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April 24, 2012News for the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry

  Company Watch 
  • Bud Light adds a twist with Lime-a-Rita
    Anheuser-Busch InBev introduced Bud Light Lime-a-Rita, combining Bud Light Lime with margarita flavor. The drink, with 8% alcohol by volume, "is our take on the traditional margarita," said Bud Light Vice President Mike Sundet. "Beer drinkers were already mixing Bud Light Lime into margaritas to create 'beer ritas'; Lime-a-Rita just adds a new level of convenience by providing a beverage with the perfect balance of flavors." American City Business Journals/St. Louis (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
 U.S. Hispanic Study Released
The NPD Group's study of U.S. Hispanics' food and beverage consumption habits and practices reveals that at in-home dinners, Hispanic children in "Spanish language preferred" homes are more likely to drink fruit juice than are non-Hispanic children and they are less likely to drink milk than are non-Hispanic children.
The NPD Group | NET® Hispanic Study

  • Organics sales increased 9.5% last year
    Sales of organic products rose 9.5% in 2011, to $31.5 billion, with food and drinks accounting for $29.22 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association. "Price is still an issue, but with the wide availability of private-label products and many venues for organic products, they have many choices for where to shop and a variety of products from which to choose," said Executive Director and CEO Christine Bushway. Progressive Grocer (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report notes continued growth in food-allergy products
    Research from Global Industry Analysts shows that the market for food for people with allergy or sensitivity will top $26.5 billion in the next five years. Growth will come from "increasing preference for wheat-free and gluten-free diets, advancements in diagnoses of allergies, improved labeling regulations, and also through the launch of innovative and appetizing products," the report says. FoodNavigator (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Beverage trends turn back to nature
    Consumers are still concerned about consuming too many calories in their tea, coffee and soft drinks, but additional concern about artificial sweeteners also has them seeking out drinks flavored with natural ingredients such as cane sugar and agave nectar, writes Food IQ's Cari Price. "Overall, in the beverage arena, consumers are beginning to understand that there is more to consider than calorie-count alone when selecting a better-for-you beverage. Taste and quality of ingredients are quickly becoming higher priorities." (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Corporate Social Responsibility 
  Advertising & Marketing 
  • Land O'Frost launches Marvel-ous promo
    Land O’Frost is teaming with Marvel on a promotion tied to the "Marvel's The Avengers" movie. Packages of the lunchmeat-maker's Premium products contain codes that can be entered online for chances to win prizes including a trip to New York and the Marvel offices. Progressive Grocer (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Olay Facebook campaign honors moms
    Procter & Gamble brand Olay has launched a Facebook campaign called "Beauty by Example," with the goal of honoring 1 million moms by Mother's Day. Women are encouraged to post photos and stories about their mothers and to sign a declaration that their mothers are beautiful inside and out. Drug Store News (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Wellness 
  • Study links flavonoids to brain health
    A 20-year study of more than 130,000 people found reduced risk of Parkinson's disease in those who ate foods rich in flavonoids, including berries, herbs, nuts and red wine. Men showed the most benefit, with men eating the most flavonoids 40% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease than men eating the least. Men's Health (4/9)
  GMA News 
  • Unsaleables Management Conference: a blueprint for innovation

    Don't miss your chance to join GMA and FMI at the 2012 Joint Industry Unsaleables Management Conference May 15-17 in Orlando.

    Building on the conference theme of "The Blueprint for Innovation," the 2012 Joint Industry Unsaleables Management Conference will bring together reverse logistics, customer operations and supply chain experts with CPG manufacturing and multi-channel retail executives to discuss fresh perspectives on how unsaleables management is evolving.

    This conference is a must-attend for professionals involved in all aspects of:

    • Customer operations, supply chain, unsaleables and reverse logistics
    • Reclamation, recall, remarketing, liquidation and return management
    • Sourcing, purchasing and procurement
    • Sales operations, product development and retail solutions

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  Government & Food Safety 
  • FDA's global strategies include better food-safety oversight
    The FDA outlined global mission strategies in this week's Global Engagement Report, detailing major food-safety initiatives overseas such as coordinating science-based standards and strengthening international offices. "As our world transforms and becomes increasingly globalized, we must come together in new, unprecedented, even unexpected, ways to build a public health safety net for consumers around the world," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Associate Director, Micro Food SafetyKraft FoodsUS - IL - Glenview
Marketing Manager, Carton FoodsTetra PakDenton, TX
Sr. Food Safety SpecialistConAgra FoodsHastings, MN
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--D.H. Lawrence,
British novelist

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