Coca-Cola has bought a 40% share in Honest Tea, which claims to be the nation’s No. 1 brand of organic tea. Honest Tea will continue to operate as an independent company, with founder Seth Goldman at the helm.

The American Chemistry Council has named Mitzi Emrich as director for Progressive Bag Affiliates, a group of manufacturers of plastic bags, plastic resin manufacturers and recyclers whose mission is to promote plastic bags as environmentally responsible.

The North Carolina state government has awarded $182,242 in grants to five municipalities and eight private companies to encourage development and expansion of bottle and can collection for recycling at bars and restaurants.

Nestlé has reduced its direct greenhouse gas emissions by 16% compared with 10 years ago, according to a company report announced to a United Nations Global Compact event by CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe. Part of that amount came from packaging material reductions, which totaled 328,300 tons in that period, the report said.

The MyPyramid nutritional symbol of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will serve as the basis for a new labeling program for ConAgra products. The new symbol will feature MyPyramid at the head of a series of colored triangles that specify the daily-allowance percentage of grains, vegetables and other food types that the product contains.

Beverage Creations, a hydration technologies corporation based in St. Paul, Minn., has announced plans to buy Encore Labs, a bottling and production facility. This acquisition will allow Beverage Creations to distribute its bio2TONIC energy drink nationwide.

Food processors, especially the major ones, are making a concerted effort to offer low-sodium products, according to a report from Packaged Facts. New product lines that had at least one stock-keeping unit with a low-salt or low–sodium claim rose from 102 in 2002 to 209 in 2007, an increase of 105%.

Consumers are making fewer shopping trips as a response to gasoline prices and other economic pressures, according to a new survey by the Nielsen Co. Annual shopping trips to all retail outlets dropped from 181 in 2001 to 164 in 2007, while trips to grocery stores dropped from 72 in 2001 to 59 in 2007.

An 8-year-old Iowa girl will visit Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle in the Bavarian Alps after finding the winning can in a Nutrisoda sweepstakes. The contest, run by the Ardea unit of PepsiAmericas, awarded the trip to whoever found a can of Nutrisoda with the word “Magic” where “Immune” would normally appear.