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Period: May 8, 2022 to May 15, 2022
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Journalist Criticizes Kellogg’s Attempts To Head Off U.K. Regulation

An article in the Financial Times has critiqued the move by Kellogg to sue the U.K. government for failing to account for the benefits of milk when it brings in restrictions on sugary foods. The author, Camilla Cavendish, said that companies like Kellogg have managed to hide behind claims that fatty and sugary treats are fine as long as they form a part of an otherwise healthy and balanced diet, but that does not take into account humans’ inability to resist temptation and the growing obesity problem. Cavendish adds that although we might not be lab rats and have a choice, it’s not easy to “compete with the marketing geniuses who have managed to convince us that ultraprocessed stuff of virtually no nutri-value is actually food. And who have persuaded hard-pressed families to spend money on it.” She was the head of the Downing Street policy unit under former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and is a senior fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard ...  More

"We have been Big Food's lab rats for too long", Financial Times (London, England), March 30, 2022

Companies, Organizations  

Australians Can Now Buy New Freedom Oats Low-Gluten Oat Porridge

Good Food Partners launched the Freedom Oats line of low gluten oat porridges in Australia. There are two varieties: Original and Honey Porridge. Both are low in gluten and naturally sweet, and contain less than 5 grams of sugar per serving. The products are dairy free. GFP general manager Innovation & Growth, Honi Cervi, said the brand responded to “a real gap in the market when it came to low gluten, mainstream oat options, and at the same time we identified a growing demand from consumers with varied levels of intolerance or those avoiding gluten for lifestyle reasons”. Freedom Oats can be bought in Coles and independent supermarkets.

"Good Food Partners taps into low gluten market", Food & Drink Business, April 28, 2022

New Outlets Open Up For Mozaics Real Veggie Chips

Planting Hope’s Mozaics™ Real Veggie Chips brand will be available in 28 Saker ShopRite stores in north-eastern U.S. states. Saker ShopRite will sell three flavors - Sea Salt, BBQ and Salsa - in 3.5-ounce bags from early May. The products contain 3 grams each of plant protein and dietary fiber, and contain no cholesterol or trans fats. They are vegan and non-GMO, and certified kosher and gluten-free.

"Planting Hope Secures New Distribution for Mozaics(TM) Real Veggie Chips Into Saker ShopRite Stores", ACCESSWIRE, April 28, 2022


Gwyneth Paltrow Adds Her Voice To Those Praising Top Seedz

The actress recently commented on Top Seedz, a company based in Buffalo, N.Y., as part of an April 2022 Instagram story, saying she “can't live without you.” Top Seedz makes handmade gourmet seed crackers and roasted seeds. In a video posted by Paltrow, she said “When you’re paleo, these crackers are pretty much everything.” Top Seedz launched in 2017. The organic, vegan, gluten-free snacks are available online and in stores in the state.

"Gwyneth Paltrow ‘can’t live without’ crackers made in Upstate NY", newyorkupstate.com, April 27, 2022

Innovation & New Ideas  

Student Launches Meal Worm Granola

A student from the University of Denver has introduced 'Illegal Oats' Granola, based on meal worms. The product comes in three flavors: chocolate, orange-cranberry and honey nut. Clare Whetzel wanted a healthier alternative to grocery store granola and came up with a formulation based on insect powder for a school competition. Whetzel received a grant to develop the idea, and the product is now on sale at the Co-op store in Denver, with distribution extending to Highlands Farmers Market in May.

"University of Denver student launches own brand of insect-based granola", The Denver Channel, May 02, 2022

Products & Brands  

Irish Premium Tortilla Blanco Niño Gets Gold At Free From Food Awards 2022

Blanco Niño’s Ancient Grain Blue Corn Tortilla Chips with Toasted Amaranth was awarded gold at the recent Free From Awards in the Savoury Snacking category. The brand, based in Clonmel, Tipperary, is new to the U.K. market and includes three flavours: Lightly Salted, Chilli & Lime and Ancient Grain. Each batch of the tortilla chips takes three days to make, using nixtamalization, an ancient process used by the Aztecs. The amaranth is sourced from heritage farmers in Milpa Alta, Mexico City. Blanco Niño tortilla chips are gluten free, kosher-certified, vegan friendly, and there are no preservatives or additives. Several new products are slated for this launch this year and next. 

"'Intriguing and unique,' Tipperary’s Blanco Niño Blue Tortilla Chips win Gold Award", Tipperary Live, May 03, 2022

Moon Cheese Bites Extends Into Kroger Nationally

100 percent cheese snack brand Moon Cheese Crunchy Cheese Bites is expanding by securing distribution to 1,800 Kroger stores nationwide. There are four flavors: Cheddar Believe It, Garlickin' Parmesan, White Chedda Black Peppa, and Oh My Gouda. They are made with 100 percent real cheese and contain 10-12 grams of protein and up to 2 grams of carbs. Used as salad toppings, they are keto-friendly and gluten free. 

"Moon Cheese® Crunchy Cheese Bites Land at Kroger", PR Newswire, May 03, 2022

Popped Chips From Modern Plant Based Foods Extends To 130 More Canadian Stores

Vancouver-based Modern Plant Based Foods Inc.’s Snacks from the Sun popped chips have secured distribution at a further 130 stores in Canada, and the company says this is just the beginning, with plans to expand further in Canada and into the U.S. The products are made with “all-natural potatoes, whole grains, and seasonings, then popped.” They are vegan and free of gluten, cholesterol and saturated fat, and are available in six flavors: Sour Cream and Chive, Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper, Tangy Barbecue, Salt and Vinegar, and Nacho Cheese. The company offers a range of plant-based products, such as meat- and dairy-free options, soups and vegan snacks. 

"Modern Plant Based Foods' Popped Chips Expands Into An Additional 130 Retail Stores Across Canada", Canada NewsWire, April 28, 2022

Whisps Cheese & Pretzels Bites Launched In The U.S.

The Whisps cheese crisps brand introduced a new cheese snack, Whisps Cheese & Pretzels Bites. The products contain 100 percent “real” aged Parmesan and cheddar cheeses and clean label pretzels. John Ghingo, CEO of Whisps, said “the pretzel-and-cheese combination isn't new, but what is new is our obsession with bringing real cheese to the pretzel category.” The range includes three flavors: Cheddar, Honey Mustard and Everything, and each serving contains no sugar, 7 grams of protein, and represent a source of calcium. They will be available at Kroger and on Amazon.

"Whisps Introduces the First Pretzel Made By Cheese People on National Pretzel Day", PRNewswire, April 26, 2022

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