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January 7, 2013News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Goya celebrates Three Kings Day
    Goya Foods participated in a Three Kings Day celebration at the Society of Educational Arts in New York City on Jan. 6, marking the end of the 12 days of Christmas. The company also donated food and collected toys for the Hispanic Federation in New York. Progressive Grocer (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: U.S. consumers eat more snacks than meals
    Snacks now account for 52% of all eating occasions for U.S. consumers, according to The Hartman Group, with Americans eating an average of 2.35 snacks per day and 4% eating five or more daily snacks. Some 57% of respondents said it's important that snacks be healthy, despite the fact that chips and soda were the two most popular snack foods. MediaPost Communications (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Video looks at pork-buying preferences, habits
    According to the National Pork Board, 64% of consumers who buy pork use a smartphone application to make grocery lists, find recipes or seek out sales. In a video, the board also said 48% of consumers buying pork said value influences where they shop, while 20% want a staffed meat counter and 11% value product selection. Supermarket News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Wrestling star gets in the ring with Post cereal
    Boxes of Post's Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles cereals feature a cartoon rendition of WWE wrestling star John Cena as the boxes move away from their focus on the Flintstones characters. "Fred isn't necessarily the … coolest or [most] relevant guy for kids who we are going after," said marketing director Sharon Pupel of the Flintstones patriarch. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Traditional grocers pinched by hourglass landscape
    The grocery marketplace now resembles an hourglass, with growth at the high-end top and the value-focused bottom, leaving traditional grocers like Safeway and SUPERVALU in the pinched middle. To combat this change, grocers must offer new experiences and formats, and many are responding with eat-in cafes, drive-through pharmacies and other amenities. Progressive Grocer (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Wellness 
  • Technomic sees shift in healthy eating
    In a consumer trend report by Technomic, 64% of consumers said eating healthfully is important, compared to 57% in 2010, and ideas about healthful eating are changing. "We're seeing more consumers gravitate toward health-halo claims -- such as local, natural and organic, as well as whole-wheat and free-range," said Technomic vice president Darren Tristano. Convenience Store News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Most people against restricting, taxing unhealthy foods
    One-third of about 1,000 people responding to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll said the government should be deeply involved in reducing obesity rates, while about the same number said it should have little or no role. Data showed three-quarters of respondents were against restricting purchases of unhealthy foods and about 6 in 10 opposed taxing them, but 8 in 10 supported requiring more physical activity in schools and offering nutrition guidelines to consumers. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Cross registration off your to-do list
    The GMA Litigation Conference is not until February, but manufacturers such as The Clorox Company, General Mills, Campbell Soup, Del Monte Foods and MOM Brands have already secured their seats.

    In addition to the cutting-edge content designed to help you protect your company, the GMA Litigation Conference, to be held Feb. 19-21 in Miami, is also the premier networking event for food, beverage and consumer product in-house counsel and private product liability attorneys.

    Don’t miss your chance to be a part of it and register today.

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  Government & Food Safety 
  • FDA moves forward with food safety proposals
    Food-makers would have to submit safety plans and farmers would have to assure the cleanliness of workers' hands and irrigation water under new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. The rules, which many farmers and food companies already follow, are aimed at preventing illness and death from food contamination. The Town Talk (Alexandria, La.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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