Hostess Brands has launched new Cinnamon Sugar Crunch Donettes and Apple Streusel Coffee Cakes in its suite of breakfast products. "The fresh take on our classic Donettes and Coffee Cakes will provide consumers with new options in a category that can be enjoyed all day long," said Burke Raine, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Hostess.
Aunt Butchie's cheesecake cones and cricket-based protein bars are among the imaginative snacks on display at the Fancy Food Show. The New York show attracts about 2,600 exhibitors and approximately 25,000 attendees.
All of the products that were entered for consideration for the 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo Most Innovative New Product Awards can now be viewed on the show's official website. Product, brand, flavor and other information is available for all submissions, which can be viewed by category.
A Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study conducted with Danish scientists found a 20% lower chance of irregular heartbeats or atrial fibrillation among individuals who ate two to six servings of chocolate per week. The study, which included 55,500 participants, "adds to the accumulating evidence on the health benefits of moderate chocolate intake and highlights the importance of behavioral factors for potentially lowering the risk of arrhythmias," said Elizabeth Mostofsky, lead author of the study.
TRU Chocolate is now selling sugar-free, xylitol-sweetened dark chocolate at ShopRite stores in the US, with four varieties that include solid dark chocolate wafers and dark chocolate covered raw pasteurized almonds. The company decided to use xylitol as a sweetener because it carries no aftertaste, said TRU Chocolate Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bob Bergwall.
Beauty brand Le Metier de Beaute is coming to QVC this week, a move industry sources expect will boost sales by $10 million in the first year. The brand will launch on the shopping network with 12 products, including a QVC-exclusive kit containing a tinted day treatment called Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe.
Beauty company Shiseido has rolled out an app called MADE-2-FIT for its bareMinerals brand, featuring MatchCo technology. The app uses a phone's camera to analyze skin tones and offer a customized foundation, which users can buy for $49.
Wal-Mart has no plans to make a bid to purchase Whole Foods Market, sources said Friday. Whole Foods had not received additional bids outside of the $13.7 billion offer from Amazon as of the end of last week.
Coca-Cola is one company that is maximizing its use of influencers to create effective campaigns. For its Rio Olympics program last year, the brand got to know its potential influencers nearly two years before the campaign began, said Coca-Cola's Kate Hartman.
General Mills is debuting its French-style Oui yogurt line this week, which is as thick as Greek yogurt but less sour, and is sold in small glass pots. "It's been 10 years really since a new segment has emerged in yogurt and we think this is what our business and the category needs to get back to growth," said General Mills' David Clark.