The Weekly: December 19, 2012

December 19, 2012

IFT Top Stories

Obesity tops hunger as global health crisis
According to a report published in The Lancet, obesity may be a bigger health crisis globally than hunger, and the leading cause of disabilities around the world.

Nearly 500 researchers from 50 countries compared health data from 1990 through 2010 for the Global Burden of Disease report, revealing what they call a massive shift in global health trends. “We discovered that there’s been a huge shift in mortality. Kids who used to die from infectious disease are now doing extremely well with immunization,” said Ali Mokdad, co-author of the study and Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, which led the collaborative project. “However, the world is now obese and we’re seeing the impact of that.”

The report revealed that every country, with the exception of those in sub-Saharan Africa, faces alarming obesity rates—an increase of 82% globally in the past two decades. Middle Eastern countries are more obese than ever, seeing a 100% increase since 1990. The health burden from high body mass indexes now exceeds that due to hunger, according to the report. And for the first time, noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease top the list of leading causes of years spent sick or injured.

People are living longer than projected in 1990—on average, 10.7 more years for men, and 12.6 more years for women. But for many of them, the quality of life during those years is not good. On average, people are plagued by illness or pain during the last 14 years of life, according to the study.

Global Burden of Disease report

Global beef prices to reach record levels in 2013
The final quarter of 2012 has seen the beef market characterized by slightly larger global supply, driven mainly by the natural recovery of herds in Brazil, Argentina, and Australia. According to a recent Rabobank report, this, combined with a relatively lethargic world economy, has weighed on prices across the globe. Among the most important cattle exporting countries, prices in local currencies have risen only in the United States and New Zealand. These increases may not be high enough to offset the recent spike in costs, with the placements of cattle on feed in the U.S. being cut.

In November, Rabobank’s Global Cattle Price Index dropped 2% from Q3 levels. This was mainly driven by the decline realized in Brazil, Australia, Argentina, and Canada, which more than offset the rise seen in the U.S. and New Zealand. The strengthening of the greenback against many currencies combined with weaker demand across many important countries has also contributed to the downtrend in global cattle prices denominated in U.S. dollars. In a year-over-year comparison, the Index is beginning December down 11% from where it began in November.

“We expect to see global supply hovering around 2012 levels, with minor ups and downs being determined by the extent to which the increase in Southern Hemisphere will outpace the reduction in Europe and the U.S.,” said Rabobank Analyst Guilherme Melo. “On the demand side of the equation, the broader picture points to another year of relatively weak consumption on the back of the still sluggish economy, as world GDP is expected to grow only slightly in 2013. The scenario is worse where production is set to decrease, such as North America and Europe, which poses additional pressure for beef companies located in these regions to pass on rising cattle prices to consumers. Additionally, as such countries rely on grains to feed their animals, they are likely to see a reduction in their competitiveness in the international market.”

A bullish factor for the industry is the strong need for supply discipline in the poultry and pork sectors. Rabobank thinks production cuts are likely to come about, driven by negative margins in the wake of severe feed cost increases. To the extent that this increases poultry and pork prices, it may also benefit the beef industry as the gap between beef and these two meats prices narrows and possibly shifts demand towards beef.

Press release

U.S. restaurant industry ends 2012 flat
A promising start to 2012 for the U.S. restaurant industry followed by not-so-promising spring and summer quarters combined for a lackluster, yet stable industry, finds The NPD Group, a global information company. The summer (July, August, and September) of 2012 ended on a weaker note than it started with visits flat compared to same period last year, according to NPD’s foodservice market research. Visits were up 2% in August and then declined in September. NPD forecasts that the restaurant industry will end 2012 with visits flat and spending up 2%.

When consumers did visit restaurants in the summer, they chose quick service restaurants. As a result, the segment realized traffic gains of 1%, according to NPD’s CREST, which continually tracks the foodservice industry based on consumer reporting of over 400,000 visits to foodservice outlets a year. Quick service coffee/donut/bagel, fast casual, retail, and Mexican chain concepts all fared especially well in the summer months. Visits to quick service hamburger concepts, which had been an industry driver in recent quarters, were flat in the quarter compared to the same quarter in 2011.

