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Leading Off  
Is Coke Exploring a Future in Alcohol? - In the late 1970's Coca Cola ventured into the wine industry and enjoyed brief success before selling their interests five years later. But Herzog, writing in the Wells Fargo equity research newsletter, said she believes that Coke can incorporate new growth in the coming years and see alcohol as a potential source. In the past year, U.S. domestic wine sales rose by 4 percent and the Senate recently proposed reducing taxes on alcohol. Speaking to CNBC's Squawk on the Street, Coke CEO James Quincey did not rule out the idea when asked about Herzog's prognostication of a future in booze for the soda giant. However, given Coke's strong standing at the present, he said he doesn't see reason to make such a drastic move any time soon. 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

- Barry Callebaut showcases range of sugar reducing solutions
- Clearlake launches Disruptive Brands with Moses
- Dewar's names new North American brand ambassador
- General Mills cuts artificial flavors, colors from its baking products
- General Mills deepens investment in soil health
- KNOW Foods Launches Grain-Free, Keto-Friendly Waffles
- Kroger sees a strong holiday season
Schwan's Co. Creates Private Label and Co-Packing Business Unit
"All of us will be focused on delivering excellent quality products and services to our business partners across several different categories"
- Schwan's Co. has established a new private label and contract packing business unit. Schwan's Strategic Partner Solutions will be led by Joe Pacinelli, who joined the company this year with the acquisition of Better Baked Foods. "Increasingly, we know that today's consumers see tremendous value in both branded and high-quality private label products when making their grocery purchases," said Dimitrios Smyrnios, chief executive officer of Schwan's Co. "We believe our dynamic manufacturing capabilities, iconic brands, high-quality foods, and deep consumer insights position us well to help our customers grow their branded and private label businesses as they work to meet the evolving needs of consumers." Founded in 1952, Schwan's Co. manufactures and markets products through home delivery, retail grocery and food service channels under brand names including Red Baron, Tony's and Freschetta pizza, Mrs. Smith's and Edwards desserts, Pagoda snacks and Schwan's frozen foods... Read.

A New CEO Can't Fix The Problems Plaguing Chipotle - Struggling fast-casual chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is replacing its current CEO (who is also the founder). The market likes the move. In an off-day for the market, CMG stock is up 3% on the news. Its an interesting move upward for a much-maligned stock. Clearly, investors are fed up with the current turnaround strategy. They are hopeful that a new CEO can finally energize the turnaround shareholders have been waiting 2 years for. But does this renewed hope make Chipotle a buy? Far from it. A new CEO can't fix the problems plaguing CMG stock. Plus, it is still overvalued considering the company has lost its luster. Overall, I think this move is nothing more than a head-fake. I say fade the rally. Chipotle looks more like the next Subway than a rebound story in the making. Read.

"Consumer eating attitudes and behaviors are evolving in ways that transform long-standing consumption patterns. Shifting demographics, changing meal composition, more fresh foods, and new attitudes on beverages all create challenges for growth. Today's macro environment isn't generating organic growth for the food and foodservice sectors so we're dealing with a one percent world..... To grow in these challenged markets will require renovation by some, reinvention by others, and by many a deeper understanding of what consumers really need and want."
David Portalatin, NPD vice president, industry analyst and author of Eating Patterns in America. Read.

