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January 31, 2013News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Ralcorp becomes part of ConAgra
    ConAgra Foods, which agreed to acquire Ralcorp in November, announced that the purchase is complete. "We are excited to have closed the transaction and welcome our talented new team members from Ralcorp to the ConAgra Foods family," ConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin said. "We are now in a position to begin the most substantial aspects of integration planning and look forward to learning from and working with our new colleagues." Consumer Goods Technology News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Outlook Report: Seven Things That Will Impact
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  • Report shows Fairtrade growth
    According to a report from Fairtrade International, 10% more producer organizations used the certification in 2011 compared to 2010, benefiting 13% more farmers and workers. Sales of Fairtrade-certified products grew 12% in the same time period, though there is still room to increase awareness and market share, the report said. FoodNavigator (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prepared meals are falling out of favor
    As the economy improves, consumers are eating at restaurants more often and buying fewer retailer meal solutions, according to Technomic. Retailers can reverse the trend by offering high-quality prepared meals with fresh ingredients, Vice President Darren Tristano says. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mintel sees meat-case opportunities
    Beef and pork producers can increase sales by communicating nutritional benefits of their products, said Lynn Dornblaser, director of innovation and insight at Mintel. She said at the International Production & Processing Expo that consumers are seeking private-label products, additional flavors and meat with few added ingredients. Feedstuffs (Minnetonka, Minn.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supply Chain Management 
  • Kellogg executive talks "unsaleables"
    "Unsaleable" packages, which are shipped to retailers but then can't be sold, must be taken into account as part of waste reduction and sustainability, said Gary Piwko, Kellogg's director of remarketing and returns management. He said the company conducts week-long audits, which "provide data and measure performance relating to unsaleables, which gives us direction on where improvements are needed across Kellogg and our retail customer supply chains." Packaging Digest (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • 10-year-old Quaker contest winner heads to Super Bowl
    Ten-year-old Hunter Paulin of Washington has been chosen as the NFL Play 60 Super Kid in a contest sponsored by Quaker Oats in partnership with the NFL. He will appear with Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts at a breakfast during Kids Day at NFL Experience Driven by GMC and will run the game ball onto the field at the Super Bowl. Drug Store News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • ALDI looks to challenge H-E-B in Waco, Texas
    ALDI plans to open a 16,000-square-foot store Feb. 28 in Waco, Texas, near an H.E. Butt Grocery store. "They want to be near the main game in town," real estate developer Gordon Harriman said of the German discount chain, which aims to take on dominant player H-E-B. Waco Tribune-Herald (Texas) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Increasing demand seen for pea protein
    Interest in plant-based proteins is driving increased demand for pea protein, experts say. "Consumers want products that are healthy and sustainable and that at the same time offer an attractive taste and texture," said Bruno Gehin, corporate product manager for proteins at Roquette. Pea protein is beginning to enter the mainstream in gluten-free products and other items with a focus on health or dietary restrictions. FoodNavigator (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Get a European perspective on food contact materials
    On Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EST), join GMA and Campden BRI for the Food Contact Materials: A European Perspective webinar which will look at issues surrounding food contact materials from an EU perspective and cover some of the issues raised within the EU area, including:
    • Bisphenol A (BPA)
    • Mineral oils
    • The German Ordinance on Printing Inks
    • The use of GFSI standards to aid compliance

    Get more information or register today.

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