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Study: When Healthy Food Prices Rise, People Pig Out On Junk Instead
Study Finds - Public health officials, take note: when the prices of healthy food far exceeds that of junk food, consumers become significantly more likely to pig out on the bad stuff, a new study finds. Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia looked at a cross-sectional dataset of nearly 2,800 urban Americans ..... "We found that, on average, healthier perishable foods were nearly twice as expensive as unhealthy packaged foods: 60 cents vs. 31 cents per serving, respectively," says Dr. David Kern, the study's lead author, in a university release. "As the gap between neighborhood prices of healthier and unhealthier foods got wider, study participants had lower odds of having a healthier diet." Read.

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- Campbell Soup's quarterly revenue falls 2 percent
- Carrefour: New Retail for the "New Consumer"
- Chobani: How it organises for success
- Diestel Turkey Brand Comes with a Side of Antibiotics
- Hormel Foods names new supply chain leader
- Kellogg presents its vision to reduce food waste
- SodaStream launches fruit essences line in US retailers
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Nestle Is Among Potential Suitors for All or Parts of Hain Celestial Group
Yahoo Finance - Nestle SA is among companies exploring a purchase of Hain Celestial Group Inc., a U.S. maker of organic and vegetarian food, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Swiss giant seeks to expand into healthier fare. The Vevey, Switzerland-based company has held preliminary talks about purchasing all or parts of Hain Celestial, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren't public. Other companies, including U.S. food makers and buyout firms, are also interested in Hain Celestial, the people said. No decisions have been made and Hain Celestial may decide against a sale, the people said..... Nestle would benefit from Hain's U.S. distribution network, but an acquisition would be expensive at current valuations, MainFirst analyst Alain Oberhuber said in a note. "While an outcome to a deal is currently uncertain, overall we do not find Hain Celestial attractive at current multiples, and there would need to be significant sales and cost synergies to justify such a deal," he said. Read.

Mondelez Under Fire as Plaintiff's Bar Turns Up the Heat on Sugar - There are multiple holes in a new proposed class action complaint filed vs Mondelez over sugar levels in its belVita range, say attorneys. However, the recent shift away from fat to sugar as public enemy #1 has clearly emboldened the plaintiff's bar. In a lawsuit - filed in the southern district of California by the same team of attorneys that has sued Kellogg, Post, and General Mills over sugar levels in their breakfast cereals​​ - plaintiffs Patrick McMorrow and Marco Ohlin accuse Mondelez of targeting belVita products towards consumers interested in health and nutrition when they are in fact high in sugar - excessive amounts of which, they claim, are linked to everything from heart disease and type 2 diabetes, to cancers, cognitive decline and liver disease. Read.