Full service restaurants continued to struggle this past summer. Visits to midscale/family dining restaurants declined 2% and the casual dining segments experienced visit declines of 3%. A recent NPD report found that among the factors contributing to visit declines at casual dining supper are the price disparity between a casual dining and quick service eater check, unemployment, and cutbacks on the part of young adults.

No restaurant segment realized growth at the supper day part in the summer quarter, according to NPD’s CREST. The visit gains at breakfast, lunch, and PM snacks were exclusive to quick service restaurant consumers, which is another reason for the weakness at full service restaurants over the summer. Consumers appear to be willing to commit spending more at less expensive day parts, while being more frugal at supper.

“While the restaurant industry basically recovered from last year’s traffic declines, a sluggish economy and continuing cost consciousness on the part of consumers kept the industry stable but not growing,” said Bonnie Riggs, NPD’s Restaurant Industry Analyst. “The current economic environment and consumer mindset may be longer-term than we first thought and the industry will need to adjust accordingly. There are still growth opportunities in the industry; it’s a matter of identifying the opportunities and, as always, meeting consumers’ needs and wants.”

Press release

IFT Research Briefs

Antioxidant cookies may be possible with grape seed extract
A study published in the Journal of Food Science shows that it may be possible to create cookies enriched with antioxidants from grape seeds that taste good and have an antioxidant level about 10 times higher than a regular cookie. Grape seed extracts are rich in antioxidants, which have been associated with beneficial effects on human health such as prevention of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. However, they have two disadvantages when used as food ingredients: a bitter and astringent flavor and instability to heat. To overcome these drawbacks, microencapsulation, a technique in which an ingredient (in this case the grape seed antioxidants) are covered by a mixture of compounds on a microscopic scale, protects the grape seeds antioxidants from the changes caused by heat and can mask their flavor.

The researchers evaluated four types of cookies (control, enriched with bulk grape seed extract, and enriched with two different microencapsulated grape seed extracts) using instrumental analyses, a sensory trained panel using the quantitative descriptive analysis methodology, and a consumer acceptance test that included a usage and attitude survey. The addition of grape seed extract resulted in darker brown cookies; microencapsulation partially masked the color that the grape seed extract conferred to the cookies. The cookies with the microencapsulated grape seed extract showed a significant higher antioxidant activity, possibly due to the microencapsulation reducing the grape seed extract heat degradation. The sensory trained panelists found the enriched cookies to be more astringent and with aromas and flavors similar to whole grains flours. However, the consumers rated the control cookie and one grape seed extract encapsulated cookie having about the same taste and liking. When provided with information, nearly 60% of consumers stated that they were willing to purchase cookies enriched with antioxidants.

This study suggests there is an opportunity to further investigate incorporating antioxidants microcapsules into baked products without affecting consumers’ likability. In addition, there could be a bigger potential market for enriched cookies with antioxidants if consumers are educated on the health benefits of antioxidants.


Beet juice may lower blood pressure
A study published in Nutrition Journal shows that drinking a glass of beet juice may lower blood pressure. Previous studies have shown that beet juice, also known as beetroot juice, can lower blood pressure in a laboratory setting. But researchers say this is the first study to look at the effects of adding beet juice to a healthy person’s diet without making any other diet or lifestyle changes.

In the study, 15 men and 15 women drank either 17.6-oz of a beet juice beverage containing 500 g of beetroot and apple juice, or a placebo juice. The participants had their blood pressure measured at baseline and at least hourly for 24 hrs following juice consumption using an ambulatory blood pressure monitor. In addition, they remained at the clinic for 1 hr before resuming normal non-strenuous daily activities. The same procedure was repeated two weeks later, with those who drank the placebo on the first round receiving beetroot juice on the second.

The researchers found that drinking beet juice showed a trend to lower systolic blood pressure by an average of 4–5 points after only 6 hrs for both men and women. Interestingly, when researchers limited their analysis to men only, they found a significant reduction of about 4.7 points among those who drank the beetroot juice.

Researchers theorize that it’s the high concentration of nitrates in beets that are responsible for the benefits. Nitrates from dietary sources like beets and leafy green vegetables are converted to nitric oxide within the body. The nitric oxide then relaxes blood vessels and dilates them, which helps the blood flow more easily and lowers blood pressure.


