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A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
Benjamin Franklin

Leading Off  
Consumers Force Companies to Feel Power of the Internet
Column posted by Bob Messenger, Editor, The Morning Cup (E-mail) - Look, I'll be honest, I'd rather not know what a company's stand is on social, cultural, and political issues. I mean, just sell me your products, don't encourage me to stop and think about whether I want to do business with you because of what you think and who you support. I'd rather politics and partisan social issues not play a role in my purchasing decisions. In a lot of ways, I feel some empathy for companies entrapped by today's contentious political and cultural environments that seem to force marketers to choose sides. It's obvious, Americans have learned to use the internet as a weapon against companies, demanding transparency that splashes sunlight on corporate values and positions.  Yes, many companies have willingly 'outed' themselves, firmly stating their corporate beliefs irrespective of who it might upset or anger. But I think, given the choice, most companies would rather just sell their products than climb on a soapbox and risk alienating tens of millions of consumers. But that's just my spin.

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Ben & Jerrys
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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
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Dairy Queen
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Dean Foods
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General Mills
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Goya Foods
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Happy Egg Co.
Healthy Choice

Hershey Co. 
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Hillshire Brands
Honest Tea
Hormel Foods
Hostess Brands
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Jimmy Dean
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Just Born Inc. 
Kashi Foods
Kellogg Co. 
Kona Red
Kraft Heinz Co. 
M&M Brands
McCormick spices
Michael Foods
Mondelez Intl
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Orville Redenbacher
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Republic of Tea
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sams Club
shake shack
smithfield Foods
sonic Drive-In
starbucks Coffee
Taco Bell
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Azteca Foods
Ben & Jerrys
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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
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McCain Foods
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McDonalds Corp
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National Chicken
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Ocean spray
Ole Mexican Foods
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Pilgrims Pride Corp. 
Pinnacle Foods
Post Foods
Ralcorp Holdings
Ralphs Grocery
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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

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Allen Flavors
Aromatech Intl
Bell Flavors &

Bickford Flavors
Blue Pacific Flavors
Blue star Flavors
Carmi Flavor and
Fragrance Co. 

Comax Flavors
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David Michael & Co
Edlong Dairy

Flavor Dynamics
Flavor Infusion
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FONA International
Fontana Flavors
Gamay Flavors
Givaudan Flavors
GLCC Flavors
Gold Coast

Gum Technology
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Hagelin Flavor

Innova Flavors
Intl Flavors &
Fragrances (IFF)

International Food
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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
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Target Flavors
Ungerer & Co. 
Virginia Dare

Watson Inc.

Weber Flavors

WILD Flavors

Healthy Sugar Alternatives Are Here to Stay
Americans Expected To Eat Record Amounts Of Protein In 2018
Two big meat companies, Tyson and Cargill, recently invested in a lab-grown protein start-up. Some said it was a sign Americans' love affair with meat had cooled. Actually, the U.S. is expected to eat a record amount of meat and poultry this year
By Peggy Lowe, NET Website
- Seeking what he called "clean" food for lunch, Alexander Minnelli chose ProteinHouse, one of the newer restaurants in downtown Kansas City. The bodybuilder ordered a Greek Bowl, which was topped with a "natural" turkey burger, produced without antibiotics. Minnelli describes "clean" as a number of things: "not something deep-fried," "non-GMO, no preservatives, something cooked right away, fresh." Healthy eaters like Minnelli are helping drive what will be a record year for meat consumption in the U.S., along with cheap meat prices and trends like a "pork craze." Each one of us, on average, will consume more than 222 pounds of beef, pork, chicken or turkey, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "We are a nation of protein eaters," said David Portalatin, a food industry analyst with NPD Group, a global firm that tracks consumer behavior. Read.

