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‘There’s Always A Premium On Great Ideas’ Says General Mills’ 301 Inc. Venture Group Leader While Talking Innovation
Aug 21, 2019, 01:39am
‘There’s Always A Premium On Great Ideas’ Says General Mills’ 301 Inc. Venture Group Leader While Talking Innovation

Barb StuckeyContributor
Food & Drink
beverages  Big_Food  brands  corporate_investors  food  incubators  innovation 
10 weeks ago by jerryking
Does oat milk stack up nutritionally to other non-dairy milks?
September 30, 2019 | The Globe and Mail | by LESLIE BECK

Read labels to know what your plant-based beverage provides and what it doesn’t.

If you’re replacing dairy in your diet, consider protein. Soy and pea milks have the most, followed by oat milk.

To get a vitamin and mineral content that is similar to cow’s milk, choose a fortified product (most are). If it’s fortified, the nutrition label will state a daily value of 25 to 30 per cent for calcium.

Avoid added sugars by opting for an unsweetened milk alternative.

While non-dairy milks provide nutrition, keep in mind that they are processed foods.

To get the most nutrients, along with plenty of disease-fighting natural plant compounds, include the original whole foods – e.g. oatmeal, cashews, almonds, hemp seeds, edamame, tofu, dried peas – in your regular diet.
beverages  Leslie_Beck  nondairy  nutrition  plant-based 
october 2019 by jerryking
Is Pea Milk a Healthy Drink or Just a Hell No?
July 10, 2016 | GQ | BY JEFF VRABEL.

Original: Creamier than regular 2% milk, enough so that I instantly thought about repurposing it as coffee creamer (especially because creamers are made from like 95% melted tire rubber). There's a kind of tangy, flat aftertaste, but that might also be the case with 2% milk and I'm just used to it. If they could make regular peas taste more like this, I'd consider eating some.

Original Unsweetened: Original has half the sugar of regular milk. This version has no sugar at all, and it shows. Without sugar, the taste is flatter and chalkier. I'm two sips in and wondering if I have the journalistic drive to attempt a third. Okay, I tried a third and it was a bad decision. I miss you, sugar. I miss you so much.

Vanilla: After the joyless slog of the Unsweetened, Vanilla is like a fireworks show. It's sweet and lovely and creeping into the neighborhood of a milkshake, almost enough that a whole glass might get a little heavy in your gut-parts. Still, the best flavor of the batch.

Chocolate: Not good. Tastes somehow plant-y. If you want to drink chocolate milk, you do not want a milk alternative. Just commit to your sin and plop a couple spoonfuls of Hershey's into a glass of real milk. Or drink the sludge that's left over when you're finished with a bowl of Cocoa Pebbles: part chocolate milk, part floating liquefied rice footballs, all phenomenal. If you've decided on chocolate milk, you don't want be jerking around with plant-based anything.
beverages  nondairy  plant-based  Ripple 
october 2019 by jerryking
JAB’s Peter Harf: hire ambitious talent and give them a mission
February 16, 2019 | | Financial Times | by Leila Abboud and Arash Massoudi.

JAB oversees its portfolio of coffee, beverages, and casual dining companies. .....When everything was going wrong last year at Coty, the cosmetics company backed by investment group JAB Holdings, Peter Harf reacted with characteristic ruthlessness, replacing Coty’s chief financial officer and chief executive, and taking back the Coty chairmanship from his longtime associate, Bart Becht. Describing last year’s share price decline of more than 60% as “unacceptable” for JAB and its co-investors, Mr Harf says the situation “had to have serious consequences” even for his inner circle......Harf believes that identifying talented people — and incentivising them through performance-based pay — have been key to his success over his nearly 40-year career..... just as important to Harf is knowing when to jettison those who are no longer serving the mission he has overseen since he was 35: growing the wealth of Germany’s reclusive Reimann family who are behind JAB....Harf's vision was for JAB to be modelled on Berkshire Hathaway, the investment conglomerate built by his idol, Warren Buffett. Success would come not only from backing the right leaders but by patiently building brands, embarking on deals and taking companies public to cash in on bets....Harf felt he had assembled a dream team: “My mantra has always been that I need to hire people who are better than me. Lions hire lions and sheep hire other sheep.”

Three questions for Peter Harf
(1) Who is your leadership hero?

“Warren Buffett. Hands down. All this stuff that I intend to do to make JAB into a long-term investment vehicle, he does it to perfection. He’s the greatest investor in the world, and I want to be like him. If we invest as well as Warren, we’ve won. Very simple.”

(3) What was your first leadership lesson?

