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Leading Off  
Non-GMO Project label offers nothing for consumers
Column posted by David Warmflash at Genetic Literacy Project - It's hard to get through your food shopping these days without seeing that "NON-GMO Project VERIFIED" label on packaged products. This is true, not only if you shop at Whole Foods Market or other stores that focus heavily on upscale shoppers. You also see the orange butterfly on items at standard supermarkets, and even at Starbucks coffee shops. The last example is perhaps the most ironic, as Starbucks has been in the cross-hairs of the most paranoid anti-GMO activists, who imagine the coffee chain working in concert with Monsanto to poison the world... Read.

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- Amy's Kitchen Launches Frozen Vegan Pizza Rolls
- Hain Celestial Announces Strategic UK Acquisition
- Subway snags industry vet for 'global transformation'
Health-Conscious Millennials Responsible for Demise of the Big Mac
LIVEKINDLY - This year, Drovers, a meat-focussed publication, discussed the decrease in interest toward McDonalds' iconic Big Mac. Journalist Dan Murphy states that millennials are to blame. He explains that the Big Mac burger is no longer an object of desire for young people, and is "becoming at best irrelevant". In fact, research revealed that only 1 in 5 millennials had tried a Big Mac. In 2016, McDonald's made $24.6 billion. This has decreased notably over recent years; in 2013 the company had made $28.1 billion meaning the business saw a drop of $3.5 billion in real terms... These downfalls are arguably connected to low customer satisfaction. Last year, the chain received a customer satisfaction index score of just 69 out of 100. Compared to its competitors, this was the lowest rating by a considerable amount. According to another Drovers article, McDonald's have been testing new food strategies in an attempt to restore popularity and "reverse four straight years of traffic declines". Read.

How Kroger is 'Redefining the Grocery Customer Experience'
Food Business News - The Kroger Co. is expanding its grocery delivery service in the year ahead amid increasing competition across the retail landscape. The supermarket company in the recent quarter saw a bump in sales, helped in part by recent initiatives to evolve with changing customer tastes. "In the past, we have defined our market as share among traditional grocery stores," said W. Rodney McMullen, chairman and chief executive officer, during a Nov. 30 earnings call. "Today, we've redefined our market as share of stomach. "This sharpens our focus when we look at our industry and our customers. We see anyone who sells food as competitors, which doubles the size of our market to $1.5 trillion. If you're eating, we want to serve you that meal. The fact that Kroger is trusted by more than 60 million households is an incredible competitive advantage." Read.

Are Consumers Wilfully Ignorant About Animal Welfare?
ThePigSite.com - It is a common notion that ignorance is bliss in many aspects of life, including food. Although much work has documented consumer attitudes towards farm animal welfare, few studies have questioned whether people even want to know how farm animals are raised. Surveys that ask people if they care about the well-being of farm animals find that most people answer "yes". However, a recent survey conducted in the USA has shown that "wilful ignorance" -- whereby people deliberately avoid information -- is a significant factor in our attitudes to meat consumption. Read.

- Traceability, it's what's for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Around the Net    
A Wake-Up Call And Six Lessons For Emerging CPG Brands
Forbes - The era of category management has created many positive changes for the food business, like giving retailers the tools to minimize supply chain risk while consolidating suppliers. But one of the negatives of buying by the numbers is that product assortment on the aisles from retailer to retailer began to look very similar. Groceries became a muted sea of sameness, each featuring the same tried, trued and mostly big brands. After all, the numbers will always favor the established big guys that have scaled distribution and hordes of impressive data. With this focus on buying-by-numbers, how do emerging brands emerge? Read.
Commentary & Analysis    
The US is exporting obesity -- and Trump is making the problem worse
Commentary posted by Kenneth Rogoff (left) at The Guardian - As Donald Trump's administration throws sharp elbows in trade negotiations and systematically rescinds regulations introduced by Barack Obama, one casualty is likely to be efforts to fight the global obesity epidemic. Left unchecked, rapidly rising obesity rates could slow or even reverse the dramatic gains in health and life expectancy that much of the world has enjoyed over the past few decades. And by forcing its food culture on countries like Mexico and Canada, the United States is making the problem worse. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Supervalu cuts more 'undesirable' ingredients from its Wild Harvest Brand
Food Dive - Supervalu is phasing more ingredients out of is Wild Harvest private label products, according to Store Brands. The brand is now free from more than 140 ingredients like artificial colors and flavors. Wild Harvest product development team regularly reviews and updates its free-from ingredient lists based on research and insights into what consumers want removed from their products. The recent review added 40 ingredients to the list of more than 100 that many consumers said they don't want in their food. "Today's consumers are more ingredient-conscious than ever. They increasingly want to know what's in the foods they eat and the products they use," said Bekah Swan, Supervalu vice president of private brands, said in a statement. Read.
- Lancaster Food Co. shuts down after losing investment
- Land O'Lakes promotes two execs
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Freshens Reinvents the Smoothie with 100% Clean Ingredients
PR Web (press release) - To meet the growing demand for healthy options in the "better-for-you" foodservice category, Atlanta-based Freshėns Fresh Food Studio will be the first restaurant concept in the industry to blend 100% of its smoothies with 100% clean ingredients. That means no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors and no colors from artificial sources. The new smoothie recipes will be introduced in the spring of 2018 with product samplings and tasting events held at various locations across the country. The refined and enhanced recipes are also gluten friendly, free from growth hormones and contain only non-GMO fruits and vegetables as well as vegan raw sugar. Read.
- Cold Stone Creamery launches new products
- Red Lobster Introduces New Menu
- Restaurants find new ways to serve under-the-radar consumer groups
Grocery Industry News & Trends    
The Future of Food Retailing - Focus on Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Natural Channel Grocery Shopping Trends
Markets Insider - A number of trends are putting pressure on food retailers of all stripes, from upscale natural grocers like Whole Foods to heavily price-focused supercenters like Walmart and discount/limited-assortment grocers like ALDI, to dollar stores such as Dollar General for which food is a smaller but growing part of the mix. Among the trends reshaping the competitive landscape are food deflation driven by heavy discounting, shakeups among major chains, and heightened brick-and-mortar competition spurred by U.S. expansion of Germany-based discount/limited-assortment retailers ALDI and Lidl. At the same time, grocery shoppers' ever-growing expectation that the natural and organic foods they want will be available where they shop is increasingly positioning natural and organic as an essential competitive chip. Read.
Health & Wellness    
Weight Watchers adds chicken, yogurt, corn, more to its "eat as much as you want" list
USA TODAY - Dieters expect to eat foods like celery and sugar-free gelatin in unlimited quantities. But now they can throw in fish, skinless chicken breast and beans, too. Weight Watchers, the preeminent weight-loss plan in the U.S., announced Monday that it's adding more than 200 items to its list of foods that have zero SmartPoints, the rating system the company uses to help members monitor and control what they eat. Read.
World Report    
New Zealand: Chicken Free Chicken, anyone?
Stuff.co.nz - A non-meat chicken substitute has been selling out since hitting the shelves, so how well suited are we for alternative proteins in New Zealand? It tastes like chicken, but it's not. And it's proving to be popular with New Zealanders. Chicken Free Chicken, made by Sunfed Meats, is sold in about 60 outlets across the country and is in such demand the company can't keep up. It's also the only alternative protein -- a plant-based meat substitute -- made by a New Zealand company. Read.
- Japan: Food company Toho buys firms in Singapore and Malaysia
- UK: Supermarket chain to sell food up to a month past its best-before date

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