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Unilever Begins Construction Of Unilever Four Acres In Singapore

July 19, 2011: 03:21 AM EST
Unilever held a ground-breaking ceremony for the Unilever Four Acres, the company's proposed global leadership development center in Singapore. The company said the planned center highlights Unilever's commitment to emerging markets, particularly in Asia, which accounts for more than half of the company's total turnover. Unilever expects the center to help the company develop a global pool of management talent and help fuel its growth efforts.
Magz Osborne, "Unilever breaks ground in Singapore", Campaign Singapore, July 19, 2011, © Campaign Singapore
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North America's CPG Manufacturers Relied More On Promotions In 2010

July 19, 2011: 02:49 AM EST
Manufacturers of consumer packaged goods (CPGs) in North America used promotions, such as coupons and in-store deals, to sell almost a quarter of their goods in 2010, according to a study by Terra Technology. Use of promotions remained below typical levels, which are 30 percent to 50 percent of volume; however, the volume of CPGs sold during promotions grew 80 percent from year-ago levels. Also, the total volume of CPGs sold from promotions grew from 13 percent to 23 percent of the overall volume of goods. The economic slowdown seemed to have encouraged consumers to look for deals, driving the increase in use of promotions.
Jessica Wohl, "Consumer goods promotions skyrocketed in 2010-study", Reuters, July 19, 2011, © Thomson Reuters
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Nestlé Acquires Controlling Stake In Singapore-Listed, China-Based Hsu Fu Chi

July 18, 2011: 11:12 AM EST
Nestlé has agreed with the Hsu family to acquire 60% of Hsu Fu Chi, a Singapore-listed manufacturer and distributor of confectionery products in China. The Hsu family will retain 40% of the company, with Hsu Chen remaining as CEO and chairman of Hsu Fu Chi. Nestlé offers to buy the shares of the company's independent shareholders who account for 43.5% of the shares in Hsu Fu Chi as part of the deal, which is subject to approval by regulators in China.
Press Release, Nestlé, "Nestlé to enter partnership with Chinese confectionery company Hsu Fu Chi", Nestlé, July 18, 2011, © Nestlé
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Whole Foods Expands UK Operations, Opens First Store In Glasgow

July 18, 2011: 09:55 PM EST
Whole Foods Market has opened its first outlet in Glasgow, Scotland, which has a reputation for deep-fried foods. The US-based natural foods retailer plans to keep expanding its operations in the UK despite the expansion costs and operating loss. Whole Foods' promotions have helped the company reduce its losses, although overall, the UK market has proved to be more challenging than the company anticipated. Also, analysts were surprised by the company's choice of Scotland as the site for its first store outside London.
Sarah Butler, "Whole Foods takes on home of fried Mars bar", Telegraph, July 18, 2011, © Telegraph Media Group Limited
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Study Analyzes Key Trends Driving Growth In Natural Foods Industry

July 14, 2011: 11:17 AM EST
A study by Food Technology magazine has found that several key factors are driving growth in the natural foods and beverages sector. Hot buttons include terms like organic, “naturally nutritious,” clean, “less-processed,” “preservative-free,” sustainable, ethical and humane. In 2010, for example, nearly one-third of the top-selling new foods/beverages launched in the U.S. carried a natural or organic claim. Other interesting data: “natural” topped the list of descriptors consumers looked for when purchasing foods/drinks at retail stores in 2010; twenty percent of shoppers buy natural and/or organic meat/poultry when it is on sale; seventy percent of shoppers believe that describing food as fresh means it is healthier; and nearly 75 percent of adults say humanely treated animals/cruelty free is important to them when shopping for food.
A. Elizabeth Sloan, "Navigating the Natural Marketplace", Institute of Food Technologists, July 14, 2011, © Institute of Food Technologists
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Vermont Governor Says U.S. Department Of Agriculture Should Let States Buy Local Produce For Nutrition Programs

July 14, 2011: 09:47 AM EST
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has called for revisions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food commodity programs to allow states to purchase local agricultural produce for local school feeding programs and other nutrition programs. Shumlin proposed a voucher system that would allow states to use federal funds on food produced by local farmers. In 2010, U.S. Representative Peter Welch proposed legislation with similar objectives, but it failed to get traction in Congress. However, Shumlin believes states can bypass Congress and deal directly with the Agriculture Department.
"Vermont gov: Let states buy local food for schools", New England Cable, July 14, 2011, via Associated Press, © England Cable /AP
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Nestlé Invests In New Zealand Maker Of Kiwi-Based Functional Foods, Drinks

July 14, 2011: 10:21 AM EST
In a move that further entrenches it in the burgeoning medical nutrition market, Nestlé SA announced it will acquire an 18 percent stake in Auckland, New Zealand-based Vital Foods, a producer of kiwi-based functional drinks and dietary supplements used to treat intestinal disorders. Vital Foods, founded in 1991 and financed in recent years by the Nestlé Health Science venture capital fund, said the new funding would allow it to pursue clinical trials (in irritable bowel syndrome) and enter new markets. According to this Reuters report, Nestlé Health Science has targeted three main areas for product and market development: gastrointestinal health, metabolic and brain health.
Silke Koltrowitz, "Nestle invests in kiwi cure for constipation", Reuters, July 14, 2011, © Thomson Reuters
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Campbell Soup Seeks End To Declining Sales, Brings Salt Back

