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Unilever Expands Online Efforts To Connect With Hispanic Community

February 28, 2012: 12:37 AM EST
Unilever widened the reach of its Vivemejor Web site and magazine for Latino consumers by adding presence on social media sites Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to boost the level of engagement. Created in 2007 as part of Unilever's efforts to reach out and connect with the Hispanic community, Vivemejor's expanded online presence seeks to promote "online conversation" with Latina consumers, create "exclusive content," and share information online and offline.
Anna Maria Virzi , "How Unilever Connects With Hispanics on Facebook", clickz, February 28, 2012, © Incisive Interactive Marketing LLC
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Sustainable Packaging Coalition Starts Trial Run Of Packaging Recycling Program

February 28, 2012: 02:31 AM EST
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition, whose members include retailers Costco and Target and consumer packaged goods companies Seventh Generation, Campbell Soup, and Kraft Foods, started testing the Packaging Recovery Label System, an industry-supported voluntary packaging recycling initiative. The system includes labeling options, with each option describing national access to recycling for specific products, and online sources for related information.
Lisa McTigue Pierce , "New plan to jumpstart package recycling", Packaging Digest, February 28, 2012, © UBM Canon
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CSPI To Sue Amway Over “Unsubstantiated Health And Nutrition” Claims

February 28, 2012: 10:46 AM EST
Consumer watchdog Center for Science in the Public Interest is threatening to sue multi-level marketer Amway unless it stops making allegedly “unsubstantiated nutrition and health” claims on its Nutrilite Twist Tube liquid dietary supplements. According to CSPI, Amway’s “fruits & vegetables 2GO Twist Tubes” illegally claim to provide two servings of vegetables. And its Nutrilite Immunity Twist Tubes illegally claim to be an “immune system booster” that “will protect your cells.” CSPI says it will sue Amway – which is “sending a horrible health message to American consumers” – unless it stops advertising the health and nutrition claims.
"Amway Makes Illegal Deceptive Claims for its Nutrilite Twist Tubes", Press release, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), February 28, 2012, © Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
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Marketers Recognize Growing Power Of Women Consumers

February 27, 2012: 03:12 AM EST
Although marketers have made significant strides in understanding and targeting women as consumers, some misconceptions and biases still need to be addressed. Recognizing women's role as decision-makers, marketers need to adopt "coed approaches" to marketing, which Harley-Davidson has done for decades in its advertising to women and Unilever recently did in its TV and online ads for its first female product extension of its popular Axe.  A senior brand manager for Axe said, “We made a strategic decision in recent years to involve women more closely in the creative to bring them even closer in on the joke”.
Noreen O'Leary, "Talk to Her", Adweek, February 27, 2012, © Adweek
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Unilever Zimbabwe Launches Marketing Campaign To Double Number Of Retailer Partners

February 24, 2012: 06:41 AM EST
Unilever Zimbabwe launched a marketing campaign aimed at small retail stores as the company seeks to increase the number of stores it supplies from the current 1,200 to 2,400 by the end of 2012. Unilever is recovering from the adverse impact of hyperinflation, as the company and other global manufacturers continue to focus on Africa and other emerging markets to grow their business and revenue.
Tarisai Tahungai, "Unilever push for growth", Newsday, February 24, 2012, © Newsday Zimbabwe
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Tesco, Unilever Launch Rainforest Protection, Sustainability Programs

February 23, 2012: 02:24 AM EST
Tesco and Unilever recently announced initiatives seeking to protect rainforests and reinforce sustainability of supply chains worldwide. Tesco partnered with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to raise more than £1 million for rainforest protection projects, while Unilever pledge to source 100 percent of cocoa for its Magnum ice cream brand from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms by 2015.
James Murray, "Updated: Tesco and Unilever beef up rainforest protection efforts", BusinessGreen, February 23, 2012, © Incisive Media Investments Limited
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FMCG Vendors Expand Social Media Presence, Cuts Down On Traditional Marketing

February 22, 2012: 01:58 AM EST
Fast-moving consumer goods companies Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Procter & Gamble are downsizing their traditional marketing costs and workforce and are expanding their online marketing efforts. Successes with social media marketing, such as P&G's Facebook campaign that helped increase sales by 9 percent for its Secret deodorant brand, encourage marketers to adopt digital marketing.
Eva MacIntosh, "Digital killed the marketing star", Marketing, February 22, 2012, © Haymarket
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Unilever Aims For Sustainability While Doubling Global Revenue

