Participants had a better understanding of a food's healthfulness when nutritional facts, such as calories and nutrients, were presented for the entire package, rather than a single serving, an FDA study revealed. The findings, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, suggest that clearly displaying total calories and nutrients in a container might boost healthy eating habits, researchers said.
A white paper from The Hartman Group finds growing interest in "premium" sweets with complex flavors, often in miniature sizes. "Functional and better-for-you should not be your message: Instead, rely on fun and playful product narratives and highlight quality ingredients," advises the report.
Interviews with shoppers at a Long Island, N.Y., grocery found consumer interest in the snack aisle grouped by health attributes, such as low sodium or low fat. Shoppers also said they would like health attributes to be more obvious on packaging and shelves.
Sunsweet Growers is among the companies moving to flexible packaging, taking advantage of innovations in shapes and graphics. The brand chose full-body shrink labels for its juice bottles and updated graphics for all its packaging, including pouches for dried fruit.
American Sugar Refining, with brands including Domino Sugar and C&H Sugar, is changing its name to ASR Group. "Although we are introducing a new global corporate identity, our unwavering belief in [our] regional brands and logos remains unchanged and they will continue to dominate our consumer packaging and marketing efforts," said co-president Antonio L. Contreras.