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Leading Off  
Frozen Foods Firm Schwan's Weighs Potential Sale
Food Dive - Frozen foods company Schwan's has hired investment firm Piper Jaffray to help it assess its strategic options, which could include a potential sale of all or parts of the company, reports CNBC. Included in the 70-year old company's frozen foods product portfolio are pizza brands Red Barron, Freschetta and Tony's; Mrs. Smith's and Edwards pies; and Asian snacks brand Pagoda. Company sales are estimated to be around $3 billion, according to Forbe's latest America's Largest Private Companies list, which could make a digestible deal as far as size goes. The company recorded roughly $260 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, reports CNBC. 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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Restaurant News

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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 &
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

- Amazon: Is it's threat to Kroger over-hyped?
- Blue Apron names new CEO
- Hostess Brands launches Butterfinger Brownies
- Maple Leaf Foods to acquire plant-based protein company
- Tyson Foods taps evp and general counsel
Hampton Creek Announces Launch of Just Scramble 'Fake Eggs'
BusinessWire - Hampton Creek, a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology to create healthier, more sustainable foods today announced the launch of Just Scramble. The first-of-its kind product will be rolling out first in San Francisco and expanding to additional locations and cities in 2018. Just Scramble tastes like egg, is free of antibiotics and cholesterol, and its ingredients require less water and emit fewer carbon emissions than conventional eggs. The product, which has already won acclaim from notable chefs and food enthusiasts, is made from a 4,400-year-old legume called a mung bean that scrambles like an egg. "We were lucky enough to find something that has impacted our food system for thousands of years and turn it into a meal that will impact it for thousands more," said Hampton Creek cofounder and CEO Josh Tetrick. "Launching Just Scramble is the culmination of years of hard work by our talented team." ..... The debut of Just Scramble is a major milestone for the company. In the last four years, Hampton Creek has grown from zero to 100,000 points of distribution, releasing some of the fastest-selling products in several categories. The multi-billion-dollar egg industry, with one trillion eggs laid globally last year, represents one of the largest and fastest-growing segments of the global food system. Read.

Study: Club Store Shopping Could Be Bad for Consumers' Health and Their Bottom Line
Food Dive - A new study from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business finds that people who shop at warehouse clubs -- including Costco, Sam's Club and BJ's Wholesale Club -- spend more time shopping, pay more for packaged food and consume more calories than those who don't shop at clubs. The research shows that regular club shoppers spend 5% more on packaged food per person, which amounts to an increase of $3.50 per month. And they eat 3,500 more packaged food calories per person a month than they would if they didn't shop at a club store -- which translates to 11% more fat calories and 5% more sugar consumed. "You think you're saving money and getting ahead, but it's not good for your health and it's not good for your pocket book," Kusum Ailawadi, Dartmouth professor and the lead author of the study told CNN Money. "We know that no matter how self controlled you are, when there is more in the home you consume more." Read.