Resveratrol on the rise in foods, beverages
According to Innova Market Insights, awareness of resveratrol and its potential health benefits is relatively long-established, but with increasing consumer interest in health and the growing body of research being carried out into its role and efficacy, its use is starting to move out of the specialist dietetic market and more into the mainstream. Resveratrol is an antioxidant that is claimed to help prevent the free radical damage that can lead to the premature aging of cells and has been linked with an anti-cancer effect, cardiovascular health, and healthy inflammatory processes. It is found naturally in peanuts, mulberries, grapes, Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum), and red wine (from grape skins).

Innova has recorded global launches of food and drinks products containing resveratrol for several years. Launches rose consistently between 2000 and 2010, with particularly strong activity in 2009 and 2010 as products other than supplements started to appear in greater numbers. This was particularly so in the United States, where interest was boosted by introduction of a number of branded resveratrol ingredient blends. While the actual number of launches featuring resveratrol recorded globally fell back in 2011 and appeared relatively static in 2012 to date, the share taken by supplements has also fallen, from about 90% in 2009 to 80% in 2012.

Supplement launches with resveratrol have continued and become more widespread and sophisticated, often including other ingredients and targeted at different consumer groups and health requirements. Activity in non-supplement lines tended, at least initially, to focus on beverages, confectionery, and snacks, using the natural presence of resveratrol in key ingredients such as grape skins, cocoa powder, and peanuts, respectively. As a result, early launches included wine and chocolate, both marketed on their high resveratrol contents.

The U.S. beverages market has probably seen the most activity in terms of food and beverage introductions highlighting resveratrol content. The Genesis Today Pomegranate Berry Boost line was replaced with Pomegranate & Berries with Resveratrol in 2012, with other recent launch activity recorded by Innova Market Insights including Genso Heart Juice with cardio-protective ingredients, including resveratrol. An interesting hot beverage launch was Republic of Tea’s Get Young No. 19, an herb tea for longevity featuring ingredients such as organic rooibos and maqui berries, as well as resveratrol. The U.S. also saw its first resveratrol-fortified chewing gum in 2012, with Cheiron’s Heart Strong Gum, claiming to have 40 times more resveratrol than a glass of red wine.

Press release (pdf)

Drinking orange juice may lower obesity rates
A study published in Nutrition Journal shows that adults who drink 100% orange juice may have better overall diet quality, higher intake of key nutrients, and less risk of being overweight than adults who don’t drink orange juice.

As part of the study, researchers analyzed data from the 2003–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and reported that 8,861 adults ages 19+ who consumed 100% orange juice tended to have significantly better Healthy Eating Index scores (a measure of diet quality that assesses conformance to federal dietary guidance) as well as greater intake of several key nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamin A, than those who didn’t consume 100% orange juice.

The study also reported that compared to non-consumers, consumption of 100% orange juice was associated with a lower mean body mass index (BMI) and a 21% reduction in the risk of obesity in men and women. In addition, male consumers of 100% orange juice had a 36% reduced risk of metabolic syndrome.

The researchers concluded that “moderate consumption of 100% orange juice should be encouraged to help individuals meet the USDA daily recommendation for fruit intake and as a component of a healthy diet.”


Americans, French prefer chips, while Chinese opt for a sweeter treat
New insight into how consumer snacking habits can differ from country to country has been revealed in research from Kantar Media’s Global TGI, which highlights global variations in the crisps and potato chips market. While 86% of consumers throughout the United States and France consume potato crisps/potato chips, closely followed by 84% of Great Britain consumers, China is at the far end of the scale with only 28% consumption. This is not simply due to Chinese consumers snacking less overall. Data from China’s TGI show that Chinese consumers snacked on other goods rather than chips, such as biscuits (66%), candy (64%), and chocolate (44%), in 2012.

“The best-known potato crisp and potato chip brands are Western-owned brands such Kettle, Pringles, Lay’s, and Walkers, which may explain their huge appeal to Western markets and lack of popularity in China,” said Tracy Allnutt, Head of Commercial Development at Global TGI.

