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Indian Cookie Makers Create Products That Fight Obesity In Young People

June 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The Indian diet now contains significantly more fat and sugar, which contributes to an obesity problem that is especially severe within the growing population of teenagers and other young people. Mintel says food and drink manufacturers that target the young market need to take into account diet-related conditions like obesity and diabetes when crafting and marketing products. Indian biscuit and cookie makers are doing just that. An example is Millet Might Finger Millet Cookies, made with traditional grains that are rich in resistant starch, a source of calcium, iron and thiamine. According to Mintel, marketing products like that to teenagers “would help the demographic choose products which are better for them.”
Neha Nayak, "Indian Biscuit Brands Crack Down On Teenage Obesity In India", Blog, Mintel, June 27, 2016, © Mintel Group Ltd.
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French Yogurt Buyers Now Have Varieties Made With Sheep Milk, Goat Milk

June 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
General Mills is introducing goat and sheep milk versions of Yoplait yogurt in France, following a strategic plan to bring greater diversity to its yogurt products. In fact, the products have that theme in their French name – Yoplait C’est bon de varier (variety is good). A significant trend in yogurt sales in France is the growing interest in products made from non-dairy ingredients. The alternative dairy segment, which includes products made with organic and soy ingredients, and with goat and sheep milk, accounts for about eight percent of the fresh dairy products sold in that country. According to General Mills, goat milk yogurt has a “strong taste” reminiscent of cheese, while sheep milk yogurt tastes sweeter and milder.
Monte Olmsted, "Got goat milk? Yoplait France does.", Blog, Taste of General Mills, June 27, 2016, © General Mills Inc.
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PepsiCo Reverses Course On Aspartame Sweetener As Diet Pepsi Sales Continue To Slide

June 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The artificially-sweetened soda market is in the doldrums, but PepsiCo’s aspartame blunder didn’t help matters. So, to reverse steadily declining Diet Pepsi sales the company is bringing back the aspartame-sweetened version it torpedoed nearly a year ago in favor of a sucralose-sweetened version. The aspartame product will hit store shelves in September, and will be sold alongside its sucralose sister. PepsiCo says it is reacting to loud protests from the diet soda’s die-hard fans who claimed to hate the taste of sucralose. But the reformulation last August worsened Diet Pepsi’s soda market share: from 4.5 percent to 4.1 percent as sales fell 10.6 percent in 1Q 2016. Diet Coke, with a 7.4 percent soda market share, saw sales slip 5.7 percent in the same period.
Mike Esterl, "PepsiCo to Reintroduce Aspartame-Sweetened Diet Pepsi", The Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2016, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Walmart Hopes Its New Date Labeling Scheme Will Help Reduce Wasted Food

June 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Walmart is changing the date labeling scheme on its food products to avoid consumer confusion over safe-to-eat dates. That confusion has led Americans to toss $29 billion worth of edible food into the trash every year. Walmart’s fix is to require suppliers of its own label Great Value products to use the same standardized date – “best if used by” – for non-perishable foods. The change began last year, and the company says 70 percent of its private label suppliers have already complied. The rest have until next month to comply. The Food Marketing Institute says most date labels aren’t meant to indicate safety, only when manufacturers believe products will go beyond peak quality.
Twilight Greenaway, "Can Walmart's food labels make a dent in America's $29bn food waste problem?", The Guardian, June 26, 2016, © Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies
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Food Industry Scrambles To Remove Artificial Colors From Products

June 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The food industry is working hard to remove artificial colors from its products, not because of a government mandate – the feds say the colors are safe – but because of a consumer mandate. Buyers of candy, breakfast cereals, soft drinks, and other products no longer want to see the words Yellow 5, Blue 1, or Red 40 on food ingredient labels. The new concerns are traceable to studies that link artificial colors – dubbed “neurotoxins” – to childhood hyperactivity disorders. So food and beverage companies and restaurant chains – Kraft Heinz, Mondelez, General Mills, Kellogg's, Nestlé, Mars, ConAgra, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, etc. – are phasing out fake colors, replacing them with real colors. It’s a tricky process that hopes to satisfy the clean label trend while preserving the original look and flavor.
Greg Trotter, "Food Companies Are Phasing Out Artificial Dyes, But Not Fast Enough For Some", Chicago Tribune, June 24, 2016, © Chicago Tribune
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Smartphone App That Tracks Food Shelf Life Wins Sustainability Contest

