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Campbell Soup Approaches Snyder's-Lance for Potential Acqusition
Food Dive - Snack maker Snyder's-Lance is consulting with an investment bank to weigh a potential sale after it was approached by Campbell Soup and at least one other company, according to CNBC. Snyder's-Lance owns brands such as Cape Cod potato chips, Archway cookies, Snyder's pretzels and Pop Secret popcorn. Snyder and Lance merged in 2010, and acquired Diamond Foods in 2016. Campbell Soup, a $14 billion company, has been focusing on expanding its organic and better-for-you offerings, most recently with the purchase of Pacific Foods. CNBC cautioned that talks are continuing, but there is no guarantee that a deal will be reached between Campbell Soup or another company. Read.

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- Banza chickpea pasta rolls out to 8000+ stores
- Kroger expands meal kits to more markets
- McKee Foods: Aryzta denies damages to McKee in US
- Old Silvana Creamery recalls raw milk for E. coli
- Walmart, Target dropping Mario Batali's products from stores
McDonald's New 'McVegan' Is Such A Hit That It's Becoming A Permanent Menu Item
[It] is still too early to know if the Nordic-developed burger will extend to restaurants in the rest of Europe and the United States
- McDonald's and the word "meatless" cognitively go together, but probably more in the "Are we sure this is meat?" way than the "vegan option" way. But earlier this fall, McDonald's tested out changing that narrative with a trial soy-based burger called the "McVegan." We did not see it coming, and especially this soon, but the McVegan is becoming a permanent menu item. Starting December 28th in Finland and Sweden, the McVegan will join its Big Mac and McNuggets buddies as a part of the main menu. The extensive testing period for the McVegan included trying out more than 100 different recipes to perfect the soy burger's flavor and by doing so, hopefully making the range of burgers more appealing to millennial consumers. While Staffan Ekstam, Head of Food Strategy at McDonald's in Sweden, said, "the test in Finland blew all the expectations out of the water..." Read.

Unilever to Sell Margarine and Spreads Unit to KKR for $8 Billion
Bloomberg - Unilever has agreed to sell its margarine and spreads business to KKR for $8 billion, it said on Friday, confirming an earlier report by Reuters saying the U.S. private equity fund had made it into exclusive talks to buy the shrinking business. The private equity firm's purchase of the division, whose brands include Flora and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, is the biggest leveraged buyout announced in Europe this year. Completion is expected in the middle of 2018, the companies said in a statement Friday. The sale advances Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman's effort to focus Unilever on smaller but faster-growing brands such as Pukka Herbs tea and Sir Kensington's condiments. The company, like rivals such as Nestle SA, is grappling with changing tastes that mean some of its older products are out of favor as consumers seek fresher, healthier alternatives. The London- and Rotterdam-based company is under pressure to simultaneously cut costs and accelerate sales after fending off an unsolicited, $143 billion takeover bid this year from Kraft Heinz Co. Read.

Premium Juice Takes On Sugar Challenge - All sugars are not created equal. However, they're all still sugars. While the issue of sugar intake has long been an issue for sodas and shelf-stable juices, brands in the super-premium juice category aren't immune to it either. While these health-haloed angels are known for their fresher, natural ingredients and typically abstain from using any added sugars, they still find themselves in a difficult position -- adding some fruit juices for flavor can cause the sugar content in their juice products to quickly climb to levels that may deter the type of health conscious consumers for which they are designed to appeal. In the face of the growing anti-sugar movement, juice brands are responding by refining their offerings and attitudes towards the formulation, marketing and processing of their products in divergent and innovative ways. Read.

"Amazon's entry into the grocery business is not a slam dunk. But consumers have long indicated that they want an omnichannel experience when they shop, as well as the added flexibility of being able to pick up their orders at store locations. As customers rely more heavily on the ease, speed and convenience of e-commerce, they will increasingly extend those online buying habits to grocery shopping..... Even as Walmart and other retailers increase their online grocery presence, Amazon will have plenty of opportunity to nab customers, including its more than 80 million Prime members."
Excerpt from an article posted by Pamela DeLoatch (pictured) at Food Dive. Read.

