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January 15, 2013News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Flowers signs purchase agreements for Hostess bread brands
    Flowers Foods has signed two purchase agreements to acquire the Wonder, Nature's Pride, Merita, Home Pride, Butternut and Beefsteak bread brands owned by the bankrupt Hostess Brands company in two deals totaling $390 million, including 20 bakeries and 38 depots. If the bankruptcy court approves the bids, an auction will be held. Progressive Grocer (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Financing and the latest industry trends
How much will consumer concerns about the overall economy continue to impact commodities? Is the USDA raising or lowering production estimates for 2013? Learn about these key developments, GE Capital's industry financing trends and more. Download GE's latest food & beverage Industry Research Update now.
  • Report examines eco-label overload
    A report by Organic Monitor says consumers are confused by a profusion of sustainable certifications, with more than 200 labels touting qualities including organic, all natural, fair trade and humanely raised. The report, which considers implications of a single standard that would integrate such certifications, will be presented at the Sustainable Foods Summit, scheduled Jan. 22 and 23 in San Francisco. Forbes (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flu outbreak has been good for drugmakers' sales
    The flu season has been good for the $6.5 billion-a-year cough-and-cold market, writes Jack Neff. Reckitt Benckiser, which entered the U.S. by buying Mucinex, Delsym and Cepacol, has seen sales increase 22% over last year in the four weeks ending Dec. 22. Havas Worldwide has been handling the advertising with symptom- and geo-targeting, and the brand has an overnight-shipping deal with Johnson & Johnson relaunched Children's Motrin via agency JWT, and J&J cough-cold sales were up 38% in the same period. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Launches down for lower-sugar chocolate
    Even with widespread concerns about obesity, global launches of chocolate products with reduced or no sugar declined 19% between 2010 and 2011, and the decline is expected to continue. Consumers may perceive the sugar-free chocolate as containing ingredients that are not natural, but approval of stevia for use in Europe may change that, writes Marcia Mogelonsky, director of insight at Mintel. Confectionery Production (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Survey ranks sustainability consultants
    In a survey of large-firm sustainability decision-makers, Ernst & Young was named the top sustainability consulting company, followed by KPMG, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Among nonprofits, Global Reporting Initiative took the top spot. Environmental Leader (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Coca-Cola takes on obesity in new campaign
    Coca-Cola has begun airing a two-minute ad on cable news shows touting the company's efforts in the fight against obesity, including selling drinks in smaller cans and putting calorie counts on the front of packaging. A second ad is set to debut Wednesday during "American Idol" and will focus on what consumers can do to work off the calories in a can of soda. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Spotlight 
  • Harris Teeter taps AccessVia for shelf-edge signs
    Harris Teeter is using the Web dSignShop SaaS from AccessVia to create shelf-edge signs in its stores. “The reduction of effort, increase in responsiveness, and overall flexibility is why every new implementation of our platform this past year was SaaS," said AccessVia CEO Dean A. Sleeper. "Harris Teeter is among many of our existing customers who choose to migrate to SaaS for those compelling advantages." Progressive Grocer (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Red and blue fruits, veggies may lower heart risks, study says
    Young and middle-aged women who regularly ate fruits and vegetables that were red or blue lowered their risk of a heart attack by 32% compared with those who ate them once a month or less, researchers reported in the journal Circulation. They said plant compounds called anthocyanins, which give fruits and vegetables a red or blue color, have shown positive effects on blood pressure and inflammation in animal models and lab studies. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Supply Chain Conference talks data sharing
    At the 2013 Supply Chain Conference on Feb. 4-6 in Orlando, Fla.,, learn how manufacturers and retailers are enhancing supply chain collaboration through data sharing and analytics.

    Hosted by GMA and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), this event brings together industry leaders to focus on innovative strategies that help foster supply chain efficiency. Hear insights from companies such as Wegmans, General Mills, Brookshire, Kraft, Safeway, PepsiCo and more in sessions focused on real-world experiences and tools that are driving unprecedented trading partner collaboration. For more information or to view the full agenda, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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