Cadbury will roll out its Oreo-flavored Creme Eggs to US stores in mid-February. The company has already seen success in the UK with its Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg 'n' Spoon Oreo, and in Canada with a similar version of the product.
Starting next month, Andrews Distributing will no longer distribute Red Bull throughout North and South Texas, and Red Bull North America will handle the region's distribution in-house. "This was a tough and thorough decision-making process, but the decision allows us to move forward with a 100% focus on our core beer business," said Mike McGuire, president of Andrews Distributing.
Big Red soda's "100 Days of BBQ" promotion with Weber grills at select Kroger locations last summer resulted in a 15.7% increase in sales last summer, exceeding company goals. The campaign involved in-store grilling demos, prizes, promotional displays and a Big Red-branded sponsorship of Weber Mobile Grill Academy classes.
Convenience store consumers who are most likely to stock up on beverages for future consumption have been identified, thanks to research by the Coca-Cola Co. Knowledge & Insights Group. When compared to the standard c-store shopper, future beverage consumers tend to be younger, married Hispanic males from bigger households who are their family's primary grocery shoppers, the research indicates.
Coca-Cola, Danone and Mars are among the partners for a new initiative to reduce ocean waste by ensuring that 70% of plastic packaging is reused or recycled by 2025. This will mark a 56 percentage point improvement over the existing amount of plastic packaging that is recycled or reused, which currently stands at 14%.
Polyphenols such as those found in orange juice can fight the negative effects on cardiovascular health of high fat consumption, according to a new study from the University of Reading and PepsiCo. During the study, middle-aged men who consumed citrus drinks experienced improved arterial flow after eating high- and moderate-fat meals versus those who drank a control beverage.
The 2017 Confectionery Leadership Award winners are Christina Groth, Kroger vice president of general merchandise, Health & Beauty Care and Non-Foods; and Brian Rinker, confectionery category manager for Walgreen. The award is given by the NCA and its Candy & Snack TODAY magazine.
UK confectionery sales grew by 55% from November to December 2016 in comparison to the same period in 2015, according to Paymentsense. Despite higher prices, "confectionery manufacturers and retailers can feel safe in the knowledge that sweets and treats seem to have become a staple in the British lifestyle and one of the few items we're not willing to do without," said Guy Moreve, head of marketing for Paymentsense.
Universal Robina will concentrate on expanding its manufacturing presence in Southeast Asia in 2017. The company will spend $96.5 million to build new plants and upgrade existing facilities in the region.
Lotte's Sweet Days chocolate, which claims to help maintain bowel health, has been successful in Japan, showing the potential for other functional chocolate products in the country, according to Canadean. "The chocolate format is convenient for consuming and storing probiotics without a refrigerator, extending consumer enjoyment of probiotic products beyond yogurt," said the market analyst group.
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