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December 27, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Japan's Itochu seals deal for Dole divisions
    Itochu Corp. will acquire Dole Foods' fresh produce and packaged foods business units for an undisclosed amount, in a deal expected to close once the companies win regulatory approvals, the companies said. Dole, whose packaged fruit business spans 90 countries, has partnered with Itochu in Japan for about 50 years. Food Business Review (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BluePrint to expand juice business after being acquired by Hain Celestial
    BluePrint has been acquired by Hain Celestial in a deal that should increase BluePrint's capacity to produce its high-pressure processed organic fruit and vegetable juices and juice cleanses. "Hain Celestial's commitment to supporting a healthy lifestyle is reflected in their portfolio of products, and they are the ideal partner with whom we can grow and expand the BluePrint brand," said BluePrint founders Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Driving Profitability in Turbulent Times
Find out what CFOs in the consumer products industry have to say about flexible planning, reducing the forecasting gap, and choosing the right technology to support your processes in this international survey.
  • Turkey growing in popularity with consumers
    Sales of turkey and duck have grown 6.5% over this past year, according to research from Mintel. Overall, 38% report they are eating poultry more often. Mintel attributes the rise in turkey consumption on the popularity of Heritage turkeys. "However, if other poultry products, like turkey, want to continue their impressive growth and not just be seen as the festive centerpiece, they will need to provide the level of innovation that is being seen in the chicken parts segment," Mintel's John Frank said. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chinese appetite for protein spurs historic corn production
    Demand from China's middle class for more protein in their diet means the country will produce more corn than rough rice this year. That marks the first time in China's history that has happened, according to the U.S. Grains Council. The production has been spurred by a 300% growth in poultry demand and an 85% increase in pork demand by Chinese residents over the past 20 years. Wisconsin Ag Connection (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

  Supply Chain Management 
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Taye Diggs teams with Kellogg's to fight hunger
    Actor and father Taye Diggs has joined Kellogg's third Share Breakfast campaign. The company will donate the equivalent of a school breakfast each time someone views, shares or comments on Diggs' online public service announcement, up to $250,000 or 1.25 million meals, the company says. CSP (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Whitepaper: SDN: How do you get there from here?
Are the growing data needs of mobile, cloud, big data and social threatening today's enterprise networks? Scalable processes, a phased integration approach and the appetite to optimize over time are key components of a modern network. It's how agile organizations prepare for the data needs of tomorrow.
Explore the whitepaper to start down the path toward SDN.

  Health & Wellness 
  • IPhone app targets food allergies
    A new iPhone app turns a smartphone into a lab to pinpoint foods that may cause allergic reactions. The iTube from Aydogan Ozcan takes a picture of the food, then uses a tiny test tube to analyze the chemical makeup of the food. The test takes about 20 minutes, but some are not convinced. "I definitely have concerns and skepticism and warnings for my patients who use any of these things. As far as I know, they are not accurate enough to rely on," said food allergist Scott Sicherer. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

  GMA News 
  • Supply Chain Conference talks data sharing
    At the 2013 Supply Chain Conference on Feb. 4-6 in Orlando, Fla.,, learn how manufacturers and retailers are enhancing supply chain collaboration through data sharing and analytics.

    Hosted by GMA and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), this event brings together industry leaders to focus on innovative strategies that help foster supply chain efficiency. Hear insights from companies such as Wegmans, General Mills, Brookshire, Kraft, Safeway, PepsiCo and more in sessions focused on real-world experiences and tools that are driving unprecedented trading partner collaboration. For more information or to view the full agenda, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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