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Anheuser-Busch InBev Sheds Majority Interest In Coke’s African Bottler, CCBA

October 4, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has completed the transfer of its majority interest in Coca Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the largest Coke bottler in Africa, to Coca-Cola Co., which will continue working to refranchise the company. AB InBev had owned 54.5 percent of CCBA, formed in 2016 by combining the African non-alcoholic ready-to-drink bottling interests of SABMiller plc, Coca-Cola, and Gutsche Family Investments. Coca-Cola has a conditional agreement to acquire AB InBev’s interest in bottling operations in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, El Salvador, and Honduras.
"The Coca-Cola Company and AB InBev Complete Transition of Majority Ownership in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa", News release, The Coca-Cola Co., October 04, 2017, © Coca-Cola Co.
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Wal-Mart Buys NYC-based Last-Mile Delivery Service Parcel

October 3, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Wal-Mart said it has acquired Parcel, a technology-enabled, last-mile delivery service company specializing in perishable and non-perishable products in New York City. Operating 24/7, Parcel relies on technology, a fleet of leased vehicles, and employee-based workforce to rapidly sort, load, and deliver products to customers. Wal-Mart said it plans to use Parcel to deliver packages to customers in New York City.
"Walmart Announces the Acquisition of Parcel, a Technology-Based, Same-Day and Last-Mile Delivery Company", Walmart, October 03, 2017, © Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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Coca-Cola Launches “New Beginning” Campaign For Schweppes

October 2, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola’s Schweppes brand of mixers led the U.K. market with a 32.6 percent share in 2016, but is feeling competitive pressure from Fever-Tree and private label products. To grow market share Coca-Cola is pulling out all the stops in a 15-month campaign to reinvigorate Schweppes with a “new beginning.” Campaign features a re-design of the bottle and a nearly $9 million ad effort targeting U.K. TV, movie theaters, special events, digital, and sponsorship of a TV talk show. The company is also launching premium mixers (Schweppes 1783), mainly in pubs and bars, with flavors like golden ginger ale, salty lemon tonic water, cucumber tonic water, and floral tonic water.
Leonie Roderick , "Coca-Cola overhauls Schweppes in bid to ‘future proof’ the business", Marketing Week, October 02, 2017, © Centaur Communications Ltd (a member of the Centaur Media plc group)
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Coke Acquires U.S. Rights To Mexican Sparkling Water Brand

October 2, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Mexico-based Arca Continental, one of the biggest of Coca-Cola’s Latin American bottlers, confirms that it has purchased the U.S. rights to mineral water brand Topo Chico for $220 million. The deal was forged by Coke’s Venturing & Emerging Brands unit that focuses on “smaller, high-value brands” that don’t make soda, such as Honest Tea and ZICO coconut water. Most of Topo Chico’s U.S. sales – about 70 percent – are in Texas. Coca-Cola continues to expand its non-soda product lines as consumers seek more healthful beverage options, including sparkling waters, which is a $2.3 billion market in the U.S.
Jill Cowan, "Coca-Cola buys Texas cult favorite sparkling water brand Topo Chico for $220 million", Dallas News, October 02, 2017, © The Dallas Morning News Inc
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Wal-Mart Aims For High-End Market With Jet.com

September 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is repositioning its Jet ecommerce unit toward the high-end market, as part of the retailer's efforts to compete with online rival Amazon. Acquired by Wal-Mart for $3.3 billion in 2016, Jet plans to sell apparel from online retailers bought by the retail giant in the previous year. Also, Jet plans to introduce a new line of private-label food and grocery items.
Sarah Nassauer, "Wal-Mart Tries to Take Jet.com Upscale", The Wall Street Journal, September 28, 2017, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Nestle: Detailed Knowledge Of Consumers Makes Digital Marketing Very Precise

September 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider told investors recently that digital marketing isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. In fact, it involves developing and using region- or even country-specific Internet marketing tools. As an example, the company’s cross-matching of its own Nescafe customer data with China’s Alibaba consumer data – a 460 million-record database – has made targeting in that country “three times more effective.” The personalization encompasses ad banners on computer screens and delivery of free nutritional product samples. As the “push” model of marketing fades, Schneider said, all you need now is a consumer's phone number or e-mail address to “really target specifically to the needs of that person.”
Jeff Gelski , "Nestle taking country-specific digital approach", Foods Business News, September 28, 2017, © Sosland Publishing Company
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Discount Retailers Aldi And Lidl Have US Retailers Against The Ropes

September 27, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
German discount retailers Lidl and Aldi are expected to grow faster than their local competitors in the US market. By offering limited variety of products at very low prices, Lidl and Aldi are winning a price war and expanding their shares of the retail market. Operating in the US since the 1970s, Aldi has 1,700 stores across the country, while Lidl began its expansion in the East Coast in June, and opened its 30th store in September 2017. Also, by offering private-brand products, the German retailers can offer discounts ranging from 35 percent to 40 percent, compared with their rivals.
Alina Selyukh, "Discount Grocers Aldi And Lidl Give U.S. Stores A Run For Their Money", National Public Radio, September 27, 2017, © npr
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Restaurants Struggle To Find Antibiotic-Free Beef, Pork

