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January 25, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS

Cargo up at Indiana ports

The Ports of Indiana handled 8.3 million tons of cargo at its three ports last year, an increase of 20 percent over a year earlier.

Officials with the Ports of Indiana say it was the third highest total of cargo in the organization’s 52-year history and the highest since 2006. They say shipments of coal, steel and agricultural-related products helped lead the increases.

The ports in the fourth quarter alone handled nearly 3 million tons of cargo, which is the highest total for any quarter since the ports opened.

The statewide port authority operates two ports on the Ohio River and one on Lake Michigan.

NEW YORK

PepsiCo drops ‘natural’ labeling

PepsiCo has quietly gotten rid of the word “Natural” in some of its products and instead is going with “Simply.”

The company changed its “Simply Natural” line of Frito-Lay chips to simply be called “Simply,” although the ingredients remain the same. Similarly, its “Natural Quaker Granola” got a makeover as “Simply Quaker Granola.”

The food and beverage giant says the name changes, which took place last year, are the result of it updating its marketing. But they come at a time when PepsiCo and other companies face legal challenges over their use of the word “natural.”

The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t have a definition for what constitutes “natural,” but says it doesn’t object to the word’s use as long as the product doesn’t contain “added color, artificial flavors or synthetic substances.” Still, a number of lawsuits recently have challenged whether the ingredients in products labeled as “natural” fit that billing.

In some cases, companies are realizing the use of “natural” isn’t worth the headache, said Steve Gardner, director of litigation for the consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest, an advocacy group that has filed lawsuits against companies on the topic.

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