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If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
Woodrow Wilson

 
Leading Off  
The Anti-GMO Movement Has A Social Justice Problem
Forbes - An acronym that conjures specters like pesticides, cancer, obesity, the transformation of life forms into intellectual property, and corporate control of food and politics, GMO has become a metaphor for perceived and real flaws in our food system. But not only is the term "Genetically Modified Organism" scientifically meaningless, the movement against so-called GMOs helps perpetuate injustice, from sexism to food insecurity. These injustices aren't as obvious as they may seem--sometimes it isn't the opposition to GMOs perpetuating inequity--it's the existence of the fabricated "GMO" category itself. As a food science and agriculture geek, shopping for groceries always elicits a few eye rolls and expletives muttered under my breath. From "no artificial flavors" to "made with real sugar," buzzword labels that tell consumers nothing meaningful about nutrition, environmental impacts and safety are plastered all over our food supply. 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

- Barilla launches venture capital fund and innovation hub
- Jack Link's opens first brick-and-mortar store in Minneapolis
- PepsiCo: How Frito-Lay is making its products healthier
- Post returns to profitability in fiscal 2017
- YO! Acquires Leading North American Sushi Brand Bento Sushi
 
UK Profressor: 'Food Firms Should Better Exploit Consumer Senses of Smell, Sight, Sound and Touch'
FoodManufacture.co.uk - Food and drink firms need to better exploit consumers' senses - including smell, sight, sound and touch - in their new product development (NPD) if they are to tempt them towards new taste experiences and reformulated products, a leading pioneer of 'gastrophysics' has disclosed. Companies should be tapping into the emerging field of "senseploration"​, where people's flavour experience is investigated, according to Professor Charles Spence, head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the Department for Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. "It can't be just about what's on the plate, it's got to be the total experience,"​ said Spence..... While senseploration is being increasingly used by restaurants - changing colours, background music and tactile experiences to alter the perception of the food and drink being consumed - opportunities also exist for its use in retail, said Spence. Read.

Walmart is Creating Totally New Kinds of Food in a Secret Laboratory to Compete with Amazon
Business Insider - Walmart is creating new fruits and vegetables to better compete with Amazon. The retailer has invented a cantaloupe called Sweet Spark that stays sweet year-round, tomatoes that can ship long distances without rotting, and a yellow-skinned watermelon with a consistently "unbelievable" flavor, NPR's Julia Dewitt reports. The fruits and vegetables are grown from seeds in a "secret" laboratory at Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, according to NPR's report. Walmart has also experimented with new food pairings in the lab, including birthday cake flavored oatmeal and fruit punch flavored pickles, which the company named Tropickles. Read.

Clearing Up the Confusion About Salt
New York Times - If you're confused about salt, I'm not surprised. There's been a steady back-and-forth on claims that reducing dietary sodium (which represents 40 percent of the salt molecule) is crucial to our well-being, countered by claims that following this advice can sometimes be a health hazard. While some studies have concluded that only people with hypertension on high-salt diets need to reduce salt intake, the overwhelming strength of scientific findings bolsters advice from major health organizations that most Americans should cut back on sodium for the sake of their health. Excess sodium is responsible for most cases of hypertension in Western societies, and hypertension is a leading risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. Read.
 
Around the Net    
 
5 Brands Shaking Up the Grocery Industry by Changing What We Choose to Eat and How We Buy Food
Adweek - In June, Chai Mishra launched Movebutter, a small online grocery store with 300 products that promised shoppers more curated and high-quality choices than major grocery stores, which stock as many as 50,000. A month and a half later, the company had a waiting list of 120,000 people who wanted to place orders on its website. Movebutter is one of dozens of grocery and food brands aiming to grab their own chunk of the $627 billion Americans spent last year on groceries, per YouGov. Online grocers accounted for $12 billion of those sales, and 27 percent of U.S. adults said they've shopped from an online supermarket... Read.
 
- Big Food's Big Climate Cost
 
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
 
Sugary drinks linked to reduced DNA protection in Latino preschoolers
Medical Xpress - Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by children between 2 and 3 years of age has been linked to shorter telomeres in a new, preliminary study by researchers from UC San Francisco. The study raises concerns, the researchers say, that if this early-life exposure affects the length of telomeres--the protective end caps for DNA within cells' chromosomes--it may also affect risk for chronic illnesses later in life. Read.
 
- Could marijuana cause the beer industry's buzz to wane?
- Poll shows more than half of Arizonans would support tax on soda
- Sugar Sweetened Drinks Fall in Popularity
 
Category Snapshot: Fruit     
 
Why you love Honeycrisp apples, hate Red Delicious
Wisconsin State Farmer - Ask any American to name their favorite kind of apple and the answer is likely to come quickly and with capital letters. Maybe Granny Smith or Fuji. Perhaps a hipper Pink Lady or even a SnapDragon. Pose the same question about, say, bananas and you might get a, "Um, yellow?" in response. The lunchbox staple, as all-American as the pie that bears its name, is more than a simple fruit. It's a marketing marvel, the result of a decades-long campaign to transform preferences with the goal of making money grow on trees. Read.
 
