Australia-based cosmetics brand INIKA Organic is launching in the US market this week, with the goal of gaining shelf space at up to 200 stores by the end of the year. "There are no other brands that have as many certified organic products, that are truly certified organic, with the [certified] logo on the front, that are also vegan and also cruelty-free," said Tony Rechtman, founder and CEO of parent company Total Beauty Network.
Formulators are key to creating natural cosmetics and personal care products, while replacing plastic microbeads with more natural ingredients could place brands using conventional and synthetic components on the fast track to the naturals market, according to Andrea Mitarotonda, head of research and development for organic skin care brand Neal's Yard Remedies. "From an efficacy point of view, the higher selectivity of biotech reactions can bring more performing ingredients as well," he said.
PepsiCo is working with Block Six Analytics to determine how many impressions the brand's logos are garnering at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. Armed with the data that the two companies analyzed, PepsiCo was quickly able to determine the ROI value of the sponsorship.
KIND Snacks launched the KIND Nutrition Collective last year to work with dietitians on ways to expand consumers' access to healthy foods. Registered dietitians in the US can join the group, which provides members with educational materials and product samples to use with their patients, said Stephanie Perruzza, KIND's health and wellness specialist.
Amazon will postpone the opening of its Seattle Amazon Go store to the public while it works out glitches in the technology that lets shoppers bypass checkout lines, sources said. The store opened to Amazon employees in December to test technology that automatically charges shoppers as they exit the store.
The Salt & Straw ice cream company makes a name for itself with offbeat flavors based on equally offbeat ingredients, including plans for a flavor based on food products that otherwise would have been discarded. "We were really struck by the idea that we waste 40% of our food in the United States, and that children in our cities are going hungry," says founder Kim Malek.
Bain Capital Private Equity has agreed to buy Sealed Air Corp's food hygiene and cleaning unit, as well as its Diversey Care division, for approximately $3.2 billion. The newly-combined units will be known as New Diversey.
Daily coffee consumption is on the rise, with some 62% of 3,000 surveyed consumers reporting that they drank coffee during the prior day, according to a report from the National Coffee Association USA. "More of us are drinking coffee, and younger consumers appear to be leading the charge," said NCA CEO Bill Murray, who added that gourmet brews are also behind the rise in consumption.