June 22, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A smartphone app designed to reduce global food waste and improve how people consume food has won a contest whose goal is to help launch a new sustainable product or service in the food and beverage industry. According to its creators, the Foodfully app could save consumers as much as $600 a year on groceries by keeping track (from shopping receipts) of food purchases, especially shelf life and spoilage dates. The competition, which received 140 applicants, was sponsored by Net Impact, a global network of “aspiring change agents,” and supported by Campbell Soup Company and General Mills.
Catherine Muriel, "Food Waste App Takes Top Prize in the Forward Food Competition", 3BL Media, June 22, 2016, © 3BL Media, LLC
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Private Label's Share Of FMCG Market In Western Economies Falls

June 22, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
In 2015, private-label products’ share of the FMCG market in Europe in terms of value dropped by 0.6 points to 38.3 percent, compared with the previous year, according to IRI Worldwide. Data from the report “Private Label in Western Economies” revealed private-label unit market share also dropped by 0.5 points to 47.4 percent during the period. These numbers prove that the segment’s downward trend, which started in 2014, has continued, as well as focus on the challenges faced by private-label retailers and manufacturers across Europe. Among the eight countries covered by the study, France showed the highest decrease in private label’s market share, although it has a high share at 34.1 percent compared with Italy’s 17.2 percent value share and Australia’s 13.9 percent value share. Private label’s promotion market share in the US was 37.7 percent, the highest among the countries covered by the report.
"Private Label in Western Economies", IRI, June 22, 2016, © IRI Worldwide
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Hindustan Unilever Tea Brand’s Transgender Pop Group Wins First Prize At Festival

June 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
An Indian transgender band created to advertise a Hindustan Unilever brand of tea won top honors at a creativity event in France. In January, the 100-year-old Brooke Bond Red Label tea brand partnered with Y-Films to launch the Brooke Bond Red Label 6 Pack Band, comprising six transgender Indians. The pop singing group won the top prize at the International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, calling for a warmer and more welcoming world for everyone, “irrespective of religion, economic background or gender.”
"Brooke Bond Red Label Wins Glass Lion Grand Prix at Cannes", News release, Hindustan Unilever, June 21, 2016, © Hindustan Unilever Limited
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Pillsbury Unveils Girl Scout Cookie Baking Mixes

June 16, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
J. M. Smucker’s Pillsbury brand has signed a licensing agreement with the Girl Scouts to make and market two of the organization’s iconic cookie flavors as non-cookie baking mixes. Under the agreement, Pillsbury is brining to market Girl Scouts Thin Mints and Caramel & Coconut flavored mixes for brownies, blondies and cupcakes. The new mixes are available at grocery stores nationwide at a suggested retail price of $3.29.
"New Pillsbury Girl Scout Cookie Inspired Baking Mixes Brings the Fun and Flavor of Girl Scout Cookies to Snack Time", News release, J. M. Smucker, June 16, 2016, © J.M. Smucker Company
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Panera To Get Rid Of All Artificial Additives In Bakery And At-Home Products

June 16, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Further applying its Panera 2.0 program, Panera Bread says it will remove all artificial ingredients from its range of 50 Panera at Home products by the end of the year. It has also said it will eliminate all artificial ingredients from its food in all 2,000 bakeries and cafes by the end of 2016. The company has already removed ingredients like artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners, from 90 percent of its food items. Panera at Home sells Panera branded products to other retailers, including refrigerated soup, mac and cheese, pasta, and salad dressings, as well as artisan frozen bread, sliced sandwich bread and coffee.
"Panera to Remove Artificial Ingredients from At-Home Products", Zacks, June 16, 2016, © Zacks Investment Research
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Unilever Will Expand Marketing Efforts In Indonesia During Ramadan, Company President Says

June 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Indonesia plans to increase its marketing efforts during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in the country. According to company president Hermant Bakshi, consumer sentiment has improved after a slump in 2015. Unilever's net profit dropped 1 percent in 2015, its first drop in 10 years. Indonesia's economic slowdown adversely affected consumer spending during the year.
Wataru Suzuki, "Unilever Indonesia sees 'stabilized' sentiment", Nikkei Asian Review, June 15, 2016, © Nikkei Inc.
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Unilever Indonesia Announces Bigger Capex Plans And Proposed New Headquarters

