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ConAgra’s Alexia Frozen Foods Moving Quickly Toward Non-GMO

ConAgra Foods said it hopes to have all of its Alexia brand frozen French fries and other frozen vegetable products GMO-free by the end of the year. According to a company spokesman, the Non-GMO initiative is already 90 percent complete. ConAgra acquired the Alexia brand in 2007, five years after Alexia was founded. Besides premium fries, Alexia markets gourmet potato side dishes and organic vegetables.

"Alexia closes in on full Non-GMO Project verification", Food Business News, May 11, 2016

Dietitian Recommends P&G Probiotic Product For Gut Health

Procter & Gamble’s Align probiotic supplement brand announced it is partnering with a registered dietitian to teach people with occasional digestive imbalance how to avoid “triggers.” Ashley Koff said summer activities tend to prompt changes that can disrupt the natural balance of good gut bacteria. To mitigate the problem, she recommends Align, which contains the probiotic strain Bifantis, to add good bacteria to the digestive system for intestinal balance. She also recommended staying hydrated, avoiding excess salt, eating potassium-rich foods, and shunning junk food.

"Align Probiotic Teams Up with Registered Dietitian Ashley Koff to Offer Helpful Tips to Bolster Your Digestive Wellness This Summer", News release, Procter & Gamble, May 11, 2016

Companies, Organizations  

Whole Foods Market Readies Opening Of First 365 Affordable-Organic Store In Los Angeles

Whole Foods Market Inc. plans to open its first 365 by Whole Foods Market , as part of the retailer's efforts to demonstrate that it can offer a cheaper option for consumers seeking healthy and sustainably produced foods. Aimed at helping revive sales, the affordable-but-healthy retail concept is designed to help Whole Foods compete in an organic food market that has gone mass-market. According to the company, the first 365 store will open in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles on May 25, 2016.

"Whole Foods Is Ready to Convince You That It Can Do Cheaper", Bloomberg, May 18, 2016

Amazon Plans To Sell More Private-Label Products

Online retailer Inc. plans to sell more private-label brands, including those of perishable foods, such as nuts, spices, tea, and coffee. After working for several years to develop private-label lines, the online retailer will start selling them as early as end of May or start of June 2016. Sales of store brands in the US reached $118.4 billion in 2015, up by about $2.2 billion from the previous year, data from the Private Label Manufacturers Association revealed.

"Amazon to Expand Private-Label Offerings—From Food to Diapers", The Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2016

Products & Brands  

Luxe Pack New York 2016 Features Huge Lineup Of Packaging Manufacturers And Suppliers; Highlights Trends In Market

Luxe Pack New York 2016 packaging industry event attracted more than 240 international packaging manufacturers and suppliers to its Pier 92 venue in New York City. Some of the industry trends highlighted during the event included the growing popularity of personalized packaging for mass-market products, growing use of raw materials for packaging, and the emergence of niche brands. Consumer demand for customized products and experiences is rising, with results of a SONAR survey for the retail report, Frontier(less) Retail, showing 66 percent of US millennials and 62 percent of UK millennials saying they would be more likely to visit a store that offers an interactive experience to choose or customize a product. Also, results of a... More

"Luxe Pack New York 2016: Packaging trends", J. Walter Thompson Intelligence, May 19, 2016

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