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Whole Foods Market Awards Media Planning Account To MediaCom

Whole Foods Market awarded its national media planning and buying account to MediaCom. Worth about $60 million, the account covers all aspects of media planning and buying, including search, social, and data. At least six agencies participated in the competitive review of the account.

"Whole Foods Market Hires MediaCom for Media Planning, Buying", Advertising Age, January 23, 2017

Carrefour Reports Strong Sales Growth In 4Q And Full-Year 2016

Carrefour reported total sales, including petrol, rose 3.7 percent to €27.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Also, total sales grew 2.1 percent to €103.7 billion in the full year, compared with the previous year. Excluding petrol, the retailer posted total sales of €85.7 billion, an increase of 3.3 percent from the previous year. International sales rose 4.9 percent in the full year, with Other European Countries posting an increase of 2.0 percent, while Latin America showed a strong growth of 13.5 percent.

"Carrefour 2016 4th Quarter and Full Year Sales", Carrefour, January 19, 2017

Asda Offers Cheapest Grocery Prices In UK, Which? Report Shows

Asda is the UK’s supermarket with the lowest prices in 2016, according to a new Which? research from the Consumers’ Association. Per the report, Asda’s basket of 80 items, which include Dolmio sauch, Nescafe Gold Blend, and Warburton bread, cost an average of £154.14. Morrisons was the second cheapest at £160.19, followed by Sainsbury’s with £162.11 and Waitrose with £172.27. Results of the monthly comparisons also revealed that Asda was consistently cheaper than its rivals.

"Asda cheapest supermarket of 2016", Which?, January 13, 2017

General Mills Runs First TV Ads In The U.K. For Snack Brand Fiber One

Snack brand Fiber One has launched its first TV ad campaign in the U.K. The $1.2 million effort is scheduled to run for four weeks in January, considered the peak diet season. It is expected to reach seven million consumers. The television campaign will be supplemented with a sampling effort in Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s supermarkets that will put the product into the hands of at least 500,000 people. Fiber One snacks contain 90 calories, and are high in fiber and low in fat. [ Image credit: © 

"Fibre One Launches its First TV Advertising Campaign", The Food & Drink Innovation, January 10, 2017

Kellogg Unleashes Barrage Of New Snack, Cereal, Frozen Products

Kellogg has introduced 50 new products in its breakfast cereal, granola, toaster pastry, snack and frozen food lines. The company noted that many of the new products are made with natural flavors and colors, including Disney Princess cereal, Special K Nourish Bites and Nutri-Grain Bakery Delights crumb cake snacks, and all Eggo frozen breakfast products. Other new products include Special K Nourish granola, Cinnamon Frosted Flakes,Pop-Tarts coffee-inspired toaster pastries, Cheez-it Duoz Bacon & Cheddar crackers, five new flavors of Pringles LOUD crisps, and MorningStar Farms Veggie Bowls. [ Image credit: © theimpulsivebuy ]

"Fun, Delicious, Nutritious: Kellogg Company Unveils Full Slate of New Products", News release, Kellogg Company, January 10, 2017

Jennie-O Sausage Is Now Leaner, Cleaner

Sausage-maker Jennie-O has changed the formulation of its turkey product to contain less fat (six grams) and less sodium. The company now claims the product is “all natural” with a “simple, clean ingredients” that include turkey, salt, sugar, spices and rosemary extract. In addition, the 110 calorie sausage is “minimally processed” and is free of BHT, BHA and other common preservatives. [ Image credit: ©  Jennie-O ]

"Jennie-O Introduces All Natural Turkey Sausage With Simple, Familiar Ingredients, No Preservatives", News release, Jennie-O, January 09, 2017

Look For A Revival Of French Cooking In 2017

Culinary textbook author Priscilla Martel predicts that French cuisine will gain in popularity in 2017. Calling it the “new golden age of French food,” Martel sees especially a resurgence of French bread and classic French pastries. Look for American versions of patisserie, including well-crafted viennoiserie, the formal name for croissants, Danish and other pastries made with buttery flaky dough. [ Ham and cheese croissant, image credit: ©  Charles Haynes ]

"Stephen Fries: Predicting food trends for 2017, plus a recipe for congee", New Haven (Conn.) Register, January 03, 2017

Taco Bell Commits To Cleaner Ingredients In Menu Items

Taco Bell announced that early this year it will remove all antibiotics used in human medicine from its chicken served in U.S. restaurants. By 2018 it expects to remove all preservatives and other additives from its food, and will serve only eggs from cage-free chickens, by 2018. The company reduced sodium content in its food by 15 percent in 2008, and now promises to reduce sodium by another 10 percent by 2025. [ Image credit: ©  Taco Bell  ]

"Taco Bell Rings In 2017 With New Year’s Commitments", News release, Taco Bell, January 03, 2017

Burger King’s Parent Company Promises To Get Rid Of Antibiotics In Chicken

Restaurant Brands International, parent company of Burger King and donut chain Tim Hortons, has announced plans to reduce antibiotic use in its chickens. The company, which has been under pressure for months from public health advocates, has now updated the “responsibility” page of its website to explain the new commitment to curbing the use of antibiotics “deemed by the World Health Organization as ‘critically important’ to human medicine." The changes will be implemented in the U.S. this year and in Canada next year. [ Image credit: ©  Burger King Canada ]

"Burger King, Tim Hortons to curb antibiotics used in chicken", Reuters, December 29, 2016

Cargill Adds New Emulsifier To Product Line With Unique Benefits

Deoiled canola lecithin is an emulsifier with some unique advantages for food manufacturers seeking to meet consumer ingredient demands. According to  Cargill, which just added deoiled canola lecithin to its product line, the ingredient is a versatile emulsifier and dispersing agent that can be used in chocolate and confectionery, bakery and convenience foods. Dispersibility, functionality, taste and color are comparable to soy and sunflower lecithin. Added advantages include the fact it is non-GMO option, may be used in organic products, and need not be declared as a major food allergen. [ Deoiled lecithin, image credit: © Cargill ]

"Cargill introduces canola lecithin for label-conscious consumers", News release, Cargill, December 20, 2016

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