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June 15, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • PepsiCo, Strauss Group to debut new hummus brand in Mexico
    PepsiCo and international joint venture partner Strauss Group will roll out a new brand of fresh dips and spreads in Mexican supermarkets this month. The brand, Obela, includes hummus dips in natural, red pepper and chipotle varieties and seeks to attract consumers looking for fresh, healthful food options. Pepsi and Strauss Group already have a joint venture in the United States called Sabra Dipping Company, which sells the country's most popular hummus. The Financial (Georgia/Ukraine) (6/13), Food Business Review (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Food makers spend more on supermarket marketing
    Unilever Canada will soon spend nearly all of its annual $5 million marketing budget for Knorr products at the grocery store, aiming to boost sales with displays, tastings and chef appearances. The move illustrates a growing trend, as food makers invest more to market in store aisles, where shoppers now make 76% of their purchasing decisions. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High cost is leading factor for shoppers who skip organic food
    In a survey by, 72% of adults said they would buy organic food more often if it were cheaper than non-organic. Meanwhile, 45% said they never or hardly ever search out organic food, while 52% said they do occasionally. Respondents cited high cost as the top reason for not seeking organic items, followed by a belief that organics are not necessarily healthier. Progressive Grocer (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Spotlight 
  • SUPERVALU gives ammonia refrigerant high marks in store test
    SUPERVALU said a cutting-edge test program to use ammonia-based refrigerant has been operating successfully for one month at an Albertsons store in Carpinteria, Calif. Grocers are looking to natural refrigerant such as ammonia, which does not contribute to global warming, for a climate-friendly alternative as the more harmful R-22 refrigerant is phased out. Supermarket News (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Wellness 
  • Eating breakfast reduces risk of obesity and diabetes, data show
    Eating breakfast four to six times each week may reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and abdominal weight gain, University of Minnesota researchers reported at the American Diabetes Association conference. Data showed the benefits held up regardless of what type of breakfast people ate. WebMD (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • The career you want is here -- are you?
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    The employers that post opportunities with the GMA Career Center produce the food, beverage and consumer product brands that you love. They are looking for candidates with backgrounds in science, business management, marketing and sales, and more. When they turn to the GMA Career Center to find the best candidates -- make sure they find your resume.

    To learn more about careers in the CPG industry, or to post your resume, visit today.

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  Government & Food Safety 
  • Report pushes for more transparency in food stamp program
    As Congress considers changes that could cut federal food subsidies by as much as $90 per month to Americans getting help under the SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps, they're hampered by a lack of publicly available information including insights into what consumers are buying with their benefits, according to a new report called "Food Stamps: Follow the Money". National Public Radio/The Salt food blog (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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