Ritter Sport celebrates 100 years | Organics sales increased 9.5% last year | Report notes continued growth in food-allergy products
April 24, 2012
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Ritter Sport celebrates 100 years
German company Ritter Sport, founded in 1912, remains a family-owned company, known for the square chocolate bars it has been selling since 1932. "We have families who work at the company who have been there since it was founded," said Elek Schneider, U.S. regional market development manager. "It?s a third generation of not just owners, but of families who have worked at the company." CandyIndustry.com (4/18)
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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)
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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)
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Diet & Health
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)
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Association News
Register for 2012 Resident Course in Confectionery Technology
The 2012 Resident Course in Confectionery Technology, or "Candy School," will take place July 15-27 in Madison, Wis. Read more about the two-week educational event and register today. NCA members receive a special discounted rate. Contact Laura Shumow.
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Save money on shipping with NCA?s Shipping Program
NCA Members are now able to combine and coordinate their shipping needs by using the NCA Shipping Program. This allows NCA members to leverage their combined buying power to obtain better shipping rates, share assets in consolidation programs, combine administrative functions such as freight auditing and leverage the use of shared technology. For more information, contact Tracy Thompson or the NCA Shipping Program Administrator, Tom Livernash, at (541) 330-0222.
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Science & Technology
Kraft to unveil high-tech Diji-Taste vending machine
Kraft will showcase the Diji-Taste vending machine it has developed with Intel Corp. at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's OneShow in Las Vegas. The machine features full-length touch screens on three sides, as well as 3D cameras and facial recognition technology. Vending Times (4/2012)
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Regulatory Update
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. FoodSafetyNews.com (4/24)
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Kapoor named Perfetti brand ambassador in India
Perfetti Van Melle India has named actor Kareena Kapoor the ambassador for its Alpenliebe 2 Choco Eclairs brand. The star, who will appear in television, online and mobile campaigns, fits with the brand's message of a "great indulgent experience," said marketing director Nikhil Sharma. The Economic Times (India)/Press Trust of India (4/23)
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