Domino's pizza chain, following trend, snatches artisan label to describe mass-produced items, but print on pizza box promises no wood-fired ovens were used
By Tiffany Hsu
Los Angeles Times 2011-09-28
Sales of "functional foods," also called "credence goods" totaled $37.3 billion in U.S. in 2009, up from $28.2 billion in 2005; critics say shoppers are being bamboozled by ads
By Natasha Singer
The New York Times 2011-05-14
Opinion: Beyonce's former gig as soda saleswoman, and now her work with Let's Move campaign shows why celebs with hopes of influencing kids shouldn't hawk junk food
By Melanie Warner
Processed item manufacturers using multimedia games, online quizzes, apps to build deep ties with young consumers; children share messages, effectively acting as marketers
By Matt Richtel
The New York Times 2011-04-20
In possible instance of "halo effect," survey of 144 showed that foods labeled "organic" were perceived as lower in calories, higher in fiber, more nutritious than unlabeled versions
By David W. Freeman
CBS News 2011-04-11
Substantial technological advances, along with shifts in appetites in prosperous societies, will be needed to fit human appetites on a finite, thriving planet, experts say
By Andrew C. Revkin
The New York Times 2011-01-10
PepsiCo aims to jump-start Gatorade sales by aiming for teen customers through tweets, Facebook and other social media
By Valerie Bauerlein
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-09-13
Opinion: Volatility in grain prices caused by drought, flood plus population growth and emerging grain diseases - if this is pattern, or glimpse of future, it's worrying
The New York Times 2010-08-27
Large food distributor adds "local" icon to online ordering system in response to growing popularity of local, regional food sourcing
Trading Markets 2010-08-11
Creators of online game Farmville link its vast pool of players to General Mills' organic subsidiary, Cascadian Farms, and 7-Eleven stores
By Elizabeth Olson
The New York Times 2010-07-14
By Alex Bugosky
alexbogusky's posterous 2010-06-24
Research shows that our decisions, behavior are swayed by stimuli - cup of hot coffee at car dealer, ads linking soda with good times - beyond immediate comprehension
By Eben Harrell
Time magazine 2010-07-02
Shrewd marketers retain fruit's variety - Fantasia nectarine, O'Henry peach, Santa Rosa plum - despite trend toward anonymous bar codes
By David Karp
Los Angeles Times 2010-06-24
Opinion: "Functional foods," particularly in baby formula, are about marketing, not health, and should be boycotted
By Marion Nestle
The Atlantic 2010-06-11
Family of butchers finds niche in straddling cultures to supply halal meat for döner kebab market in northern Bavaria
By Christoph Ruf
Der Spiegel 2010-06-04
Opinion: With food and beverage marketers spending $2 billion a year to reach children, we need FTC as cop on beat of wayward marketers
By Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Washington Post 2010-04-06
German firm wins right to use German word referring to light ale and reference to Austrian town in naming its beer - translated to English, it's naughty
Der Spiegel 2010-03-29
McDonald's gains Weight Watchers' endorsement of three products in New Zealand; obesity experts say it's a ploy
The Associated Press; The Guardian 2010-03-03
Opinion: Ethically compromised big green groups offer placebos when they should be conducting and amplifying our anger at betrayal of our environmental safety
By Johann Hari
The Nation. 2010-03-04
By Mike Hughlett
Chicago Tribune 2010-02-26
Link between television viewing, childhood obesity directly related to children's exposure to ads for unhealthy foods, study shows
By Sarah Anderson
Science Daily 2010-02-10
In face of resistance from farmers, ranchers, USDA to drop livestock tracing program created after 2003 discovery of mad cow case
By William Neuman
The New York Times 2010-02-05
Opinion: EPA's coal ash dispute should be resolved publicly, in favor of environment, clean water, public safety
The New York Times 2010-01-19
By Mary MacVean
Los Angeles Times 2009-12-15
Start-up with backing from Groupe Danone undertakes health care reform by using a simple, low-tech premise: Eat healthier food to become healthier. Idea is to help companies move employees to better diets that, the logic goes, will reduce medical needs, thus cutting costs. Food is cheapest, simplest, most pleasurable way to deal with health, says head of Full Yield. Study shows that 75 percent of country's $2.5 trillion in health care spending addresses increasingly prevalent chronic diseases: obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer.
