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Hugh Macleod

Leading Off  
Should PepsiCo Buy This Beaten-Down Company?
PepsiCo may have competition for Hain Celestial Group. Speculated acquirers include Kraft Heinz, Nestle, Pinnacle Foods and General Mills
Motley Fool
- Don't let PepsiCo's name fool you: Although the company shares the eponym of its namesake beverage, PepsiCo can best be thought of as a food and beverages conglomerate. In fact, the company reported that the majority of net sales -- 52% -- came from its food segment last year, with beverages taking the rest. This diversification has allowed PepsiCo to outperform Coca-Cola -- mostly a pure-play soft-drink company -- over the last five years. Pepsi's strategy makes sense considering its history. The modern-day PepsiCo was formed from a merger of then Pepsi-Cola and the Frito Lay Company. Since then, the company has continued to acquire food and beverage companies to augment growth and to strengthen its competitive position. The next acquisition should be Hain Celestial Group... Read.

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AB InBev
Amys Kitchen
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Azteca Foods
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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
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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
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Walmart Labs
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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 &
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International Food
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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

- Amy's Kitchen turns 30. What's next?
- Chobani president on why fat is back
- Frito-Lay bites down on building healthier chips
- Peel & Spice to launch non-alcoholic healthy drink alternatives
- Starbucks Releases a Juniper Latte with Mandarins
- Walmart closing in on Amazon in price war: Report
Trendologists: An Uncertain Future May Mean More Comfort Food
Food Dive/foodnavigator-usa.com - Trendologists with Andrew Freeman & Co. predict that Americans shaken by natural disasters, unpredictable politicians and an uncertain economy will take solace in comfort food next year as a way to escape from reality. Freeman said during a recent online presentation reported on by Food Navigator that shopping habits are changing in response to all the upheaval that occurred in 2017. Consumers who are stressed out will choose nostalgic foods that remind them of a simpler time, he said. Making a comeback are what used to be considered kids' foods such as macaroni and cheese, pizza and chicken nuggets, along with Pop Rocks, Cheetos, Fruity Pebbles, cookie dough and gummy bears, Freeman said in the presentation. But despite all the chaos and uncertainty of today, U.S. consumers have become more educated about healthy foods, Freeman noted..... "Everyone is feeling a little unsure"​ about the economy, the political landscape and future of America given all the upheaval of 2017, and that is reflected in consumers' changing shopping habits, Andrew Freeman, the restaurant and hospitality consultancy's founder, said during a recent presentation online. Read.

New Study Finds that 19% of Sales Are Driven by Consumer Conversations Taking Place Offline and Online
Digital Journal - A new study released today by Engagement Labs, found that an estimated 19 percent of consumer sales are driven by offline and online social conversations. The study, conducted in conjunction with Koen Pauwels, Professor of Marketing at Northeastern University and BI Oslo, found that between $7-10 trillion in annual consumer spending is motivated by consumer conversation. In the most comprehensive study to date on word-of-mouth conversations, online social media made up half of the measured social contribution to sales, while offline word-of-mouth contributed the other half. This means that 10 percent of consumer sales are attributed to word of mouth and nine percent to social media. Previous studies estimated a smaller sales impact through the word of mouth and social media channels. Read.

"We must be more agile, get things to market quicker ... test (and) learn. If they don't work, they don't work. Move on. If they do (work), take them to the next stage..... If we're not curious about how the consumer is changing, if we're not curious about the customer's strategy on how they create value, we're not going to come up with the right ideas. It's no point just being curious on your own. If you're not bringing in divergent ideas, if you're not looking out across the broad world of Coke, where something is probably already being done that you need, then you're missing a chance..."
James Quincey, president and chief executive officer, Coca-Cola Co., quoted at foodbusinessnews.net. Read.

