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CSPI gets it wrong

No doubt Nestle thought that co-branding its Nestle Crunch candy bars with the Girl Scouts was a good way to burnish the company's image, reports AdWeek. But health activists fighting childhood obesity interpreted Nestlé's move as a slick way around the company's commitment not to market candy to children.

Millennials may be sexier, but Boomers spend more on groceries

By the year 2015, America’s 50+ population, or 76 million Boomers between 48 and 65 yars old, will drive 52 percent of the projected $706 billion spent on grocery, according to the McKinsey U.S. Aging Consumer Initiative.

It's all about dad

Gift givers are planning to spend more than ever this Father's Day, according to the latest Washington, D.C.-based National Retail Federation (NRF) survey of 8,789 consumers in May by BIGinsight. Total spending for Father's Day is expected to reach $12.7 billion.

News you can use

When Kraft Foods splits into Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez International, the company will divide its research and development team as well, reports Reuters. "We want to create two powerhouse companies," said Jean Spence, executive vice president of research, development and quality.

FDA improves Reportable Food Registry

FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition brings online a new Reportable Food Registry (RFR) Rational Questionnaire which incorporates additional data elements as part of an effort to improve the RFR's information gathering capability. The RFR is an electronic portal to which the food industry must, and public health...

Senate fight on food stamp provision in Farm Bill

Senators overwhelmingly supported the Agriculture, Reform and Jobs Act of 2012 Thursday in a preliminary floor vote even as one lawmaker decried as "unacceptable" a provision in the bill that would cut $4.5 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, over 10 years, reports U.S.

Disney joins the obesity fight with tough ad rules

Media and entertainment giant Walt Disney Co. has raised the stakes in the nation's fight against childhood obesity by limiting junk food advertising, but it is not clear how the warmly-received effort will impact children's waistlines, reports Reuters.

Dow plunges on negative news

U.S. stocks closed sharply on Friday, turning the Dow average negative for the year, after a disappointing U.S. jobs report (69,000 jobs or 8.2 percent unemployment) and downbeat data from China and Europe raised serious concerns about the health of the global economy, reports MarketWatch.

Private label vs. brand loyalty

The number of consumers using private label food and beverage products continues to rise, but U.S. consumers are losing their enthusiasm for these value-oriented options, according to a recently released report by The NPD Group.  NPD's food and beverage market research report finds that private label's share of household servings...

Still catching up

Seventeen companies, including Nestle, ASDA, Tesco, Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart Stores, pledged to cut calories in their products as part of a U.K. anti-obesity initiative, reports Bloomberg. "This pledge is just the start of what must be a bigger, broader commitment from the food industry," said Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.