One of my biggest role models was Bruce Henderson, the founder of Boston Consulting Group. When I worked for him, I prepared a three-page analysis about a problem. It had 10 bullet points as the conclusion. He dismissed it as way too complicated and said: “Don’t try to field every ball.” He meant that if you wanted to be a good leader, you have to be able to focus on the important stuff first.
The trouble often starts when leaders start listing five or seven or 11 priorities. As Jim Collins, the author of the best-selling management books “Good to Great” and “Built to Last,” is fond of saying: “If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any.”
BCG  Berkshire_Hathaway  beverages  casual_dining  coffee  commitments  CPG  dealmakers  deal-making  departures  exits  family_office  family-owned_businesses  HBS  hiring  investors  JAB  Keurig  lifelong  mission-driven  private_equity  portfolio_management  ruthlessness  talent  troubleshooting  Warren_Buffett 
february 2019 by jerryking
Muhtar Kent: bottling Coca-Cola’s secrets for success
January 6, 2019 | Financial Times Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson.
beverages  brands  CEOs  Coca-Cola  exits 
january 2019 by jerryking
Oat milk sales surge as more consumers go dairy-free
December 23, 2018 | Financial Times | by Emiko Terazono in London.
beverages  nondairy  plant-based 
december 2018 by jerryking
Beyond Soda: How and Why Your Beverage Options Are Exploding - WSJ
By Jennifer Maloney and Julie Jargon
Aug. 26, 2018
august 2018 by jerryking
James Quincey, Coca-Cola CEO, on why brands have to take a stand
MAY 21, 2017 | FT | Lindsay Whipp in Atlanta.

Coca-Cola will be going back to its roots, developing and marketing drinks, not distributing them. But even without the bottling operations, the 51-year-old has a complex assignment on his hands.....While its fizzy drinks still account for nearly three-quarters of its sales by volume, according to Beverage Digest, its shares have underperformed those of rivals PepsiCo, which has a snacks division, and Dr Pepper Snapple over the past five years.

Mr Quincey is only too aware of the need for diversification and plans to accelerate investments in start-ups with promise. “The company must be capable of being bigger than the brand,” he says.

That distinction is important. The significant shift in consumer preferences is evident in the brand value of Coca-Cola (as opposed to Coca-Cola the company), which has tumbled from the top position globally, as ranked by BrandFinance, to 27th over the past decade. That represents a decline of more than $10bn to $31.8bn this year.

But what does this difference between company and product mean for the brand? “It’s very difficult to have the name on the door of the company and brand, and not have some overlap in what they stand for,” Mr Quincey says. “You’d have to change the name of the company. It’s not what we’re doing, just to be clear.”....Mr Quincey believes brands have to take a stand in this volatile environment — even at the risk of alienating some consumers. Coca-Cola did this earlier this year, by denouncing publicly Mr Trump’s controversial executive order banning citizens of certain majority Muslim countries from travelling to the US.

“A brand has to stand for something and you have to make the choices of what you want it to stand for, and then stand behind those choices,”
beverages  brands  brand_identity  brand_purpose  CEOs  Coca-Cola  Pepsi  shifting_tastes 
january 2018 by jerryking
The Decline of ‘Big Soda’ - The New York Times
OCT. 2, 2015 | NYT | Margot Sanger-Katz.

The obvious lesson from Philadelphia is that the soda industry is winning the policy battles over the future of its product. But the bigger picture is that soda companies are losing the war.

By the end of this decade, if not sooner, sales of bottled water are expected to surpass those of carbonated soft drinks.
Even as anti-obesity campaigners like Mr. Nutter have failed to pass taxes, they have accomplished something larger. In the course of the fight, they have reminded people that soda is not a very healthy product. They have echoed similar messages coming from public health researchers and others — and fundamentally changed the way Americans think about soda.

Over the last 20 years, sales of full-calorie soda in the United States have plummeted by more than 25 percent. Soda consumption, which rocketed from the 1960s through 1990s, is now experiencing a serious and sustained decline.
calories  beverages  sugar  diets  water  eating_habits  Coca-Cola  Pepsi  obesity  decline 
october 2015 by jerryking
Ginger Scented Lemon Soda (Nimbu Pani) Rimmed With Chaat Masala and Rock Salt ~ The Tiffin Box
Ginger Scented Lemon Soda (Nimbu Pani) Rimmed With Chaat Masala and Rock Salt
Published on: 21:17 by Michelle Peters - Jones

salt, pepper, min/ lemon/lime, sparkling water.) - soda pain
recipes  drinks  beverages  summertime  Indians 
august 2015 by jerryking
The Athletes Who Train With Soda - WSJ
Updated Dec. 9, 2014

High-intensity exercise depletes a person’s supply of glycogen, the body’s store of energy-giving carbohydrates. Experts say that to aid muscle recovery, athletes should replenish that fuel within 30 to 60 minutes of finishing a workout. That’s why tables of snacks greet runners at the end of a race.

