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December 3, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Unilever still selling off food businesses, CEO says
    Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, said the company is not done selling off food businesses as it sharpens its focus on personal care products and emerging markets. "You've seen us do divestitures, but there is still a little bit more to be done," he said. The company's food brands, including Hellmann's and Knorr, account for about 30% of sales. Bloomberg (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Specialty food is focus of Thought for Food & Son
    Thought for Food & Son, founded in Marlboro, Mass., in 2005, provides marketing and packaging for specialty food brands, such as Bakery on Main, a maker of gluten-free granola. "Because we specialize in the food industry, we understand what it takes to get food products on the shelf," said Alan Casucci, who runs the business with sons Tyler and Ethan. Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smartphones bring retail changes
    A report from Perception Research Services notes that 54% of shoppers now own smartphones and use them to compare prices and gather product information. "While the digital age has changed the retail landscape, it does not mean the end of all brick and mortar stores as we know them," said Jonathan Asher, executive vice president at PRS. "It does, however, mean that retailers and manufacturers need to adapt to a world in which shoppers are armed with a tremendous amount of information at their fingertips (literally)." Progressive Grocer (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Craft brewers say "Yes, we can"
    Oskar Blues brewery owner Dale Katechis went out on a limb 10 years ago when he began packaging Dale's Pale Ale in aluminum cans, which are lighter and less expensive to ship than bottles. Flash forward to today, and some 200 craft brewers have overcome the canned beer stigma and followed suit. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Wellness 
  • Higher fruit, vegetable intake may not prevent weight gain
    Participants who incorporated fruit juice in their diets for eight weeks gained between 3.5 and 5 pounds, while heavier participants who had higher fruit and vegetable intake also showed weight gain. The study in the International Journal of Obesity suggests that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption may not reduce hunger or carry long-term weight-loss benefits, researchers said. Reuters (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • How does your supply chain stack up?
    CPG manufacturing organizations are invited to participate in GMA’s 2012 Supply Chain Logistics Benchmark Survey, which now includes specifics on Direct Store Delivery (DSD). All survey submissions are confidential and will be reported aggregately, and survey participants submitting data by Jan. 7 will receive a customized report specific to their operation -- a great benchmarking tool. Also, preliminary findings of the survey will be presented at the 2012 Supply Chain Conference.

    To participate, contact Elfrun von Koeller at The Boston Consulting Group. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Food Safety 
  • Campaign encourages shoppers to choose cage-free eggs
    The Choose Cage-Free campaign has been launched in the U.S. and Canada by the World Society for the Protection of Animals. "Buying cage-free eggs supports better hen health and welfare, and provides safer, more wholesome eggs for consumers," said U.S. Executive Director Anne Lieberman, who claimed that 95% of egg-laying hens in the U.S. are raised in tiny, crowded cages. Progressive Grocer (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Petition urges removal of Gatorade ingredient
    A petition with 183,809 signatures is asking Gatorade to reformulate its drinks to remove a brominated vegetable oil, which the Food and Drug Administration says is safe in "amounts not to exceed five parts per million." The PepsiCo brand said in a statement the drinks are safe, adding, "As standard practice we constantly evaluate our formulas and ingredients to ensure they comply with federal regulations and meet the high quality standards our consumers and athletes expect." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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