Chips made from root vegetables and other plant products are rising in popularity, but the snacks will not threaten the existence of potato and tortilla chips, Plocky's Fine Snacks CEO Paul Cipolla said. Food industry experts agree that trendy ingredients such as hummus and seaweed will be incorporated into more traditional chips rather than replacing them.
Suja Juice used Instagram to combine motivational content with a purchasing function. The brand teamed up with Curalate to use its Like2Buy solution, which directs users who interact with an Instagram post to the juice company's website for additional content.
Cargill, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Co. are among the businesses that signed a White House pledge Monday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invest in clean energy. Cargill has reduced its carbon footprint by 9% in the past 10 years and plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 5% over the next five years.
Goya Foods has invested $500 million in a strategy that it hopes will attract both Hispanic and non-Hispanic consumers, according to CEO Bob Unanue. The company is offering new products such as organic rice and beans, jasmine rice and coconut water that not only appeal to Hispanic shoppers but also to any consumer with an eye toward healthy eating. The company also cut its products' sodium content by 25% in compliance with New York's efforts to cut salt intake.
The ABA, along with California Retailers Association and California State Outdoor Advertising Association, has filed a federal lawsuit challenging San Francisco ordinances requiring health warnings and banning some ads for sugar-sweetened beverages, claiming that they unfairly single out certain beverages and violate First Amendment free speech rights. "The City is trying to ensure that there is no free marketplace of ideas, but instead only a government-imposed, one-sided public 'dialogue' on the topic," the complaint argues.
Major soft drink companies are optimistic about the future of their diet brands, despite struggles in the overall diet soda category. Diet Coke remains the No. 1 diet drink in the U.S., with a loyal consumer base, Coca-Cola North America exec Sandy Douglas said. Rival PepsiCo has replaced the aspartame in its Diet Pepsi with sucralose in a bid to appeal to consumers concerned about food safety, and Dr Pepper Snapple CEO Larry Young credits a new Diet Dr Pepper marketing campaign with a reduced decline in sales.
Genius Juice has overhauled its product line to discontinue underperforming varieties and simplify production and distribution with a single bottle size. The new 12-ounce bottle features a larger logo with updated font highlighting "Genius" and an "organic, non-GMO, dairy-free" callout bar along the top.
The majority of Americans understand that obesity issues go beyond sugar consumption, and the average consumer eats candy two to three times per week, which accounts for just 2%, or 50 calories daily, of the average diet, said NCA President and CEO John Downs Jr., about the state of the confectionery industry at the Sweets and Snacks Expo. The NCA must continue to be consistent and fact-based, engage consumers in conversation and reinforce that candy is a treat to stay ahead of anti-candy claims, he said.
Amplify Snack Brands seeks to generate global growth with the launch of a $276 million initial public offering. The Austin-based snack company boasts a flagship brand of ready-to-eat popcorn called SkinnyPop and launched a tortilla chip line this spring.
The 2015 Sweets and Snacks Expo displayed a growing trend of Asian candy entering the U.S. market, with the migration of Japanese Black Thunder chocolate bars from Yuraku Confectionery Co., vitamin-C and real-fruit juice infused Pure Gummy gummies from Kanro Co., and Kameda crisps from Thailand that feature on-trend flavors.