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November 19, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Kellogg unwraps additional snacks
    Kellogg has introduced products including Nutri-Grain Fruit Crunch granola bars, Special K Blondie Brownie Bites and a Berry Streusel variety of Special K Pastry Crisps. Other launches: Mixed Nut and Peanut varieties of FiberPlus Antioxidant Protein Chewy bars, Keebler Chips Deluxe Triple Chocolate cookies and Keebler Peanut Butter-filled Fudge-dipped pretzels. Food Business Review (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Coca-Cola sets sights on Chile growth
    Coca-Cola said it will invest $1.3 billion in Chile through 2016, including investment in a newly opened bottling plant in Renca. "For more than 66 years we have contributed to the progress of the country and will continue to do so with enthusiasm and conviction," said CEO Muhtar Kent. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Holiday flavors move in new directions
    Restaurants and food-makers are introducing unusual limited-time items for the holidays, including Pringles chips in a White Chocolate Peppermint flavor and Jones Soda in Candy Cane, Gingerbread, Sugar Plum and Pear Tree varieties. A Gingerbread Cookie Sundae is available at Burger King, and a Gingerbread Shake, with or without Jim Beam, is sold at Red Robin restaurants. USA Today (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can you turn canned food into a gourmet meal?
    Canning was invented in response to an 18th-century challenge by Napoleon Bonaparte, who was looking for a way to keep food safe and portable for his armies. Today, practical aspects of canned food keep it popular, while chefs increasingly are showing cash-strapped consumers how to create culinary masterpieces by opening a few cans. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Sun-Maid marks centennial with sweepstakes
    Sun-Maid is marking 100 years since it was founded with a sweepstakes giving away more than 1,000 prizes, including Visa gift cards valued at $100 and Sun-Maid Monopoly board games. "We want to thank our customers and their families, who have been eating Sun-Maid raisins and raisin bread for the past 100 years," said Barry Kriebel, company president. "This sweepstakes is a big 'thank you' from Sun-Maid to all those families." Progressive Grocer (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Wegmans chef will give Thanksgiving 411 with #Turkey911
    Mark Makovec, executive chef at Wegmans Food Markets, will use Twitter in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to answer questions on preparing dishes. "We know our customers are especially busy during the holidays, and this is a way to provide some on-the-go guidance in a way that some find most convenient," he said. The Gourmet Retailer (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Wellness 
  • CDC data show sharp increase in U.S. diabetes rates
    The number of diabetes cases increased by 50% or more in 42 U.S. states, and by 100% or more in 18 states, between 1995 and 2010, a study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicated. Southern and Appalachian states showed the highest increases. Ann Albright of the CDC said rates will keep rising "until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity." Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • One day left to submit your company for CPG Award
    Sponsored by the GMA Associate Member Council (AMC), the 2013 CPG Award for Innovation and Creativity is given annually to recognize the innovation that occurs every day at GMA member companies and will honor the creative and innovative programs of two manufacturing member-companies, emphasizing those who are moving the industry forward.

    Submissions will be judged by AMC members on creativity, willingness to take risks, achieving measurable results and creating a valuable knowledge base for the entire industry. The winners will be announced at the 2013 GMA Chairman’s Lecture in January.

    The deadline for submissions is tomorrow, Nov. 20. For more information, contact Jackie Lodge, or download the application. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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