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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. "Eating and drinking too many calories is at the heart of the nation's obesity problem." …

The USDA launched the Nutrition SuperTracker, a new online feature on its ChooseMyPlate.gov consumer health and wellness website. It is  “designed to assist individuals as they make changes in their life to reduce their risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight.”  Features include: Personalized recommendations for what and how much to eat and amount of physical activity; The ability to Track foods and physical activity from an expanded database of foods and physical activities; Customized features such as goal setting, virtual coaching, weight tracking and journaling; A progress tracker with comprehensive reports ranging from a simple meal summary to in-depth analysis of food groups and nutrient intake over time; and a social networking feature that allows users to support family and friends by adding their individual profile …

Inserting a colored potato chip that acts as a divider in the middle of a stack of regular chips reduces consumption by 50 percent, according to a study in the Journal of Health Psychology, reports ABC News. University of Pennsylvania professor Paul Rozin said the study showed that segmenting food can get people to eat less and that "if you put less in front of them and give them a signal, they will take it." …

Dieters need to eat at least 300 fewer calories daily to avoid regaining the weight they lost, according to a study presented at the European Congress on Obesity, reports Yahoo!/Asian News International. "The number of calories you are going to have to eat to maintain that weight loss falls by 22 percent,” says researcher Michael Rosenbaum of New York's Columbia University.  “That's 300 calories or more a day less than someone who looks exactly like they do." …

The iconic Slurpee gained a svelte sibling, as 7-Eleven began rolling out nationwide Slurpee Lite, a reduced calorie version of the FCB original, reports USA Today. While the convenience store chain has previously launched low-cal, saccharin-based Slurpees regionally, this is the first national, low-calorie Slurpee for 7-Eleven (and this one is made with Splenda) ...

Mars will be honored as Advertiser of the Year during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France, reports Adweek. The honor is “a testament to a company which truly embraces creativity and demands outstanding work from its agencies," says Philip Thomas, CEO of Cannes Lions ...

Power Packaging, an Exel company, has received the Copacker Above and Beyond Award for Innovation and Productivity from PepsiCo. The award singles out Power Packaging, one of 64 PepsiCo copackers, for consistently providing significant value through the most innovative product and packaging solutions while delivering outstanding production results. PepsiCo and Power Packaging have a strong history of working together on dry and liquid production dating back to the mid-1980s, including being the source of important innovation launches such as Tropicana 10oz, G2 and Propel powders, and several packaging innovations. Today, Power Packaging supports PepsiCo at all three of its multi-customer dry facilities as the only copacker for the entire line of G, G2, Propel and G Series Pro powders ...

New York's Serendipity 3 restaurant has invented the world's most expensive burger according the Guinness Book of World Records, clocking in at a shocking $295, reports the Huffington Post. Invented in honor of National Hamburger Month (otherwise known as May), features a patty of Japanese Waygu beef infused with 10-herb white truffle butter and seasoned with Salish Alderwood smoked Pacific sea salt. It's topped with cheddar cheese, hand-made and cave-aged for 18 months by famed cheesemaker James Montgomery of Somerset, England. There are also shaved black truffles, a fried quail egg, a blini, creme fraiche, Kaluga caviar and a white truffle-buttered Campagna roll. It’s topped with a solid gold "Fleur de Lis" toothpick, encrusted with diamonds, designed by world-renowned jeweler Euphoria New York. Serendipity is donating all profits to the Bowery Mission, which serves homeless and hungry New Yorkers ...

Beef Products Inc. (BPI), the manufacturer of lean, finely textured beef, permanently closed three manufacturing facilities. The three facilities are located in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas, and Waterloo, Iowa. The company cited decreased demand for its products as the reason for the closings. BPI will keep its facility in South Sioux City, Neb., open at reduced capacity ...

The 2012 Food & Health Survey found that 78 percent of Americans are somewhat or very confident that the domestic food supply is safe, compared with about 50 percent last year, reports FoodSafetyNews.com. However, 61 percent said imported food is less safe than domestic food, the same percentage as in 2011.

 

 

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