Regular cheese consumption has been linked with a lower overall risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and stroke, according to a meta-analysis of 15 observational studies. "We found that high, compared with low, cheese consumption was significantly associated with 10-14% lower risks of CVD and its subgroups," the researchers wrote.
General Mills has unveiled a new logo, marking the sixth time it's changed since the company's 1928 founding and the first logo update in 16 years. Featuring General Mills' classic cursive letter "G" adorned with a red heart, the logo also sports the slogan "General Mills: Making Food People Love."
Pinnacle Foods is logging a growth rate of about 10% annually, driven in part by product innovations such as Birds Eye Veggie Made vegetables and the Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 cake-in-a-mug pouches. The company also manufactures using efficient and lean processes and seeks acquisitions that fit into its growth strategy, said CEO Mark Clouse.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group is building momentum in the premium bottled water category through a series of innovations that will continue to grow in 2018. The company aims to introduce a sports cap for its Fiji Water line, take its Core Organic flavored water line nationwide and launch Bai Antioxidant Water and Bai Supertea next year.
Hershey and Ivory Coast officials will meet in the US later this month to discuss a partnership that will include the construction of a semi-finished cocoa products factory, according to Ivory Coast spokesman Bruno Kone. "It will enable them to discuss the trade in semi-finished cocoa products, the eventual building of a factory, the struggle against child labour and improving cocoa quality," Kone said.
Godiva is planning to tap into the Australian chocolate market, where it expects to find consumers who are supportive of the premium chocolate experience. Godiva opened its first cafe and retail store in Melbourne this week and will concentrate on Melbourne and Sydney before expanding into Brisbane.
Americans will continue to gravitate toward global flavors next year, adding East African and Japanese fare to the mix, predicts McCormick & Co. in its annual flavor forecast. McCormick also forecasts that street food, wellness tonics and dishes cooked in hot pots will rise in popularity.
Brew Dr Kombucha CEO Matt Thomas says the organic beverage firm has experienced triple-digit growth during 2017. Thomas also announced the company's plans to release a canned version of the product as well as develop seasonal flavor variants to be released next year.
Kefir market leader Lifeway Foods is rolling out a new line of sparkling, nondairy probiotic beverages called Elixir. Featuring four flavors, Elixir is one of several brand extensions the company is preparing, in addition to a range of Icelandic yogurts and a line of plant-based drinks.
Candy Dynamics has named Laura King as its new president. King, who has been with the company for 17 years and most recently served as vice president of sales and marketing, will succeed Richard Deer in the role in early 2018, although Deer will continue to serve as the company's CEO.