By Melanie Warner
The New York Times 2009-11-29
As number of medical marijuana dispensaries grows in Colorado, sushi restaurant chain with penchant for offbeat ads publishes map of Denver, Boulder with 63 dots. Four dots are red, representing the four Hapa Sushi Grill restaurant sites; 59 are blue, representing dispensaries, some of which are just a stone's throw from the restaurants.
By Andrew Adam Newman
The New York TImes 2009-11-05
Tension builds between food companies putting more health claims on packages and governments looking to validate those claims. Kellogg drops claim of immunity building for its Cocoa Krispies boxed cereal after San Francisco city attorney writes company, asking for substantiation of the immunity claim (and also citing the H1N1 flu pandemic).
By Jacob Goldstein
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-11-05
Industry-funded Smart Choices food labeling program halted days after FDA announces investigation into whether nutrition claims on fronts of packages were misleading. Agency also said it was developing proposed regulation to define criteria for front-of-package claims. And: Smart Choices, which includes nine major companies such as Kellogg, Kraft, General Mills, has been harshly criticized for giving its green seal to items such as Froot Loops, Cracker Jack (click 'See also').
By Lisa Richwine
Making good on EU pledge, snack food companies, including Mars, Kellogg's, Nestle, PepsiCo, Kraft, slash child-targeted ads by 93 percent. Monitoring took place in France, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Spain and Poland between January and May 2009 and looked at ads for which more than 50 percent of audience/readership was younger than 12. And: Federal Trade Commission says food makers spend some $1.6 billion annually in U.S. to advertise to children (click 'See also').
By Jess Halliday
nutraingredients.com/Decision News Media 2009-09-11
Snack giant Frito-Lay plans to air three consumer-created ad spots during Superbowl and will offer potential of $5 million in prizes for high ranks in Ad Meter, a real-time popularity rating system. And: Doritos will sponsor competition for new professional videogamers (click 'See also').
By Bruce Horovitz
USA Today 2009-09-09
Sugar-laden cereals, heavily salted packaged meals among hundreds of processed items now advertised as 'Smart Choice' by nation's largest food manufacturers and overseen by Tufts University dean. Campaign prompts letter of potential concern from FDA. 'You could start out with some sawdust, add calcium or Vitamin A and meet the criteria,' says critic. 'Horrible choices,' says another. And: Heart association recommends sugar limits (click 'See also').
By William Neuman
The New York Times 2009-09-05
Founder of Eden Foods leads campaign to test products and label those with no more than 0.9 percent of biotech ingredients (click 'See also'). Non-GMO Project includes Whole Foods Market, other major players. This year, 85 percent of corn, 85 percent of canola, 91 percent of soybean acreage have genetic modifications; majority of processed foods contain ingredients derived from these crops, including oils, corn syrup, corn starch, soy lecithin. Newest GMO crop is Monsanto sugar beets; with this year's crop, close to half of nation's sugar will come from GMO plants. Wheat is next.
By William Neuman
The New York Times 2009-08-28
Co-opting and re-defining of 'local' and 'sustainable' by big business confuses efforts to reform food system. One of biggest challenges in improving our food system is to reconnect consumers with where their food comes from, and it doesn't help when California supermarket labels Maine potatoes 'local.' And: Government allows produce to be labeled 'local' if it comes from within a 400-mile radius (click 'See also').
By Larry Yee
Ventura County Star 2009-07-12
As processed food companies take 'local,' make it their own in ads, original locavores, with ethic that values small scale, ecological, place-based, and relationship-based food systems, choke. On other side, people compare widening view to evolution of 'organic' as it grew from countercultural ideal to industry with nearly $25 billion in sales last year. And: Related debate about how to define 'sustainable farming' gathers force (click 'See also').
By Kim Severson
The New York TImes 2009-05-13
Health claims on Cheerios box put breakfast cereal in drug category, FDA tells General Mills. Product label says cereal can lower cholesterol by 4 percent; FDA said naming a percentage requires approved new drug application. Company-sponsored website also cited for health claims regarding whole grains.