February 21, 2012: 01:53 AM EST
Unilever vice president for sustainability Karen Hamilton said her company is putting a lot of emphasis on sustainability as it seeks to double its 2009 €39.8 billion revenue to €80 billion.  In addition to using sustainable ingredients Unilever is seeing new product opportunities, such as its Pureit in-home water purifier and hygiene education programs for consumers in developing countries, both of which target the growing ranks of middle-class consumers worldwide.
Siobhan Wagner , "10Q: Unilever Targets the Next Billion Consumers", Bloomberg, February 21, 2012, © BLOOMBERG L.P.
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Emerging Markets Will Be Major Source Of Revenue For Large Businesses

February 20, 2012: 02:00 AM EST
Unilever chief operating officer Harish Manwani said multi-national companies must be flexible enough to manage challenges posed by the need to balance inflation and growth in emerging markets, which are also affected by the global economic slowdown. He added that emerging markets will account for up to 70 percent of Unilever’s business and revenue.
Sudeshna Sen, "70% of our business will come from developing markets: Harish Manwani, Unilever", Economic Times, February 20, 2012, © Times Internet Limited
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Unilever Aims To Double Its Size, Become Sustainable

February 17, 2012: 03:00 AM EST
Unilever CEO Paul Polman said that his company established the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan to double the company's size while reducing its impact on the environment. In a related measure Polman said Unilever plans to link 500,000 small-holder farmers and small-scale distributors into its supply chain  to improve productivity as well as help alleviate poverty.
Saifur Rahman, "Sustainability tops Unilever plans", Gulf News, February 17, 2012, © Al Nisr Publishing LLC
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Unilever Nepal Reopens Factory After Wage Dispute Ends

February 16, 2012: 02:30 AM EST
Unilever Nepal reopened its factory after the management and workers had agreed to resume their labor negotiations. The company's manufacturing facilities were padlocked and occupied by striking workers for 11 days following a dispute between members of the labor union and the management over salaries and other benefits.
"Unilever Nepal resumes operation", The Himalayan Times, February 16, 2012, © The Himalayan Times
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Striking Workers Continue Occupation Of Unilever Nepal Factory

February 15, 2012: 01:32 AM EST
Unilever Nepal failed to reopen its factory that was illegally shut down since February 4, 2012, by workers affiliated with the All Nepal Trade Union Federation, a trade union reportedly aligned with former rebels. Workers are demanding for increased pay and benefits and rejected efforts by the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries to end the labor unrest.
"Unilever Nepal shut down for two weeks; efforts to re-open fail", Economic Times, February 15, 2012, © Times Internet Limited
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Eating “On-The-Go” Is Now A Significant Lifestyle Pattern Among Younger Germans

February 14, 2012: 07:20 PM EST
A survey by Nestlé finds that both male and female twenty-something Germans have “unpredictable” eating routines, often substituting snacks for main meals. Only 20 percent of people in their twenties eat at fixed times during then day. Forty-three percent eat only when they have time, and 31 percent eat whenever they’re hungry. The study also found significant differences in the eating patterns of German men and women in their twenties. More than 55 percent of women said they worry too much about their diet, compared to only 32 percent of men. And longer working hours affect women’s eating patterns more than men’s.
"Nestlé Study Shows Modern Life is Changing Germans’ Eating Habits", Press release, Nestlé, February 14, 2012, © Nestlé
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SuperValu Introduces Essential Everyday Private Brand In US Retail Market

February 13, 2012: 11:45 PM EST
SuperValu has introduced its Essential Everyday private-brand line at more than 2,000 independent retail stores in the United States. The rollout, which is expected to be completed by early 2013, will replace the company's Flavorite, Richfoods, and Homelife brands and will cover more than 2,400 products in the essential grocery and home goods categories.
 
"SUPERVALU(R) to Transition Independent Grocers to Essential Everyday(TM) Private Label Products", SUPERVALU, February 13, 2012, © SUPERVALU INC.
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Unilever Pakistan Sees Sales Growth Despite Tough Market

February 13, 2012: 02:18 AM EST
New brands and product launches enabled Unilever Pakistan to increase its sales by 16 percent in calendar year 2011 despite harsh economic conditions in the country due to security concerns, rising commodity prices, and deadly floods. The company launched seven new brands during the year, with sales falling in the first quarter and peaking in the third quarter.
"New brands driving growth for Unilever", Business Recorder, February 13, 2012, © Business Recorder
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Walmart Spotlights Its Healthy Food Products With New “Great For You” Label

February 7, 2012: 08:17 PM EST
A “Great For You” label will begin to appear this spring on Walmart food products that meet the company's newly developed standards for healthiness and nutrition. The bright green labels, part of a recent commitment to boost the nutritional quality of the foods it sells, will appear on its Great Value and Marketside food lines. The labels will also be displayed on signs in the fresh fruit and vegetable sections of stores. The company will allow use of the label – without requiring a licensing fee – by non-store brands, as long as products meet the company’s nutritional standards.
Stephanie Strom, "Walmart to Label Healthy Foods", The New York Times, February 07, 2012, © The New York Times Company
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More And More Men Are Driving The Grocery Carts In A Recession-Induced Paradigm Shift

