest in a string of defeats for marijuana candy companies.

    By Feb. 2, 2022