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Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
James Bryant Conant

Leading Off  
Dietitian debunks veggie burgers as a health food
Commentarey by Amanda Radke (left) at Beef Magazine - In college, I shared a dorm room with a vegetarian. Fundamentally, we had some differences; after all, she believed ranching harmed animals, damaged the planet and produced unhealthy foods, and well, I knew the exact opposite to be true. Nonetheless, we got along pretty well, but I still couldn't get past how stinky her beloved veggie burgers were when cooked in our small apartment. The smell alone was enough to convince me that I would happily stick to my beef burgers. Plus, I knew that my beef burgers were the healthier option. Read.

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Nestle To Leverage Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian Trend
Plant Based News - Giant food corporation Nestle has announced that it will deliver 'industry leading' growth by tackling the plant-based sector. Addressing key consumer trends, the international conglomerate revealed at a recent investor summit in London that it will be leveraging organic, natural, as well as plant-based trends. Nestle, which is the world's biggest food and drink company, will be capitalizing on consumers who identify themselves as flexitarian, vegetarian, and vegan. The company's Executive Vice President of Strategic Business Units, Marketing and Sales, Patrice Bula, said at the summit that the plant-based sector is on the rise. Bula said: "We want to bring a vegetarian offer to consumers in Europe and the western world and ride on this trend that we believe is here to stay and amplify."..... Nestle is currently working on extending its presence in this sphere, having recently introduced products such as Coffeemate, made from alomd milk and dairy-free ice-cream, as well as acquiring meatless brand Sweet Earth. Read.

5 Food Trends Impacting What, and How, We Eat
Chicago Daily Herald - Today's consumers...view their food choices with a more critical eye than ever before, and this pressure is placing higher expectations on food manufacturers, not only in terms of how consumers' food is made but what it's made from, where it's sourced and how it's delivered. To discuss these topics and more, investors, scientists and food makers recently gathered at the Future of Food Tech summit in New York City to talk about what's behind the trends in food innovation and investment. Of the topics discussed at the summit, these five key take-aways stood out the most... "Personalization" is key. From meal delivery services that customize meals for dietary needs to companies that create products tailored to an individual's health, there's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to food. In fact, today's consumers are starting a movement toward personalization, which in turn is changing the way people shop. "The food industry is getting closer to the consumer," says Raven Kropf, director of emerging. Read.