September 27, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
It’s complicated, according to fast-food chains that would like to sell more antibiotic-free pork and beef products. A lot more of the chains – 14 of the top 25 – have committed to serving antibiotic-free chicken, and would like to expand to pork and beef, but it’s not easy, according to an advocacy group report. Because cows and pigs live longer, they are more likely to need antibiotics to treat sickness. On top of that, the beef and pork supply chain is huge compared to that for chickens. The advocacy groups gave Panera and Chipotle "A" grades for efforts to curb antibiotic use in most of the meat they serve. At least two million Americans become sick and 23,000 die every year from antibiotic-resistant infections, according to the CDC.  [Image Credit: © Agricultured ]
Samantha Bomkamp, "Restaurants Make Gains in Antibiotic-Free Chicken, But Not on Beef, Pork", Chicago Tribune, September 27, 2017, © Chicago Tribune
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Califia Farms Expands Production Capacity With Venture Capital Help

September 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Venture capital firm CapX Partners helped fast-growing beverage company Califia Farms negotiate a lease on expanded production facilities at its bottling plant in Bakersfield, Calif. The true lease structure facilitated the procurement of two new bottling and pasteurization lines. Flexible financing of the investment resulted in tripling output capacity at the plant. CapX said it was happy to “help the company keep up with demand and continue their global expansion.”
Richard C. Bollinger, "Califia Farms Grows with $15 Million Lease from CapX", News release, CapX Partners, September 26, 2017, © CapX Partners
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Unilever Joins Better Than Cash Alliance's Push For Digital Finance

September 26, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever announced a collaboration with the UN-based group Better Than Cash Alliance, which promotes digital payment as a means of supporting women and smallholder farmers. Part of Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan, the consumer goods company's deal with the organization signals its commitment to move away from cash as a payment platform for its value chain. According to Better Than Cash Alliance, digital modes of repaying loans have enabled farmers to reduce payment losses and collections costs, as well as “improved transparency and efficiency.”
"Unilever Joins Better Than Cash Alliance, Embraces Digital Finance Across Value Chain", Sustainable Brands, September 26, 2017, © Sustainable Life Media Inc.
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L’Oreal And Nestle To Face Ownership Options For French Cosmetics Group

September 22, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The death of heiress Liliane Bettencourt, whose family owns 33 percent of L’Oréal, will likely force key investors to address the company’s ownership structure. Nestlé SA, which owns 23 percent, agreed with the Bettencourts not to increase stakes in L’Oréal, but this agreement expires in six months.  Nestlé could then purchase a controlling share in L’Oréal but is more likely to sell its stake, a move that would force L’Oréal to accept wider (and potentially hostile) ownership or opt to invest further funds in the company, boosting earnings per share but reducing funds available for acquisitions.  For Nestlé, the resulting 24 billion euro windfall brings a dilemma. It could payout funds to appease shareholders and especially its activist investor, Third Point, or use the funds to double down on its currently lackluster food and nutrition business.
Andrea Felsted et al., "A Historic Moment for L'Oreal... and Nestle", Bloomberg Gadfly, September 22, 2017, © Bloomberg Finance L.P.
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Coca-Cola’s New Corporate Vision Goes Global

September 21, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
As Coca-Cola continues its rebranding efforts in the U.S., expanding the corporate mission and product line beyond Coke, the company is also reminding itself and its stakeholders (i.e., Wall Street investors) of the value it has built among communities across the country over the decades. It is now extending this new vision beyond U.S. borders. Its similar “We are more than the Coke you know” campaign has started running in the Coca-Cola FEMSA division, the Latin American bottling arm based in Mexico City that reaches other markets, including the Philippines.
Dale Buss, "Coca-Cola Renew: “We Are Coca-Cola—And So Much More”", Brandchannel, September 21, 2017, © Interbrand
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Lithuania Reports Big Differences In Major Food Brands Sold there

September 21, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
A study by tiny Baltic country Lithuania shows that the foods sold by major brands there are very different from those sold in Western and Eastern Europe, and more expensive. A government agency sampled 33 food products: 23 differed in composition, taste, color, and consistency. For example, the Nestlé ice tea brand Nestea sold in Lithuanian grocery stores contains more additives than the Nestea sold in Dutch supermarkets, the State Food and Veterinary service (VMVT) reported. Activia yogurts in Lithuania have fewer strawberries than those sold in Germany. A similar study by the Slovak government found significant quality differences in the same products sold in Slovakia and Austria. A spokesman for Coca-Cola Baltics, which makes Nestea, said the company changes product recipes to fit local tastes.
"Lithuania sets off alarm bells over quality of international brands' foods", BNN, September 21, 2017, © BNN-NEWS.COM
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Nestlé’s Deals With U.S. Communities Result In Mostly Free Water Worth Billions

