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A wise man makes his own decisions but an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
Chinese Proverb

Leading Off  
What's in That Can of Chock Full o'Nuts? 'No Nuts,' Can Promises
New York Times - It is almost as familiar a part of New York lore as a taxi or King Kong or the building that he climbed -- a can of Chock full o'Nuts coffee. But then it became a New York export. And as the quintessentially recognizable can crossed the Mississippi River in a push to go national, concerns arose about one word on the label that might not play well in Omaha or Oklahoma City -- nuts. So Chock full o'Nuts has put what amounts to a giant disclaimer on the can: "No nuts ..... "Every time we've done consumer research on why some people do not purchase the product, the No. 1 thing that comes back to us is there's something in the coffee," said Dennis Crawford, the senior marketing manager for Chock full o'Nuts. "Most of the people in New York -- we've been there forever and they get it, but if you're in Omaha and suddenly we're on the shelf and you see the brand for the first time, there's confusion." Read.

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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


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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
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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

- 7-Eleven Expands Loyalty Program
- Conagra Brands Partners With Chance The Rapper
- Original Soupman Debuts New E-Commerce Site
- Whole Foods Chicken Supplier Plans to Triple Its Output
Dean Foods Reportedly Poised To Become Third Big Food Maker To Leave GMA
Industry sources interviewed by Politico also cited GMA leadership and financial/spending decisions as contributing to some members' disgruntlement
MediaPost Communications
- Dean Foods "has quietly decided to leave" the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), according to Politico. That would make Dean the third major food manufacturer to leave the trade association that has long lobbied in Washington for large food companies' interests. Campbell Soup Company announced its decision to leave GMA in June, after objecting to GMA's intensive lobbying against federal legislation mandating GMO disclosure on labels. Campbell, which had already broken ranks in 2016 by announcing that it would voluntarily disclose GMOs on the labels of its own products, last month announced that it was joining the Plant Based Foods Association. "We are committed to providing our consumers with food choices that meet their nutrition, well-being, and lifestyle needs," said Ed Carolan, president of Campbell Fresh, a division that includes Bolthouse Farms and Garden Fresh Gourmet. Read.

Arby's to Acquire Buffalo Wild Wings in $2.9 Billion Deal
Food Business News - Arby's Restaurant Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. for $157 per share in a transaction valued at approximately $2.9 billion, including net debt. The agreement represents a premium of approximately 38% to Buffalo Wild Wings' 30-day volume-weighted average stock price as of Nov. 13..... Upon completion of the transaction, Buffalo Wild Wings will become a privately-held subsidiary of Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc., and will be operated as an independent brand. Paul Brown, chief executive officer of Arby's Restaurant Group, will lead the parent company. "Buffalo Wild Wings is one of the most distinctive and successful entertainment and casual dining restaurant companies in America," Mr. Brown said. "We are excited to welcome a brand with such a rich heritage, led by an exceptionally talented team..." Read.

Diabetes Hits Hard as California Spends Billions on Treatment, Little on Prevention
CALmatters - A teenage girl walks the hardscrabble streets of Richmond, a Bay Area city, rapping about the challenges of drugs, violence--and diabetes. Here, she says, big dreams are "coated in sugar," and innocence is "corrupted with Coke bottles and Ho Ho cupcakes." She's performing in a video by a local youth group that counts diabetes, a national epidemic that has hit California hard, as one of the killers in her neighborhood. The disease, which is spreading and driving up health costs, now afflicts more than half the state's adults, especially people of color and the poor. Experts say it doesn't have to be that way, that prevention programs can slow the march of the illness and save money at the same time. But efforts to legislate prevention--for example, by taxing the sugary drinks whose consumption contributes to diabetes--have stalled in the face of heavy opposition by the well-funded beverage lobby. Read.

Landor Releases 2018 Brand Trends: Politics Continues to Influence Behavior
GlobeNewswire (press release) - The tumultuous events over the past year--political discord, the continued success of Amazon and other disruptors, and the mass adoption of cutting-edge technologies--will continue to dictate brands' actions in 2018..... Stuart Sproule, Landor's president of North America, commented, "We're currently in a period of significant disruption, not only from technology, but also, exponentially, because of the political climate. Brands have entered a new frontier, operating on high alert, ready at a moment's notice to voice their opinion on contentious policies or topics. Consumers want to know that their brands share their ideologies. To foster strong brand communities, companies should ensure they have authentic values and a well-articulated identity." Read.

"Cellular agriculture -- a groundbreaking technology involving harvesting animal cells to produce our favorite meats and animal proteins such as milk, meat, chicken and eggs -- has become the latest Silicon Valley craze, attracting increasing interest from the venture capital world. Without having to feed, breed or kill living animals, cellular agriculture (cellag for short) is a potentially viable option to keep feeding the world our favorite animal products -- juicy cuts of meat, creamy dairy milk products -- without the devastating environmental, health and ethical baggage that comes with traditional animal agriculture."
Food futurist Dr Rosie Bosworth, in a column she wrote for Read.

