Consumers can be a demanding bunch. I want health! I want taste! I want convenience! I want it all! Consumers can also be a confusing bunch, which is what happens when willpower meets want versus need. In turn, it can be difficult to figure out what to offer people trying to balance health and taste, except for the fact that sales tend to speak for themselves.
Minneapolis – General Mills will remove artificial colours and flavours from its Fruit Snacks. The move comes two months after the company announced it would phase out artificial colours and flavours in cereal, its biggest U.S. product line. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Growing demand for more origin and nutrition information about the products we buy could mean the end of the simple bar code, The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
London, U.K. – The daily addition of a high-protein breakfast has better efficacy at improving free-living glycemic control compared with a no-protein breakfast in overweight/obese, but otherwise healthy, "breakfast skipping" adolescents, says a study published in the International Journal of Obesity. | READ MORE
Chicago – While the carbonated soft drink category is facing consumer perception challenges, opportunities exist to strengthen brand trust, authenticity and experience through trending natural and craft segments, suggests a report from research firm Mintel.
New York – The Coca-Cola Co has bankrolled researchers to promote a new mantra of staying healthy by exercising more and worrying less about dropping calories, last year providing as much as $1.5 million to the Global Energy Balance Network for its launch. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
May 29, 2015, Deerfield, IL – Mondelez International's latest report details how the company exceeded many environmental goals and took steps to meet other well-being targets, including being on target to deliver 25 per cent of revenue from Better Choice products by 2020. In 2014, which meet stricter nutrition criteria.
May 19, 2015, New York – Coffee has been unjustly stigmatized, writes a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in his New York Times review of scientific studies involving coffee. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
April 27, 2015, Las Vegas – Industry research suggests better-for-you snacks, fresh foods, technology and premium coffee are driving vending and refreshment services trends, according to a news release from NAMA.
April 9, 2015, Boston – At the recent HxRefactored event, UnitedHealth group vice-president of innovation and R&D Kunjorn Chambundabongse discussed the strategy behind the payor’s internal incubation group and revealed one of the group’s newest projects, a vending machine that will sync up with employee wellness plans, Mobi Health News reports. | READ MORE
March 11, 2015, San Diego, CA – Fresh Healthy Vending International will sign a new three-year deal with United Natural Foods offering its franchisees an additional discount on food purchases.