Beth Kaiserman

Beth Kaiserman

Former Senior Reporter, NOSH

Posts by Beth Kaiserman

FDA Proposes New Traceability Requirements for ‘High-Risk’ Foods

After settling a lawsuit for not meeting a 2012 deadline set by the Obama administration, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week published a long awaited proposed rule requiring producers and processors of “high-risk” foods to keep more detailed records to improve supply chain traceability.

Gerber Finance Launches Natural Products Division

Citing ongoing growth in the natural CPG market, asset-based lending company Gerber Finance this week announced it would launch a dedicated natural food and beverage products division.

Price Chopper Launches New Concept to ‘Get Share’ of CBD Market

Although federal CBD regulations remain in limbo, some retailers are pushing forward to capitalize on consumer interest in the ingredient. This month CBD retail chain American Shaman opened its first ‘store-within-a-store’ concept inside of Kansas City, Mo.-based grocery store Price Chopper.

How USDA’s Organic Fraud Rule Could Impact CPG Brands

A proposed rule by USDA, ‘Strengthening Organic Enforcement,’ aims to curb organic fraud via more oversight of the organic marketplace, including production, handling and sales. If implemented, it would be the largest update to organic oversight in 20 years.

Lawsuit Alleges USDA’s GMO Policies Reduce Transparency

Following the ongoing relaxation of GMO labeling laws by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a coalition of industry members led by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) last week sued the agency, noting that a lack of regulation over the growing biotech industry is threatening the ability to provide transparency in food and beverage products — something consumers increasingly want.

More than a Seed: Brands Adjust Strategies to Innovate with Chia

The small but mighty chia seed has increasingly moved beyond beverages, bars and the bulk bin toward savory snacks and breakfast food as consumers seek added function from everyday foods. But after a temporary boom in attention during the middle of the last decade, under brands like Health Warrior, the Chia Company, and Mamma Chia, the ingredient still hasn’t fully reached the masses.

Social Nature: CPG Adjusts to the New Retail Landscape

In a webinar last week, health and wellness market insights firm Social Nature outlined how better-for-you CPG companies are adapting to changing shopper behavior as consumers’ focus shifts toward health and wellness products and e-commerce.

FARE Calls for Universal Labels on Allergen Products

After the FDA last month released temporary guidance to allow companies to make “minor” ingredient substitutions without labeling changes, advocacy organization Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) and other groups have advocated for greater transparency.

Sugar Association Petitions FDA for Clearer Alt Sugar Callouts

Industry group the Sugar Association wants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue stricter labeling guidance on alternative sweeteners in order “to stop misleading claims about added sugars content.” But other industry stakeholders argue that product labels are already transparent enough.

Industry Responds to FDA Ingredient Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released temporary guidance to allow food manufacturers to change ingredients without updating product labels, a move aimed at preventing supply chain disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, company and industry leaders are speaking up to promote consumer safety.

Plantible Raises $4.6M to Scale Plant Protein

B2B food tech startup Plantible announced this week the close of a $4.6M seed round, co-led by Hong Kong-based early-stage venture capital group Vectr Ventures and New York-based Lerer Hippeau, along with Kellogg’s venture arm eighteen94 Capital and San Francisco-based Food for Thought Worldwide (FTW) Ventures.

How Brands and Distributors Can Help Protect Grocery Workers

As grocery workers help feed Americans sheltering in place, at least 30 have died from COVID-19, with nearly 3,000 reporting missing work due to symptoms, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).