June 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Indonesia raised its capital expenditure from the previously planned Rp 1.4 trillion to Rp 2 trillion, or $149 million, in 2016. According to the company, the bigger capex will cover the cost of the proposed Rp 600 billion new headquarters. Unilever Indonesia finance director Yudhistira Rusli said the company will fund most of the capital spending, with bank loans accounting for 15 to 20 percent of the needed money.
"Unilever Indonesia Builds New HQ, Set to Pay Rp3.23 Trillion in Dividends", Jakarta Globe, June 15, 2016, © Jakarta Globe
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HUL Receives Top FMCG Company Award In India

June 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Hindustan Unilever Limited was recognized as the top FMCG company in India by Dun & Bradstreet. HUL was included on India's Top 500 Companies list and was honored at the Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards 2016 event in Mumbai. HUL also received the award in 2014 and 2015.
"HUL recognised as top FMCG Company in India by Dun & Bradstreet", Unilever, June 10, 2016, © Unilever
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Unilever CEO Supports UK Remaining An EU Member

June 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever CEO Paul Polman said the UK should stay in the European Union. During an interview with TV Channel 4, Polman said leaving the EU would harm the country's economy and put jobs at risk. Asked whether Unilever would relocate its headquarters if the UK left the EU, Polman said the company was dually listed; however, Unilever would seriously consider at its business structure. Also, Polman said leaving the EU could lead to higher food prices, citing ice cream as an example.
Dean Best, "Unilever's Paul Polman on the prospect of Brexit", Just-Food, June 08, 2016, © just-food.com
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Euromonitor Starts Tracking Ethical Food Labeling, A Nearly $1 Trillion Industry

June 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Euromonitor has responded to the social media-driven trend toward ethical consumerism by creating a 26-market database, Passport Ethical Labels, that quantifies packaged food and beverage product labels by three categories: people/values, the environment and sustainability, and animal welfare. Consumers, of course, have no intention of stopping consuming because of concerns about the Indonesian rainforest, slaughter houses, chicken sheds, pig farms, dubious food additives, etc. They still want convenience, but also a less guilty conscience. The newest data show that the global market for ethical labels on branded packaged foods, soft drinks and hot drinks totaled $794 billion in 2015, three-quarters of which comprised environment- and /sustainability-related labels having mostly to do with recycling.
Simone Baroke , "Passport Ethical Labels – Key Findings", Blog, Euromonitor , June 08, 2016, © Euromonitor International
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New Partnership Will Help Determine Levels Of Food Waste In Countries

June 6, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Though 800 million people globally are malnourished, about a third of all food – approximately $940 billion worth each year – is lost as it moves from farm (or factory) to table. To help end this trend, a group of international organizations has partnered to launch a Food Loss and Waste Standard that will help businesses, governments, and other organizations to measure the problem. Organizations involved in the initiative include the World Resources Institute, the Consumer Goods Forum, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and others. The basic goal of the program is to help companies and countries find out how much food is lost or wasted, and where it occurs within their borders, operations or supply chains.
"First-Ever Global Standard to Measure Food Loss and Waste Introduced by International Partnership", News release, World Resources Institute, June 06, 2016, © World Resources Institute
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Unilever Works With Instacart To Promote Brands Online To U.S. Consumers

June 6, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever is working with grocery-delivery service Instacart to help promote its brands to online consumers in the US. Launched in 2015, Unilever's strategic partnership with Instacart has included experimenting with different types of digital promotions linked to online purchases and deliveries. Promotions include free-shipping offers, sampling, and Instacart Deals that offer customers instant redemption of digital coupons. Instacart has run more than 30 free-delivery campaigns for Unilever brands since summer 2015.
Dale Buss, "Unilever Leverages Participation in Online Grocery Shopping", CPG Matters, June 06, 2016, © CPG Matters
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Portion-Controlled, Prepackaged Meals Prove More Effective For Weight Loss

