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November 8, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • P&G celebrates 175 years
    Procter & Gamble, which officially turned 175 on Oct. 31, will be celebrating throughout November, lighting its Cincinnati headquarters with its logo each night. The company is also launching a digital Heritage Center that provides P&G history to employees around the world. The Community Press & Recorder (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schweppes redesign keeps history, adds sparkle
    Dr Pepper Snapple Group has updated the design of its Schweppes ginger ale bottles, keeping historic elements while tweaking them to appear crisper and more assertive. "Redesigning a brand with 230 years of heritage was no easy task," says Tony Jacobs, senior vice president of marketing. The Wall Street Journal (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Frozen-food sales are expected to remain cold
    According to Packaged Facts, dollar sales of frozen food have increased 7.7% since 2008, a compound annual growth rate of 1.9%. The rate is likely to hover around 2% during the next five years. Companies are fighting a consumer preference for fresh food, using restaurant-branded frozen meals and promoting the message that frozen food is as nutritious as fresh. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supply Chain Management 
  • P&G taps HP for supply chain efficiency
    HP is providing support for the "Always On" operating system of Procter & Gamble, with the goal of enhancing supply chain efficiency while reducing costs. HP, a 9-year technology partner with P&G, was chosen for the project because "they have strong solutions to achieve the 'Always On' business operations P&G needs, which enable us to deliver higher value and efficiencies," said Filippo Passerini, P&G's chief information officer and group president of global business services. Consumer Goods Technology News (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Coke lets retailers test new concepts at marketing innovation center
    Coca-Cola's 15,000-square-foot Shopper Experience Innovation Center lets the beverage company work with retailers to test concepts such as product displays and store layouts. At the center, which opened in May, retailers can test shopper reactions before bringing the concept to their own stores. "I want to understand how we talk to a retailer in a way that’s going to really resonate with that retailer. So, a lot of the solutions that we develop and the things that we do are around how do we build the category," said Ron Hughes, director of shopper experience innovation for Coca-Cola Refreshments. Supermarket News (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Whole Foods offers one-stop holiday meals
    Whole Foods Market customers can order holiday meals in person or online, including items specifically for holidays, through Jan. 2. Turkeys are antibiotic-free and rated on a five-step animal-welfare scale by Global Animal Partnership. Progressive Grocer (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Study: Black tea may prevent type 2 diabetes
    Researchers who studied data from 50 countries found a reduced rate of type 2 diabetes in places where people drink the most black tea. The study could not determine the cause and effect relationship between black tea consumption and rates of type 2 diabetes. WebMD (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fad diets are dividing the nutrition landscape, dietitian says
    People are taking sides as diets that support different eating styles or themes -- such as gluten-free, low-carb or "Paleo" -- divide the nutrition landscape, registered dietitian Jennifer Sygo writes. She argues that messages of moderation in eating are drowned out by fads and that more people with incomplete training in nutrition and behavioral change have a voice in the dietetic field. National Post (Canada) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • New nutrition labeling webinar now available
    Revising the Nutrition Facts panel remains a high priority for the Food and Drug Administration, and in the coming months the FDA is expected to publish an extensive proposed rule that would change the Nutrition Facts label and related rules.

    During the Get Smarter: An Update on What’s Coming in Nutrition Labeling webinar on Dec. 13, from 1-3 p.m. (EST), join GMA experts as they outline the anticipated scope of this rulemaking and consider recent government activities in nutrition and food labeling, in order to prepare food companies for the coming changes that are likely to affect all food labels. Get more information or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Food Safety 
  • New guidelines can help clear up food label confusion
    The many claims made on food labels can be confusing, and for some with food allergies, potentially dangerous, writes Deanne Brandstetter, nutrition and wellness VP for Compass Group North America. The group recently prepared updated guidelines for foodservice companies to use when labeling products, in a push to ensure labels accurately convey what's inside. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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