December 27, 2011: 02:49 AM EST
Though more and more men have been doing the grocery shopping and managing the household for decades, the recession – and the increase in layoffs – seems to have kicked the trend into high gear. The biggest of U.S. food and personal products makers have recognized the sea change and are paying closer attention to men, marketing products and rearranging store layouts to cater to them. Market researchers have noticed that males aged 18 to 50 are content to do the grocery shopping themselves or at least participate. GfK MRI and ESPN report that 31 percent of men nationwide are now the primary household grocery shoppers, more than double the 14 percent in 1985. And a Yahoo! survey of 1,000 fathers found that 51 percent were the primary grocery shoppers in their household.
Emily Bryson York, "More men taking the reins of the cart", Chicago Tribune, December 27, 2011, © Chicago Tribune
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Yoplait’s Partnership With Local Yogurt Producer Reaps Benefits In The UAE

December 15, 2011: 09:44 PM EST
A partnership between French yogurt-maker Yoplai and Abu Dhabi’s Agthia Group has proved to be a formula for success in the United Arab Emirates. The Agthia Group has the rights for the Yoplai brand in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and provides installed production capacity of 16,000 tons. The group has also invested $13 million in a new plant to produce yogurts from Yoplait’s product line that appeal particularly to area palates. "The range carries a slight premium, but in line with what's right for the local market," said an Agthia Group executive of the marketing success in the UAE. "The initial response has clearly validated we have got it right."
Manoj Nair, "Yoplait hits store shelves with local partner and flavours", Gulf News, December 15, 2011, © Al Nisr Publishing LLC
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Kraft Says Sustainability, Environmental Efforts Are Proving To Be Effective

December 14, 2011: 09:23 PM EST
Kraft Foods announced results of a sustainability and environmental survey that measured the company’s impact on climate change, land and water use. Most of the company’s environmental footprint – about 90 percent – originates on non-company farms that grow ingredients for its products. The survey supports the work of sustainable agriculture efforts on key commodities to improve crop yields, reduce environmental impacts and improve the lives of farm workers and their families. The company said it also continues to build upon previous success around energy, carbon dioxide, water, waste and packaging reductions.  The multi-year footprinting project was conducted with Quantis Inc. and reviewed by World Wildlife Fund and the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.
"Kraft Foods Maps Its Total Environmental Footprint", Press release, Kraft Foods, December 14, 2011, © Kraft Foods
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Kraft Expands Marketing Of Chocolate Products In India

December 5, 2011: 09:09 AM EST
Kraft Foods has increased advertising, capital expenditure, and sales and marketing spending in India by more than 70 percent over the past year in an effort to boost annual sales by 30 percent for chocolate. The aggressive spending follows on the heels of its acquisition of Cadbury Plc., which controls 70 percent of the chocolate market in India, according to company executives. The company is also expanding into the growing $ 3 billion market for biscuits (cookies): it has started selling Oreos, which Kraft makes locally despite rising sugar prices and declines in the rupee against the dollar. “If we can get a substantial percentage of that market it would be very good,” an executive said. “We’d like to make up for the lost time.”
Vinicy Chan, "Kraft Invests in India Chocolate for Growth", Bloomberg, December 05, 2011, © Bloomberg LP
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New Outdoor Marketing Technologies Encourage Greater Consumer Involvement In Brands

November 24, 2011: 01:32 AM EST
Marketing Week provides numerous examples of how companies are applying interactive technology to outdoor marketing campaigns to boost and extend consumer awareness of brands through “experiential” activity. Smart outdoor media lengthens “dwell time” for brands such as Heineken, Lynx, Green Giant and British Airways by persuading consumers to interact with, for example, digital out-of-home (OOH) screens and other displays. According to Marketing Week, revenues tied to digital OOH reached £101 million ($156 million) in 2010. About 16 percent of the outdoor marketing expenditures last year were focused on OOH. A growing number of consumers – 60 percent according to a recent survey – want more interaction with digital OOH screens. Forty-seven percent are eager to download discount vouchers from OOH screens to their mobile phones.
Laura Snoad, "Smart media network enters great outdoors", Marketing Week, November 24, 2011, © Centaur Media plc
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Grocery Retailers Upgrade Marketing Of In-House Products To Lure Value-Conscious Shoppers

