Consumer Packaged Goods
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4/19/2019

Trader Joe's has landed the top spot on Forbes' list of America's Best Large Employers, with Costco taking fourth place and Wegmans in 19th. Trader Joe's has never had a layoff in the more than 50 years since it was founded and offers a fun, supportive environment, says executive Jon Basalone.

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4/19/2019

Unilever plans to acquire Olly Nutrition, which produces snack bars, protein powders, supplements and gummy vitamins. "We are thrilled to work with Unilever to grow the Olly brand and amplify our mission, culture and commitment to helping people feel happy inside out," says co-founder Eric Ryan, who will continue leading the business as chief growth officer.

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4/19/2019

Chocolate sales in the US increased 3% last year, according to Euromonitor, but consumption per capita has fallen since 2004, per a Bernstein analysis. To gain share in the market, confectioners are turning to new formulations and flavors, and they are courting chocolate fans in emerging markets such as India and China.

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4/19/2019

Kraft Heinz is debuting Kool-Aid Sour Jammers in five varieties. The product launch will be supported by an ad campaign, as well as via social media promotions on Snapchat and Instagram.

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Drug Store News
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4/19/2019

Conagra's plans for new frozen food items and snacks topped this week's most-clicked list among SmartBrief readers. Danone's sale of Earthbound Farm and Walmart's plans to renovate 500 stores this year also resonated with readers.

4/19/2019

Nestle and Starbucks are partnering to launch Starbucks by Nespresso, a line of beverage capsules for the Nespresso machine. The products will be available in May via online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart.com.

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QSR magazine
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4/19/2019

Fitness-focused energy drink brand Adrenaline Shoc will gain national distribution in June. Keurig Dr Pepper, an investor in the firm, is handling field marketing, sales and distribution.

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BevNet
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4/19/2019

Barry Callebaut will build a production facility in Novi Sad, Serbia. The chocolate factory will be the company's first in southeastern Europe.

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Candy Industry
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4/19/2019

Mondelez has made a minority investment in Hu Products and Hu Kitchen parent Hu Master Holdings through its SnackFuture initiative. "Building on its initial success in chocolate, we believe there's an exciting opportunity to continue expanding the Hu proposition into a broad health-focused snacking platform across categories," said Mondelez's Tim Cofer.

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Candy & Snack Today
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Hu Kitchen, Mondelez, Tim Cofer
4/19/2019

UK confectionery supplier Hancocks has undergone a brand redesign which emphasizes the company's passion for sweets, according to Marketing Director Helen Bradshaw. The rebrand is intended to show customers "that we are the perfect partners for creating the best sweet shop experience in their town," Bradshaw said.

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