"People still want to lose weight," said Don Montuori, publisher of Packaged Facts, "but they've lost their taste for extreme diets. They want to eat sensibly with a little indulgence."
In another move toward sensible eating, Campbell Soup Company plans to reduce sodium in its soups and beverages. It will offer new versions of its top-selling soups and reformulate some of its existing soups and beverages with less sodium. The reduction efforts will utilize an all-natural sea salt to help lower sodium by at least 25 percent, directly impacting one-third of Campbell's soup volume in the United States.
"Currently, South Korea maintains high tariffs on processed food imports, and our exports are hindered by other technical and sanitary barriers to trade," said Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the Food Products Association. "For the United States, an FTA would provide US food companies with increased access to the South Korean market, as well as new opportunities for processed foods and beverages," he added.
The center's services are available to organizations involved in the implementation of RFID technology, including enterprises, government agencies and their partners. It houses sophisticated technical labs and extensive test and piloting facilities, as well as the capital equipment needed to simulate a wide range of real-world RFID situations in consumer packaged goods, retail, transportation, defense and pharmaceuticals. The center aims to help organizations address RFID in the global supply chain-from packaging and manufacturing to distribution and point-of-sale.
Organizations partnering with the center have access to its resources as well as the opportunity to interact with other Solutions Center supporters. Partners will include hardware solutions providers, software solutions providers, systems integrators, end users in both the public and private sectors, and university-based educators and researchers. The Ohio State University, Ohio University Center for Automatic Identification, part of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Wilberforce University, Wright State University and the University of Cincinnati have agreed to collaborate with the RFID Solutions Center.
More information on the RFID Solutions Center can be found at www.rfidsolutionscenter.com.
Interstate Warehousing Inc. recently opened a 157,000-sq.-ft. public refrigerated warehouse in Franklin, IN, which offers more than 4.8 million cubic feet of storage with room for expansion. The company plans to complete an 83,000-sq.-ft. addition that will boost capacity by 15,000 pallet positions to its cold storage warehouse in Newport News, VA, early this year. The company also expects to complete construction of a 165,000-sq.-ft. refrigerated warehouse in Murfreesboro, TN, in 2007.
PureTex Water Works is building a high-speed water bottling plant in Wharton Country, TX. The first lines will be in operation by the end of 2006. Upon completion, the facility will hire 380 new employees.
Thomas Damiano will lead The Solae Co.'s global food platform strategy. He will help the company find applications for soy protein in baked goods, beverages, cereals, bars and other food categories.
APV North America is opening a $2.5 million, 43,000-sq.-ft. facility in Amherst, NY. The new Centre of Excellence will provide APV clients with a centralized source for access to technologies for the dairy, beverage, brewery and food industries.