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A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
Duke Ellington

Leading Off  
Halloween-scary is a year-round pursuit for the anti-soda, anti-sugar crowd... In fact, one of the headlines in one of today's stories claims two cans of Coke a week can "Kill You".... KILL YOU! ... Two measly cans of soda a week (that's right, not each day, but each week) and you are at risk of checking out Please, stop it with the endless stream of death threats associated with everything from soda to cereal to ice cream and candy. And meat... and, well, unless you have some weird twenty-four-seven craving for kale or other green stuff, you are told your desire for tasty, carb-laden foods and beverages is a one-way ticket to the graveyard. I've always said it, and I'll stick to it: you can consume just about anything in moderation (to me, two cans of soda a week is moderation)... These clowns who are trying to shove bugs down our throats and other vegan options can't seem to do it on the merits, so they push their agenda by degrading the foods and beverages the rest of us are consuming. It ain't working!

& 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

- Amazon ends its Fresh service in some areas
- Coca-Cola Not Ready to Ditch Sugar Completely
- HEB pilots hybrid grocery delivery model
- Mars fnalizes acquisition of Preferred Brands International
- Nestle CEO: "For us, food safety is not negotiable"
- Ocean Spray trying to shield cranberries from the sugar war
- PepsiCo taps conference attendees for 'active and intelligent' ideas
Packaging's Role in the Changing Food Landscape
"People are still making purchasing decisions by looking at the packaging, whether they're looking at food in the store on the shelf or shopping online"
Meat & Poultry - Dr. John Stanton, professor of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph's Univ. in Philadelphia, has been working in the food marketing industry for 40 years. During those 40 years, there have been a lot of changes in the food landscape -- but Stanton feels the most change has occurred in the past five years. "There are so many more channels of distribution now," he says. "There's more impact from social media. More technology. There are so many ways to communicate with and sell to consumers today."..... Stanton explained that one of the biggest changes that the food industry has to contend with today is the changes in family households. Three groups are affecting the food landscape today are:
-- The sandwich generation -- adults that are both taking care of their parents and taking care of their kids and the same time;
-- Boomerang kids -- adults that are going back to live with their parents later in life; and
-- Millennials.
"Millennials behave differently, shop differently and eat differently," Stanton explained. Read.

Starbucks To Sell Tazo Tea Brand To Unilever For $384 Million
Forbes - Starbucks may be shuttering its Teavana stores, but it hasn't given up on the brand. On the contrary, it's counting on Teavana to be its primary vessel for tea sales: the coffee giant announced Thursday that it is selling its Tazo tea business to Unilever for nearly $400 million. Unilever, the consumer products behemoth behind brands like Ben & Jerry's, Lipton, Pure Leaf and more, has agreed to buy the Tazo brand and its related recipes, intellectual property and inventory from Starbucks for $384 million. For Starbucks, which acquired Tazo in 1999 for $8.1 million, the deal marks a more-than 47-times return on investment. While Tazo has logged $112 million in sales over the last twelve months, Starbucks believes that it will be better-served by focusing on further developing the Teavana business. Read.

