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January 18, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Delhaize posts U.S. sales gain for Q4
    U.S. sales increased 1.9% in the fourth quarter at Delhaize Group, bolstered by rising volume at Food Lion and Hannaford Supermarkets. The result reverses several quarters of decline. In mid-2011, the company began overhauling Food Lion to better appeal to price-sensitive customers. The Wall Street Journal (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grocers make list of 100 top places to work
    Wegmans Food Markets is No. 5 on Fortune magazine's list of the 100 best places to work. Nugget Market comes in at No. 37, while Whole Foods Market and Publix Super Markets are tied at No. 77. All four retailers are not new to the list, though their rankings have changed: Wegmans dropped one notch, Nugget moved from No. 34, Publix climbed a spot and Whole Foods fell from No. 32. Progressive Grocer (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Egg opportunities crack open in 2013
    Eggs will star in global and innovative dishes this year and will be hailed for providing high-quality protein and functional benefits, according to a trend list by groups including the American Egg Board and the Egg Nutrition Center. Also, expect to see more food trucks selling breakfast items with eggs and packaging promoting eggs' health benefits. Food Processing (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Milking more sustainability from jugs and crates
    Milk jugs have gotten as thin as they can get, but recycling rates can be improved. Plastic milk crates last for years and can be recycled, but the industry loses nearly 20 million crates a year, mostly because of theft, which hampers sustainability because replacements must be made. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Shift emerges in how consumers define healthy food
    While more shoppers say they are paying attention to nutrition and trying to choose healthful food, their definition of healthy has shifted to include food that is natural and organic, according to Technomic. "There's a shift happening in terms of what actually defines healthy for them," Vice President Darren Tristano said. "We're seeing more consumers gravitate toward health-halo claims -- such as local, natural and organic, as well as whole wheat and free range." Progressive Grocer (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Black youths consume more sugar-laden fruit drinks
    Black children and teens are more than twice as likely as white ones to consume sugar-rich fruit drinks on a given day, researchers reported in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They say heavy consumption of sugary beverages has dropped among teens and young adults but has increased among 2- to 11-year-olds. Teen consumption of sports drinks has climbed as well, from 4% to 12%. Reuters (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Odwalla debuts a simpler design
    Odwalla has updated the look of its beverage bottle for the first time in six years, creating a cleaner, less-cluttered look and a color-coded system that helps shoppers find the category they want. The Coca-Cola-owned brand will debut updated packaging for food bars in February. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Yoplait launches Pro-Force line for tweens
    Yoplait has introduced Pro-Force, a line of Greek yogurt for children, in mixed-berry and strawberry varieties. "Tweens really don't think Greek yogurt tastes good, so we created a product that is colorful, creamy and flavorful while delivering the nutritional benefits of Greek yogurt," marketing manager Ashley Karr said. Drug Store News (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Marketers are cool on Super Bowl ad previews
    Some marketers say they won't be previewing their Super Bowl ads online ahead of the big day, hoping their ads will generate more buzz if they're able to genuinely surprise game watchers. Other brands plan to run pregame "teaser" campaigns or post the full ad online in the hope of getting early traction among social media followers. "Why not reward the people who love you?" said Brian Niccol, chief marketing and innovation officer at Taco Bell. "I don't think it does anything but amplify." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • FMI partners with the Food and Drug Law Institute on Food Week 2013 -- Save 15%
    FMI is a proud partner of the Food and Drug Law Institute's Food Week 2013, scheduled Feb. 5 to 8 in Washington, D.C. This program is a unique opportunity for food law, regulation and policy stakeholders to gather practical guidance on cutting-edge issues and hear firsthand from government officials and industry experts on the latest legal and regulatory developments. Food Week 2013 is a collection of four advanced, one-day conferences (hot topics, advertising, food safety and global), as well as FDLI's industry-standard course "Introduction to Food Law and Regulation." Learn more on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • Benchmarks are key to meeting dairy-safety requirements
    Dairy companies must establish a benchmarking system that allows easy analysis of food-safety indicators and shows how they stack up against goals. Benchmarks would include identification of food-safety criteria, trend analysis and establishment of protocols if goals are not met. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Daily Quote 
If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep."
--Dale Carnegie,
American author and motivational speaker

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