November 23, 2011: 01:01 AM EST
As budget-conscious grocery shoppers hunt for deals during the economic slump, retailers like Safeway, Kroger and Supervalu are paying more and more attention – and spending more dollars – hyping their own less-expensive product lines. No longer particularly worried about offending big packaged goods brands, retailers are devoting greater shelf space to their private-label offerings. Market researcher packaged Facts says that through mid-November store brands accounted for 31.4 percent of the 14,400 new food and beverage items that debuted this year in the U.S. That’s twice the share logged in 2010. To keep the momentum growing, retailers are plucking experienced marketers from companies like P&G and PepsiCo to revamp and innovate  their product marketing.
Matthew Boyle, "Why Grocers Are Boosting Private Labels", Businessweek, November 23, 2011, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Retailers Lead Rankings Of U.K. Companies Most Loved By Families

November 23, 2011: 01:34 AM EST
The 2011 FamilyBrands survey, whose goal is to find out which consumer product brands in the U.K. are most favored by the whole family, ranks retailer Marks & Spencer at the top of the list, followed by cosmetics and skin care retailer Boots and household cleaner marketer Fairy. According to Popsop, it is not surprising that M&S tops the list because department stores are ”the symbol of unity for a family since there everyone can find something just for him or her.” The survey asked 1,500 adult consumers to rate brands on criteria such as “socially responsible,” “caring” and “good listeners.” Four other retailers besides M&S fill out the top ten spots, though the survey ranks companies in 12 categories, including food + drinks, politics, FMCG, digital, airlines, restaurants, etc.
Anna Rudenko, "UK’s Top Family Brands 2011: Retailers Take the Lead", Popsop, November 23, 2011, © Popsop Ltd.
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Restructuring At Unilever Ireland Results In €9.8 Million Loss In 2010

November 16, 2011: 03:31 AM EST
Unilever’s Ireland unit lost €9.8 million in 2010, mainly because of restructuring costs totaling €7.1 million, which included severance payments, according to a report filed with the Irish Companies Office. The report noted that sales in the country dipped slightly in 2010 to €247.7 million from €248.4 million in 2009. The company’s pre-tax loss of €9.8 million was slightly better than the €10.6 million figure recorded in 2009. According to company directors, Unilever Ireland “saw decline in underlying turnover for the third consecutive year” and “In order to ensure the future success of the business, we announced a significant restructure.” The number of employees dropped to 210 from 238, and staff costs decreased by 10 percent, after “significant redundancies across all functions” were found.
Gordon Deegan, "Restructuring played part in Unilever's €9.8m loss-report", The Irish Times, November 16, 2011, © IrishTimes.com
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Nestlé To Build First Factory In Angola

November 10, 2011: 06:25 PM EST
Nestlé announced it is investing CHF10 million ($10.8 million) to build a factory in Angola, its first in that south-central African country. To be located in the capital Luanda, the facility will be a “finishing centre” for packing and repacking products such as Nido milk powder and Nescafé coffee, according to the company. The factory construction is a component of the company’s three-year $162 million investment program launched last year in equatorial Africa. Nestlé vice president Roger Stettler said Angola is “particularly important” because it is “an emerging market with a strong, growing economy.” The facility in Luanda is the first stage in the construction of a larger Nestlé factory on the same site that will produce culinary, dairy, coffee and beverage products.
"Nestlé invests CHF 10 million to build its first factory in Angola", Press release, Nestlé, November 10, 2011, © Nestlé
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Americans Love Their Snacks – Survey

November 8, 2011: 06:56 PM EST
Forty percent of Americans say they prefer to curb their hunger with snack foods throughout the day rather than by eating the traditional three square meals, according to a survey by Snack Factory’s Pretzel Crisps brand. More than three fourths (78 percent) said they eat snack foods for lunch and 55 percent eat snacks for dinner. The trend toward substituting snacks for full-course meals is greater among younger people – ages 18 to 49 years. Only 31 percent of people age 50 or older skip meals for snacks. But the survey found that  whatever the age, “more and more people are relying on snacks to get them through the day.”
"A Little Bite Goes a Long Way: The Growing Role of Snacks in America", News release, Snack Factory, November 08, 2011, © Snack Factory
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Dean Foods Forms Joint Venture With Jam Producer Hero Group

November 4, 2011: 07:09 PM EST
Dairy product producer Dean Foods announced a 50/50 joint venture with Swiss-based Hero Group, producer of fruit and infant nutrition brands Hero and Beech-Nut. Dubbed Hero/WhiteWave, the new venture will take Dean's WhiteWave business into the jam and chilled fruits business for the first time. Hero has had success with chilled-fruit products in Europe, and believes that North American consumers will be receptive to the products. According to reports, the two companies will develop new healthful products, while sharing technology, manufacturing and distribution capabilities. Dean also announced healthy financial results for the third quarter, with earnings per diluted share on an adjusted basis doubling to $0.28 from a year ago.
Karlene Lukovitz, "Dean Foods Partners With Hero On New Chilled Fruits", Mediapost Publications, November 04, 2011, © MediaPost Communications
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U.K. Ad Watchdog Raps Unilever For Misleading Advertorial

