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November 13, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Hostess strikes prompt bakery closings
    Unable to get enough workers to cross picket lines, Hostess Brands is closing factories in St. Louis, Seattle and Cincinnati. "Sadly this action will result in the permanent closure of three facilities and the loss of 627 jobs,” said CEO Gregory Rayburn. “We will close the entire company if widespread strikes cripple our business.” Bloomberg Businessweek (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Local tastes to be focus of Pepsi R&D facility in China
    PepsiCo is opening a research and development facility in China with the goal of developing products "that fit into all parts of the day -- breakfast, afternoon, tea time, nightfall," said Tim Minges, PepsiCo's chairman for greater China. The snack food market in China is expected to reach $12 billion by the end of 2012, a 44% increase since 2008. The Wall Street Journal (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GMA announces Hall of Achievement winners
    Wegmans CEO Daniel Wegman and J.M. Smucker Co. chairman Timothy Smucker are the 2013 winners of the GMA Hall of Achievement Awards. “Danny Wegman and Tim Smucker are pioneers and leaders in the food and beverage industry,” said GMA president and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. "It is only fitting that these two men, who partnered on so many innovative solutions throughout their professional lives, will receive GMA’s highest honor at the same time.” Supermarket News (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Grupo Bimbo launches wind farm in Mexico
    Bread-making giant Grupo Bimbo held a ceremony to mark the opening of the Piedra Larga Wind Farm in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The 45-turbine wind farm is expected to provide power to 45 Grupo Bimbo facilities in the country. The wind farm is a joint project of Grupo Bimbo and Desarrollos Eolicos Mexicanos. (France) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Brands' studies of millennials reveal hidden habits
    Campbell marketers are studying millennial-generation consumers close up, by hanging out with them in "hipster hubs" such as New York, Boston and London. Campbell says that members of the generation "go through life sampling." Frito-Lay, which conducted its own studies, says millennials look for the extraordinary. At stake is the $65 billion the 18-to-34 year old group is expected to spend on consumer-packaged good in the next 10 years. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  Health & Wellness 
  • Healthier consumers snack more often, study finds
    People who eat the healthiest diets snack twice as often as those who consume less-healthy diets and eat 36% more snack meals annually, according to NPD Group. "We are no longer as averse to snacking as we used to be -- instead, snacking may be viewed as one way to improve healthy eating habits," said analyst Darren Seifer. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chicago creates wellness program with Coca-Cola grant
    Chicago is using a $3 million grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation to create the Park Families Wellness Initiative, which will provide exercise classes and nutrition education. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said fitness classes will employ about 60 military veterans and will instill personal responsibility about obesity. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Do you have top-notch customer service skills?
    For many companies, customer service can be just as important as the product their selling, which is why developing top-notch complaint handling skills for employees is essential.

    On Thursday, Nov. 15 from 1-4 p.m., join GMA for the Consumer Complaints Management webinar, developed to help consumer complaint employees in the food, beverage and CPG industry sharpen their complaint handling skills, learn new and innovative ways to retain loyal customers and keep them satisfied, and address the current status of coupons and new coupon systems that have recently been implemented.

    During this webinar, attendees will learn:
    • How to go above and beyond in customer service
    • How your company can detect and prevent coupon fraud
    • How important science is when investigating a consumer complaint
    Only one day left to register -- don’t wait! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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