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Leading Off  
"TCP" the Key to Designing Winning New Product Concepts
Column posted by Bob Messenger, Editor, The Morning Cup (E-mail) - I know I will sound like a broken record with some of this, but the recipe for developing 'potentially' successful new products is fairly simple: Taste, Convenience, Price, or TCP. I don't care how innovative a product is, how trendy it is, how healthy it is, how environmentally friendly it is, or how it should appeal to this or that demographic, the bottom line for the majority of consumers is so simple. Right off, it flat-out has to taste good. The best, most progressive new food idea in the world will have a tough go of it if the taste is a turn-off. Also, in today's frantic, fast-moving society, it needs to possess a degree of convenience that makes it fast and easy to consume. The faster the better. Finally, even though the economy is humming along at a pretty good clip, price still matters. Maybe not as much, but if I'm going to pay more for a product, it had better knock taste and convenience out of the ballpark or you'll never get me (and most consumers) back again. That's how I see it.

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Watchdog Agency Releases Study on the Takeover of Organic Milk
Forget Amazon chatter: Walmart is winning the grocery war
Business Standard - Walmart Inc's blowout quarter provided a stark reminder that despite all the buzz around Inc.'s Prime Day and its push into the food business, the Arkansas retailer remains the undisputed goliath of the grocery aisle. The world's biggest retailer posted its best quarterly sales growth in the grocery category in nine years, fueled by an improved selection of low-priced produce, meat and bakery items. It's also rolled out curbside pickup of online food orders to more than 1,800 stores, more than double what it had a year ago, and will offer home delivery to about 40 per cent of the US by the end of the year. Combined, those initiatives will allow Walmart to expand on its dominant share of the $800 billion US grocery market, where it collects about 25 cents of every dollar spent, according to researcher Euromonitor. Amazon, for all the noise around its acquisition of Whole Foods Market and the discounts it's dangling on fresh-caught halibut for members of its Prime loyalty program, isn't even close, with less than a 2 per cent share. Read.
Around the Net    
Plant-based better than artificial food preservatives, scientists claim
Food & Drink International - Researchers in Singapore have discovered a plant-based food preservative which they claim is more effective than artificial preservatives. The organic preservative comprises a naturally-occurring substance known as 'flavonoids', a diverse group of phytonutrients found in almost all fruits and vegetables. The flavonoids created by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists have strong anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties -- two key traits of preservatives that inhibit bacterial growth and keep food fresher for longer. Read.
Category: Honey    
Beekeepers question vegan honey's bee-free cred
Food & Drink Business - The commercial honey industry is questioning the bee-free status of a new Vegan Honey product that's made from apple juice concentrate. Vegan Honey is described as a vegan-friendly product that is 100 per cent cruelty-free. However bee-keepers say the product, which is made by The Golden Ratio in Byron Bay, still makes use of bees in the apple pollination process, according to The Weekly Times. The industry also reportedly opposes the company's use of the word honey given it doesn't actually contain any honey. Read.
Commentary & Analysis    
Don't toss that box of Lucky Charms
Column posted by Byron McCauley at - Moms and dads in Greater Cincinnati, exhale. That bowl of Lucky Charms or instant oatmeal you fed your kids yesterday probably poses less of a health risk to them than riding in a car or flying in a commercial airliner. Nevertheless, it had to be alarming Wednesday to see one of America's favorite cereals, Roundup pesticide and "cancer risk" in the same sentence. A study by the Michigan-based Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that glyphosate, the active ingredient used in Roundup, in all but five of 29 oat-based foods the group tested, including some of the nation's most popular food brands... Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Ethan's Launches MCT Shot Line - In its first year, functional shot maker Ethan's established itself in the natural channel with a line of apple cider vinegar shots launched in 2017. But founder and CEO Ethan Hirshberg said he never intended the brand to be boxed into a single category, and is expanding the platform with a new line of medium chain triglyceride (MCT) products that launched in Whole Foods last month. Read.