September 21, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé is the biggest bottled water supplier globally in terms of sales, ahead of Coca-Cola, Danone, and PepsiCo. In 2016, U.S. bottled water sales reached $16 billion, up nearly 10 percent from 2015, outpacing soda sales as consumers increasingly seek convenience and healthful options, and worry about tap water safety. Nestlé dominates by accessing U.S. water sources spring by spring – at very low cost – promising communities jobs and new infrastructure in exchange for tax breaks and access to the scarce resource. The company pays a municipal rate for the water, or a nominal extraction fee. ($200 in Michigan.) Nestlé battles grass-roots resistance – “it rankles many because the natural resource gets hauled out of local watersheds for private profit” – with legal action.
Caroline Winter, "Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For", Bloomberg Businessweek, September 21, 2017, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Tesco Own-Label Suppliers Commit To Food Waste Transparency

September 21, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Major own-label food suppliers to British supermarket chain Tesco have agreed to start publishing their food waste data within the next year. CEO Dave Lewis called the commitment by 24 of the company’s biggest suppliers “pivotal.” Lewis said he believed that many other suppliers and retailers would follow suit in the next weeks and months. Suppliers were apparently influenced by a WRAP organization report in March that showed investments in curbing food waste earned positive returns. For every £1 invested in reducing food waste, WRAP reported, half the business sites had at least a £14 return. WRAP is a nonprofit organization whose vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. [Image Credit: © Tesco ]
Ian Quinn, "Tesco CEO Hails Waste Agreement with Two Dozen Suppliers a 'Pivotal Moment'", The Grocer, September 21, 2017, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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FIFA Video Game Star Endorses Coke In New Video Ad

September 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola has landed an endorsement from Electronic Arts virtual soccer star Alex Hunter, who is making a comeback with Major League Soccer’s L.A. Galaxy after a lackluster stint with the English Premier League. A FIFA video goes behind the scenes when the spot – based loosely on the iconic Mean Joe Greene Coke ad of the late 1970s – is filmed with some digital age updates. The company will place the video in social media using paid ad support and show it on Coke's Times Square billboard.
E.J. Schultz, "Coke Inks Endorsement Deal With Fictional 'Virtual Athlete' From FIFA Video Game", Advertising Age, September 20, 2017, © Crain Communications
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Food Industry Giants Seek Label Standardization Within Three Years

September 20, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
An organization that represents 400 consumer goods manufacturers and retailers in 70 countries has proposed that food date (viz., "sell by," use by," etc.) labels be standardized and streamlined globally within three years to help customers reduce the amount of edible food thrown out by households. The “Call to Action” from the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a Paris-based group with offices in Tokyo and Washington, D.C., requires retailers and food producers to focus on numbers of labels, inclusion of expiration dates for perishable items and food quality indicators for non-perishable items, and educating consumers on what date labels mean. The CGF includes companies like Tesco, Kellogg, Walmart, Campbell Soup, Bimbo, Pick n Pay, Nestlé, Carrefour, and Unilever. [Image Credit: © Consumer Goods Forum ]
"Companies Commit to Simplify Food Date Labels Worldwide by 2020, Reducing Food Waste", The Consumer Goods Forum, September 20, 2017, © The Consumer Goods Forum
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Nestle Releases Smaller Packets Of Cocoa-Malt Beverage In East Africa

September 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé is launching a smaller version of its cocoa and malt beverage Milo in Africa in a powder form that is easier to dissolve. The new sachet product, available for Sh10 (Kenyan shillings), is designed to appeal to the lower end of the market for such drinks. Milo will also be available in 100-, 200-, and 400-gram packages that will retail at Sh200, Sh380 and Sh650 respectively.
"Nestle eyes lower end market with Sh10 Milo", Business Daily, September 19, 2017, © Nation Media Group
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Kroger’s New Mission: No Food Waste, No Hunger

September 19, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The Kroger Co. has embarked on a new corporate mission to reduce food waste and hunger in the communities where its stores operate by 2025. CEO Rodney McMullen noted that 42 million Americans struggle with hunger while 72 billion pounds of food end up in landfills every year. Kroger's Zero Hunger-Zero Waste plan includes commitments to: establish a $10 million innovation fund to address hunger and food waste; speed up food donations to provide three billion meals by 2025; donate not just food, but also balanced meals; and advocate for public policy solutions to address hunger and shorten lines at food banks, and lobby governments on programs for recycling, composting and sustainability. [Image Credit: © Kroger ]
"Kroger Announces Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Plan", News release, Kroger Co., September 19, 2017, © Kroger Co.
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Revamped Headquarters Reflect Coca-Cola’s New Corporate Mores