Icon Foods CEO: 'Out of All of the Projects that are in the R&D Queue Right Now, Allulose is Dominating' - Allulose is the sweetener generating the most buzz among food formulators right now, although many are waiting to see if the FDA exempts it from sugar labeling (it's technically a sugar, but it's not metabolized like one), before launching products featuring the ingredient, says Icon Foods CEO Thom King. An ultra low-calorie sugar found naturally in jackfruit and figs that Tate & Lyle, Matsutani, and CJ CheilJedang are making in commercial quantities from corn using enzymes, allulose has the clean taste, bulk and functionality of regular sugar (sucrose), and about 70% of its sweetness..... The stumbling block is that it currently counts towards 'total sugar' and 'added sugar' on the Nutrition Facts panel... "Savvy manufacturers are skating to where the puck is going. And that is allulose, which is in huge demand and will be in even bigger demand if the FDA gives it its own line item on the nutritional panel and takes it out of the added sugar category​..." Read.
Around the Net    
Why Americans still avoid MSG, even though its 'health effects' have been debunked
Washington Post - On April 4, 1968, a biomedical researcher wrote a letter that would forever change how America eats. In it, Robert Ho Man Kwok described a strange illness he contracted at Chinese restaurants -- specifically those that cooked with the flavoring MSG. MSG was popular in the United States at the time. But when Kwok's letter hit the New England Journal of Medicine, the ingredient's fortunes reversed: Consumers spurned it. Food-makers axed it. Scientists threw themselves into critical MSG research. Fifty years later, 4 in 10 U.S. consumers still say they actively avoid MSG...despite repeat studies that have shown MSG does not produce numbness, weakness or heart palpitations, the symptoms Kwok experienced. Read.
"There's a lot of joy in the sensory experience of chocolate, and the social sharing of chocolate. Sharing in that together opens a door to then address that there's another side of [chocolate], one in which humans have made these really troubling decisions. This is a commodity that's typified by inequality, and how might decisions that we make as consumers change this?"
Carla Martin, Harvard scholar whose class is titled 'Chocolate Culture and the Politics of Food", quoted at Read.
- Consumers Have Spoken: Taste Matters Most
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Proposed Washington state initiative aims to ban soda taxes
KHQ Right Now - A group backed by the soda industry is seeking to bar cities and counties in Washington state from imposing their own taxes on sodas or other sweetened beverages. The Daily Herald reports that the political committee, Yes! To Affordable Groceries, has submitted language for a proposed statewide initiative..... The group's financial muscle comes from the American Beverage Association, with key donors including The Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. Read.
Expo West 2018 Video: New Packaging and Functional Offerings Fuel Kombucha Innovation - In this video, BevNET's John Craven and Martin Caballero discuss how some of the major trends in kombucha as seen at Expo West 2018 -- including the introduction of smaller package sizes -- could impact kombucha's presence across retail channels and highlight new line extensions aimed at addressing consumers' shifting dietary needs and preferences. Read.
Commentary, Columns & Analysis    
GMO labeling: An opportunity for consumer education or ...?
Column posted by 'Farm Babe' Michelle Miller at AgDaily - The USDA is set to review GMO labeling again. Apparently, the idea is to put QR codes on foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients so consumers can know and choose what to buy based on the information from these codes. But this is nonsense. Although foods already contain numerous labels, a vast majority of them are misleading, wrong, or just a marketing tool to sell something. The GMO label would add to confusion and give food companies one more way to mislead people for profit. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Cargill starts production of optimized stevia extract
FoodIngredientsFirst - Cargill has officially started producing EverSweet, a zero-calorie, next-generation sweetener made with two of the best tasting sweet compounds found in the stevia leaf, Reb M and Reb D..... "Cargill has set a new benchmark for sweetness without calories with our EverSweet sweetener," says Andrew Ohmes, global stevia business leader for Cargill. "Our goal has always been to address our customers' needs to make lower-calorie products that taste great and are affordable to all." Read.
National Beverage Co...
"Over the years, I have witnessed most major players in the carbonated soft drink (CSD) business educate retailers on 'How to make less -- Profits!' These same players are now trying to do the same in the true sparkling water segment. But, today, the concerned retailers are rebuking these harmful efforts to destroy their opportunity to continue sustaining the high growth/better margin of the sparkling water segment. Additionally, they have resisted compromising this authentic, healthy segment of their business -- with rigorous diligence. ... Advantage LaCroix!"
National Beverage CEO Nick Caporella, quoted in a press release, posted at Read.
SeaPak launches new frozen seafood soup line at Walmart
- The SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Company has followed Asian flavor themes in its first offering of frozen, microwaveable seafood soups to be made available at Walmart stores: shrimp wonton and Thai coconut shrimp... SeaPak said the meals can go from freezer to table in six minutes. The soups contain no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors and are made with responsibly sourced shrimp that is certified by Best Aquaculture Practices, according to the company. Read.
- Arctic Zero Introduces New Light Ice Cream
- JM Smucker sued over alleged euthanasia drug in dog food
- Mikesell's introduces two new potato chip flavors
Confectionery News & Trends    
Tracking New Candy Trends
