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May 7, 2013 FOODBUSINESS NEWS NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY F.D.A. to investigate effect of caffeine on children’s health WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration will take a closer look at how new sources of caffeine may affect children’s health now that the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. has launched Alert Energy caffeinated gum. Chicago-based Wrigley, a division of Mars, Inc., said Alert Energy is for adults age 25-49 and is not recommended for children or people sensitive to caffeine. One piece of the gum contains 40 mg of caffeine, or about the same amount of caffeine in a half cup of coffee. “The only time that F.D.A. explicitly approved the added use of caffeine Continued on Page 11 Bioengineered labeling bill goes before Congress Story on Page 22 Beverage sweetening systems becoming more sophisticated ew Yorkers may still be able to buy an oversize sweetened beverage when dining out, but the overturn of the city’s regulation has not stopped sugar-calorie contents from being a top-of-mind issue in the beverage category. In fact, for many new product development efforts, reduction of caloric sweeteners is the driver of innovation. The beverage segment cannot afford to ignore the negative press sugar-sweetened beverages continues to receive. Adding to the debate at the end of April was a study published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association Continued on Page 34 N When it rains it pours Weather dominates commodity markets in sharp contrast to 2012 couple promising days early last week were followed by several inches of snow and more rain across parts of the Midwest, further limiting already delayed field work in sharp contrast to what transpired in 2012. While last year’s early spring weather was nearly ideal for farmers, it’s also well known how A the growing season ended — in one of the worst droughts of the last half century. It is hoped by traders and forecast by meteorologists that this year’s wet, cold start will soon evolve into favorable conditions for an expected record large corn crop and strong spring wheat, soybean and soft red winter wheat crops. “Next week will have great weather for every acre of the Midwest,” David Salmon, owner of Weather Derivatives, a Belton, Mo., agricultural and energy consulting service, said on May 2. He added that it will take a few days for soils to dry after last week’s “record-setting crappy weather,” and that wetter conditions may return after mid-May. A year ago corn in the 18 largest producing states was 49% planted and 14% emerged by April 28, spring wheat in the six major Continued on Page 21 ®

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Food Business News - May 7, 2013
F.D.A. to investigate effect of caffeine on children’s health
Beverage sweetening systems becoming more sophisticated
When it rains it pours
Table of Contents
Web Contents
Editorial - ‘Big data’ offers opportunities to food companies
Commodity costs pinch Kellogg earnings
Heinz shareholders approve merger agreement
Hillshire making strides post Sara Lee split
Brynwood acquires Bit-O-Honey brand
Drought area in the United States falls below 50%
General Mills makes sustainable sourcing of commodities a priority
Food groups push back against user fees to fund food safety law
WhiteWave Foods to expand Virginia plant
JBS adds ground beef production facility
Acquisitions drive quarterly earnings for B&G Foods
Wal-Mart’s healthy food focus comes to the fore
Burger King expands delivery program
Nutrition progress nil
PepsiCo feeling good about sports nutrition strategy
Inventure Foods to acquire berry processing business
Continental Grain continues to push for Smithfield Foods split
Washington - Bioengineered foods labeling bill introduced in Congress
Flavor Trends - America's next favorite ethnic flavor
Ingredient Innovations - Ancient yet new again
Note on ancient grains
Company Profile - Coca-Cola: Cracking the code to achieve sustainable growth
Muhtar Kent: Complacency not an option
New Food Products
Ingredient Market Trends - Tour forecasts Kansas wheat crop at 313.1 million bus
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

Food Business News - May 7, 2013