In a report submitted yesterday to Congress (a week past its due date) FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn noted the agency still lacks enough evidence to say CBD ‘can’t hurt.’ While the report notes the FDA is “actively considering potential pathways for certain CBD products to be marketed as dietary supplements,” the agency is still seeking more scientific evidence — especially to support CBD’s safety in food.
Dogged by key cancellations from retailers and big brands, followed by social media protests before yesterday postponing Natural Products Expo West, its biggest event of the year, 48 hours before it was due to begin, New Hope Network yesterday put the big question front and center: “What’s next?”
Upcycled food may sound appetizing (ok, it may not), but as more consumers care about fighting food waste, food industry members want identifying upcycled products to be easier. This starts with creating a clear definition and labeling standard for ‘upcycled food’ — an early goal for the recently-launched industry organization Upcycled Food Association (UFA).
Specialty natural and organic grocery chain Earth Fare today announced it will close its 50 stores across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest by the end of February.
A presentation at the Winter Fancy Food Show reviewed the category trends, channel breakdowns, consumer shopping behaviors and product positioning claims shaping the specialty food market.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has found that almonds, cashews, pistachios and walnuts all contain less calories than originally thought, according to a series of studies that began in 2012.
Two ingredient development and innovation companies are joining forces: International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) and DuPont Nutrition & BioSciences announced yesterday that the two will merge via a $26.2 billion deal. The new company is valued at $45.4 billion, with a projected combined revenue of over $11 billion for 2019, morphing the two into a single global ingredient powerhouse for food and beverage CPG brands.
To help food and drink entrepreneurs grow in the cannabis industry, experts presented data and insights Friday during BevNET’s third Cannabis Forum.
At Cannabis Forum Winter 2019 in Santa Monica, presented by BevNET and NOSH, experts unpacked the world of ingredient sourcing and testing, growing investor interest and more.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued 15 warning letters to cannabidiol (CBD) companies and updated its advice for consumers to follow while regulations are developed. Citing numerous safety concerns and a lack of scientific information, FDA said it cannot recognize CBD as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in human or animal food.
The USDA last week added its interim final rule for the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program to the Federal Register. As the guidelines are implemented, hemp industry leaders reacted with a mix of relief, excitement and hope for a future of regulated cannabis food and drink products.
The White House has approved the USDA's long awaited federal rules to guide hemp production. A draft of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program guidelines was published Tuesday on USDA’s website, and once published in the Federal Register on Thursday, public comments will be open for 60 days.
Yogi Tea CEO Giancarlo Marcaccini sees a bright future for mellow moments. Owned by East West Tea Company, Yogi last week announced its acquisition of Choice Organic Teas.
This past week has seen several new developments in the U.S. government’s plans to regulate hemp and CBD, including a push from Sen. Mitch McConnell to fast track FDA guidance, warning letters sent to CBD companies by the FTC, and a hemp cultivation draft submitted by the USDA.