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Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.
Michel de Montaigne

Leading Off  
Chicago's Soda Tax Fizzles after Two Months
By Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post, via Santa Fe New Mexican - Less than two months after the country's largest soda tax went into effect, embattled lawmakers in Cook County, Ill. -- the home of Chicago -- are already poised to repeal it. The tax has been plagued, in its very short life, by legal challenges, implementation glitches and a screeching, multi-million-dollar media battle between the soda industry and public health groups. On Wednesday, in recognition of growing public pressure, Cook County's Board of Commissioners is expected to vote to roll back the tax, effective as soon as Dec. 1. The vote comes after the board's finance committee Tuesday nixed the levy, 15-1. It's a major victory for Big Soda, which has spent millions on ad buys, lobbyists and political contributions in the county. It's also the second blow this year to the soda tax movement, which suffered a defeat in Santa Fe in early May. Read.

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- Campbell Soup names Francisco Fraga as its VP, CTO and CIO
- Kroger Outlines Plan to Redefine the Way America Eats
- Lipton Goes Organic With Black Tea Launch
- Nestle executive Paul Zollinger joins Chobani
- Unilever takes steps to streamline operations
- Wendy's chief people officer stepping down
Why Conagra Brands May Go Big-Game Hunting. Is Pinnacle Foods a Target?
Crain's Chicago Business (blog) - After bagging some small-scale acquisitions, Conagra Brands CEO Sean Connolly is showing interest in bigger trophies. Buyouts figure prominently in Connolly's plan to rejuvenate Conagra, an old-line packaged foods company that moved its headquarters to Chicago from Omaha, Neb., in 2016. He's using deals to modernize a portfolio of mature grocery and frozen food staples such as Banquet, Chef Boyardee and Hunt's ..... After divesting a private label food unit and other non-core businesses, Conagra has the balance sheet strength to pursue a multibillion-dollar acquisition. Analyst Brittany Weissman of Edward Jones figures the company could pay as much as $12 billion for the right deal. A few potential targets could be had for less. Pinnacle Foods, maker of Bird's Eye frozen vegetables, has a market capitalization of $6.7 billion, and offers potential synergies with Conagra's frozen foods business. When he was CEO of Chicago-based Hillshire Brands, Connolly struck a deal to buy Pinnacle, but dropped it when Tyson Foods swooped in to acquire Hillshire in 2014. Conagra reportedly approached Pinnacle earlier this year but couldn't reach a deal. Pinnacle's shares have declined since then, possibly making its board of directors more amenable to a deal. Read.

What's the Future of Meatless Burgers and Other 'Synthetic Foods'?
Genetic Literacy Project - Both Impossible Burger and Perfect Day involve the use of gene technologies. In the case of Perfect Day, genetic engineering was used to create a type of yeast that produces milk proteins. The creation of vegetarian rennet, ethical vanilla, and insulin use similar techniques. The final product is free of yeast, and so is 'totally non-GMO'. The Impossible Burger, however, is the subject of some debate as the genetically engineered heme has not previously been in the food supply. A report in August indicated that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had heard from the company that up to a quarter of its haem ingredient was composed of 46 "unexpected" additional proteins, some of which are unidentified and none of which were assessed for safety in the dossier. Read.

