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Campbell Soup Hits Snag in Pacific Foods Acquisition
Food Business News - Campbell Soup Co.'s pending acquisition of organic soup maker Pacific Foods may not materialize due to a lawsuit filed against Pacific Foods by a former shareholder..... The estate of former shareholder Edward C. Lynch filed a lawsuit against Pacific Foods seeking more than $250 million in damages. Campbell Soup is not named in the suit but has given Pacific Foods 60 days to resolve the issues arising from the suit if the transaction is to be completed..... "We remain enthusiastic about acquiring Pacific Foods, which has a track record of growth and strong health and well-being credentials," said Mark Alexander, president, Americas Simple Meals and Beverages, Campbell Soup. "However, we will not complete the transaction unless the issues arising from this litigation are resolved to our satisfaction." Read.

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AB InBev
Amys Kitchen
Annies Homegrown
Azteca Foods
Baked by Melissa
Barry Callebaut
Ben & Jerrys
Betty Crocker
Beyond Meat
Blakes All Natural
Blue Bell
Blue Bunny
Bolthouse Farms
Burger King
Campbell soup Co. 

Cheesecake Factory
Chiquita Brands
Churchs Chicken
Coca-Cola Co. 
ConAgra Foods
Cott Beverages
CowWow Cereal Milk
Dairy Queen
Dannon Co. 
Dean Foods
Diamond Foods
Dr Pepper snapple
Dunkin Donuts
EVOL Foods
Fage UsA
Five Guys
Flowers Foods
Foster Farms
Garden Fresh
General Mills
Good Humor
Goya Foods
Hain Celestial
Hampton Creek
Happy Egg Co.
Healthy Choice

Hershey Co. 
Hersheys Kisses
Hillshire Brands
Honest Tea
Hormel Foods
Hostess Brands
Hostess snacks
Hot Pockets
Jack Links Jerky
Jimmy Dean
JM smucker

Just Born Inc. 
Kashi Foods
Kellogg Co. 
Kona Red
Kraft Heinz Co. 
M&M Brands
McCormick spices
Michael Foods
Mondelez Intl
Moosehead Breweries
Mountain Dew
Nestle UsA
Noodles & Co. 
Orville Redenbacher
Panera Bread
PEEPs Brand
Pepperidge Farm
Pilgrims Pride
Pinnacle Foods
Pizza Hut
POM Wonderful
Popeyes Chicken
Reeses PB Cups
Republic of Tea
Rudis Organic
sams Club
shake shack
smithfield Foods
sonic Drive-In
starbucks Coffee
Taco Bell
Talking Rain
Target stores
Tyson Foods

Walmart Labs
White Castle
WhiteWave Foods
Whole Foods
YUM Brands


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Company & Name--Brand

7-Eleven stores
AB InBev
Active Health Foods
American Crystal
Amys Kitchen
Azteca Foods
Ben & Jerrys
Bimbo Bakeries UsA
Borden Dairy
Bosco Products
Brown--Forman Corp
Burger King Corp. 
Campbell soup
Cheesecake Factory
Chiquita Brands
Churchs Chicken
Circle K
Coca--Cola Co. 
ConAgra Foods
ConAgra Mills
Cott Corp
CowWow Cereal Milk
Crystal Farms
Dairy Queen
Dannon Co. 
Darden Restaurants
Dean Foods
Decas Cranberry

