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November 15, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Frito-Lay to roll out Cracker Jack with caffeine
    Frito-Lay is expanding its Cracker Jack line with Cracker Jack'd, which will have two flavors that contain coffee -- and caffeine. The Center for Science in the Public Interest criticized the snacks, called Power Bites, but a Frito-Lay spokesman said the company stands "by the safety of all products in the Cracker Jack'd line, including those that contain coffee." Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Oberto to open jerky factory in Tennessee
    Oberto Brands is expected to create about 300 jobs when it opens a factory in Nashville, Tenn., for production of its Oh Boy, Oberto! jerky line. "After seeing tremendous growth over the past few years, we now need to significantly increase our production capabilities,” said CEO Tom Ennis. Area Development online (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Retailers aim for "superior, consistent customer experience"
    As retailers prepare for the holiday season, 60% say a top priority is delivering a consistent experience, while 29% say they plan to hire more seasonal workers than they did in 2011. "Retailers will rely on the union of people and products to make customers feel good about their shopping experiences no matter which channel is utilized for the transaction," said Dave Bruno, director of marketing at RedPrairie, which surveyed 250 retailers for the report "Holiday Hiring Snapshot." Drug Store News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microbiologists build a better head of beer
    A team of microbiologists has pinpointed a gene that gives beer a rich and long-lasting head of foam. Team leader Tom Villa said the gene can be manipulated to improve the foam in beer, and it also exists in wine, making it possible to "create a different kind of wine with a lot of foam," he said. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supply Chain Management 
  • Supply chain insights help Reynolds reduce waste
    Ian Booth, technical director of U.K. food distribution company Reynolds, said the family-run business is able to reduce food waste through a deep understanding of how products travel through the supply chain. Knowing how and when a product is going to be used can help distributors tailor products and reduce waste. "If we have a class 1 product, a round mushroom that the customer expects, why not have a catering product as well, which can be misshaped? It doesn't matter then if it's going to be cooked, you won't see it," Booth said. (U.K.) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Chefs compete in Challenge Butter event
    Three chefs are competing for a top prize of $5,000 donated to a charity of their choice in the Recipe for Caring Holiday Celebrity Chef Challenge, hosted by Challenge Butter. The chefs are Gale Gand, executive pastry chef and partner in the TRU restaurant in Chicago; food writer Jon Ashton; and Avery Pursell, owner and executive chef of All Diced Up. Progressive Grocer (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Rice Epicurean will downsize to one store
    Four of the five stores of Houston's Rice Epicurean Markets are set to close, and The Fresh Market will take over the locations. The Levy and Freidlander families, who founded Rice Epicurean more than 75 years ago, will retain ownership of the properties. "We've been in the grocery and real estate business, and as we look to the future, we see real estate as the business with the most opportunity," Chief Financial Officer Bruce Levy said. Houston Chronicle (11/14), Supermarket News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Chocolate milk stirs support
    Several school districts have banned the sale of chocolate milk because of its sugar and calories, but supporters say the flavored milk provides important nutrients for minimal additional calories. Supporters include the American Academy of Pediatrics and professional athletes, who tout chocolate milk as a recovery beverage in "Got Milk?" ads. Progressive Grocer (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Are you prepared for new food labeling rules?
    Revising the Nutrition Facts panel remains a high priority for the Food and Drug Administration, and in the coming months FDA is expected to publish an extensive proposed rule that would change the Nutrition Facts label and related rules.

    During the Get Smarter: An Update on What’s Coming in Nutrition Labeling webinar on Dec. 13, from 1-3 p.m. (EST), join GMA experts as they outline the anticipated scope of this rulemaking and consider recent government activities in nutrition and food labeling in order to prepare food companies for the coming changes that are likely to affect all food labels. Find out more or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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