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ConAgra, P&G Put Rivalries Aside To Fight Childhood Hunger

Posted by Dale Buss on March 12, 2014 11:47 AM

ConAgra and Procter & Gamble are setting down the longtime rivalries of the companies and their brands these days for a special campaign aimed at fighting the surprising and stubborn prevalence of childhood hunger in America.

In the Childhood Hunger Ends Here campaign, the CPG giants are joining forces to support a campaign that ConAgra began in 2010 to highlight the problem of the nearly 16 million children who are said to be living in "food-insecure" households in America. The effort will donate up to 7 million meals.

"We can make joint calls on retailers, and that helps retailers look at it as a bigger, more powerful program," Brett Groom, senior vice president for content integration and activation at ConAgra, told the New York Times. "We certainly hope to build this into a multi-year relationship."Continue reading...

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In the News: Audi, McDonald's, P&G and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 11, 2014 09:28 AM

In the News

Audi passes BMW in global luxury-auto sales race and predicts record sales.

McDonald's introduces Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich as US same-store sales decline for fourth month.

P&G and ConAgra sideline rivalry to promote end to childhood hunger.

Birds Eye touts its recipe-readiness.

Bud Light extends Super Bowl promo to March Madness.

Chobani may file for IPO, report says.

Draftfcb rebrands for integrated future, will just be called FCB. 

eBay rejects Carl Icahn's board nominees.

GM faces congressional hearings over ignition-switch recall.

Google discloses $9.5 million in top-exec bonuses.Continue reading...

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In the News: Facebook, Sbarro, Walmart and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 20, 2014 09:20 AM

In the News

Facebook sees growth anxieties drive WhatsApp purchase.

Sbarro closes 155 company-owned units.

Walmart offers weak forecast and plans to accelerate rollout of small stores.

Aereo suffers a defeat in court.

Audi gives TT Roadster a fresh look.

Budweiser unveils World Cup teaser.

ConAgra seeks to revitalize Healthy Choice brand.

Fiat gives buyers an iconic track experience.

Ford splits with TV pitchman Mike Rowe.

FCC plans to overhaul rules to rescue net neutrality. 

Gap announces voluntary minimum wage boost.Continue reading...

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FDA Seeks to Vanquish Trans-Fats by Giving Them 'Non-GRAS' Status

Posted by Dale Buss on November 8, 2013 07:47 PM

Brands have been fleeing artery-clogging trans fats since a FDA labeling requirement for the stuff in 2006, but now the federal agency likely will finish off hold-out trans-fat products with a preliminary ruling this week that the primary source of the fats are no longer "GRAS."

GRAS means "generally recognized as safe," and it is the sine qua non for any ingredient that is going into a regulated food and beverage sold in the United States. The new FDA ruling made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils—the primary diet source of artificial trans fat in processed foods—no longer are GRAS for use in food. As Advertising Age noted, the next step is to find out from food makers how long it would take them to reformulate foods that contain extra trans fats if the ruling is finalized.

Trans fats have some inimitable qualities that help in food taste and texture, manufacturers say, including helping crisp french fries. Holdout brands have ranged from Pillsbury Grand! cinnamon rolls to Marie Callender pies from ConAgra to Diamond Foods' Pop Secret pocorn. So even though General Mills said that more than 90 percent of its US retail products already are retailed as zero grams trans fat, it called the ruling a "major development."Continue reading...

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In the News: Sprint, ConAgra, Nike and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 15, 2013 09:03 AM

In the News

Charlie Ergen's Dish Network offers to buy Sprint for $25.5 billion in a bid to one up SoftBank.

ConAgra, Heinz and Nestle lead frozen food battle to reverse negative image.

Nike seeks to regain its edge with fewer ads following Tiger Woods stumble.

Dannon uses Greek-style to leapfrog Yoplait to top of U.S. yogurt business.

Apple clearly enters post-Jobs era.

Justin Bieber sparks controversy with Anne Frank comment.

Boeing sees new inspection order on its 737s.Continue reading...

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Pepsi Continues to Bask in Branded Content Glory with Top YouTube Views

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 8, 2013 06:37 PM

Pepsi took YouTube by storm last month according to Google’s YouTube Ads leaderboard. The brand is benefitting from its latest viral branded content hit "Test Drive", which has over 33 million views. 

The video, which is the brand's second attempt on a spoof video, garnered more plays than any of 2012's leaderboard ads, earning 13 million more views than 2012's top performer, Nike's "My Time Is Now."

Samsung made the chart twice in March with its Galaxy S4 launch, while newcomers EA Sports, Adidas, ConAgra, ESPN, Doritos and the Anti-Defamation League’s "Imagine a World Without Hate" video, (the first non-profit to be so feted) all made it as well.Continue reading...

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In the News: Frommer's, Facebook, Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 4, 2013 09:37 AM

In the News

Arthur Frommer buys back travel book brand from Google, which acquired it with big plans last August.

Facebook readies for rumored phone event today.

Apple's futuristic campus project runs late and $2 billion overbudget.

BlackBerry turns mobile website into "test drive" of new Z10 phone, kills off BBM music service.

CVS and Rite-Aid target allergy season.

ConAgra boosts ad spending as commodity costs drop.

Detroit Electric launches Tesla rival.Continue reading...

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ConAgra Bags Ralcorp; Deal Creates Consumer Packaged Goods Giant

Posted by Dale Buss on November 27, 2012 02:54 PM

ConAgra Foods has finally bagged its long-sought corporate prey, announcing today its agreement to acquire Ralcorp Holdings for about $5 billion.

The companies' union — which ConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin has been trying to consummate for 20 months — will create one of the largest packaged-food companies in North America, with total combined sales of about $18 billion.

But more important, it expands ConAgra's penetration in the growing private-label market at the same time that it offers more hope for retail growth by ConAgra brands — including Chef Boyardee, Hunt's, Healthy Choice, Orville Redenbacher's and Banquet — that, while well known, tend to be second- and third-tier marques. As ConAgra's FAQ on the deal notes,

The acquisition of Ralcorp will add to ConAgra Foods’ existing $950 million private label business to create the largest private label business in North America, with approximately $4.5 billion in combined private label sales, and a strong platform for sustainable, profitable growth over the long term. The two companies’ portfolios are a complementary fit, with very little overlap in terms of offerings. Ralcorp’s leading private label offerings include cereal, pasta, crackers, jellies and jams, syrups, frozen waffles, and more.Continue reading...

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