Cheese enriched with plant stanols helped to lower cholesterol levels in subjects, according to results of a new study. Cholesterol-lowering foods could be a lucrative trend, according to industry executives.
TreeHouse Foods Inc. chairman Sam K. Reed has said the $38 billion private label manufacturing sector will likely consolidate, and he wants to position the company as one of the consolidators. The company is expected to purchase Del Monte Foods Co.'s soup business, according to reports.
Larger retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores and Tesco PLC, increasingly see future growth in the convenience format. Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Market stores target people looking for grab-and-go items, while Tesco is preparing to launch a convenience store format in the U.S. it says will follow its Express format, which offers a premium range of 7,000 items, including prepackaged meals.
The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the National Uniformity for Food Act tomorrow, a bill that would standardize certain food safety and labeling laws across all states. Critics complain the law would gut some tough state laws and take away a state's ability to regulate food manufacturers and restaurants within its borders, but food industry representatives say the scope of the bill has been misinterpreted.