General Mills Responds to Report of Cancer-Linked Chemical Found in Cereals
Yahoo News - After a report was released on Wednesday claiming that popular cereals like Cheerios and Lucky Charms were found to contain traces of glyphosate, a controversial weed-killing chemical that has been linked to cancer, General Mills is coming to their own defense. "Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels," the company said in a statement to Fast Company. "The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow as do farmers who grow crops including wheat and oats. We continue to work closely with farmers, our suppliers and conservation organizations to minimize the use of pesticides on the crops and ingredients we use in our foods." Read.
Heineken CMO: Cannabis Drinks Won't Replace Beer
Cheddar - Bud might seem like the new brew, with so many beer companies investing in cannabis and making THC-infused beverages. But Heineken's future, like its long history, lies in beer. "We believe that core growth still remains in the beer category itself," Jonnie Cahill, Heineken USA's chief marketing officer said in an interview with Cheddar. "For sure there will be some overlap between the categories, but we know over time beer is a staple of young people and everybody's life." Read.
PepsiCo Creates The Hive To Focus On Developing Emerging Brands
Food Safety    
Chipotle to retrain all workers on food safety after hundreds fall ill KUSA - Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to retrain all of its restaurant workers nationwide on food safety after nearly 650 customers became ill after eating recently at one of its Ohio restaurants. The company confirmed Thursday to USA Today that it would launch the training next week after the episode in Powell, Ohio. "Chipotle has a zero-tolerance policy for any violations of our stringent food safety standards and we are committed to doing all we can to ensure it does not happen again," CEO Brian Niccol said in a statement. Read.
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Dunkin' Donuts Reveals New 'Maple' Fall Menu - Dunkin' Donuts is ringing in fall a month early with the addition of several new maple-inspired menu items. The leaves may not be changing colors just yet, but Dunkin' Donuts is changing its menu to reflect the changing of seasons. On Wednesday, the popular donut chain announced the addition of several new special menu items, all drawing inspiration from the autumnal season. Read.
Government, Politics & Regulatory    
Bill Requiring Warning Labels for Sugary Beverages in California Dies in Legislative Committee
KTLA - A bill that would have required warnings on all sugar-sweetened beverages in California died in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. The bill, AB 1335 authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), would have required that every sugar-sweetened beverage sold in California in a sealed container be labeled with the words, "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay." Vending machines that offered those drinks would have been required to have warning labels as well. Read.
Retail News & Trends      
Walmart sales growth was the best in a decade
WFSB - So much for all those worries that Walmart was losing ground to Amazon. Walmart delivered its best US sales growth in more than a decade, and digital sales surged 40 percent. Some analysts were worried that growth in Walmart's numerous digital operations, including Jet, ModCloth and Moosejaw as well as, were starting to slow. Read.
World Report    
Global: Snack makers crack the social media code
Food & Drink Business - A growing market for packaged snacks is driving suppliers to search for more ways to engage with consumers via social media channels. And according to a new report by software company Digimind, there's plenty of scope for brands to boost customer engagement and experiences to stay top-of-mind and drive sales.... The packaged snacks industry is projected to be worth $150 billion by the end of 2025, according to Digimind, due to consumers' growing disposable incomes and appetites for convenience and comfort. Read.
UK: Exaggerated portions alongside real nutrition claims on cereal boxes may mislead consumers
The Conversation UK - Eating healthy cereals in moderation can contribute to a balanced diet. However, many breakfast cereals on offer in the UK contain very high levels of sugar. In fact, based on total product weight, some are made up of more than a third of the sweet stuff. For children, breakfast cereals can be more than just a morning meal. Because they are quick and easy to prepare, kids tend to snack on them throughout the day too. Read.
Canada: Pinnacle Foods to close Canadian plant
Canada: Tim Hortons looks to tackle leaky lids
UK: General Mills unveils new Fibre One and Nature Valley products

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