Food and beverage companies are responding to increased demands for organic offerings, which surpassed overall food sales growth at 11% to reach $43.3 billion in 2015, said an Organic Trade Association report. ConAgra has added four organic products to its Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamers line, J&J Snack Foods debuted four flavors of Whole Fruit Organic Juice Tubes and Dosha Pops introduced six new varieties of organic Ayurvedic herbal tea lollipops.
A packaging upgrade for Little Bird Curious Confections, which makes unique pepper-based creations including candied jalapenos, helped boost the company's sales by 500%. The new design features a 1-1.5 oz. PET stand-up-zipper pouch with a white background that highlights the jalapenos, the word "fire" and the red Little Bird logo, which can double as a chili pepper and a bird.
In efforts to appeal to millennials' increasingly cautious approach to alcohol consumption, Mocktails Beverages has introduced a new line of all-natural products in single-serve, ready-to-drink bottles, said President Bill Gamelli. The company may add to its existing line in the future, which currently includes four flavors: sangria, whiskey sour, cosmopolitan and margarita.
The Ball Corp. facility in Golden, Colo., which produces six million containers a day for beverage manufacturers including Minute Maid, Brisk and Rockstar, operates 24 hours a day. The plant consists of 500,000 square feet of manufacturing and makes cans for 1,100 products.
Ice cream byproducts from R&R Ice Cream in the UK will be used to create biomethane. The biogas, which will be generated from sugar, fat and protein byproducts, will heat UK homes.
Hershey's Candy Experience can help retailers increase confectionery profits by 25% versus traditional category growth of just 2-3%, Hershey says. The store-within-a-store experience features stylish curved displays and highlights candy products not only from Hershey but also competitors.
After a decade in business, It'Sugar has 96 locations nationwide and expects to have 100 by the end of 2016. The retail chain features creative treats such as It'Sushi Gummy Sushi and has averaged 5% increases in same-store sales.
Back-to-school spending is expected to total $75.8 billion in 2016, compared to $68 billion last year, according to the National Retail Federation.
Ramar Foods has seen success with its Magnolia ice cream brand, due in part to the brand's exploration of unconventional and creative flavors such as purple yam, avocado and lychee. Meanwhile, companies including Mayfield Dairy Farms have enjoyed success by emphasizing the quality of their products and winning high-profile awards.
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