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December 24, 2012News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • Parmalat justifies $900M acquisition of Lactalis
    Parmalat said the 2012 earnings by Lactalis American Group justify the roughly $900 million that Parmalat paid to acquire Lactalis. Parmalat said the cheesemaker's year-end EBITDA forecast is near $95 million. Reuters (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Market 
  • Tax worries have U.S. franchisees holding back
    The number of franchises in the U.S. is expected to grow 1.4% next year, a slightly slower pace than 2012, according to a report from the International Franchise Association. While franchisees are hopeful that the "fiscal cliff" issue will be resolved, the prospect of higher taxes and ongoing government inaction have many putting off expansion plans. (12/21), CSP (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Nutrition 
  • Menus with calories, exercise miles lead to better choices
    A study in the journal Appetite found participants who used fast-food menus that indicated the calorie content of meals and the number of miles of walking required to burn them off consumed fewer calories than those who ordered food from menus that included only information on calorie content, calories plus minutes of walking required or menus without any nutritional information. Medical News Today (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mintel releases holiday shopping behavior analytics
    Intelligence supplier Mintel released extensive analytics on holiday shopping trends. According to the report, 91% of Americans made some sort of festive-related purchase last year including holiday food (61%), decorations (35%) and alcoholic beverages (27%), and 41% of Americans attended a party or event at a friend’s house last year during holidays. Progressive Grocer (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Food brands take aim at children's smartphones
    Food marketers are shifting their ad spending to mobile and social in a bid to target smartphone-wielding children, according to a Federal Trade Commission report. Social campaigns and branded mobile applications are seen as a cost-effective way to target young consumers, researchers say. "These online media are not necessarily as costly as display advertising, yet potentially have a farther, and more immersive, reach than display advertising," the report notes. The Wall Street Journal (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • IDFA adds second hotel for Sweetener Colloquium attendees
    Demand for hotel rooms during International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 10-13, has been so strong that the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point is now sold out. Additional rooms are available at the Hyatt Place Coconut Point, 2.5 miles away, and the special room rate for attendees is $199 per night, which includes complimentary guest room Internet and breakfast. Learn more.   LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dairy Forum exceeds room block; second hotel added
    Here's one more indication that IDFA's Dairy Forum 2013, Jan. 27-30, is going to be a blockbuster event: the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes is sold out! IDFA has added a second block of rooms at the Springhill Suites Orlando at SeaWorld, which is 2.8 miles away. The Springhill Suites room rate for Dairy Forum attendees is $139 per night and includes complimentary guest room Internet, breakfast, self-parking and transportation to and from the JW Orlando Grande Lakes. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  World Markets 
  • British cheddar becoming more popular among the French
    British cheddar cheese is making its way onto more and more French plates. Brands such as Cathedral City from Dairy Crest and Wyke Farms from Somerset are growing their sales in the French market. "Until 1990, about 60% of cheddars made in Britain were mild. Now, two-thirds are mature, which appeal more to countries used to stronger cheeses," said Nigel White, secretary of the British Cheese Board. The Guardian (London) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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