Attitudes towards diet and health can also vary between markets. Only 25% of American consumers agree it is worth paying more for organic foods, in contrast to 60% of consumers in China. And whereas 46% of Chinese consumers agree that they “always think of the calories in what I eat,” only 27% of Americans agreed with that statement. Interestingly, 39% of consumers in both countries consider their diet to be “very healthy,” indicating that people’s perception of what they consider to be a healthy diet is likely to vary across markets.

Press release (pdf)


Early Detection of Potential Food and Beverage Adulterations
Monitoring production or incoming raw materials using statistical analysis of LC/MS data can rapidly identify potential adulterations. A generic approach to sample preparation, data collection and data processing that may help ensure the quality and safety of final product is described. Download application note.

IFT Company News

Hillshire Brands sells Australian bakery business to McCain Foods
The Hillshire Brands Co. has signed an agreement to sell 100% of the shares of its Australian subsidiary Kitchens of Sara Lee Pty Ltd. to a subsidiary of McCain Foods Ltd., for approximately $85 million in cash. Hillshire reports the Kitchens of Sara Lee business as the “Australian Bakery” business. Also included in the transaction are license rights to certain intellectual property used in the Australian Bakery business in the Asia-Pacific region. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of calendar year 2013, and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory clearance.

“The Sara Lee Australian bakery operation is an excellent business that will complement McCain’s strengths,” said Sean Connolly, CEO of Hillshire Brands. “The sale of this business enables Hillshire Brands to focus on driving growth and innovation in our retail and foodservice segments in North America.”

Hillshire Brands’ Australian Bakery business has approximately 500 employees and one primary manufacturing facility in Australia. The business produces and sells a variety of bakery and other food products to retail and foodservice customers in Australia and other parts of the Pacific Rim under brands including the Sara Lee brand name. No other Sara Lee branded fresh bakery products are affected by this transaction.

Press release

Private group to acquire Caribou Coffee for $340 million
According to the Associated Press, Caribou Coffee is being taken private by a German holding company in a deal valued at about $340 million. The coffee chain, which has 610 locations in the United States and overseas, said Dec. 17 that it will continue to operate as an independent company with its own brand and management team once the buyout by Joh. A Benckiser Group GmbH closes. The German investment firm had also purchased a majority stake in Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc. earlier in 2012.

Joh. A. Benckiser Group GmbH will pay $16 per share, a 30% premium to Caribou’s Dec. 14 closing price of $12.32. Caribou Coffee, which was founded in 1992, will keep its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. Caribou’s board unanimously approved the buyout.

AP article

ADM sells interest in Gruma
Archer Daniels Midland Co. has sold its 23% interest in Gruma S.A.B. de C.V. and its equity investments in related joint ventures for $450 million plus an additional contingent payment of up to $60 million. While ADM has exited from its ownership position in Gruma and related investments, ADM expects to maintain a healthy and strong commercial relationship with Gruma globally.

“We are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with Gruma,” said Ray G. Young, Chief Financial Officer for ADM. “This sale is part of our ongoing portfolio management actions to redeploy capital into key strategic areas that will help drive higher returns in the future.”

Press release

Arca Continental acquires two snack companies
Arca Continental S.A.B. de C.V., the second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Mexico and Latin America, has acquired snack food companies Wise Foods, headquartered in Pennsylvania, and Industrias Alimenticias Ecuatorianas, based in Ecuador. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Wise Foods was purchased from affiliates of New York-based private investment firm Palladium Equity Partners LLC that had acquired Wise Foods in 2000. Both Wise Foods and Inalecsa have well-recognized salty and sweet snack brands in their respective markets. The investment in this important sector strengthens the company’s presence in both regions and expands its snack business, which operates in Mexico under the brand Bokados. The combination of these two companies with Arca Continental’s current snack operations will result in net sales of close to $400 million in 2013.

“These transactions also increase our company’s presence and competitiveness in both markets, thereby enabling us to develop new growth opportunities in the territories we serve. Both provide a solid platform that will bring innovation to our portfolio, product, and brand expansion as well as beneficial synergies and the sharing of best practices,” said Francisco Garza-Egloff, CEO of Arca Continental.