By Jennifer Corbett Dooren
Dow Jones Newswires 2009-05-12
Treating diet-related chronic disease accounts for 75 cents of every health care dollar, or $1.65 trillion in 2007, and 83 percent of Medicaid, 96 percent of Medicare. Nearly half of Americans have one or more chronic diseases; productivity loss is $1 trillion-plus per year. Though programs that reduce childhood obesity will cost money today, they will prevent heart disease 30 years later; feds must expand current 10-year time frame to determine true impact of healthier choices.
By Tommy G. Thompson
Sonoma County vintner Murphy-Goode conducts 'dream job' contest to hire a Web-savvy employee to tweet, blog and post videos to promote its winery. In turn, lucky winner - out of expected 10,000 wannabes - will be schooled in ways of wine, good food for salary of $10,000 per month.
By Julian Guthrie
San Francisco Chronicle 0000-00-00
Packaged food manufacturers woo nervous shoppers with 'value' ad campaigns, coupons, simple recipes for pantry staples. At Campbell's Soup, visitors to Web site in February printed 430,000 recipes, up 29 percent from last year; company switches from bulk deals to discounts on smaller purchases; coupon use is up 20 percent. And: Lower costs for dairy, meat products pushed food expenses down 0.1 percent in March (click 'See also').
By Julie Jargon
The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-04-21
Obama and Congress should, with urgency second only to oncoming regulation of tobacco, enact emergency federal rules to ban trash-food marketing that is consuming our children. Federal nutrition programs are feeble whisper against trash food marketing; 44 top food/beverage companies in 2006 spent $1.6 billion in marketing mostly soda, fast food, and cereals to youths. Voluntary marketing limits are the wink of wolves.
By Derrick Z. Jackson
Boston Globe 2009-04-11
As politicians debate bonuses and bailouts, surely we can agree that improving children's health is best investment for nation's future. Congress should ensure that USDA selects foods for school lunches based on current scientific evidence about role of diet in health. And: Federal nutrition programs are feeble whisper against howling scream of trash food marketing, writes columnist (click 'See also').
By Kathryn Strong
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine/The Miami Herald 2009-04-09
As demand grows for simple, local foods and recalls continue, marketers push processed snack items with fewer ingredients and hope that consumers equate new formula with health. Tough economy has pushed 40 percent of adults to eat less nutritious foods, survey shows; 81 percent are limiting spending on groceries.
By Jane Black
The Washington Post 2009-04-06
San Francisco Food Bank accepts 3,800 pounds of frosted flakes, corn flakes featuring Michael Phelps, Olympics swimmer, on box. Kellogg canceled contract over photo that appeared to show him smoking marijuana. And: Pot legalization activists threaten Kellogg boycott; saga takes precedence over salmonella-tainted peanut products in recorded reply on firm's consumer hotline (click 'See also').
By C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle 2009-03-11
As peanut-linked salmonella outbreak continues, questions arise about pricey USDA certified organic goods. Label requires adherence to rules, but doesn't guarantee food safety. Agency overseeing certification process underfunded, understaffed. Hope placed in Kathleen Merrigan, new USDA deputy nominee. And: Food safety among reasons cited for buying kosher foods, but demise of Peanut Corporation of America indicates kosher certification doesn't guarantee it (click 'See also').
By Kim Severson and Andrew Martin
The New York Times 2009-03-04
Featuring native peoples from exotic locales who have never eaten a hamburger, new television spot (click 'See also') from Burger King feature 'Whopper Virgins' sampling - and choosing - between company's product, those of McDonald's. Critics call documentary-style ads 'ugly Americanism,' and misuse of money in food-starved world.
By Tom Hundley
Chicago Tribune 2008-12-16
Fast-food chain introduces $4 meat-scented men's body spray, 'Flame,' to mixed reactions in Boston. One tester detects note of cinnamon. Another declares it 'too heavy,' and another wonders if it could cause a rash.
