FDA Extends Nutrition Label Compliance Deadline to 2020

Under the Obama administration, brands had until July 26, 2018, to adjust all packaging. With the new extension, manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales will now have until Jan. 1, 2020; manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales have until Jan. 1, 2021.

Vita Coco Investigating Strange Object Found in Carton

Vita Coco has launched an internal investigation of its product line after a New York woman reported finding a foreign object -- what she called an “octopus looking thing” in her coconut water -- prompting a media frenzy after a Facebook post last month that has now been shared more than 52,000 times.

JÙS By Julie Warned By FDA Over Health Claims

The letter cited claims from the JÙS By Julie website stating that several of its cold-pressed juices and soups included ingredients that could “fight diabetes,” “lower bad cholesterol,” “control blood pressure” and “offsetting common life disrupting ailments such as depression and ADHD,” among other benefits.

New Food Dye Bill Could Have Suppliers Seeing Red

Earlier this month, State Senator Bob Wieckowski, a Democrat, introduced California SB 504, a bill that would require warning labels on all food containing synthetic dyes, including those sold in restaurants. If passed, the law would be the first of its kind in any state.

Dairy Alternatives Brace for Battle on Capitol Hill

The Good Food Institute, which focuses on the growth of plant-based and cultured “clean” protein and dairy products and businesses, submitted last week a citizen petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which calls for the agency to allow alternative beverages to continue using the term “milk."

Ripple Takes Aim at Legislation, Nut Milks in New Campaign

Not willing to sit idly as U.S. legislators seek to create and enforce tight, dairy-based definitions for the word “milk,” Ripple Foods launched a new digital media campaign this week that offers its take on the drink’s standard of identity.

KombuchaKon 2017 Recap

Category growth, testing methodology and distribution strategies were just a few of the topics bubbling inside the Long Beach Convention Center over the weekend at the fourth annual KombuchaKon.

Healthy Growth: Craft Soda Continues to Evolve

Craft soda brands showed that they’re still innovating and reinventing themselves at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. Even as the category faces challenges from institutions seeking to limit consumer intake of sugar and calories, smaller entrepreneurs are stepping up to the challenge to bring new, better-for-you beverages to store shelves.

In the Courtroom: Hint and Zico Face Class Actions

A pair of class action lawsuits filed in California last week accuse two well-known beverage companies of making false and misleading claims on their packaging and in marketing materials.

Identity Crisis Brews For Alt-Milks As Congress Pushes FDA Scrutiny

As the last year ended, a group of 32 U.S. congressmen threw those drinks a holiday-season curveball in the form of a letter that argued so-called “alt-milks” aren’t “milk” at all, and pressured the FDA to take action to reserve that descriptor for dairy products only.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on New Nutrition Facts Label

The draft guidance, a series of recommendations addressing issues ranging from manufacturer compliance and the declaration of added sugars to appropriate spacing between lines on the label itself, is an in-progress version of guidelines that will represent the current thinking of the FDA when finalized.