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November 1, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Chipita sells snack brands to B&G
    Chipita America has sold its New York Style and Old London snack brands to B&G Foods for $62.5 million in a deal that also includes a factory in North Carolina. Products under the New York Style brand include bagel chips, pita chips and Panetini Italian toast; the Old London brand includes bagel chips, Melba toasts and other snacks. Food Business Review (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PepsiCo brings community service program to India
    PepsiCo employees will bring their business skills to community projects in India through PepsiCorps, the overseas service program piloted in Ghana in 2011. "Not limited by geographic boundaries, PepsiCorps encourages participants to take on a global mindset and be adaptable by working creatively in resource contained rural areas," said Sergio Ezama, PepsiCo senior vice president for talent management and development. Progressive Grocer (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Snapple founder Greenberg dies at 80
    Arnold Greenberg, one of three co-founders of the Snapple brand, has died at the age of 80. The Snapple Beverage Corporation, founded in the 1970s, became a market leader in the 1980s and was known for its quirky advertising. The brand was acquired by Quaker Oats in 1994 and is now part of Dr Pepper Snapple Group. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Supply Chain Management 
  • Warehouse management gets greener
    Companies can improve the sustainability of their supply chains by using Enterprise Warehouse Management systems that improve efficiency and cut paper use. The systems are more accurate than paper-based systems and improve use of labor, storage space and deliveries, Vijay Iyer, vice president and global head for consumer goods, retail and e-commerce at HCL, writes. Consumer Goods Technology News (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Coca-Cola keeps focus on innovation
    Mel Landis, chief customer officer for Coca-Cola Refreshments, said the company will continue introducing new concepts to boost convenience store purchases. “In some cases, it may even be different forms than it is today," he said. "It may be aluminum or glass. It could be a Freestyle [fountain] machine. It could be anything, but you’ll continue to see us diversify, whether in form or function or package." CSP (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Unilever announces foodservice giveaway
    Unilever Food Solutions is giving free branded merchandise and a chance to win $1,000 in a sweepstakes. Operators can choose merchandise at, and they will automatically be entered in the sweepstakes when they complete an order. Convenience Store News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  • Longo's launches shopping app
    Canada's Longo's Fruit Markets partnered with digital shopper marketer Unata to develop a mobile application for online shopping. With the Grocery Gateway app, shoppers can review orders, purchase with a credit card and schedule delivery. Supermarket News (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Drinking thick beverages may bolster satiety
    A study in the journal Flavour revealed drinks with thicker viscosity may help boost satiety and sustain it for longer periods compared with thinner drinks. Drinks with creamy consistency also appeared to increase the participants' expectations about satiety, but not as much as thicker beverages, researchers noted. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Deadline for CPG Award submission ends tomorrow, Nov. 2
    Sponsored by the GMA Associate Member Council, 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. For more information, contact Jackie Lodge, or download the application. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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