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February 15, 2013News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Mars wins product of the year award for M&M's mix
    Product of the Year USA has named M&M's Brand Snack Mix its Product of the Year in the candy and snacks category. "Product of the Year recognition is especially sweet since it's decided by consumers," said Roy Benin, chief consumer officer for Mars Chocolate North America. "We think it's a great addition to our product lineup as it satisfies those looking for a creamy, crunchy, sweet and salty snack, all in one bag." CSP (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends 
  • Drinkable cosmetics could make it big in U.S.
    Popular in Asia, "nutricosmetics" could start to make a splash in the West, trend watchers say. The beauty drinks, some of which contain antioxidants, collagen and other good-for-the-skin ingredients, haven't yet taken hold in the U.S., but market research from NPD Group suggests the potential is there. CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Spotlight 
  • Beef Backer Award goes to 4 grocers
    Four supermarkets -- Boulim's Fresh Foods, Redner's Warehouse Markets, Harris Teeter and Tops Friendly Markets -- have taken home the Beef Backer Award from the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association trade show. The award recognizes each retailer's outstanding effort in merchandizing beef. Supermarket News (free registration) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Data analysis shows vitamin C may reduce duration of colds
    Analysis of data from 72 trials found that regular use of vitamin C supplements may reduce the duration of colds but does not prevent them for most people, according to a report on the website of the Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews. Researchers from the University of Helsinki said the supplements led to about an 8% reduction in the duration of cold symptoms for adults and a 14% reduction for children. Medscape (free registration) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • How well do you know EU regulations on food contact surfaces?
    The chemical migration of components from food packaging materials is an important aspect due to the implications for human health. Compliance with and understanding European Union regulations on food contact surfaces are essential for export into the EU.

    On 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 including materials, migration concerns and test methods from an EU perspective.

    This webinar will assist with identifying the key elements of the regulations to ensure that all provisions are being met. Additional topics include:
    • Bisphenol A (BPA)
    • Mineral Oils
    • The German Ordinance on Printing Inks
    • The use of GFSI standards to aid compliance

    This webinar is ideal for technologists and managers from food packaging manufacturers and suppliers, food and beverage manufacturers and retailers who wish to supply/export into the EU. Register today.

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  Government & Food Safety 
  • Sequestration threatens meat, egg and poultry sales
    With sequestration looming, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is contemplating furloughing food-safety inspectors for two weeks to meet budget requirements. Industry representatives have stated their fear that this plan, which Vilsack says is "the last option," could lead to a shortage of meat, poultry and eggs because producers cannot sell such products without inspection. Supermarket News (free registration) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Sales Associate (Consumer Products)WestAppleton, WI
Director, State AffairsGrocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)Washington, DC
Senior Manager, Health and Nutrition PolicyGrocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)Washington, DC
Ghirardelli Chocolate CompanyFood TechnologistSan Leandro, CA
Senior Vice President, DevelopmentWETAArlington, VA
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