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December 4, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Twinkies more likely than Wonder to survive in Hostess sell-off
    Some, if not all, of the Hostess sub-brands are likely to be purchased out of the bankruptcy liquidation to survive another day, E.J. Schultz writes. Analysts say the snack division -- which includes Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs -- is more likely to be snapped up than the Wonder Bread brand. Hostess snacks have sold well despite almost no advertising support, whereas the bread category has been shrinking for some time as consumers choose healthier options. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
How much will Hispanics affect future hot dog consumption
The NPD Group projects U.S. Hispanics will account for 70% of growth in hot dog consumption over the next five years. Even though they currently eat fewer hot dogs than the general population, they are likely to drive over half the category's growth. How will Hispanics' food consumption patterns affect your category? The NPD Group | Hispanic Hot Dog Case Study
  • Big-ticket purchases on hold for many this year
    A study by investor website finds just 6% of shoppers with incomes higher than $50,000 plan a major purchase such as a trip, automobile or electronics this holiday season. "The wealthy are more conservative regarding their holiday spending because they realize that they are the ones who will be most impacted by increased taxes next year," said Catherine McBreen, president of Progressive Grocer (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Corporations should stop trying to be Santa Claus
    Companies need to shift away from concepts of CSR that lead them to simply throw money at social problems, writes Denise Lee Yohn. It's more effective and sustainable to find areas of shared value, where firms can work to solve social or environmental challenges while also boosting internal efficiency and profitability. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Wonderful Pistachios gets in the boxing ring
    Wonderful Pistachios has signed on as sponsor of the Dec. 8 boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as well as sponsoring fighter Jose Ramirez. "As athletes, Manny Pacquiao and Jose Ramirez are the epitome of physical health, and as one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat nuts, Wonderful Pistachios are an excellent snack choice for competitors and fans alike," said Mark Masten, vice president of global sales and marketing for Paramount Farms. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Retailers take supplier collaboration to next level
    Haggen, a 29-store chain in Oregon and Washington, is an example of how retailers are boosting collaboration with suppliers. The company changed its TOP Food & Drug banner to Haggen: Northwest Fresh and gave suppliers substantial say in the rebranding effort. Supermarket News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Supermarkets turn attention to healthful snacks
    Supermarkets are selling healthful prepared snacks such as fruit slices with yogurt dips and smaller portions of desserts. "We were hearing at our consumer group meetings that people wanted healthier options in snacks," said Terri Bennis, vice president of fresh-food operations at Kowalski's Markets. "We started with a couple of facings, and it just exploded." Supermarket News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Are you prepared for new food labeling rules?
    Revising the Nutrition Facts panel remains a high priority for the Food and Drug Administration, and in the coming months 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. Only a few spots left -- register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Food Safety 
  • Stevia gains authorization in Canada
    Sweeteners derived from stevia plants were approved in Canada for use in certain food and drinks. "After two years of working with Health Canada and other industry members, we're happy to welcome stevia's approval," said Sidd Purkayastha, vice president of business development and regulatory affairs at PureCircle. (free registration) (12/3)
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