Snack bar brand That's It is adding new spicy flavors of its signature fruit bars and a new on-the-go formulation designed to appeal to millennial consumers. The Zesty line features flavors such as apple, mango and chili, and the Bites line packs chocolate-covered fruit bites in a single-serve pouch. In keeping with the brand's simple theme, all products have fewer than five ingredients.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has finalized new safety standards and testing protocols for poultry. The USDA estimates that the new standards, which include stricter rules for the percentage of turkey and chicken products that can test positive for salmonella and campylobacter, could prevent 50,000 illnesses a year.
High pressure processing company Universal Pasteurization and Cold Storage has hired former FONA International executive Mark Duffy as its CEO. Duffy, who has also worked at ConAgra Foods and Nestle, said he predicts HPP will grow as consumers continue to focus on healthy beverages. "This business is so relevant today, and it will continue to be so for years to come because of things like the Food Safety Modernization Act and the continued sophistication and expectations of really smart consumers" he said.
A number of large companies have established themselves as a driving force behind health and sustainability, writes Claire Phoenix. For example, Coca-Cola has set a goal to have all of its PET bottles be made from bio-based materials by 2020, and PepsiCo plans to reduce its energy use 25% by the same year, she writes.
Ramar Foods has done well selling traditional ice cream varieties like chocolate, coconut and mango under its Magnolia brand, but the company hopes to introduce exotic Filipino flavors like avocado, purple yam and lychee in the future. Ramar's business has grown with the Asian population in the US, and the company has expanded from small ethnic grocers to large supermarket chains.
Nestle and First Milk have teamed up on a two-year program meant to help prepare the dairy industry's future leaders. The program will teach participants about farm and financial management, communication, dairy industry politics and the operations of the supply chain from farm to consumer.
Dollar sales of milk overall decreased by 5.2% and unit sales fell 0.7% over the year ended Nov. 1, with skim and low-fat milk seeing a 10% dollar sales decrease and a 4.8% unit sales decrease. While dollar sales of whole milk fell by 1.3%, unit sales of whole milk were up by 3.6%. And the flavored milk category, which includes refrigerated frozen milk, eggnog and buttermilk, saw dollar sales increase by 6% and unit sales increase by 6.5%.
A new campaign from the Milk Processor Education Program aims to take advantage of consumer demand for protein and make consumers more aware of the protein in milk. The group's multi-platform "My Morning Protein" campaign, which launched early this year, emphasizes the quality protein milk can provide, especially when paired with breakfast or a morning snack.
NBA star James Harden, or rather Harden's trademark beard, will be featured in Trolli's "Weirdly Awesome" social media campaign. On Feb. 2, Harden's beard was featured on Trolli's Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts for Q&A sessions with fans. "In 2016, our campaign is primarily digital and social, grounded in great new sharable content featuring James and a new TV campaign to further extend our reach," said Jill Manchester, Ferrara's senior vice president of marketing and brand strategy.
New flavor developments are positioning the global popcorn market to reach $12 billion by 2020, says Technavio. North America is the largest market with 61% of revenue share, boosted by product launches from companies such as Kraft Foods and PepsiCo and flavors such as green apple caramel and sour cream and onion, said Technavio Lead Food Research Expert G. Vijay Sarathi.
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