More than 900 nutrition bars came to market between 2001 and 2004, with many varieties touting increased energy and endurance. Nutrition experts say those often contain sugar content meant for athletes, not office workers. Consumers should consider what they need in a nutrition bar and choose one suited to their goals.
France's Groupe Danone is rumored to be a takeover target of Pepsico, Coke, Nestle, Cadbury Schweppes and Kraft Foods, but some analysts say regulatory barriers could lessen the likelihood of a takeover in the next few years. Danone chairman and CEO Franck Riboud is on record as saying he wants the company to be the buyer, not the acquisition, however the firm's strong yogurt and water businesses seem to fit well with Pepsico's interest in wellness products. Beverage Digest magazine reports a "large American company" is pursuing Danone through investment bankers.
Columbia's Santo Domingo family is expected to announce the sale of a 71.8% stake in Grupo Empresarial Bavaria, the second-largest brewer in South America, to SABMiller for $7.8 billion. Heineken had also bid for the company.
Diageo has become an ally of consumer advocacy groups in pushing for ingredient and nutrient labeling on its products, and the company already posts this information in its advertising and on the Internet. But wine makers and brewers oppose labeling requirements, worrying that claims about distilled spirits could lure consumers away from their products on the basis of calories or carb content.