"Chocolate sales were up in 2017. Most of the growth has come from king-size, resealable pouch bags and innovation ..... I think chocolate will continue to perform well in 2018 due to what looks like strong innovation from Hershey, Mars and, now, Mondelez with the Oreo chocolate bars. Dark chocolate, white chocolate and mint chocolate make up a large part of the innovation. Mars seems to be vying for the customer base of Reese's with chocolate peanut butter offerings from Snickers and Twix."
Mike Clifford, category manager at Clifford Fuel, quoted at Read.
Culture Watch    
Why Mayo Is Better on Burgers Than Ketchup
"Burgers taste better with mayo. Yeah, delicious, creamy mayonnaise, scooped straight from the jar, judiciously smeared across a lightly toasted bun and smooshed into a juicy patty--hold the ketchup, hold the mustard. You've gotta try it. Somewhere down the line, America decided that burgers go with ketchup, whether squeezed from white Heinz packets, pumped from Heinz counter tubs, or smacked with the heel of your hand from a glass Heinz bottle. But in drenching our burgers with ketchup, we've masked the flavor of grilled meat."
From an article by Sarah Rebse posted at Read.
Flavors & Ingredients: The Suppliers    
ADM realigns to better reflect operating structure
Food Business News - Archer Daniels Midland Co. is realigning its business segments into four units: Carbohydrate Solutions, Nutrition, Oilseeds and Origination. The new segments better reflect the company's operating structure and will allow ADM to further highlight the differences in its product and service offerings, the Chicago-based company said when announcing the changes March 19. Read.
- Senomyx hires firm to explore strategic alternatives
- Report: Global Natural Fragrance Market 2018
Food Safety    
Infections linked to Natural Grocers coconut; recall underway
Food Safety News - Six illnesses have been reported in connection with Natural Grocers brand organic Coconut Smiles, which are now under recall after the company and the FDA confirmed Salmonella contamination in the product. Natural Grocers of Lakewood, CO, distributed the implicated Coconut Smiles to 145 stores in 19 states, according to a recall news release from the company. Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Einstein Bros. Launches New Cheese Shampoo and Bacon Conditioner
PRNewswire - Cheese. Bacon. Repeat! Einstein Bros. Bagels today released a new line of Cheesy Shampoo and Wakin' Bacon Conditioner, giving breakfast enthusiasts an entirely new way to incorporate their love for cheese and bacon into their morning routines. Consumers can purchase the set of shampoo and conditioner...for $9.99 at while supplies last. Read.
Bob's Spin: Oh yeah, that's what we all want, hair that smells like a cheese and bacon bagel. Try to get a date with that aroma hanging over your head.
Is Starbucks releasing another brightly colored blended drink?
FoodSided - People are buzzing that Starbucks is preparing to release the Crystal Ball Frappuccino. Could another brightly colored blended drink take over your Instagram feed? While Starbucks hasn't confirmed the rumors, many outlets are speculating that a new Frappuccino will be coming soon. The alleged Crystal Ball Frappuccino is said to be a special limited edition blended drink. Read.
Wendy's Unveils New Restaurant Design in Portsmouth, VA
PRNewswire - With revitalized decor, comfortable seating and other amenities, customers will enjoy a stunning new Wendy's experience when they visit the new restaurant..... "This restaurant has bold curb appeal and features a modern design--inside and out," said Andrew Krumholz, Managing Partner of Wendy's franchise organization Delight Restaurant Group. "It has a fresh look and feel that matches Wendy's high quality food." Read.
- Chili's: New Loyalty Program Rewards the Guest on Every Visit
- Chipotle Names Chris Brandt Chief Marketing Officer
- Darden continues expansion of Bahama Breeze
- McDonald's seeks to cut both greenhouse and cattle gases
Grocery Industry News & Trends    
Online grocery CEOs: Using stores to fulfill orders is not the answer
Food Dive - Two leading online grocery CEOs offered pointed critiques of brick-and-mortar retailers' efforts in the space during keynote speeches at the Shoptalk conference Monday in Las Vegas. Tim Steiner, CEO of Ocado, pointed out that grocers have moved too slowly and have executed poorly to meet consumer demand. "It's quite simple. The services aren't good enough, the propositions aren't good enough, the food isn't fresh enough and the prices are too high." Read.
Health & Wellness    
Chewing Gum Can Benefit Your Health
Times Lifestyle - Many people create the habit of chewing gum for a long time. On the one hand, there are always people who criticize it and say it is not good or recommended, but the truth is that chewing gum can have several benefits for your health. Several studies carried out in different universities and institutes showed several benefits that improve health by chewing gum. Read.
World Report    
Canada: Public trust in Loblaws drops 10% in three months, study says
Toronto Star - Canadian consumers have lost some confidence in Loblaw Cos. Ltd. since the announcement in December that it participated in a scheme to fix the price of bread for 14 years, according to the results of a new survey from Dalhousie University. Conducted in November 2017 and this March, the research found that trust in Loblaw dropped an even 10 per cent over the period. Sobeys, the only other grocery retailer included in both surveys, actually gained public trust, registering a 1.4 per cent increase. Read.
UK: Is this the 'greatest beverage in the history of the universe'?
Minster FM - Yorkshire Tea are claiming, boldly they add, that they have invented the 'greatest beverage in the history of the universe'... They've created a 'biscuit brew' - a perfect diet-friendly way of brewing up, without the temptation of dunking some biscuits into your tea! ..... It does taste like tea and biscuits - this leaves us thinking why this genius idea hasn't been thought of before... Read.

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