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November 12, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • ConAgra plans to boost frozen-potato production
    ConAgra Foods will add a production line to a facility in Boardman, Ore., for Lamb Weston frozen potatoes to meet growing demand for french fries and other products. The expansion, which includes a 192,000-square-foot addition, is expected to create 100 jobs. Food Business Review (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tropical Foods expands Buffalo Nuts line
    Tropical Foods has expanded its Buffalo Nuts line of peanuts with buffalo wing flavor, adding three varieties: Buffalo Nuts with Ranch, Honey Roasted Buffalo Nuts, and Buffalo Nuts with Blue Cheese. "Our new additions allow people to choose from a variety of spicy flavors, and add to the industry trend of bold snacking options," said marketing director Chad Hartman. Drug Store News (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Perimeter packaging moves forward
    Packaging for Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms milk, El Monterey Butcher Wrapped Burritos by Ruiz Foods, tofu from House Foods America and breakfast food from Jimmy Dean shows a fresh direction for products sold at the grocery perimeter. Lehigh Valley uses the opaque Pure Protect bottle, which protects milk from sunlight, and the El Monterey burritos are wrapped in laminate that holds heat well. Progressive Grocer (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Coca-Cola to give its website a magazine-like feel
    Coca-Cola is reformulating its corporate website to make it appear more like a consumer publication. The new site will be called Coca-Cola Journey, reviving the name of an internal magazine that was published in the 1980s and '90s. Coke executives are promoting the change to a variety of articles and full-time staffers feeding the site as an effort to tell their "story." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TV ad touts Hillshire Farm smoked sausages
    "Hickory," a 30-second television ad for Hillshire Farm smoked sausage, created by Y&R New York, highlights the heritage and quality of the brand. "This new ad highlights our iconic smoked sausage while telling the story of the taste, craftsmanship and the attention to detail that our brand has honored for over 75 years," said marketing vice president Reggie Moore. Progressive Grocer (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Lazy Acres brings organic fare to Long Beach, Calif.
    Lazy Acres opened its second store, selling natural and organic food in Long Beach, Calif. Products include beef raised without hormones and antibiotics, bread baked daily, sustainable seafood, all-natural soup, prepared food and artisan cheese. "Our natural and organic fresh-food offering is what this neighborhood is looking for, and our vast product mix is unique to the area and will fulfill a need that Long Beach is hungry for," President and CEO Kevin Davis said. Progressive Grocer (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Wellness 
  • Chicago school officials consider limit on drinks and snacks
    The Chicago Board of Education is expected to vote this week on a measure that would bar the sale of sweetened drinks and whole milk. It would also limit sales of candy for fundraising. Each school would be required to create a wellness team to offer fundraisers and celebrations with healthful food and drinks. Chicago Sun-Times (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Donations needed to aid N.Y. Hurricane Sandy relief efforts
    N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is heading up relief efforts in New York for those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and are in need of food and beverage products as well as cleaning supplies.

    The governor has named Secretary of State Cesar Perales as the state’s coordinator of corporate contributions, who will oversee and facilitate donations from private organizations. GMA has been asked to play a role in coordinating CPG donations for families affected by the hurricane. Organizations interested in providing donations are urged to visit the governor’s website.

    The governor also recently issued a press release regarding private sector relief efforts.

    If your company has made -- or will make -- donations to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, notify GMA by contacting GMA Vice President of Industry Affairs and Collaboration Elise Fennig. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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