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Leading Off  
Pet Food Makers Must Do a Better Job of 'Policing' Their Ingredients
Column posted by Bob Messenger, Editor, The Morning Cup -The recent news that JM Smucker's dog food business, Big Heart Brands, sells products (under the brand names Gravy Train, Ol' Roy and Kibbles'n Bits) that might contain 'pentobarbital', a drug vets use to euthanize our scary. Nobody seems to know how such a deadly drug made its way into the food, which is kind of disturbing. One possibility: meat from animals that have been euthanized may have found their way into the ingredient mix used in the production process. Look, I am very particular about what I feed my four-legged pals. I 'google' every bit of information I can about anything I'm planning to feed my dogs. I have some no-nos: I won't buy anything with ingredients made in China, and I try to avoid the mainstream national brands sold in grocery stores. Just makes me nervous to consider big-name brands like Gravy Train and Kibblen'Bits. Yes, Smucker's has recalled the 'tainted' dog food, a good thing, but these are our pets, we love them like family, shoot, for most of us they ARE family...and pet food producers, all of them, need to make damn sure the ingredients they use are safe for our pets, not a threat to sicken or kill them.

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AB InBev
Amys Kitchen
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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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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

7-Eleven, Others Consent to
Cancer Warnings on Coffee Sold in California
Mintel Study Reveals: Taste is Top Reason US Consumers Eat Plant-based Proteins - Taste is the top reason (52%) US consumers choose to eat plant-based proteins, outranking concerns over diet (10%), animal protection (11%), the environment (13%) and even health (39%), according to new research from Mintel. Perceived health benefits are also said to be on consumers' minds as nearly half (46%) of Americans agree that plant-based proteins are better for you than animal-based options, and three quarters (76%) say plant-based foods are healthy..... Billy Roberts, senior food and drink analyst at Mintel, said: "Americans are more and more avoiding food products with artificial ingredients and GMOs, and vegetarian, vegan and free-from foods have grown to be regarded as healthier options. Despite the fact that health attributes, particularly free-from, factor strongly in consumer decisions when purchasing plant-based proteins, at the end of the day, taste is the driving force behind purchase and eating decisions." Read.

Tyson Foods Teams with Startup Incubators to Shape the Future of Food
Nasdaq - Tyson Foods is tapping into entrepreneurs to speed up the pace of innovation, embrace emerging technologies and become more agile in its pursuit of sustainable growth. Today, the company announced an agreement to work with two business incubators, Plug and Play and 1871, that will directly connect it to the startup communities of Silicon Valley and Chicago..... "Our collaboration with Plug and Play and 1871 are examples of how we are adopting new growth models to innovate faster than consumers and markets are changing," said Sally Grimes, Group President Prepared Foods, Tyson Foods. "By partnering with these organizations and combining Tyson Foods' resources, capabilities and team members with the energy and innovation coming out of Silicon Valley and Chicago, we can have a positive impact on the industry and the food system." Read.