November 2, 2011: 06:18 PM EST
The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority has reprimanded Unilever for putting an advertorial on a newspaper Web site that was not clearly marked as an advertisement. The advertorial for Flora pro.active featured a reporter for the Daily Telegraph talking generally about the benefits of exercise and a nutritious diet, but also mentioned that the Flora beverage helped her reduce cholesterol. The ad also contained a link to further information about the product. The main headline of the advertorial mentioned “Flora pro.active” and another heading mentioned “in association with Flora pro.active,” but the ASA said Unilever and the newspaper did not clearly state that the piece was in fact a marketing communication.
Lara O'Reilly, "Unilever censured by ASA for misleading advertorial", Marketing Week, November 02, 2011, © Centaur Media plc
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Hindustan Unilever Posts Strong Quarterly Profit Results

October 31, 2011: 11:50 PM EST
Hindustan Unilever reported that profit before interest and tax (PBIT) was up 30.1 percent; net profit was Rs. 689 crore (US$140.9 million), up 21.7 percent, during the fiscal quarter that ended September 30. The company said its domestic consumer business grew 18.5 percent with strong underlying volume growth of 9.8 percent. “Growth has been broad based, and ahead of market,” the company said. “All segments have delivered double digit growth for the third consecutive quarter.” Other quarter highlights: soaps and detergents grew by 21.8 percent; personal products grew 18.2 percent; beverages grew 14.6 percent, with all brands delivering double digit growth; and inflation and commodity costs continued high. The company said higher costs were managed through “aggressive savings programs coupled with judicious pricing.”
"Hindustan Unilever Limited – Results for September Quarter 2011", Hindustan Unilever, October 31, 2011, © Unilever
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Hain Celestial Reports Healthy First Quarter Financials

November 1, 2011: 12:58 AM EST
Natural and organic products producer Hain Celestial Group reported a 13.3 percent increase over last year’s first quarter net sales to $292.4 million. GAAP net income rose 28.5 percent (11.7 million), compared to $9.1 million in the first quarter last year, with adjusted net income up 19.9 percent. The company reconfirmed its annual guidance for fiscal year 2012, which it raised last month in connection with its recent acquisitions of Daniels Group and the Europe's Best brand. Total net sales are expected to be $1.455 billion to $1.480 billion, and earnings per share will range between $1.63 to $1.73. CEO Irwin D. Simon said consumption trends improved year-over-year “driven by consumers seeking out our natural and organic products.”
"Hain Celestial Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Results", Hain Celestial, November 01, 2011, © The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
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Consumer Focus On Shedding Pounds Drives Healthy Retail Sales Of Weight Loss Products

October 29, 2011: 08:41 PM EST
Consumers interested in losing weight are responding to marketing promises, driving healthy weight management product sales, according to a Euromonitor report. Weight loss companies have successfully upgraded their meal replacement lines, introducing new flavors for current products, and launching new powders, soups and bars. All have enjoyed success at the retail level. Palatability and texture have improved markedly, thanks to the application of new ingredient technologies. Meal replacement slimming and weight loss supplements posted the highest sales in the U.S., mainly because of strong promotional efforts from direct sellers Amway and Herbalife. “A combination of high overweight/obesity rates, affluence and the desire for a perfect body helped North America dominate retail value sales of weight management products in 2010,” Euromonitor said.
"An overview of weight management results 2009-2010", Euromonitor International, October 29, 2011, © Euromonitor International
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New Abbott Glucerna Shakes, Bars Help Diabetics Manage Hunger, Sugar Spikes

October 27, 2011: 06:41 PM EST
Abbott Nutrition has introduced Glucerna Hunger Smart shakes and bars for diabetics. According to the company, the products are designed as meal replacements that assist in managing hunger and blood sugar spikes while helping diabetics achieve weight management goals. The Glucerna shakes contain a proprietary carbohydrate blend called Carb Steady with both low glycemic and slowly-digestible carbohydrates to help minimize blood sugar spikes. Each 180-calories shake has 15 grams of protein and six grams of sugars, as well as 25 vitamins and minerals. The snack bars are 140-150 calories with 10 grams of protein in addition to Carb Steady.
"Abbott Launches Glucerna Hunger Smart™ Nutrition Products for People with Diabetes", Press release, Abbott Nutrition, October 27, 2011, © Abbott Nutrition
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Kraft’s Cocoa Partnership Hopes To Boost Cocoa Production In Dominican Republic

