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December 13, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Potential buyers line up for Hostess
    Regional, national and international companies are expressing interest in acquiring Hostess Brands, said spokesman Lance Ignon, noting international companies "have expressed interest in licensing the brands overseas." Interested parties had until Dec. 10 to submit bids for all or part of the shuttered company. Euromonitor International analyst Matthew Hudak said the company's iconic brands could do well in countries where "there has been a movement towards pre-packaged foods due to safety concerns." FoodNavigator (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Truvia campaign seeks fan help
    Truvia has launched a "Turn the Town Truvia" sweepstakes on Facebook, which fans can enter by suggesting restaurants or bars that should carry the sweetener. While the promotion is focusing on specific cities, anyone in the U.S. can enter for the chance to win $50 gift cards or grand prizes of $5,000. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Unilever again tops Climate Counts scorecard
    Unilever has taken the top spot in a Climate Counts environmental scorecard for the second year in a row, scoring 91 out of 100. "We welcome this acknowledgement by Climate Counts," said CEO Paul Polman. "We still have more to do and we encourage all of our stakeholders to accelerate their commitments to responsible growth since moving in concert is what is needed." FoodNavigator (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • General Mills seeks natural preservative
    General Mills has put a request on its open innovation platform for an all-natural formulation to prevent yeast and mold growth on fruit-based foods in dry packages. Potential partners have until April 30 to submit proposals. FoodNavigator (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How much will Hispanics affect future hot dog consumption
The NPD Group projects U.S. Hispanics will account for 70% of growth in hot dog consumption over the next five years. Even though they currently eat fewer hot dogs than the general population, they are likely to drive over half the category's growth. How will Hispanics' food consumption patterns affect your category? The NPD Group | Hispanic Hot Dog Case Study
  • GMA taps Sinek for keynote talk
    Leadership expert and author Simon Sinek will discuss the companies and leaders with the greatest world impact during the GMA Chairman's Lecture, Jan. 19 in Scottsdale, Ariz. "The CPG industry puts a premium on innovation and forward-thinking leadership, and Mr. Sinek will share with our industry his secrets for inspiring companies and their people to achieve an even higher level of success and growth," said GMA CEO and president Pamela Bailey. Progressive Grocer (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Midwestern drought is 2012's top food story
    In a Hunter Public Relations survey of 1,000 consumers, the top food story of 2012 is drought in the Midwest, ranked No. 1 by 43% of respondents. Following that are concerns about "pink slime" and genetic modification of ingredients. Also cited as top stories are first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, New York City's soda-size restriction and social media's rising influence. Supermarket News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supply Chain Management 
  • Key logistics trends for 2013
    In 2013, companies are likely to focus on cost reduction, speed and flexibility within the supply chain and innovation, writes Fabrizio Brasca of JDA Software. "Perhaps the most critical imperative for both retailers and manufacturers is to focus on true innovation as they rethink the most basic tenets of how they deliver their products to consumers around the world," he writes. Logistics Viewpoints blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • M&M's launches mobile game application
    M&M's has introduced a 99-cent Chocolate Factory game application, available through the Apple store, that lets users guide M&M characters through a digital candy factory. Users can share content in the app through Facebook and Twitter. Mobile Marketer (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Whole Foods is recognized for cosmetic safety
    Whole Foods Market is the top retailer of nontoxic cosmetics, earning 9 of 10 "kisses" in a ranking by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The high score was achieved through practices such as keeping more than 400 chemicals of concern from premium products and communicating goals and progress to the public. Environmental Leader (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Dietitians aren't sold on benefits of "ancient" grains
    "Ancient" grains, which were domesticated thousands of years ago, are popping up in breads, pastas and even cookies on grocery store shelves around the nation, but their nutritional benefits can't always justify their hefty prices. While some ancient-grain producers claim they are safe for gluten-free consumers, many dietitians aren't buying that the grains are any better than modern whole wheat. The Wall Street Journal (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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