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Leading Off  
The Future of Food Revealed at LDNY's The Next Big Bite 2017
PR Web (press release) - What's next in food according to top players in the ever-evolving business of food, drink and the media was the highlight of The Next Big Bite: How We Will Eat & Drink, a panel presented Monday by Les Dames d'Escoffier New York (LDNY - Panelist, and President of the James Beard Foundation, Susan Ungaro remarks, "Food is fuel. Food is medicine. Food is community. Food is happiness." She adds, "In spite of futurists forecasting a technology-gone-wild world in which we're eating faster, popping food pills or even consuming meals in squeeze tubes, I believe the only joyful human contact decades from now will be good old-fashioned platefuls of colorful, delicious real food -- and sex."..... What are the next big bites? Here are the top ten trends to watch for 2018, according to the panel... 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


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
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Food Industry
Food Insight
Food Institute
Food Navigator UsA
Food Processing
Food safety News
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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

- Coca-Cola: No Pop for the Stock
- Ferrara Candy to be acquired by Nutella maker Ferrero
- Kellogg and Netflix with 'Eggo' Tie-In
- Kraft Heinz sells Oscar Mayer facility
- Mars Wrigley Launch More Than 20 New Products At NACS
- Nestle speeding up its restructuring plan
- Unilever sales dragged down by US natural disasters
Clear Cans May Be the Future of Canned Goods
Two packaging companies have been pushing new clear plastic cans that let consumers see their contents
Food & Wine (blog)
- If you're a food company that sells preserved food, at some point you likely made a choice--cans or jars. Each packaging has its own advantages and disadvantages. One of the biggest differences is easy to see, literally. Whereas glass or plastic jars can allow customers to see what's inside, a can leaves the appearance of its contents a mystery--or at least that used to be the case. Recently, at least two companies have introduced a style of packaging that may change the world of cans forever: the clear, see-through can. Yesterday, McCall Farms announced that it had been named as a Packaging Finalist for the 2017 Gama Innovation Award thanks to the unique "See-Thru" cans the company introduced for its new Glory Farms vegetables brand. Described by McCall Farms as "ground-breaking" and a "category first," the TruVue can, as it is officially called, was developed in a partnership with packaging brand Sonoco and was first introduced late last year. The design features a metal top and bottom, including your usual pop-top, but has sides made of plastic, allowing customers to see inside. "Our new Glory Farms See-Thru can is the most notable packaging innovation in canned vegetables since canning was invented in the early 1800s," Woody Swink, Co-President of McCall Farms, boasted in a statement about the nomination. "When the consumer can see the vegetables it not only says 'fresh' but also gives them a sense of trust because they see what they are buying." Read.

Conagra Brands Continues Its Focus On Snacking
Meat & Poultry - Conagra Brands in recent years has transformed its portfolio with an eye toward snacking. Within the past six months, the company has acquired several premium snack brands, including Angie's Boomchickapop popcorn, Duke's meat snacks and BIGS Seeds. The company also is updating some of its iconic snack brands with on-trend flavors and premium ingredients. "Our research shows the typical consumer is eating anywhere from 7 to 12 times a day," said Adam Beane, senior brand manager of protein snacking at Conagra Brands. "That 7-to-12 number is really amazing, that you have that many opportunities to win an occasion with a consumer ... and we want to make sure that we're offering those opportunities, offering something that's going to win the occasion no matter what the day part is or what they're looking to satisfy." Read.

Here's Why Kellogg Isn't Giving Up On Sugary Cereal
AZFamily - Kellogg isn't giving up on sugary cereals just yet. The cereal company's latest breakfast invention is Chocolate Frosted Flakes, which will hit shelves across the nation in November. It might appear gimmicky, but Chocolate Frosted Flakes is part of Kellogg's strategy to stop the bleeding in its core "morning foods" business, which includes staples like Rice Krispies and Pop-Tarts..... To appease modern consumer appetites, Kellogg's Chocolate Frosted Flakes are made with natural flavors and no preservatives. It's not Kashi, but it's something..... Consumers' changing tastes aren't exclusive to breakfast food makers. For example, Coca-Cola is doubling down on its sugar-free offerings by replacing Coke Zero with a new better-tasting drink aptly named Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. Still, big brands like Kellogg can't afford to ditch decadent foods all together. Read.

Tootsie Roll Shouldn't Even be a Public Company
"It doesn't make much sense for Tootsie Roll Industries to be a public company if it doesn't behave like one. That's a thought that sprang to mind after short-seller Spruce Point Capital Management LLC released a report on Tuesday with a laundry list of reasons why the candy maker shouldn't be valued as highly as it is. Tootsie Roll's lack of transparency -- which includes a two-page bare-bones release each quarter -- may help explain why no equity analysts cover it. That, too, is a rarity for a corporation of its size. In fact, if any company attempted to go public today intending to replicate Tootsie Roll's investor-shy approach, it simply wouldn't fly."
Excerpt from an analysis posted by Gillian Tan at Bloomberg/Quint. Read.