September 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola has worked with international architect Gensler to renovate its 60-year-old headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. The idea was to provide workspaces that promote creativity, productivity, and engagement for the 13,000 employees who work there, and to visually represent the company’s transformation to a “true total beverage company.” Gensler and the company came up with a “Mainstreet Experience,” creating communal space out of the ground floors of six buildings and physically linking the buildings into a network. The 350,000 square feet of office space now features conference rooms, cafes, lounges, treadmill desks, sit-stand workstations in communal areas, soft seating, and two acres of outdoor space with patios and courtyards.
Diana Budds, "Coca-Cola’s Headquarters Have A Refreshing New Look", Fast Company Design, September 18, 2017, © Mansueto Ventures, LLC
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Time For Coca-Cola To Spread The Word About Its Product Line, Community Roots

September 17, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola recently took its rebranding and refranchising campaign to national TV with an ad on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast billing itself as the “total beverage company” with local community roots and an ever-expanding array of beverages. The new ad talks about a revamped Coca-Cola company whose 68 independent U.S. bottlers have deep connections in local communities. The TV ad will be bolstered by print ads in USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Partners & Spade is doing the creative work, joined by Perfect Sense Digital on digital and UM for media buying.
E.J. Schultz, "Coca-Cola's Corporate Brand Campaign Moves Beyond Soda", Advertising Age, September 17, 2017, © Crain Communications
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Nestlé Buys Majority Stake In High-End Coffee Roaster, Retailer Blue Bottle Coffee

September 14, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Global coffee producer Nestlé has purchased a majority stake in Oakland, Calif.-based Blue Bottle Coffee. The high-end specialty coffee roaster and retailer operates coffee shops – 55 by the end of the year – in major U.S. cities and in Japan, and has launched super-premium RTD and roast and ground products, sold online and in retail stores. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Nestlé coffee brands include Nescafé and Nespresso.
"Nestlé acquires majority interest in Blue Bottle Coffee", News release, Nestlé , September 14, 2017, © Nestlé
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Danone Spends Millions To Prepare Evian Bottling Plant For Growth

September 12, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
In a move to facilitate increased production capacity and product growth, Danone is spending €280 million ($335 million) to modernize the Evian bottled water plant in Evian-les-Bains, France, by 2020. CEO Emmanuel Faber said the company, pressured by investors to produce better returns, expects sales to continue double-digit growth rates in the U.S. as consumers spurn sugary soft drinks and governments use taxation to discourage sugar consumption. Euromonitor forecasts a global bottled water market of $230 billion by 2021, an increase of 16 percent. Modernization of the Evian plant is expected to boost annual output capacity to two billion bottles, from current 1.5 billion.
Dominique Vidalon, Pascale Denis, "Danone eyeing solid Evian sales thanks to modernized plant", Reuters, September 12, 2017, © Thomson Reuters
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New Generation Of Sports Drinks Isn’t Afraid Of Trying Avant Garde Ingredients

September 12, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
PepsiCo’s Gatorade and Coca-Cola’s Powerade account for about 94 percent of the $8 billion U.S. sports drink market. But, like their cousins in the soft drink market, these and other brands are grappling with the consumer trend away from sugary beverages. The sports drink giants are also battling pesky upstarts in tune with modern science, offering a new generation of high-tech, all-natural hydration solutions that actually taste good without the sugar. The basic mission of sports drinks is to replace electrolytes – sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc. – lost in exercise. But they also need to taste good. To accomplish that, some new generation brands are experimenting with ingredients like vegan cane sugar, monk fruit extract, stevia, and dextrose.
Larissa Zimberoff, "Sports Drinks Makers Are Waging an $8 Billion Thirst War", Bloomberg, September 12, 2017, © Bloomberg LP
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Evian Certified As Carbon Neutral In U.S., Canada

September 12, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Danone’s bottled water brand Evian, sourced from a French Alpine spring, announced it has been audited and certified by the nonprofit Carbon Trust in the U.S. and Canada as a carbon neutral product. The certification marks a major step toward a goal of reaching worldwide carbon neutrality by 2020. To help reduce its carbon footprint, the brand uses environmentally friendly trains and ships to deliver product to North America. In addition, all Evian bottles and caps are fully recyclable; the company expects all packaging to have an average of 25 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) by the end of 2017 in North America.
"Evian Achieves Carbon Neutrality in the U.S. and Canada", News release, Danone, September 12, 2017, © Danone
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Danone Product Strategy For India Includes Dairy, Protein, And Baby Food