By Christine McConville
Boston Herald 2008-12-16
Citing urgent need to retain viable fishing industry, European Commission proposes drastic cuts in fishing limits and ban on several others to let populations recover from overfishing. But EU governments regularly ignore pleas from EU and scientists to limit fishing. And: Anchovy populations now unstable, UK group says (click 'See also').
By Jessica Aldred (and agencies)
The Guardian (UK) 2008-11-10
Wood-devouring beetle chews into valuable maples, threatening New England's syrup industry, leaf peeping, timber. Calling it a national emergency, government commits to spending tens of millions of dollars to fight 62 square-mile invasion; 1,800 trees must be destroyed. Eradication efforts in New York, New Jersey, Illinois have cost $268 million over past 11 years.
By Rodrique Ngowi
The Washington Post 2008-11-05
In survey of 60 seafoods at New York sushi restaurants and seafood markets, a quarter of labels didn't match product, young researchers learn from newly available DNA analysis. Genetic fingerprinting technique, used by one sleuth's dad in his work with birds, showed that one fish labeled as white tuna was really tilapia, and in another case, red snapper was cod.
By John Schwartz
The New York Times 2008-08-21
Pitches for sodas, restaurant items, boxed cereals led $1.6 billion in spending to sell processed food items to children in 2006, FTC report says. Beyond that 63 percent, $860 million aimed for children 12 and younger; $1 billion was directed at adolescents. And: In 1999, candy and snack ad spending was $1 billion; USDA spent $333 million on nutrition education, evaluation, and demonstrations (click 'See also').
By Bob Dart
Cox News Service/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2008-07-29
Breakfast, lunch and fancy restaurant dinners still allowed under pharmaceutical industry's new voluntary guidelines for drug marketing campaigns. In 2002, industry banned "dine and dash" events where they provided free take-out dinners and other gifts to doctors who listened to sales pitches.
By Gardiner Harris
The New York Times 2008-07-10
Virulent banana fungus threatens single variety shipped around the world, but big banana companies have been slow to seek cure or diversify crop by preserving little-known varieties that grow in Africa and Asia. That means bananas could become, to our pocketbooks, the exotic luxuries that they are.
By Dan Koeppel
The New York Times 2008-06-18
Senators lobby to retain enforcement of Country Of Origin Labeling for ginseng in compromise farm/food bill. Wisconsin ginseng growers have complained that imported ginseng is sometimes mislabeled.
Wisconsin Public Radio; The Associated Press; WBAY 2008-03-03
Reveling in post-modern gluttony, CKE Restaurants, parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., goes for the bloat and gloats about it. The attitude disarms the food police and allows diners a feel-good aspect about getting fat and the chance to strike a blow against political correctness. The strategy is making money, and copycatting is rampant.
By Joe Keohane
Pesticide and GMO seed giant Monsanto donates $5 million to help refurbish old Des Moines library as headquarters for World Food Prize Foundation, following promise of $1 million last week from DuPont. Hugh Grant, Monsanto head, said he hopes annual WFP symposium will evolve into global agricultural equivalent of Switzerland's Davos World Economic Forum.
By Jerry Perkins
The Des Moines Register 2008-02-15
California amphitheater loses Coors sponsorship but it's a gain for NASCAR. The beer company is also the official beer sponsor of the NFL, and sponsors Coors Field in Denver, home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team. In 2005, the brewery merged with Canada's Molson; in 2007, it joined Miller.
By Tanya Mannes
The San Diego Union-Tribune 2008-02-02
Consumers can sue to force food stores to label farmed salmon that is artificially colored to resemble its wild kin, California Supreme court says. Lawsuits, previously dismissed, said the color led some shoppers to pay higher prices for the fish and others to buy it. Defendants include Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Safeway, Albertsons, Costco, Kroger, Bristol Farms and Ocean Beauty Seafoods.
By Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle 2008-02-11
Tyson, told to remove or clarify package labeling on chickens that don't qualify as "raised without antibiotics" after USDA mistakenly OK'd label, has changed wording to "Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics that impact antibiotic resistance in humans." Competitors had complained of misleading advertising claims that break federal and state law.
By Lauren Etter
The Wall Street Journal 2008-01-26
Cloning industry has learned from ongoing controversy surrounding Monsanto and GMO seeds. But cloning may be more readily accepted because customers, not solely producers, could benefit if advocates are correct in forecasting superior products. But if they're superior, why not label them?
