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Improving Metabolic Health

Recent data from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) 2022 survey reaffirmed the trend of more people looking to follow diets. In this year's survey, roughly 52% of respondents confirmed following a "diet or eating pattern" in the last year, up 13% from the 2021 survey. The segment driving this increase were those aged below …

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Delving Into Dairy

In the latest issue of People Magazine, the People Food Awards highlighted over 60 of their favorite new items to hit store shelves. Not surprisingly, the bulk of the foods highlighted were a sugary mess…waffles, sugary cereals, candy, ice cream, snacks, etc. However, there is one product I wanted to highlight as an example of …

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Bad Policy Drives Poor Decisions

Unless you've been under a rock for the last 16 months, you are well aware of the inflationary pressure Americans are feeling across almost every area of their lives. For a recap: The annual inflation rate in the US accelerated to 8.5% in March of 2022, up from 7.9% in February, and the highest since …

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A Ketogenic Hat Trick

How many times have you heard the term "fad diet?" It seems like every year there is a new miracle way to lose weight, improve metabolic health and achieve a leaner physique. If I had $1 for every time someone mentioned the ketogenic diet and "fad diet" in the same sentence, I would be comfortably …

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Diabetes: A Dire Direction

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/diabetes-death-america/2022/01/31/id/1054720/ You can’t exercise your way out of a bad dietDR. MARK HYMAN In January 2022, the National Clinical Care Commission issued their report to Congress & the Secretary of Health & Human Services on the pathway to prevent and control diabetes, and better manage complications. For a link to download and read the full report, …

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Nestlé’s Unhealthy Admission

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/nestlé-document-says-majority-of-its-food-portfolio-is-unhealthy/46664032 Global CPG conglomerate Nestlé has admitted that at least 60% of their food/drink products "do not meet a recognized definition of health." In fact, based on the Australian Health Star system, only 37% of Nestlé's food and beverage products meet a 3.5 rating or higher. It's important to remember Nestlé is a global leader …

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Another Casualty of the Smartphone War

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lg-elec-smartphones-idUSKBN2BS1M3 There was a big announcement in technology this week, with South Korea's LG announcing they will shut down their smartphone business effective July, 2021, and shift their investment and focus toward smart home products, electric vehicle components, robotics, artificial intelligence, business-to-business products and other connected devices. So, what happened? A Quick History of the Smartphone …

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How Hormel’s Acquisition of Planters from Kraft Heinz Underlines the Importance of Brand Strategy

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-spam-maker-hormel-just-bought-115-yearold-planters-for-335-billion-144921127.html Hormel announced they are buying the Planters, Cheese Balls & Corn Nuts brands from Kraft Heinz for $3.35 billion. While this deal had been rumored for some time, it's helpful to understand why this makes sense and the different trajectories of these two CPG conglomerates. The Struggles at Kraft Heinz Prior to the merger …

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A Culture of Innovation

While Amazon.com's earnings reports are always anticipated, Tuesday's results were accompanied by a big announcement, even by their standards. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos will be transitioning out of his current CEO role to become Executive Chairman in the third quarter. Anytime there is a leadership change, employees and investors get nervous. What makes this particularly …

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A Halo of Safety

This past weekend, fans of Formula One (F1) watched in horror as, on the starting lap, one of the drivers had a horrific crash that severed the car in two pieces. Romain Grosjean, in an attempt to improve his position, made contact with another car, which sent his car careening into a guardrail at over …

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Agility in Grocery Innovation

https://progressivegrocer.com/what-food-retail-innovation-means-now?utm_source=omeda&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL_PG+Daily+5&utm_keyword=&oly_enc_id=5012I1567089B5Y Recently the world's 50 most innovative companies were ranked. Not surprisingly, the list includes a mix of technology, e-commerce, pharmaceutical & consumer products stalwarts. Of note, there are also some retailers: Wal*Mart, Target & Costco. Defining Innovative Is McDonald's truly innovative? What about an energy conglomerate like Royal Dutch Shell? One focuses on speed, …

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More Expansion of Plant Based Options

Purple Carrot is partnering with Whole Foods to bring a line of frozen plant-based meal solutions to consumers. Prior to COVID-19, ready-to-serve and meal bar preparation options were in growth mode, but will likely change as concerns about food handling persist. Frozen meals present a proven way to keep most of the key nutrient benefits …

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Virtual Event Tips

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2020/05/these-tips-will-make-your-virtual-event-home-run As more virtual meetings are held, and more virtual conference and presentations are planned, the attached article highlights some of the best practices to experience an impactful virtual event...whether you are the presenter or an attendee. Interestingly, the advice is applicable to both live and virtual events. The main difference is the how. Tip: …

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Ketone Brain Power

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/06/low-carb-diet-may-reverse-age-related-brain-deterioration-study-finds?fbclid=IwAR0fuHMrOrV-oWL0neYcwiLPXR7P80dqfs8uUmC6ZXFQOaeQGnuWvXSP5F4 Food as fuel is one my favorite phrases. There is so much power in such a short phrase, and now another study may provide clues of how food can also be brain fuel. Researchers set out to understand how diet effects brain aging, and found a combination of bad news & good news. Bad …

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The recovery at Kraft Heinz starts with the fundamentals

https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultalbot/2020/02/04/fresh-leadership-and-fresh-brand-focus-at-kraft-heinz/#515bcaf86ada Since April 1, 2017, Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) stock has plummeted from $90/share to $30/share. When a stock loses almost 70% of its value, the problems run deep and changes are desperately needed. But change without a vision and strategy becomes busy energy without focusing and harnessing the company's resources to begin the turnaround. …

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