Food Business News - Sep 16, 2008 - (Page 1)

FoodBusinessNews ® NEWS, MARKETS AND ANALYSIS FOR THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY Bagged salad sales recovering September 16, 2008 Cutting calories in schools New report shows beverage industry making strides offering healthier drinks 16 The power of portion control 48 Polman to lead Unilever 52 MARKET KET WATCH Projected 2008-09 Raisin production NEW YORK - Efforts by beverage com- (a joint initiative of the William J. Clinton panies and the industry to change the Foundation and the American Heart Aslandscape of what children consume at sociation), the A.B.A. and representatives schools throughout the United States is of The Coca-Cola Co., Dr Pepper Snapple moving ahead in the form of fewer bev- Group and PepsiCo, Inc. The groups are Continued on Page 22 erage calories, according to a new report prepared by the American Beverage Association (A.B.A.) in conjunction with Keybridge Research L.L.C., an independent policy research firm. The report, "School Beverage Guidelines Progress Report 2007-2008," marks the second annual assessment of the impact and status of implementation of the national School Beverage Guidelines. According to the report, beverage calories shipped to schools have decreased 58% since 2004, which was the last time an analysis was done prior to the creation of the School Beverage Guidelines in 2006. The guidelines were established through work by the Alli- Beverage calories shipped to schools have decreased 58% ance for a Healthier Generation since 2004. tonnes, dry weight Iran 160,000 Turkey United States 9,165 9,114 9,705 9,872 10,441 China, Peoples Republic 155,000 280,000 325,000 Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Four countries account for 75% of world raisin production. Bisphenol A debate creates quandary for food industry Shatter-proof plastic bottles and cans with plastic liners at the center of scientific debate Beverage and food manufacturers who package their products in plastic bottles or cans with a plastic lining made with the chemical bisphenol A (B.P.A.) have found themselves embroiled in a dispute about its safety. The result has left food manufacturers in a quandary as a variety of scientific bodies ranging from the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Health's National Toxicology Program and Health Canada, that country's version of the F.D.A., sort through the science in an effort to determine what risk, if any, the chemical poses for consumers, most notably newborns and infants. In early September, the N.T.P. finalized its report on B.P.A., which is a component Continued on Page 41

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