Wise Foods is headquartered and performs manufacturing activities in Berwick, Pa. Products are distributed via a system of independent distributors and five company-owned distributor branches. It has approximately 850 employees and produces nearly 40,000 tons per year. The acquisition of Wise will greatly expand Arca Continental’s current operations and strengthen marketing capabilities in its related businesses in the United States, where the company has been operating for over 25 years, primarily in Texas and California, through its affiliate Interex.

Inalecsa started operations in Ecuador in 1972 and is a leading company in its industry, with a wide national footprint as well as exports to Europe. The company is known for its salty, sweet, and savory snacks, with leading brands such as Inacake, Tigreton, Tortolines, Riskos, and Tornaditos. Inalecsa has two production centers in Guayaquil and Quito, with over 400 employees that produce close to 8,000 tons of products per year.

Press release

Chobani opens world’s largest yogurt plant in Idaho
Chobani Inc. has opened its new Greek yogurt plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, which is twice the size of the world’s next largest yogurt plant. The company invested $450 million to build this 1-million-sq-ft facility in less than 11 months. Chobani broke ground on the 200-acre site in December 2011 and began construction in early 2012. Phases one and two of the project were completed in 326 days.

“Today marks not only the opening of the world’s largest yogurt plant but symbolizes the revitalization of U.S. manufacturing. We believe that no other yogurt facility is comparable to the size, technology, and efficiency displayed in our new Twin Falls site,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, President, and CEO of Chobani. “Twin Falls is our second home but will not replace our Central New York plant, which will continue to operate at full capacity. In fact, we will continue to grow and invest in our New York operations.”

Chobani’s presence in Idaho has already served as a catalyst for hundreds of new jobs and a positive economic impact in the region. More than 300 employees have been employed at the Twin Falls plant, as production and distribution have already begun on new product innovations set to launch nationally in 2013. Additional hires are expected to come on board over the next several months.

Press release

Chr. Hansen, Fresh Beverages develop probiotic cap for non-refrigerated beverages
An alliance project between Chr. Hansen and Fresh Beverages International has resulted in a development that may make it possible for producers of non-refrigerated beverages to add probiotics to their drinks.

While probiotics are now commonly found in products such as yogurt and other refrigerated dairy items, it has been a challenge for product developers to introduce live probiotic bacteria in non-refrigerated beverages due to survival of the bacteria. However, Chr. Hansen and Fresh Beverages International have developed a patented bottle cap system that may make it possible to deliver the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium BB-12 into non-refrigerated beverages.

“The Shinsen Cap is an easy-to-use dosing cap suitable for even the most sensitive ingredients such as BB-12 and other functional or sensitive ingredients,” said James McCormack, Managing Director, Fresh Beverages International, which has more than 10 years of commercial experience producing and developing dosing caps. The Shinsen Cap was designed with simplicity in mind. “Simplicity for the consumer—a simple twist and shake—and simplicity for the beverage industry—allowing for high speed production and a new, commercially-viable beverage technology, thus opening the door to a new world of possibilities in functional beverages,” said McCormack.

The combination of the Shinsen Cap and a patented formulation of BB-12 powder offers a shelf life of at least one year at ambient temperature.

Press release

IFT Regulatory News

U.S. FDA extends food facility registration implementation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the re-registration period for food facilities from Dec. 31, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013. The agency made this decision because there was a delay in its implementation of biennial registration renewal and registration renewal did not become available until Oct. 22.

Facilities are required to re-register every two years, and the re-registration will serve as an update to existing registration information and will involve making any edits to existing information and adding new information. When the process is complete, facilities will keep their existing registration numbers in most cases. Failure to re-register during the allotted time period will lead to the suspension of a facility’s registration.

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Sept. 28 it would be delaying its food facility registration efforts. Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), all food plants must register with the Food and Drug Administration, with renewals due in even-numbered years. The normal window for registration was to be Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

FDA guidance

USDA lifts limitations in school lunch programs
In a Dec. 7 letter to regional and state directors of special nutrition programs and child nutrition programs, Cynthia Long, Director of the Child Nutrition Division at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), stated that the agency would lift its limitations on caloric intake of grains and protein for the National School Lunch program for 2012–2013.