5 Reasons to Believe in Brick-and-Mortar Grocery
Food Dive - Ever since online grocery outlets like Amazon, Peapod and Instacart stepped onto the scene, there's been no shortage of speculation about what's in store for the future of grocery. Many see Amazon's recent purchase of Whole Foods as foreshadowing that the industry will soon go completely digital. But the truth is, the acquisition signals quite the opposite. With new investments and emerging technologies sparking a wave of innovation across the industry, grocery is evolving, not disappearing. In fact, the in-store shopping experience itself is proving to be irreplaceable, as 85% of shoppers say they prefer to buy goods in person. Here are five reasons why brick-and-mortar grocery stores are here to stay... Read.
Around the Net    
Wisconsin's organic growers decry imposters
Wisconsin State Farmer - One of the biggest threats to U.S. organic farming, those in the industry say, comes from products labeled "organic" but aren't the real deal..... A Washington Post investigation found that non-organic corn and soy -- with organic labels -- were flooding into the United States. The newspaper reported that millions of pounds of "organic" corn and soybeans had been shipped to the U.S. through Turkey despite evidence that the crops were grown conventionally. That kind of deception angers Randy Hughes, a farmer in Janesville. "If foreign producers are beating us at our own game, so be it. But, damn it, if they are bringing in crap that's not properly certified, that's not acceptable," said Hughes, whose farm produces the corn for Blue Farm organic corn chips. Read.
"It's more and more difficult to succeed through traditional advertising. With the amount of clutter you've got to cut through, the attention span of the consumer going down -- six seconds is what they say the attention span of a human being is, less than a goldfish -- so how do you get past that hurdle and then inspire consumers?"
Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing officer for Mastercard... Read.
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
- How Preckwinkle's Pop Tax Battle Continues to Bubble Over
Commentary & Analysis  
Consumers want to know 'country of origin'
Eric F. Nelson, cattle producer, Moville, Iowa, posting at Sioux Falls Argus Leader - With large supermarket chain Hy-Vee announcing its "Clean Honest Ingredients" labeling initiative, it's becoming evident that labeling will continue to be a big issue. As a cattle producer and active advocate of beef, I am often asked, "Why are Mexico, Canada and United States listed as countries of origin on all the packages of beef? I want to buy just U.S. beef." My answer is, "Because the United States negotiated away the ability for the U.S. to label country of origin in NAFTA, while Canada managed to keep their ability to label in their NAFTA terms." Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
  Niagara Bottling acquires First Quality's bottled water business
FoodBev.com - Niagara Bottling has bought the branded and private-label bottled water business of First Quality Water & Beverage. It includes the Pureau brand of electrolyte-enhanced purified water, which is sourced from Bald Eagle Creek in central Pennsylvania. The deal includes a manufacturing operation in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, which First Quality said was 'strategically located' in order to take advantage of the market growth as a regional supplier. Read.
Consumer Culture, News & Trends    
Hacking the human brain with social marketing
City, University of London (press release) - Marketers have always spent time and money trying to pinpoint their ideal consumer market, but in the age of viral video, what makes that audience engage with an advert? New research looking at how the human brain responds to social marketing videos using encephalography (EEG) reveals that storytelling is the best way to engage consumers. The research team concluded that in order for campaigns to have a lasting influence on consumers, marketers need to create content that 'gains their audience's attention, working memory and invokes an emotional response... Read.
Food Safety    
Sandwiches recalled for Listeria from Target, Walgreens, others
Food Safety News - Fresh, ready-to-eat egg salad and ham salad sandwiches, as well as a seafood stuffing mix, are under recall from several retailers and a vending machine company because federal inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes in the Greencore USA LLC facility where the products were made. Greencore is recalling sandwiches distributed between Sept. 24 and 27 to American Food and Vending, Hannaford Brothers, Target and Turkey Hill locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Chili's: Chain's like Chili's trying to dish up growth again
By James F. Peltz - Los Angeles Times, via AJC.com - Chili's Grill & Bar is going on a diet to fatten its sales -- just one of the strategies casual-dining chains are using to reverse a slowdown in growth. Chili's is slashing the number of items on its menu by 40 percent, to 75 from 125, to focus on its core offerings, such as burgers, fajitas and baby back ribs. The chain is trying the leaner menu in hopes of stemming a sales drop. "We had to take control of what we could control," Chili's President Kelli Valade said. "We had potentially lost our way." Read.
Shake Shack to open cashless, kiosk-only location in New York City
CNBC - Shake Shack has a lot of questions about consumers and it's hoping that its newest restaurant will provide some answers. The burger chain, founded by restaurateur Danny Meyer, is opening its first-ever cashless kiosk, in New York this month. The "playground," as CEO Randy Garutti calls it, is a place for the company to test out a variety of digital innovations and ways of connecting with its consumers. Read.
- Jack in the Box Launches Fast Food's First-Ever Ribeye Burger
Grocery Industry News & Trends    
Is the time right for Kroger to go hyper-local?
RetailWire - Kroger recently launched a new website, Kroger.Com/WeAreLocal, to more loudly broadcast its local goods and invite more local suppliers to work with the grocery giant. The release of Kroger.Com/WeAreLocal came out on Sept. 22, one day after a Wall Street Journal article reported that Whole Foods was accelerating its shift to more centralized buying under Amazon's ownership while also eliminating brand reps from selling floors. Whole Foods was already said to be moving toward less regional buying for efficiency reasons earlier in the year. Read.
Retail News & Trends      
Starbucks Closes Online Store to Focus on In-Person Experience
New York Times - As customers increasingly shift their retail shopping toward e-commerce, Starbucks is bucking the trend: It shuttered its online store on Sunday. The company posted a notice in late August on its online store notifying shoppers that the site would soon close. The digital store stocked items like Starbucks coffee and branded mugs and tumblers, along with a selection of espresso machines, brewing tools and other accessories. Read.
World Report    
Germany: The supermarket that sells what others throw away
euronews - Picture this: you're strolling along one of the main shopping thoroughfares in Berlin's Charlottenburg neighbourhood. You enter a supermarket called SirPlus. Towering shelves of fresh produce line the walls. You pick up a few things and head to the cash register, where you pay much less than you would at your typical supermarket chain. So, what's the catch? Congratulations: you managed to intercept your dinner just before it was about to head into a dumpster. Read.
UK: Cereal Partners Worldwide adopts color-coded labeling
FoodIngredientsFirst - Nestle breakfast cereals in the UK will begin to carry the UK government's color-coded labeling from October. The full rollout is expected to be completed by early 2018. Earlier this year, it was announced that Nestle breakfast cereals would see a reduction of a further 10 percent in the average sugar content across the range by the end of 2018, in addition to the 15 percent reduction already achieved since 2010. Read.
UK: Coca-Cola overhauls Schweppes
Marketing Week - Coca-Cola is investing heavily in its Schweppes brand as it looks to tap into growing consumer demand for "quality" mixers and fight off newer competitors such as Fever-Tree. The investment, its biggest in the UK in more than 200 years, aims to give the brand "a new beginning" as part of a 15-month campaign to reinvigorate the brand. The bottle for its 'classic' range is being redesigned, with the new shape modelled on the original Schweppes 'skittle' created by inventor Jacob Schweppe in 1783. Read.
- Brazil: Unilever Buys Brazil's Mae Terra Organic Food Business
- India: Hershey will not invest in most brands inherited from Godrej
- US beef export brand remains strong

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