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UnderWay continues to expand market presence

BY Allison Cerra

BOCA RATON, Fla. Better Health Beverage said Thursday that distribution for its appetite-suppressing beverage UnderWay has reach 1,600 drug and retail locations.

UnderWay is available in 4-packs, 24-count cases and single bottles all available in three delicious flavors.

“We feel that in our first year, 2010, we will have surpassed 5,000 locations in North America covering the food, drug, mass and club store category,” said Richard Kayne, CEO of Better Health Beverage. “This growth parallels UnderWay’s burgeoning Internet presence, which continues to grow exponentially.”

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Kids consume more yogurt as a snack, NPD finds

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO Although kids continue to eat fresh fruit for snack, The NPD Group is reporting that another snacking option is on the rise.

According to the market research company’s SnackTrack, kids ages 2 to 17 years consumed more refrigertated yogurt in 2009 than in 2008. Additionally, NPD’s food and beverage market research also found that potato chips, fresh fruit, string cheese and prepackaged cheese cubes or shapes and hard candy also experienced growth in 2009 versus 2008 as snack foods eaten between, with, or instead of meals.

SnackTrack is a source for snack food consumption information in Canada and the United States, focusing on individuals and their snack food usage. SnackTrack monitors all eating situations, both in-home and away, for specific, pre-determined food categories.

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FMI elects new officers, board members

BY Allison Cerra

ARLINGTON, Va. The Food Marketing Institute has elected two new vice chairmen and five new board members, in line with its annual showcase in Las Vegas.

The industry group said David Ball, president and CEO of Ball’s Price Chopper/Hen House Markets in Kansas, will be vice chairman of independent retailers and will continue to serve as chairman of FMI’s independent operator advisory board. Additionally, Safeway chairman, president and CEO Steven Burd will be FMI’s vice chairman of finance.

New members of FMI’s board of directors include:

  • Jim Donald, president and CEO of Haggen
  • Dennis Eidson, president and CEO of Spartan Stores, a grocery wholesaler and retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Joey Hays, owner and president of five supermarkets under the Food Rite banner, based in Dyer, Tenn.
  • Tom Heinen, president and COO of Heinen’s Fine Foods
  • Steve Junqueiro, president of Save Mart Supermarkets.

“These new leaders bring to FMI great vision, talent, creativity and utmost dedication to the industry. They exemplify the many ways we serve our customers, communities and, ultimately, America. They make FMI’s leadership more diverse, running companies large, mid-sized and small, including retailers and wholesalers, and many of their businesses are family-owned,” said FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin.

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