The US Department of Agriculture is inviting public comment on "food crediting," which determines how food items fit into a meal under the National School Lunch Program and other federal child nutrition programs. Feb. 12 is the deadline for comments, the USDA says.
Neuro-nutrition will increasingly gain traction as consumers seek specific food and beverage formulations to maintain optimum brain health, predicts Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert in his analysis of 2018 trends. "We have moved from heart health to bone health to gut health and now brain health," he said.
DanoneWave this year became a B-Corporation, giving it legal protection to seek goals beyond mere sales and profits. "I'm a true and strong believer that being a 'big food company' doesn't have a negative connotation but a positive one," said CEO Mariano Lozano. "We have the power to move the needle."
Kellogg's will open a 5,000-square-foot cereal cafe dubbed Kellogg's NYC in New York City's Union Square neighborhood today. The cereal menu boasts gourmet toppings such as rum-roasted bananas, which guests can eat while sitting in hammocks or bean bags and playing board games and Nintendo.
Sobeys will rebrand about 65 of its namesake and Safeway stores in Western Canada and transition them to its FreshCo discount grocery banner starting next year, the company said. The supermarket operator has 91 FreshCo stores in Ontario and it's expanding the concept as the discount arena grows more competitive with concepts from Loblaw, Costco and Walmart.
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group will close 30 Bruegger's Bagels stores in three states and Washington, D.C. The company also operates stores under the Einstein Bros. Bagels, Caribou Coffee and Coffee & Bagels banners.
Hershey's successful launch of the Cookie Layer Crunch bar in December 2016 allowed the brand to move more deeply into the "snackfection" arena, generated more than $100 million in sales and helped bring Hershey into more homes. "We've grown our household penetration as a brand by almost 4% in 2017, which is a lot for a really big business," said Senior Brand Manager Edward Edson.
Post is unveiling two breakfast cereals inspired by classic cookie varieties. The brand's Chips Ahoy! and Nutter Butter cereals will be available online and at Walmart stores before year's end.
Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods Market topped the list of food stories that consumers noticed most in 2017, according to a survey by Hunter Public Relations. Also on the minds of the 1,000 adults polled were stories about "unicorn" foods, avocado prices and the wide array of meal-kit options.
PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division has brought Cheetos to new outlets such as Taco Bell, Burger King and Regal Cinemas, forging partnerships that help elevate the snack food via experiential marketing opportunities. "It's more than just co-branding. It's their way of trying to make their brands more 3D and less 2D," said analyst Nik Modi of RBC Capital Markets.