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Some people grumble because roses have thorns; I am thankful that the thorns have roses.
Alphonse Karr

Leading Off  
The Doomed Soda Tax Was Never About Our Health
Commentary posted by Dahleen Glanton (left) at Chicago Tribune - Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has confirmed what most of us suspected all along. That penny-per-ounce soda tax had nothing to do with our health. It was only about the money. Facing a vote on Tuesday that would repeal the controversial tax on sugary drinks, Preckwinkle laid everything on the line and warned us that if the tax goes, so will jobs and services many Cook County residents depend upon. Preckwinkle has admitted from the beginning she had a budget shortfall she needed to deal with, but sugarcoated that message with one about how this tax would make Cook County residents healthier. Then, when the tax was in jeopardy, she allowed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to bombard us for weeks with a television ad warning how soft drinks are harming minority communities. Though the ad happened to be true, the timing made it seem insulting and condescending... Read.

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- Modelo inks multimillion-dollar ad deal with UFC
- PepsiCo CEO: Popular Beverage Brands Too Expensive to buy
- Quaker Oats Marks Oatober to share health benefits of oats
- Smithfield to Create New Pork Category
- Smucker's Solid Brands Should Accelerate Growth
- Whole Foods recalls cereal; peanuts not listed on label
The Meal-Kit Industry is at a Crossroads. Will It Ever Figure Out What We Really Want?
Washington Post - It was going so well for Blue Apron, until it wasn't. The company, which set nationwide trends with its mail-order subscription meal kits, delivering ingredients and instructions to hundreds of thousands of Americans, had valued itself at $3.2 billion weeks before its initial public offering. But a few days before Blue Apron shares entered the market on June 29, Amazon.com announced that it intended to buy Whole Foods. That $3.2 billion valuation shrank to $1.98 billion, and shares that were supposed to sell between $15 and $17 began trading at $10 and closed out the day rising less than one cent. Share prices eventually dipped as low as $5.12 -- less than the price of one serving of a Blue Apron meal. Its co-founder stepped down, the company instituted a hiring freeze, and then it began laying people off. Its investors are suing the company, saying they were misled. Read.

