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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
David Henry Thoreau

Leading Off  
When Celebrities Talk Science
Undark Magazine - The actress and singer Zooey Deschanel has a message for Americans too poor to buy organic food: Stop eating apples, avoid fresh tomatoes, and give up on grapes, peppers, potatoes, and other items that appear among the so-called "Dirty Dozen," a list of fruits and vegetables that, when farmed and harvested using standard industrial methods, tend to carry more pesticide residues..... The problem: While this appears to be a piece of safety advice, it's hard to find any scientific support to back it up. And it's not the only questionable claim that Deschanel shares in the series... Read.

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Nestle Selling US Candy Unit to Nutella Maker Ferrero for $2.8 Billion - Nestle agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery unit to Ferrero, the Italian maker of Nutella, in the first substantial step away from the candy industry by the company that invented milk chocolate. The $2.8 billion sale of the unit, which includes the Butterfinger, Crunch and Baby Ruth brands, is also the first major divestment by the Swiss food giant since Chief Executive Officer Mark Schneider took the helm last year. Nestle plans to focus on healthier and faster-growing categories like coffee, pet food and water as the food industry grapples with a drop in demand for sugary products ..... The U.S. chocolate industry is in tumult. Hershey Co. has been cutting 15 percent of its workforce and Lindt & Spruengli AG on Tuesday reported its weakest organic sales growth since 2009 amid sluggish demand in North America. Read.

Cannabis, Booze, and Branding: 10 Macro Trends Driving Food Innovation
By Barb Stuckey at Forbes - Each year Mattson identifies a number of macro trends. Our goal is to think beyond "the next kale." We choose lifestyle trends that have the power to influence food and beverage purchases, behavior, beliefs and, of course, innovation -- the business we're in. The reason to track trends is, ultimately, to translate them into viable business opportunities. Here are our 2018 picks.
1. Cannabis Craze
For most of my life marijuana was an illegal drug. Smoking it was risky and looked upon with suspicion. And smoking was -- if not the only -- the most common way it was consumed. Increasingly, marijuana is seen as a functional food, with purported health benefits far outnumbering what consumers can get from kale, turmeric or kombucha... Read.
Around the Net    
The New Whole Foods Adopts One Of Old Grocery's Most Condemned Practices
Forbes - Among the many criticisms leveled against grocery stores that rely on slotting allowances and other supplier fees to operate their businesses is that these charges result in higher prices to consumers and a degree of sameness -- a sort of dumbing down of merchandising creativity -- across locations. That's what makes a recent Washington Post article, which suggests Whole Foods is moving to a similar system to operate its business, a head scratcher. Read.
Chicken abuse video in Florida facility has people seeking alternatives
WTSP 10 News - A viral video showing what appears to be animal abuse and filthy conditions inside a Florida egg farm is now prompting some people to look for healthier and more ethical alternatives to traditional egg production..... Lakeland-based Tampa Bay Organics is one of the local companies filling the void and providing consumers with an alternative. Read.
- Amazon accounted for 18% of US online grocery sales in 2017
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Sparkling water is still the hottest beverage among millennials
Allentown Morning Call - This year, you can expect to see a lot more sparkling drink options in stores, bars, and restaurants. The steady rise of carbonated water brands like LaCroix can be attributed to their target demographic: health-conscious millennials who are nixing soft drinks in favor of sugar-free sparkling waters. Read.
Did Cook County's failed soda tax cause sales taxes to fizzle, too?
Chicago Daily Herald - Cook County's short-lived penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages not only failed to bring in as much revenue as projected, but it might also have cost the county millions in sales tax revenue as consumers crossed county and state lines to buy their groceries. Read.
- This popular beverage is hurting your muscles
Category Snapshot: Condiments    
Food industry benefits from creating new condiments
Born2Invest - Understanding both the versatility and the potential in condiments is a surprisingly effective marketing strategy. New sauces are often created by accident, but the right market and advertisements can make them famous, like a new version of Sriracha. Sauce and condiment sales topped $25 billion in the US in 2016. You probably never considered how much your regular purchases of salad dressings contributed to the overall industry! Here's why condiments benefit business... Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Ben & Jerry's Launches Two New Vegan Ice Cream Flavors
Plant Based News - Ice-cream brand Ben & Jerry's has added two new vegan flavors to its non-dairy line. The two new flavors take the [line]up to a total of nine... The dairy-free ice-cream options are made with an almond milk base and certified vegan. The new flavors include Peanut Butter Half Baked, which features chocolate and peanut butter ice-cream with fudge brownies and gobs of peanut butter cookie dough. Read.
Cali'flour Foods' Latest Creation: The Collagen Wrap
PR Newswire (press release) - The food industry is booming with the world's cleverest healthy replacement products and Cali'flour Foods may have just changed the deli industry for good. Since the dawn of the gluten-free revolution, consumers have been changing the marketplace by demanding alternatives to the simple breads that have been a staple for years. However, it's been no easy task to reconfigure wheat-less versions of our favorite sandwiches. Lettuce wraps are a good start, but lacking. Read.
General Mills invests in Urban Remedy plant-based firm
Baking Business - Urban Remedy, a maker of plant-based ready-to-eat meals, snacks and beverages, announced the close of a $17 million series B fundraising round led by 301 INC, the business development and venturing arm of General Mills, Inc. John Foraker, formerly president of Annie's, has joined the board of directors. Read.
- Coca-Cola retains 'pouring rights' with NASCAR
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
City Girl Coffee Only Sources Its Coffee from Women-Led Farms
Food & Wine - Bohbot explains that sourcing her coffee from these farms means that the revenue goes straight back to the women who run the operation, and in her experience, that means the surrounding community reaps the benefits of a boosted economy, too. "When women have access to education and resources, they take that and put it back into their communities, [and create] more sustainable industries around them," she says. Read.
The rise of the ethnic independent
Supermarket News - Ethnic and mainstream foods have increasingly converged as consumers of all backgrounds become more exposed to the cuisines of the world through cooking shows, social media and the growing presence of globally influenced foodservice offerings. The appeal of these foods is further bolstered by the growth of ethnic populations in the U.S., which is outpacing that of the Caucasian population. Read.
- Papa John's Announces Departure of CFO
Grocery Industry News & Trends    
7-Eleven introduces healthier products
Bend Bulletin - Like thousands of U.S. convenience stores, many 7-Eleven stores cram rows of snacks between a wall of chilled sodas and a bank of churning Slurpee machines. But starting this month, 7-Eleven will also begin selling cold-pressed juice. It's organic, vegan, fair trade, non-GMO, gluten-­free -- and designed to appeal to an entirely new type of convenience-store consumer. Read.
World Report    
UK: 70% of consumers want British-made food - Almost three quarters (70%) of consumers would choose British-made products if given the choice, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 people, which was commissioned by Young's Seafood, revealed a growing trend towards the importance of buying British. The research also highlighted that six in 10 would say British cuisine was 'the best in the world', while nearly half of respondents said eating British food reminds them of their childhood. Read.
- Ireland: Guinness goes non-alcoholic with new lager
- Israel: Veganism is the hottest food trend in Israel

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