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January 4, 2013News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Unilever sells Skippy to Hormel
    Hormel is paying $700 million to acquire the Skippy peanut butter business from Unilever. The deal includes factories in Little Rock, Ark., and in China, where Skippy is the top peanut butter brand. The Wall Street Journal (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jingos! cracker debuts from Pepperidge Farm
    Pepperidge Farm has introduce Jingos!, a snack cracker that comes in Lime & Sweet Chili, Parmesan Garlic and Fiesta Cheddar flavors. The launch is being promoted by consumer ambassadors, who are creating interest on social media. CSP (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Morningstar sale to Saputo is complete
    Morningstar is now part of Saputo following completion of the previously announced sale. Dean Foods will receive about $887 million after taxes and expenses, and its WhiteWave subsidiary will receive $60 million in exchange for terminating an option to buy part of a Morningstar facility. American City Business Journals/Dallas (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  Trends 
 
  • Drought adds to fish-farm woes
    Fish farms in the U.S., already struggling to compete globally, were pinched by drought and high temperatures last year that curtailed production and increased costs. Farmers were pumping cool water into ponds to counteract slowing fish metabolism caused by warmer water. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
eBook: Why It's Time to Evaluate Your Timekeeping System
Download the free eBook to learn why yesterday's timekeeping tools aren't cut out for today's rapidly evolving compliance mandates. Learn how modern, cloud-based solutions can help you reduce the risk of noncompliance, gain unprecedented visibility, and manage in the moment. Don't let outdated workforce management tools drag you down. Click here to learn more.

  Advertising & Marketing 
 
  • Mondelez taps 9 mobile startups for in-store marketing push
    Mondelez International has chosen nine startup companies from 126 applicants looking to take part in a mobile-technology program aimed at improving in-store marketing. The "Mobile Futures" program could result in a stand-alone company, said Edward Kaczmarek, director of innovation and emerging technology. "We are trying to create something new that solves these broader business challenges but that isn't currently in the market," he said. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Retail Spotlight 
  • Program helps shoppers get Healthy at H-E-B
    H.E. Butt Grocery has launched nutrition shelf tags and a newsletter with recipes and coupons as part of Healthy at H-E-B, an initiative that promotes healthful living. "We want to make it as easy as possible for customers to learn about healthy habits, encourage them to try new things and to start cooking at home more often," Vice President of Communication and Engagement Kate Rogers said. "I think people will be pleasantly surprised by the taste of these recipes our dietitians have created." Progressive Grocer (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • "Advergames" for fruit don't entice children to eat healthfully
    Children who played online "advergames" that promoted fruit eating ended up consuming more calories after gaming, but not more fruit, compared with children who didn't play, according to a Dutch study. Researchers say such games might promote hunger but not specifically for the featured food. The study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • GMA to host Chairman’s Lecture on Jan. 19
    GMA is pleased to host the GMA Chairman’s Lecture, an invitation-only event for the most influential CEOs in manufacturing and retail, on Jan. 19 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Co-located with the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, the GMA Chairman’s Lecture creates a new platform for trading partner collaboration, providing an exclusive evening of networking with friends and colleagues.

    The program will include the presentation of the GMA Hall of Achievement Awards to Tim Smucker and Danny Wegman and will feature an unconventional keynote address about innovation from leadership expert and author Simon Sinek.

    If you are a GMA member and interested in receiving an invitation to this event, contact GMA’s Evie Kasper at ekasper@gmaonline.org.

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  Government & Food Safety 
  • USDA confirms elimination of produce-testing program
    A USDA official has confirmed the elimination of the Microbiological Data Program, which performed 80% of produce testing for salmonella, listeria and other pathogens. The produce industry says the program did not boost public health because most of its recalls were declared after produce had been eaten or after its expiration date. FoodSafetyNews.com (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Director of Quality Assurance (Corporate)WhiteWave Foods US - CO - Broomfield
Director of MarketingC.H. Guenther & Son, Inc.San Antonio, TX
Director of Quality AssuranceStarbucksSeattle, WA
Associate Manager, National Retail PromotionsCrown Imports, LLCChicago, IL
Innovation Marketing ManagerOcean Spray CranberriesLakeville, MA
Senior Manager, Science Program ManagementGrocery Manufacturers AssociationWashington, DC
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  SmartQuote 
Beware the fury of a patient man."
--John Dryden,
British poet, critic and playwright


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