Hostess Brands has debuted Chocolate Cake Twinkies, the company's first Twinkies product that does not feature a golden sponge cake. Hostess has also updated its Chocodile, which is an original Twinkies cake covered in fudge, to feature more cream filling, a larger size and a more robust fudge coating.
The Hershey Company has introduced a limited-edition line of six new candy products, which highlight the most iconic "Flavors of America." For instance, Hershey's Kisses Coconut Almond Flavored Candies offer the essence of Hawaii, while Texas' outdoor grilling traditions inspired the new PayDay BBQ Flavored Bars.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group will increase advertising for its Bai beverage line this year and next, with TV spots, digital, public relations, social, sampling and other campaigns, said CEO Larry Young. "We're investing significantly behind Bai this year as we looked to build trial and awareness of the brand," Young said.
Food manufacturers are increasingly seeing the benefit of SmartLabel as a vehicle for communicating detailed nutrition, ingredient and product information to consumers without overcrowding limited label space on packaging. Roughly 7,000 brands already have SmartLabel, and 34,000 are expected to join the platform by the end of the year, said GMA's Jim Flannery.
Food and beverage stakeholders are awaiting the new administration's formal position on whether nutritional or labeling requirements might be less imposing under President Trump than they were in the past. "[W]e believe there is a more efficient and less costly approach regulators can take to execute these label changes," said GMA's Roger Lowe regarding the association's desire to adjust the current July 2018 deadline that applies to Nutrition Facts labels.
Food innovation firm Green Park Brands is bringing sparkling water line Ugly Drinks into the US by next year. The beverages, which are unsweetened and feature natural fruit flavors, are already on shelves at more than 1,000 retail outlets in the UK.
Amcor Rigid Plastics is expanding its bottle production capacity with a $7 million investment in a PET plant in Paris, Texas. The facility, which can produce about 50 million PET bottles annually, will be responsible for making bottles in two sizes for Campbell Soup Co.'s V8 Vegetable Juice line.
Mondelez has issued a report on the progress of its community well-being programs in nations such as Brazil, China, Mexico, India and South Africa. Mondelez's community partnerships are positively affecting the lives of over a million children in 14 separate nations, according to the company.
Singapore-based Delfi Limited and Yuraku Confectionery in Indonesia have joined forces to sell Delfi-branded chocolate products in Indonesia. Under the joint venture agreement, Delfi will have a 60% share in the joint venture, with Yuraku controlling the other 40%.
Chocolate consumption has increased 50% between 2011 and 2016, according to Mintel data. Over two in five Indian consumers said they believe in the health benefits of chocolate, which helps drive consumption, according to research firm Mintel.
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