Younger shoppers continue to see more and more overlap between supermarkets and restaurants, according to Amanda Topper, associate director of foodservice research at Mintel. Those who buy prepared meals or dine at the grocery tend to be younger, male and often parents, Topper said, and consumers increasingly would like to see more foodservice options at retail.
Campbell Soup is embarking on a portfolio review to determine the company's path for the future, and executives will announce the results of the review in August. "Everything is on the table. There are no sacred cows," said Chief Financial Officer Anthony DiSilvestro.
A repurposed school bus, called the Cruisin' Cafe, will deliver meals to students in a Kentucky school district this summer. Superintendent Teresa Morgan said the mobile meals will help expand summer-meal access for students who cannot get to one of the district's feeding sites.
Several CPG brands are releasing new products, including Nestle, which is rolling out Simply Delicious Morsels -- chocolate chips made from just three ingredients. In addition, Cholula is introducing a Sweet Habanero hot sauce variety, and Noosa Yoghurt will debut a line with two yogurt flavors in separate compartments within the same container.
As competition in the condiment category increases, Unilever and Kraft Heinz are innovating, tweaking prices and boosting advertising to retain fans. "We're engaging toe to toe," said Unilever Chief Financial Officer Graeme Pitkethly.
Chef'd has teamed with Byte Foods to put its meal kits in about 100 of Byte's unattended, refrigerated vending systems in hospitals, offices and other locations. Byte operates refrigerators that consumers can use like a vending machine to buy grocery items by swiping a credit card.
Kantar Worldpanel has chosen Nestle as one of the world's top fast-moving consumer goods brands, according to its 2018 Brand Footprint report. Nestle was credited with 14.4 billion consumer reach points, which are calculated using the amount of households that buy products from the brand and how often the products are purchased.
Consumers are looking for better quality wines, not necessarily simply more of the same, per presentations at the Wine Market Council's annual meeting. To best serve the consumer, retailers should be flexible, said keynote speaker Christian Navarro, president and co-owner of Wally's Wine and Spirits and Wally's Beverly Hills, citing how his stores have added food options and more data analysis to boost sales.
Lemon elderflower is the new flavor du jour thanks to Claire Ptak, the baker of the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Bakeries across the US posted photos of their versions of lemon-elderflower cakes on Instagram, and New Orleans bakery Sucre introduced a drink featuring the flavor combination.
"Schlabst" has become a catchphrase in Milwaukee bars, with patrons combining two old-school lagers, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Schlitz, to create an iconic brew blend. The reintroduction of Schlitz helped create the only-in-Wisconsin phenomenon, prompting T-shirts and even a tasting contest.
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