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February 01, 2017, to February 15, 2017

Whole Foods Closing Last Three Regional Kitchens

Whole Foods Market (Austin, Texas) will close three East Coast regional kitchens that employ about 500 people. The affected workers in the facilities in Everett, Mass.; Landover, Md.; and metro Atlanta were given 60 days’ notice of the impending closures, which are part of an ongoing consolidation strategy. The company hopes to shift as many of the employees as possible to other jobs. The kitchens – they prepared a variety of ready-to-eat foods – are the last to be shuttered. Similar items are prepared in stores in other areas of the country or are supplied by vendors. 

Kroger Hires Supply Chain Services Company To Manage

Grocery retailer Kroger (Cincinnati, Ohio) has contracted with McLane Co., a supply chain services firm, to supply its 787 convenience stores, which include Loaf ‘N Jug, Turkey Hill Minit Market, Tom Thumb, Kwik Shop, and Quik Stop. McLane maintains a cold chain network, an expanded fresh foods program, and category management expertise.

Nestle Changes Ingredients, And Marketing, Of An Iconic Beverage

The latest evidence of Nestlé SA’s corporate makeover is a major change in the ingredients of its signature chocolate drink, coupled with a new marketing strategy. Evolving consumer tastes and preferences – away from sugary beverages, for example – have buffeted the company’s sales. It hasn’t met its six-percent annual sales growth target in years. So it is flexing its product research and marketing muscle to change directions for some brands. The company has significantly lowered the sugar content of Nesquik while boosting market share. In addition, the company reduced the size of the Nesquik bunny that appears on packages, and broadened its marketing focus beyond kids to athletes.

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January 15, 2017, to February 01, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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January 01, 2017, to January 15, 2017

Coca-Cola Appeals To India’s “Active Healthy Living” Market With Hydration Drink

Coca-Cola India has launched an “active hydration” beverage in the country. Aquarius marks the expansion of Coca-Cola beyond carbonates, waters, teas and juices to a category “that has the potential to grow exponentially in the coming years.” New Coca-Cola drinks introduced in recent years include VIO in 2016, FUZE iced tea in 2015, and Coke Zero in late 2014. The target market for Aquarius is the “active healthy living and 24x7 lifestyle” segment, the company said. Aquarius is non-carbonated, low-calorie, and enriched with sodium, calcium and potassium. It will be offered in 400 ml packs.

Online Grocery Deliverer Fulfills Orders Using Advanced Warehousing, Robotics

British online grocery delivery firm Ocado is applying an array of advanced technologies to speed grocery purchases to consumer homes. The company maintains a 350,000 square-foot warehouse near Birmingham that beats Amazon at automated order fulfillment. Most of the 48,000 lines of products it sells are perishable, many chilled or frozen. The complex, time-sensitive optimization challenge is handled by sophisticated technologies like swarm robotics – teams of robots that cooperate to find, lift and grab products from shelves – as well as autonomous delivery vehicles, and machine-learned preferences. The company is expanding its warehousing and robotics capabilities to be able to handle and deliver more products even faster in the future.

Burt’s Bees Extends Product Line Into Functional Foods

Personal care company Burt’s Bees has entered the functional food market with protein shakes targeted at consumers seeking beauty from "the inside out." The company that has specialized for three decades in selling natural lip and skincare products has developed three protein shakes – Daily Protein, Protein +Gut Health with Probiotics, and Protein + Healthy Radiance with Antioxidant Vitamins A, C & E – that provide 15 grams of protein per serving from peas, rice, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, and oats. General Manager Jim Geikie said the move into functional foods “is a natural extension for us.” The shakes range in price from $29.99 to $39.99. Each contains 16-18 servings per tub.

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December 15, 2016, to January 01, 2017

Ads For Naked Juice Are Clothed In Misleading Statements, Lawsuit Alleges

The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest has joined with a New York law firm to sue PepsiCo in federal court for false and misleading advertising for their healthful juice line, Naked Juice. According to CSPI, Naked Juices says its products are packed with acai berry, blueberries, kale, and mango, but actually contain mostly cheap, nutrient-poor apple jor other juice. The company also claims on labels and in advertising that the juices contain “no added sugar,” implying that they are low in sugar. In fact, however, they are high in sugar, and PepsiCo does not tell consumers that the beverages are “not a low-calorie food” as the FDA requires. A 15 oz. bottle of Kale Blazer has eight teaspoons of sugar, mostly from orange and apple juice.