September 11, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Danone, which launched operations in India in 2010, has been successful using a process called “Indovation” to introduce products, especially dairy, suitable to Indian tastes, including Mishti Doi yogurt, and Chaas and Lassi yogurt-based beverages. According to General Manager Rodrigo Lima, the company plans ten new products in 2017-2018, including recent launches Protinex Grow, Protinex Tasty chocolate, Greek yogurt, and global baby food brands Aptamil and Neocate. The educational ad campaign for protein supplement Protinex was based on the finding that protein is mainly “missing” in the daily diets of Indians. The campaign used TV, print, radio, and social media to get the message across to Indian consumers.
Dolly Mahayan, "Danone's big India bet: 10 new products lined-up: Rodrigo Lima, MD", exchange4media.com, September 11, 2017, © exchange4media.com
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Particle Accelerator Technology Leads To Food Waste Savings

September 11, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Technology used in the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator is being used by supermarkets like the U.K.’s Morrisons chain, to curtail food waste. An algorithm developed by Michael Feindt of the AI firm Blue Yonder not only predicts the activity of quarks, it accurately predicts supermarket stock needs so they can reduce the amount of unsold food that ends up in landfills. The Blue Yonder system’s efficiency savings come close to 30 percent, Feindt says, a considerable achievement considering that British supermarkets tossed 235,000 tons of food into the waste bins in 2015. [Image Credit: ©   Blue Yonder]
Ben Chapman, "How Supermarkets Use Particle Physics to Save Thousands of Tonnes of Food Waste", Independent, September 11, 2017, © Independent Digital News and Media Limited
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Stevia Increasingly Finds Its Way Into Big Food’s Reformulations

September 9, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Consumers concerned about obesity and diabetes are more attentive to healthful dietary and fitness regimens. The trend, along with a spate of governmental levies on sugar, has inspired food and beverage companies to reformulate products. Among the new ingredients being used is the natural low-calorie sweetener stevia. Since 2012, new food with stevia has increased 57 percent; drinks are up 161 percent. In the second quarter of 2017, new product launches using stevia rose 13 percent year on year, researcher Mintel found. It was widely used in new carbonated soft drinks and juices, which represented nine percent of worldwide launches containing stevia in that period. Big suppliers using the ingredient include Coca-Cola, Danone, Kraft Heinz, Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Unilever.
Daniel Selwood, "War on sugar drives continuing growth for stevia lines", The Grocer, September 09, 2017, © William Reed Business Media Ltd.
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Despite A History Of Flops, Starbucks Continues To Tinker With Food

September 8, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coffee shop chain Starbucks hasn’t had much luck selling food – cake pops, truffle mac and cheese, avocado toast, etc. – along with its ever-popular coffees. It’s been a bit of a logistical problem – stores don’t have kitchens – but also a cultural one: customers are conditioned run in grab a cup of joe, and leave. But now it is testing, at a few stores in Chicago and home base Seattle, what it calls a sushi burrito, though it doesn’t contain raw fish. The chicken maki roll comprises cooked chicken, pickled cabbage, and avocado, rolled in sushi rice and wrapped with seaweed. The biggest hurdle? The so-called “classic California burrito with a twist” just isn’t a hot meal.  [Image Credit: ©   Starbucks]
Abha Bhattarai, "Starbucks Wants To Sell You a Sushi Burrito with Your Frappuccino", The Washington Post, September 08, 2017, © The Washington Post
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E-Commerce Start-Up LifeAid’s Brands Appearing In Stores In Western U.S.

September 8, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Fast-growing LifeAid Beverage Co. says it will use the cash it raised in two recent funding rounds to help it expand further from e-commerce into traditional retail. The company’s products are now being sold in the natural and conventional grocery channel, including Safeway stores in the Southwest U.S., and in stores in its Southern, Houston, Portland, Denver and NorCal divisions. The company’s 2016 revenue was $12.8 million; the three-year growth rate was 1,903 percent. The company’s line of "better-for-you" supplement blends include FitAid, FocusAid, PartyAid, TravelAid, GolferAid, FitAid Fuel Pouch, and a limited channel distribution product FitAid Rx.
Martín Caballero , "LifeAid Making Gains In Transition to Retail", BevNET.com, September 08, 2017, © BevNET.com
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Non-GMO Certification Is Mostly Meaningless, But Could Harm Farmers Globally

September 6, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Mondelez International, whose Nabisco unit produces Triscuit snack crackers, is so far unfazed by the huge social media backlash that greeted its announcement regarding certification by the Non-GMO project. Applied across the entire line of Triscuit products, the certification was termed “pandering to ignorance and fear” by critics. A Forbes contributor took the criticism further, panning the Non-GMO Project itself for failure to say anything meaningful about a product or its ingredients on their labels, including whether it is healthful, environmentally sound, or whether the workers and farmers who produced it had good working conditions. “Slapping a no-GMOs claim on a product might be an easy way to capitalize on a popular trend,” she says, but it could lead to consumer rejection of genetically engineered farming, which would adversely affect farmers across the globe. [Image Credit: © Triscuit.com ]
Kavin Senapathy, "Stop 'Pandering To Ignorance And Fear': Consumers Speak Out Against Triscuit's Non-GMO Label", Forbes, September 06, 2017, © Forbes Media LLC
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Coca-Cola NA Chief Says Company Will “Do Fine” Over The Long Term

