Toys R Us will move forward with plans to hire seasonal staffers for the holidays, despite its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing this week. The toy retailer has created the new position of toy demonstrator, and it expects to hire more than 12,500 part-time employees in its six largest markets.
Conagra Brands will acquire Angie's Artisan Treats, the parent company of the Boomchickapop line of popcorn. "Adding the Angie's Boomchickapop brand to Conagra's portfolio is another important step in our ongoing plan to modernize our portfolio and accelerate growth," said Conagra CEO Sean Connolly.
General Mills will bring its original Trix recipe back to store shelves next month after some customers said they prefer it over the version that debuted last year, which swapped out artificial colors and flavors for natural ones. The "Classic Trix" will sit next to the newer recipe on store shelves to satisfy consumers, who "don't all want one thing," said spokesman Mike Siemienas.
Coca-Cola Bottling United has opened the doors on a new $5 million sales and distribution facility in Okaloosa County, Fla. The company employs 80 local workers in the 24,000-square-foot space.
Target will expand its Target Restock program to eight more major markets, making it available to around one-fifth of the US population by the middle of October, the retailer said Thursday. Through the service, online shoppers fill a box with household goods from a list of about 15,000 items and pay a $4.99 fee for next-day delivery.
McCormick & Co. has released a slate of seasoning and sauce innovations, including a range of Good Morning Slow Cooker Breakfast Seasoning Mixes. "These new products offer many options to make a flavorful breakfast, dinner or snack in minutes," said McCormick's Jill Pratt.
Mars Food is relocating its North American headquarters from Los Angeles to Chicago. The food unit of Mars Inc., which manufactures Uncle Ben's, Seeds of Change and other food lines, will open the new 20,000-square-foot office next month.
Campbell Soup is entering the plant-based protein beverage market with its new Bolthouse Farms line of pea-based milks. The four-flavor line will be available in grocery outlets such as Kroger, Shaw's and Publix as early as next week.
Trend forecasters continue to predict the ascension of maple as the hot new seasonal flavor. Both Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts offer maple pecan latte drinks, and maple flavors are mentioned in non-alcoholic drinks on menus 86% more often this year than in 2016, according to Technomic's MenuMonitor.
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