A report by Organic Monitor says consumers are confused by a profusion of sustainable certifications, with more than 200 labels touting qualities including organic, all natural, fair trade and humanely raised. The report, which considers implications of a single standard that would integrate such certifications, will be presented at the Sustainable Foods Summit, scheduled Jan. 22 and 23 in San Francisco.
Even with widespread concerns about obesity, global launches of chocolate products with reduced or no sugar declined 19% between 2010 and 2011, and the decline is expected to continue. Consumers may perceive the sugar-free chocolate as containing ingredients that are not natural, but approval of stevia for use in Europe may change that, writes Marcia Mogelonsky, director of insight at Mintel.
In a survey of more than 500 consumers for packaging specialist Payne, 85% said they had experienced frustration with packaging. Of those, 29% said clamshells caused the most aggravation. Survey participants also expressed displeasure with waste in packaging and packages that are difficult to open.
Flowers Foods has signed two purchase agreements to acquire the Wonder, Nature's Pride, Merita, Home Pride, Butternut and Beefsteak bread brands owned by the bankrupt Hostess Brands company in two deals totaling $390 million, including 20 bakeries and 38 depots. If the bankruptcy court approves the bids, an auction will be held.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will purchase Yogurtini, an Arizona-based chain of 30 self-serve frozen yogurt stores, for an undisclosed sum. Rocky Mountain is also acquiring a controlling interest in U-Swirl.