Bai Brands Launches Low-Cal Sodas

Beverage company Bai Brands, partly owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, has launched five carbonated drinks sweetened with low-calorie stevia and erythnitol. The new five-calorie beverages gibe nicely with the beverage industry trend – pushed by health advocates – of no- or low-calorie products. The Bai Black line includes traditional soda flavors like cola, root beer and citrus. Bai also makes teas, flavored and enhanced waters and fruit-flavored carbonated drinks. Carbonated soft drink consumption in the U.S. fell to a three-decade low in 2015 on a per-capita basis, as health-conscious consumers reject sugary beverages. It’s really a case of running away – not from sodas – but from sugar.

KFC Still Slow To Board The Antibiotics-Free Chicken Bandwagon

Following calls by the World Health Organization and the U.N. General Assembly to reduce globally the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, the Natural Resources Defense Council has strongly urged one American food company in particular to support the urgent cause.  The nation’s largest chicken restaurant chain, KFC, has been largely silent about the use of antibiotics among its suppliers. Forty percent of America’s chicken is produced by companies with antibiotics stewardship commitments or programs. KFC could easily tip that past the 50 percent mark if it pledged to use only antibiotics-free chicken by a certain deadline. But KFC “hedges and stalls” as competitors, including Chick-fil-A, commit to antibiotics-free chicken.

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December 01, 2016, to December 15, 2016

Dr Pepper Snapple Takes Strategic Step Away From Soft Drinks

In a move that signals a strategic decision to diversify its product line away from sugary soft drinks and toward healthful beverages, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) said it will acquire Princeton, N.J.-based Bai Brands, LLC. Bai’s better-for-you product lineup includes high-growth premium antioxidant infused beverages such as Bai Bubbles, Antiwater, and Cocofusions. The cash price of $1.7 billion includes a tax benefit of about $400 million financed through new unsecured notes and short-term commercial paper. DPS invested in Bai in 2015 and has been a distribution partner since 2013. DPS CEO Larry Young said the relationship with Bai “contributed greatly” to its allied brand portfolio in the last six years.

Cargill Expands Poultry Processing Operations In Asia-Pacific Region

Increasing customer demand in Thailand for Cargill’s chicken products has spurred the Minn.-based company to spend $50 million expanding its poultry processing facilities in the country. Cargill Protein Southeast Asia, which employs 13,500 workers in 14 locations in Thailand, said the expansion will create 1,400 new jobs. Construction on the addition to a current factory has begun, and the larger facility should be operational early in 2018. Through joint ventures, Cargill recently opened a poultry processing plant in the Philippines and a fully-cooked chicken production facility in Indonesia.

Mondelez Signals Importance Of E-Commerce To Its Growth Plans

The departure of chief media and e-commerce officer Bonin Bough has led to organizational changes that affect Mondelez’s e-commerce and marketing strategies. Jeff Jarrett will now head global e-commerce under chief growth officer Tim Cofer, who said the move demonstrates that e-commerce is “a key priority and growth pillar” and signals the company’s strong belief in the value of direct-to-consumer channels. The e-commerce team will have complete responsibility and accountability for its revenue, margin and operations. According to Cofer, the goal is to build an e-commerce snacks business worth $1 billion by 2020.

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November 15, 2016, to December 01, 2016

Nestle’s Refrigerated Pasta Brand Commits To Non-GMO Ingredients

Refrigerated pasta and sauce brand Buitoni has committed to non-GMO ingredients, a move that parent company Nestlé says is the “next step” in a strategy of making their foods simpler, and more transparent to consumers. Buitoni’s products are already free of artificial colors and flavors, and are now certified as non-GMO by third-party verifier SGS. Nestlé said last summer it would only use "kitchen cupboard" ingredients that consumers "know and trust" in its Stouffers frozen meals, and would remove artificial colors, flavors, high fructose corn syrup and GMO ingredients from six of its ice cream brands in the U.S.

