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Playing it safe is the riskiest choice we can ever make.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

 
Leading Off  
Hormel Foods to buy deli meat maker Columbus for $850m
DigitalLook - Hormel Foods has agreed to buy deli meat and salami company Columbus Manufacturing for around $850m..... President and chief executive officer Jim Snee said: "We are pleased to add Columbus to the Hormel Foods family. Columbus has an outstanding reputation in the food industry and is well-positioned in the advantaged retail deli category. Columbus is capitalising on one of the fastest-growing areas in the retail grocery store with premium, authentic products that are on-trend with today's consumers who are looking for unique experiences, flavours, and products... The acquisition of Columbus will serve as a catalyst for uniting all our deli businesses into one customer-facing organisation..." Read.


Companies
& Brands on Twitter
   
7--Eleven
AB InBev
Amys Kitchen
Annies Homegrown
Applegate
Arbys
Azteca Foods
Baked by Melissa
Barry Callebaut
Ben & Jerrys
Betty Crocker
Beyond Meat
Blakes All Natural
Blue Bell
Blue Bunny
Bolthouse Farms
Bosco
Brown-Forman
Burger King
Campbell soup Co. 

Cheesecake Factory
Chick-fil-A
Chipotle
Chiquita Brands
Chobani
Churchs Chicken
Coca-Cola Co. 
Coffee-mate
ConAgra Foods
Cott Beverages
CowWow Cereal Milk
Dairy Queen
Dannon Co. 
Dasani
Dean Foods
Dennys
Diageo
Diamond Foods
Dr Pepper snapple
Dunkin Donuts
EVOL Foods
Fage UsA
Fatburger
Five Guys
Flowers Foods
Foster Farms
Frito-Lay
Garden Fresh
   Gourment
General Mills
Good Humor
Gortons
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

Johnsonville
Just Born Inc. 
Kashi Foods
Kellogg Co. 
KFC
Kona Red
Kraft Heinz Co. 
Kroger
M&M Brands
McCormick spices
McDonalds
Michael Foods
Mondelez Intl
Moosehead Breweries
Mountain Dew
Nestle
Nestle UsA
Noodles & Co. 
Oreo
Orville Redenbacher
Panera Bread
PEEPs Brand
Pepperidge Farm
Pepsi
PepsiCo
Pilgrims Pride
Pillsbury
Pinnacle Foods
Pizza Hut
POM Wonderful
Popeyes Chicken
Reddi-wip
Reeses PB Cups
Republic of Tea
Rudis Organic
     Bakery
sABMiller
safeway
sams Club
schwans
shake shack
smithfield Foods
sonic Drive-In
soupure
starbucks Coffee
subway
Taco Bell
Talking Rain
Target stores
Tofurky
Twix
Tyson Foods
Unilever
Walmart

Walmart Labs
Wegmans
Wendys
Whataburger
White Castle
WhiteWave Foods
Whole Foods
YUM Brands

Twitter--
Informational


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

Rudd Center
Technomic
The Packer
TrendHunter
UsDA Food safety
ZenithOptimedia

Company & Name--Brand
Websites   

7-Eleven stores
AB InBev
Active Health Foods
American Crystal
   sugar
Aquafina
Amys Kitchen
Azteca Foods
Ben & Jerrys
Bimbo Bakeries UsA
Borden Dairy
Bosco Products
Brown--Forman Corp
Burger King Corp. 
Campbell soup
Cheesecake Factory
Chick-fil-A
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
Darigold
Dasani
Dean Foods
Decas Cranberry
   Products