September 5, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
In a recent presentation at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference, Coca-Cola NA President Sandy Douglas said the company is seeing “a bifurcated consumer environment” in which the upper part of the economy is healthy and vibrant, there are expectations for healthy investor performance, and there’s a possibility of tax relief. But the bottom half is struggling, and that affects purchasing habits, trips to the stores, etc. A beverage company like Coca-Cola can “weather the storm” because it can segment the market and “execute with our bottlers to take advantage of the opportunities where they are.” Over the long term, she said, “we're going to do fine.”
"Coca-Cola (KO) Presents at Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference (Transcript)", Presentation transcript, Seeking Alpha, September 05, 2017, © Seeking Alpha
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Coca-Cola CEO Says Focus Is Beverages Now, But Could Be Snacks In Future

September 4, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
In an interview conducted while on a visit to India, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey emphasized the company’s current strategies: further extending the beverage product line beyond the Coke brand; expanding globally but also locally by empowering local managers in, for example, India and Southwest Asia; and fostering growth by giving consumers in every country and region “what they want.” Quincey said Coca-Cola is focusing mainly on beverages for now, but does not rule out other avenues of expansion. That includes “things like food, snacks or whatever” as long as they “create value and help us build a better company.”
Ashish K Tiwari, "Coca-Cola sees India among top three markets: James Quincey", Daily News & Analysis (India), September 04, 2017, © Diligent Media Corporation Ltd
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Australia Grants Coca-Cola A Patent For Can-Molding Technology

September 2, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Australia has granted Coca-Cola a patent, applied for five years ago, for a technology that uses blow-molding to form metal beverage cans. The patent – “System and method for forming a metal beverage container using blow molding” – is effective as of December 31, 2012, and is valid until December 31, 2032.
"Australia: The Coca-Cola Receives Patent for 'System and method for forming a metal beverage container using blow molding'", Australian Government News, September 02, 2017, © HT Media Limited
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Some Wall Street Experts See Coca-Cola Buying Out Monster Beverage

September 1, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Wall Street observers, including experts like The Street founder Jim Cramer, think there’s a very good chance that Coca-Cola will buy energy drink maker Monster Beverage. The company, which already owns 16.7 percent of Monster, could see a buyout as a way to advance its portfolio expansion strategy – including through acquisitions – while gaining a larger share of the U.S. beverage market. It would also like to reverse declines in soda sales – down 16.7 percent year-over-year in the 2nd quarter – and lackluster stock value gains caused in part by the tidal wave of consumer interest in more healthful foods and beverages.
"Is Coca-Cola Mulling Over the Buyout of Monster Beverage?", NASDAQ , September 01, 2017, © The NASDAQ, Inc.
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Metro AG Posts Strong 3Q Sales

August 31, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
German retail and wholesale company Metro AG (Düsseldorf) reported an increase of 2.6 percent in like-for-like sales in the third quarter, along with an increase of 4.9 percent in overall sales to $11 billion. The company attributed the healthy numbers to “positive currency effects” as well as its acquisition of Pro a Pro, a French foodservice distribution specialist. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) reached $256 million compared to $81 million in the same period last year. Chief executive Olaf Koch said the financial results, the first since the demerger of Metro Group, indicate that the company has “become more relevant for our customers worldwide.” [Image Credit: © Metro AG ]
"Metro with strong like for like sales growth in Q3", Earnings release, Metro AG, August 31, 2017, © Metro AG
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PepsiCo Launches Organic Version Of 16-Year-Old Energy Drink Brand

August 31, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Launched in 2001, PepsiCo’s AMP Energy brand was due for a reboot. A new version – AMP Energy Organic – was unveiled recently exclusively in U.S. 7-Eleven stores in four fruit flavors. The old version will be available only in the original citrus flavor. The launch campaign – “Organically Unstoppable” – targets adults 18 to 34 with a limited-time free sample offer for 7-Eleven loyalty app users. There will also be in-store promotions, and digital and social media ads that will emphasize geo-targeted mobile and short, shareable video content. The focus on 7-Eleven is an acknowledgement of the chain’s dominance in energy drink sales. [Image Credit: © PepsiCo ]
Karlene Lukovitz, "PepsiCo's Lagging AMP Energy Gets Organic Reboot", MediaPost, August 31, 2017, © MediaPost Communications
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Yoga Guru’s Firm Patanjali Ayurved Takes On Indian Bottled Water Giant Bisleri

