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Six days a week since 2012, Bader Rutter’s Intel Distillery team has systematically cataloged and assessed input from the top 1,500 voices in the food and beverage industry.


Our e-newsletter, Friday by Noon, provides weekly perspective on the emerging topics and trends driving the food production system.

Recent Editions

December 2, 2022
Friday by Noon:

An Abundance of Bargaining

Programming note: Friday by Noon will be back for its final edition of 2022 in two weeks.The year is winding …

Thanks-taking
Friday by Noon | November 18, 2022

It’s been a busy week as brands gear up for the holiday season. Inflation invited itself to Thanksgiving dinner. Party …

Hot Air and Climate Talk
Friday by Noon | November 11, 2022

Two events drove the policy world this week, with food and beverage production accounting for a slice of each conversation: …

A Slow Go
Friday by Noon | November 4, 2022

While most of us spent the weekend trick-or-treating (or trunk-or-treating), the spookiest action in food and agriculture came from disruptions …

Withering Weather | Top Ten Topics Q3 2022
Quarterly Report | October 27, 2022

Third-quarter conversations turned toward interactions between nature and agricultural production as harvest approached. At the same time, food price inflation …

Compare trends and topics quarter over quarter across several years

The Intel Distillery Archives

Interested in past weekly reports? Is there a particular story you’re interested in researching? Start here. Everything we’ve published since May 2019 can be found below.