July 13, 2011: 09:36 AM EST
Campbell Soup Co. plans to increase the salt content of its Select Harvest soups, a reversal of the company's move to lower sodium content a few years ago. Declines in sales prompted Campbell Soup to increase salt content from 480mg to 650mg per serving, a decision that dismayed health proponents. Too much salt in diet has been linked to negative health effects, such as high blood pressure and heart attacks.
Eryn Brown, "Campbell's to add salt back into Select Harvest soups: Good health doesn't sell", Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog, July 13, 2011, © Tribune Newspapers
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Campbell Soup Plans R&D Center At Its Pepperidge Farm Facilities In Connecticut

July 12, 2011: 06:46 AM EST
Campbell Soup Company plans to invest more than $30 million to build a research and development center at the company's Pepperidge Farm bakery facilities in Norwalk, Connecticut. The planned innovation center will include product development and testing lines, culinary kitchens, laboratories, and conference rooms. Campbell Soup's project also includes plans to upgrade Pepperidge Farm's headquarters, while building an environment-friendly and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified structure.
Campbell Soup Company, "Campbell Soup Company Invests in Pepperidge Farm Innovation Center to Drive Further Growth in Baking and Snacking Businesses", Campbell Soup Company press release, July 12, 2011, © Campbell Soup Company
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PepsiCo Creates International Beverage Unit, Aims To Become A Unified Global Company

July 11, 2011: 11:02 AM EST
PepsiCo Beverages Americas CEO Massimo d'Amore said that his company's establishment of its Global Beverage Group signifies a transformation from a multi-regional company into a global beverage corporation. D'Amore described as a "strategic shift" and a "rite of passage" PepsiCo's creation of the group, through which the company aims to create innovations and marketing programs that will link the company's global brands with "global generation" consumers. PepsiCo uses technology, especially social networks, to develop, implement, and adjust marketing strategies.
Natalie Zmuda, "Pepsi Beverage Guru Unveils His Plan to Win the World Over", Advertising Age, July 11, 2011, © Crain Communications
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Nestlé To Acquire Majority Stake In Chinese Confectionery Company

July 11, 2011: 10:27 AM EST
Nestlé announced it is acquiring a 60 percent stake in Chinese candy and snack maker Hsu Fu Chi. Under the agreement, the founding family of Hsu Fu Chi will retain a 40 percent interest in the company and Hsu Chen will remain CEO. Nestlé said it is paying approximately CHF 1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) to acquire the stake in Hsu Fu Chi. Hsu Fu Chi’s product lines include sugar confectionery, cereal-based snacks, packaged cakes and the traditional Chinese snack sachima. In 2010, Hsu Fu Chi reported sales of CHF 669 million and an EBIT margin of 17.3percent. The completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval in China.
"Nestlé to enter partnership with Chinese confectionery company Hsu Fu Chi", Press release, Nestlé, July 11, 2011, © Nestlé
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Heinz Introduces Soups That Come In Plastic Tubes

July 9, 2011: 07:48 PM EST
Heinz has launched a line of soup products that come in plastic sachets resembling a tube of toothpaste. The portable soups are available in four flavors and come in puree form, which consumers need to dilute with hot water. Heinz emphasizes that the new soups contain natural products, have no artificial colors and flavors, and are low in fat, promoting them as healthier than soups that come in cans or in powder form. Heinz expects the soups in tube to replace soup products that come in tin cans, which have a long history that began with French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's search for a reliable method to preserve food for his armies.
Sean Poulter, "Soup in a tube: Heinz launches green alternative as tin can feels the squeeze", Daily Mail, July 09, 2011, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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Heinz Unveils Dilutable Soups In Plastic Tubes In U.K.

July 9, 2011: 05:13 AM EST
Heinz has launched an alternative to the familiar “tin can” of soup in the U.K.: “squeeze and stir” all-natural, low-fat  soups in plastic tubes that resemble toothpaste tubes. As the price of metal to make soup cans rises, the plastic tubes offer a cheaper production option for Heinz. However, consumers are likely to notice an apparent price hike: the 70g soup tube costs 59p ($0.95), or about 0.84p ($0.01) a gram. A 400g can of soup, however, costs 85p ($1.37), or 0.21p ($0.003) per gram. The benefits for Heinz are two-fold: higher unit prices at much lower production costs. “Even taking account of the fact the puree has to be diluted, it would seem the new product is a more expensive option,” the Daily Mail reports.
Sean Poulter, "Soup in a tube: Heinz launches green alternative as tin can feels the squeeze", Daily Mail, July 09, 2011, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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European Companies Unveil Products Based On Chr. Hansen’s Probiotics+Fiber Formulation

