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Canada’s SunOpta launches into lucrative snack bar space

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Canadian plant-based food and beverage multinational SunOpta is moving into the multi-billion dollar snack bar space, with the nationwide launch of its organic arbor bar. 

‘Green’, ‘clean’, ‘cruelty-free’ …. and unhealthy?

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Meat alternatives are often positioned as more ethically responsible and greener meal options. Assumptions are sometimes made that they are also healthier. But are they?

Third of young Britons have switched to plant-based milk

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A third of young Britons have made a switch to plant-based milk alternatives, according to new research from Mintel.

US plant-based food sales grow 20%, outpace overall food sales 10x

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New data released by the Plant Based Foods Association shows that sales of plant-based foods in the US grew 20% last, to be worth just over $3.3 billion. 

Wessanen agrees €885m takeover by PAI-led consortium

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Leading European natural and organic food company Wessanen has announced on Friday (12 April) that it had accepted a takeover offer valuing the firm at around €885 million.

Veggie burgers to be renamed ‘veggie discs’ under new EU food naming laws

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Veggie burgers will be renamed ‘veggie discs’ under proposed new EU regulations on food labelling. 

Non-dairy ‘milk’ relabelling “unnecessary, costly, and unconstitutional”, PBFA tells FDA

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The Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) has told the US Food & Drug Administration that forced relabelling of plant-based drinks and food products would be “unnecessary, costly, and unconstitutional”.

Confusion over natural claims drives free-from ‘revolution’

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Confusion over what the term 'natural' means when applied to food products is driving a free-from "revolution", says consumer behaviour specialist Mintel.

Growth-hungry HIPPEAS appoints Joe Serventi as global CEO

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US-based organic snack innovator HIPPEAS has appointed Joe Serventi as global CEO. HIPPEAS founder, Livio Bisterzo, becomes chairman of the company. 

Sweden tightens up free-from labelling controls

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Sweden is tightening controls on the labelling of free-from foods, including taking measures to ban misnomers such as ‘gluten-free margarine’ 

International natural and organic food producers gather for London show

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Nearly 400 exhibiting companies from 42 countries will be showcasing their latest food and drink innovations to thousands of trade buyers and retailers at The Natural Food Show (ExCel, London, 22-23 April), which starts opens on Sunday.

‘Grab and go’ vegan category still an untapped opportunity – survey 

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new survey by the UK-based Vegan Society found that 91% of vegans sometimes struggle to find ‘grab and go’ food options, which prompted the charity to launch its Vegan on the Go campaign. 

Plant power: US non-dairy milk sales grow 61% to be worth $2.11 billion 

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New research from Mintel reveals that non-dairy milk sales have seen steady growth over the past five years, growing an impressive 61 percent since 2012 to reach $2.11 billion in 2017.

Hippeas secures $10m investment, expects to triple revenue in 2018

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Fast-growing natural snack brand Hippeas has announced a $10 million investment from US venture capital firm CAVU.

Stop milking it: European Court rules that plant-based food brands must stop using dairy...

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that plant-based foods using soya and tofu cannot use dairy-style terms such as ‘milk’, ‘butter’ and ‘cheese’.