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Jules Ormont

Leading Off  
OSU's FAPC selects top 10 food trends for 2018
Pawhuska Journal Capital - Photo-friendly food, Middle Eastern cuisine and mushroom-infused coffee are on the menu for 2018, as Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center selects the hottest food trends for the upcoming year. Andrea Graves, FAPC business planning and marketing specialist, said change is inevitable and trends help indicate what is coming next. "Businesses need to pay attention to trends in order to find new growth opportunities and their target audiences," Graves said. Take a look at the top 10 trends for 2018, according to FAPC... Read.

& Brands on Twitter
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


Ad Age
Beef Magazine
Beverage Digest
Beverage Industry
Candy & snack
Candy UsA
Confectionery News
Cornell Food Lab
FDA Recalls
Food Business News
Food Dive
Food Genius
Food in Canada
Food Industry
Food Insight
Food Institute
Food Navigator UsA
Food Processing
Food safety News
Food Tank
Grocery HQ
Hartman Group
HuffPost Food
Ipsos Marketing
Medical News Today
MsN Lifestyle
National Restaurant
New Food Magazine
NPR Food
Packaged Facts
Packaging Digest
Pew Research
Pew Hispanic
QsR Magazine
Restaurant News

Rudd Center
The Packer
UsDA Food safety

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
   Products (IFPC)
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

- Ben & Jerry's Joins Effort To Tackle Poverty And Racism
- Borden Cheese offers new options in dairy aisles
- Dannon: Judge tosses lawsuit over cows fed GM feed
- Kroger recalls 'Comforts For Baby' water because of mold
- Starbucks opens largest store in world in Shanghai
- Tyson Foods CEO Tom Hayes wins exec-of-year honor
- Walgreens revamping stores to offer more food options
Food Companies are Taking Salt and Sugar Out of Food. But They're Adding Fat
"Historically, we've tended to focus on one element of the equation at a time: salt or sugar or fat... They could respond to one of those things pretty easily. But all three is quite difficult"
Washington Post
- Buffeted by changing consumer demands and concerns over the health effects of excess salt and sugar, the world's largest food companies have tried to make their products more healthful. Many have promised to reduce sodium and added sugars. Others have removed artificial colors and additives. But a new, peer-reviewed government report suggests these tweaks have not made packaged foods more healthful overall: While sodium and sugar have decreased in many products, there's been a surge in the amount of saturated fats, which raise blood cholesterol. Experts say the contradictory trends speak to the immense difficulty of reformulating packaged foods -- even at the world's most advanced food companies. General Mills, Kraft, Nestle and many others have struggled to make foods more healthful while also maintaining price and taste. Read.

GM Takes In-Car Ordering to the Next Level
GM Marketplace will allow more than 2 million owners of GM vehicles to press a button to order items from Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Wingstop and others
- General Motors believes it has a new and easier way to order coffee, make reservations or shop while you are driving. The automaker has launched GM Marketplace, which allows roughly 2 million owners of GM vehicles to press a button or two in order to order food or coffee they can pick up minutes later in a drive-thru lane. "The average American spends 46 minutes per day on the road driving," said Santiago Chamorro, vice president for global connected customer experience at GM. "We have an opportunity to make every trip more productive and give our customers time back." Read.

"It is a bright December morning, and I am trying pickle-flavored candy canes. I eye the ingredients: sugar, corn syrup, water, citric acid, artificial dill flavor, FD&C Yellow, FD&C Blue 1. All very upstanding. All very appropriate for a classic holiday treat. Well, except the dill ..... Up until a few years ago, the pickle existed only as a plate component to be ignored, shrinking in the shadows of a sexier burger, briny juice threatening to sog a toasty bun. No longer. The divisive cruncher is having a moment. Pickle plates are served as appetizers. Everything is now "pickled," not just cucumbers. And the flavor has infiltrated other products: potato chips. Ice pops. Sunflower seeds. CANDY CANES."
From a product review posted by Michelle Stark at Read.