July 7, 2011: 06:43 PM EST
European dietary supplement companies have begun to launch retail products based on Chr. Hansen’s probiotic-plus-fiber formulation designed to fight constipation. The Chr. Hansen product is a stick with a powder blend of the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium BB-12 and fiber. It is sifted over breakfast cereals or poured into a glass of water once or twice a day. In February, the product Yovis Regola was unveiled in Italy; British firm Wren Laboratories Ltd. has just introduced a consumer version of the product in the UK under the brand OptiBac Probiotics. Chr. Hansen said it is working with other companies in other countries on probiotics-plus-fiber products to “help people tackle constipation.”
"Shortly after the launch of Chr. Hansen’s powerful probiotics + fiber supplements concept, consumer products are available in European markets", Press release, Chr. Hansen, July 07, 2011, © Chr. Hansen
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Danisco Claims Its OsmoAid Works Better, Gentler Than Other Laxatives

July 7, 2011: 06:59 PM EST
Danisco launched its OsmoAid brand of Lactitol, a disaccharide sugar alcohol that has been used as a laxative for more than 20 years. The company claims OsmoAid works gently and causes no harsh effects usually associated with traditional laxatives. OsmoAid lowers colonic pH and stimulates peristalsis, and increases the osmotic pressure in the intestinal lumen, Danisco says. Danisco also quotes studies showing OsmoAid works better than other laxatives.
Press Release, Danisco, "Danisco launches effective osmotic laxative with better tolerability", Danisco, July 07, 2011, © Danisco
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CPG Companies Withdrawing Their Advertising Money From News of the World Following Phone-Hacking Revelations

July 6, 2011: 11:27 PM EST
UK consumer packaged goods companies including Procter & Gamble, Tesco, Asda, and Coca-Cola GB, as well as telecom companies Orange and Vodafone plan to withdraw their advertising from the News of the World following revelations of phone hacking by the tabloid. Other companies, such as mobile service providers 3, T-Mobile, and O2, are reviewing their advertising deals with the tabloid as public outcry grows over the phone-hacking revelations. Advertisers' withdrawals are having a negative impact on News of the World's annual advertising revenue, estimated at £38 million.
Mark Sweney, "Procter & Gamble, Asda and Tesco consider pulling News of the World ads", Guardian, July 06, 2011, © Guardian News and Media Limited
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Customer Demographics Keep C-Stores On The Sidelines Of the Natural/Organic Foods Trend

July 5, 2011: 07:12 PM EST
Natural and organic foods are growing in popularity among mainstream consumers, and supermarkets and mass-market retailers are hustling to meet the demand, but convenience stores have been reluctant to jump on the bandwagon. True, C-stores have been offering more fresh and local foods and snacks. But does the average gas station customer really care whether there’s a wide choice of natural and organic foods available in the quicky mart? Not yet, according to Timothy Powell, research director at Technomic Inc. C-stores, he says, are probably the last place customers expect to see natural and organic, and are less likely to trust the quality of the products anyway. Natural and organic food buyers tend to be high-end, affluent and mostly female customers – not your typical C-store food patrons.
Erin Rigik, "All Aboard the Organic Bandwagon", Convenience Store Decisions, July 05, 2011, © Harbor Communications
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Kraft Launches Cauliflower-Based Pasta Product In The US Market

July 6, 2011: 04:30 AM EST
Kraft Foods Inc. launched Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Veggie Pasta, a brand of pasta that includes cauliflower as ingredient. Kraft's move highlights a trend in the food industry wherein companies develop and launch products that include organic and natural ingredients without emphasizing it, claiming the practice helps encourage children to consume more vegetables and healthy foods. Kraft's healthy pasta product includes cauliflower that is freeze-dried and ground before being added as ingredient. Skeptics, such as New York University professor Marion Nestle, however, assert that nutrients are lost when vegetables undergo such a process.
JESSICA MINTZ, "Food companies take veggie cue from sneaky trend", Associated Press , July 06, 2011, © Associated Press
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SunOpta Sells Its Mexican Frozen Fruit Production Assets To Fruvemex

July 5, 2011: 06:56 PM EST
Canadian organic specialty foods company SunOpta Inc. announced it has completed the divestiture of its Mexican frozen fruit assets with the sale of land and buildings in Irapuato, Mexico, to parties related to privately-owned Fruvemex Mexicali. The sale price was $2.5 million. According to SunOpta, the assets had been leased to Fruvemex when that company purchased other frozen fruit operations and processing assets. Fruvemex sells frozen, refrigerated and dehydrated fruit and vegetable products, including strawberries, mango, melons, hot peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and salsas. The company has been a supplier to SunOpta for several years.
"SunOpta Completes Divestiture of Mexican Frozen Fruit Assets With Sale of Irapuato Land and Buildings", Press release, SunOpta, July 05, 2011, © SunOpta
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Yogurt Company Partners With Breastcancer.org To Promote Organic Lifestyle