Some experts have advocated chocolate milk after exercise for its combination of carbohydrates and protein, low cost and widespread availability.....Julie Burns is a registered dietitian who has worked with professional athletes in the Chicago area for decades. She recommends that athletes drink coconut water or another organic sports beverage during exercise rather than soft drinks full of artificial additives and low-quality sugars. But, she acknowledges, “I do think you’ve got to meet people where they’re at, and athletes do have these rituals.”
sports  sports_drinks  beverages  coconuts  high-intensity  exercise 
december 2014 by jerryking
The Quick Fix: Spiced Hot Chocolate - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Nov. 23 2014
chocolate  recipes  Sue_Riedl  beverages 
november 2014 by jerryking
Food movements driving market shift
September 28, 2013 | An information feature for Canada Organic Trade Association | RandallAnthony Communications.
organic  food  genetically_modified  Canadian  Canada  statistics  beverages 
october 2013 by jerryking
A New York Mom Outsmarts Coke And Pepsi With A Cool Marketing Idea - Forbes
Avi Dan, Contributor

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CMO Network
water  beverages  marketing  New_York_City 
february 2013 by jerryking
Grocery Niches to Improve Your Profit Picture
September 2006 | Canadian Grocer | Rob Standish.

In future, grocers will go big, go value, go niche...or go away.
niches  grocery  supermarkets  ethnic_communities  organic  beverages 
august 2012 by jerryking
Sweet and fruity to bold and brawny: A British classic sheds its girly image - The Globe and Mail
Aug. 08 2007 | Globe and Mail | BEPPI CROSARIOL.

Strongbow (England) $2.70/500-mlVery dry for a cider. Pale yellow. Subtle fresh-apple flavour and a hint of beer-like graininess. Light and clean. Very good.

Magners Original (Ireland) $2.80/500-ml Golden, full-bodied and round. Rich, baked-apple flavour. Nicely balanced, with distinct sweetness but fairly crisp on the finish. Very good.

Blackthorn (England) $2.80/500-ml Light, fresh apple flavour and crisp acidity. Like a cross between crisp, light Strongbow and fruity Magners.

Okanagan Premium Classic Dry Apple (B.C.) $10.45/6-pack of 355-ml cans (West only).A tad funky on the nose, but the flavour is clean, quite dry and fresh. Good value.

Growers Pomegranate Dry Cider (B.C.) $9.49/6-pack of 341-ml bottles Electric red and quite sweet for a "dry" cider. More of a fruit cooler than an example of cider's new manly image.

Williams Sir Perry, (England) $2.70/500-ml Light and quite dry, with an ever-so-subtle pear flavour. Very good.
liquor  ciders  beverages 
june 2012 by jerryking
It’s cider’s time to rule
Jun. 05 2012 | The Globe and Mail |BEPPI CROSARIOL
ciders  beers  liquor  beverages  drinks 
june 2012 by jerryking
Bubbling Up
January 2005 | Worth | Sergio Zyman.

We changed the formula we had been using for 100 years to give our customers what we thought they wanted: New Coke. We orchestrated a huge launch, received abundant media coverage and were delighted with ourselves until the sales figures rolled in. Within weeks. we realized that we had blundered. Sales tanked and the media turned against us. Seventy-seven days New Coke was born. We made the second-hardest decision in company history: We pulled the plug. What went wrong? The answer was embarrassingly simple: We did not know enough about our customers. We did not even know what motivated them to buy Coke in the first place. Based on that, we fell into the trap of imagining that innovation—abandoning our existing product for a new one would cure our ills. After the debacle, we reached out to consumers, and found that they wanted more than taste when they made purchase. Drinking Coke enabled them to tap into the Coca-Cola experience, to be part of Coke's history and to feel the continuity and stability of the brand. Instead of innovating. we should have renovated. Instead of making a product and hoping people would buy it, we should have asked customers what they wanted and given it to them. As soon as we started listening to them, consumers respondcd, increasing our sales 9 billion to 15 billion cases a year.
Coca-Cola  Pepsi  market_research  marketing  renovations  growth  CMOs  product_launches  kill_rates  brands  customer_expectations  customer_insights  culling  mistakes  beverages  innovation  contra-innovation 
may 2012 by jerryking
Move Over, Coke -
January 30, 2006 | WSJ | By GWENDOLYN BOUNDS | Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