"Our current retail reality has caused many executives to rethink what they're doing. They've been living out these last few years under the era of 3G -- which laid down the edict that it's not good enough just to be big and powerful, you have to be super efficient too. Simultaneously, the legislative environment has changed with the impact of product labeling, and the agricultural supply chain is reacting to the stress of climate change. These factors all play a role as big food companies fixate on internal financial decisions."
Excerpt from a story posted by Phil Kafarakis (pictured) at Food Dive. Read.
Around the Net    
Expert Says Vegan Food Will Ease Political Woes in 2018
VegNews - Hospitality consultant Andrew Freeman points to plant-based foods as a source of relief for consumers during unstable political and economic climates.....
During a recent online presentation, Andrew Freeman--founder of hospitality consulting firm Andrew Freeman & Co.--pointed to vegan food as a source of comfort for consumers in the coming year. According to media outlet Foodnavigator, Freeman said that the uncertainty of the current political climate, combined with economic concerns and the impact of natural disasters that occurred in 2017, has prompted consumers to search for relief through food. Read.
In the future, your kitchen will think for itself - The microwave, which was invented after World War II, revolutionized cooking by heating food in seconds. Now, experts say the kitchen is poised for yet another reinvention. The next wave will be fueled by smart appliances, voice technology and 3D printers. Whirlpool has already teased a concept for the smart kitchen. It includes touchscreens that populate recipes from Pinterest, a refrigerator that reminds you when you're low on milk and the ability to heat up a meal, such as a bowl of soup, by placing it anywhere on the counter, thanks to detection sensors... Read.
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Jim Beam Is Selling a Voice-Activated Shot Pouring Machine
Food & Wine - Jim Beam...wanted to streamline the process from voice command to alcohol as much as possible. So they introduced "JIM," a "breakthrough smart decanter" offering "groundbreaking shot-pouring functionality that allows legal drinking age consumers to serve up a drink without lifting a finger." Yes, JIM will serve you a shot of Beam if you simply say, "Hey, Jim, pour me a drink." That's what we call cutting out the middleman. Read.
Category Snapshot: Snacks    
Snackers seek non-GMO, free-from and reduced-sugar claims
Food Business News - Products that call attention to specific claims are driving the strongest uptick in U.S. snack category sales, according to Nielsen. "For example, snacking products that are non-G.M.O. lead the way with an 18.2% surge in dollar sales for each of the past five years, followed by snacking products that are free from artificial colors/flavors (16.2%) and no/reduced-sugar claims (11.3%)," Nielsen said. "Comparatively, the average snack product has seen an increase of only 1.2%. Even in traditionally indulgent snacking categories like salty snacks, health claims are driving sales." Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Campbell Is Testing Online Soup Delivery
Bloomberg - Campbell Soup Co. is testing an online service that will deliver soups to customers' doors, part of an effort by the 148-year-old food giant to shake off a sales slump and update its business model. The company will begin a pilot test of the program next month, shipping out premium soups that consumers can heat up at home. In a separate effort, Campbell is developing "crafted" soup with local ingredients that are sold in glass containers, a nod to the growing popularity of mason jars. Read.
Frieda's predicts 2018 will be the year of jicama
Fresh Fruit Portal - "I believe 2018 will be the year of jicama," said Karen Caplan, president and CEO of Frieda's, who noted that more retailers are offering fresh-cut jicama sticks than ever before. "It has only taken 45 years for jicama to become a household name since Frieda's introduced it to produce retailers in 1972!" The Whole Foods 2018 trend report also called out shaved jicama as a vegetable alternative to grain-based taco shells. Frieda's also sees jicama in a position for growth in the super-foods category... Read.
Unilever CEO loses his cool with analyst at investor event - Unilever Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman, who has built his reputation on a softer approach to capitalism, showed he can get feisty, too. His combative side was on display at an investor meeting Thursday in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., where the Dutchman found himself confronted with tough questions on the balance of cost savings, margin improvement and sales growth. Polman shot back, defending his approach and raising his voice in the process, according to a recording of the event. Read.
- John B. Sanfilippo & Son acquire Squirrel Brand, L.P.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Popular Food Trends May Create Safety Challenges in 2018
Convenience Store Decisions - Those delicious fruit smoothies your store sells to health-conscious customers may be popular. But they may not be safe. Several modern food trends -- including the smoothie craze -- have the potential to create food safety issues during the coming year. Convenience store managers and employees must recognize possible problems and prepare to take the necessary precautions to prevent foodborne illness. Read.
- Chipotle changes gritty queso recipe
- Dunkin' Donuts is "Brewing Joy" for the Holidays Once Again
- Red Lobster Is Launching a Brand-New Menu, and We Tasted It All
- Subway Strengthens Its Global Brand Team
- Here are Potential Culinary Trends for 2018
World Report    
Japan: Health-minded adults stir trend in powdered milk
The Japan News - Adults can now enjoy powdered milk products just for them, presented in similar packages to those for babies but featuring a wide range of nutrients and various flavors. Powdered milk geared toward adults appears to be most popular among health-conscious middle-aged and elderly people, who drink it with their daily meals. "I mix it with [ordinary] milk," said a company executive in his 40s in Minato Ward, Tokyo. "It tastes richer." Read.
- Canada: Mrs. Dunster's buys McBuns in 2nd expansion in a month

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