Unusual fruit flavors like yuzu and dragon fruit, and regional barbecue flavors in savory snacks are among flavor trends in the snack world, Julie Laughter of Fona International said at the Sweets & Snacks Expo. "Even the classics ... aren't just the classics anymore," she said, citing examples like Tahitian vanilla and Belgian chocolate.
The Trump administration on Thursday announced an aid package of up to $16 billion for farmers and ranchers affected by the US-China trade war, centered around $14.5 billion in cash payments for crop farmers, along with pork and dairy producers. The aid "ensures that farmers will not bear the brunt of those trade practices by China or any other nation," Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.
Land O'Lakes maintains data regarding aggregate farm output, which it then shares with farmers so they can use the insights to operate sustainably. The key to a thriving food economy in the future is "data, data, data," said CEO Beth Ford.
Albertsons is revamping its Signature Select private label this year with a new look and more than 300 new items. "With the expansion of Signature Select, customers will find even more surprises, from seasonal and holiday items to ethnic and even plant-based offerings," says President of Own Brands Geoff White.
Ferrara Candy is planning an updated recipe and freshness-saving packaging for the 99-year-old Baby Ruth chocolate bar next year, Monica Watrous writes. The revamp comes after changes were made to the Butterfinger bar earlier this year.
Kraft Heinz has seen sales for its Corn Nuts brand increase 12% in the retail channel, thanks to a marketing campaign that maximizes the power of social media. "It's been very scrappy -- we haven't put any marketing spend [behind it]," said Jennifer Hill, who manages the brand's social media.
When Sandra MacQuillan took the chief supply chain officer role at Kimberly-Clark four years ago, she aimed to shift the company's supply chain so it created value "from source to shelf," which she did by partnering with other business units and ensuring that the right talent was in place. "We could achieve this through three processes: standardization, simplification and collaboration," she said.
Coffee startups and established brands are embracing the next evolution of cold brew -- the flash brew -- in which coffee is brewed and immediately chilled without dilution from ice or water. Suntory is now selling its Boss flash-chilled canned coffee in the US market, while Elemental Beverage's commercial-grade SnapChill lets restaurants and cafes make flash-brewed coffee on demand.
Kantar has named Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nescafe among the world's top 10 fast-moving consumer goods brands, according to its latest Brand Footprint report. Sprite, Fanta and Lipton also made the top 50.