Sweetener Users Association members have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve increased sugar imports to avoid shortages. Sugar remains in short supply because of lingering Hurricane Katrina impacts, a delayed sugar beet harvest, serious transportation problems and the temporary closure of a major sugar refinery.
In response to concerns over tooth decay in children, Nestle Waters North America Inc., the largest bottled-water company in the U.S., launched fluoridated 8-ounce bottles of water this month. Roughly 20 bottled-water companies now offer fluoridated water, an industry group said.
Tyson Foods, Gold Kist, Perdue Farms and Foster Poultry Farms say they are no longer feeding broiler chickens antibiotics to encourage faster growth. The four companies said antibiotics use would be limited to disease prevention, a decision which the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association and consumer advocacy groups cheered.
A growing movement in the marketing industry argues that committed "brand evangelists" are more critical than trendsetters in generating buzz behind products and services. According to author George Silverman: "Word of mouth is the most honest advertising medium there is. People don't want to hurt their friends and family and colleagues with bad information."