Nestlé to invest $16 million on coffee in China | Koch will add 750 jobs with poultry-plant expansion | Tea grows more popular as science shows health benefits
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April 2, 2013
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Nestlé to invest $16 million on coffee in China
Switzerland-based Nestlé will build a coffee warehouse and tasting facility in China's Yunnan province that will also include a training facility aimed at teaching 5,000 local farmers to grow coffee beans. The new venture is designed to help the company secure new supplies of quality coffee beans as demand grows both locally and globally. The Wall Street Journal (4/2)
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Koch will add 750 jobs with poultry-plant expansion
Koch Foods plans to invest $49 million to expand a poultry-processing plant in Harris County, Ga., and widen the workforce to 1,400 people. The company distributes products under brands including Koch Foods, Antioch Farms, Preferred Foods and Rogers Royal. Food Business Review (4/1)
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Trends
Tea grows more popular as science shows health benefits
Tea is the second-most-consumed drink in the world behind water, and U.S. consumers are starting to drink more of it as science continues to reveal its contributions to fighting cardiovascular disease, burning calories and warding off some types of cancer. Annual supermarket sales of tea topped $2.2 billion last year, and while coffee is still the top beverage of choice in America, away-from-home tea drinking has risen about 10% per year for the past decade, according to the Tea Association of the USA. The Washington Post (4/1)
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Corporate Social Responsibility
Report: Financial crisis hurt eco-marketers
At least 1,500 products were being marketed using environmental claims in 2009, up from just 100 five years earlier, according to a Worldwatch Institute report. Problems assessing the veracity of these claims, however, has led to updated federal guidelines for green marketing. Environmental Leader (3/27)
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Advertising & Marketing
New milk campaign touts sleep-enhancing benefits
The California Milk Processor Board has launched a campaign to sell consumers on the idea that a glass of milk before bed promotes not only more restful sleep but also uninterrupted dreams. The spots, by Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, use humor to show how not drinking milk before bed can bring the best dreams to a premature end. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (4/1)
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Retail Spotlight
Whole Foods plans to grow produce on NYC rooftop
Whole Foods Market is building a 20,000-square-foot greenhouse on the roof of a store in Brooklyn, N.Y. Gotham Greens will grow pesticide-free produce year-round to supply the store and others in New York City, Whole Foods says. The structure, which is being constructed to use less water and energy than a traditional greenhouse, is scheduled to begin operation in the fall. Progressive Grocer (4/1)
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Health & Wellness
Study: Average daily level of sugar, HFCS doesn't boost liver fat
A study of 64 people who drank the average daily amount of low-fat milk sweetened with either sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup for 10 weeks did not develop increased fat in the liver. Such fat is a leading cause of nonalcoholic liver disease and can contribute to type 2 diabetes. The study was published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. Progressive Grocer (4/2)
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GMA News
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On August 14-16, in Seattle, Wash., join retail, manufacturing, government and NGO sustainability experts from around the world to address issues affecting the industry now and in years to come. Expanded in 2013 to incorporate an international focus, the GMA-FMI Global Sustainability Summit will feature the world’s leading sustainability thinkers, who will address the most critical issues in the industry and across the globe, such as:
  • Packaging and Waste
  • Engagement and Communication
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management

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Government & Food Safety
Milk use prompts recall by producer of baking mix
Heartland Gourmet has recalled baking mix distributed in seven states because of undeclared use of milk. Affected products include 16-ounce packs of Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix and Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookie Mix, as well as 15.4-ounce packs of Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix. Food Business Review (4/1)
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