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December 26, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Tradition drives seasonal spread's sales in Maine
    French-Canadians are Maine's largest ethnic group, and at Christmas many re-connect with that heritage with food such as cretons, a traditional spiced-pork pate. The biggest U.S. producer of the seasonal specialty is Lewiston-based Mailhot Sausage, a family-owned producer that got its start in 1910 when Canadians were flocking to Maine to work in the mills. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bidders vying for Hostess brands
    Hostess is likely to sell its snack cakes and bread brands to different buyers, according to bankruptcy court testimony from the company. A likely bidder has been found for the flagship brands such as Twinkies and Ding Dongs, while a different bid was made for Devil Dogs and Yodels. The company did not disclose how much it expects the price tag on these brands to be. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/The Associated Press (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is Belgian chocolate losing its cachet?
    Belgium has long been held up as the standard when it comes to artistry in chocolate, but craftsmen are beginning to worry about the future as companies start to move production closer to the developing countries where demand is growing the fastest. Tourism minister Christos Doulkeridis said Belgium will keep its status by focusing on quality. "We don't want to be the first one just in chocolate. We want to be the first one in chocolate of quality." Ananova (U.K.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Moms rely on peers for food information
    Moms rely more heavily on the opinions of bloggers and friends for a variety of information about food and food-safety issues than they do on doctors or nutritionists, according to a survey from Fleishman-Hillard and The survey also found that moms plan to cut back on sugar, processed foods and soda in 2013 and that nearly 4 in 5 read food labels. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Wine merchants think millennials can break bottle habit
    Wine merchants are pouring wine into new skins to attract millennial-generation drinkers who aren't wedded to glass-bottle packaging. Stacked Wine and Bonfire Wines are among the brands using innovative plastic, lightweight and portable containers. Wine drinkers are more likely than hard liquor and beer fans to decide what they want to buy at the store itself, rather than in advance, according to Nielsen North America Consumer Group, leaving an opportunity for point-of-purchase influence. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Coke campaign wins accolades
    Coca-Cola's "Coke Studio Middle East" campaign won four GEMAS Effie MENA 2012 awards, given for international marketing excellence. "'Branded content' is (just) a buzzword in many places, but this effort shows how to do it right," said chairman Judd Labarathe. AME Info (United Arab Emirates) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • 7-Eleven eyes fresh-food market
    7-Eleven is aiming to have 20% of its sales come from fresh foods by 2015, part of a shift the convenience-store chain has been undergoing to attract health-conscious consumers and remain competitive with other outlets offering fresh food, such as Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks. "If you can figure out how to deliver consistent quality and the products consumers want, fresh food is attractive because margins are higher, and it addresses some of the competitive issues you're facing," industry consultant Richard Meyer says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Report ties gluten-free diet to better type 1 diabetes outcomes
    Undergoing a gluten-free diet for 20 months helped improve A1C and fasting blood glucose in a child with type 1 diabetes who was not on insulin treatment, a case report in the British Medical Journal indicated. Researchers also found that the diet scheme was safe and that it may help prolong type 1 diabetes remission without insulin treatment. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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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