- Cards Against Humanity Sold Trump-Hating Potato Chips at Target
- Food company departures at GMA may signal splintering within trade group
- Sugar industry suppressed health effects study 50 years ago
Around the Net    
Scientists create new alcohol called 'sachi' from Tofu whey
The Drinks Business - Vast amounts of tofu are consumed throughout Asia producing large amounts of whey -- a bi-product of its production. When discarded as untreated waste, whey adds to environmental pollution as the protein and soluble sugars in it contribute to oxygen depletion in waterways. However associate professor Liu Shao Quan and PhD student Mr Chua Jian Yong, from the National University of Singapore (NUS), have successfully found a way of turning this waste into a new alcoholic beverage -- sachi -- which means 'bliss'. Read.
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Is Coffee Good for Your Health?
NACS Online - Coffee, one of the most common beverages consumed worldwide, and the top hot beverage sold at convenience stores, may have positive benefits on your health, according to a study published in The BMJ British medical journal. USA Today writes that the researchers looked at more than 200 previous studies and linked coffee consumption to lower risk of premature death, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, depression, dementia, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and liver disease. Read.
Commentary & Analysis    
Ben and Jerry's vs. Glyphosate: Moving on from the Toxic Relationship
Blog posted by Heaven Bassett at Unsafe Foods - Oh, Ben and Jerry; a staple of life. From breakups to movie nights, childhood memories to sweet-tooth binges, the good old Ben and Jerry tubs have escorted us through life's pitfalls and triumphs. It takes a lot to make a lasting relationship work; whether it be a marriage or the connection between consumer and frozen treats. It takes smart decisions, the willingness to accept and correct mistakes, and a constant ability to grow and rebrand. That's Ben and Jerry's niche, and they are at it again with the removal of Glyphosate. What do I mean "again"? And, Glypho-what? Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Budweiser, barley and Mars: Taking beer research to the International Space Station
BeverageDaily.com - Budweiser is due to send samples of barley into space next week as part of a research project on the International Space Station. It is part of its ambitions to be the first beer on Mars -- but Budweiser says the research could also provide wider insights for agriculture back on Earth. Earlier this year, Budweiser announced its goal to be the first beer on Mars, and as part of the journey to reach this goal, Anheuser-Busch is investigating how its ingredients react in microgravity environments. Read.
Consumer Culture, News & Trends    
Hispanics' grocery shopping habits differ from average US consumer
Food Dive - The latest "Why Behind the Buy" report by Acosta and Univision Communications finds that Hispanic consumers shop more often and visit a greater variety of stores than the overall U.S. consumer base, reports Supermarket News. The survey found 30% of Hispanics purchase groceries at ethnic-focused stores. In addition, 91% have bought some groceries and household items at traditional grocers during the past six months. Hispanic families look at shopping more as a group activity than other racial demographics. They are more likely to grocery shop with their spouse or partner and children. And they like to plan meals, participate in cooking classes and try new products. Read.
Entrepreneur Watch    
Inside Growing Sauce Company Cannizzaro Famiglia
Charlotte magazine - After years of making small batches of her homemade sauce for family, friends, and anyone who'd take a jar, Melanie and her husband decided, in 2015, to launch Cannizzaro Famiglia--a business selling fresh, Italian sauces, made in Charlotte..... The couple has made sure to take the process slow and avoid taking on more than they can handle. When it's time for them to expand, Andrew says, they'll still keep all operations in-house. They have no intention of hiring a co-packer to mass distribute their sauces. "For us, we know we can never do that," he says. Read.
Food Safety    
Study: Raw Flour Linked to E. coli Food Poisoning
Food Safety Magazine - A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week reveals that raw flour is the cause of bacteria--specifically Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria (STEC). STEC can enter the human body when consuming uncooked foods such as cookie dough and cake batter, delicacies that have traditionally been known to cause illness due to another raw food item--eggs. Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Wendy's roasts McDonald's over Black Friday Twitter mishap
Fox News - As they've demonstrated several times in the past, the people behind the Wendy's Twitter account aren't afraid to mix it up with their competitors in the fast-food industry. And on Black Friday, the chain hit McDonald's right where it hurts: in their ice cream machine. It all began early on the morning of Nov. 24, after McDonald's posted what appeared to be an incomplete Black Friday-themed tweet which read, "Black Friday **** Need copy and link*****." Read.
- IHOP Debuts New Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast
World Report    
Sri Lanka: Nestle fights back after Sri Lankan president rages over sugar in Milo drink
FoodNavigator-Asia.com - President Maithripala Sirisena recently launched an outspoken attack on the firm, claiming it had increased the sugar content in Milo from from 15% in 2012 to 16.5% today. "I want them to reduce it to 5%, otherwise we will bring legislation to control the sugar content in all beverages,"​ he threatened, while brandishing a Milo carton. He said he would tour the country campaigning against its consumption unless Nestle agreed to reduce the added sugar. Read.
- Canada: Protesters rally against Nestle Waters' plans for Elora well
- Europe: "Widening the possible use of insects"
- India: Coca-Cola beats rival PepsiCo with double-digit revenue growth
- India: Pizza Hut marks out India as a key market for global growth

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