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Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.
Louis Pasteur

Leading Off  
Baby Boomers - Not Millennials - Are Driving the Clean Label Trend
By Sandy Skrovan, Food Dive - Millennials may snag much of a manufacturer's attention these days, but older consumers have their own perceptions and attitudes toward food that companies should keep in mind. Unlike previous generations, boomers are staying active, minding their health and wellness, and living longer. As a result, they seek functional foods and clean label products that will help them age well. "Health, energy and wellness are major goals for boomers and other older adults," Patrick Luchsinger, marketing manager of nutrition for Ingredion, wrote in an email to Food Dive. "They are focused on fending off aging and increasingly understand the role of a healthy diet in extending their active years. This is where functional ingredients can be targeted and messaged specifically." Read.

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- McCormick expects strong holiday season
- Pabst Hires New CMO, Reshapes Role
- Whole Foods reports data breach
Walmart's Jet Launches New Private Label Brand for Millennials, Includes Food & Bev
KESQ - Cost conscious consumers in the 'burbs can already buy cheaper private label products from Walmart under the names Great Value and Sam's Choice. There's even a Walmart-branded Dr Pepper soda clone called Dr. Thunder. But the retail giant's unit is getting ready to roll out its own brand of goods for young adults in big cities looking to save some money, too. Jet announced a new brand called Uniquely J on Friday. The Walmart subsidiary said Uniquely J will target "Millennial metro consumers." Some of the first items to be launched include food and beverage staples like coffee and olive oil. Household products such as laundry detergent and paper towels will also be available. Jet did not disclose how much any of these products would cost. But private label goods tend to be less expensive versions of top brand names. Other big retail chains, such as Kroger, Costco, Wegmans and Trader Joe's already have thriving private label businesses. Walmart does, too. So does Whole Foods, which is now a unit of Amazon. Read.

Whole Foods CEO: Amazon Saved Them From Being "Whole Paycheck" - According to reports from CNBC, John Mackey (left), Whole Foods CEO, has credited Amazon's acquisition for the end of his company's "whole paycheck" nickname. Despite company efforts, the high-end grocer had been unable to shake the allusion to its higher prices. "One reason the merger came about is Whole Foods was in a trap, and I couldn't quite figure how to get out of that trap," Mackey explained at a recent SNAC International Executive Leadership Forum. "We escaped the trap. I feel a little bit like Houdini." Following the Amazon acquisition, the Whole Foods grocery chain issued price cuts to many of its items, according to CNBC..... Some analysts believe Amazon's price cuts will help bring in more consumers outside Whole Foods Markets' normal high-income customer bracket. Read.

7-Eleven and General Mills Partner on Exclusive Breakfast Item
Food Dive - Watch out, McGriddle. There's a new waffle sandwich in town, and its cheaper, too. The target audience for this exclusive collaboration between General Mills and 7-Eleven will likely be the same on-the-go consumer who would buy a McGriddle at McDonald's. They're fast, easy to hold for eating while driving, filling and inexpensive. The Pillsbury Stuffed Waffle won't just be available to busy customers at breakfast. The hot wrap will be offered 24 hours a day to meet growing demand for breakfast items around the clock, and increased snacking in-between meals. Read.

"If you're a brick-and-mortar retailer today and you see yourself as a physical retailer you may be missing out on how consumers want to interact with you. And there's this emerging trend where the consumer says, "I want to buy the way I want to buy, and want to interact with your stores in a way I choose, not in the way you direct me to."... And that's a huge opportunity for retailers. The consumer is saying, "The draw rate of your store isn't limited to a five-mile drive anymore. I'm willing to interact with you on a much bigger geographic footprint, if you can deliver a digital experience that fits my needs." And so as I think about IGA's future, I think IGA plus digital consumers is going to be very exciting."
John Ross, incoming president and CEO, IGA. Read.

