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Coke to place calorie details on front of products

BY Melissa Valliant

ATLANTA In an effort to help consumers control their calorie intake, Coca-Cola North America announced today it will be placing calories-per-serving and servings-per-container details on the front of all of their products’ packages beginning next year.

This is the same information that has always been available on the Nutrition Facts panel on the back of Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid, etc. However, now the facts are to be placed front-and-center, allowing consumers to quicklyview the information and make an informed decision about their daily total calorie intake.

“We listen to what consumers tell us they want, respond creatively and encourage everyone to make informed decisions about what they drink, choices that reflect a sense of balance and moderation,” said Celeste Bottorff, vice president of Living Well. “It’s part of our Live Positively philosophy.”

Coca-Cola’s labeling efforts mark another step in its “Live Positively” plan, a consumer-focused program that improves products and packaging in an environmentally friendly and healthy way.

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White wine discovered to be just as heart-healthy as red

BY Melissa Valliant

STORRS, Conn. When it comes to red wine, we already knew a glass or two a day helps keep the doctor away. But now a new study at the University of Connecticut has found white wine to have just as many healthbenefits. Both contain types of antioxidants that contribute to a healthy heart.

The researchers gave one group of rats white wine, another red, another water and yet another straight grain alcohol. Both the white and red wine-drinking groups suffered less damage from induced heart attacks than the other groups.

The antioxidant resveratrol, found in grape-skin, is responsible for the health benefits of red wine. Because white wine is made from the grape’s pulp, which does not contain resveratrol, it was originally thought white wine did not possess the health benefit of protecting against heart disease and cancer. However, other chemicals in white wine protect mitochondria, the part of cells that supplies energy. The groups of rats given wine were discovered to have healthier mitochondria.

According to molecular biologist Dipak Das, “We can safely say that one or two glasses of white wine per day acts exactly like red wine.”

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Danone food manufacturer reports sales totals for Q3

BY Jenna Duncan

PARIS Danone, international maker and distributor of dairy products, baby foods and other food items, has reported an increase of its by 8.3 percent for the third quarter.

The company said that its dairy business experienced growth of 8.2 percent in the third quarter and also saw a growth in volumes. Medical nutrition surpassed expectations by gorwing by 11.7 percent, the company said. Danone’s bottled water sales grew by 3.7 percent for the third quarter. The company attributed the slow spot to challenges in Western Europe. Danone’s strongest category was in baby nutrition, which grew 12.7 percent in the third quarter 2008.

“With a sales growth of 8.3 percent, the performance of the Group in the third quarter was solid and satisfactory and allows us to confirm our targets for 2008,” Franck Riboud, chairman and chief executive officer of Groupe Danone said. “This performance again reflects the relevance of the business lines we have chosen to be in and the geographic priorities we have set. It also shows the ability of our teams to adapt quickly to changing consumption patterns and markets. Our financial strength, competitive advantages and our unique culture provide us confidence in our ability to cope with this phase of difficult economic circumstances that we have entered.”

Groupe Danone’s detailed Annual Report, including risks and revenue overviews, is available at www.danone.com.

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