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11/17/2017

J.M. Smucker Co. has watched its e-commerce sales of coffee and Jif peanut butter rise by more than 150% and 75%, respectively, during the company's most recent quarter. "These represent some of the fastest-growing categories in e-commerce as they are well suited for a subscription model," said CEO Mark Smucker.

11/17/2017

Hostess Brands has joined forces with Nestle to produce brownies that are dipped in fudge and topped with bits of Butterfinger candy. "As we continue our chocolate-peanut butter innovation streak, the brownie segment brings even more opportunities to get creative with our expanding portfolio," said Burke Raine, chief marketing officer for Hostess.

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11/17/2017

Coca-Cola will test a new stevia-sweetened cola in a small international market during early 2018. The latest formulation is said to improve on earlier attempts to substitute stevia for sugar; the company has tweaked the recipe to eliminate the aftertaste that consumers previously disliked.

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11/17/2017

The Trendspotter Panel of the Specialty Food Association foresees more natural products such as activated charcoal gaining ground with consumers in 2018, and it predicts that black-hued foods could replace rainbow-colored items as next year's coloring trend. The panel also projects growth in Filipino cuisine, plant-based foods and alternative sweeteners.

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11/17/2017

DRY Soda Company will roll out its no-sugar, stevia-sweetened line of sparkling drinks in April. The DRY Zero Sugar series will include cola, peach tea, mountain berry and island fruit varieties.

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BevNet
11/17/2017

Coca-Cola is hoping to solve the problem of enzymatic browning in juices with a new treatment involving acerola fruit. In a patent filing, the company said using acerola in juice during sample testing resulted in about 32% less browning than what was observed in untreated juice.

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11/17/2017

International Flavors & Fragrances has partnered with Mars Wrigley Confectionery for AdvanceMint, a program focused on supporting mint farmers in India. "To help more people and communities within our supply chain thrive, AdvanceMint has an aggressive target of doubling mint farmer incomes by 2021," said Kim Frankovich, vice president of sustainability for Mars Wrigley.

11/17/2017

1-800-Flowers has launched Simply Chocolate, an e-commerce site that will feature house brand Harry & David and other brands. The site will also offer a loyalty program that provides free standard shipping and removes service charges for a year.

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Candy & Snack Today
11/17/2017

Unlike Green & Black's other Fairtrade-certified chocolate, its Velvet Edition dark chocolate bars will adhere to Mondelez's Cocoa Life sustainability initiative, partly as a way to build awareness of the program, said Brand Manager Laura Gray. The brand's other products will remain Fairtrade certified, Gray said.

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11/17/2017

Prairie Farms has introduced its new milk snack bars, which feature creme-filled chocolate cake and a chocolate coating. Free of artificial colors and preservatives, the bars are available in four-count boxes or as individual items.

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