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February 25, 2013News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Another flavor joins Tostitos Artisan Recipes
    PepsiCo unit Frito-Lay North America has expanded the Tostitos Artisan Recipes line with Grilled Red Pepper and Tomato Salsa tortilla chips. "We've developed something complex and adventurous, which also happens to be the perfect snack to unwind with at the end of the day," said Jody Denton, executive chef at Frito-Lay's Flavor Kitchen. Food Business Review (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Treehouse CEO sees premium private-label growth
    Sales of premium private-label products are growing quickly as consumers seek out organic and natural products, said Sam Reed, CEO of Treehouse Foods. "That has been a great opportunity for us across a number of categories and, frankly, something that has materialized in a bigger and faster way than I would've expected a year ago when we were completely preoccupied with dealing with the discount side of the business," he said. FoodNavigator (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • McIlhenny CEO dies at 68
    Paul McIlhenny, chairman and CEO of the 145-year-old McIlhenny Co., maker of Tabasco, has died at age 68. "We will clearly miss Paul’s devoted leadership but will more sorely feel the loss of his acumen, his charm and his irrepressible sense of humor," said Tony Simmons, company president and a member of the McIlhenny family, in a statement noting the company's growth under McIlhenny's leadership. The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (2/24), CNN (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Packaged Facts sees health and wellness growth
    Growing consumer interest in health and wellness will drive efforts from food manufacturers and foodservice operators, according to market research by Packaged Facts. The research notes an increase in natural sweeteners, healthier breakfast and snacks, alternative protein and food with less salt. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Retired NFL star Ward stars in chocolate milk campaign
    Hines Ward, the retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, has teamed with REFUEL's got chocolate milk? campaign, promoting chocolate milk as a post-workout recovery drink. The campaign will follow Ward as he and fellow triathletes train for the Ironman in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October. Progressive Grocer (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Miller Lite launches Twitter campaign with NASCAR driver
    A Miller Lite promotion is seeking images of fans enjoying "Miller Time moments," and $2 is donated for each submission, up to $22,222, to NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation. Keselowski, who is sponsored by Miller Lite, will race May 18 with a mosaic of the photos on his Ford Fusion. Adweek (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Hy-Vee readies another store serving wine and beer
    A Hy-Vee store opening Tuesday in Overland Park, Kan., has a bar that sells wine and beer by the glass and bottle and is attached to a full-service restaurant. It is the second Hy-Vee store with the amenity -- the other is in Urbandale, Iowa -- and the company plans to open more. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • "Mini" meals help participants lose weight in study
    Metabolic syndrome patients who followed a diet that requires several "mini" meals a day showed significant health improvements comparable with those who followed other diet plans, a study found. A diet with higher total antioxidant capacity was also associated with more weight loss than a lower TAC diet was, researchers wrote in Nutrition and Metabolism. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
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  Government & Food Safety 
  • Peanut execs face charges regarding salmonella outbreak
    In a 76-count indictment, four executives of the former Peanut Corporation of America are accused of a cover-up in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 700 people. They face charges tied to lying about test results, failing to alert consumers and altering documents to say "shipments of peanut products were free of pathogens when, in fact, there had been no tests on the products at all or when the laboratory results showed that a sample tested positive for salmonella," according to the Justice Department. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (2/21), (free registration) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Possible plastic prompts recall of Gwaltney pork sausage
    Smithfield Packing is recalling 1-pound packages of Gwaltney mild pork sausage rolls because they might contain pieces of plastic, probably from gloves. No injuries have been reported, but two consumers have complained. CNN (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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