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January 2, 2013News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Nestle U.K. exec looks to 2013
    Ciaran Sullivan, managing director of Nestle's confectionery unit in the U.K., says a "nice challenge" would be to surpass Mars and become No. 2 in the market. He also says 2013 will be "about consolidation." The company plans another Facebook contest to determine the next Kit Kat Chunky flavor. The Press (York, England) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Frieda's updates promotional-planning calendar
    Specialty-produce company Frieda's has revamped its promotional-planning calendar for 2013, creating a poster that shows when produce is in season and gives promotion ideas. "We know specialty produce can be a frustrating category to manage," President and CEO Karen Caplan said. "We listened to what our best clients told us they would like to see in an annual promotional planner, and we implemented their ideas." Progressive Grocer (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nielsen releases study on alcoholic beverage consumers
    Millennial consumers are most attentive to in-store displays and new product launches when it comes to alcoholic beverage marketing, according to a study from Nielsen Category Shopping Fundamentals, while Hispanic consumers tend to respond to pre-store tailored messaging. The study also found that consumers typically wait to purchase spirits until they have other goods to buy when planning a shopping trip. Convenience Store News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Marketers take first steps in combining TV, mobile
    Marketers are beginning to create campaigns that combine television and mobile elements, this article notes. For example, Fox and NBCUniversal are piloting systems that let television-watchers use their mobile devices to make purchases related to the shows they are watching, and "connecting commerce to TV will grow and become more mainstream in 2013," said Sloane Kelley, interactive strategy director at BFG. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Publix plans second N.C. store
    Publix Super Markets, which announced in September that it would open its first North Carolina store in 2014 in Ballantyne, has signed a lease for a store in Charlotte, N.C. The 54,975-square-foot store is part of a shopping center that has underground and ground-level parking. Drug Store News (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Fructose intake promotes hunger, study finds
    A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed fructose did not help lower blood flow in the appetite-regulating regions of the brain and failed to release satiety signals, whereas glucose did. The findings suggest fructose may contribute to the obesity epidemic by promoting hunger, food intake and insulin resistance, researchers said. The Daily Mail (London) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prebiotic or probiotic diet might help type 1 diabetes patients
    Children with beta-cell autoimmunity showed reduced lactic acid- and butyric acid-producing bacteria compared with healthier peers in a study published in Diabetes. However, researchers said a special diet containing prebiotics or probiotics might correct abnormal gut microbiota in children with type 1 diabetes. (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Benchmark your supply chain operations at Supply Chain Conference
    GMA is now offering two ways to benchmark your operation in coordination with the 2013 Supply Chain Conference on Feb. 4-6, in Orlando, Fla.
    • Pre-Conference Survey Participation: Participate in the 2012 Supply Chain Logistics Benchmark Survey between now and Jan. 7 and receive customized data unique to your operations. Survey submissions are confidential, and results will be reported in aggregate. Preliminary findings from the survey will be shared at the 2013 Supply Chain Conference. For a personalized survey link for your organization, contact GMA’s Jeanne Iglesias.
    • Preliminary Survey Results Revealed at Conference: Attend the GMA 2012 Warehouse/DSD Logistics Study Results session during the 2013 Supply Chain Conference, and hear from Boston Consulting Group as it reveals preliminary findings of the 2012 Supply Chain Logistics Benchmark Survey, which this year includes a dedicated section on DSD.
    Find out how your operations stack up, register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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