Paul Norman is retiring from his role as president of Kellogg North America effective April 1. North America division staff members will report to company CEO Steven Cahillane until Kellogg names Norman's successor.
PepsiCo is bringing aspartame back to its Diet Pepsi formulation. The move is part of a marketing refresh and follows consumer requests for the company to produce the brand with the sweetener.
Amazon is tidying up its grocery delivery options with a new plan to merge its AmazonFresh and Prime Now services by the end of the year, according to Yahoo Finance. Amazon has been reducing its delivery area for AmazonFresh since its takeover of Whole Foods last summer, and a recent consumer survey finds that 48% of Prime users have been ordering groceries through the service.
An oversupply of organic milk has prevented organic dairy farmers from collecting higher prices for their products and delayed Organic Valley's plans to take on new farmers. Production quotas have been implemented to keep supplies from getting out of control and prevent a "price war" that would hurt farmers, said Organic Valley spokesman Hans Eisenbeis.
Artificial intelligence could be a great tool for grocers, letting them better analyze the volumes of customer data they collect, Infor's Doug Tiffan writes. It also offers potential benefits for managing inventory, especially perishables, and cutting down on waste.
Sales of culinary coconut oil are on the downswing, with US retail sales falling 25.9% in the conventional channel last year, according to data from SPINS. Sales in the natural and specialty/organic channels also dropped last year, by 16.1% and 14.3%, respectively, SPINS data indicate.
Chicago-based sports-drink brand KRa is working to expand distribution, with an eye toward gaining shelf space in the Mid-Atlantic US. CEO Sarah Hardgrove-Koleno says the firm is targeting gyms and collegiate training centers to gain brand recognition in a crowded fitness-beverage field.
Perrier has released a sequel to its classic "Lion" ad, winner of the Grand Prix in Film award at Cannes in 1991. The new spot advertises the line's Perrier Fines Bulles, which features smaller bubbles than the company's original drinks.
Skittles are made through a process that includes a mixing station where the brand's five flavors are developed and a panning station that allows misshapen candies to be removed. In 2016, Wrigley added a Yorkville, Ill., plant to produce Skittles, which were previously only made in Waco, Texas.
Mars has placed 83rd on the 100 Best Companies To Work For List compiled by Fortune and research company Great Place to Work, marking the sixth straight year that the company has been included. The list is determined through employee survey responses, which use over 50 categories to rate employers.
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