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December 11, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Cavendish to buy Maple Leaf potato facility
    Cavendish Farms has entered an agreement to buy the potato processing facility of Maple Leaf Foods for C$60 million. "It enhances our national distribution network in the foodservice and retail sectors in Canada and builds on our strong position in the United States," Cavendish president Robert Irving said of the Ontario facility, which employs about 135 and makes hash browns, French fries and other potato products. Food Business Review (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kellogg expands cereal and Pop-Tarts offerings
    Kellogg is adding several breakfast items, including Pop-Tarts Oatmeal Delights, topped with cinnamon oat crumble and offered in strawberry and maple brown sugar flavors. Cereal being introduced includes Mini-Wheats Crunch, bone-shaped Scooby Doo, Special K Chocolatey Strawberry and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Jacks. The Shelby Report online (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hershey to fund nutrition program in Ghana
    Hershey will fund the building of a factory in Ghana to produce vitamin-enriched packets of peanut butter-based food that will be distributed to children in partnership with Project Peanut Butter. Ghana has high levels of malnutrition, but it is also one of the world's top peanut-producing countries. The project will also work with farmers in the region to improve their production levels. (12/11), The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How much will Hispanics affect future hot dog consumption
The NPD Group projects U.S. Hispanics will account for 70% of growth in hot dog consumption over the next five years. Even though they currently eat fewer hot dogs than the general population, they are likely to drive over half the category's growth. How will Hispanics' food consumption patterns affect your category? The NPD Group | Hispanic Hot Dog Case Study
  • Dairy industry enhances its products, marketing
    In an effort to reverse a long-term decline in milk sales, dairy producers and retailers are promoting smaller packages and enhanced formulas such as CARBMaster, which has more protein and less sugar than conventional milk. The industry is also shifting its marketing to differentiate between "real" milk and products made with soy, almonds or rice. The Wall Street Journal (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Solid Block director: Packaging tells brand story
    Mark Salisbury, director of the graphic design company Solid Block, said packaging must "first and foremost" communicate a brand's message. "For chocolate firms, it's about ensuring you are not a faceless company and about building a relationship with customers," he said. "Packaging design gives a personality, which is essentially what a brand should be." (France) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Sustainability, supply chain management are linked
    To improve sustainability, companies must look to their supply chains, which are responsible for an estimated 85% of emissions and the use of resources including fuel and water. Companies that work with suppliers to improve sustainability see both environmental and financial benefits, a Forbes study found. Environmental Leader (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • P&G taps Omnicom shops for Olympics public relations
    Omnicom shops Ketchum and Marina Maher Communications have been chosen by Procter & Gamble to handle future Olympics-related public relations. "The assignment reflects our desire to simplify our agency base and work with truly global partners as well as our desire to have a more integrated and holistic approach by assigning a global project to one agency," a P&G spokesperson said. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Spotlight 
  Health & Wellness 
  • Study suggests obese women eat 3 meals each day
    A study to be published in the journal Obesity found that obese women who consumed three meals a day had lower fat in their blood than women who consumed the same calories spread over six small meals. University of Missouri researchers say eating fewer but bigger meals is better metabolically and could lower the risk of heart disease. United Press International (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • Only one week left to register for good recordkeeping webinar
    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will dramatically increase FDA’s access to food company records during on-site inspections, which means records need to be clear, complete, and readily accessible to FDA inspectors. Good records can mean the difference between having a successful FDA inspection and having a poor one.

    During the Good Recordkeeping Practices Under FSMA webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 1-2:30 p.m. (EST), join experts Joe Levitt and Elizabeth Fawell of Hogan Lovells to hear what steps you need to take now to get your recordkeeping into FSMA-ready state. This webinar will share daily practices for successful recordkeeping as well as key principles for creating records of particular significance under FSMA. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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