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January 16, 2013News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Ocean Spray expands with Chile acquisition
    Ocean Spray has acquired the cranberry processing business of Agricola Cran Chile Limitada in Chile. "Cran Chile’s reputation for quality and excellence in cranberry processing is a good strategic fit and will better help the Cooperative accelerate the growing global demand for dried cranberries, the fastest-growing product in Ocean Spray’s portfolio," said Ocean Spray CEO and president Randy Papadellis. Boston Herald (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fiber One Protein Bars debut
    General Mills has expanded its Fiber One line with Fiber One Protein Bars in Caramel Nut and Coconut Almond varieties. Both bars deliver 20% of the daily recommended amount of fiber, with the Caramel Nut bar providing 7 grams of protein and the Coconut Almond bar providing 6 grams. Food Business Review (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reser's revs NASCAR sponsorship
    Reser's Fine Foods will sponsor five NASCAR Nationwide races with former NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth driving a car with the Reser's logo on the hood. Peter Sirgy, executive vice president of sales and marketing for the Oregon-based prepared foods company, said the tradition among NASCAR fans of tailgating and barbecuing "just fit with what Reser’s Fine Foods product line is." American City Business Journals/Portland, Ore. (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  Trends 
 
  • Fresh fruit is top snack choice
    Research from NPD Group ranks fresh fruit as the top snack for Americans, above chocolate and potato chips, and also among the fastest-growing categories. "Usage can be expanded with packaging innovation and promotions for on-the-go activities when it’s least likely to be consumed," notes Darren Seifer, NPD food and beverage industry analyst. Progressive Grocer (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Barrel-aged hot sauce to become star condiment of 2013
    More and more chefs are creating their own unique hot sauces by aging chiles and spices in oak barrels. "The barrel has sauce aged in it, it’s had whiskey aged in it," said Brandon Foster, executive chef of Vesta Dipping Grill in Denver. "It’s going to have excess moisture in it and I think that’s the salt and the vinegar, the macerated chilies, that are really just reacting with that wood and pulling out as much flavor as possible." SmithsonianMag.com (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Time and Attendance: The Core of Managing and Measuring Your Workforce
Based on data from Brandon Hall Group's 2014 Workforce Management Study, this paper explores the evolution of time and attendance, the impact of automation and integration, and the key role time and attendance solutions play in managing and measuring today's workforce. Read the Paper and Learn More

  Retail Spotlight 
 
  • Delhaize America trims executive staff by 25%
    Delhaize America has created a management structure with 50 executives, a 25% reduction, and put about 80% of top leaders at the Salisbury, N.C., headquarters of Food Lion. The reorganization, described in a memo to employees, is part of the company's "efforts to reduce general and administrative costs and better serve customers." Progressive Grocer (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Health & Wellness 
  • Research shows some food can sharpen memory
    Blueberries, salmon, green tea, walnuts, chocolate and leafy vegetables are among food with memory-enhancing properties, research indicates. Salmon and other cold-water fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, while blueberries are rich in anthocyanins, and leafy vegetables contain magnesium. MedicalDaily.com (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • GMA Litigation Conference offers unique understanding
    For more than 100 years, GMA has represented the makers of the world’s favorite food, beverage and consumer products. This gives GMA a unique understanding of how to help companies navigate the changing landscape of CPG litigation and protect your company’s reputation.

    On Feb. 19-21 in Miami, the GMA Litigation Conference will specialize in food, beverage and consumer product litigation topics, providing cutting-edge content for in-house and outside counsel in the CPG industry. Addressing issues ranging from product recall crisis to class actions to consumer fraud litigation, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Register today.

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  SmartQuote 
Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat."
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
American poet and educator


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