July 5, 2011: 04:20 AM EST
Organic yogurt company Stonyfield Farm has teamed with Breastcancer.org, an online resource for breast cancer information, to launch “Organic Living” as part of the Think Pink, Live Green breast cancer prevention initiative. Think Pink, Live Green was created to educate women about the impact of the environment on the risk of developing breast cancer. Using articles, recipes, videos, and lifestyle tips, Organic Living explains the meaning and importance of organic choices in everyday life, especially in regard to chemicals in food, beverages, personal care products, and the environment.
"Breastcancer.org and Stonyfield Farm Announce New Organic Living Partnership", Press release, Stoneyfield Farm, July 05, 2011, © PRNewswire
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Nestlé To Spend $1.4 Billion On Production Expansion in Africa

July 5, 2011: 09:07 AM EST
Though income levels are low in Africa, they are on the rise, and Nestlé SA has decided to take advantage of that by investing 1.2 billion Swiss francs ($1.4 billion) over the next four years to expand production capacity on the continent, where sales soared to $3.5 billion in 2010. The company also plans to fortify products made there with more micronutrients. Sales growth in Africa and other emerging nations is at double-digit levels, much stronger than in Europe and North America, where growth is two percent of less, according to the company. Nestlé expects to spend 150 million Swiss francs to refurbish factories in Kenya and Zimbabwe. The company opened a second factory in Nigeria this year, and new plants are planned in Mozambique and Angola.
Sarah McGregor , "Nestle Plans to Invest $1.4 Billion in Africa, Buy Local", Bloomberg news, July 05, 2011, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Consumption Maintains Growth Mode In India As Multinationals Shift Focus To Emerging Markets

July 5, 2011: 02:58 AM EST
Consumption will grow 14% in India over the next three years, according to Ambit Capital Research's "Indian Consumer: a robust operator in an uncertain world" report. Multinational companies recognize India's growth potential, as they shift their business focus from mature markets in Europe and the United States to Asia-Pacific and Latin America. For example, McDonald's India is expected to increase its contribution to McDonald's Corp.'s global business from 0.37% to 0.5%, while Unilever expects emerging markets to account for 70%-75% of its global revenue by 2020, up from the current 56%. India is playing an increasing role in multinationals' manufacturing operations, as well as in innovation.
Ratna Bhushan, "Indian consumption to grow 14% in 3 years: Study", Economic Times, July 05, 2011, © Times Internet Limited
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Biomass Organic Products Opens Lebanon's First Organic Dairy Factory

July 5, 2011: 04:41 AM EST
Biomass Organic Products has opened the first organic dairy factory in Lebanon that will manufacture various organic dairy products for local consumers. The factory will be the first in the Middle East to manufacture a range of EU-certified organic dairy products, such as yoghurt and cheeses. Biomass' organic products have been certified by the Italian Certification Body and comply with the European Regulation for Organic Farming.
PRESS RELEASE, Biomass Organic Products, "Biomass launches first organic dairy products factory in Lebanon", Web-Release info.com, July 05, 2011, © Web-Release info.com
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Strong Demand For Anti-Aging Skin Care Products Bolsters Beauty And Personal Care Industry

July 4, 2011: 12:44 AM EST
Premium beauty product sales rebounded strongly in 2010, driving the recovery of the global beauty and personal care industry. Also fueling the recovery was “dynamic innovation activity” in skin care, the largest market category, Natural Products Insider reports. The category is expected to grow three percent a year to $100 billion in sales by 2015, one fourth of which will come from sales of anti-aging products. Thanks to the focus on innovation, technically advanced skin care formulations based on stem cell technology and aesthetic medicine are showing up in new cosmeceutical products. A major disappointment, however, has been the slow start of nutricosmetics products, which have not yet surmounted the skepticism of consumers.
Irina Barbalova and Ewa Hudson, "Opportunities for Cosmeceuticals", Natural Products Insider, July 04, 2011, © Virgo Publishing, LLC
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Bayer Settles US Farmers' GM Rice Contamination Lawsuits For $750 Million

July 2, 2011: 06:41 PM EST
Bayer AG's unit Bayer CropScience agreed to pay $750 million to settle lawsuits filed by thousands of U.S. farmers who claimed that a line of the company's genetically modified (GM) rice contaminated crops and damaged their export value. Farmers suffered financial losses after rice futures declined around 14% days after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in August 2006 the discovery of the contamination of non-GM crops from nearby farms. Exports also slowed down as the European Union, Japan, Russia, and other anti-GM markets stopped buying or demanded testing of U.S. rice for GM contamination. Bayer has denied allegations of negligence during the GM rice test planting.
Andrew Harris and David Beasley, "Bayer Agrees to Pay $750 Million to End Lawsuits Over Gene-Modified Rice", Bloomberg, July 02, 2011, © Bloomberg LP
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General Mills Acquires Controlling Interest In Yoplait