How a small beverage maker managed to win shelf space in one of the most brutally competitive industries
Gwendolyn_Bounds  beverages  shelf_space  Coca-Cola  grocery  Pepsi  fees_&_commissions  branding  distribution_channels  water 
may 2012 by jerryking
Wahaha Seeks Expansion -
March 4, 2012,| WSJ | By LAURIE BURKITT

Chinese Group on Hunt for Deals
food  beverages  China  entrepreneur  high_net_worth  moguls  globalization  Wahaha 
march 2012 by jerryking
Ginger Ales: The Spice Is Right -
JUNE 25, 2011

The Spice Is Right
There's nothing dry about these five vibrant takes on a favorite fizz
beverages  ginger 
june 2011 by jerryking
Luxury tea purveyor hopes to brew business in Canada
Nov. 25, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Alexandra Seno. Idea
for Mark Orlach? Despite becoming a phenomenon at home in Singapore,
luxury tea purveyor TWG Tea is planning to enter Canada as part of
establishing a presence in North America. Taha Bouqdib, the company's
co-founder and president, says it’s “in search of the right partner to
boost expansion into the Canadian market.”

Seeing an opportunity for growth in upscale tea, Mr. Bouqdib, a former
top executive at Paris tea specialist Mariage Freres, and
Singapore-based entrepreneur Manoj Murjani, started TWG in 1997. The
company blends its teas in Asia, not far from the world-renowned
plantations that provide them the leaves. Personal relationships with
the suppliers ensure the first-pick with each harvest.
beverages  teas  luxury  Singapore  retailers  market_entry  personal_relationships 
december 2010 by jerryking
Dr Pepper Snapple to Expand Sun Drop Soda -
DECEMBER 9, 2010 | | By VALERIE BAUERLEIN. .Bigger Splash
Planned for a Niche Citrus Soda....Its expansion is part of Dr Pepper
Snapple's strategy to fortify consumer interest in flavored sodas, a
non-cola segment of the soft drink industry in which the company
specializes. Cola sales have fallen to 55.4% of the U.S. soda market in
2009 from 60.5% in 1999, according to Beverage Digest, an industry
publication. At the same time, sales of Dr Pepper, Crush, and other
brands Dr Pepper Snapple owns have grown.
december 2010 by jerryking
Beet It - To Exercise Longer, Try Beetroot Juice -
October 2, 2010 | By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. the high nitrate
content of beetroot juice is responsible for its athletic benefits.
Scientists aren't exactly sure how it works, but suspect having more
nitric oxide in your body, a byproduct of nitrate, helps you exercise
with less oxygen. Bailey said the same effects might be possible if
people ate more nitrate-rich foods like beetroot, lettuce or spinach.

Bailey and colleagues calculated beetroot juice could translate into a 1
to 2 percent better race time, a tiny improvement likely only to matter
to elite athletes. They are still tweaking the dosage but say athletes
should consume the juice a few hours before training so their body has
time to digest it. Their latest study was published in June in the
Journal of Applied Physiology.
beverages  diets  endurance  exercise  juices  nutrition  running  sports_drinks 
october 2010 by jerryking
Crackdown on pomegranate claims - The Globe and Mail
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Sep. 27, 2010
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accused POM Wonderful LLC and
some affiliated companies on Monday of using “deceptive acts and
practices” and of making false health claims that are not backed up by

POM Wonderful – which says it has spent more than $34-million (U.S.) on
scientific tests to back up its claims – calls the allegations
“completely unwarranted.”

The dispute comes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the FTC
are turning up the heat on food advertising that boasts of health
benefits in response to concerns that too many companies are marketing
food as medicine.
FTC  Lynda_Resnick  juices  pomegranates  beverages 
september 2010 by jerryking
A Taste for Hotter, Mintier, Fruitier -
MAY 26, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By MIRIAM GOTTFRIED. The
Increased Craving for Intense Flavors Suggests That the American Palate
is Changing
spices  food  beverages  flavours 
may 2010 by jerryking
Coconut Water Bubbles -
AUGUST 27, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | By SUZANNE VRANICA. Drink Makers Ramp Up Ad Campaigns for Niche Market.
beverages  Coconuts 
may 2010 by jerryking
December 23, 2007 | New York Times | By AMANDA HESS. 1958: Eggnog; 2007: Roquefort-and-Pear Eggnog; 2007: Cedar-Scented Eggnog
recipes  christmas  drinks  beverages  eggnog 
january 2010 by jerryking
Coke Teams Up With Socially Focused Smoothie -
APRIL 8, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by AARON O. PATRICK and VALERIE BAUERLEIN

Investment in Britain's Innocent, Known for Environmental and Charity Efforts, Marks New Expansion Approach
Coca-Cola  Innocent  beverages  social_entrepreneurship 
april 2009 by jerryking

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