June 6, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
New research funded by Nestlé USA, Inc., which makes the Lean Cuisine frozen meals brand, found that a dieting program that includes behavioral counseling as well as portion-controlled meals is more effective for weight loss than a self-selected diet. The researchers assigned 183 participants equally to three groups: one that ate two low-calorie prepackaged meals a day (lunch and dinner), one that ate two low-calorie prepackaged higher-protein meals a day, and a control group that chose their own meals. After three months, participants who ate twice-daily prepackaged meals lost about eight percent of their initial weight, while the control group lost only six percent. In addition, the prepackaged meals groups also experienced a drop in total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Meal satisfaction was similar among all groups.
Cheryl L. Rock et al., "Randomized clinical trial of portion-controlled prepackaged foods to promote weight loss. ", Obesity, June 06, 2016, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Food Retailers, Manufacturers Back New Food Waste Reporting Protocol

June 6, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Swiss food manufacturer Nestle and British retail grocery chain Tesco have announced support for new international reporting requirements for food loss and waste. A Nestle representative called the reporting standards “a massive, global step in fighting food loss and waste.” The World Resources Institute (WRI) said food loss and waste globally costs $940 billion a year; food loss generates about eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Using the standard, countries and companies will be able to quantify how much food is lost and wasted and where. They will also be able to report on it credibly and consistently. Other major companies backing the standard individually, or through the Consumer Goods Forum, include Australia’s Woolworths and Unilever.
John Shepherd, "Nestle, Tesco back new world standard on food loss and waste", Just-Food, June 06, 2016, © just-food.com
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Restaurant Chains Claim Reductions In Antibiotics Use, But Who Really Knows?

June 4, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Several large fast-food restaurant chains have announced voluntary “free from antibiotics” policies thanks to pressure from consumers and consumer advocacy groups. But with limited information from the companies themselves, no agreed-upon standards, and no government regulation, how does a consumer really know whether his pizza is antibiotics-free? Each company is implementing the policy in its own way, some following, for example, USDA guidelines for reducing drug use in livestock production except in case of illness. But one fact remains clear: there's little evidence that agricultural use of antibiotics is dropping. The FDA reported in December that antibiotics sales for farm animals was up 22 percent from 2009 to 2014. International use is expected to rise 66 percent by 2030.
Deena Shanker, "Can You Really Know If That Pizza Is Antibiotic-Free?", Bloomberg, June 04, 2016, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Donsuemor Expands Line Of Madeleines

June 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The California-based Donsuemor bakery, which has been producing European specialty baked goods since 1976, announced an addition to its catalog at two recent industry trade shows. For the fall season the company is adding pumpkin spice madeleines, a Halloween season version of the little French cakes shaped like shells. The new version will join the family of traditional, dipped and lemon zest madeleines on store shelves in the fall. Donsuemor baked goods are available nationwide in stores such as Peet's Coffee, Costco, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and Whole Foods Market.
Haley Gibbs, "Pumpkin Spice Madeleines Join Donsuemor Family for Fall Season", News release. Donsuemor, June 02, 2016, © Donsuemor
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HUL Divides Foods & Refreshments Unit Into Two Businesses

June 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has split the foods and refreshments (F&R) business into two separate units and has named Sudhir Sitapati exxecutive director, refreshments. He was also named to the management committee. Sitapati is currently  regional category vice president, refreshments (South Asia & Africa). Geetu Verma, who supervised foods and refreshments, will continue to look after the foods business as executive director and will stay on the management committee. According to the company, the reorganization will “enable sharper focus and help to fully leverage the growth opportunities in line with HUL’s ambitions.”
"HUL announces new appointment to Management Committee", News release, Hindustan Unilever, June 02, 2016, © Hindustan Unilever Limited
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Kraft Heinz Gets Ready To Redeem Warren Buffet’s Investment

May 31, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
After major moves to cut both operational and financing costs, Kraft Heinz stock is up 16 percent this year, outperforming the S&P 500 packaged food index, which is up 6.8 percent. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway company invested $8 billion in the deal three years ago that ultimately created Kraft-Heinz, which has been paying him a nine percent annual dividend – $720 million. But that’s all about to end as Kraft-Heinz is getting ready to redeem Berkshire’s preferred shares to the tune of about $8.3 billion: “good news for Kraft-Heinz, but bad news for Berkshire,” as Buffet told investors recently.
Noah Buhayar, "Buffett Awaits $8 Billion of ‘Bad News’ With Kraft Heinz Payment", Bloomberg.com, May 31, 2016, © Bloomberg LLC
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CPG Companies' Ad Spending To Come Close To $6 Billion In 2016, Forecast Says