Del Monte Foods
Diamond Foods
Dole Food Co. 
Dominos Pizza
Dr Pepper
Dr Pepper snapple
   Group
El Pollo Loco
Farbest
Flowers Foods
Fortune Brands
Foster Farms
Freebird Chicken
Fresh Express
Frito-Lay
Fuddruckers
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
KFC
Kona Red
Kraft Foods
Kroger Co. 
Land OLakes
Lays Brand
Leprino Foods
Little Caesars
Long Horn
   steakhouse
Long John silvers
McCain Foods
McCormick & Co. 
McDonalds Corp
McKee Foods
Malt-O-Meal
Maple Leaf Foods
Mars Inc. 
Meals to Heal
Michael Foods
Miller Lite
MillerCoors
Moes southwest
   Grill
Mom Brands
Monster Energy
Mountain Dew
Nabisco World
National Chicken
   Council
National Restaurant
   Assn. 
Nestle sA
Nestle UsA
Ocean spray
Ole Mexican Foods
Oreo
Original soupMan
Orville
    
Redenbachers

Parmalat Canada
PepsiCo
Perdue Farms
Perkins Restaurants
Pilgrims Pride Corp. 
Pinnacle Foods
Post Foods
Pringles
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
     
Butter

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
Vitaminwater
Walmart stores
Wegmans
Welchs
Wells Enterprises
Wendys Intl
WhiteWave Foods
Whole Foods
Yoplait
YUM! Brands

Flavors & Ingredients
suppliers
  

Agilex Flavors &
   
Fragrances

Allen Flavors
Aromatech Intl
Bell Flavors &
   
Fragrances

Bickford Flavors
Blue Pacific Flavors
Blue star Flavors
Carmi Flavor and
   
Fragrance Co. 

Comax Flavors
D.D. Williamson
David Michael & Co
Edlong Dairy
   
Technologies

Farbest
Firmenich
Flavor Dynamics
Flavor Infusion
Flavor systems Intl
Flavorchem
Fleurchem
FONA International
Fontana Flavors
Frutarom
Gamay Flavors
Givaudan Flavors
GLCC Flavors
Gold Coast
   
Ingredients

Gum Technology
H.B. Taylor Co
Hagelin Flavor
   
Technologies

Innova Flavors
Intl Flavors &
   
Fragrances (IFF)

International Food
   Products (IFPC)
Kalsec Inc
Kikkoman UsA
McCormick & Co. 
Mane Inc. 
Mission Flavors &
   
Fragrances

Monsanto Co. 
Mother Murphys

National Flavors
National Fruit Flavor
Natural Flavors Inc

Newly Weds Foods

Nu-Tek Food
   science

Ottens Flavors
Penford Corp. 
Prinova UsA
Proliant Meat
   
Ingredients

Rhodia
Robertet
sargento Food
   
Ingredients

senomyx
sensient Colors
sensient Flavors
Sethness Co.
solazyme
summit Hill Flavors
symrise
synergy Flavors
T. Hasegawa UsA
Takasago
Target Flavors
Treatt
Ungerer & Co. 
Virginia Dare

Watson Inc.

Weber Flavors

WILD Flavors

- Coca-Cola North America completes refranchising initiative
- Kellogg records surprise sales rise thanks to frozen food unit
- McDonald's is bringing back the McRib
- Mondelez profit tops expectations
- Starbucks in hot water over California's toxic warning law
- Subway taps former PepsiCo exec as new CSR lead
 
US Moves to Revoke Claim that Soy Protein Protects the Heart
"The move comes nearly a decade after the FDA announced its intent to reevaluate the scientific evidence for certain health claims, including the one that soy protein may lower the risk of heart disease..."
CNBC
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a rule revoking the right of companies to say soy protein protects the heart, while potentially allowing a more circumspect health claim. The agency, which to date has never revoked a health claim, said studies published since it authorized the soy protein claim in 1999 had shown inconsistent results. "Our review of that evidence has led us to conclude that the relationship between soy protein and heart disease does not meet the rigorous standard for an FDA-authorized health claim," the agency said in a statement. The FDA said that if its proposed rule is finalized, it would consider allowing the use of a qualified health claim, which requires a lower scientific standard of evidence than an authorized claim. Read.