Insect Meatballs Top the Food Trends at Germany's Anuga Trade Fair
Gears Of Biz - Between the bites of buttery Spanish jam and juicy South American steaks, Anuga also placed a significant emphasis on the industry players aiming to tackle these environmental and supply challenges. The fair's innovation showcase presented some 67 products and concepts, many of which offered alternatives to animal rearing -- from vegan "tuna" to crickets dipped in snack sauce. The Pop Bugs snack may look like small meatballs, but they are actually made out of crickets. The snack was singled out by a panel of judges as among the most innovative new products on display, both for its ingredients and its taste. However, getting these creepy crawlies into the average western consumer's kitchens will still be a hard sell in the coming years. "From the consumer side in Europe, there's this feeling of disgust that's connected with how we're socialized, whereas in Asia and Africa it's part of the daily diet," said Ralph Langholz, product manager for insects at Micarna, a Swiss-based meat, poultry and seafood producer... Read.
Around the Net    
Bernstein: 'How the mighty in CPG have fallen'
FoodNavigator-USA.com - A new analysis from Bernstein suggests that the leading brands in many packaged food and beverage categories are continuing to lose market share to smaller challenger brands. In its latest Weekend Consumer Blast...Bernstein analysts argue that many big brands in the food and beverage space are fighting to "remain relevant​" ..... "We found that on average, the #1 brand has actually seen greater share erosion compared to #2 through #5 brands, while smaller brands have been the key beneficiary, clearly posing a threat to our coverage universe..." Read.
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
What soda-tax showdown in Chicago area might mean for Philly
Philly.com - Just two months after it went into effect, Cook County commissioners on Tuesday will vote on whether to repeal the penny-an-ounce tax on soda -- called "pop" in Chicago -- and other sweetened drinks. The repeal appeared likely to succeed, after four lawmakers announced last week they had changed their minds about the tax. While a similar vote by City Council to end the tax in Philadelphia is unlikely any time soon, the levy's opponents and advocates will be watching the outcome closely..... Locally, tax opponents are hopeful that a repeal in Illinois would serve as a red flag for officials here... Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Dannon yogurt signs Dak after dropping Cam
Fort Worth Star Telegram - Cam Newton's loss is Dak Prescott's gain. Prescott has signed an endorsement deal with Dannon yogurt after the dairy giant dropped Newton in the wake of his sexist remark to a female reporter..... Newton responded to a question from a female Charlotte Observer beat reporter about route running by saying "It's funny to hear a female talking about routes." Read.
Kraft Heinz: Why It Is Attractively Valued In Packaged Food Sector
Forbes - In addition to the many attributes that make Kraft Heinz attractive and still undervalued, the giant consumer packaged food and beverage company aims to become even much larger globally. The company, whose major and infuential stakeholder is Warren Buffett, has the financial resources and opportunistic strategy to accelerate its growth momentum worldwide. Wall Street pros close to the company believe management isn't done searching for companies to acquire in order to continue broadening its reach worldwide. Read.
- Alaskan Brewing Co: Breakfast brew best in nation
- Bazooka Launches Baby Bottle Pop Lollipop with Popping Powder
- Perry's Ice Cream releases Sabres-themed 'Let's Dough Buffalo!' flavor
Flavors & Ingredients    
The Great Pumpkin Spice Taste Test: 25 Products, 7 Winners
Bon Appetit - The plot of Saw 9 is locking Bon Appétit employees in a small room and forcing them to taste 25 pumpkin spice products. Some begged to leave, while others accepted their fate and dove face-first into the Great Pumpkin Spice Taste Test, and a select few wrote passive-aggressive comments like "not happening" and "this product is canceled" in bold letters on their comment sheets. The original list of pumpkin-spiced foods was at least double what we actually tasted, but we narrowed it down to a few categories: drinks (yes, PSLs!), snacks and sweets, ice cream, cereal, yogurt, bars (#healthyish), and total oddballs (like spray-on pumpkin spice--it's a thing). Read.
Flavor pairings: There's science behind those bold new matchups
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - The pairing of flavors has been going on ever since people put food to mouth. But in recent years, the science of it has become big business, and considering the thousands of years that humans have been eating, it's still in its infancy. The world's largest database for ingredients and flavors is The Foodpairing Co. located in New York City and Ghent, Belgium. The company maintains that its "data-driven evidence" helps half a million chefs and other food professionals worldwide "develop their own surprising new flavor combinations to create healthy, exciting and sustainable recipes." Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Tim Hortons Debuts New Espresso Offer
NACS Online - Tim Hortons U.S. Restaurants has unveiled a new line-up of premium, handcrafted espresso beverages including lattes, Americanos and cappuccinos, each available hot or iced. Flavors include caramel, vanilla, mocha, and pumpkin spice. The new espresso line-up launched last week in Buffalo and Jamestown, New York, with the remaining cities rolling out the new menu items through December. Read.
- El Pollo Loco Introduces Four New LA-Inspired Bowls
World Report    
China: How KFC is reinventing the brand as youthful in China
The Drum - KFC might be the number one fast food brand in China, but it faces aggressive competition to hold onto the top spot in the crowded marketplace. The brand is on a mission to reinvent KFC as a youth brand and is rolling out new products, innovative technologies and quirky marketing campaigns in a bid to cut through the clutter and engage China's millennials.Read.
Japan: Drink to your health: How Japan's 'tokuho' products took shape
Japan Today - Pepsi Light, Diet Coke, and Fanta Zero are just a few of the popular options beverage companies have long offered health-conscious consumers worldwide. But in Japan, another option has surfaced that promises greater health benefits: tokuho. In 1991, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) introduced tokuho (short for tokutei hoken-yo shokuhin) as a label for food and drinks with health qualities. These are identified by the MHLW as foods for specified health use (FOSHU). Read.
- India: In first for Indian QSR chains, KFC starts Clean Street Food
- India: PepsiCo chairman D Shivakumar quits  
- Israel: DouxMatok aims to cut sugar consumption 40%
- UK: Pickering's Gin launches gin baubles for Christmas

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