August 30, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Patanjali Ayurved, an Indian FMCG company established by yoga guru Ramdev, is launching a brand of spring water sourced from the Himalayan foothills to compete with Bisleri, which controls 24 percent of India's bottled water market. Divya Jal will be introduced during the autumn festival of lights known as Diwali, and will rollout nationwide over the next three to six months. The company set a sales target for 2018-2019 of Rs. 10 billion ($156 million). NourishCo, a joint venture of Tata Global Beverages and PepsiCo India, also sells drinking water purportedly sourced from the foothills of the Himalayas.
"To Counter Bisleri, Ramdev's Patanjali is All Set to Launch 'Divya Jal’", Times Now News, August 30, 2017, © Bennett, Coleman & Company Limited
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Canada Dry Successfully Tests Programmatic Audio-Video “Mindset” Campaign On Spotify

August 30, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Canada Dry’s successful recent ad campaign with Spotify and Adobe was based on the assumption that Millennials and young consumers take breaks in the mid- to late-afternoon to listen to streaming audio – “a moment to kick back.” The spring campaign used programmatic voice-over audio spots, in-app display, video, and sponsored sessions aligned to “listening occasions” on Spotify. The Adobe Advertising Cloud’s demand side platform was used to outline the campaign parameters and to place the buy. The campaign was successful enough for Canada Dry to tack on private marketplace (PMP) inventory for other campaigns as well.
Kelly Liyakasa, "Canada Dry Pilots A Converged Programmatic Audio-Video Ad Buy On Spotify", AdExchanger, August 30, 2017, © AdExchanger.com
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Discount Grocer Aldi Gives Big Midwest Competitors A Good Run For Their Money

August 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Data from grocery market researcher Shelby Report show that discount retailer Aldi is making headway in the Midwest against big players like regional retailers and Walmart. Aldi’s market share for its 45 stores in the Kansas/Missouri area was 2.8 percent of total retail sales (all commodity value) of $10.27 billion, compared with 1.5 percent in 2016. Market share in the $13 billion Missouri/Illinois/Indiana/Kentucky market increased from 2.4 percent to 4.4 percent; in the $10.88 billion Minnesota market it grew to 3.2 percent; and in the $18.79 billion Ohio/West Virginia/Kentucky market, it grew to 2.9 percent from 1.6 percent in 2016. [Image Credit: © Aldi ]
Tom Karst, "Aldi Sees Market Share Gain", The Packer, August 28, 2017, © Farm Journal, Inc.
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Coca-Cola Broadens Product Portfolio In Kenya With Juice Launch

August 25, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola Central East and West Africa is applying Coke’s “total beverage company” product diversification strategy on the continent with the launch of the Minute Maid Pulpy Orange brand in Kenya. The company also says it is investing $30 million in Hot Fill technology in its juice production facilities. The Pulpy Orange product contains real juice and pulp, but no added preservatives, Hot Fill technology uses heat to sterilize both the PET bottles and the juice, ensuring high hygiene standards and longer shelf life. The company plans a nationwide ad campaign supporting the product launch.
Victor Amadala , "Coca-Cola to invest Sh3 billion in new juice segment", The Star, Kenya, August 25, 2017, © The Star, Kenya
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Farmer-Owned Dairy Co-op Posts Higher Revenue So Far In 2017

August 25, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
European dairy cooperative Arla reported a three percent rise in revenue in the first half of 2017, thanks to a long-awaited upturn in prices. The co-op expects to hit full-year targets for profit and a full-year revenue increase of nearly $1.2 billion. Global milk prices recovered in the first half of the year, after nearly three years of low prices. Arla said the higher prices were the result of lower or steady milk production compared to last year in dairy-producing markets, plus improved demand in Europe, the U.S., and emerging markets. Arla is owned by 11.200 farmers in Denmark, Sweden, the U.K., Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands. [Image Credit: © Arla ]
"Half Year Results 2017: Higher Returns for Farmer Owners", Earnings release, Arla, August 25, 2017, © Arla Foods
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Nutrient-Rich Milk Added To Nestle’s Line Of Enhanced Foods In India

August 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé India is adding another product to its growing line of micronutrient-fortified products, a further step in the strategy of making products sold in the country more healthful. The Nestlé a+ milk brand, expected to hit grocery store shelves “soon,” follows the launch of other fortified foods in India, including noodles and cereals for children. Nestlé recently launched iron-fortified Maggi Noodles, the Nutrilicious range of breakfast Maggi Noodles, the Ceregrow line of junior cereals, Maggi Masala-e-Magic, the RTD beverage Milo, Grekyo yogurt, and a+ Pro-Grow milk. The Indian government has asked food companies to increase the healthfulness of their food offerings.
Meenakshi Verma Ambwani, "Fortified milk, the latest offering from Nestle India", The Hindu Business Line, August 24, 2017, © The Hindu Business Line
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Consumer Trends, Other Factors, Dampen Coke, Pepsi Production In India