In Jan. 2012, at the direction of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act passed by Congress, the USDA published a final rule to promote the health of America’s school children. The rule established new, science-based nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. The standards identified health ranges for five categories of food—fruits, vegetables, grains, meats or meat alternatives, and fluid milk—as well as the healthy ranges for total calories, saturated and trans fat, and sodium. For the grains and meats/meat alternates, the USDA set daily minimum quantities, as well as weekly minimum and maximum quantities for total calories.

During the initial period of implementation, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) learned about the significant operational challenges the schools were having in meeting the requirements for the grains and meats/meat alternates components, particularly for schools with multiple menu offerings and multiple serving lines during meal service.

Grains are unique among the components of the new school lunch standards in that they may be served in a variety of ways. For example, grains may be served as part of the entrée such as a sandwich or pasta, as a side dish such as rice or a roll, or both. Grains may also be served occasionally (up to 2 oz per week) as a dessert (e.g., fruit cobbler). This variety may create challenges for school menu planners considering different portion sizes for a single meal and across the various meals that may be offered on a given day, all of which must stay within the weekly ranges. This has limited schools’ flexibility and in some cases has unintentionally forced schools to remove popular items, such as sandwiches, from the daily menu. The same is true for meat/meat alternates. The limits have led to schools removing items such as hamburgers and bone-in chicken breasts from daily menus. In addition, some of the meat/meat alternate products used frequently are not yet available from suppliers in a useful range of sizes.

To help address these challenges, FNS is offering additional flexibility in menu planning for school year 2012–2013. There is no change in the method of measuring the required daily minimum quantities for grains or meats/meat alternates. But given the complexity of calculating the grains and meats/meat alternates components and to allow for more time for suppliers to more widely offer a broader array of serving options “state agencies should consider any SFA [School Food Authorities] compliant with the component requirements for grains and meat/meat alternates if the menu is compliant with the daily and weekly minimums for these two components, regardless of whether they have exceeded the maximums for the same components,” Long wrote.

“We understand that this is a year of transition, and state agencies are encouraged to work with SFAs to assist them in meeting the new requirements,” said Long. “The flexibility in the assessment approach reflected in this memorandum will facilitate implementation in SY 2012–13. FNS will continue to monitor implementation data and feedback from SFAs and state agencies to determine whether the appropriate approach is being used to measure compliance, and whether other adjustments beyond the current school year prove necessary.”

Letter (pdf)

IFT IFT & Meeting News

Univ. Nebraska offers scholarships to study food processing
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Processing Center has announced two scholarship opportunities valued at $900 each to support and encourage the professional development of individuals working in the field of food processing. The scholarships will be applied toward UNL’s online Food Processing Management Certificate Program, which addresses the urgent need for new supervisors and managers in an industry where many experienced managers will be retiring soon.

Designed to produce professionals with the business acumen and practical knowledge required to lead successful teams and companies, the program will increase expertise in food safety, QA/QC, employee safety, product development, processing, business growth strategies, and human resources. Participants will increase their level of understanding about their own jobs, and about roles outside their areas of expertise.

The scholarships will waive the $900 fee for module one of the three-module certificate program. The UNL Food Processing Center will award the scholarships based on relevant work experience, interest in a career change into the food processing industry, and professional recommendations. Scholarship applications must be received by Jan. 23, 2013. Recipients will be notified by Feb. 1, 2013.

Application info

Jan. 8: Scientific Program Call for Technical Research Papers (TRP)
The call for Technical Research Paper (TRP) and New Products & Technologies abstracts ends January 8, 2013. Share your cutting-edge research or product innovations with your colleagues in the industry. The Scientific Program is held at the 2013 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, taking place July 13–16, 2013, in Chicago, Ill. Review the submission guidelines and then submit your abstract today.

Feb. 27–28: Wellness 13
This focused two-day conference will showcase the latest practices and innovations to help you develop and market healthful foods more competitively, effectively, and ethically. Special highlights at this year's event will include an overview of WebMD’s 2012 Year In Health data on how consumers are searching for and finding health and wellness information, as well as a consumer panel of teens discussing what drives their food purchasing decisions. Check out the online program and register today.

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