Campbell Soup Co. on Feb. 22 announced major sodium reduction efforts, including the introduction of 25 percent-reduced-sodium versions of its top-selling soups -- Campbell's Cream of Mushroom, Chicken Noodle and Tomato soups. The new soups will be available in August.
Kraft Foods Inc. Chief Executive Roger Deromedi confessed to industry analysts Tuesday that the company still has a long way to go in its restructuring efforts. He said Kraft does have some brands that are well-positioned, but currently has none that hold a "significant advantage."
Consultant Bill Bishop emphasizes, Manufacturers and suppliers of food and consumables need to understand the implications of this trend. It is critical for them to build trade plans and strategies to address their shifting retail customer base.
A bill poised to pass the House Mar. 2 would impose uniform safety warnings and labeling rules on food and beverages nationwide -- a significant change from current practices that the food industry argues will help consumers but many state agriculture and health officials fear will significantly reduce their ability to protect the public.
Scientists affiliated with Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam have demonstrated that it is possible to insert a software virus into RFID tags. Their paper describes how the vulnerability could be used to undermine a variety of tracking systems.