July 1, 2011: 06:28 AM EST
General Mills paid US$1.2 billion to PAI Partners and Sodiaal for a 51 percent interest in Yoplait S.A.S., and a 50 percent interest in a company that owns the worldwide rights to Yoplait brands. Yoplait currently holds the second biggest share in the global yogurt market, while General Mills has been a Yoplait licensee since 1977, and owns the Yoplait business in the United States, where it is the leading yogurt brand. General Mills plans to expand the Yoplait brand in new markets, as consumer demand for yogurt continues to grow due to rising interest in healthy and convenient food products.
General Mills, "General Mills completes Yoplait acquisition", General Mills press release, July 01, 2011, © General Mills
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Nutritionists Doubt Antula Healthcare's Health Claims For Its Chewing Gum

June 30, 2011: 06:38 PM EST
Some nutritionists and consumers are debating Antula Healthcare's claim that its Vigo Beauty chewing gum, recently launched in Sweden, can make consumers more beautiful. Antula Healthcare has used the European Food Safety Authority's approval of the vitamin-reinforced chewing gum's beautifying benefit claims, such as strengthening hair and nails and making the skin more elastic, in marketing the product. Although nutritionists acknowledge that the vitamins and nutrients in the chewing gum can contribute to healthier nails, hair and skin, other nutrients – such as iron and zinc - are also needed, and can come from a healthy and balanced diet.
Sadie Whitelocks, "Chew yourself beautiful: The wonder gum that claims to make you more beautiful", Daily Mail, UK, June 30, 2011, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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Facebook Campaign Lets Brazilian Consumers See Unilever's Caring Side

June 30, 2011: 12:46 AM EST
Unilever's "Cada gesto conta" Facebook campaign has succeeded in promoting a socially responsible image for the company and its products in Brazil, according to social media monitoring company WaveMetrix. Brazilian consumers have come to see the company as ethical and caring, thanks to Facebook discussions about health and nutrition topics. WaveMetrix's analysis reveals that 79% of online discussion refers to Unilever as an ethical brand; 13% portrays Unilever as caring; and 8% sees the company as relevant.
Leonie Bulman , "Unilever’s ethical campaign engages Brasilians with health and nutrition", WaveMetrix, June 30, 2011, © WaveMetrix Limited
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“General Wellbeing” Foods/Beverages Are Booming In U.S.

June 29, 2011: 10:32 PM EST
Retail sales of  health and wellness foods and beverages in the U.S. totaled $153 billion in 2010, accounting for one fourth of global sales in the category, according to Euromonitor International. “General wellbeing” comprises the largest subcategory, accounting for 40 percent of U.S. health and wellness sales. Euromonitor says general wellbeing is popular because “it does not make any overt allusions to ‘disease’.” In fact, marketers of health and wellness products are advised to avoid mentioning disease because that “needlessly narrows down a potential mainstream audience to a select target group.” Weight management products remain the second largest sales category, but growth is stagnant; energy boosting products and products to improve digestion are being well received; but beauty-from-within foods and beverages have not yet caught on in the U.S.
"Health and Wellness by Prime Positioning: The US", News release, Euromonitor International, June 29, 2011, © Euromonitor International
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McCormick Expands European Presence With Acquisition Of Polish Seasonings Maker

June 28, 2011: 09:28 PM EST
Spice and seasonings manufacturer McCormick & Company said it will acquire all of the shares of Kamis S.A., a privately held Polish flavorings company whose market comprises Poland, Russia and other parts of Central and Eastern Europe. According to McCormick, Kamis is a brand leader in spices, seasonings, mustards and other flavor products in Poland with annual sales of zł 300 million (zloty, or $105 million). The purchase price is about zł 830 million (zloty, or  $291 million). McCormick said the acquisition, which will close in September, extends its presence in Western Europe into Poland and other markets in Central and Eastern Europe. The company also recently announced a joint venture in Turkey.
"McCormick Enters Agreement to Acquire Kamis, a Brand Leader of Spices, Seasonings and Mustards in Poland", Press release, McCormick, June 28, 2011, © McCormick
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General Mills Follows Food-Inside-Food Trend, Launches New Products

June 29, 2011: 05:06 AM EST
General Mills has launched new food products that come stuffed with other foods inside, a trend that both consumers and manufacturers have found to their liking. Recent food-in-food launches include Betty Crocker and its Fun da-middles baking mix, Totino's Pizza Stuffers, and Pillsbury Grands' Biscuit Sandwiches that comes with eggs and sausage stuffed inside a biscuit. General Mills plans to launch similar products that belong to other product categories, such as yogurt, cereal, and snack bars. Most new products fail, underscoring General Mills' ambition to create new ‘platforms’.
Tom Webb, "General Mills new food lineup focuses on foods stuffed inside other foods", Twin-Cities, June 29, 2011, © Twin-Cities.com
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Mars Chocolate Plans To Open New Factory In Kansas

