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December 6, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Starbucks boosts sales with grocery display
    Starbucks is testing a grocery end cap modeled after the coffee chain's decor. The display, in 12 cities, uses a wooden border and a fake-tile backsplash to mimic the warm interior of a coffee shop and lets Starbucks products stand out. Jeff Hansberry, president of channel development and emerging brands, says the end cap sells coffee at two to three times the normal rate. The Wall Street Journal (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chiquita peels back a new structure
    Chiquita Brands said it is consolidating its global sales, food safety responsibilities and its business unit into a single division, with Brian W. Kocher as chief operating officer of the group. Kocher will remain chief financial officer while taking on the new responsibilities, aimed at increasing cash flow. The Wall Street Journal (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Little Lady Foods plans clientcentric website
    Contract food-maker Little Lady Foods will launch a website that highlights its custom approach to working with clients. "The website is a reflection of our core philosophy -- serving our customers better and giving potential businesses yet another reason to trust us to create best-selling products, from frozen pizza to sweets and meats and other products made with flour and water, and the highest-quality ingredients," said Peter Cokinos, vice president of sales and marketing. Progressive Grocer (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supply Chain Management 
  • Future supply chain leadership looks strong
    Undergraduate and graduate students competing in a Supply Chain Challenge hosted by Avnet highlighted the strength of the next generation of supply chain leaders. Schools around the world are offering excellent programs, which are attracting a high caliber of student, writes Gerry Fay, Chief Global Logistics and Operations Officer for Avnet. Fay encourages current leaders in the field to share their knowledge by reaching out to local schools. EBN (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Spotlight 
  • Fresh & Easy CEO departs amid possible closure
    Tesco confirmed that it is considering selling or shuttering 200-store chain Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market. Meanwhile, Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason has departed. "It is now clear that Fresh & Easy will not deliver acceptable shareholder returns on an appropriate time frame in its current form," Tesco CEO Philip Clarke said. Progressive Grocer (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Wellness 
  • Researchers: Non-nutritive sweeteners can aid in weight control
    Non-nutritive artificial sweeteners in functional foods and beverages can help in weight management and diabetes prevention, University of Copenhagen researchers reported in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care. Results of an animal study, released last week, suggest that the sweeteners could be linked to weight gain, but researchers said most intervention studies have shown they do not stimulate hunger compared with sucrose. FoodNavigator (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More Americans consider obesity a major health concern
    A Gallup survey found that Americans consider access to and the cost of health care to be the most urgent problems. Researchers also found that more Americans find obesity to be a major issue, with 16% saying it is an urgent medical problem, compared with only 1% in 1999. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  GMA News 
  • Benchmark your IT operations
    Consumer packaged goods companies are invited to participate in the 2012 Information Technology Investment & Effectiveness survey being published in the spring of 2013. As the only CPG-specific report on investment in IT and resulting effectiveness, the data collected from this survey will allow CPG companies to benchmark their IT operations, capabilities and resources against the CPG industry. All data is kept confidential and reported in aggregate, and participating companies will be invited to a participants-only web briefing and Q&A on survey findings. Online survey responses are due by Dec. 15. To receive a link to the survey, contact GMA’s Karin Croft at (202) 295-3927 or LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Food Safety 
  • Soft drink restrictions create logistical hurdles
    New York City's ban on selling soft drinks in servings larger than 16 ounces is creating logistical difficulties for restaurants and beverage companies. The groups say they would need about three months to make the changes, and are asking a judge to hear oral arguments in December rather than January on a case seeking to overturn the law, which would go into effect in March. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chain restaurants call for change in alternative fuel policy
    A group of chain restaurants is calling for the repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard, saying the use of corn for ethanol is driving up food prices. "Ethanol diverts a significant share of the U.S. corn crop each year," said University of Missouri economist Pat Westhoff. "And, by doing so, it makes corn prices higher than they otherwise would be." Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said the Environmental Protection Agency recently refused a petition for an RFS waiver because doing so would have little effect on corn prices. Voice of America (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
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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