General Mills is bringing three new products to the Pillsbury line. The Place and Bake Brownies, Filled Crescents and Sweet Biscuits With Icing will be available this summer.
Electric toothbrush brand Quip is moving beyond its direct-to-consumer model with placement in Target stores. "The product is positioned to help improve behaviors and get people more interested in their oral health, and we want to make that as accessible as possible," said Vice President of Growth Shane Pittson.
Dollar sales in the cracker category rose 0.3% between June 2018 and the same period this year, according to data from IRI. Campbell Soup, Kellogg and Mondelez are among the companies innovating in the category to deliver new cracker products.
Unilever is working to identify someone who can fill the vacancy created since Keith Weed left its chief marketing officer position earlier this year, and the firm wants a candidate with purpose-driven brand marketing experience. "It will still be a CMO at the core and then we will bolt on a few different things," said CEO Alan Jope of the position.
Niagara Bottling targets early 2020 for completion of a new $68 million plant in Kansas City, Mo. "As Niagara continues to grow and gain market share, this location in Kansas City positions us well to serve our existing customers while expanding our customer base and reaching new markets," said Executive Vice President Brian Hess.
Stroopwafels, the Netherlands' crispy caramel-waffle treat, have made their way into the US mainstream with their inclusion in a McDonald's menu item and United Airlines' plans to make them an in-flight snack. US food manufacturers started making them during the upward trend of artisanal goods during the recent recession, according to food trend expert Kara Nielsen.
Canadian sugar-free chocolatier Ross Chocolates' sales manager, Philip Hemmings, predicts the sugar-free market will grow "significantly through 2023." The company's products are a favorite with keto diet followers and started selling in the US two years ago.
Consumers who have done more traveling abroad are looking for "bold and exciting" flavors and colors to relive those food experiences and share them online, a Mintel analyst says. Other trends in food point to demands for greater sustainability and more health benefits.
A new state-of-the art dairy in Ohio will produce Non-GMO Project Verified milk for the Danone North America yogurt facility, which is just 18 miles away. The Danone facility is North America's largest yogurt-making site and produces brands including Activia, Danimals, Oikos, Dannon and Light & Fit.
Paul Scharfman in 1991 started Specialty Cheese Company in rural Wisconsin after a 12-year career as a marketer for Kraft Heinz. The company now makes 35 cheese varieties, including for Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Brazilian cuisine, sold nationwide in retailers like Costco and Wegmans, with anticipated sales of $40 to $50 million this year.
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