June 29, 2011: 05:00 AM EST
Mars Chocolate North America has announced plans to construct a new manufacturing plant in Topeka, Kansas, its first to be built in the United States in 35 years. The move highlights the company's policy of building factories in markets where it sells its confectionery products. Mars Chocolate plans to invest more than $250 million in the first phase of the project, scheduled for completion in 2013, and which include hiring about 200 workers to manufacture M&M and SNICKERS brands of candies. It will be built to meet achieve LEED Gold Certified standard. 
Press Release, Mars, "Mars Announces Plans to Build State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility in Topeka, KS North America", Mars, June 29, 2011, © Mars
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60/40+ Program Enhances Health And Nutrition Benefits Of Nestlé Products

June 28, 2011: 11:22 AM EST
Nestlé has sold CHF 36.4 billion worth of products covered by its 60/40+ product development and marketing program over the past three years. 60/40+ products are defined as those preferred by 60% or more over its main competing products, using a large sample of consumers, and which also offer additional nutrition benefits. The program underpins Nestlé’s innovation approach and has helped the company reduce harmful or unhealthy ingredients, such as trans fats and saturated fats, sodium and sugar, in its products worldwide, either through launching new products or by renovating existing ones.
Nestle, "Nestlé assesses products worth CHF 36.4 billion to enhance taste and nutritional value", Nestle press release, June 28, 2011, © Nestle
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Israeli Company Introduces Calcium-Enriched Milk For Children

June 28, 2011: 06:50 PM EST
Dairy company Tnuva has introduced a children’s milk product in Israel that contains increased levels of vitamin D and twice the calcium of conventional milk. Both vitamin D and calcium are essential nutrients for growth and bone health in children. A glass of Tnuva’s Milk V contains 400 mg calcium. Milk V is made with LycoRed’s CapsuDar vitamin D solution, which is structured for pasteurizing and performs well under a wide range of pH. A proprietary beadlet technology cross-links the vitamin D inside a gelatin-based matrix, protecting it from oxidation. Tnuva says it led the milk market in Israel in 2010 with 72.4 percent market share.
"Tnuva Creates High Calcium Milk for Children", Food Ingredients First, June 28, 2011, © CNS Media BV
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Indian FMCG Companies' Margins Benefit From Lower Palm Oil Prices

June 28, 2011: 12:25 AM EST
Lower prices of palm oil offer India's fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies Hindustan Unilever and Godrej Consumer Products some relief from dropping margins. Profit margins of FMCG companies suffered from soaring prices of palm oil, a key ingredient in soap manufacturing, and other raw materials in 2010, with palm oil prices reaching record levels in February. However, prices have dropped about 18% to a seven-month low in June because of increasing inventories, expanding supplies, and falling crude oil prices. Palm oil makes up 16%-17% of HUL's total raw material costs, and 25%-28% for Godrej Consumer.
Nachiket Kelkar, "Palm oil price fall to ease HUL, Godrej's margin pressures", Moneycontrol.com, June 28, 2011, © e-Eighteen.com Ltd
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Kellogg’s Targets Indian Women With All Bran TV Campaign

June 23, 2011: 09:51 PM EST
Kellogg India has launched a TV advertising campaign for 100 percent whole wheat All Bran. The campaign for the high-fiber cereal, Kellogg’s second-best selling brand globally, is targeted at women and features actress Tisca Chopra, who has appeared in movies, theatre and television serials. The basis for the campaign is research that finds fiber intake among women in India is between 25-30 grams a day on average, with only one to two grams at breakfast. Indian dietary guidelines recommend 40 grams of fiber a day for women, of which 10 grams should be consumed at breakfast.
Neha Saraiya, Delhi, "Kellogg’s launches new campaign for All Bran", Best Media, June 23, 2011, © BestMediaInfo.com
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Survey Shows Busy Mornings Keep Most Americans From Eating Breakfast Daily

June 22, 2011: 09:51 PM EST
Most Americans believe that breakfast is important but are sometimes too busy to have one, according to results of Kellogg's survey of more than 14,000 Americans. Survey's findings show that only 34% of respondents actually eat breakfast every day and that 40% of mothers said their child does not eat breakfast daily. As they get older, the number of children who regularly eat their breakfast declines — while almost all toddlers and preschoolers do, only 77% of young children eat breakfast every day. The numbers decline further to 50% for middle-school children and to 36% for high school students. Kellogg has assembled the Kellogg Breakfast Council to encourage children to eat their breakfast, making the claim that cereal and milk combined can help provide consumers with a nutrient-filled breakfast.
Press Release, Kellogg, "Kellogg Reveals Results of Monumental Breakfast Survey", Kellogg, June 22, 2011, © Kellogg
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Study Finds One In Three Nestlé Employees In Sydney Lacks Vitamin D

