news brief

Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity, certifications, company news and more.

grocery briefs

News from industry food companies.

supplier brieds

News and notes from industry suppliers.

tip of the month

In my early days in natural foods wholesaling, when we were making sales calls on small but rapidly growing independent natural products stores, we would talk about the concept of first giving the retailer warm fuzzies. Warm fuzzies are comforting words and phrases designed to put the buyer at ease. Innocent topics like the weather, sports or some lighthearted shared observation or experience of the moment.

state ags

Silver Spring, MD; Salt Lake City, UT-Two industry trade groups are teaming up in a joint effort to improve relationships with state attorneys general (AGs).

crn

Washington, D.C.—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is now requiring all member companies to submit product labels to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD).

Dietary Guidelines

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on Jan. 7.

Ardents Mills

Denver, CO.—Ardent Mills, a premier flour milling and ingredient company, will host a series of growers meetings as a way for farmers to learn more about their Organic Initiative 2019, which Ardent Mills announced in Mid-December. The goal of the initiative is to help U.S. wheat farmers double their organic wheat acres by 2019.

Campbell Soup

Camden, NJ—The New York Times reported yesterday that Campbell Soup will become the first major food company to disclose genetically modified organisms (GMO) in its products. Other than its soups, the company is also the maker of brands such as Pepperidge Farms, Prego, Plum Organics and V8. The labeling changes are expected to take 12–18 months.