August 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Citing two “industry insiders,” the Economic Times of India reports that bottling plants associated with Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are producing at only 40 to 50 percent of capacity, as more consumers spurn carbonated soft drinks. Another factor affecting soft drink sales is increased competition from “a proliferation of B-brands.” Sales growth has dipped to low single digits for seven quarters, and is further affected by newly-implemented GST levies of 40 percent on aerated beverages. However, production of juices, juice-based drinks, sports drinks, etc., is running at optimum capacity. Both companies are focusing on producing more non-aerated drinks.
Ratna Bhushan, "Coca-Cola, PepsiCo hit hard by slow growth in soft drinks segment", The Economic Times, August 24, 2017, © Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd
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Campbell Ramps Up Online Delivery Infrastructure For Evolving Retail Environment

August 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Though the percentage of food sold online today is in the low single digits, by 2021 it will be a $66 billion business. Campbell Soup is determined to part of that phenomenon.

It recently announced the hiring of Amazon (and eBay and Kohl’s) veteran Shakeel Farooque to lead the new e-commerce division. This “revealing” hire, as Quartz put it, underscores the company’s goal of selling more soup online. Campbell says its new distribution centers will operate differently from its warehouses that keep supermarkets stocked. The new distribution centers will focus on e-commerce only, customizing delivery of foods for different channels, whether meal kits or online grocery orders. [Image Credit: © Chef'd ]
Chase Purdy, "Even Campbell Soup is taking a Page from Amazon", Quartz, August 24, 2017, © Quartz
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Coca-Cola Hellenic Outlines Plans For Irish, Other, Markets

August 23, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
The Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Co.’s “Our Way Forward” report lays out a long-range global business strategy – inside and outside the bottle – with emphasis on plans for Ireland and Northern Ireland. The report reiterates the overall corporate plan to offer a portfolio of beverages that spans the spectrum of consumer desires, including the one for less sugar. Other plans include: greater ingredients transparency on labels; evolving beverage recipes, with a focus on low- or no-sugar; and launching functional drinks offering nutrition and hydration. In Ireland, a continued emphasis on promoting “zero” sugar will increase “Hero Zero” cola sales to 55 percent or greater by 2020.
"The Coca‑Cola System Launches a New Business Strategy across the Island of Ireland", News release, Coca‑Cola HBC, August 23, 2017, © Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland Ltd
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Coca-Cola’s Australian Business Hits Rocky Patch, But Sees Signs Of Rebound

August 23, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola Amatil of Australia says its six-month financial performance, including a 29 percent slide in half-year profit, was due to weak soft drink and water sales, increased competition, and discounts. Sales were down 3.9 percent from 2016, revenue fell 5.1 percent, and underlying half-year earnings dropped 13 percent. The company hopes that the introduction of Coca-Cola No Sugar and Keri Juice Blenders in June will spur a rebound. Managing director Alison Watkins already sees reason for optimism, especially “a steady improvement since [the first months of the year] and a return to more normal conditions."
"Coca-Cola Amatil Pins Hopes on New Drinks", Special Broadcasting Service Corporation, August 23, 2017, © SBS
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Big Beverage Companies In Singapore Commit To Sugar Reduction

August 23, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Seven companies that account for 70 percent of the sugar-sweetened soft drinks and other beverages sold in Singapore have agreed to limit their products’ sugar content to 12 percent at most by 2020 help achieve the government’s goal of reducing diabetes. The commitment by Coca-Cola, F&N Foods, Malaysia Dairy Industries, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Pokka, and Yeo Hiap Seng, is expected to reduce sugar consumption from soft drinks by as much as 300,000 kg a year. About 400,000 people live with diabetes in the country. The agency says 60 percent of total sugar intake comes from sugary soft drinks, juices, coffees, and teas.
Rachel Arthur , "Beverage giants pledge to limit sugar content of drinks in Singapore", Beverage Daily, August 23, 2017, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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McDonald’s To Work Toward Antibiotics-Free Meat

August 23, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
McDonald's announced it will phase out use cattle and pigs raised with antibiotics important to human medicine. It has already begun phasing out antibiotics-raised chickens in its 14,000 U.S. restaurants and the 36,000 locations globally. Meat suppliers in the McDonald’s supply chain will still be allowed to use ionophores antibiotics because they are not used to treat humans. [Image Credit: © Union of Concerned Scientists ]
Samantha Bomkamp, "McDonald’s Vows to Serve More Antibiotic-Free Meat, Targeting Beef and Pork", Chicago Tribune, August 23, 2017, © Chicago Tribune
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Amazon Launches Business Grocery Delivery Service

August 23, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Online retailer Amazon.com is expanding the coverage of its AmazonFresh grocery delivery service to include business customers. Similar to the company's grocery delivery service for consumers, the Amazon Business service for business customers will feature access to produce and groceries from the company's online store and local shops with same- or next-day delivery.
Taylor Soper, "Amazon Rolls Out AmazonFresh Grocery Delivery Service for Business Customers", GeekWire, August 23, 2017, © GeekWire, LLC
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