Food Business News - December 20, 2011 - (Page 1)

December 20, 2011 FOODBUSINESS NEWS NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY Government to decide on B.P.A. ban by March 31 nder an agreement between the Food and Drug Administration and the National Resources Defense Council and approved by U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones in New York on Dec. 7, the F.D.A. must decide before March 31, 2012, whether it will ban the use of the chemical bisphenol A (B.P.A.) in food packaging. B.P.A. is a chemical used in the manufacture of hard clear plastic containers such as some water drinking bottles, baby bottles and sipping cups. It also is used in the manufacture of linings that seal most metal food containers. In recent years, a number of mostly Continued on Page 24 U and the search for the perfect french fry Story on Page 28 INSIDE Highe Higher prices lead to sluggish fresh milk sales sluggi tight milk supply and a tightening of the belt by consumers have led to sluggish milk and fresh dairy product sales in 2011, and market analysts expect only partial recovery in the coming year. “I don’t think any of us see such a change in our economic situation that this will abate anytime soon,” said Mary Keough Ledman, principal of Keough, Ledman and Associates, Inc., Libertyville, Ill. Throughout much of 2011, dairy Continued on Page 33 A Commodity, ingredient prices trending lower at year end ost commodity and ingredient prices are ending the year on a weak note after reaching historical highs in some cases earlier in the year. How that bodes for pricing in 2012 remains uncertain, but there appears to be general agreement a subdued economic recovery is likely to restrain runaway prices, M which is good news for food processors. Any number of outside factors also will be at play, not the least of which is a presidential election in the United States in 2012. The value of the U.S. dollar in midDecember rose to near an 11-month high, making U.S. products more expensive in world markets. Gold futures prices have plunged nearly 18% since early February, but at around $1,575 per oz still were up about 14% from a year ago. And some energy prices were up in 2011, boosting a major input cost for food processors, although the energy outlook calls for mostly flat prices in 2012. A variety of sources agreed in projecting increased domestic and global production of most major crops in 2012, due to incentives from strong prices in 2011. Sugar supplies are expected to increase but Continued on Page 22

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Food Business News - December 20, 2011
Government to decide on B.P.A. ban by March 31
Dairy Business News - Higher prices lead to sluggish fresh milk sales
Commodity, ingredient prices trending lower at year end
Editorial - Food revolution in wake of food truck growth
Food companies alleging egg price fixing from 1999 to 2008
Nestle details progress made on nutrition front
NPD Group: Restaurant traffic flat in 2011
Yum! raises guidance on global strength
Coca-Cola forms partnerships to develop 100% plant-based bottles
Lempert sees economizing as key trend in 2012
Blount buys Cape Cod Chowder Co.
Falconhead Capital acquires Rita’s Water Ice Franchise
Better margins seen in 2012
Sara Lee to buy Dutch cafe store operator
Sara Lee to base North American Meats in Chicago
Clearer picture of local food
Smithfield Foods income falls 16% in second quarter
Earnings filing delay for Diamond Foods
Health and Wellness - Researchers shed light on probiotics benefits
Ingredient Innovations - Oils factor into french fry innovation
Dairy Business News - Dairy Ingredients Symposium to be held in March
Dairy Business News - Cultures increase cottage cheese yield
Dairy Business News - WhiteWave moves ahead on sustainability initiatives
Dairy Business News - Steve Millard to lead Emmi Roth USA
Dairy Business News - October nonfat dry milk output down 12% from year ago
New Product Trends - Local foods, children's nutrition top N.R.A. trends
New Product Trends - Niman Ranch introduces all-natural beef entrees
New Product Trends - Pamela’s Products launches Whenever Bars
New Product Trends - Mission Foods adds Artisan Style Tortillas
New Product Trends - Sunsweet launches Plum Amazins
Food Ingredients Europe
Ingredient Market Trends
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News - Cocoa production method wins Fi Europe honor
Supplier Innovations and News - System reduces acrylamide level in coffee
Supplier Innovations and News - Kalsec introduces specialty flavors
Supplier Innovations and News - Vitiva launches Sweet’nVit stevia brand
Supplier Innovations and News - Spicetec hires technical services specialist
Supplier Innovations and News - Ingredient adds shelf life, works in flavor system
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Food Business News - December 20, 2011