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January 23, 2013News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Private-equity team may bid on Hostess cakes
    Private-equity firms C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management are teaming up to bid on most of the cake business of bankrupt Hostess Brands, which includes Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other brands. The team is considered a leading contender, though Hurst Capital is also discussing a bid. The Wall Street Journal (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tide's Super Bowl ad tease introduces fake "Stain Savers" product
    Procter & Gamble's Tide detergent brand is building up to its Super Bowl ad with commercials promoting fictitious "Tide Stain Savers" that protect stains consumers want to keep. The Super Bowl ad, from Saatchi & Saatchi in New York and the first for the brand in five years, will feature the Ravens and 49ers as well as a stain considered worthy of saving. Adweek (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Financing and the latest industry trends
How much will consumer concerns about the overall economy continue to impact commodities? Is the USDA raising or lowering production estimates for 2013? Learn about these key developments, GE Capital's industry financing trends and more. Download GE's latest food & beverage Industry Research Update now.
  • Mole sauce delivers deep flavor, whether it's from scratch or the jar
    More and more chefs are adding Mexican mole sauce to meals, and modern conveniences mean the flavorful sauce is easier to make than it once was. But even with the shortcuts of blenders and grinders, the process can take up to five hours and calls for a pantry's worth of ingredients, such as cloves, oregano, cumin, pumpkin seeds, chocolate and various chiles. Some chefs may opt for a ready-made alternative, from producers such as Herdez, the Mexican product line of Hormel Foods. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Older consumers are dining out more, report says
    An NPD Group report shows a decline in restaurant visits by millennials, while people in their 50s and older are eating out more. The report says many marketers focus on younger customers, but older customers can be reached by "recognizing what it is they want from their restaurant experiences." Progressive Grocer (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Marketers warm up for Super Bowl
    Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch InBev are among marketers that are paying millions to advertise during the Super Bowl on Feb. 3. Social media are playing an increasing role in the event, with Coca-Cola using them to promote a 60-second ad that will show early in the game. Viewers can vote for one of three teams involved in the "Coke Chase," and the result will appear in an ad right after the game. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Wegmans plans menu-sampling day
    On Saturday, Wegmans Food Markets customers can sample items featured in the winter issue of Wegmans Menu magazine and vote for the best dish to serve a crowd. Stores will have sampling stations and will give coupons for ingredients in the dishes. Progressive Grocer (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Study: Children who spend more time at dinner table weigh less
    Children who eat with their families for at least 20 minutes four times a week have lower body weight than those who stay at the table for only 15 to 17 minutes, according to a study in Economics and Human Biology. The results suggest communication and scheduled meal times play key roles in children's weight, researchers said. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Want to know how your supply chain operations stack up?
    GMA and project partner Boston Consulting Group are currently conducting the 2012 GMA Logistics Benchmark Survey. BCG will share top-line findings and address any questions related to how your organization can participate during a free webinar on Monday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. (EST). CPG companies that submit survey data by Feb. 22 will receive a detailed presentation of the survey results.

    Join the webinar and add it to your calendar (if a password is requested, enter "1234") or contact or Also, BCG recently published online Q&A lists to clarify questions from respondents regarding the content of the surveys. View them here: Supply Chain Logistics Survey Q&A and DSD Survey Q&A

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