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With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Leading Off  
Cows vs. Plants: Who Will Win the 'Milk' Melee
Column posted by Bob Messenger, Editor, The Morning Cup (E-mail) - Okay, the last few days the big story out of the Beltway is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is about to slam the door on non-dairy drinks attaching the word 'milk' to their products (E.g., soymilk, almondmilk, etc.) ..... The dairy industry is happy as hell about this, while the alternative non-dairy lobby is threatening to sue if the USDA declares that only milk produced by cows, not plants or nuts, can be called milk. I can certainly  understand why soymilk and other mock-milk producers are up in arms: if they can't attach the word 'milk' to their products, it could have a devastating effect on their bottom lines, after several years of successfully buiding a 'dairy-like' persona. SoyMILK sounds a lot more wholesome and appetizing than soyDRINK, don't you think? In any event, this cow vs. plant battle is starting to make Coke vs. Pepsi seems like a romp in the park...

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Why one food expert says Canada's meat industry is 'in denial' about impending 'protein war'
Yale study: Diet soda may keep colon cancer from recurring
New Haven Register - Those who have been treated for colon cancer may have a better chance of not having the cancer recur if they drink artificially sweetened drinks, according to a Yale Cancer Center study released Thursday. The research follows similar findings that showed that drinking coffee and eating tree nuts also may have a protective effect, according to Dr. Charles Fuchs, director of the Yale Cancer Center. A little less than half of the effect "can easily be ascribed" to patients substituting artificially sweetened drinks for sugary drinks, such as colas, Fuchs said, adding that "we can't exclude some genuine benefit to these artificially sweetened beverages." However, he added, "I don't know of any scientific evidence that any artificially sweetened beverages benefit cancer patients." Read.
Bob's Spin: Say what?! And we wonder why consumers are so confused about what is and isn't okay to consume? Here's the thing, even the Yale brains behind this research say it isn't conclusive. But there it is, out there for public consumption. Why are we even having this argument, since no one has ever 'conclusively' proven that consuming diet soda is harmful to the body. Lots of studies, yes, but none that are 'conclusive'.

Beyonce, Katy Perry and 7 other celebs join Oprah in food industry investments
USA TODAY - Investing in liquor companies has been lucrative for a long list of celebs, but Oprah Winfrey's recent decision to back the rising True Food Kitchen restaurant chain reflects a slightly different A-List trend: Chomping into the food and dining businesses..... Winfrey joins a long list of household names, from Beyonce to Ashton Kutcher, who have put their money where their celebrity mouths are in recent years, backing everything from protein substitute companies to online grocery stores and "healthy" beverage manufacturers. They follow in the footsteps of past Hollywood stars like Paul Newman, the late actor whose pasta sauces and other products still grace supermarket shelves with profits going to charity, or country crooner Jimmy Dean, whose sausage brand outlives him. Read.