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- GMO expert voices concerns about engineered foods
- Grocers Hold Food Suppliers To On-Time Deliveries
- Top 7 Trends That Will Shape the Meal Delivery Industry
- Whole Foods names exec to help lead integration with Amazon
Around the Net    
How to market to Millennials
FreshPlaza - Retailers are actively targeting the millennials to cater to their desires and tendencies. Millennials want brands to court them with personalised communications. The food industry is no exception. Millennials are reshaping and transforming the food industry, demanding more choices and options. They have experienced first-hand the baby boomer generation's struggles with diet-related health problems such as obesity and other chronic issues. Millennials tend to be discerning consumers and they are increasingly willing to pay a premium for brands and products that embody their preferences for authenticity, transparency and responsible ingredient sourcing. Read.
Commentary & Analysis    
Pizza is partisan, and advertisers are still adjusting
MyAJC - In today's political climate, even pizza, bourbon and coffee can be partisan issues. A year after the presidential election, a range of advertisers are learning that it doesn't take much -- sometimes just a single Twitter post -- to land them in the middle of a social media firestorm that splits along party lines. In some cases, they land there even if they've done nothing. And it has become clear in the past month that long-used strategies for how brands should respond to the ensuing outrage may need rewriting.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Bell Carter: Introducing Lindsay Almond Butter -- The Better Nut Butter
Food & Beverage Magazine (press release) (blog) - How does a 100-year-old food brand that is synonymous with olives enter its next 100 years? If it's Lindsay Olives, it brings its mass-market magic to a completely new and different category -- almond butter. In what some may consider a bold move for such an established brand, Lindsay Olives proudly introduces Lindsay Almond Butter -- and this growing nut butter category will never be the same. Read.
Chobani wants to disrupt the yogurt category again
CNBC - Chobani is trying to protect its place in the yogurt case. The brand sparked the Greek yogurt craze and rattled the category, leaving stalwarts Dannon and Yoplait scrambling to create their own versions. Chobani's now trying to disrupt the space again, this time with a new design, a big marketing push and a reduced-sugar line..... The brand is also debuting a line of Greek yogurt that uses less fruit to cater to the growing number consumers trying to cut back on sugar. Read.
Farm & Oven: Cookies come loaded with vegetables, but will consumers bite?
Food Dive - Farm & Oven is introducing Bakery Bites, a line of cookies featuring 40% of the daily-recommended vegetable intake per serving, according to Food Business News. They're also high in fiber and have added probiotics. Four flavors of cookies are available on their website, and will soon be offered on Amazon: Beet Dark Chocolate, Carrot Cinnamon, Pumpkin Maple Pecan and Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed. Read.
Pulse Beverage Now Selling Its Natural Caba-Na Coconut Waters
GlobeNewswire (press release) - The Pulse Beverage Corp. announced today that Bashas' and Food City grocery stores of Arizona have begun selling their Natural Cabana Coconut Waters in both Natural and Pineapple flavors. Robert E. Yates, CEO of Pulse, said ..."Pulse is making great progress in getting national USA coverage for our great tasting beverage products. Arizona has been a distribution challenge for us in the past, and we are pleased to be able to find a great partner in Bashas' and Food City..." Read.
- Chuao Chocolatier adopts Fair Trade USA logo on packaging
Flavors & Ingredients    
The scientific reason why you love salted caramel
Independent Online - Salted caramel was created in an obscure confectioner's shop in Northern France more than three decades ago, but now it seems to be taking over the Western world. It's been around since 1980, thanks to the inventive efforts of a French chocolatier called Henri Le Roux. But the food industry has only recently woken up to its potential. Success breeds excess, so our supermarket shelves now heave under the weight of salted caramel-flavoured products, from the obvious such as chocolate, fudge, ice cream and milkshake through to oddities such as coffee, vodka, tea, crisps, peanut spread, icing sugar and Greek yoghurt. Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Why Wawa Is 2017 Foodservice Innovator of the Year
CSNews Online - Wawa Inc., the 756-unit convenience store chain that operates in the Mid-Atlantic states and Florida, earned its second Foodservice Innovator of the Year award in five years, in Convenience Store News' sixth-annual Foodservice Innovators Awards program, presented in partnership with Tyson Convenience. "Why Wawa? They have the great MTO (made-to-order) program already," said one of the experts on CSNews' Foodservice Advisory Council. "And now, they add mobile ordering. This will be industry changing. And their hand-crafted specialty hot beverage program is the best!" Read.
- El Pollo Loco Launches 4 New Authentic Platters
- Krispy Krunchy Chicken Partners with Otis Spunkmeyer
- Quiznos is collecting customer complaints through its app
- Demand Increases for Mexican Flavors in Foodservice
World Report    
Southeast Asia: Danone and Lazada announce a strategic regional partnership
AsiaOne - Today, Danone and Lazada Group announce that they have signed a Strategic Regional Partnership for South-East Asia, covering Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. With this alliance, Danone and Lazada aim to create together a superior online shopping experience for key product categories, combining their expertise on shopper needs and behaviours, and bringing convenience and compelling content to the ever-growing number of online consumers across the region. Read.
- Canada: Loblaw on the defensive as the Amazon bogeyman lurks
- China: Yogurt craze triggers tasty profits

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