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Leading Off  
Consumer Breakfast Habits Go Beyond the Cereal Bowl
Food Institute Blog (blog) - With breakfast and snacking trends both on the rise, convenience store and grocery retailers are being presented with a unique opportunity to drive consumer traffic and interest. Two-thirds of consumers find breakfast snacks appealing, according to Technomic and The J.M. Smucker Co. in the Smucker's Trend Briefing. The highest interest in breakfast snacks comes from men within the 25-34 age bracket. Of all breakfast snacks, consumers indicate that they are most likely to purchase fruit at least occasionally, followed by breakfast sandwich snacks, cereal and doughnuts. Consumers want to purchase breakfast fare outside of morning hours; as late-night munchies, for example. Meanwhile, a third of consumers usually eat a second breakfast; specifically, male, Millennial and Hispanic consumers. 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
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Medical News Today
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National Restaurant
New Food Magazine
NPR Food
Packaged Facts
Packaging Digest
Pew Research
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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
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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
T. Hasegawa UsA
Target Flavors
Ungerer & Co. 
Virginia Dare

Watson Inc.

Weber Flavors

WILD Flavors

NYPost: In the Future, You'll Eat
Ketchup Slices and Kelp Jerky
Is Delivery the New Drive Thru?
Millennial consumers are redefining convenience, and as they do, they will redefine our dining landscape
QSR magazine - Drive thrus are not going away any time soon. When a parent is out and about with a car full of kids, nothing beats the sheer speed of ordering, the convenience of not needing to unbuckle the car seats, or the privacy of eating alone. But all of the things that are wonderful about the drive thru are even better with delivery. And all of the things you wish were different about a drive-thru ... well, are. A drive thru is more than anything about convenience. Nothing is more convenient than having dinner come to you; delivery prevents even the trip in the car to the drive thru Early on, the drive thru also enabled restaurants to focus investments on the food instead of the ambiance or the waitstaff. As Americans shift their dining behavior increasingly to delivery, restaurants will be forced to question their business models again--how do they optimize for food quality eaten off-premise? How do they reduce expenditures on features consumers aren't using like waiting areas or dining rooms? How do they differentiate their brand through great food delivered hot and fresh? Read.

Walmart Leads Amazon in Online Grocery Shopping
24/7 Wall St - Online sales of food and beverages will amount to just 2.4% of total 2018 sales that should approach $1 trillion. That's a prize approaching $23 billion. The total U.S. grocery bill, including food and nonfood items, generates about $5.5 trillion in annual sales. That's a market worth fighting over, and that's exactly what online grocers are doing. The current leader among U.S. consumers who buy most or all of their groceries online is Walmart, which grabs nearly 22% of these shoppers compared to second-place Amazon, which attracts 12%..... Although Walmart leads Amazon among consumers who buy most or all of their groceries online, Amazon has a commanding lead (59.5% versus 25.5%) among online grocery shoppers who have ever purchased groceries online. Read.

