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December 31, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Chobani to debut new products in 2013
    Chobani, a maker of Greek yogurt, will serve up its products in new formats next year. Chobani Flips will come with a separate compartment for mix-ins to create flavors including Vanilla Golden Crunch and Key Lime Crumble, and Chobani Champions Tubes will present kid-friendly flavors in a squeezable tube. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Transparency, sustainability lead 2013 food trends
    Next year's food trends will include a push to reduce food waste, greater transparency in food labeling, a focus on meatless proteins and the increased use of mobile devices to interact with food, according to's Phil Lempert. Tech startups will also play a growing role in developing applications and other products that help consumers make healthier food choices and obtain food information, he says. Forbes (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Trends for 2013: Fermented foods, Asian street food
    Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha with their helpful probiotics are likely to be a popular trend next year, predicts Bonny Woods, managing editor of American Food Roots. She also lists menus inspired by Asian street food, dark and leafy greens such as beet tops and kale, and cocktails made with produce from farmers markets or small gardens. National Public Radio (text and audio) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
From Baby Boomer to Millennial
Michael Parrish Dudell, bestselling author and one of nation's leading Millennial voices, explains why now, more than ever, is the time for businesses to anticipate the rapidly evolving expectations of the new workforce or face the very real threat of irrelevance. Read the brief to get the facts on the huge impact Millennials will and are making in the workplace.
  Advertising & Marketing 
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Kroger stock is solid, undervalued: analyst
    Kroger stock is one of the top value picks for 2013, according to J. Royden Ward, editor of the Cabot Benjamin Graham Value Letter. He cites recent quarterly results, plans to open new stores and restaurants, and increasing customer loyalty as the reasons for his pick, and he predicts the shares will rise to $35.35 next year. MSN Money (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Wellness 
  • What's on tap for dieters in 2013?
    Low-carb and low-fat diets will give way to gluten-free eating and simpler, less processed foods this year, say registered dietitians in a recent survey from Pollock Communications. The group also agreed that adding more fruits and vegetables would be the biggest step Americans could take to improve their health. United Press International (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Food Safety 
  • Congress may consider extending farm bill
    The leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees have agreed on a measure that would prevent a huge spike in milk prices next month. The bill, which would extend the 2008 farm bill for another year, is one of three possible measures, none of which have been scheduled for a House vote yet. ABC News/The Associated Press (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Holiday food safety tips from the FDA
    The Food and Drug Administration is offering four holiday food safety tips for families and party hosts. These include separating food to avoid cross-contamination, refrigerating food after no longer than two hours, serving only pasteurized dairy products and heating liquids in recipes that use uncooked eggs to 165 degrees F to kill bacteria. Food Poisoning Bulletin (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Director of Quality Assurance (Corporate)WhiteWave Foods US - CO - Broomfield
Director of MarketingC.H. Guenther & Son, Inc.San Antonio, TX
Director of Quality AssuranceStarbucksSeattle, WA
Associate Manager, National Retail PromotionsCrown Imports, LLCChicago, IL
Innovation Marketing ManagerOcean Spray CranberriesLakeville, MA
Senior Manager, Science Program ManagementGrocery Manufacturers AssociationWashington, DC
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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