Researchers: Just Two Cans of Coke a Week Could Kill You 'Hiking Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
The Sun - Drinking just two cans of fizzy drink a week increases your risk of deadly heart disease and stroke. Your favourite pop is also driving up your risk of diabetes. The sugar-laden drinks have long been known to cause obesity, which is linked to an array of different health problems. And now new research suggests drinking just one 330ml can of soft drink can cause your blood pressure to spike as many of them contain 14 more grams than your daily recommended sugar intake. Experts have discovered that sugar-sweetened drinks are linked to a metabolic syndrome - a cluster of risk factors that raise your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes... Read.
Around the Net    
Is 'Natural Flavor' Healthier Than 'Artificial Flavor'?
WABE 90.1 FM - When consumers see "natural flavor" on a beverage label, they shouldn't assume that someone is zesting oranges into their bottle... Even though natural flavor must come from natural sources, it need not all come from the plant or meat whose flavor is being mimicked. For example, orange flavor might contain not only orange extract, but also extracts from bark and grass. So if companies are trying to approximate flavors like orange, why not just use oranges? The answer comes down to availability, cost and flexibility, according to flavor chemist Gary Reineccius, of the University of Minnesota. Read.
Just Using the Word 'Snack' Can Make You Fat - It's no secret that Americans often overeat and, whether we want to admit it or not, food marketing plays a major role. Now a new study reveals that just seeing the word "snack" on a food label may lead consumers to eat more. In a small study published in the journal Appetite, researchers from the University of Surrey studied how eating behavior is influenced when food is presented using the word snack or meal. Read.
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Berry is top choice in flavored water - Bottled water volume sales are seeing continued strong growth, driven by consumers' search for alternatives to sugary drinks. And these trends are benefiting the flavored water category, according to Comax Flavors. This year the company surveyed 500 people between the ages of 18 and 70 to find out more about attitudes to flavored water..... According to the survey, berry was found to be the most consumed flavored water flavor preferred by 60% of baby boomers, 59% of Gen Z, and 57% of Gen Y. Read.
Category Snapshot: Organic Foods    
Organic is mainstream but misunderstood
The Packer - There's no doubt organic food has a health halo, as organic produce sales grow each year, but consumers may not know why they're buying it. A new study shows consumers see organic and non-GMO labels as interchangeable, which isn't really a good thing. The study's authors surveyed more than 1,000 consumers about what they would pay for a pack of granola bars or a pound of apples based on their labels. Read.
That Organic Chicken On Your Plate: Did It Really Get To Walk Outside?
BuzzFeed News - What does it mean to be an organic chicken? The US Department of Agriculture and organic food advocates are locked in a fierce battle over just what "organic" means, specifically with regard to poultry welfare. How much living space should organic chickens be entitled to? How much access should they have to the outdoors? While rules established in the twilight of the Obama administration would make life nicer for chickens raised organically -- giving them more elbow room and time in the sun -- the Trump administration has delayed implementation of these rules, perhaps indefinitely. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Nestle Acquires Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee - Founded in 2010, Austin-based Chameleon is now the top organic cold brew brand in the US, and one of the top three refrigerated cold brew brands in the US. It was named as one of the top 25 most innovative brands by CircleUp​​ last year, as well as one of the top 10 F&B companies in Inc. magazine's 2016 list of the fastest-growing US companies..... The acquisition will allow Nestle to expand in the growing cold-brew coffee category; while providing Chameleon with a bigger platform for its products. Read.
- Paragon Foods recalls bagged broccoli florets
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Bojangles' to Test Delivery, Ramp Up Value Focus
QSR magazine (press release) - "Consumer spending remains soft, and it appears those with lower household incomes have been impacted more than others. The competition from convenience and grocery store is still a concern for many," president and CEO Clifton Rutledge said during a conference call Wednesday. "Consumers are staying at home more and using delivery. And of course, aggressive deep discounting from larger national brands with significant greater marketing budgets continues to attract consumers away from small, regional players." Read.
- Church's Chicken Announces Several Leadership Promotions
- Pinkberry Launches New Pecan Pie Holiday Flavor
Product Reviews    
We tasted Pepsi's new Salted Caramel soda so you don't have to - When it comes to unusual foods, there's no shortage of new products on the market for adventurous consumers to try. We've seen everything from wasabi-flavored Doritos to a quesadilla filled with melted Kit Kats from Taco Bell. Now, Pepsi is getting into the flavor-mashup game with a new soda that combines the ever-popular combination of salty and sweet: Salted Caramel..... Reactions varied, but a consensus was eventually reached: It's surprisingly drinkable but it didn't knock our socks off. Read.
World Report    
Japan: Birthstone Kit Kats Coming Soon
Food & Wine - Every flavor will feature a little drop of chocolate garnished with a little edible gemstone.....
You've already picked cooked meals based on your astrological sign--now it's time to eat Kit Kats based on your birthstone. Kit Kat is going to be rolling out its line of "edible birthstones" in Japan this year, releasing one every month. This month, they released the first, inspired by topaz for November: a chestnut flavor with a bit of amber-colored decoration. Read.
Pakistan: Interview with Krista Pilot, VP Pepsico
Business Recorder (press release) (blog) - BR Research recently sat down with Krista Pilot, Vice President, Corporate Affairs for PepsiCo Asia Middle East & North Africa, where she is responsible for media, consumer and public relations as well as internal and crisis communications... "Pakistan is one of the top markets in the PepsiCo world in terms of volume; so for us there is enormous potential. We have more than 15,000 employees here across our entire system, which includes our franchise bottlers as well as our company owned snacks business..." Read.
- China: Smithfield Foods Expands Into China
- UK: Nearly half of British foods contain pesticide residue

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