tip of the month

On its surface, shopping appears to be a perfunctory, repetitive routine that fills a need. Certain stores meet this expectation. If I am shopping at a mass merchandise store—inconvenient to get to, time-consuming to find the items I want, possible delays at the checkouts—I do not expect to enjoy myself. What do customers expect when they shop in your store?

general mills

Minneapolis, MN — General Mills will become the second major United States food manufacturer to disclose GMOs in its products, since Campbell Soup took the initiative in January. This decision appears to be more practical than passionate.

Plant Based Food Association

San Francisco, CA, March 7—Daiya Foods, Follow Your Heart, Miyoko's Kitchen, The Tofurky Company and Upton’s Naturals have established the Plant Based Food Association (PBFA), with 18 charter members and counting.

GMO

Senate Bill 2609, otherwise known as the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act, which threatened to override mandatory GMO labeling laws such as that of Vermont, was blocked on Wednesday, March 16 by the Senate. After a procedural vote of 49 yes votes and 48 no votes, the bill did not meet the requisite 60 votes necessary to advance to the Senate.

Jonny Bowden

Having just returned from the trade show Expo West—that Roman orgy of “natural” food products put on annually at the Anaheim Convention Center—I feel compelled to take on a subject that was very much on my mind as I surveyed the thousands of products on display: the utter BS that you see on labels. Sadly, this includes many “natural” foods and supplements.

vitamin D

Two studies published in March show the potential effects of vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy.

Ingredient Markplace 2016, Orlando, Fl

For the second straight year, Ingredient Marketplace heads to Orlando, Florida, from April 27-29.