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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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