"Many consumers have become concerned with the prevalence of added sugar in their diets and its potential health impacts. Additionally, if the upcoming launch of the new Nutrition Facts label occurs as planned, by 2020 most foods and beverages will be required to list the amount of sugar added to the product. As a result, food and beverage manufacturers have been searching for an all natural, better for you sweetener that tastes similar to sugar."
Freedonia Group analyst Christine O'Keefe, quoted at Read.
Around the Net    
Best-laid plans to give chickens room to run are shelved with USDA organics rule
Los Angeles Times - Strolling through a flock of free-roaming rust-colored hens, Christopher Nichols admits that no one truly knows whether his chickens are happier because they can strut around and wander outside. But consumers are happier, and that matters a lot to the third-generation egg farmer and a slew of other egg producers who charge a premium price for eggs bearing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ​​​organic certification, which governs not only what hens eat, but nearly everything about how they live their lives. Read.
- Top 11 Plant-Based Food Trend Predictions for 2018
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Opinion: 'I think I miss that soda pop tax'
Column posted by Sue Ontiveros at Chicago Sun-Times - The message about the health benefits of cutting back on sugar got tangled with the fact Cook County has budget woes. The real aim of the tax, skeptics said, was to shore up the county's finances. Also, people couldn't understand why artificially sweetened drinks were being taxed but not sugary coffees. The health argument felt disingenuous. But going after sugar consumption has real merits. For too long we thought fat was the enemy, but new studies have shown that it's sugar and other carbohydrates doing a number on our waistlines and health... Read.
Category Snapshot: Cinnamon    
Cinnamon May Protect Against Obesity, Research Shows
International Business Times - Cinnamon might be the secret to losing weight, according to researchers who studied how the spice interacts with fat cells. The organic compound that gives cinnamon its flavor, cinnamaldehyde, makes fat cells burn calories to create heat, a process known as thermogenesis. Harnessing the cinnamon ingredient's power to turn fat into energy could be important in fighting obesity. A study in the journal Metabolism noted that cinnamaldehyde has previously been shown to have an anti-obesity effect in mice, including in preventing hyperglycemia, which is a high blood sugar level. Read.
Commentary & Analysis    
FDA should crack down on food safety misinformation
Column posted by Val Giddings at Genetic Literacy Project - Consumers need to understand that the dominant narrative about food & feed safety in the online space has been distorted and corrupted by special interests using fear to increase the market share for their favored products despite the lack of any genuine superiority or nutritional, safety, or sustainability value added. FDA must help the public understand that today's food supply is the most abundant, safest, and least expensive in the history of humanity, and that food additives and processing have been huge positive contributors. Foods claimed to be nutritionally or environmentally superior or safer because they are "natural" or produced through organic methods are not. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Coca-Cola on North America: 'It's a big business, with big opportunity' - Building strong brands and creating customer value will help Coca-Cola continue to build on its success in its flagship North American market, says incoming president for Coca-Cola North America, Jim Dinkins. Coca-Cola's Venturing and Emerging Brands (VEB) unit will be an important part of this strategy, as it seeks to identify and nurture small, trendy brands with big, billion-dollar potential. Read.
Hormel Foods combines grocery products, speciality food arms - Hormel Foods has announced the merger of its grocery products and speciality foods divisions. The Spam canned meats and Justin's peanut butter maker suggested the move would deliver revenue and cost synergies. Jim Snee, Hormel's chairman, president and CEO, said: "The grocery products segment will be a model for strategic management of iconic brands such as the Spam family of products and Skippy peanut butter products, while also nurturing the continued growth of franchises like Wholly Guacamole dips, Muscle Milk protein products and Justin's nut butters." Read.
Seven Aims to Broaden Sparkling Water Category - While the U.S. carbonated water market continues to grow -up 70.4 percent between 2011 and 2016, according to data from market research firm Euromonitor International -- in the face of declining soft drink sales, share of the category has been increasingly divided between major players like La Croix, Talking Rain, Coke and Pepsi-affiliated brands and private label offerings. Yet that growth has given Merrick what he sees as an opportunity to bring more depth and complex flavors into the segment with the launch of Seven sparkling water... Read.
- KickBack Cold Brew Infuses Coffee With CBD
Entrepreneur Watch    
ASU alumna changing the beverage game with 'Hint' water
Arizona State University - Arizona State University alumna Kara Goldin has been taking the corporate world by storm as founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., a lifestyle consumer packaged goods company focused on pure, wholesome water. "Hint is the leading unsweetened flavored water in the U.S.," said Goldin, who launched the company in response to the growing number of unhealthy beverages with lots of sugar, diet sweeteners and other additives. "We've really helped a lot of people enjoy water and understand that even if you can't get through plain water, you can drink a product like Hint, which helps you to get off of sweeteners." Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Starbucks, other chains cater to customers who avoid dairy, gluten
USA TODAY - The milk in the Starbucks' hot chocolate drink that it unveiled Tuesday comes from a nut and not from a cow -- and that's going to be good news for its customers trying to avoid dairy. At California Pizza Kitchen, the latest pizza isn't about the topping but rather the crust, which is made from cauliflower and not wheat flour. Both are examples of how national restaurants are increasingly catering to customers with special diets. Read.
Government, Politics & Regulatory    
Feds Plan Nationwide Operation Targeting Food Service Chain Over Undocumented Workers
Daily Beast - Federal agents are planning to conduct a major worksite enforcement operation at a national food service chain in the coming weeks, according to an internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) document reviewed by The Daily Beast. The current plan is focused on employers who exploit undocumented workers by illegally paying them below the minimum wage. The operation will target locations around the country and will likely result in charges of "harboring illegal aliens," according to an ICE official. Read.
Research, Studies & Surveys    
Food cues entice consumers to overeat
Medical Xpress - The mouth-watering aroma of juicy burgers and crispy fries, and the eye-catching menu signs with delicious food pictures can tempt many hungry patrons to stop at fast-food restaurants. But these food cues, which stimulate brain activity, can nudge some customers to overeat due to increased cravings and hunger, a new University of Michigan study suggests. "Food-related cues can make people want or crave food more, but don't have as much of an impact on their liking, or the pleasure they get from eating the food," said Michelle Joyner, a U-M psychology graduate student and study's lead author. Read.
World Report    
Global brands winning with consumers: Nielsen
CampaignLive - Amidst all the talk of the threat to global brands from local or regional competitors, a new report from Nielsen suggests the big players are back in the ascendancy with consumers..... "In today's world of hyper-connectivity and globalization, consumers have a wider array of product choices than ever before," said Regan Leggett, Nielsen head of foresight and thought leadership for growth markets. "Importantly, consumers also have greater access to global brands than they have in the past, thanks to factors such as expanding distribution, ecommerce offerings, and modern trade retail channels. As a result, we're seeing a swing in preference toward the big multinationals." Read.
- Canada: Amazon and the slow death of the traditional grocery store
- Canada: Why Canada is wary of online grocery shopping

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