Changes in store for school vending machines
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Crispy edamame, fresh bananas, fruity organic waters and pomegranate spiked nut clusters could replace sweets and sports drinks in school vending machines thanks to a crop of healthier products and government initiatives. A provision in the Child Nutrition Act passed by the Senate would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture authority to regulate nutrition standards not just for the lunchroom, but for foods in the a la carte lines and vending machines as well. That bill is under consideration by the House.
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Why Starbucks rebranded Seattle's Best Coffee
Starbucks is brewing a fresh image for Seattle’s Best Coffee, a specialty brand it acquired in 2003. The coffee giant recently kicked off a rebranding effort, which includes a simpler, more contemporary logo and design. Starbucks hopes to grow Seattle’s Best into a billion-dollar business by expanding it to fast food channels, convenience stores, drive-through restaurants and even vending machines this fall. But the coffee chain faces a challenge presented by competitors like McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts; both have rolled out lower-priced coffee drinks aimed at penny-pinched consumers. That's why Starbucks is rounding up its best and brightest marketers to lead the rebranding effort. More
Green Mountain completes Diedrich acquisition
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. has completed its $300 million acquisition of Diedrich Coffee Inc., one of four roasters licensed to produce K-Cups for the top-selling single-serve Keurig brewing system. More
Food companies sign up for war on salt
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Efforts to reduce Americans' sodium intake are long overdue in the eyes of most health experts. For decades, people have been ignoring advice to eat less salt — in large part because it's hard to avoid. Processed and restaurant foods are simply loaded with sodium. Now, under growing pressure from doctors, consumers, states, advocacy groups and even national-level advisors, big-name food companies are slashing sodium from soups, potato chips, sauces, condiments and other products. More
Washington soda tax proposal draws opposition from beverage industry
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The beverage industry is mounting an expensive campaign to derail a Washington Council proposal for a citywide soda tax, setting up a two-week showdown between some city grocers and health advocates over how best to curb childhood obesity rates. To pay for a council initiative requiring city schools to serve more fresh fruit and vegetables to students, council member Mary M. Cheh has proposed a one-cent-per-ounce tax on bottled and canned soda that contains sugar. Diet soda would be exempt.
Sustainability faceoff: Coca-Cola vs. PepsiCo
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It's easy to have an opinion in the Coke versus Pepsi taste wars, but things get a little murky when corporate sustainability is taken into account. In the new book The HIP Investor, R. Paul Herman attempts to sort out the sustainability claims of Coca Cola Co. and PepsiCo. So who comes out on top?