- Consumers not sold on buying produce online
- Snack Choice Is an Illusion, Ten Brands Control Everything
Around the Net    
FDA proposes extension to 2020 for Nutrition Facts Panel compliance
Food Business News - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts label final rule. Under the proposal, manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales would have until Jan. 1, 2020, to come into compliance. The previous compliance date was July 26, 2018. Also under the new proposal, manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales would have until Jan. 1, 2021, to come into compliance. Read.
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Fed Court: No warnings allowed to stop sales of sugary drinks
Lexology - Francisco's ordinance that required warnings about the health effects of certain sugar-sweetened beverages was shut down by the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals..... The Court held that the warning is "misleading and, in that sense, untrue," because it is required exclusively on advertisements for sugar-sweetened beverages, and not for other products with equal or greater amounts of added sugars and calories. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Nestle pays $200 a year to bottle water near Flint - where water is undrinkable
The Guardian - Nestle wants more Michigan water. In a recent permit application, the company asked to pump 210m gallons per year from Evart, a 60% increase, and for no more than it pays today. In the coming months, the state is set to decide whether Nestle can to pump even more. The proximity of the Nestle plant to Flint's degraded public water supply has some Michigan residents asking: why do we get undrinkable, unaffordable tap water, when the world's largest food and beverage company, Nestle, bottles the state's most precious resource for next to nothing? Read.
Tyson Foods Reducing Corporate Headcount By 450 - Tyson Foods plans to cut more than 400 corporate jobs as part of its goal to have a leaner operation while focusing on growing profits, according to Arkansas Talk Business & Politics..... Tyson Foods CEO Tom Hayes said most of the eliminated positions will come from corporate offices in Springdale, Chicago and Cincinnati. No specifics were provided in a news release. Read.
- Decas Cranberry Products launches cooking, baking line
- Pride & Joy refuses to recall raw milk after Salmonella found
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Is Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich Risking Hubris by Knocking Fast-Food Competitors?
Chief Executive Group - Panera Bread Founder and CEO Ron Shaich (left) has called out the chiefs of fast-food chains for putting bad nutrition in their meals for kids. But Shaich should hope the same fate won't befall Panera as what happened after CEO Steve Ells of Chipotle took on the bad boys of quick-serve restaurants..... It certainly helps Shaich's footing on his soapbox that he's got financial security after he sold Panera earlier this year to JAB Holdings, the owner of Caribou Coffee and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, for $7.5 billion. Read.
Fast-casual pizza: From revolution to evolution
Nation's Restaurant News - The fast-casual pizza revolution is at the cusp of becoming the fast-casual pizza evolution. Established brands like Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, MOD Pizza and Pie Five Pizza Co. are changing up their menu offerings and in some cases modifying their service models to maintain consumer interest in an increasingly competitive market. Steve Crane, CEO of Pie Five's Dallas-based parent Rave Restaurant Group Inc., said... "Pie Five has been challenged by the rapidly changing consumer base that is affecting much of the restaurant industry, and especially the fast-casual segment..." Read.
Government, Politics & Regulatory    
In a First, San Francisco May Require Disclosure of Antibiotics in Meat
Environmental Working Group (blog) - The overuse of antibiotics to raise livestock is creating superbugs, bacteria resistant to antibiotic drugs such as penicillin. San Francisco could soon become the first U.S. city to require major grocery stores to tell consumers if meat comes from animals given antibiotics..... On Oct. 3, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on a proposed ordinance that would require major grocery stores to disclose, through a city website, antibiotic use policies associated with the meat and poultry in their stores. Fronted by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Read.
Retail News & Trends      
Report: Walmart will sell meal kits on its website starting in December
Food Dive - Walmart will offer meal kits on its website beginning in December, Mike McDevitt, CEO of meal kit company Terra's Kitchen, told The Street. The retailer plans to feature kits from a variety of companies on its site, and charge a referral fee to companies for each order. McDevitt characterized the move as an experiment by Walmart to test out the growing industry. "This is a low-risk model for Walmart to see if their e-commerce shoppers will have an interest in meal kits, and if so, which ones are the most interesting to them... There's no infrastructure risk, no marketing risk." Read.
Supplier News    
- Roquette breaks ground on pea protein plant
World Report    
Canada: 'People are being duped': Marketplace exposes homegrown lies at farmers markets - Some farmers market vendors push bogus homegrown stories to consumers looking for fresh local fruits and veggies -- and Marketplace has the hidden camera footage to prove it. The Marketplace team went undercover at 11 bustling markets across Ontario this summer to ask vendors where their produce comes from and then tested the veracity of those claims using surveillance and other investigative techniques. The results suggest many consumers could be paying premium prices for produce with fake backstories about where it was grown. Read.
US Dairy Industry Cautions Japan to Respect Current Trade Relatioships
KTIC - Japan's agriculture officials must respect current market access between Japan and its trading partners, including the United States, when reviewing a list of geographical indications (GIs) proposed by the European Union (EU), or else risk disrupting one of the world's largest consumer marketplaces, the U.S. dairy industry urged today. Read.
- Europe: Heineken rolls out namesake 0.0% to Travel Retail
- Germany: German supermarket food poisoned by extortionist

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