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Period: December 15, 2017 to January 15, 2018
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Restaurants Can’t Ignore Customers Looking To Avoid Certain Foods

Big restaurant chains are swerving from their standardized approach to foods and beverages to better serve customers trying to avoid gluten and dairy. Customers with food intolerances or allergies, or who are following avoidance diets, have become a market simply too large to ignore. Starbucks, for example, now sells a hot chocolate drink made with steamed almond milk. California Pizza Kitchen offers a gluten-free cauliflower crust for those who don’t eat wheat-based foods. Industry research has found that lactose comes in third, after high fructose corn syrup and GMOs, as America’s most-avoided ingredients. Gluten and wheat came in at No. 7.

"Starbucks, Other Chains Cater to Customers Who Avoid Dairy, Gluten", USA Today, November 21, 2017

Gold Medal, Pillsbury Baking Products Reformulated Without Artificial Colors, Flavors

General Mills’ Gold Medal and Pillsbury baking mixes and frozen baked goods will no longer be formulated with artificial flavors or colors “from artificial sources.” The revamped line of products includes bread, biscuit, brownie, cake and muffin mixes, and frozen cinnamon rolls, muffins, and scones. According to the company, the products were reformulated to help bakeries, restaurants, and food service operations better meet the needs of customers with food intolerances or allergies, or who are following avoidance diets. Revamped Gold Medal muffin, brownie, and cake mixes will be available in June 2018. The new Gold Medal products will also have redesigned packaging with updated graphics, photography, and easier-to-read instructions..

"General Mills Launches Clean Label Baking Products", BakingBusiness.com, November 29, 2017

Arca Unit Acquires Clean Label Snack Maker Deep River

One of Coca-Cola’s largest Latin American bottlers and the owner of Wise Snacks has acquired Connecticut-based Deep River Snacks, a clean label, “better-for-you” food company. Fifteen-year-old Deep River, whose annual sales are about $45 million a year, produces “clean and conscientious,” non-GMO snacks for the U.S. market. The company also donates a significant share of its profits to charitable organizations annually. The acquisition will give Deep River access to Arca Continental’s strong distribution network, and will allow the company to invest more heavily in innovation. Arca is Coke’s second largest bottler in Latin America..

"Wise Snacks Boosts GMO-Free and BFY Snacks Portfolio with Deep River Acquisition", BakeryAndSnacks.com, December 06, 2017

New Wheat Variety Is Rich In Healthful Resistant Starch

Australian scientists have developed a high-amylose wheat variety that contains more than ten times the amount of resistant starch compared to regular wheat. Farmers in Minnesota and Washington have become the first to harvest the wheat, whose amylose content is 85 percent rather than the normal 20 to 30 percent, for processing into flour. U.S.-based Bay State Milling Company is bringing the new wheat into the U.S. market under the brand name HealthSense high fiber wheat flour. It will be incorporated into a range of food products, including bread. Resistant starch improves digestive health, protects against the genetic damage that precedes bowel cancer, and helps combat Type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, it is missing from the diets of millions of people globally.. 

"CSIRO New Type of Wheat Could Transform Daily Fiber Intake", News release, CSIRO, December 13, 2017

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Oral Care Is Concept Behind New Natural Tea Drinks From DoseBiome

Canadian start-up DoseBiome has launched natural oral-care tea drinks that “restore the mouth in between brushing,” according to founder Ted Jin. Qii (pronounced chee) is based on oral microbiome research whose goal is to develop products that give people healthier smiles. It is formulated with a xylitol-based ingredient that reduces harmful bacteria in the mouth, such as S. mutans and P. gingivalis, by up to 80 percent. Qīī is available in Lemongrass Ginger Green Tea and Classic Oolong Tea flavors.

"Qii Redefines the Oral Health Industry With Launch of Proprietary Tea Drinks", News release, DoseBiome, January 09, 2018

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