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November 6, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Goya feeds storm victims in N.Y. and N.J.
    Goya Foods has donated more than 25,000 meals to victims of superstorm Sandy through New York's City Harvest, New Jersey's United Way of Hudson County and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Goya is donating items such as rice, beans, canned meat and coconut water through the Goya Gives campaign. "It has been a devastating time for so many people affected by Hurricane Sandy, and we wanted to help out our fellow neighbors in New York and New Jersey by providing families and children with hot meals and food," Goya Foods President Bob Unanue said. Progressive Grocer (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sour flavors and Asian influences are among 2013 food trends
    A list of the 10 top food trends anticipated for 2013, compiled by brand strategist Sterling-Rice Group, includes sour food, gourmet popcorn and more sophisticated menus for children. Also on the list: vegetables as the main course, fruit in savory dishes and American comfort food with Asian flavors. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Natural pet products boast wild growth
    The market for natural, eco-friendly pet items is booming, according to a study by Packaged Facts. Grain-free and human-grade pet food are among the most popular trends. The natural-pet-product segment has shown annual sales growth of 17% during the past four years, according to the study, and retail sales of natural pet goods are estimated to reach $4.1 billion this year. Drug Store News (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NCSA names innovation award winners
    The National Confectionery Sales Association recognized innovation in candy and snacks at this year's New Product Awards held last month in Tampa, Fla. Air Delight Kisses and Bars took top honors in the chocolate category; M&M's White Chocolate Candy Corn took home a win in the seasonal group. Dark Roca from Brown & Haley won the premium category, and Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew took the top spot in the non-chocolate group. CSP (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Campbell Soup to build biogas facility in Ohio
    Campbell Soup will begin recycling its potato peel and tomato waste to produce biogas that will partially fuel its plant in Napoleon, Ohio. The biogas facility is being built by Danish company Bigadan A/S for approximately $13 million. The recycling plant will cut the plant's greenhouse gas emissions by about 16,000 metric tons per year and will elevate Campbell’s Napoleon recycling rate to approximately 95%. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Coca-Cola introduces photo-sharing app
    Coca-Cola has launched its own photo-sharing app and social network called Happy Places, although the domain for the website is not yet active. Consumers can use the app to upload photos of "that moment of happiness" to Twitter and Facebook and follow hashtags that interest them. The iOS app became available for free download on Nov. 1. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Unified Grocers creates online rewards program
    Unified Grocers launched a loyalty program that allows shoppers to earn points online that go toward a $25 prepaid Visa Rewards card. Shoppers must use the eShop-Rewards website to visit participating merchants, which number more than 1,000. Each card requires 27 points. Supermarket News (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Portion size growth blamed in obesity epidemic
    Growing portion sizes and increasingly sedentary lives are key contributors to the United States' obesity epidemic, many experts say, but restaurants and food companies point out they have been responding to demand from consumers for more options. Most manufacturers "want to make sure they are providing consumers with the product choices they need for their changing preferences and lifestyles," said Sean McBride of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. USA Today (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Donations needed to aid New York state Hurricane Sandy relief efforts
    New York 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 at

    View the press release the governor recently issued regarding private-sector relief efforts.

    If your company has -- or will -- make donations to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, please notify GMA by contacting GMA’s Vice President of Industry Affairs and Collaboration Elise Fennig at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Food Safety 
  • More prevention is needed for food-labeling error, experts say
    Labeling error is the No. 1 reason for a food recall in North America, and experts at the 2012 Pack Expo in Chicago said food processors should use a risk-assessment program, such as Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points, to prevent mistakes on high-speed packaging lines, rather than trying to catch problems after the fact. "Controls need to be in place at the packaging manufacturer and the food processor to prevent human errors and mistakes," said Debra Krug-Reyes, food safety and quality auditing principal at ConAgra Foods. Packaging World online (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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