New Food Dyes Are Natural, But Tricky To Use

Even after decades of FDA endorsement of artificial food dyes as safe, consumers in recent years have grown increasingly skeptical. Food companies have been listening. Many – including big firms like General Mills, Taco Bell, Kraft Heinz, and Mars – have begun using substitute dyes that are more natural, derived from fruits, vegetables, and spices. The FDA recently approved a request from Mars to use spirulina (blue-green algae) to create blue tones. Food technologists, however, are wrestling with the fact that natural colorings – from turmeric, beets, paprika, annatto seeds (from the achiote tree), etc. – are very heat- and acidity-sensitive, more expensive, and have to be used in larger quantities.

Fluid Ads Wins Top Honors In Competition For “Next Big Thing” In Ad Technology

Unilever and marketing/advertising expo Ad:tech conducted a contest during the early November event to determine “The Next Big Thing” in advertising technology. The winner among 15 finalists was Fluid Ads, which demonstrated a technology that allows brands and agencies to create HTML5 multi-shape, multi-device ads in a matter of seconds. The technology was able to deliver in real-time 480 dynamic ads in five minutes – more than one a second. Product Director Dan Cohen created a dynamic campaign for Unilever food spread Marmite by shifting the messages and images to target different days of the week and times of the day.

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November 01, 2016, to November 15, 2016

Retail Grocers Need To Stay Focused On The Importance Of Innovation

Many big food companies are working hard to innovate, constantly refreshing their product offerings, hoping to satisfy consumer appetites for new and exotic foods and flavors. Kraft Heinz, for example, recently added Aioli Mayonnaise and Korean Barbecue Sauce to its product line. But the problem, according to the Kraft Heinz Europe president, is that grocery retailers are putting limits on the array of products they offer shoppers, to the point that supermarkets are “in danger of becoming too ‘manicured’ and reminiscent of ‘libraries’.” Matt Hill said retailers should not lose focus on the need to innovate in the food industry.

Dannon To Award Two Research Grants For Microbiome Studies

Yogurt company Dannon will award two $25,000 grants to fund undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate research into the impact of yogurt and probiotics on the human gut microbiome. The grant program is now in its fifth year, having awarded $100,000 to four postgraduate researchers in the previous four years. The company said earlier awardees have “made strides in the interdisciplinary fields of biology, health sciences, nutrition, yogurt and probiotics.” The program is accepting applications until February 15, 2017.

Fast-Food Giant Is Doing Well Financially, Despite Flat Traffic

After four straight years of declining traffic, McDonald’s Corp. is still trying to figure out how to lure more customers into its restaurants. The company nevertheless reported third quarter revenue and profit that beat estimates, thanks in part to increases – as much as 3.3 percent – in same-store sales in international markets, including the U.K. and Germany. But U.S. sales rose a mere 1.3 percent. Executives told a recent meeting of franchisees that building a sustainable business involves progress in three key areas: sales, guest counts and cash flow. “And today we are making uneven progress,” according to a memo summarizing the meeting. The biggest disappointment is progress in growing guest counts.

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October 15, 2016, to November 01, 2016

Most Of The Top 25 Fast-Food Chains Flunk The Antibiotics Use Test

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other consumer advocates have flunked 17 of the top 25 fast food chains in the U.S. on the basis of antibiotics use in their menu items. Big name eateries that earned the F grade because of a lack of a strong policy on antibiotics use include KFC, Burger King, Starbucks, IHOP, and Little Caesars. The stars of the class, earning A’s, were Chipotle and Panera Bread. Subway and Chick-fil-A earned a B, while McDonald’s snagged a C+. The FDA discourages producers from using antibiotics routinely in feed to promote growth, but does not prohibit the practice. It also supports routine use in meat and poultry production for disease prevention. The ratings appear in NRDC’s “Chain Reaction” report.

Progresso Soup Is Taking Clean-Label Seriously

The Progresso soup brand of General Mills announced that all of the chicken breast meat used in its 36 chicken soup varieties is free of antibiotics and hormones. In addition, the soups contain no artificial flavors and 60 percent of them contain no artificial colors. The company hopes to eliminate all artificial colors within three years.  The soup brand has reduced sodium levels in more than 40 soup varieties, added seven soups to its certified Gluten Free product line and is increasing its vegetarian soup options.

