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December 5, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Dr Pepper asks fans to vote in tuition giveaway
    Dr Pepper is inviting fans to visit its Facebook page and to vote on 10 videos submitted by students competing for a $100,000 tuition grand prize to be awarded at the Discover BCS National Championship Game in Florida on Jan. 7. Fans have through Dec. 17 to choose five finalists. Dr Pepper has already awarded four such prizes this college football season. Beverage World Publications Group (12/4), (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
How much will Hispanics affect future hot dog consumption
The NPD Group projects U.S. Hispanics will account for 70% of growth in hot dog consumption over the next five years. Even though they currently eat fewer hot dogs than the general population, they are likely to drive over half the category's growth. How will Hispanics' food consumption patterns affect your category? The NPD Group | Hispanic Hot Dog Case Study
  • Moms turn to grocers and Internet for menu ideas
    Grocers that offer cooking classes and meal-planning help are more likely to attract mothers, who are increasingly interested in home-based food culture, according to a report from Packaged Facts. The report says 61% of moms enjoy cooking, and they increasingly are turning to the Internet and blogs for meal planning and product information. Progressive Grocer (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Alex Bogusky will take SodaStream to its first Super Bowl
    SodaStream International has purchased time in the upcoming Super Bowl, a first for the upstart brand, positioning the home soda dispenser against two of the game's biggest sponsors, Coca-Cola and Pepsi. The commercial will be created by Common, with agency co-founders Alex Bogusky and Rob Schuham expected to contribute. Current spots for SodaStream tout formulas that mimic the taste of famous soft drinks and play on the environmental friendliness of saving bottles from landfills. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Media Decoder blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Central Grocers buys distribution unit
    Illinois cooperative Central Grocers is acquiring the distribution business of Dearborn Wholesale Grocers to improve capacity as a supplier to 400 independent groceries. The nearly century-old Central is the seventh-largest grocery cooperative in the country. Progressive Grocer (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Heart association: Social media could help fight childhood obesity
    The American Heart Association has issued a scientific statement that says social media may become an important tool for fighting childhood obesity, but it noted that evidence from intervention studies to date is inconclusive. Jennifer Li, chairwoman of the group that wrote the statement, said studies do show parental involvement and more interaction with counselors and peers are linked to greater success for children who participated in online programs. Forbes (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Benchmark your supply chain operations at Supply Chain Conference
    GMA is now offering two ways to benchmark your operation in coordination with the 2013 Supply Chain Conference on Feb. 4-6, in Orlando, Fla.

    • Pre-Conference Survey Participation: Participate in the 2012 Supply Chain Logistics Benchmark Survey between now and January 7, and receive customized data unique to your operations. Survey submissions are confidential and results will be reported in aggregate. Preliminary findings from the survey will be shared at the 2013 Supply Chain Conference. For a personalized survey link for your organization, contact GMA’s Jeanne Iglesias.
    • Preliminary Survey Results Revealed at Conference: Attend the GMA 2012 Warehouse/DSD Logistics Study Results session during the 2013 Supply Chain Conference, and hear from Boston Consulting Group executives as they reveal preliminary findings of the 2012 Supply Chain Logistics Benchmark Survey, which this year includes a dedicated section on DSD.

    Find out how your operations stack up -- register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Food Safety 
  • FSMA deadline escaping notice of foreign food suppliers
    Many food facilities in China, Mexico and other foreign countries are unaware of or confused by the looming re-registration deadline for the Food Safety Modernization Act, according to Ben England of FDAImports, a regulations consultancy company. Registrations must be updated by Dec. 31 or foreign suppliers may find their goods are refused entry. "This is a worldwide problem. If you're buying from a foreign supplier, they need to be moving on this," England said. FoodNavigator (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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