He Led a Turnaround at Taco Bell. Can He Do It at Chipotle?
New York Times - Nacho fries! Tuscani Pasta! Chicken Alfredo! Posters and sales pitches for Taco Bell's latest menu additions cover the windows of a store on a busy Manhattan block. At a nearby Chipotle, however, the signage was more subdued: "Now Open," it read simply. The posters are a stark illustration of the deep divides between the two low-priced Mexican-food chains. Fast food -- its stream of new menu items, its marketing, its reliance on franchisees -- is in Taco Bell's DNA, while Chipotle has used a simple menu to build a fleet of company-owned stores. It's a gulf that Taco Bell's chief executive, Brian Niccol, will have to bridge when he moves to Chipotle next month... Read.
Around the Net    
Grocers Answer the Question: 'What's For Dinner?'
Progressive Grocer - "What's for dinner?" That's the question -- and quandary -- facing many shoppers as the traditional dinner hour draws near. Some consumers who venture to grocery stores may walk in with an ingredient list and a mission. Many people, though, have no idea what they'll be having for dinner when they visit a supermarket. Make that most people: According to Chicago-based food data company Food Genius, up to 80 percent of Americans don't know what they're having for dinner by 4 p.m. the same day. What's more, a majority of consumers don't particularly like the task of making dinner. Read.
Today's Shoppers Prefer In-Store Experience: Survey
WholeFoods Magazine - Despite reports that the future of food shopping is online, a surprisingly large number of consumers prefer to shop at their local independent supermarket. According to findings from the third annual National Grocery Shoppers Survey, conducted by Nielsen on behalf of the National Grocers Association (NGA), two-thirds (64%) of today's independent shoppers are very/extremely satisfied with their local supermarket, and more than three-fourths (80%) of shoppers prefer their local store to an online alternative. The reasons? Respondents cited friendly employees, quality meats and produce, and an easy-to-navigate layout. Read.
- Battle For Online Shoppers
- H-E-B buys on-demand delivery company Favor
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Drinking Soda May Reduce Chances of Pregnancy: Study
Healio - Women and men who consume about one sugar-sweetened beverage per day, sugar-sweetened sodas in particular, are nearly 20% less likely to achieve pregnancy in 1 year vs. women and men who consume no sugar-sweetened beverages, according to findings published in Epidemiology. Soda consumption has been linked to type 2 diabetes and obesity, but few studies have assessed the relationship between sugary drinks and fertility in men and women... Read.
Category Snapshot: Oatmeal    
Oatmeal innovation boosts category
Food Business News - When it comes to oatmeal, consumers are looking for a hot cereal that is more than just hot. Organic, high fiber, lower sugar and weight control are just some of the attributes that are being attached to products meant to warm consumers' bellies during the winter months..... Quaker Oats Co., a division of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo, Inc., continued to flex its muscle in the category. Quaker accounts for nearly 61% of the hot cereal/oatmeal category... Read.
Commentary, Columns & Analysis    
What Do We Call Alt-Meat?
Column posted by Dan Murphy at Dairy Herd Management - I will admit that I'm as guilty as the next journalist of spending untold hours and thousands of words explaining, analyzing and putting into perspective the R&D and marketing of the new category of alt-meat products. These admittedly innovative creations range from cultured tissue derived from animal substrates and grown under lab conditions to biologically resemble animal flesh, to plant-protein formulations that mimic the texture and mouthfeel of chicken, beef or pork ..... [They're] being championed by multiple media members as the solution to everything from animal abuse to climate change to energy security. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Annie's develops sustainable packaging roadmap
Greener Package - Patrick Keenan, R&D Packaging Engineer, has worked at organic snackfood company Annie's for the past four and a half years, including a year and a half before the General Mill's acquisition for $820 million in 2014..... Keenan is not a machinery or packaging line guy, he is strictly materials, selection and design, working with the brand and supply teams to roll out new packages..... Annie's package design efforts are not guesswork. "We get right out there and talk to the consumer," says Keenan. "Annie's consumers prefer no-nonsense labeling with clear ingredients." Read.
Coca-Cola Gains After New Drinks, Coke Zero Boost Earnings - In addition to adding new products, the company wants to revive one of its biggest sellers: Diet Coke. The company relaunched the zero-calorie cola with four additional flavors in taller, skinnier cans -- the biggest-ever makeover for the product. Coke previously revamped its Coke Zero with a new formula, which helped to boost results in the third quarter. Read.
PepsiCo: You'll Need A Special Water Bottle To Sip PepsiCo's New Drink - PepsiCo's newest drink takes a hard left turn from their typical products: it isn't carbonated, it's got natural ingredients like spirulina and chia seeds, and you won't find it in a grocery store or vending machine. Drinkfinity is a new kind of drink -- so much so that you'll need a special water bottle just to try it. These $20 bottles and the juice pods that go inside can only be purchased online at the Drinkfinity website... Read.
- Affinity Beverage Group acquires JAWEA
- Campbell Declines After Walmart Woes Take Toll on Soup Sales
- Just Born Launches Peeps Pancakes & Syrup flavor
- Kraft Heinz meets cost-cut target of $1.7 billion by 2017 end
- Nestle considers selling Gerber life insurance business
- PepsiCo: Kevin Hart joins PepsiCo for new Mountain Dew NBA push
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Chipotle's new loyalty program to woo back the burrito-loving bunch - Chipotle Mexican Grill is trying to save its lunch. Once the darling of Wall Street, the fast-casual restaurant chain known for supersized burritos is crawling back from a series of food scares involving E. coli and norovirus in 2015, and again last year, that cratered the company's stock price, hurt its reputation, and left customers reeling..... In the last week, Chipotle named a new chief executive officer from Taco Bell, and earlier this month announced it will soon launch a loyalty program, which will let customers earn free meals based on frequency of visits... Read.
World Report    
UK: The latest meat processing trends uncovered at Foodex 2018 - An increased popularity in plant-based products and diets is creating new challenges for manufacturers in the meat and seafood industries. With over a quarter (28%) of meat eating Brits reported to have reduced or limited their meat consumption in the last six months, an increasing movement towards 'flexitarianism' is being noted whereby consumers sit comfortably between the meat-eaters and non-meat eaters, by making a conscious effort to reduce their meat intake. Read.
- Philippines: Coca Cola workers: 'Union busting real reason for lay-off'
- Sri Lanka: Nestle launches Nespray Coco-Up dairy milk

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