Why Big Food is Paying Fat Cash for Small Brands like RXBar and Boomchickapop
Chicago Tribune - Some of the deals are staggering to contemplate -- $600 million for a protein bar company started four years ago in a west suburban basement, $250 million for a popcorn brand launched in a Minnesota couple's garage, and $700 million for an organic broth maker acquired by the world's largest soup company. Remember when food companies used to make their own new products?..... "These companies are playing catch-up, is what it is. They're trying to get on the right side of these trends. ...A desperate time is leading to desperate measures," said Bob Goldin, partner at Pentallect, a Chicago-based strategic consulting firm for food companies. Read.
Around the Net    
Food industry finds it's not allergic to allergy-free products
Food Dive - Judging from the number of new allergy-free products introduced to the market this past year, one might suspect that consumers with an intolerance for items such as peanuts, gluten, dairy or have sky-rocketed. In reality, only 2% of US adults and 5% of infants and young children have food allergies, according to the Food and Drug Administration..... Many consumers who don't have a food intolerance still try to avoid many of these ingredients, and food manufacturers are eager to meet their demand. Read.
- McDonald's, Chobani and Facebook on Social Food Cues
- Will consumers bite into a burger made from methane?
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
The seeds of beverage innovation
Food Business News - It is no longer "gym rats," the male cohort between the ages of 18-to-34, purchasing protein drinks today. In a gradual shift, it is women over 45 seeking high protein beverages. Many are reading articles urging them to consume more protein to improve their health, and many are acting on the advice. More than half of consumers ages 55 and older "regard high protein as an important attribute when purchasing nutrition and performance drinks," said Michael Averbook, food and drinks analyst for Mintel. Read.
- Cook County board votes 15-1 to repeal sugary drink tax
Commentary & Analysis    
Taxwinkle's pop tax crushed by taxpayer revolt
Column posted by John Kass (left) at Chicago Tribune - Who's the biggest loser in Toni Taxwinkle's epic pop tax fail? Taxwinkle? Or Michael Bloomberg, the New York billionaire buttinsky who wasted more than $10 million of his cash on those insulting TV spots trying to convince us that that Toni's pop tax was about public health? It wasn't about public health. It was never about health. It was all about the public's money, and Taxwinkle wanting to grab it, and Cook County taxpayers saw through this immediately..... Bloomberg lost money. But Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (aka Toni Taxwinkle) lost something else: Face. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
General Mills' Lucky Charms and Cocoa Puffs get super sweet holiday makeover - 'Tis (almost) the season to be jolly -- and very, very sweet. We've already seen the onslaught of pumpkin spice madness, but now wintry-flavored foods are starting to appear on shelves..... General Mills has just released Hot Cocoa Cocoa Puffs and a brand new version of Lucky Charms.The new cereal features marshmallows, along with the usual chocolately puffs. And we won't have to wait long to find out exactly how it tastes because it's already available at Target right now for $3 box. Read.
Lay's Debuts Its Next New Potato Chip Flavor - After months of voting, America has crowned a new Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" winner. Ellen Sarem from San Antonio, Texas is walking home a million dollars richer tonight for her "Crispy Taco" flavor idea. Sarem says tacos were the first meal she cooked for her now-fiance, and though she got off to a rough start - she forgot the cheese and salsa, oops - she has since perfected the recipe, and now it's available in chip form. Read.
Oreos: Fudge-Dipped Mini Oreos Are Hitting Stores Soon - Two years after the introduction of Oreo Thins (and a very wide range of other wacky flavors) milk's favorite cookie is switching things up again. Word on the street is that Nabisco is releasing Oreo Thin Bites, a bite-sized version of Oreo Thins that are dipped in fudge. So now you'll be able to eat even more Oreos and not feel as guilty. Foodland, a grocery store based in Hawaii, shared a photo of the brand new snack via Instagram on Monday. Read.
Organic Valley Introduces Packaging Innovation
Deli Market News - Committed to consumer satisfaction and innovation, Organic Valley announced new packaging for Organic Valley HTST pasteurized milk and Grassmilk. The first-of-its-kind half-gallon container is made from recyclable BPA-free #2 plastic and has an easy-grip design that fits with consumer preference. "We are very excited about this new packaging option that is the result of extensive consumer feedback showing their preference for containers that are easy to hold and widely recyclable," said Lewis Goldstein, Organic Valley's Vice President of Brand Marketing, in a recent press release... Read.
Paqui's Carolina Reaper Madness Chip Is Back And Hotter Than Ever
PRNewswire - Paqui Chips, part of Amplify Snack Brands, just announced the return of the world's hottest tortilla chip, the Paqui Carolina Reaper Madness. Unbelievably, this year's batch of Carolina Reaper Peppers is 25 percent hotter than last year's, meaning that Paqui just smashed its own record for the world's hottest chip. "People went absolutely crazy for the #OneChipChallenge last year, so we knew we needed to bring it back bigger and better for round two," said Jeff Day, Paqui Brand Manager. Read.
- Boston Beer Co. launches Sam '76
Foodservice / Retail    
Starbucks CEO explains how company ties together a physical store experience with digital innovation
Gears Of Biz - Over the past decade, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have gone through a massive disruption as digital tools and the internet change the way people shop. Many have seen in-store sales drop substantially, forcing closures and even company shutdowns. But Starbucks is an exception. The Seattle-based coffee giant is building 2,000 new physical stores around the globe per year and is seeing some of its highest in-store revenues ever. So what's the secret sauce? Read.
Grocery News & Trends    
It's Only Going to Get Worse for America's Grocers
Bloomberg - Just over a month after Inc. ate Whole Foods, the shakeout in the American grocery aisle keeps getting uglier. The latest sign of trouble: Private-equity giant Apollo Global Management recently tossed a $50 million lifeline to Fresh Market, the struggling high-end chain it took private only 17 months ago. It will only get worse from here, analysts say. Under Amazon, Whole Foods has been cutting prices of marquee products including organic kale and avocados -- a harbinger of the price wars to come. Among the most vulnerable are small regional chains that were facing fierce competition even before Amazon showed up. Read.
Packaging News    
Edible food wrapper created by Indonesian company
Food Dive - A dissolvable, flavorless wrapper has the potential to make enjoying convenience foods much more convenient. That is, if U.S. consumers can get over the idea that the package is made out of seaweed. The Evoware wrapping would likely appeal to consumers for two main reasons: convenience and sustainability. Instead of searching for scissors to open a Starbucks VIA packet, one could just drink the wrapper along with the coffee. In addition, shoppers who put a high value on the ecological footprint of a product would see this as a way to cut down on plastics piling up in landfills. Read.
World Report    
Canada: Yum! Brands and the changing tastes of Canada
FDF World - Yum! Brands is making its mark on Canada with extensive expansion of its KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell chains. In three exclusive interviews with these brands, we find out how this enormous success has been achieved. The US-based fast food powerhouse that is Yum! Brands is taking the industry by storm as it aggressively expands across the globe. Read.
- Canada: 7-Eleven to give consumers more nutrition information
- India: Drupe Foods India Launches Lactose-Free Vegan Milk

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