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March 1, 2013News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • U.S. distribution grows for Muller yogurt
    Muller yogurt will be introduced in more U.S. cities, and a production facility in Batavia, N.Y., could open by summer, said a spokesman for Muller Quaker Dairy, a joint venture between PepsiCo and Theo Muller Group. Muller has launched Muller Corner, Muller FruitUp and Muller Greek Corner in the U.S. FoodNavigator (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pure Via overhauls look and website
    Pure Via has introduced fresh packaging and a revamped website. The packaging has earth-toned colors and is made from recycled and post-consumer content. The website includes recipes, healthy-lifestyle tips and information about sugar in the diet. Progressive Grocer (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research highlights growing role of snacks
    Snacks, which occupy a growing place in the American diet, tend to be divided into the categories of healthy and indulgent, researcher Global Industry Analysts says. Almonds, and nuts in general, are becoming a popular ingredient in snacks because they are nutritious and filling. Food Processing (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dips and dressings slather on the health attributes
    Consumers are seeking healthy ingredients in dips, dressings and spreads, including avocados and beans. "We know consumers are trying to be healthier, but most want easy ways to do this without sacrificing on taste," said Elaine Jun, marketing manager for Hidden Valley Ranch. Progressive Grocer (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Cracker Barrel sponsors Brad Paisley's summer tour
    Country singer Brad Paisley has added Cracker Barrel Old Country Store to his portfolio of sponsored brands. The brand is sponsoring his "Beat This Summer Tour" concert series. Paisley's agency called the alliance an "organic" partnership "similar to what he has done with Chevy and Hershey's," said Shari Lewin, brand partnerships agent at William Morris Endeavor. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Spotlight 
  • Ahold posts sales increase and plans Peapod expansion
    Ahold USA's sales increased 4.3% in the fourth quarter compared with Q4 of 2011, partly because stores stayed open after superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in October. The company opened eight Peapod pickup locations last year. An additional one opened this week, and more are planned, the company says. Drug Store News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Building a Healthier Future Summit on March 6-8
    On March 6-8 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., Partnership for a Healthier America will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from public, private and nonprofit organizations who are committed to solving the childhood obesity crisis in America at the Building a Healthier Future Summit.

    Fostering an important and productive exchange between industry, nonprofits, academics, government officials and thought leaders from across the spectrum, this summit will feature sessions and speakers focused on one goal: improving the health of our nation’s youth. Get more information or register today.

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  Government & Food Safety 
  • OU Kosher debuts Passover symbol
    Kosher certification organization OU Kosher has added the OU Kitniyot symbol for food approved for "those who consume kitniyot on Passover." A kitniyot diet, followed by Sephardic but not Ashkenazic Jews, allows consumption of rice, soybeans and legumes during the eight days of Passover. Progressive Grocer (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Director, Federal Affairs -- Environment, Energy & Chemicals PolicyGrocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)Washington, DC
Director, Federal Affairs -- Agriculture & Food PolicyGrocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)Washington, DC
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Certification Specialist, SQFAIB InternationalMultiple Locations, United States
Director of Conference ServicesARAMARKMadison, WI
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