The British government may introduce a new law to protect specialty foods once the UK leaves the EU. Environment Secretary Liz Truss wants to develop a "British protected food name status" as a replacement for the EU system that currently gives legal protection to regional and traditional foods, reported iNews.
Eating fruits and vegetables can substantially increase happiness, according to a study by the University of Warwick. Researchers found each extra serving of produce consumed daily increased life satisfaction within two years, reported News Nation.
San Francisco banned polystyrene packaging in a measure that goes beyond earlier regulations on takeout containers. Under the new measure, San Francisco businesses will not be permitted to use foam to wrap meat and poultry or to ship goods, reported Denver Post.
The Senate passed legislation to create a national standard for GMO labeling. The Biotech Labeling Solutions Act provides for federal preemption, prohibiting states from enacting their own food labeling laws. The bill requires the USDA to set a standard to define when a foods contains GMO's and requires labeling of food products but provides a number of options such as QSR codes to allow consumers access to this information. The legislation now moves to the House where efforts are underway to pass the bill before Congress leaves for the national conventions and summer recess this week.
Amazon's planned private label grocery program could affect convenience store retailers more than any other retail channel, according to a study by Carbonview Research. Forty-four percent of respondents said they would buy private label products less frequently from c-stores if products from Amazon's private label program were offered to them, reported Convenience Store News.
DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto are among the companies working to demonstrate to consumers how biotechnology can benefits crops. GMO technologies are focusing more attention on creating foods that improve public health and provide convenience for shoppers, expanding to products such as potatoes, pineapples, tomatoes and healthier soy oils, reported Des Moines Register.
Better flavor gives Mississippi wild caught shrimp a competitive advantage over imported and pond raised shrimp, according to study by the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Consumers who participated in blind taste tests tended to prefer the taste of wild-caught Gulf shrimp over that of pond raised, imported products, reported The State.
People who eat more meals at home have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a study in PLOS One. Researchers found those who ate at least five to seven evening meals prepared at home weekly had a 15% lower chance of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who consumed two or fewer home cooked meals, reported Science Daily.
McDonald's will add McGriddles to its all-day breakfast menu starting in September, reported Yakima Herald-Republic.
Kellogg's will update its classic Raisin Bran with granola in a bid to capture adult tastes. The company will offer two new flavors, Raisin & Honey Granola and Cranberry Almond Granola, reported MarketWatch.
Nestle will launch Henri@Nestle, a digital platform that will encourage innovation. Nestle already piloted projects, including collaborations with Instacart, Feastly and SpoonRocket, by embedding products in the services to test consumer response, reported San Francisco Business Journal.
Unsaturated fats are healthier than saturated or trans fats, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers tracked more than 126,000 participants over 32 years, finding that every 2% increase in trans fat intake was associated with a 16% higher risk of death, and every 5% increase in saturated fat intake was associated with an 8% higher risk of death, reported HealthDay.
The U.S. government recognized Ireland's raw meat control system as equivalent to its own. The move clears the way for USDA to approve individual Irish beef plants wishing to export ground beef to the U.S., reported The Irish Times.
FDA launched the Nutrition Facts Label Online tool, which provides an in-depth look at specific nutrients and their role in the consumer's daily diet. The tool includes an ingredients list, nutrition glossary, resources from FDA and other government agencies, and downloadable fact sheets.
Hostess will market Twinkies to Millennials as a pop culture icon to overcome healthy eating trends. Hostess will release new varieties of the snack cake later this year, reported Bloomberg
Creative advertising can prompt children to eat more vegetables, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers placed banners around school cafeteria salad bars that featured animated characters, finding that over four weeks the number of children who took vegetables from the bars doubled or tripled, reported Reuters.
California farm products will likely become more expensive in Europe following the Brexit vote due to short-term disruptions and currency fluctuations, according to trade experts. The U.S. and Britain could reach new trade agreements that could benefit California farmers, especially almond and raisin producers, according to experts, reported AgAlert.
Frisch's Restaurants Inc. is revamping its Big Boy chain, adding brighter colors and lighting, updating employee attire and dinnerware, and including a kids' area. The chain is also updating its menu to include new burgers, appetizers and drinks, reported CBS News.
McDonald's is investing $557 million to modernize its restaurants in Germany. Seventy-two "restaurants of the future" will start offering children's play areas, table service and custom-made burgers, such as the "make your Mac" option. Most of the chain's 1,472 sites in Germany will be redesigned by the end of 2019, reported Seattle Times.
U.S. consumption of hot coffee will be 6.8-lbs. per capita in 2016, up slightly from 2015, according to Euromonitor International. Demand will be the highest ever in China, Japan and India, reported Denver Post.
People who consume pasta in moderation are less likely to be overweight or obese, according to a study in Nutrition and Diabetes. Researchers found those who ate some pasta had a lower body mass index than normal or overweight participants, reported CNN.