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If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.
Albert Einstein

Leading Off  
KIND Snacks investor says Kraft Heinz and PepsiCo need to 'stay authentic' to acquired brands - Former KIND Snacks' investment firm, VMG Partners, was asked during the recent Food Vision USA in Chicago if big food companies like Kraft Heinz and PepsiCo should acquire emerging products or create their own brands to scale up innovation. Its response: 'they should do both.' "Big CPG (consumers packaged goods) companies have endless resources to create phenomenal products, a beautiful package and brand, but one of the things we've seen with all the data is that it is really difficult to trade off authenticity,"​ Wu pointed out. Often times when a big company steps in, its strategy is "contrary to how an emerging brand thrives,​ he said. "They will integrate and try to extract synergies, but you see the brand slowly die."​ Read.

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- American Airlines Puts a Focus on Top-Tier Dining
- Leclerc Foods recalls Fit & Active Protein Meal Bars
- Saturday Night Live launching a collection of four wines
Mars Takes a Minority Stake in Kind
Food Business News - Mars, Inc. has purchased a minority stake in Kind L.L.C., the New York-based maker of nutrition bars. Financial terms were not disclosed. Founded in 2004, Kind offers a range of snacks made with simple ingredients, including whole nuts, seeds, whole grains and fruit. Mars, the maker of M&M's candies and Uncle Ben's rice, said it will help bring Kind into new geographic markets and expand into additional product categories..... "This is a partnership built on mutual admiration and a shared vision for growth," said Grant F. Reid, chief executive officer and president of Mars. "We believe there is tremendous opportunity to build on the success of Kind's product portfolio in new markets..." ..... Kind will continue to operate independently in New York, led by majority stakeholders, founder and c.e.o. Daniel Lubetzky and the management team. Mars will lead growth of the business outside of the United States and Canada. Read.

Cal State-Long Beach Researchers Discover Taste is Not Dependent on the Tongue
Daily 49er - What food or drink would you miss the most if you didn't have a tongue? It turns out, there's no need to worry. According to a study conducted by Cal State Long Beach researchers, the human body is able to recognize complex flavors without one. Isolated Congenital Aglossia is a rare condition where a person is born without a tongue, which affects their ability to taste. The research involved a wine tasting survey to assess how individuals lacking tongues perceive flavor. "If we could figure out how people without a tongue could taste without ever using the tongue, we could help those who were born with a tongue but for some reason lost it," said Long Wang, assistant professor of nutrition at the university. Read.

Why The World's Largest Pork Producer Is Breaking New Sustainability Barriers
Forbes - As head of the Smithfield Foods' sustainability program, Stewart Leeth focuses on animal welfare, employee relations, environmental stewardship, food safety and quality, and community development. EDF has been collaborating with Smithfield for several years now to help farmers optimize fertilizer applications to grow grain for animal feed -- and I'm inspired to see the progress that has been made in this arena. But I think this past year was likely the busiest ever for Stewart and his team at Smithfield after they made an industry-leading commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read.

Steve Ells (left) is on the way out as CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., announced Wednesday, Nov. 29, but he's remaining as executive director at the company, meaning he'll be the boss of the new CEO. Ells, in fact, is on the committee to find his replacement. That's leading analysts to doubt whether there will really be a change. "You wonder how much is for public perception and how much is real change," restaurant industry consultant Aaron Allen, chief strategist of Aaron Allen & Associates, told TheStreet on Wednesday.
Excerpt from a story posted at Read.

"Groceries account for 56% of Wal-Mart's total business. The company tends to dominate food prices in the retail industry due to its sheer size and logistical capabilities, which gives it a competitive edge. The combined Amazon-Whole Foods entity will need to come up with more ways to convince customers to opt for its stores and products over Wal-Mart's, as its scope for further price cuts is likely relatively limited."
Excerpt from a story posted by 'Trefis Team' at Read.

