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Leading Off  
Kellogg Looks To Wellness Market For Corporate Health; More CPG Brands Must Follow
Posted by Pamela N. Danziger at Forbes - Today Steven A. Cahillane steps up as CEO of Kellogg, the global cereal and snack company, as previous CEO John A. Bryant steps aside. This appointment telegraphs Kellogg's commitment to evolve from junk food to health food thanks to Cahillane's bona fides in the health and wellness market as he comes from Nature's Bounty, a well-regarded global manufacturer, marketer, distributor and retailer of vitamins, nutritional supplements, sports & active nutrition and ethical beauty products. After leading a company like Nature's Bounty, which the company claims is "committed to supporting wellness in all its forms," Cahillane is expected to bring that wellness focus to Kellogg, a company with brands like Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes and Cocoa Krispies that are antithetical to the wellness community. Read.

& Brands on Twitter
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


Ad Age
Beef Magazine
Beverage Digest
Beverage Industry
Candy & snack
Candy UsA
Confectionery News
Cornell Food Lab
FDA Recalls
Food Business News
Food Dive
Food Genius
Food in Canada
Food Industry
Food Insight
Food Institute
Food Navigator UsA
Food Processing
Food safety News
Food Tank
Grocery HQ
Hartman Group
HuffPost Food
Ipsos Marketing
Medical News Today
MsN Lifestyle
National Restaurant
New Food Magazine
NPR Food
Packaged Facts
Packaging Digest
Pew Research
Pew Hispanic
QsR Magazine
Restaurant News

Rudd Center
The Packer
UsDA Food safety

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
   Products (IFPC)
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

- New CEO takes over at Bacardi
- Eggland's Best Launches "EB Delivers" Sweepstakes
- Whole Foods Lures New Shoppers From Wal-Mart, Sprouts
Coca-Cola Buys Texas Cult Favorite Topo Chico Sparkling Water Brand for $220 Million
Dallas News - Coca-Cola is buying Topo Chico, the Mexican mineral water brand that has grown a cult following among Texas' hip beverage connoisseurs, the head of the brand's United States presence, Gerardo Galvan, confirmed to The Dallas Morning News on Monday. A press release from Topo Chico's Monterrey, Mexico-based parent company Arca Continental -- already the second largest Coke bottler in Latin America -- said The Coca-Cola Company bought the rights to the brand in the U.S. for $220 million. The deal was made through the American beverage giant's Venturing & Emerging Brands unit, which aims to grow a portfolio of "smaller, high-value brands" that don't make soda, like Honest Tea and ZICO coconut water, according to Coca-Cola's website. The unit's vice president overseeing emerging brands and incubation, Matt Hughes, said in a post on the site that Topo Chico was a way of building Coca-Cola's premium sparkling water offerings as soda drinkers seek out healthier alternatives, spurring what observers have described as massive growth in the category. Read.

Post Sues General Mills Over Bagged Cereal Display Units
Food Dive - Last week, Post Consumer Brands filed a lawsuit against General Mills for patent infringement for both its new bagged cereals and the way the cereal giant is displaying the product on grocery shelves, reports Food Business News. Post claims that General Mills' plastic merchandising system design is virtually the same as the one it introduced to retailers in 2016. According to information filed in the lawsuit, the Post Merchandising System has "improved the ‘shopability' and appearance of bagged cereals for consumers and, in turn, has attracted new consumers and broadened Post's customer base." Post also claims that the system drives visual impact at the shelf to combat consumer perceptions that bagged cereals are inferior to boxed cereals..... General Mills...recently launched its own line of bagged cereals at some retailers, including Walmart and Iowa-based Hy-Vee. Read.

The Google-Walmart Deal is Bigger than You Think
Progressive Grocer - In both grocery and foodservice, Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods is redefining the competitive landscape. Now with Google and Walmart hooking up, are we poised for unprecedented change in the food industry? Their mutual success may very well hinge on whether Google Home successfully battles Alexa for counter space in the kitchen. This digital transformation is real, and both the grocery and foodservice sectors will see dramatic change in the next three to five years, ushering in a new era of convenience and price transparency. To understand how this will shake out, you need to look at the key consumer groups that will drive this change, and an emerging capability that will drive loyalty: auto-replenishment. Read.