Del Monte Foods
Diamond Foods
Dole Food Co. 
Dominos Pizza
Dr Pepper
Dr Pepper snapple
El Pollo Loco
Flowers Foods
Fortune Brands
Foster Farms
Freebird Chicken
Fresh Express
General Mills
Gerber Products
Gortons Inc. 
Goya Foods
H. J. Heinz Co. 
Hain-Celestial Grp
Healthy Choice
Hershey Co. 
Hillshire Farms
Honest Tea
Hormel Foods
Hostess Foods
HP Hood
Imperial sugar
Ito En N. America
J. M. smucker Co. 
J.R. simplot
J&J snack Foods
Jamba Juice
Jelly Belly Candy Co
Jimmy Dean
Jones soda Co
Just Born Inc
Kashi Co. 
Kellogg Co. 
Keystone Foods
Kona Red
Kraft Foods
Kroger Co. 
Land OLakes
Lays Brand
Leprino Foods
Little Caesars
Long Horn
Long John silvers
McCain Foods
McCormick & Co. 
McDonalds Corp
McKee Foods
Maple Leaf Foods
Mars Inc. 
Meals to Heal
Michael Foods
Miller Lite
Moes southwest
Mom Brands
Monster Energy
Mountain Dew
Nabisco World
National Chicken
National Restaurant
Nestle sA
Nestle UsA
Ocean spray
Ole Mexican Foods
Original soupMan

Parmalat Canada
Perdue Farms
Perkins Restaurants
Pilgrims Pride Corp. 
Pinnacle Foods
Post Foods
Ralcorp Holdings
Ralphs Grocery
Red Bull UsA
Red Lobster
Rich Products Corp
Ruiz Foods
safeway Inc. 
sanderson Farms
saputo Inc. 
sargento Foods
schreiber Foods
schwan Food Co
seneca Foods
skippy Peanut

smart Baking Co. 
smithfield Foods
snyders-Lance Inc
soBe Beverages
starbucks Coffee Co
subway Restaurants
sunkist Growers
sunny Delight
   Beverage Co. 
Tootsie Roll Indus
Trader Joes
TreeHouse Foods
Tropicana Products
Tyson Foods
Unilever UsA
Walmart stores
Wells Enterprises
Wendys Intl
WhiteWave Foods
Whole Foods
YUM! Brands

Flavors & Ingredients

Agilex Flavors &

Allen Flavors
Aromatech Intl
Bell Flavors &

Bickford Flavors
Blue Pacific Flavors
Blue star Flavors
Carmi Flavor and
Fragrance Co. 

Comax Flavors
D.D. Williamson
David Michael & Co
Edlong Dairy

Flavor Dynamics
Flavor Infusion
Flavor systems Intl
FONA International
Fontana Flavors
Gamay Flavors
Givaudan Flavors
GLCC Flavors
Gold Coast

Gum Technology
H.B. Taylor Co
Hagelin Flavor

Innova Flavors
Intl Flavors &
Fragrances (IFF)

International Food
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Kalsec Inc
Kikkoman UsA
McCormick & Co. 
Mane Inc. 
Mission Flavors &

Monsanto Co. 
Mother Murphys

National Flavors
National Fruit Flavor
Natural Flavors Inc

Newly Weds Foods

Nu-Tek Food

Ottens Flavors
Penford Corp. 
Prinova UsA
Proliant Meat

sargento Food

sensient Colors
sensient Flavors
Sethness Co.
summit Hill Flavors
synergy Flavors
T. Hasegawa UsA
Target Flavors
Ungerer & Co. 
Virginia Dare

Watson Inc.

Weber Flavors

WILD Flavors

- Hain Celestial gives up board seats after deal with activist investor
- Lion Tea Seeks To Prove Benefits of Dandelion
- McDonald's Is A Big Hit With Cannabis Smokers - Study
- Nestle taking country-specific digital approach
- Post, General Mills in battle over merchandising system
Kellogg Co. Taps Nature's Bounty Executive to Succeed Bryant as Next CEO
CBS News - Kellogg's CEO is retiring and will be succeeded by an executive from a vitamin and protein bar company, as packaged food makers around the world try to keep customers who are looking for healthier products. The maker of Frosted Flakes, Pop-Tarts and Eggo waffles said Chief Executive John Bryant will be replaced by Steven Cahillane, an executive from The Nature's Bounty Co. Cahillane will start as CEO next week and will also join the company's board. Nature's Bounty sells Balance bars, Solgar supplements and Ester-C vitamins. Bryant, 51, will remain executive chairman of the board until March, and then Cahillane will take over that role, too. Cahillane, 52, has also worked at soda company Coca-Cola Co. and beer maker AB InBev..... Battle Creek, Michigan-based Kellogg has struggled to make its cereals and snacks more appealing to Americans who are increasingly... Read.

