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December 24, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Sweet Green Fields teams with U.S. growers
    Stevia producer Sweet Green Fields has partnered with growers in Georgia and North Carolina to produce the first stevia crops in the Southeast.The new deals come as the company works to boost sustainable U.S. production of the sweetener. Food Business Review (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New book tells the story of the building of Budweiser
    Adolphus Busch immigrated to St. Louis from Germany, buying a small brewery supply company and building it into an iconic beer brand and a brewing dynasty that would remain in the family for nearly 150 years, according to a new book detailing the story of the family behind Budweiser. Busch's descendants built the company into a $19 billion enterprise by 2008 when it was acquired by InBev in a hostile takeover. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mintel releases holiday shopping behavior analytics
    Intelligence supplier Mintel released extensive analytics on holiday shopping trends. According to the report, 91% of Americans made some sort of festive-related purchase last year including holiday food (61%), decorations (35%) and alcoholic beverages (27%), and 41% of Americans attended a party or event at a friend’s house last year during holidays. Progressive Grocer (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Food brands take aim at children's smartphones
    Food marketers are shifting their ad spending to mobile and social in a bid to target smartphone-wielding children, according to a Federal Trade Commission report. Social campaigns and branded mobile applications are seen as a cost-effective way to target young consumers, researchers say. "These online media are not necessarily as costly as display advertising, yet potentially have a farther, and more immersive, reach than display advertising," the report notes. The Wall Street Journal (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Rouses adds hand-glazed hams to the menu
    Louisiana-based Rouses Supermarkets began hand-glazing hams in the store for the first time this season, using miniature butane torches to heat up hams rubbed with brown sugar, honey and spices. Customers can sample the meat, buy whole hams at $4.49 per pound or buy the glaze and do it themselves at home. Supermarket News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Wellness 
  • New production process creates nutrient-filled puffed rice
    Scientists discovered a new process that produces puffed rice with three times more protein and eight times more dietary fiber than commercial puffed rice. Unlike traditional puffed rice, the new, crispier strand contains calcium, iron, zinc and other nutrients. "The balanced nutritional profile and use of staple crop byproducts such as broken rice makes these expanded crisps unique to the marketplace," noted a report on the product by ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Food Business Review (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Food Safety 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Director of Quality Assurance (Corporate)WhiteWave Foods US - CO - Broomfield
Director of MarketingC.H. Guenther & Son, Inc.San Antonio, TX
Director of Quality AssuranceStarbucksSeattle, WA
Associate Manager, National Retail PromotionsCrown Imports, LLCChicago, IL
Innovation Marketing ManagerOcean Spray CranberriesLakeville, MA
Senior Manager, Science Program ManagementGrocery Manufacturers AssociationWashington, DC
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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