October 17, 2011: 08:24 PM EST
Kraft Foods announced it is extending its Cocoa Partnership – established by Cadbury to boost coca farming in Ghana, India, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean –  to the Dominican Republic. The five-year initiative with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will try to sustainably increase the yield and quality of Dominican cocoa, while improving farmer livelihoods and communities. About 10,000 small-scale cocoa farmers of the Conacado cooperative will benefit from training in farming techniques, post-harvest practices and supplemental income opportunities, Kraft said. The Cocoa Partnership has committed 45 million pounds Sterling (approximately $70 million) to the program.
"Kraft Foods Nurtures The Next Generation Of Dominican Cocoa Farmers With Launch Of Cocoa Partnership", Press release, Kraft Foods, October 17, 2011, © Kraft Foods
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PepsiCo Says Healthy Foods Will Comprise 30 Percent Of Its Product Line by 2021

October 17, 2011: 09:01 AM EST
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi told Reuters recently that her company’s product line will grow much healthier over the next ten years, thanks to an expansion of more nutritious juices, dairy products and grain products. Nooyi said that within ten years, healthier products will comprise as much as 30 percent of its portfolio, up from a current 22 percent. The new focus by PepsiCo takes advantage of a growing consumer trend toward purchasing more nutritious products. The company hopes to double sales of healthier products to $30 billion in the next nine years.
Martinne Geller, "PepsiCo lineup to look healthier in 10 years: CEO", Reuters, October 17, 2011, © Thomson Reuters
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Unilever Expands Investment In Russia

October 17, 2011: 08:44 AM EST
Unilever has agreed to build a new sauce factory in Russia’s Tula region. The 50 million euros ($70 million) facility, which will employ 500 people, adds to the company’s sizeable – 1 billion euros –  investment in the country, where it already has seven production plants. The company says the investment in the region is an attempt to boost sales to offset listless performance in Europe and the U.S. Last week Unilever purchased Russian cosmetics group Kalina for 500 million euros.
"Unilever pledges 50 mln euro new Russia investment", Reuters, October 17, 2011, © Thomson Reuters
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Consumer Watchdog Group Files Federal Complaint Over General Mills “Fruit” Snacks

October 14, 2011: 09:04 PM EST
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has filed a federal complaint in California alleging that “fruit” snacks from General Mills contain mostly sugars and lack fruit. Filed on behalf of a California mother, the suit says that snacks such as Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot and Fruit Gushers – marketed as “fruit flavored” and “naturally flavored” – are missing the beneficial fiber or nutrients associated with real fruits. Instead, they contain some fruit concentrate, corn syrup, unspecified “natural flavor,” and various food dyes. The complaint says the labeling of General Mills fruit-flavored snacks violates various state laws governing misleading and deceptive advertising and fraudulent business practices.
"General Mills Facing Class Action Lawsuit Over "Fruit Snacks" Full of Sugars, Partially Hydrogenated Oil, & Dyes", Press release, Center for Science in the Public Interest, October 14, 2011, © Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
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Nestlé Launches Malaysian River Reforestation Initiative

October 11, 2011: 09:06 AM EST
As part of a corporate social responsibility program dubbed Creating Shared Value, Nestlé announced a reforestation initiative in Malaysia that involves planting 750,000 trees to help protect the biodiversity of the lower Kinabatangan river ecosystem. The 560 kilometer Kinabatangan is Malaysia’s second longest river. Nestlé said the trees will be planted over the next three to four years – 100,000 will be planted in the first year – on both sides of a 110 km stretch of the river in Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. The project will also try to reduce pollution in the river by allowing the trees to form a natural barrier against soil sediment, agricultural fertilizers and pesticides.
"Nestlé plants 750,000 trees in Malaysia to protect river ecosystem", Press release, Nestlé, October 11, 2011, © Nestle
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Cargill Says Its Safety, Sustainability Plan Yields Immediate Benefits

October 10, 2011: 08:41 AM EST
Cargill corporate environment and safety chief LaRaye Osborne said the company made “meaningful progress” during fiscal 2011 toward achieving its 2015 environment, health and safety (EHS) goals, a five-year plan focused on worker safety and environmental sustainability. Cargill aims by 2015 to achieve zero fatalities, zero injuries at 75 percent of its more than 1,200 operating locations globally, and a reportable injury frequency rate – the number of injuries per 200,000 hours worked – of 2.0. In fiscal 2011, which ended in May, the EHS plan led to a 50 percent reduction in fatalities and a seven percent improvement in the reportable injury frequency rate. By 2015, Cargill aims to improve energy efficiency by five percent and increase renewable energy to 12.5 percent of its energy portfolio.
"Cargill makes major progress toward its 2015 worker safety and environmental sustainability goals", Press release, Cargill Inc., October 10, 2011, © Cargill Inc
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Hain Celestial Acquires Natural Frozen Produce Producer In Canada