- Despite Concerns Consumers Continue Sugar Consumption
- Kelp Jerky Is Your Next Delicious Meat-Alternative Snack
Around the Net    
Breakfast really is the most important meal - researchers
FOOD Magazine - Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology..... "People who regularly skip breakfast likely have an overall unhealthy lifestyle," said study author Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC director of Mount Sinai Heart and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "This study provides evidence that this is one bad habit people can proactively change to reduce their risk for heart disease." Read.
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Mintel: Coffee shop sales show healthy growth but with potential threat from RTD coffee - RTD coffee may be the fastest-growing segment in the US retail coffee market, according to Mintel, but a new report shows that the coffee shop market still resonates with on-the-go, premium-seeking consumers. Mintel expects that coffee house sales will continue to experience increased sales, but the rise and premiumization of RTD coffee options could pose a substantial threat, especially the recent innovation of packaged RTD nitro and cold brew coffee products. Read.
Category Snapshot: Milk Alternatives    
Milk Alternatives May Cause Iodine Deficiency in the Body: Study
NDTV - Every food has important nutrients and minerals to offer. Similarly, milk makes for one of the most healthy and nutritious beverages. However, there are people who may be lactose tolerant and choose to switch to milk alternatives. Looks like, they might not be as healthy as milk. According to the British Journal of Nutrition, milk alternatives like soya, almond, coconut, oat, rice, hazelnut and hemp milk could put consumers at a risk of developing an iodine deficiency. The study compared the iodine content of 47 milk alternative drinks with cow's milk. Read.
Commentary & Analysis    
GMOs are good for crop production, not harmful
Commentary posted by Jason Defisher at Kansas State Collegian - One of the most controversial food-related choices is whether we want to buy foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Unfortunately, there are many consumers who have an unfounded fear surrounding the creation and use of GMOs for food. The main arguments I have heard against the use of GMOs are that there are dangerous chemicals being put into food crops and the science behind the modification is risky and imprecise. To an uninformed consumer, these arguments could seem to be true. However, the reality of genetically modifying organisms is very safe. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
PepsiCo joins the lineup at Food Vision USA - To what extent can big companies behave like smaller, more agile ones? And how are they organizing themselves in order to be more nimble and responsive? It's a question that's top of mind at PepsiCo, says Seth Kaufman,​​ president of North America Nutrition at the CPG giant, who will be speaking at FOOD VISION USA​​ in Chicago next month..... "While our size and scale enable us to make nutritious foods and beverages accessible to more people, we recognize the need to adopt the agile mindset and behaviors of a nutrition startup..." Read.
- King Juice Co: Calypso drink maker names new CEO
- Prestage Foods recalls ground turkey
- Pride & Joy dairy pulls raw milk from stores
- Smarties Candy Co. leadership passes to 3rd generation
Consumer Culture, News & Trends    
67% See Need To Heavily Regulate Robots, Drones
MediaPost Communications - A new Internet-connected future is coming and consumers have varying views about different aspects of it. Robots, drones, self-driving cars and virtual assistants are all part of the future mix and some consumers are welcoming of some of the services that may be performed on their behalf, based on a new study. Some of the views are mixed. For example, a majority (59%) of consumers think robots will one day be able to perform tasks as well as a human but about a third (34%) think robots are unlikely to be useful in their lifetime. Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
As Goes the Middle Class, So Goes TGI Fridays
Eater - Whatever your feelings about casual dining chains, they have been a vital part of the way that many Americans eat since the 1930s, when Howard Johnson began blanketing the highways with his trademark orange-and-teal restaurants -- temples to affordable, quality fare in a wholesome setting. After plodding along for some 50 years, the genre exploded during the 1980s, as America entered a period of sustained economic growth and chains like Fridays, Olive Garden, and Applebee's saturated suburban landscapes with their bland, softly corporate vision of good times and good food. While the brands and the fads have changed -- RIP fried-clam sandwich, hello baby back ribs and buffalo sliders -- the formula has remained more or less unchanged over the decades... Read.
- Pieology Launches Research & Development Restaurant
Government, Politics & Regulatory    
San Francisco to lift veil of secrecy on US livestock antibiotic use
Natural Resources Defense Council - San Francisco's Board of Supervisors [voted yesterday] on an issue that would put the Bay Area City at the forefront of US efforts to curb livestock antibiotic overuse--a driving cause of the public health crisis of antibiotic resistance. If passed, the new law authored by Supervisor Jeff Sheehy (working with the City's Department of the Environment), would require large grocery chains like Safeway, Costco and Trader Joe's to report to the City the antibiotic use practices for all of the meat sold in their stores, marking the first time in history that US livestock producers will have to share information about their antibiotic use with the public. Read.
World Report    
India: Cargill Foods plans multiple launches to propel its presence in India
Economic Times - Cargill Foods India, a local unit of the largest closely held company in the US, is expanding its food retailing business in the country to include more edible oil brands, wheat derivatives, and vegetable proteins. "We intend to introduce more products into fats, carbohydrates and proteins. These will serve the needs of a typical Indian household's kitchen," said Deoki Muchhal, MD, Cargill Foods India. At present, the company markets wheat flour, edible oil, and food ingredients. It also trades in grain, oil seeds, cotton and animal feed. Read.
Japan's brewers learn how to make women drink more
Yahoo7 News - Faced with a shrinking beer market at home, Japanese brewers are shoring up sales by targeting women with a range of fizzy, fruity canned cocktails, but the strategy hasn't been without some hiccups along the way. Traditional disapproval of women drinking in public has faded due to social change, with more women in the work force, earning money to spend any way they want. Read.

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