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February 14, 2013News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • P&G website amps innovator connection
    Procter & Gamble has launched PGConnectDevelop.com, an extension of its Connect+Develop program, to better connect innovators with the company's priorities. "As P&G enters its second decade of Connect+Develop, our focus is on strengthening areas of our open-innovation work to deliver more discontinuous, breakthrough innovations," said Laura Becker, general manager of Connect+Develop and global business development. "Part of that work means making connections both easier and more effective." Consumer Goods Technology News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends 
  • Demand grows for healthy children's snacks
    Healthy snacks for children from companies including Annie's Homegrown, GoGo squeeZ and Stonyfield Farm are selling well, as kids snack more often and parents become interested in making sure snacks are nutritious. "It's clear that there is a major opportunity for retailers already producing low sugar/fat/calorie items to branch off into a healthy kids offering," writes Matt Devine, chief marketing officer of Decas Cranberry Products. Progressive Grocer (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supply Chain Management 
  • Deloitte survey shows supply chain concerns
    In a survey conducted by Deloitte, 45% of executives said risk management procedures in place for their supply chains are not effective or somewhat effective. Increasingly complex supply chains, "coupled with a greater frequency of disruptive events such as geopolitical events and natural disasters, presents a precarious situation for companies without solid risk management programs in place," Deloitte Consulting's Kelly Marchese said. Supply Chain Management Review (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Dove Men+Care wants to normalize facial care for men
    Unilever is launching a campaign for its new lineup of Dove Men+Care facial-care products with the tagline "end the face torture." A spot features a nonactor -- a fireman from Canada -- exercising, doing chores and getting poked in the face by his children. The goal of the campaign is to activate the nearly 50% of men in the U.S. that don't use a special product for their face, according to Unilever research. "We are setting out to get more men into the routine so they can enjoy the benefits like women have for generations," says Rob Candelino, vice president of skin care. The Wall Street Journal (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Purina's media plan for Pro Plan started at Westminster show
    Purina broke a Pro Plan dog food spot during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show telecast, using videos from the more than 500 fan submissions to the brand's "How is Your Dog Great?" contest. "Viewers can celebrate the finest purebred conformation dogs together with the great dogs we have at home. We think the public will be inspired by the dogs featured in the ad as much as we were," says Brand Director Heather Gettys. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Wellness 
  • Health officials push FDA for sugar limits
    Public health officials from several U.S. cities including Boston and Los Angeles joined the Center for Science in the Public Interest in urging the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the amount of caloric sweeteners allowed in soft drinks and put voluntary limits on sugar in cereals and packaged snacks. "We felt it was very important for us to make a statement that the FDA should be making policy about what the appropriate level of sugar consumption is," said Lora Lacey-Haun, co-chair of the Kansas City Health Commission. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  GMA News 
  • 15+ hours of can't-miss FSMA sessions at the GMA Science Forum
    As FDA rolls out new FSMA regulations and guidance, the GMA Science Forum will provide boots-on-the-ground perspectives of the changes ahead, both domestic and international.

    Join GMA this April 1-5, in Washington, D.C., for more than 15 hours of FSMA-related sessions led by top-tier scientific, manufacturing and regulatory experts from industry and government.

    GMA is bringing together the most senior-level company executives, regulatory attorneys, food safety scientists and the FDA specialists who are drafting the regulations to contribute their insights and discuss what you need to know about FSMA now and what's coming next.

    The cutting-edge content doesn't stop with just FSMA. This year’s Science Forum will be the preeminent gathering of CPG experts for exploration of the critical scientific, technical and regulatory issues impacting consumers, public policy and the global CPG industry.

    For more information and to register, visit www.GMAScienceForum.com.

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  Government & Food Safety 
  • Lean Cuisine mushroom ravioli pulled from shelves
    Nestle is recalling some 500,000 boxes of Lean Cuisine's Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli after three customers reportedly found glass in their frozen meals. No injuries have been reported and no other products appear to be involved. USA Today (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Mistakes are part of the dues that one pays for a full life."
--Sophia Loren,
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