Medical Foods

The food and beverage industry has been recently delving into “medical foods,” and foods that are formulated to meet the specific needs of patients, such as those with cancer. Medical foods are the delivery mechanism for medical treatment. Medical foods ” … feature distinctive nutritional requirements, based on scientific principles …” which is a partial definition developed by the FDA.

U.S. organic cheese sales up 15%

U.S. organic cheese sales grew about 15 percent last year to reach an estimated $570 million, according to a new market report from Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch.com. The report said the organic cheese segment grew by a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.5 percent between 2012 and 2015, and expects it to “continue to outperform the[…]

Why Organic Restaurant Certification Matters

Serving giant fried chicken sandwiches and boasting the tagline “taste the revolution,” the Organic Coup opened quietly in Pleasanton, California last November. It’s a modest fast casual food joint from two former Costco executives, focusing on all things fried chicken (i.e., sandwiches, wraps, and bowls), but the restaurant has a bigger purpose: It’s the first[…]

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USDA to Gather New Data on Organic Agriculture Production

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has begun conducting the 2015 Certified Organic Survey to gather up-to-date data on certified organic crops and livestock in the United States. This special survey effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of certified organic agriculture production in[…]

Artificial Out, Innovation In

Many of the world’s biggest food companies announced major changes this year — in what they purchase and how they manufacture their food. Some companies signaled to customers that they were “cleaning up” and simplifying their ingredient lists. Paneraditched dozens of additives. Even Lucky Charms and Butterfingers are getting minor makeovers: General Mills and Nestle[…]

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Consumers Prefer Craft Items

Consumers are looking for right-sized purchases and want to support small businesses rather than big brands, according to Mintel’s North America Consumer Trends 2016 report. Consumers prefer mom-and-pop stores and handmade items, leading to growth in farmers markets and giving consumers the ability to learn more about the maker or the production process. Authenticity and[…]