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April 17, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Male grooming products take root in China
    Companies such as Procter & Gamble and L'Oreal are introducing more male grooming products in China to capitalize on growth in the sector. The market for men's skin-care products has "exploded" in China in the last five years, said Alexander Dony, managing director for male grooming brands for Greater China for Procter & Gamble. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smartfood Select adds snacks
    Frito-Lay is adding puffed corn snacks, popped chips and all-natural popcorn to its Smartfood Select lineup. "Smartfood Selects offer a variety of light-textured and airy snacks with smart combinations of herbs and spices, and all-natural ingredients," said Daniel Naor, senior vice president for growth ventures. Drug Store News (4/16), (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Cleaning products get greener
    As cleaning products get more ecologically friendly, Whole Foods is announcing 90% of the cleaning products it sells meet the Eco-Scale criteria it established on Earth Day in 2011. The qualification requires that products disclose all ingredients on their labels, a distinction not required by U.S. government certification. USA TODAY (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Beverage packaging fills many functions
    Packaging for beverages serves many functions, including grabbing attention on the store shelf, communicating nutrition and health information, and showcasing environmental credentials. "The category trend is toward a visual simplicity to allow the consumer the ease of shopping," said Jackie DeLise, vice president of new business development for HMS Design. (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Ferrero unveils short-term sustainability goals
    As Ferrero works toward 100% cocoa sustainability by 2020, the confectioner has announced short-term goals that start with 20% of cocoa sourced from certified sustainable farms by 2013, and 40% by 2015. "Verification will aim to ensure ... that trafficking, the worst forms of child labor and forced adult labor, will be eradicated from the plantations that Ferraro sources its cocoa from," a spokesperson said. FoodNavigator (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Loyalty grows for private label
    As store brands gain popularity, retailers are increasing offerings and typically carry at least a basic line and a premium line. Steve Rosenstock, Clarkston Consulting's chief of consumer products, said consumers first try store brands because they are less expensive, but "what we've seen is they develop loyalty to store brands that is commensurate with the loyalty they had with national brands." Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)/The Associated Press (4/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Wellness 
  • Experts offer snacking advice for dental health
    Dental professionals in Canada say foods high in sugar, including fruits and fruit juices, can erode tooth enamel, while foods high in calcium can build back the enamel. "If patients like to snack ... I tell them to eat celery, carrots, cheese or even almonds," said Toronto dental hygienist Suzanne Pupkin. "Chewing them produces lots of saliva, which neutralizes bacteria and lessens the chances of decay." National Post (Canada) (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
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  Government & Food Safety 
  • DNA testing shows seafood mislabeling, Oceana says
    Nonprofit organization Oceana released a report saying DNA tests show 55% of 119 fish samples in Los Angeles were mislabeled. According to the study, restaurants are more likely than grocers to mischaracterize their seafood. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Marketing Manager, Carton FoodsTetra PakDenton, TX
Sr. Food Safety SpecialistConAgra FoodsHastings, MN
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