How Mars and Walmart Illustrate the Future of Sustainability
GreenBiz - Sustainability carries a lot of buzz these days, whether you're talking about choices in food, business plans or personal lifestyles. But when Mars Inc. uncovered a troubling flaw in its supply chain, sustainability became an imperative for the brand. In September, the global food manufacturer overhauled its business operations, vowing to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and improve employee working conditions. CEO Grant F. Reid said he anticipates a long, bright future for his company, but only if it puts sustainability at the core of its business ethos. "The only way that will happen is if we do things differently to ensure that the planet is healthy and all people in our extended supply chains have the opportunity to thrive," he said. Read.

Food And Drink Trends That Will Define 2018
The Daily Star - Transparency and traceability, new taste sensations and self-care are among some of the food trends predicted to make headlines in 2018, according to analysts at market research group Mintel..... In an effort to up the ante in an ever-competitive industry, food and beverage manufacturers will be adding surprising multi-sensory experiences to their products, be it chewy beverages to ice cream with crispy chunks. Earlier this year, US consumers saw the limited-edition launch of "Firework Oreos" made with popping candy in the sweet cream filling. "In 2018, the sound, feel, and satisfaction that texture provides will become more important to companies and consumers alike," says Mintel. Read.
 
Around the Net    
 
Eating bugs can help the environment. So how do we get past the ick factor?
Washington Post - Will people eat insects? They're not exactly the new kale, but insects are definitely having a moment aboveground. Insect protein is catching the attention of environmentally minded consumers because it treads more lightly on the planet than protein from the animals we're more accustomed to eating -- cows and pigs and chickens. Tally up the feed required, water used or greenhouse gases emitted, and insects look better than a lot of other protein sources (although there is, naturally, some disagreement about the extent of the advantage). But no matter how green insects are, there are some obstacles to getting Americans to eat them. Read.
 
- Expert Group Predicts Top 10 Food Trends for 2018
- Why do so many of us hate black licorice?
 
Category Snapshot: Frozen Foods    
 
Frozen Food Sales on the Upswing
Convenience Store Decisions - Acosta's 2017 insights show 43% of Millennials are shopping frozen more frequently. While fresh remains a huge trend, frozen meal options provide quick dinner solutions and convenient lunches, especially for the time-starved, convenience-minded Millennial generation. From frozen desserts to appetizers and meals, the frozen section in U.S. grocery and c-stores have the ability to be a one-stop shop for consumers on the go. Twenty-six percent of total U.S. grocery shoppers are shopping in the frozen foods department more frequently than last year, and it's being led by Millennials and households with children, according to Acosta... Read.
 
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
 
McCormick's recipe for packaging that's more sustainable
Packaging Digest - Mike Okoroafor, vp, global sustainability & packaging innovation, discusses the key ingredients of McCormick & Company's sustainable packaging projects..... "Packaging is a key priority for McCormick. It plays a crucial role in helping us prevent food waste, guaranteeing our high-quality standards and informing our consumers. It also helps us curb our resource and carbon footprint and contributes to other important objectives on our sustainability agenda, such as the elimination of BPA (bisphenol-A) from all of our packaging by the end of 2018..." Read.
 
Mars: How M&M's Comes Up With New Flavors
Food & Wine - Tons of new candy gets released on Halloween--candy corn, caramel apple pops, and fun-sized candy bars that you can give out on to kids while they're trick-or-treating--but Mars Chocolate, which produces M&M's, is one of the few companies that continues to comes up with the most creative fall and winter flavors every year..... So how do they do it? TJ Kanaris, the Seasonal Marketing Director at Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., spoke with Food & Wine about how he and his team come with new M&M's flavors for the holiday season. Read.
 
"We are committed to providing our consumers with food choices that meet their nutrition, well-being, and lifestyle needs. Working together with the [Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA)], we can advance our shared goal of bringing more plant-based foods to consumers."
Ed Carolan, Campbell Fresh president... Read.
 
- Califia Farms cutting back the sugar content across product portfolio
- Long Island Iced Tea Continues International Expansion
 
Consumer Culture, News & Trends    
 
Consumers See 'Organic' and 'non-GM' Food Labels as Synonymous
AgNet West - A study by Florida State University shows consumers regularly mix up food labels. Florida State University's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences says consumers mix up foods labeled "organic" and "non-genetically modified" and some view the two labels as the same..... In the study, when consumers looked at packages of granola bars labeled "non-GMO Project," they were willing to spend 35 cents more than for the boxes that had text that read, "contains genetically engineered ingredients." Read.
 
