Daily Archives: March 22, 2014

Mondelez International Partners with Twitter to Showcase Oreo Trending Vending Activation at SXSW

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Mondelez International, the world’s pre-eminent maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum and candy, today announced it will host an Oreo Trending Vending Lounge, a space that will deliver deliciously hyper-personalized and customized snacks based on real-time data collection, for SXSW Interactive Festival attendees. This creative space is made possible by the Oreo Trending Vending Machine, a new way of imagining the future of snacking distribution and consumer engagement through increasing connectivity and customization.

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Chocolate packaging solution

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An Ishida packing system featuring a 24-head multihead weigher has been implemented in the production of mixed packs of Ritter Sport cubes at food logistics and packer Nagel Group.

Ritter Sport’s choco cubes required a solution to pack mixed varieties of the chocolates into cube-shaped cardboard boxes – a small 176g size made up of 22 individual chocolates in three or four varieties, and a 240g box made up of 30 chocolates in six varieties.

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Ukraine Unrest Gets Too Much Credit for Higher Wheat Prices

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Regular readers of the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Weekly Price Report have seen a month-long uptick in wheat futures prices. Each week, many headlines pointed to political instability in Ukraine as a key factor in the run-up. There is little doubt that the market was factoring in some concern over the political situation in a country that captured 6 percent of the world wheat market in 2013/14. But the primary fuel for a 15 percent increase in the Kansas City Board of Trade (KCBT) May hard red winter (HRW) wheat contract in just 13 trading days include real fears about droughts around the globe, potential freeze damage in the southern U.S. plains and position changes by the big index funds.

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Making nutrition information easy to find

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Food and beverage manufacturers are making it easier than ever for people to quickly access key nutrition information as they scan store shelves.

General Mills and more than 50 manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers have voluntarily implemented Facts Up Front (FUF), a labeling system that brings important nutrition information from the Nutrition Facts Panel to the front of food and beverage packages.

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Trading up on indulgent items

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According to a new study by Canadean Consumer, shoppers are most likely to trade-up on chocolate when it comes to buying indulgent groceries.

Overall, 38% of buyers say they buy premium either ‘regularly’ or ‘all the time’. In comparison, 35% said the same about coffee, 33% about alcohol and 32% about ice cream. This suggests that consumers are willing to trade up on luxuries despite ongoing juggling of daily finances and budgetary restrictions.

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Secrets of dark chocolate health effect revealed

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Researchers presenting at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) have provided an insight into how they believe the health benefits of eating dark chocolate occur, reporting that certain bacteria in the stomach ‘gobble’ the chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart.

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