Fear that Coffee Causes Cancer Prompts California to Add Warning Labels
Newsweek - Could your morning cup of coffee cause cancer? Yes, according to advocacy group Council for Education and Research on Toxics. A lawsuit filed by the organization in 2010 resumed earlier this week, the Associated Press reports. Its chief complaint is that retailers such as Starbucks, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's violated the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, also known as Proposition 65, according to court papers. The plaintiff argues that these companies knowingly violated the health code, which states, "No person in the course of doing business shall knowingly and intentionally expose any individual to a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first giving clear and reasonable warning to such individual." Read.

"I am getting the stuffing beat out of me for imposing a tax on sweetened beverages, which are terrible for people."... So says the high priestess of Cook County, Board President Toni Preckwinkle (photo). Problem is that her would-be health issue tax taxes beverages that are not sweetened as well as beverages that are. Apparently Preckwinkle thinks voters are sufficiently stupid as to see no difference between Coke and Coke Zero, Pepsi and Pepsi Light. Plain and simple, her beverage tax is a money grab. To pretend otherwise is patently false..."
From a letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune by Joe English of Chicago. Read.

- HowGood's CEO on how sustainability sells groceries
- Is Healthy Eating Possible in a World of False Advertising?
Around the Net    
A way to move San Francisco consumers away from meat containing antibiotics
San Francisco Chronicle - San Francisco, a city that banned plastic grocery bags and packing peanuts, is now taking on factory farms that pump antibiotics into livestock. The Board of Supervisors' Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved an ordinance requiring certain stores to report the use of antibiotics in raw meat and poultry -- a small step toward changing an entrenched practice in the meat industry. The measure will go to the full board on Tuesday. Read.
Journal paid to publish 'food industry conspiracy' paper--funded by organic industry
Genetic Literacy Project - Gary Ruskin (left), the chief junkyard dog of US Right To Know, an industry front group created by Organic Consumers Association to harass and intimidate scientists, has managed to pay-to-publish a Short Article which allows him to claim he has been in a peer-reviewed journal. That has to be placed in context. In an open-access digital world, where thousands of predatory journals now exist which allow anyone to buy the right to claim they have been peer-reviewed, being peer-reviewed doesn't mean what it used to mean. Read.
- FDA Works with Hurricane-Impacted Farmers and Their Crops
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Best C-Store Coffee By State
Convenience Store Decisions - GasBuddy is revealing which c-store and gas station brands have the highest-rated coffee in each state in time for National Coffee Day on Sept 29. According to the recent GasBuddy footfall report, more than half (56%) of Americans who have visited a convenience store in the past three months feel that the convenience stores make coffee drinks as good as coffeehouses... "It is evident that gas station convenience stores are taking market share from QSRs and cafes by creating a true coffee experience." Read.
Commentary & Analysis from Friends & Foes    
Chipotle's attempt at queso is a well-intentioned fail
Product Review Posted by Matthew Odam (left) at - [Chipotle] recently rolled out its queso nationwide, earning a lot of catcalls on Twitter and clapbacks from other websites. Even Goldman Sachs got skittish about Chipotle stock following the release. This Texan decided he needed to try it. The verdict: It's hard to make all-natural queso taste good. The large bowl ($5.40 with a bag of chips) had a slightly gloopy consistency with a interspersed chalkiness. It is obviously a mixture of milk and sharp cheddar, and the predominant flavor from the cheese is an astringent bitterness that lingers after the initial wave of smoky chipotle pepper, cumin and jalapeno dies. It kind of tastes like what I imagine biting into the hardened, dried edge of a block of cheddar would. Any bit of sweetness from tomato paste or yellow onion hid in the gloop. So, kudos to Chipotle for trying to do things the right way, but there's a reason some people will always want their queso to be a little fake. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Boston Beer Co struggles could spark Molson Coors swoop - There is a "fair probability" The Boston Beer Co will be sold within the next year, an analyst has said, with Molson Coors the likeliest suitor. The Samuel Adams brewery's beer volumes have declined in the past year..... The struggles could soften founder Jim Koch's stance on selling up, especially if an upcoming Samuel Adams rebrand from new CMO Jonathan Potter fails to win over consumers, Credit Suisse analyst Laurent Grandet said. Read.