Unilever Struggle Gives Hope to Predators
"Unilever chairman and CEO Paul Polman can't rest easy. Unilever will need a strong fourth quarter if it is to meet its target for sales growth of 3 to 5 percent this year. More disappointments could revive takeover interest. Investors might look more favourably on Kraft Heinz's near-30 percent operating margin if Unilever's growth remains little better than average. Activist investors who are taking on ever-bigger targets such as Procter & Gamble, might also see the company as a candidate for deeper cost cutting and more radical surgery. Unilever's battles are far from over."
Excerpt from an article posted by Neil Unmack at Read.
Around the Net    
Food and Beverage Marketing: Reshaped by Influencers
Business 2 Community - The marketing word of the year, if not "video," must be "influencer." Not even celebrity endorsements carry the same weight as recommendations made by popular online personalities. These bloggers and social media stars have changed the way we approach social influence, especially in the food and beverage marketing industry. All indications are that influencer marketing isn't going away anytime soon. Consumers are more likely to trust someone they know or follow than they are to believe the brand itself. Read.
- Perdue abandons Obama regs meant to aid small poultry farmers
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Red Bull - Monster - Rock Star: The Downside of So-Called Energy Drinks
HuffPost - In the mid-to-late 2000s, Red Bull, an energy drink high on energy and low on nutritional value, made its North American debut with the famous "Red Bull gives you wings" campaign. The tag line, a nod to the "pick me up" qualities it gives to drinkers of the product, set the stage for the way in which teens and young adults relate to the nascent product category. In essence, advertising birthed energy drinks as the way to find uplift, fight fatigue, and give that extra boost. Regrettably, no one was paying attention to the drinks' negative side effects. Read.
Diet soda makers sued over "misleading" ads
CBS News - Drinking diet soda is a way to help you lose weight, right? Not according to several federal lawsuits. Separate cases against Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group -- the three largest US makers of carbonated beverages -- allege that their marketing of diet sodas deceives consumers into thinking that the beverages will help them lose or manage weight because scientific studies have shown the opposite is true... Read.
- Philly Sweetened Beverage Tax Under Fire
Category Snapshot: Kefir    
Here Comes Kefir
Nutritional Outlook - Kefir is nothing new--in European countries like Russia and Poland. In fact, it's been around for centuries. But here in the U.S., kefir's popularity is still gaining traction. The fermented beverage, which is usually made by adding kefir "grains" to cow or goat milk, boasts myriad health benefits. For starters, kefir is considered to be a more powerful probiotic than yogurt, is said to boost immunity, and may even help to build bone strength. Now, the traditionally milk-based drink is making forays into the non-dairy sector, too. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Arizona Beverages Climb to the Top
NACS Online - Arizona Beverages sold more than 3 million bottles in 2016, bringing in an estimated $1.2 billion in sales of Arnold Palmer Half & Half, Green Tea, Lemon Tea and 85 other beverages, such as beers, juices, tea and waters, Forbes reports. Owner and founder Don Vultaggio launched Arizona in 1992, when the first 24-ounce tallboy cans of raspberry and lemon iced teas hit store shelves and became an overnight success..... "They're one of the few beverage companies that started from scratch and became a billion-dollar company in the last 20 years," said Michael Bellas, chairman of Beverage Marketing Corp.. "It's one of the great success stories." Read.
LT Foods eyes organic growth in the US
Daily News & Analysis - LT Foods is looking to gain a market share of 8% in the branded organic food market in the US over the next couple of years. In line with this, the company recently launched its organic food brand 'EcoLife' in the US. The management will be aggressively working towards increasing the market share of its organic food brand to anywhere between 12% and 15% over the next five years. Read.
Snickers unveils three new flavors to better curb your hunger
Fox News - Snickers is getting an face lift - three of them in fact. The chocolate candy staple has announced it will be releasing a line-up of three new flavors to combat a number of emotional maladies: irritable, wimpy and indecisive, according to a press release from Mars, Incorporated, Snickers' parent company. The claimed cure for each of these is the Espresso, Fiery and Salty & Sweet bars respectively. Michael Italia, Senior Brand Manager of Snickers said, "Our new flavors paired with hunger symptoms provide an extended dimension to show how Snickers ultimately satisfies when hunger strikers." Read.
- Amplify Brands bolsters international leadership team
- Argo Tea Pushes Premium Growth Strategy
- Chobani donates yogurt to California fire victims
- Frey Farms Opens Processing Facility in Indiana
- PepsiCo: Jakeman leaves Pepsi's In-House Creative Team
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Reducing salt in restaurant food--some progress made but more needed
Medical Xpress - Restaurants are reducing sodium in some newer items on their menus, but when it comes to existing fare and use of sodium overall there has been little change, according to research led by the University of Michigan. Julia Wolfson, assistant professor of health management and policy and of nutritional sciences at the U-M School of Public Health, and colleagues examined menu items from 66 of the top 100 chain restaurants and found that while some attention has been given to offering lower-sodium options, restaurant food is still high in sodium, particularly in main-course items. High-sodium diets have serious adverse health effects. Read.
- White Castle Contest: Do You Have What It Takes To 'Be A Slider?'
Retail News & Trends      
Wal-Mart teams up with another store to fend off Amazon online
Dayton Daily News - Stores have long tried to figure out a way to do battle with Amazon and Wal-Mart may have found a solution. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is in the final stages of creating a partnership with a department store. Wal-Mart is looking to complete an online deal with department store Lord & Taylor, The Wall Street Journal reports. The deal between Wal-Mart and Lord & Taylor would likely give the department store a dedicated spot on, according to WSJ. The idea would be to create something of an online mall, accessible through Wal-Mart's website. Read.
Supplier News    
- IFF Launches Re-Imagine to Tap Unmet Consumer Opportunities
World Report    
Australia: Gravox, Fountain added to Kraft's pantry - Tomato sauce brand Fountain and gravy label Gravox are among a suite of brands sold to US food giant Kraft Heinz in a $A290 million deal. The Australian and New Zealand brands are part of the Cerebos food and instant coffee business, which was offloaded to Kraft by Japan's Suntory Group, along with Asian Home Gourmet Singapore. The sale of Cerebos - whose brands also include Saxa, Gregg's and Bisto - is expected to be completed in early 2018, subject to regulatory approvals. Read.
- France: Danone confirms CEO to take on chairman role

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