Unilever reported sales grew 3.2 percent in the third quarter of 2016, compared with the same period in 2015. At constant exchange rates, sales increased 3.4 percent. For the first nine months of the year, sales grew 4.2 percent, with price up 2.8 percent and volume up 1.3 percent. Sales in emerging markets grew 7.2 percent, with price up 5.5 percent and volume up 1.6 percent. At constant exchange rates, sales rose 4.7 percent, while turnover, at current rates, dropped 1.8 percent.
"Unilever Trading Statement Third Quarter 2016", Unilever, October 13, 2016
The trade group that represents companies that spend a total of $300 billion a year on national brand advertising announced an alliance of senior “thought leaders” from the African American, Hispanic, Asian, and LGBT communities to develop a blueprint for multicultural marketing in the U.S. The Association of National Advertisers says the new Alliance for Inclusive & Multicultural Marketing (AIMM) would facilitate brand marketing to diverse racial and cultural groups. Among the specific goals of the AIMM: share multicultural marketing examples; drive ROI, primarily through marketing effectiveness; disseminate best practices of multicultural and diverse demographic segments; and through a robust communications program; and create... More
"ANA Forms New Multicultural Marketing Alliance", News release, Association of National Advertisers, October 10, 2016
Ardent Mills recently exhibited at a major baking industry exposition, where it featured some of its newest grain-based industry solutions. Among the showcased innovations were a line of clean label flours containing no bleach, bromate or other additives, grown and ground the old-fashioned way. The company showed an array of ancient grains and new heirloom wheats that included quinoa, organic spelt and triticale. Also displayed: sprouted wheat and new sprouted wheat blends, and new blends made with Sprouted Wheat Ultragrain High Performance that offer whole grain nutrition, gluten strength, higher absorption, and lower formula costs.
"Ardent Mills Introduces New Products, Highlights Portfolio of Premium Multi-Use Flour, Organic Flours and Grains at the IBIE Show in Las Vegas", News release, Ardent Mills, October 07, 2016
Papa John’s International pizza chain CEO John Schnatter announced that the company has kept its promise to eliminate 14 dubious ingredients from its menu by the end of 2016. The list of unwanted ingredients includes artificial flavors and colors, corn syrup, flavor enhancers, thickeners, and preservatives. The company did not say what replacement ingredients were used. Schnatter also noted that the chicken the company uses in its chicken poppers and to top its grilled chicken pizza are all fed a vegetarian, antibiotics-free diet. It is also using only cage-free eggs.
"Papa John's Completes Removal of 14 Unwanted Ingredients", News release, Papa John's, October 04, 2016
The Progresso soup brand of General Mills announced that all of the chicken breast meat used in its 36 chicken soup varieties is free of antibiotics and hormones. In addition, the soups contain no artificial flavors and 60 percent of them contain no artificial colors. The company hopes to eliminate all artificial colors within three years. The soup brand has reduced sodium levels in more than 40 soup varieties, added seven soups to its certified Gluten Free product line and is increasing its vegetarian soup options.
"Progresso Completes Move To Antibiotic And Hormone Free Chicken Breasts In All Chicken Soup Varieties", News release, Progresso, September 26, 2016
The Natural Resources Defense Council and other consumer advocates have flunked 17 of the top 25 fast food chains in the U.S. on the basis of antibiotics use in their menu items. Big name eateries that earned the F grade because of a lack of a strong policy on antibiotics use include KFC, Burger King, Starbucks, IHOP, and Little Caesars. The stars of the class, earning A’s, were Chipotle and Panera Bread. Subway and Chick-fil-A earned a B, while McDonald’s snagged a C+. The FDA discourages producers from using antibiotics routinely in feed to promote growth, but does not prohibit the practice. It also supports routine use in meat and poultry production for disease prevention. The ratings appear in NRDC’s “Chain Reaction” report.
"Chipotle, Panera lauded over antibiotics rules; many chains fail", San Francisco Gate, September 20, 2016