Hain Celestial Group is welcoming seven new members to its worldwide leadership team, including Nestle vet Gary Tickle, who will serve as COO. The leadership additions also include Jerome Erskin as chief supply chain officer for the US as well as James Fay as chief customer officer.
Drinks with a natural claim represent 40% of dollar growth in the beverage industry, said Kathryn Peters, SPINS' executive vice president of business development during a presentation at BevNET Live.
Mars Chocolate North America and its subsidiary Wrigley are seeing sales boosts after using data drawn from the company's Transaction Zones Vision to recommend customized merchandising plans to retailers. One US grocer saw a 20% dollar boost for some items after testing Wrigley and Mars' recommendations for its self-checkout display.
White Label Yerba Mate Soda is the brainchild of Brooklyn nightclub owner John Barclay, who wanted to bring the energizing drink into local production after it became cost-prohibitive to import the German brands that his patrons liked. Formulated over two years, the beverage includes ingredients such as organic Brazilian yerba mate extract, organic cane sugar, molasses and medicinal herb ashwagandha.
New product debuts in the smoothie category climbed 23% last year, Mintel data indicates, largely due to the fact that these beverages fit into many of the latest consumer trends, such as plant-based diets, functional ingredients and customization, said Joey Portanova of Imbibe. "We can expect to see more whole ingredients and brands using smoothies to align themselves with the clean label and transparency trends," Portanova said.
Cheetos have been involved in unconventional pairings long before they were placed inside Taco Bell's quesadillas. Cheetos tested about 600 flavors for the Chinese market in 1994 and eventually offered strawberry Cheetos in Japan, as well.
Candy Industry magazine has named its 2017 Kettle Award nominees. The nominees include Ghirardelli Chocolate's Steve Genzoli, Askinosie Chocolate's Shawn Askinosie, Brown & Haley's Sara Clair and Spangler Candy's Kirk Vashaw.
Hormel is pursuing an aggressive strategy to associate itself with fresh, new CPG brands, and the heart of its growth plan involves a goal to gain 15% of revenues from products that debuted within the last five years. The company aims to add acquisitions or new products in four main sectors: multicultural, healthy, international and portable or snacking.
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