The War on Soy Milk
The New Republic - The plant-based milks industry is ready to fight back. "If FDA were to ban the use of dairy terms on plant-based products, we would sue," said Bruce Friedrich of the non-profit Good Food Institute. Several other groups are prepared to do likewise. At stake, they say, is not just the definition of milk, but the future of commercial free speech..... The battle spilled into American living rooms in 2012, when the California Milk Processor Board changed the tone of its iconic "Got Milk?" campaign. Ads that once focused on strong bones and milk mustaches were now about the terrifying prospect of plant-based milk. In one commercial, a mother attempts to comfort her son with a glass of soy milk after he awakens from a nightmare. She shakes the soy milk box so vigorously, she becomes demonic. The boy screams and runs right into a wall. "Real milk needs no shaking," the narrator says. "Got Milk?" Read.
Agriculture News & Trends    
New Non-GMO Soybean Brings Benefits to Farmers and Consumers
KEYC - For decades soybean oil has been sold as a vegetable oil to cook with but the health concerns surrounding trans-fat led to TruSoya, a non-GMO bean that will give the same food grade advantages as gene edited oils with added health benefits. "Unlike other high oleic coils on the market this oil contains a high level of omega-3's and that something that we're all looking for primarily today we find it in fish oil but this soybean has been bred to have that right within it so it's going to be a very much healthier choice for consumers," Minnesota Soybean CEO Tom Slunecka said. Read.
Around the Net    
Foodborne illness may be on the rise, here's why
WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando - One child drank apple cider at a Connecticut farm, another a glass of juice during a road trip in Oregon; later, both were rushed to emergency rooms as they struggled for their lives. A middle-aged woman became sick more than a decade ago after enjoying a salad at a banquet hosted by a California hotel; her debilitating symptoms continue to this day. A 17-year-old paid the ultimate price when he ate two hamburgers "with everything, to go" and died days later. These are the stories behind the faces on the "Honor Wall" of Stop Foodborne Illness, the national nonprofit that represents and supports those who suffered a drastic consequence following the most ordinary act: eating. Read.
Commentary & Analysis    
Food fight over the M-word
Commentarey posted by Paul Shapiro at Food Navigator USA - American regulators have wrestled over how to deal with musicians' use of the F-word in songs. News organizations have debated how to cover President Trump's use of the S-word when talking about certain countries. But these days, the big debate seems to be all about the M-word. Or rather, M-words, plural: Milk and meat. To hear the meat and dairy industry tell it, the growth of the alternative protein sector is causing a whole bunch of M-word mayhem. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
PepsiCo: How Much Do Consumers Enjoy PepsiCo's Snacks? - PepsiCo is dominating the salty-snack category. The company's Frito-Lay division controls about 60% of today's U.S. salty-snack retail sales, according to research firm Packaged Facts,..... And consumers are satisfied with Frito-Lay brands, too. Year-over-year analysis since 2013 shows that consumers increasingly enjoy brands such as Tostitos, Cheetos, Doritos and Lay's, according to data analytics firm YouGov's recent BrandIndex survey. Overall, YouGov found that more than half (52%) of Americans eat salty snacks at least once a week, while only 3% said they never do. Read.
Strauss Brands Endorses Petition To Update Meat Labeling Standards
PerishableNews (press release) - Strauss Brands, leader in ethical and sustainable livestock practices, is rallying support for a petition recently filed by the American Grassfed Association. The petition filed with Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS), the policy division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), requests the USDA clarify language used in its policy guide, updating it to disallow meat born, raised and harvested outside of the United States from bearing the label "Product of the U.S.A." Read.
Dairy Farmers of America shuts California plant
Nissin Foods USA: Ramen noodle maker to get new leader
Food Safety    
90 Sick with Salmonella in 26 States Linked to Turkey Products
Food Poison Journal - Ninety people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading have been reported from 26 states. Forty people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading has been identified in samples from raw turkey pet food in Minnesota, from raw turkey products from 19 slaughter and 6 processing establishments, and from live turkeys from several states. Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
JAB Holding to acquire Insomnia Cookies
Food Business News - Through its Krispy Kreme Doughnut business, JAB Holding, Luxembourg, is acquiring Insomnia Cookies, New York. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Insomnia Cookies is a food service delivery concept. The company features a menu that includes such indulgent products as cookies, ice cream and combinations of the two. The business initially featured stores near colleges with the focus on delivering cookies to students. Since its founding in 2003, the company has expanded to include more than 100 locations. Read.
PepsiCo Foodservice extends beverage distribution agreement with CS Group
Verdict Foodservice - PepsiCo Foodservice has extended its agreement with US-based beverage company CS Group to acquire exclusive distribution rights for craft mixers in the US..... PepsiCo Foodservice sales senior vice-president Heather Hoytink said: "PepsiCo strives to set the standard for partnership in the foodservice industry and we believe that the addition of Cool Attitudes Craft Mixers to our portfolio will enable our customers to stay ahead of market demand for premium craft cocktails with a convenient, cost-effective option on the bar gun." Read.
Foodservice: Restaurants & Retail    
Papa John's accused of fostering 'bro' culture within company, report says
Fox News - The John Schnatter stink will be harder to clean up at Papa John's than first expected. The chief executive and a second high-ranking executive at the pizza chain -- pals of Schnatter whom he installed in key positions -- failed to curb a "bro" culture at the Louisville, Ky., business that featured open discussion of "gangbangs" and other hostile terms, a Forbes report on Thursday claims. Women in the office were often mocked, asked during business conversations if they were menstruating and were subjected to comments from male executives about whether they wanted "to jump on the train," according to the report from Forbes... Read.
QSR trends-to-be: Native American novelties to fermented Finnish foods
World Report    
UK: 44% of UK Consumers Boycott Brands With No Ethical or Eco Friendly Policy
LIVEKINDLY - Nearly half of UK consumers have boycotted a brand purely based on its lack of ethical or eco-policies, according to a new study conducted by retailer Clothes2Order..... "The results from our survey have categorically shown consumer attitudes are changing, and business owners are going to have to adapt to greener methods of working or face the consequences," said Simon Turner, the managing director of Clothes2Order, in a statement. "Practices such as water-saving technologies, which we have implemented within our production, plastic minimisation and carbon footprint reductive techniques are not only good for the environment but now appear to be a savvy business move for those looking to keep in touch with their customer's attitudes." Read.

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