The Economist 2008-01-17
As USDA takes comments on its voluntary "naturally raised" label proposal, debate continues on true meaning of words. The agency says its new label would mark packaged meats as free of growth hormones and antibiotics and show it wasn't fed animal by-products, but critics say label won't reflect whether animals were confined during life.
By Mike Hughlett
Chicago Tribune 2008-01-06
Do farmed fish deserve organic label, and a piece of that $15.5 billion market? Hearings open, with industry asking for rules of competition against imports so labeled but with possibly suspect standards. Opponents say no, that the fish food contains hazardous chemicals and that common practices pollute the waters and aren't sustainable.
By Ashley Gosik
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Cox News Service) 2007-11-27
USDA reverses its approval of "raised without antibiotics" on Tyson chicken labels after belatedly noticing that ionophores were included in the feed. Tyson, world's largest meat processor, maintains that the feed additive is not an antibiotic, but USDA disagrees.
By Marcus Kabel
The Associated Press; ABC 2007-11-20
One day, a star of the table, the next day, nothing. The sweet potato, with its noble nutritional profile (fiber and vitamins A,C and E), trails celery in its per capita consumption of about 4 pounds and levels of 1920 - 29.5 pounds - seem miraculous. But fans seek the boost that bubbling oil and salt gives the russet potato.
By Robert Tomsho
The Wall Street Journal (may require subscription) 2007-11-21
As large farms and companies acquire organic label, small farmers believe they must choose between the principles of healthy eating and environmental stewardship or federally sanctioned organic certification. One farmer, faced with choice, changed "organic" to "ornery."
By Matt King
Times Herald-Record (NY) 2007-11-11
As campaign against throwaway water bottles continues, filtration system companies jump in, selling purity from the faucet, while reusable bottle manufacturers point out their environmentally friendly approach.
By Claudia H. Deutsch
The New York Times 2007-11-10
With their share of the fast-growing $13 billion market for "natural" foods and drinks at stake, producers swipe at each other and public interest group wants to know: Is saltwater plumping up a chicken "natural?" How about the corn-based flavoring and preservative, sodium lactate, in sliced roast beef? What of high-fructose corn syrup?
By Andrew Bridges
The Associated Press 2007-11-07
Saving the world, one cupcake at a time, Brooklyn bakery has cut its energy use by installing glazed windows, reduced water use and reduced its trash by switching to biodegradable bags and utensils; response from tradition-bound Italian neighborhood has been overwhelmingly positive.
By J. Alex Tarquinio
The New York Times 2007-11-01
As concerns grow over the origins and safety of what we eat, manufacturers and grocers respond with a positive yet puzzling new vocabulary, and consumers are left wondering about the differences between "organic" and "natural."
By Andrea Weigl
The News & Observer (NC) 2007-10-03
After farm advocacy group files two complaints against Aurora Dairy and USDA threatens to revoke its organic certification, company agrees to remove organic label from some milk and to add pasture for cows.
By Andrew Martin
The New York Times (may require subscription) 2007-08-30
Target Corporation, in war against Wal-Mart and its industrial organics, sponsors a farmers' market in St. Paul/Minneapolis, but some customers balk at the Archer Farms booth, which is no farm, but the discount store's house brand.
City Pages (MN) 2007-08-23
In effort to increase demand for beef from "future consumers," Kansas beef farmers continue funding 17-year-old program for public schools that teaches cooking techniques, beef cuts, food safety, nutrition; teachers can also request additional materials to supplement beef lessons.
Humane Society targets Wendy's for its egg-buying choices, comparing it unfavorably to Burger King, which is phasing in cage-free policy; company responds that its interests are focused on welfare of chickens and pigs, the meat of which they buy in larger quantities.
By Monique Curet and Tracy Turner
The Columbus Dispatch
With growing rates of obesity in mind, FTC issues 44 subpoenas to food and beverage companies to learn how they advertise their wares to children; similar studies undertaken in the past with alcohol and tobacco companies.
By Mary Jane Credeur and Chris Burritt