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Jan/Feb. 2014 Issue: OUR NATURAL FOOD DISASTER

Jan/Feb. 2014 Issue: OUR NATURAL FOOD DISASTER

If $40 billion of our foods are ‘natural,’ are the rest of them ‘unnatural?’ ‘Supernatural?’ Here’s a handy guide to clear things up.   BY WARREN THAYER Since the graybeards at the Food and Drug Administration cannot decide upon a definition for the term “natural,” I have decided to take on the task myself as […]

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Jan/Feb. 2014 Issue: Can Brokers Reinvent Themselves Again?

Jan/Feb. 2014 Issue: Can Brokers Reinvent Themselves Again?

Consolidation, centralized buying and technology have forced brokers (or sales and marketing agencies if you prefer) to adapt repeatedly. New challenges include static sales, online ordering and pay-for-service restructuring. Here’s what industry experts have to say about the state of the brokerage industry today, and what it must do to stay relevant. ‘Unless brokers can […]

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Dec. 2013 Issue: LOGISTICS

Dec. 2013 Issue: LOGISTICS

The pallet pooler’s bankruptcy and sale underscore the need for better asset management. The pallet world was shaken up by this summer’s sale of Orlando, Fla.-based Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS) to iGPS Logistics LLC. (Photo: www.canstockphoto.com)   A Delaware bankruptcy judge approved the sale for $39 million in late July, overruling objections that iGPS […]

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Dec. 2013 Issue: NFRA SPARKS INTEREST IN DAIRY AISLE

Dec. 2013 Issue: NFRA SPARKS INTEREST IN DAIRY AISLE

Campaigns focus on changing consumer perceptions of the many diverse refrigerated items in the dairy aisle. (Photo: www.canstockphoto.com) According to the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association’s (NFRA’s) recent consumer survey, the attributes that matter most when preparing a meal are taste (71%), affordable options (68%) and wholesome ingredients that fit into a well-balanced lifestyle (65%). […]

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Dec. 2013 Issue: YOGURT AND YOU

Dec. 2013 Issue: YOGURT AND YOU

The category is still on fire, and you can max out your sales and profits by planning carefully now. (Photo: www.canstockphoto.com) Yogurt — already a star in the dairy case — is poised for another strong year in 2014. Greek varieties and multi-packs are key drivers.   Total category dollars across all outlets jumped 7.7% to […]

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Dec. 2013 Issue: New Products

Dec. 2013 Issue: New Products

Organic Gelato (Photo: www.canstockphoto.com) Boulder, Colo.-based Boulder Ice Cream (www.figogelato.com) introduces certified organic Italian-style gelato handcrafted in small batches.Offered under the figo! brand (“cool” in Italian), the low-fat, low-air frozen dessert comes in seven “rich, vibrant” flavors: Pure Pistachio, Cool Limone, Chocolate Duet, Salted Caramel Café, Coconut Almond Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Vanilla Trio. Made […]

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