Freedonia Analyst Weighs In on Largest Egg Recall since 2010
"This recall is unsurprising, even though eggs are frequently tested for Salmonella. Farms and processing plants use disinfectants and sanitizers to prevent the spread of dangerous pathogens, but raw, whole shell eggs are not commonly pasteurized in the US. Pasteurization of raw eggs in a hot water bath can greatly reduce the chances of Salmonella contamination, but only processed egg products such as liquid egg whites must be pasteurized under current USDA regulations."
Cara Brosius, Analyst, Freedonia, quoted in PRNewswire press release. Read.
Around the Net    
Top 10 2017 Trendsetters: Healthier-For-You Indulgent Snacking Sets Pace - The market researcher's analysis of 2017's most successful consumer packaged goods (CPG) launches confirms the influence millennials continue to have on the CPG platform, with almost half saying they eat healthy and splurge equally. Halo Top -- the low-calorie, high-protein and low-sugar "lifestyle" ice cream snack -- soared with a record $324.2m in sales, followed by the $87m launch of Nabisco Good Thins, a baked cracker that offers crispy, crunchy satisfaction without artificial colors or flavors, cholesterol, high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils. Read.
Less meat, more bugs in Canadians' dietary future
The Conversation CA - Biologically speaking, humans are omnivores and we like to eat a variety of things. There is increasing interest in all sorts of alternative sources of protein as we diversify our diets. This trend is accelerating in 2018. According to Nielsen, the consumer analytics company, the proportion of Canadians identifying as vegetarian and vegan is still relatively small (six per cent and two per cent respectively), but 43 per cent of Canadians say they're planning to get more plant-based proteins into their diets. That's higher than both the United States and global average. Read.
Beverage Industry News & Trends       
Philadelphia's soda tax works, but who benefits?
Food Dive - Within two months of Philadelphia's soda tax going into effect, residents were about 40% less likely to drink sugary beverages every day than people living elsewhere, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study also found that while Philadelphia residents increased their consumption of untaxed bottled water by 58%, they didn't change how much they drank sweetened fruit beverages subject to the tax -- including Sunny Delight or Snapple varieties with less than 50% juice. Read.
Commentary & Analysis    
The Republican Farm Bill is as Broken as our Food System
Op-ed posted at Food Tank (blog) - As Congress battles over this year's Farm Bill -- the massive US$87 billion a year legislation dictating the nation's food and farming policies -- it's critical we spend all this money wisely..... Instead, the Republican Farm Bill -- scheduled for markup in the House Agriculture Committee today -- puts the environment and public health at risk by continuing to prop up a broken food and agriculture system based on heavily polluting factory farms, genetically engineered mono-crops, processed foods, exploitative labor conditions, and over-dependence on chemical and energy-intensive pesticides and fertilizers. Read.
Companies, Categories  & Brands    
Beyond Meat: Yankees-Tested Meatless Sausage Is Going National at Whole Foods
BloombergQuint - The next generation of vegan meat now includes sausage made from peas, beets and coconut oil. And you can have one with a beer while watching the Yankees play in the Bronx. Beyond Meat, the plant-based protein company backed by Bill Gates and Tyson Foods Inc., rolled out one of its newest products -- vegan bratwurst -- at Yankee Stadium this season. And now it's launching the brats, as well as sweet and hot Italian sausages, nationally at Whole Foods. Read.
Ellenos Raises Growth Capital to Expand
Business Wire (press release) - Ellenos, the cult-favorite Greek yogurt brand focused on carefully curated premium ingredients and a proprietary, slow churn process, has received a substantial minority growth investment from Monogram Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm focused on building consumer and retail brands..... Founded in 2013, Ellenos was conceived when Bob and Yvonne Klein convinced Con and Alex Apostolopoulos to port their longstanding family recipe over to the U.S. from Australia. Read.
J&J Snack Foods' Whole Fruit Frozen Novelties are Now Non-GMO Project Verified!
PR Newswire (press release) - "By partnering with the Non-GMO Project, we hope to strengthen our well-loved brand even further. We want our Whole Fruit consumers to feel good about and trust the treats they are feeding their family and friends -- this is just one additional way to help them do so," said Alissa Davis, Vice President of Marketing at J&J Snack Foods. Read.
Oatly Ups Plant Milk Production As Demand for Vegan Products Rises
LiveKindly - Vegan oat milk has become so popular that coffee shops are running out of stock, financial magazine Bloomberg reported. Oat milk producer, Oatly Inc., is increasing manufacturing in an attempt to meet demand. "There's a new plant milk in town, and it's started such a craze that coffee shops across the country are struggling to keep up with demand," the publication commented. In fact, "it's gotten so popular that just in the last month, some coffee shops were left without oat milk for days, even weeks." Read.
Sonic Slush Popsicles Are Coming To Stores
Twin Falls Times-News - There is nothing more refreshing than a cold, slushy Sonic Drive-In drink on a warm summer day. And now you can slurp your favorite Sonic drinks from your very own backyard because the company just announced that it will soon be in your grocery's freezer -- no roller-skating servers required! The new line of retail products will include frozen ice pops, gelatins, puddings and lollipops... Read.
Soylent's meal-replacement beverages are now in Walmart - but are they affordable?
MarketWatch - More Americans will now have easy access to Soylent, the meal replacement beverage that has a cult-like following with the Silicon Valley crowd, thanks to its new foray into Walmart stores. But dietitians argue that consumers looking to save on food costs should consider other avenues. Read.
That's It founder blasts meritless and "reckless" lawsuit - That's It Nutrition has vowed to vigorously defend itself against a lawsuit taking issue with its minimalist ingredients statements. That's It fruit bars have carved out a distinct niche in the fruit snack market in part because the ingredients list is so simple, typically featuring two ingredients, for example: 'apples, mangos' or 'apples, blueberries.' Read.
Vita Coco introduces PET bottle and plans to enter sparkling space
Food Dive - Vita Coco coconut water is branching out from Tetra Pak containers into a new PET bottle. It will debut its new container exclusively at 7-Eleven convenience stores this week, according to BevNET. The brand also plans to introduce a line of sparkling beverages next month that will consist of half coconut water and half sparking water in 12-ounce aluminum cans, the publication reported. Read.
- Anheuser-Busch sets out US sustainability goals
- Coca-Cola gives Fresca a refresh
- Conagra Brands: Act II's First Act
Foodservice Industry /News & Trends    
Starbucks Wants Its New "Cold Foam" to Be the Next Pumpkin Spice Latte
Fortune - How to describe Starbucks' new Cold Foam? It's looks like the head on a Guinness beer, but it doesn't dissipate and dissolve into the rest of the drink. It has a similar mouthfeel to the marshmallow topping of a key lime pie, but it's easily sip-able. And it has a name that evokes the villain of a Michael Crichton sci-fi novel, but it actually tastes pretty good..... The new menu item is part of Starbucks' effort to capitalize on a larger trend, as iced coffee has exploded in popularity... Read.
Grocery Industry News & Trends    
Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market on the future of the grocery store
Retail Customer Experience - How does the retail grocery industry adapt to the challenges wrought by e-commerce, and the consumer's propensity to shop with their mobile devices and wanting access to more information about the food they buy? ..... Amin Maredia, CEO of Sprouts Farmers Market, and Yael Cosset, chief digital officer at Kroger, agree the grocery store of the future will be more experiential and visual. As to what this store will specifically look like still remains uncertain, however. Read.
Product Review    
Taste Test: Tropicana's new juice blend a light, fresh option
Product Review posted by Laura Kessel at Canton Repository - Over the past few years, Tropicana has broadened its line of juices to include a more diverse list of beverages than just that trusty old orange. Its "premium" line of drinks has a variety of lemonade flavors, plus watermelon, pineapple, mango and strawberry juices. Now, it has expanded the line to a brand called Coco Blends. It contains two varieties -- Pineapple with Coconut Water; and Peach Passion Fruit with Coconut Water..... These 12-ounce bottles found in the refrigerated section with other juices are a tasty option for those who are looking for some light refreshment. Read.
World Report    
Australia: Murray Goulburn takeover a chance for dairy reform
FOOD Magazine - Canadian dairy processor Saputo has a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in reforming the Australian dairy industry following its pending takeover of Murray Goulburn, according to a key industry group. Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan believes there is need for change particularly in introducing transparency and fairness to contracts between farmers and processors. Read.
- France: Danone Yogurt Business Gains Ground, Boosting Sales Growth
- Netherlands: Dutch government mulls nutrition logo

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