- The Biggest Trends to Watch out for 2017-2025
Around the Net    
Lessons in CSR from Campbell Soup and Clif
Baking Business - The Campbell Soup Co., which owns Pepperidge Farm, is a category giant that stands out for making corporate social responsibility (C.S.R.) critical to its brand's value. For example, Campbell's Healthy Communities program began in its world headquarters of Camden, N.J., a town of 77,000 residents, with the goal to address issues of food security, nutrition education and health. This $10 million, 10-year initiative is directed toward measurably improving the health of young people. During the past five years, the effort has expanded from Camden to Pepperidge Farm's headquarters in Norwalk, Conn.; two manufacturing facilities in Napoleon, Ohio, and Everett, Wash.; as well as Detroit. Read.
The dawn of personalized nutrition
Food Business News - Much like e-commerce, the business models arising around the concept of personized nutrition may vary widely. Habit, the San Francisco-based start-up that is now a part of the Campbell Soup Co., Camden, N.J., and offers a personalized nutrition program that is based on genetic testing is the poster company for the concept. But other opportunities may involve the simple development of food and beverage products tailored for specific needs. Read.
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
CDC Urges Consumers Who Drank Raw Milk To See A Doctor
Tech Times - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging anyone who drank raw milk within the last six months to go see a doctor immediately. The agency says a woman in New Jersey got sick from a bacterial infection after she drank contaminated raw milk..... Scientists from the CDC are working together with state health officials to investigate the situation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are also working with state health officials to track down the source of the contamination. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
General Mills: Labeling processed foods as 'clean' make us feel safe. That's a problem
MyAJC - What happens when you take the artificial colors, flavors and preservatives out of Pillsbury slice-and-bake chocolate chip cookies? You have a revolt on your hands, that's what. From the moderate, "definitely not a huge fan of the new recipe" to the immoderate, "Horrible ugghhhh I'm sooooooo disappointed," the reviews on Pillsbury's website gave new meaning to "cookie pan." Read through them, though, and you'll find another thread. Consumers weren't objecting just to flavor (or texture, or how the cookies baked up, or the number of chocolate chips); they were objecting to the idea that Pillsbury wanted to make the cookies more healthful. Read.
Johnsonville launches smoky and sophisticated sausage flavor
Food Dive - Johnsonville has come out with a Smoked Bourbon BBQ sausage as part of its new smoked sausage collection, according to Meatingplace. The company said that consumer interest in charred, smoked food items is growing and that the more complex flavor of smoked protein makes it an on-trend ingredient. The new product has authentic bourbon flavor and is naturally smoked with hardwood chips, Johnsonville noted in a release. Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Doc Popcorn Gets into the Holiday Spirit with 'Limited' Caramel Apple Flavor
Broadway World - Doc Popcorn, the world's largest popcorn franchise retailer, is embracing the decadent flavors of the holiday season with its new limited batch flavor, Caramel Apple. The specialty flavor is available now at participating Doc Popcorn locations nationwide and online through Jan. 21. Using Doc Popcorn's signature Caramel Bliss flavor as its core, Caramel Apple is coated in an apple crisp seasoning to offer the dessert's gooey goodness without the stick. Read.
What's Next in Takeout and Delivery
Marlin Finance Media Room - Although delivery remains a small portion of the overall restaurant business, young adult diners are driving rapid growth in delivery and represent 56% of delivery orders. Most orders are placed from home and delivery services are rated as very satisfactory by 93% of Generation Z consumers and 87% of millennials. The explosion in digital ordering has fueled this trend. Consumers can use text messages, mobile apps, touchscreens, websites and smart phones to place orders quickly and easily. Automated restaurant technology integrates digital ordering, scheduling, payment and delivery. Read.
- Cinnabon Debuts New Cookie BonBite
- Jack in the Box Sinks After Results Cloud Prospects for Qdoba
- Food-delivering robots won't make the world a better place
World Report    
New Zealand: Supermarkets making inroads to sugar, salt reduction in own brands - Major supermarket chains Foodstuffs and Countdown are cutting down sugar and salt in house brand products, but mostly in junk food. Foodstuffs' Pams and Value brands and Countdown's Homebrand and Select brands foods have been reformulated over the past year to reduce sugar, salt and fat. But Consumer NZ has included Pams and Countdown products in its 2017 Bad Taste Food Awards, which the watchdog said showed how food companies were tricking consumers into thinking they were making a healthy choice. Read.
UK: Kellogg's cereals' sugar content to be slashed in anti-obesity drive
International Business Times UK - Cereal maker Kellogg's is to cut the level of sugar in its three most popular children's breakfast cereals in the UK by up to 40% in a drive to tackle obesity. Coco Pops, Rice Krispies and Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes will all see their sugar levels reduced by the middle of next year, the BBC reported. Kellogg's will also stop production of one of its sweetest cereals, Ricicles, which contains 34g of sugar per 100g, and halt on-pack promotions of Frosties that are aimed at children. Read.
- Cuba: Nestle Starts Construction on $55M Plant in Cuba
- New Zealand: Heinz seeks clearance to acquire Cerebos
- Sweden: Carlsberg's Swedish Brewery Is Officially Carbon Neutral

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