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Dunkin' Donuts Tests Snacks in Boston

Dunkin’ Donuts is testing a $2 afternoon snacking menu in several Boston-area locations that features donut fries, Munchkin dippers, pretzel bites with honey mustard sauce, waffle-breaded chicken tenders, ham-and-cheese rollups, and gluten-free brownies. The test is designed to gather input from consumers, franchisees, and employees prior to a possible national rollout. A Reddit user review gave thumbs up to the pretzel bites and the donut fries, and thumbs down to the “gross” waffle-breaded chicken that was “way too greasy.” The batter is the “same batter used in the pancake bites that they used to have.” The company recently unveiled a value menu offering Wake-up Wraps for $2, breakfast sandwiches for $3, and croissant sandwiches for $5. [Image credit: © Dunkin’ Donuts]

"Dunkin’ Donuts Tests Snacks in Boston", NACS, April 09, 2018

Companies, Organizations  

Danone’s Water Sales Up Significantly

Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber said several factors contributed to a three percent rise in the company’s share price and signified continued growth. Among the factors were the premiumization of Danone’s offering in early childhood nutrition in China, broad-based growth in waters, and gradual improvement in essential dairy and plant-based activities. The water business, which includes the Evian brand, experienced a four percent rise in sales, but dairy sales in Europe, though improving, still dropped 0.3 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. Faber said demand for baby formulas in China – fed by a sharp rise in birth rates – helped boost like-for-like sales by almost five percent. 

"China’s baby boom lifts French dairy group Danone", Financial Times, April 18, 2018

Wahaha To Expand Into Health Products, Invest In High-Tech Companies

The founder and chairman of China’s Hangzhou Wahaha Group says he wants to “ramp up efforts on health products” to battle problems such as diabetes, obesity, and insomnia. The Chinese health product market was valued at $64 billion in 2017; more than 16,000 products are registered and approved for production. Zong Qinghou said Wahaha invest in high-tech and advanced manufacturing companies by partnering with experienced industry leaders. Wahaha is the largest beverage producer in China.

"Nutrition to be top focus for Wahaha", China Daily, April 13, 2018

Innovation & New Ideas  

Raw Pressery Juices Are Now Being Sold By Subscription In India

Indian beverage company Rakyan Beverages, maker of the Raw Pressery cold-pressed juice brand, is among a handful of juice marketers in the country that are turning at least partly to a subscription-based sales and delivery model. According to Euromonitor, selling fresh juice via subscriptions to health-conscious consumers is gaining traction because plans can be customized to fit individual buyers. Rakyan offers juice subscriptions of one to three months.

"Parched this summer? Online juice delivery startups are here to save the day", YourStory, April 17, 2018

Market News  

Nestlé Waters UK Hopes New “Emoji” Pure Life Bottles Will Attract Kids

Nestlé Waters UK’s new limited edition “emoji” bottles for its Pure Life purified water line are designed to appeal to family shoppers and especially to children. According to the company, 65 percent of British children (ages five to 16) do not drink enough water. Four “water buddy” designs will be included on the 33 cl bottles, which will be released intermittently throughout the year. The company says bottled water is the fastest growing segment within the $10.4 billion U.K. soft drinks category. It believes the new bottle designs will help retailers drive sales and “appeal to new shoppers.”

"Nestlé Waters UK creates ’emoji’ inspired water bottles", FoodBev, April 18, 2018

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