Sales of natural and organic products have risen 8% over the past year with "no sign of slowing," said Tracy Miedema of Presence Marketing. Among the products trending in the category are beverages infused with functional herbs, bone broth and grain-free products, Miedema said.
Kraft Heinz Ingredients has unveiled prototypes of several new flavored nut products as the firm prepares to enter the nut snacking category. "The outlook for nuts is positive because they are used in many of the food and beverage products produced by some of our largest CPG customers," said James Clinton Francis, associate brand manager with Kraft Heinz Ingredients.
Knorr's new content marketing tool analyzes consumers' Instagram user data to seek clues about what they would like to eat for dinner. The Eat Your Feed platform then suggests recipes that include Knorr's products, and even allows Instagram users to add ingredients to their shopping carts.
A multi-camera robot is roaming the aisles of an independent grocery each night in Athens, Ga., updating the store's inventory numbers. In the test project, the robot called Fetch also can tell management at Bell's Food Store about items in the wrong area, expired sale prices to be removed or low inventory.
School nutrition professionals at an Indiana school deliver food coolers to classrooms on most mornings under a new in-class breakfast program. Breakfast participation has increased from 31% to 73% since adopting the program.
Food insecurity during school breaks is an issue for some students in an Idaho community, says Kymm Swiston, a team lead for child nutrition at Bonneville Joint School District 93. Schools seek to fill gaps with backpack and summer meal programs, while community groups serve food and offer groceries to families in need.
GMA was one of 45 US trade groups that signed a joint letter to President Donald Trump on Sunday, asking him to reconsider proposed tariffs on goods from China. Tariffs would stifle global competition and hurt job growth, the trade groups say, and the letter urges Trump to work with the business community and economic experts to find more effective solutions.
Matchaah is bringing its carbonated matcha tea line, SoMatchaah, to US shelves by the end of the month. The canned drinks come in four fruit flavors and are geared toward nontea drinkers who are looking for natural refreshment.
Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Eggs, Dylan's Candy Bar Caramel Robin Eggs and Dove Truffles Milk Chocolate Carrot Patch are among the new confectionery offerings debuting for Easter this year. Additionally, Lindt Hardshell Eggs have hit store shelves, and Peeps are available in new orange sherbet and Neapolitan marshmallow flavors.