- Why Americans have stopped eating leftovers
 
Entrepreneur Watch    
 
Food-niche startup targets digestive problem sufferers
The Philadelphia Tribune - A West Chester startup is providing healthier options for people suffering from food and related digestive issues. Dr. Onikepe Adegbola, a physician and former pharmaceutical executive, has launched Casa de Sante, a line of products geared toward people who are on a low FODMAP diet..... Adegbola started her business after she realized that people on the FODMAP diet faced difficulty in finding products to meet their dietary needs. Read.
 
Food Retail    
 
Grocers of the future: Room enough for both Amazon and Aldi
YouGov US - Retail revenue, particularly for food, has increased by as much as 86% between 1992 ($337 billion) and 2016 ($627 billion). Data from YouGov Profiles reveals that retailers like Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, Costco, and Sam's Club make up 40% of the market share, but competition is tight between these giants. Consumer still prefer these brick-and-mortar stores to online grocers, which brought in only $12 billion of $627 billion grocery sales revenue last year. Read.
 
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
 
Restaurant operators face an ever-tougher battle for both share of wallet
GlobeNewswire (press release) - Restaurants around the world are fighting not just a share-of-plate battle with each other but are increasingly losing the share-of-wallet battle to non-foodservice competition. At the same time, while many consumers say they plan to dine out more often in the coming year, most are adamant they don't intend to spend more for their meals. Away from the tables, an overwhelming majority of diners say restaurant chains must offer more delivery options, with a significant number ready to put their faith in so-called "virtual restaurants." Read.
Product Reviews    
 
Reese's 'Outrageous' New Candy Bar Comes Stuffed With Reese's Pieces
Product Review posted by Tony Merevick at Thrillist - While it's probably safe to say that nothing will ever beat the original Reese's Peanut Butter Cup's time-tested marriage of peanut butter and chocolate, that hasn't stopped the iconic candy brand from introducing new flavors and concepts in recent years. Now, the company is unleashing an all-new creation that could very well come close: Reese's Outrageous Bars..... So what makes it so damn outrageous? Well, for one, it's nothing like your typical Reese's cup: Each bar is made with a creamy peanut butter center that's surrounded by layers of Reese's Pieces and caramel, then covered in milk chocolate. Basically, it's a wild combination of flavors and textures. Read.
 
World Report    
 
Australia: Are we being conned by cans?
Daily Mail - When you buy a 420 gram can of sweetcorn, you're purchasing 420 grams of sweetcorn, right? Wrong. In fact, what with the net weight displayed on the front of popular cans including the weight of their liquids as well as their food weight, it can be that you're only getting half of what is advertised on the packet. Australian consumer watchdog, Choice Australia, took a look at how much food you're getting in your tinned food - to find out whether we're being conned by cans. Read.
 
China: Research Show Spicy Foods Trick the Brain to Use Less Salt
Live Science - Fans of spicy foods might be doing their hearts a favor by adding more heat to their meals, a new study from China suggests. Researchers found that people in China who enjoyed spicy foods the most tended to eat less salt and have lower blood pressure than those who enjoyed spicy foods the least, according to the study. And the link between spicy and salty foods could be traced all the way to the brain. [9 New Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy]... Read.
 
India: Pepsico unveils vitamin-fortified water Aquafina Vitamin Splash
fnbnews.com - PepsiCo India today announced its foray into the vitamin-fortified water category with the launch of Aquafina Vitamin Splash. This is the first ever vitamin fortified water from the beverage major in India. The introduction of Aquafina Vitamin Splash marks yet another milestone in the company's effort to increase the availability of convenient, affordable and enjoyable nutrition. Read.
 
- Canada: Canadian sues over wines labelled 'Product of Israel'
- India: Kellogg India Launches Chocos Fills
- New Zealand: Coca-Cola preparing for potential sugar tax

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