- Declines in US teen alcohol consumption falter in 2017 - study
- Healthy Vending Is Trending
- SNAXPO18 to Host Resources into Everything Snacking
Around the Net    
More big names leave the GMA" Unilever and Tyson - The industry is evolving - "and so is GMA" says the Grocery Manufacturers Association after two more big names (Unilever and Tyson Foods) told Politico they would not be renewing their membership in 2018, following similar announcements from Campbell Soup, Nestle, Dean Foods and Mars. Neither firm has gone into detail about its decision - with Unilever telling Politico that it was increasing its focus on "advocacy aligned with delivering our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan​," and Tyson explaining that it is "moving toward a more global discussion about the future of food​." Read.
The food industry needs to stop hiding nutrition information
Posted by Mindy Haar at The Hill (blog) - Nearly four in ten American adults are obese according to new government data. That's an all-time high. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed two rules to help combat this obesity epidemic. The first would require chain restaurants to include calorie counts on their menus so customers can make informed choices. The second would update the Nutrition Facts Label -- the black-and-white nutritional content box found on everything from soda cans to potato chip bags. Some of the largest food manufacturers and restaurant groups are working overtime to defeat these rules... Deploying the full muscle of their lobbyists, these firms have successfully pressured regulators to delay implementation of the regulations. Read.
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Hot Tea May Lower Glaucoma Risk
Live Science - Hot tea may do more than warm your insides: Drinking at least one cup of caffeinated tea a day may lower a person's risk for glaucoma, a new study suggests. Researchers found that daily hot-tea drinkers were 74 percent less likely to be diagnosed with glaucoma, compared with those who drank no tea, according to the study, which was published today (Dec. 14)in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Blue Bunny Names FCB Chicago as Its Creative Agency of Record
Adweek - Ice cream-maker Blue Bunny has chosen FCB Chicago as its creative agency of record after a three-month competitive review. The Wells Enterprises brand handed its creative duties to FCB Chicago because of its "clear read on today's consumer" and its "authentic insight," according to a statement from the Interpublic Group agency. Five other agencies were involved in the pitch, though it's not known which ones. "Beyond creative capabilities, we were looking for an agency that would help us build our brand by resonating with our fun-loving consumers in a more relevant way," said Joe Brooks, vice president of Blue Bunny premium brands... Read.
General Mills: Why frosting takes more than the cake
PRNewswire - The Kitchens of General Mills team regularly pursues innovation projects to dig deeper into food trends that align with its product or recipe offerings. The group's latest project was focused on frosting, and resulted in seven new recipes for that bring frosting from the sidelines to the center stage, with a supporting cast of other ingredients..... "We took it upon ourselves to start baking with frosting. Something we'd never really done before," [Kristen Olson, a senior digital planner for The Kitchens of General Mills] explained. "We wanted to make it the star of the recipe instead of just being an added ingredient on the top. We wanted to see how we could mix it or bake it in." Read.
Sanderson Farms connects NFL to recent slump in wing sales
Waco Tribune-Herald - Chicken giant Sanderson Farms, which operates a 1,500-employee plant in Waco, had a bone to pick with the National Football League when it released fourth-quarter and annual sales totals Thursday. Sanderson Farms CEO Joe F. Sanderson Jr. suggested NFL protests that involve players taking a knee during the national anthem have turned off fans who no longer flock to sports bars to devour chicken wings. "The NFL has hurt the wing stores," Sanderson said during a conference call to discuss earnings. "There's not as much traffic going through some of the wing places we service." Read.
Consumer Culture, News & Trends    
Study: Hispanic consumers are more profitable grocery shoppers
Food Dive - A study from Acosta and Univision finds that Hispanic shoppers are more profitable than total U.S. shoppers. The research shows that while spending per trip is similar between the two groups, Hispanic shoppers go to the grocery store more frequently than other U.S. shoppers. Hispanic consumers enjoy the meal planning experience more than other demographics, according to the report. At the grocery store, 79% of Hispanics shop with others -- usually a spouse or children. With children accompanying the parent on a shopping trip 35% of the time, they have significant influence on products purchased. Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Taco Bell says self-serve ordering kiosks are next big push for 2018
OCRegister - Taco Bell announced plans Thursday to step up its digital services in 2018, including adding self-serve ordering kiosks in restaurants. The Irvine-based chain, which operates more than 6,700 restaurants, said it has reached an agreement with its franchisees to fund new technologically-driven services that provide "customers and team members with frictionless digital experiences." Among the priorities for diners is to expedite the number of self-serve ordering stations at restaurants in 2018. The new program, called "All Access," is aimed at providing an easy connection -- from delivery to group ordering. Read.
- Subway: Some owners not so happy with return of $4.99 sandwich promotion
- Wahlburgers plans more restaurants with new Meijer partnership
- Whole Foods Adds New Vegan Dishes to Salad Bars Nationwide
- Trump Delivers A Favor For The Fast-Food Industry
World Report    
Canada: 8 Food Trends to Make Your Mouth Water in 2018 - This past year has been a big one on the Canadian food scene as we've seen trends like alternative proteins, accessible vegan, clean eating, simple ingredients and global-Canadian fusion come to life. And charcoal, lots of charcoal. After meeting with a council of Canada's top chefs, academics and food writers, Mark Russell, executive chef for Loblaws, shares a taste of a few trends that will be big in 2018. Read.
UK: Healthy living makes us more inclined to binge, finds research
The Independent - Thanks to the rising popularity of restricted diets in the UK, "free from" foods have never been more in demand. Gluten-free breads, dairy-free milks and other plant-based products have been some of the most favoured foods in British supermarkets this year. However, while we're busy filling our shopping trolleys with gluten-free goodness, we're also jamming it with junk food and alcohol, new research suggests. Read.
- Latin America: How Has Coca-Cola Turned Around Its Fortunes
- New Zealand: Burger King launches new beverage range
- UK: Ban sales of energy drinks to under 16s, says report
- UK: Regular takeaways linked to kids' heart disease and diabetes risk

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