June 22, 2011: 09:33 PM EST
One in three Australian office workers is lacking in vitamin D during the summer, according to a joint study by Nestlé and the University of Sydney. Results showed that 42% of the 104 male and female employees at the company's Australian headquarters had record low levels of the essential micronutrient by the end of winter. The findings alarmed the researchers, because vitamin D deficiency makes people more likely to suffer from reproductive health problems, muscle function disorders, and osteoporosis.  Nestle used the results to showcase its vitamin D fortified Sustagen and Nestlé Malted Milk Powder. 
Press Release, Nestle, "Nestlé leads new research on vitamin D deficiency in office workers", Nestle, June 22, 2011, © Nestle
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Safeway Bats For Stringent "Natural" Criteria In Marketing Of Natural Products

June 21, 2011: 10:00 PM EST
Safeway aims to promote transparency in the use of the term "natural" in the consumer packaged goods industry as it seeks to promote its Open Nature store brand of natural products. Lack of clear-cut definition of what a natural product is has confused some consumers, assigning nutrition and health benefits to products marketed as natural. Safeway's Open Nature products will come with packaging that includes lists of all ingredients, in clear language, on the front and back.
Dale Buss, "Safeway Seeks to Better Define “Natural” Foods", Brand Channel, June 21, 2011, © Brand Channel
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Sambazon, Whole Foods Market Launch Vacation In Brazil Contest

June 20, 2011: 07:17 PM EST
Sambazon has partnered with Whole Foods Market to launch a contest that offers a one-week vacation for two to Brazil to a winning organic food consumer.  Sambazon will donate $1 to the Whole Planet Foundation for each entry to the promotion which is live on Whole Foods’s Facebook page. The winner of the contest, which will run from June 20 to July 20, 2011, will visit Sambazon's manufacturing facilities in Brazil, as well as some of Rio de Janeiro's best beaches and the Amazon rainforest.
Press Release, Sambazon, "Sambazon and Whole Foods Market® Partner for Amazon Giveaway", PRNewswire, June 20, 2011, © PRNewswire
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Nestlé Expects To Meet 2011 Growth Objectives Despite Rising Input Costs

June 18, 2011: 06:24 PM EST
Nestlé anticipates prices of raw materials will remain high but still expects to achieve its 5%-6% sales increase target in 2011. CEO Paul Bulcke indicated he also expects the company will raise its margins despite the increase in raw material and packaging costs and the Swiss franc's higher value.  Nestlé chose to retain its guidance on input costs even with some softening in commodity prices worldwide; it has hedged its raw material requirements but does not intend to hedge the Swiss franc since  foreign units work in local currencies.
Nick Macfie, "Nestle says upward trend in raw materials to persist", Reuters , June 18, 2011, © Thomson Reuters
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Nestlé Acquires Serbian Seasonings, Food And Beverage Company

June 17, 2011: 08:31 PM EST
Nestlé announced it will purchase the business of a leading Serbian food and beverage producer whose products include dry spices and seasonings, soups and dressings, chocolate drinks and tea, and candies. The deal includes the acquisition of Centroproizvod A.d.’s iconic C brand, as well as a factory in Surčin in the Serbian capital Belgrade. Centroproizvod A.d. is expected to have sales of CHF 30 million (RSD 2.5 billion) in 2011. The acquisition will boost Nestlé’s presence in the Adriatic region, company officials said. Centroproizvod’s leading product, Začin C seasoning mix, a blend of spices and dry vegetables that is added to cooked meals, is a household name across Serbia.
"Nestlé to acquire the business of Serbian food and beverage company", Press release, Nestlé, June 17, 2011, © Nestle
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PepsiCo Enlists Help Of Prominent Spanish Chef In Developing Healthier Snacks

June 16, 2011: 08:18 PM EST
PepsiCo has announced a partnership with renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adria to create healthier snack foods, breakfast options and convenience foods. According to the company, Adria, whose restaurant in Spain has won numerous awards, will “help develop new methods and concepts for creative food innovation” by sharing “creative principles, methods, procedures and techniques.” PepsiCo’s goal is to create snacks and other foods that will broaden the company’s line of healthy food choices using less fat and oil. The company hopes to develop “taste enhancement ingredients and natural preserving techniques” that will achieve that goal.
"PepsiCo and 'World's Greatest Chef' Announce New Innovation Partnership", Press release, Pepsico, June 16, 2011, © Pepsico
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Chr. Hansen Re-Opens Modernized Food Color R&D Center In France

June 15, 2011: 06:55 PM EST
Danish food ingredients supplier Chr. Hansen announced the re-opening of its refurbished food color expertise center in Montpellier, France. According to the company, the facilities will serve as a center of innovation focusing on “new, natural appearances” for food products. The re-opened Montpellier plant underwent a makeover that included an expansion and renewal of the laboratories and a beefed up R&D and application staff. The center will focus on application work within beverages, dairy, fruit preparations and phytonutrients, four key Chr. Hansen color business industries. In April, the company opened two extended color production plants in Peru and Denmark.
"Chr. Hansen inaugurates upgraded color innovation center", Press release, Chr. Hansen, June 15, 2011, © Chr. Hansen
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ConAgra Foods Buys Marie Callender's Brand To Free Hand For Expansion

