Post Holdings could make a "blockbuster" acquisition in 2016, adding to its acquisitions of Williamette Egg Farms and MOM Brands in the past two years, according to Post CEO Rob Vitale.
The Coca-Cola Co. recently received trademark patent approval to bring back the Hi-C Ecto Cooler drink to coincide with the release of the new "Ghostbusters" movie. The orange-tangerine flavored drink, colored green in tribute to the Slimer character from the original movie, debuted in 1987 and was pulled from shelves in 2007 after being renamed twice.
After shutting down production this past April due to listeria contamination, Blue Bell Creameries plans to bring back 115 employees and expand into Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana as a part of its re-entry plan. The Texas-based ice cream company currently offers five flavors but plans to add more variety beginning Dec. 21, when the fourth phase of its five-phase re-entry plan is expected to start.
Extra sugar-free bubble gum has launched the first voice UGC WeChat moment ad to "laugh it off," targeting the post-90s generation of consumers as it releases its new Bubble Mint flavor. Extra's ad uses interactive technology to allow consumers to record a direct response to celebrities' own "laugh it off" messages.
After surveying over 3,500 millennials, ad agency Moosylvania compiled the 20- to 35-year-olds' top 17 favorite food brands. Nestle landed in 17th place with its social art marketing campaign and Hershey made it to fifth place for its decision to remove artificial colorings from its chocolate. Some other brands such as Kraft, Kellogg's and Taco Bell were successful because of their digital campaigns.
Yowie Group will launch new Angry Birds-branded chocolate in 2016 after signing a licensing deal with Rovio Entertainment. "Both will grow the novelty candy category and provide much needed innovation for the candy category overall," says Wayne Loxton, executive chairman of Yowie Group. The Australia-based company plans to produce the new chocolate on the same production line as its Yowie brand, which is in Florida.
Produced at a rate of 1,680 jelly beans per second, the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, Calif., operates 24 hours a day and five days a week while creating flavors like Berry Blue and Buttered Popcorn. The jelly bean has been around since the 19th century, and the Jelly Belly Candy Co. currently produces 133 flavors.
The 26-year-old Spangler Candy Co. produces 2.7 million candy canes a day and has spruced up its flavors from traditional peppermint to natural cinnamon and jelly bean flavors. Among its other products, such as Dum Dums and Caramel Creams, Spangler ships its candy canes all over the world.
UK-based Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative has been granted the country's first license to export organic products to the Chinese market. "This partnership helps enormously with the rollout of our organic dairy products to customers who need quality organic dairy ingredients for their products destined for the Chinese market," said Richard Hampton, Organic Milk Suppliers' managing director.
Coca-Cola will introduce its non-carbonated milk-based beverage Vio in the Indian market. The preservative-free beverage that mixes skimmed milk and flavors will face competition from other companies including Amul, Britannia and Nestle there.
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