Papa John’s Says It Has Eliminated Unwanted Ingredients From Menu

Papa John’s International pizza chain CEO John Schnatter announced that the company has kept its promise to eliminate 14 dubious ingredients from its menu by the end of 2016. The list of unwanted ingredients includes artificial flavors and colors, corn syrup, flavor enhancers, thickeners, and preservatives. The company did not say what replacement ingredients were used. Schnatter also noted that the chicken the company uses in its chicken poppers and to top its grilled chicken pizza are all fed a vegetarian, antibiotics-free diet. It is also using only cage-free eggs.

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October 01, 2016, to October 15, 2016

General Mills To Revamp Yogurt Business As Shoppers Turn To Organic, Greek Products

After spending a lot of time and money last year revamping its cereals business – discontinuing some brands, introducing new ones – General Mills is turning its attention to another ailing product line. Yogurt lovers have shown a strong preference for organic yogurt, and for thicker, low-carb Greek-style products, to the detriment of the sweet Yoplait brands. The company admitted to investors in July that the $2.8 billion Yoplait business needs refurbishing: U.S. sales fell seven percent in fiscal 2016, a major red flag after five percent growth in 2015. Look for more organic varieties in the future, for example. But Wall Street analysts doubt that customers looking for more natural and more nutritious yogurt will come back to Yoplait, which doesn’t sound very Greek to most shoppers.

Lack Of Sustainability Plan Gets Malaysian Palm Oil Supplier In Hot Water

Three multinational food and personal care companies that are among the pillars of the global sustainability movement have dropped a Malaysian palm oil producer because it lacks a sustainability plan. Mars, Kellogg, and Unilever have all rejected IOI Group as an approved supplier until it comes up with an approved plan. IOI is one of the 10 largest suppliers of palm oil, a key ingredient in countless personal care and food products. The company has been accused of being a major contributor to deforestation in Indonesia. It is expected that delisting IOI as an approved palm oil supplier will have a major impact on the Malaysian economy.

Vietnam Tells Unilever To Pay Back Taxes

Vietnam's General Department of Taxation has told Unilever Vietnam to pay tax arrears covering the period 2009 to 2013 when the company expanded its local business operations. According to GDT, the country's laws did not offer corporate income tax incentives to investors who expanded their business during the period. GDT, however, has accepted the company's request to exempt it from paying the related fine.

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September 15, 2016, to October 01, 2016

GMO Labeling Continues Though Federal Law Gives Companies Three Years To Comply

Several big food companies are moving forward with their own GMO ingredient labeling initiatives as they await USDA rules implementing the new federal law. Some companies – Campbell, Mars, et al. – acted earlier this year to voluntarily comply with Vermont’s short-lived law (in effect on July 1 but superseded by the July 29 federal law). Campbell’s relabeled products were distributed nationwide, not just to Vermont. Though compliance with the federal law is not required for three years, Dannon has also committed to GMO labeling and to reformulating its product line by 2019 to include “fewer and more natural ingredients that are not synthetic and non-GMO.”

Bumble Bee Expands Clean Label, Traceability Programs

Shelf-stable seafood company Bumble Bee announced that its line of solid white albacore tuna in water and oil has been Non-GMO Project Verified. The rest of its family of canned and pouch tuna products would be verified by the end of the year. As part of its “clean label” strategy, the company recently switched to sea salt in all of its canned tuna products. Bumble Bee said it’s committed to traceability of its seafood, noting that all of its tuna comes from wild caught fisheries. Its Trace My Catch website for tuna products was expanded to include salmon, sardines and clam products.

Lawsuit: Use Of Glyphosate Disqualifies General Mills' Use Of The Term “100% Natural”

General Mills is misleading consumers by claiming that its Nature Valery granola bars are “made with 100% natural whole grain oats,” three nonprofit organizations allege in a lawsuit. In fact, the suit charges, the company’s granola bars contain traces of the herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup. The suit was filed in Washington, D.C., under the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act. The plaintiffs are asking a jury to find that General Mills’ “natural” claim is unlawfully deceptive and misleading and should be removed from the market. Participants in the suit are Moms Across America, Beyond Pesticides, and Organic Consumers Association with the Richman Law Group.
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