June 14, 2011: 11:19 AM EST
ConAgra Foods, Inc. has acquired the Marie Callender's brand from Marie Callender Pie Shops, Inc., operator of the Marie Callender's Restaurant and Bakery chain of restaurants in California and the Southwest.  ConAgra has been a long-time licensee of the brand; Marie Callender's retail sales have risen three-fold in the last decade and the brand is now ConAgra’s #2 retail brand (after Banquet), selling 284 million frozen meals and desserts a year. The company says the $57.5 million deal will give it greater freedom to expand the brand.
Press Release, ConAgra, "ConAgra Foods Acquires Brand Trademarks for Marie Callender's", ConAgra, June 14, 2011, © ConAgra
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As Multinationals Expand Into Africa, Agencies Follow To Help Grow Consumer Markets

June 13, 2011: 08:09 PM EST
Multinationals continue to expand into Africa - Walmart's is acquiring Massmart, South Africa's largest retailer; Nestlé's plan to invest $1 billion in the continent in the next two years and KFC's plan to increase its present 655 outlets to 2,100 stores across the continent by 2020 – and as they do, advertising and marketing companies are following.  Agencies are acquiring controlling stakes in local marketing companies and also recruiting local marketers. Agencies face challenges locating experienced professionals and also daunting tasks in establishing and growing markets. Unilever, for example, is working to persuade consumers to brush their teeth twice daily to grow the toothpaste market.
Emma Hall, "Marketers, Agencies Eye Booming Africa for Expansion", Advertising Age, June 13, 2011, © Crain Communications
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P&G Leads In Ad Spending Again

June 13, 2011: 02:10 AM EST
With total advertising spending up 4.4 percent in the first quarter of 2011, according to industry analyst Kantar Media Intelligence, Procter & Gamble held onto its top rank with spending of $720 million, down 5.9 percent. P&G cut spending for its portfolios of OTC remedies and household cleaning products and redirected the money towards personal hygiene and hair care brand lines, Kantar said. Packaged goods marketers -- affected by the ongoing trend of budget-conscious consumers turning to lower priced brands -- boosted ad spending. Expenditures for food and candy rose 4.7 percent to $1.7 billion and personal care products increased 10.5 percent to $1.4 billion. Restaurants, also sensitive to changes in discretionary consumer spending, spent $1.5 billion, an increase of 6.2 percent.
"Kantar Media Reports US Advertising Expenditures Increased 4.4% In The First Quarter Of 2011", Press release, Kantar Media, June 13, 2011, © www.KantarMediaNA.com
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PepsiCo Tests Reduced-Sugar Cola

June 13, 2011: 10:23 AM EST
PepsiCo announced that it will begin market testing a new reduced-sugar, yet “full-flavor” cola in July in Iowa and Wisconsin. According to the company, Pepsi NEXT is targeted at consumers who “seek the rich taste of full-calorie cola but have decreased their consumption” to reduce  sugar intake. Pepsi NEXT will provide “real cola flavor and 60 percent less sugar,” the company said. Consumer testing found that the new product resonated well among cola drinkers looking for a less sugary cola product.
"PepsiCo Announces Test of Reduced-Sugar Cola Innovation, Pepsi NEXT", Press release, PepsiCo, June 13, 2011, © PepsiCo
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Worried About The Economy, Food Shoppers Continue To Turn To Private Label Brands

June 13, 2011: 01:06 PM EST
About 45 percent of U.S. grocery shoppers are worried enough about the unstable economy – including a four percent food inflation rate – that they continue to purchase cheaper private label food items, according to a survey by business advisory firm Alixpartners LLP. The attraction of private label food items applies across all major food product categories: dairy, frozen foods, fresh produce, flour- and produce-based shelf stables, and refrigerated meat. The survey also found that “price” and “quality” are the two most important criteria when selecting private label items: more than 60 percent indicated that price is the most important factor.
"Private Label Purchasing Is Here to Stay, According to AlixPartners Survey", Press release, Alix Partners, June 13, 2011, © Alix Partners LLP
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Natural/Organic Food Sales Spike As Consumer Interest Grows

June 13, 2011: 12:32 PM EST
Retail sales of organic and natural foods in 2010 in the U.S. rose nine percent from 2009, reaching $39 billion, according to market researcher Packaged Facts. That trend is likely to continue: the company sees a big increase – 45 percent – in sales in 2011 and a 103 percent increase through 2015. Companies like PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay are taking advantage of the natural/organic buying trend among shoppers by revamping product lines toward natural-ingredient offerings. Three of its biggest brands – Lay’s potato chips, Tostitos tortilla chips, and SunChips multigrain snacks – will all be made with natural ingredient by the end of 2011. And, since the Frito-Lay announcement of product changes, “Kraft Foods and Coca-Cola have made strategic moves to better position themselves in the market," Packaged Facts noted.
"Natural and Organic Food and Beverage Market to Double by 2015", Press release, Packaged Facts, June 13, 2011, © Marketwire
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