- Designer fruit is the future
 
Category Snapshot: Snack Foods     
 
New snacks bring plant-based trend to the center of the store
SmartBrief - A desire to eat more fruits, vegetables and other plant-based foods has been driving US consumers to shop the perimeter of the store in search of fresh options, but a growing category of packaged snacks is bringing the trend to the center aisles. Food brands are introducing new packaged crackers, chips and other snacks with a focus on nutrition and helping shoppers increase their plant intake. Consumers' efforts to eat more vegetables are driven by several factors, including the superior sustainability of plant-based foods over animal proteins and the health benefits of a plant-forward diet... Read.
 
Commentary & Analysis    
 
The Coke or Pepsi debate continues
Column posted by Dwight Williamson at Williamson Daily News - Although Pepsi was originally introduced as "Brad's Drink" when it was created in 1893 at a North Carolina drug store, Coke was invented at a Georgia drug store by yet another pharmacist in 1886 and was incorporated as the Coca-Cola Company in 1892. Both Pepsi and Coca-Cola originally sold only the syrup concentrate, which was sold to various bottling companies in North America. Nearly all individually owned bottling companies, including Pepsi and Coke in Logan, were eventually sold to the giant corporations. Read.
 
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
 
SlimFast Launches New Advanced Energy Shakes and Smoothie Mix
PRNewswire - Famous for its easy-to-follow diet plan, and for helping millions of Americans lose weight and keep it off for the past 40 years, SlimFast will introduce Advanced Energy with a new exciting TV commercial. New SlimFast Advanced Energy, with its creamy texture and energy-boosting punch, contains as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and packs in 20g of protein, 24 vitamins and minerals, and 5g of fiber. With only 1g of sugar and 1 net carb, dieters will be delighted with a choice of delicious flavors like Mocha Cappuccino, Caramel Latte, Vanilla, and Rich Chocolate. Read.
 
Tyson Foods to Expand Chicken Production in Tennessee
Nasdaq - Tyson Foods has accepted the invitation of city, county and state leaders to build a new chicken production complex in the City of Humboldt, which is part of Gibson County in western Tennessee..... The $300 million project is expected to create more than 1,500 local jobs once the new complex begins operations in late 2019 and will help the company meet strong consumer demand for its chicken. Read.
 
- Green Cuisine Recalls Poultry Products
 
Consumer Culture, News & Trends    
 
Survey: More people are opting for Thanksgiving take-out, restaurant dinners
PhillyVoice.com - As more and more restaurants and grocery stores offer alternative Thanksgiving options, some consumers are gravitating toward nixing the traditional home-cooked Thanksgiving feast in return for something less time consuming and panic-inducing. In the Philadelphia area alone, dozens of restaurants are offering dine in and dine out Thanksgiving packages, from smoked Fette Sau turkey to carry away feasts at Whole Foods. Read.
 
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
 
New Ways for Restaurants to Thrive in the Mall Food Court
QSR magazine (press release) - For many of us, the food court was the first place to go in a mall. Right in the middle of bustling big box anchors and niche stores filled with everything from menswear to kids' toys, the cool kids gathered in an epicenter of quick-service restaurants to see and be seen. Today, those fast times at Ridgemont High have slowed to a crawl as the built-in foot traffic dwindles... Read.
 
- California Tortilla Inks Deal to Debut in North Carolina
Product Reviews    
 
We tried Oreo-flavored candy canes ... and they don't taste like Oreos
Review posted by Tracy Saelinger at Today.com - There's no shortage of wacky Oreo flavors on the market. But maybe the snack giant is out of cookie flavors (for now) because they're moving into the candy cane market this holiday season. Not to be confused with candy-cane flavored Oreo cookies (yes, those exist), these are actual striped candy canes, that supposedly taste like the cookies and cream flavor of an original cookie. In the name of research, I broke with my pre-Thanksgiving detox to give them a try. Read.
 
World Report    
 
Canada: Loblaw the latest to experience the 'Amazon effect'
The Globe and Mail - Loblaw is the latest grocer to commit to offering home delivery. Starting in December, the No. 1 food retailer in Canada is looking at deploying this strategy from coast to coast. It intends to deliver food at home, for a fee of course - an ambitious plan indeed. After spending millions of dollars making many of its stores into cathedrals of food, such as Maple Leaf Gardens, serving up President's Choice in people's homes now seems to be good enough. But, basically, Loblaw is just the latest grocer to realize that the socioeconomic fundamentals that have supported large big-box stores are weakening rapidly. Read.
 
India: Pepsi to introduce cola in glass bottles that don't need to be returned
Livemint - After shifting its focus to healthier products, PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd has turned to a healthier option in packaging. The local arm of American food and beverages company PepsiCo Inc. has introduced non-returnable glass bottle with a twist-and-turn cap for Pepsi Black, a zero-calorie carbonated beverage. This is first time a carbonated beverage maker is selling cola in glass bottles that consumers do not need to return at the point of sale. Read.
 
- China: Alibaba takes $2.9 billion stake in food retailer
- India: Coke to launch first variant of Thums Up in 4 decades
- Philippines: For some, 'sweet tax' leaves sour aftertaste
- UK: Why celebrity names stack up in the restaurant business

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