October 5, 2011: 02:29 AM EST
Natural and organic products marketer Hain Celestial Group has acquired the Europe's Best brand of natural, frozen fruit and vegetable products in Canada, where frozen produce is a $385 million market. The company said it plans to expand Europe's Best product lines, which include 24 premium fruit and vegetable products, into other channels of distribution in North America. All Europe's Best products are washed and individually quick frozen, by means of a flash freeze process, to retain flavor and freshness and preserve nutritional value.
"Hain Celestial Announces The Strategic Acquisition of Europe's Best® In Canada", Press release, Hain Celestial Group, October 05, 2011, © Hain Celestial
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Organic Yogurt Producer Advocates Sustainable Farming Methods

October 5, 2011: 02:08 AM EST
A leading U.S. organic yogurt producer told an audience at College of Holy Cross (Mass.) that organic farming methods are superior to conventional for many reasons. Gary Hirshberg, head of Stonyfield Farm, said organic, sustainable food production is not only better for people and the environment, but it can also make good economic sense. As an example of how organic methods work better, he said traditional sugar cane production involves burning the cane fields to harvest crops, a process that is wasteful and destructive to topsoil. His farm in Brazil, however, separates cane from waste material and puts the waste back on the field, leaving the topsoil unharmed.
Steven H. Foskett Jr., "Stonyfield CEO appeals for sustainability -Stonyfield chief: Organic is best", Telegram & Gazette, October 05, 2011, © Telegram & Gazette
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Business Growth Depends On Innovation, P&G CEO Tells Cincinnati

September 27, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
P&G CEO Bob McDonald told a Chamber of Commerce luncheon that the Cincinnati, Ohio, area lags in business start-ups and patents issued on a per capita basis and needs to ramp up spending on innovation. Business, financial and economic growth depends on investment in innovation by businesses and organizations, he said, and there’s no better time to invest than during economic downturns. He suggested several ways the region could foster innovation, including: speeding up start-up activity at research institutions, supporting collaborations with “pillar” companies, working together to strengthen support infrastructure, recruiting new talent, aligning public policy with an industry cluster strategy, and boosting investment in local start-ups. “It’s time to make Greater Cincinnati a leader … when it comes to innovation,” he said.
Chelsey Levingston, "P&G CEO calls for more investment in innovation", Hamilton (Ohio) Journal-News, September 27, 2011, © Hamilton Journal-News
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Companies Start To Reward Failure To Encourage Risk Taking And Innovation

September 27, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
To encourage risk taking and innovation some companies are moving to reward failure where they see ideas that failed but that had potential. The advertising agency Grey, for instance, has a "Heroic Failure” award that is given to an employee who demonstrated edgy risk. Companies are also trying to create cultures more conducive to innovation and experimentation. P&G has set up a separate division called FutureWorks to partner with vendors in an atmosphere supposedly that will encourage bolder innovation; Grey New York has a "no meeting zone" every Thursday morning; others have mediation or nap rooms. As author Judy Estrin says "Failure, and how companies deal with failure, is a very big part of innovation."
SUE SHELLENBARGER, "Better Ideas Through Failure", Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2011, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc
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Nestlé Expands Confectionery Development Facility In U.K.

September 23, 2011: 09:49 PM EST
Nestlé announced that it is enlarging its U.K.-based Product Technology Centre, where new confectionery products are developed and existing ones are reformulated. According to the company, the Technology Centre is also charged with deploying newly-developed technologies to Nestlé’s global operations so that confectionery products are produced safely and effectively while meeting the consumer needs. Centre Director Stefan Palzer says the expansion of the facility will allow the company to “accelerate and intensify confectionery product development” using sustainable and high quality raw materials, advanced manufacturing processes, and reliable equipment.
"Nestlé extends global Product Technology Centre for confectionery", Press release, Nestlé, September 23, 2011, © Nestlé
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PepsiCo Partners With Aid Organizations To Boost Chickpea Production In Ethiopia

September 21, 2011: 04:46 AM EST
PepsiCo and its charitable arm have partnered with international food assistance programs in an initiative to boost chickpea production in Ethiopia. Enterprise EthioPEA will also promote long-term nutritional and economic security in the east African country, the continent's largest producer of chickpeas. Chickpeas are rich in protein – an average of 22 percent – and are a sustainable alternative to meat. Among other goals, the partnership hopes to enable 10,000 Ethiopian farmers to double chickpea yield by applying more modern agricultural practices and irrigation techniques. Participating with PepsiCo are the PepsiCo Foundation, the United Nations World Food Program and U.S. Agency for International Development.
"PepsiCo, World Food Programme and USAID Partner to Increase Food Production and Address Malnutrition in Ethiopia", Press release, PepsiCo, September 21, 2011, © PepsiCo
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PepsiCo To Work With China On Developing Sustainable, Modernized Agriculture