- Is Big Food's Lobbying Arm on the Brink of Extinction?
- Natural Grocers forecasts the Top 10 Nutrition Trends in 2018
- Study: Americans don't like to cook
- The "Great Eight" Hottest Healthy Food and Beverage Trends for 2018
Around the Net    
US appetites are ripe for exotic fruits
Food Dive - Marketing exotic and ethnic produce is getting easier in the U.S. as consumers become more familiar with -- and are appreciating -- fruits and vegetables from other countries, according to The Packer. As Hispanic and Asian populations increase, and millennials seek out more interesting and exotic products, sales of papayas, mangoes, star fruit, guava, dragon fruit, lychees and longans are edging up. "It's growing, every single item is growing," Mary Ostlund, director of marketing for Homestead, Florida-based Brooks Tropicals Inc., told The Packer. Read.
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Individual choices, not family influence teenagers' non-alcoholic drink preference
Medical Xpress - Adolescents' non-alcoholic drinks preferences are strongly influenced by their own individual circumstances and lifestyle choices, but not by their families and home environment, according to a new UCL study. The study, published in Scientific Reports and funded by the Medical Research Council, is the first paper to establish the relative importance of genetic and environmental influences on liking for a range of common non-alcoholic beverages, in a large population-based sample of older adolescent twins. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Coca-Cola Is Embracing AI and Chatbots in Preparation for a Digital-First Future
Adweek - Coca-Cola is just one of many brands across a variety of industries grappling with how to serve consumers through new digital platforms. Using data, artificial intelligence and connected devices, it's trying to rapidly test and enact new customer experiences and services. "This is a large digital transformation exclusive to the Coca-Cola Company," David Godsman, Coca-Cola's chief digital officer,  said. "It isn't about changing digital experiences but also about helping customers make decisions in a more effective manner. It's about an operational transition." Read.
Post Holdings and Bob Evans Farms Announce Expiration of HSR Waiting Period
GlobeNewswire (press release) - Post Holdings and Bob Evans Farms announced that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, with respect to Post's previously announced proposed acquisition of Bob Evans expired on Monday, December 4, 2017. The expiration of the waiting period satisfies one of the closing conditions of the transaction. The transaction is now expected to be completed in January 2018... Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
McDonald's revives Dollar Menu name
Crain's Chicago Business - The Dollar Menu is making a McComeback. McDonald's said that it is reviving the name of the once-popular value menu next month after a two-year absence, but this time the items will cost $1, $2 or $3 ..... McDonald's dumped the original Dollar Menu, with items costing $1, about four years ago as franchisees complained that their profits were squeezed by a rise in ingredient costs. But the move hurt sales as customers went elsewhere for low-priced fast food. Read.
Taco Bell Wants You to Know It Has Dollar Deals, Too
Bloomberg - Hey, remember us? That's Taco Bell's message to fast-food consumers as the price war in the industry gains momentum. With visits to U.S. fast-food restaurants seen remaining flat next year, the major burger chains are jockeying for position and announcing discounts to keep diners' attention. This includes McDonald's Corp., which earlier Monday unveiled a new value-priced menu. Taco Bell, the Mexican-themed chain owned by Yum Brands Inc., is responding with what it calls its "biggest value push in company history." Read.
NRA Releases Annual Chef Predictions on "What's Hot" for Menu Trends in 2018
PRNewswire - Today, the National Restaurant Association released its annual survey of 700 professional chefs - members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) - to predict food and beverage trends at restaurants in the coming year.
New cuts of meat
House-made condiments
Street food-inspired dishes
Ethnic-inspired breakfast items
Sustainable seafood
"Local, vegetable-forward, and ethnic-inspired menu items will reign supreme in the 2018. Guests are implementing these trends in their own lifestyles and want to see them reflected on restaurant menus. In response, chefs are creating more items in-house and turning to global flavors," said Hudson Riehle, Senior Vice President of Research at the National Restaurant Association. Read.
- McDonald's runs out of Buttermilk Crispy Tenders
- Craft Soda Boom One of the Best Things to Happen to Cocktail Menus
Packaging News & Trends    
Could Seaweed Save Us From the Perils of Plastic Packaging
Promo Marketing (blog) - Thanks to Kraft Foods (and a cinematic reminder from Bill Murray in "Ghostbusters II"), consumers know there's always room for Jell-O. If Indonesia-based Evoware can continue to promote its environmental and nutritional benefits, end-users might soon be sparing space for seaweed, too. Looking to lessen the amount of plastic waste that contaminates its country, particularly marine life, the Indonesian entity is marketing the algae example as a biodegradable and edible packaging replacement option. Read.
World Report    
Canada: Canadians are consuming fewer calories from beverages
Canada NewsWire (press release) - Canadians continue to reduce the number of calories they are consuming from liquid refreshment beverages. In 2014, Canadians consumed an average 142.5 Calories - calories from sugar - a day from beverages such as bottled water, soft drink, juice and energy drinks. That number dropped to 133.9 Calories in 2015, and 128.0 Calories in 2016 representing a 10.2% reduction since 2014, according to a new tracking report by The Conference Board of Canada. Read.
UK: Pladis claims younger consumers snack 'four or more times a day'
Talking Retail - The company says that because younger people spend more time on social media than older consumers do, they "wield a lot of influence over the UK snacking industry". They are often more aware of what they are eating and seek out products that fit particular trends, such as protein and free-from. Colette No, senior director for consumer and market insights at pladis, said: "We know that millennials are a more visual generation than their parents were; they need to be tempted by a particular type of packaging or instantly register how a product fits into their busy lifestyle." Read.
- Australia: Sugar-sweetened drinks dental concern for teens

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