- Oklahoma State U: FAPC selects hottest food trends for 2018
Around the Net    
HeatGenie's single-serve beverages self-heat
Food Engineering Magazine - A twist of the can, and two minutes is all it takes for consumers to enjoy hot tea or soup in a single-serve container..... The HeatGenie simply and quickly heats beverages with a twist of the lid through a solid-state thermal reaction. The consumer simply twists the lid, and in less than two minutes, the liquid inside is heated up and ready to go. Coffee, tea, or hot soup on the go? A new packaging innovation promises exactly that. Read.
Beverage Industry News & Trends        
OSU study grows new respect for barley
Bend Bulletin - Barley may be the new hops, if research by Oregon State University yields the potential for brewers that a recent study suggests. A research team found that barley itself, and where it's grown, can impart unique flavors to beer, from floral and fruity to toffee and toasted. Typically, malted barley plays a supporting role in brewing. Unlike hops, varieties of which give brewers a wide palate to choose from, only a narrow selection of barley varieties are used in brewing. That could change during brewing trials using malts of the OSU varieties. Read.
Commentary & Analysis    
My picks for the top food trends of 2018
Column posted by Daniel Neman at - About a year ago or so, I wrote an admittedly snarky little column about a survey of food experts making predictions about upcoming trends. The survey was presented by the Food Channel, and this year they got even with me. They invited me to take part in the survey. Naturally, I accepted. I am perhaps a little too fascinated by trends in food, so this was like whipped cream to me..... After considerable thought, here are the top 10 upcoming food trends I picked, in order (the trends' names were part of the survey)... Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Argo Tea brings cold-brewing to tea as next step in health & wellness and premiumization trends - Cold brewing -- along with its health benefits, unique flavor profile and its market energizing success -- is no longer restricted to coffee thanks to Argo Tea's launch earlier this fall of three ready-to-drink Single Estate Cold Brew Teas. "Cold brew coffee maybe has a two or three-year head start on the cold brew tea segment, which is certainly nascent with only a couple of brand offerings available currently and nothing else in the premium space besides our new line,"​ Mike Ginal, VP of national sales for Argo Tea, told FoodNavigator-USA. Read.
Smart Flour Foods helps launches better-for-you twist on classic pizza roll - Smart Flour Foods is stepping up show that "convenience, taste and health can go hand in hand,"​ by launching a new line of Smart Flour Foods' Snack Bites -- a modern twist on the much loved classic pizza roll, Pace said. He added the launch complements Smart Flour Foods' existing lineup of ancient-grain based frozen pizzas and crusts. Read.
- SodaSteam Releases Sparkling 'Riesling' Beverage for the Holidays
Entrepreneur Watch    
The Sweet Story of Real-Life Couple and Co-Founders of The Lovely Candy Company
Parade - You could call Mike Nakamura an exceedingly devoted husband or ambitious go-getter, depending on how you view his story. After his wife Jackie developed food allergies and couldn't enjoy her favorite candy--red licorice--anymore, because it contains wheat, the couple searched high and low for a replacement. Finding nothing, they decided to create their own treat Jackie could indulge in, which led to the founding of The Lovely Candy Company..... It took less than a year to get up and running and they haven't shown signs of slowing down yet. Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Chipotle, looking for a turnaround, shops for new CEO
Orlando Sentinel - Chipotle is looking for a new CEO to help it recover from a series of food safety scares and slumping sales and return to its heyday, when consumers flocked to its casual Mexican dining restaurants for quality ingredients at a reasonable price. Founder Steve Ells, who currently serves as chairman and CEO, will transition to executive chairman once someone new is in place at the top post. Read.
Jimmy John's Ranking at Marquette U
Marquette Wire - Campus is crawling with sandwich options. Between Cousins Subs, Jimmy John's, Subway and the dinning halls, students can always find a sub. Jimmy John's is a campus favorite, but whether or not they deserve that reputation is another story..... Before getting into taste, let's talk sandwich preparation speed. Jimmy John's slogan is "freaky fast," so one of the goals of this experiment was to test that claim. I started my phone timer when I said what sandwich I wanted, and stopped the timer when I grabbed the sandwich off the counter. Despite some sluggish sandwiches, all in all, their efficiency was impressive... Read.
Government, Politics & Regulatory    
Dog bone treats can be deadly, says the FDA
New York Daily News - This federal agency has a bone to pick with people who give their dogs bones. The Food and Drug Administration is warning dog owners not to give their puppers store-bought "bone treats" because they have led to illness and death. In the consumer update, the FDA reportedly reviewed 68 cases of dog illnesses because they got sick after gnawing on dog bone treats. Fifteen out of 90 dogs in those cases died. Other conditions included choking, blockage of the digestive tract, vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding from the rectum. Read.
World Report    
Canada: UBC researcher develops test to see what's in your hamburger - Many consumers may think that when they see the words "100 per cent beef" on food packaging, that's actually what they're getting. But that's not always the case. A recent federally funded study has found that 20 per cent of sausages sampled from grocery stores across Canada contained meats that weren't on the label..... UBC food science student Yaxi Hu has developed technology that can identify foreign species in meat as well as offal that is mixed in with meat of the same species. Read.
India: Two-thirds of beverages will contain less than 100 calories: PepsiCo
Economic Times - Beverages and food major PepsiCo India is working on a strategy under which two-thirds of its beverage portfolio will contain less than 100 calories in three years, a top official said today. The company planned to achieve the target by 2025 for the global market while for India it has been set at 2021, PepsiCo India Senior Vice-President,(Beverage category), Vipul Prakash said. Read.
- Australia: Coca-Cola adds a Raspberry twist for summer
- Australia: Popcorn's popularity booms
- Canada: Molson Coors eyes Montreal brewery site
- India: Nestle refutes allegation of ash; says Maggi noodles safe
- India: PepsiCo launches Mirinda Joosy with locally sourced oranges
- Mexico: AB InBev spending $755M to tap its eighth Mexican brewery

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