September 19, 2011: 08:57 AM EST
PepsiCo has launched an initiative with the People’s Republic of China to promote sustainable agriculture projects and accelerate the development of the Chinese countryside. The company will work with China’s Ministry of Agriculture to build and operate demonstration farms that apply advanced irrigation, fertilization and crop management techniques. According to PepsiCo, they will also promote best practices in China's farming system to improve yields, increase income levels and raise living standards for farmers throughout the country. The partnership underscores the company's support for China's 12th Five-Year Plan, which establishes objectives for developing sustainable agriculture and speeding up agricultural modernization.
"PepsiCo to Partner with China's Ministry of Agriculture to Promote Sustainable Farming", Press release, PepsiCo, September 19, 2011, © PepsiCo
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Chinese Company Expands Facilities To Ramp Up Organic Food Production

September 19, 2011: 08:45 AM EST
Chinese food and beverage company Nutrastar International said it plans to significantly expand its organic and specialty food consumer products business over the next year and a half. Production capacity expansion will total 890,000 square meters on the existing production grounds. The company said it will add hundreds of greenhouses with an annual projected organic production capacity of 6.5 million kg. The company’s current consumer product businesses include a specialty mushroom line and several beverage lines. The company is taking advantage of local government initiatives – sparked by China’s food safety problems – that provide financial support through subsidies to organic and green producers.
"Company Plans to Increase Organic and Specialty Food Product Offerings by 2012", Press Release, Nutrastar International, September 19, 2011, © Nutrastar International Inc.
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Whole Foods Contest Winners Will Visit Eco-Friendly Costa Rican Banana Grower

September 15, 2011: 07:20 PM EST
Whole Foods Market and Earth University, which exports sustainably grown bananas, have partnered to send five shoppers to Costa Rica to learn about ethical banana production. The  Whole Foods Market’s Earth University offerings include fresh bananas and frozen bananas and pineapples. The grocer’s Whole Trade program certifies growers for paying fair wages and providing safe working conditions, in addition to showing concern for the environment. Whole Foods shoppers can enter the contest by signing up online through September 30. Winners will experience Earth University’s hands-on teaching of sustainable agriculture, and responsible business and community development, the company said.
"Shoppers go bananas for chance to win field trip to Costa Rica", Press release, Whole Foods Market, September 15, 2011, © Whole Foods Market
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Campbell To Unveil 35 New Soups And Sauces

September 15, 2011: 09:23 AM EST
Campbell Soup Company is introducing 35 new soups and sauces in the U.S. this fall, a seven-fold increase in new product launches over 2010. New Campbell’s soups include five Slow Kettle Style varieties, four regionally-inspired – New Orleans, New England, etc. – soups and eight Healthy Request soups providing “heart-healthy” alternatives to condensed, Select Harvest and Chunky soup products. The company is also launching two 50-ounce, family-size cans of Chunky soup, three Swanson Flavor Boost concentrated broth packets for skillet dishes or stir fries, two unsalted Swanson stocks, and new Italian and Mexican sauces.
"Campbell Introduces Nearly Three Dozen New Soups and Sauces to America’s Store Shelves", Press release, Campbell Soup Company, September 15, 2011, © Campbell Soup Co.
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Organic Food Prices Still A Hindrance To Grocery Shoppers – Poll

September 13, 2011: 07:06 PM EST
An online survey of 2,112 adults conducted in August for Whole Foods Market found that food prices have had a major impact on their food buying patterns. Eighty-two percent said current food prices have affected their grocery shopping, and more than 75 percent said they have changed their cooking and eating habits due to the economy. Large majorities saying they would buy natural or organic foods if they could afford it. Seventy-one percent said they would buy natural/organic foods over conventional foods if the prices were the same. And 70 percent said they would buy organic if prices fit their budgets. Twenty-four percent said natural/organic foods would account for only a quarter of their total household food purchases in 2011.
"Customers still place value on value", Press release, Whole Foods Market, September 13, 2011, © Whole Foods Market
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DSM Launches New Business Unit To Focus On Marketing Nutritional Lipids

September 12, 2011: 09:14 AM EST
Swiss nutritional ingredients maker DSM says it has created a business unit that combines Martek’s algal DHA omega-3 and ARA omega-6 products and DSM’s polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFAs) product portfolio. The Nutritional Lipids unit will leverage Martek’s technology and market position in the U.S. and DSM’s global marketing and sales network. The company says scientific evidence shows that nutritional lipids offer significant health benefits and support brain, eye and cardiovascular health throughout life. Products from DSM's Nutritional Lipids portfolio are  found in more than 400 brands of infant formula, nutritional supplements, functional foods and animal feeds sold worldwide. Martek veteran Peter A. Nitze will serve as president, based in Columbia, Md.
"DSM Nutritional Products establishes Nutritional Lipids", Press release, DSM, September 12, 2011, © DSM
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