There’s a new watch(er) in town

Many consumers are confused about the ingredients contained in the packaged foods they purchase, but they can now go to LABELWATCH.COM with its growing database of over 25,000 brand-name products, and compare the additives, ingredients, and nutritional content contained in their favorite brands.

Win-win for ConAgra

Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra Foods becomes the first company in North America to incorporate post-consumer recycled plastic in its frozen meal trays. ConAgra began using between 30 percent and 40 percent post-consumer recycled plastic in nearly all of its frozen meal trays for Healthy Choice, Banquet, Kid Cuisine and Marie Callender's...

DNC tackles childhood obesity

Melody Barnes, the Obama campaign's senior director of domestic policy, who spoke at a forum of The Obesity Society at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), has plans for attacking childhood obesity, but no mentions were made of advertising or marketing restrictions on "junk food," reports

Some tie-ins are a natural

Canada-based McCain Foods has decided it's time for a change -- at least in frozen potatoes, reports McCain will spend its annual online budget between now and early November to capitalize on name recognition with the John McCain, the Republican candidate for president.

Game’s afoot at Coca-Cola in Beijing

Although the summer Olympic games in Beijing have come to a close, another game’s afoot at Coca-Cola’s lab there. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co., first famous for mixing South American coca leaves with African kola nuts, is trying to repeat history, reports

Back in the high life again

You make an expensive airline reservation, get to the airport early and wait … and wait … because your flight is late. An hour later, you still aren’t told why the plane hasn’t arrived, so you cross your fingers hoping the flight isn’t cancelled.

Olympic challenge for Aramark

In order to satisfy a diverse and demanding set of palates for the 28,000 athletes, coaches and staff at the Olympic Village in Beijing, chefs at Philadelphia-based Aramark designed a menu featuring 800 recipes from all around the world that accommodate all sorts of dietary needs – vegetarian, Halal, kosher...

Nestle skingestible debuts

Next month Nestle will be going upscale with the launch of Glowelle, a new skingestible that will be sold at high-end department stores Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, according to New York City-based The Intelligence Group.

Cooking up some secrets

Before she turned to the kitchen, Julia Child whipped up a little intrigue as a spy for the U.S. during World War II. Hired in the summer of 1942 for clerical work at the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a World War II-era spy agency, created by President Franklin D.

Sales soar for wellness products

Retail sales within the U.S. consumer packaged goods health and wellness industry reached $102.75 billion in 2007, representing growth of 15 percent over 2006, according to Harleysville, Pa.-based Natural Marketing Institute (NMI). NMI predicts that double-digit growth of the health and wellness marketplace will continue with projected sales of $170...