Coca-Cola Co: AI encourages Coca-Cola To Make Sprite Cherry - Coca-Cola, for one, welcomes our new robot overlords. The Atlanta-based beverage corporation has long been using AI technology to tap into customer wants and needs. That came to fruition earlier this year, when the company announced Sprite Cherry--a new flavor based on data collected from its self-service Freestyle soda fountains..... "It was a huge 'a-ha' moment for us," Bobby Oliver, Sprite and citrus brands director at Coca-Cola North America, said in a February statement. "The fact that cherry was the No. 1 Sprite flavor mix on Coca-Cola Freestyle inspired us." Read.
Halo Top Launches First Non-Dairy and Vegan Ice Cream Flavors - I scream, you scream, we all scream for non-dairy ice cream! On Thursday, Halo Top, the low-calorie ice cream brand that's been taking grocery stores by storm, announced they were releasing their first non-dairy and vegan flavors -- seven of them to be exact. The new flavors are all recreations of the brand's already successful pints including Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate, Oatmeal Cookie, Sea Salt Caramel, Caramel Macchiato, Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Covered Banana. Read.
PepsiCo: 4 marketing lessons from Gatorade's 'advergame' settlement
PR Daily - Gatorade's mobile game was clever--but it crossed the line. On Monday, the company agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit that California filed over Gatorade's 2012 app featuring Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt. The iconic runner ran faster when hitting Gatorade icons and slowed upon encountering water droplets. It was an attempt to reach skeptical millennials, but the lawsuit alleged that the message to users was unambiguous. Read.
North Americans, are avoiding artificial colours, most of them because of health concerns. In response, more than a dozen major packaged-food companies have, over the past three years, announced plans to root out artificial colors, flavors and preservatives in everything from banana peppers to Baby Ruths. But in the process, many are discovering that the market for their products is actually quite fragmented, and that different groups of consumers are looking for different -- even opposite -- qualities in the exact same foods... "The days of the one-size-fits-all blockbuster brand are probably over..."
From a story posted by Caitlin Dewey (pictured) at the Toronto Star. Read.
- Kraft Heinz Stock Could Fall on Weak Sales
- Sunkist Growers aims to Delite consumers
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
C-Stores Cannibalizing Quick Service? It Can Happen
QSR magazine (press release) - No longer just a place to grab fuel, coffee, and maybe beef jerky, C-stores have evolved into a $31 billion industry. Already beset by slowing sales and shrinking profit margins, quick-service restaurants and fast casuals now face competition from a new--and unexpected--source: convenience stores. No longer just a place to grab fuel, coffee, and maybe beef jerky, C-stores have evolved into a $31 billion industry whose leading strategists are placing their future bets on foodservice. Read.
World Report    
India: Coca-Cola India to scale up 'ethnic' beverages soon
The Hindu - Iced tea among products to be made available countrywide..... Coca-Cola India Pvt. Ltd., has drawn up plans to transform itself into a company that can provide 'beverages for life' and expand its portfolio by rolling out ethnic beverages over the next few months, said a top executive. "Right now, we are testing a variety of products in different parts of the country. These will be made available nationally," said T. Krishnakumar, president, Coca-Cola India & South West Asia. Read.
- Asia: Diabetes triggers alarm and action in Southeast Asia
- France: Danone invests in French organic baby food start-up Yooji
- Nigeria: Coca-Cola Nigeria to spend $600m on new products

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