May 31, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Consumer packaged goods and consumer products companies in the US will spend $5.97 billion on digital advertising in 2016, an increase of 18.2 percent compared with 2015, according to eMarketer. Data from the report “The US CPG and Consumer Products Industry 2016: Digital Ad Spending Forecast and Trends” revealed the segment will account for 8.7 percent of total digital advertising spending in the country for the year. Although this industry is among the largest advertisers in the country, it pales in comparison with other industries when it comes to digital advertising spending.
"CPG Advertisers to Spend Nearly $6 Billion on Digital Advertising This Year", eMarketer, May 31, 2016, © eMarketer Inc.
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General Mills Recalls Flour Products After Reports Of Bacterial Illnesses

May 31, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
General Mills posted a notice on its website that it is recalling certain flour brands that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, though no consumers have reported any illnesses to the company.  Gold Medal, Wondra, and Signature Kitchens were mentioned in the notice. Customers of Safeway, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaws, Vons, United, Randalls and Acme were warned not to use the affected brands, which have best buy dates of August 23, 2016, to June 14, 2017. Federal and state officials are investigating 38 E. coli 0121 illness cases found in 20 states. About half said they had used flour or handled dough before getting sick.
Michal Addady , "E. Coli Outbreak Could Be Linked to General Mills Flour", Fortune.com, May 31, 2016, © Time Inc.
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Pizza Hut To Remove Chemical Preservatives From Menu Items

May 31, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Responding to concerns voiced by consumers regarding artificial ingredients in their foods, Pizza Hut says it will eliminate even more questionable additives from its menu items. The company a year ago removed artificial flavors and colors from its pizzas. Now it says it will remove the antioxidants BHA and BHT (and other preservatives) from its meats and cheeses, as well as antibiotics from chicken, by next March. Though removal of GMO ingredients from foods has garnered more headlines (thanks largely to a Vermont law taking effect next month), other companies, including Kellogg and General Mills, have announced plans to remove BHA and BHT from their products.
Karen Robinson-Jacobs, "Plano-based Pizza Hut to ditch artificial preservatives as industry faces skeptical public", The Dallas Morning News, May 31, 2016, © The Dallas Morning News Inc.
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Nestle Partners With French Firm To Develop Infant Milk Allergy Test

May 31, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé Health Science is partnering with French company DBV Technologies to develop and market a patch-test tool to diagnose cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) in infants, a difficult-to diagnose condition that affects as many as three percent of babies. Symptoms of the condition – eczema, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, crying, etc. – often mask CMPA. The new DBV diagnostic tool will be based on its Viaskin technology and will be designed to be ready-to-use and standardized. As a result of the partnership, Nestlé Health Science will have the exclusive worldwide commercialization rights for the tool.
"Nestlé Health Science collaborates with DBV Technologies to accelerate development of an innovative diagnostic tool for Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy", News release, Nestlé, May 31, 2016, © Nestlé
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Discounted “Wonky” Veggies Win Over British Grocery Shoppers

May 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
British supermarkets, including Tesco and Asda, are reporting greater acceptance of so-called “wonky” (ugly or misshapen) fruits and vegetables, thanks to significant discounting. Tesco launched an initiative called Perfectly Imperfect in March with misshapen potatoes and parsnips, extended it to apples and strawberries in May, and hopes to broaden the range to 15 to 20 produce lines.  A Tesco executive called the program a huge success, with sales having grown tenfold. Sales of Perfectly Imperfect strawberries account for 10-15 percent of total category sales. Besides increasing sales, the initiative has also led to increased crop utilization and reduced food waste. Tesco is now taking 95 percent of strawberries from its suppliers, up from 85 percent. Apple utilization is at 97 percent.
Ian Quinn et al., "Sales of new Perfectly Imperfect fruit & veg are 'flying' at Tesco", The Grocer, May 27, 2016, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Bakery Creates Fritter Soaked With Hard Cider

May 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Hard cider maker Angry Orchard has partnered with a New York City bakery to create the Angry Fritter especially for National Doughnut Day, celebrated earlier this month. The Doughnut Project bakery specializes in merging unlikely ingredients – bacon, beets, olive oil, ricotta cheese, sesame seeds, black pepper, sea salt, etc. – and dough to create doughnuts with flavors inspired by the foods and cocktails of New York City. The Angry Fritter is made with crunchy apple slices and a special fritter dough infused with Angry Orchard hard cider.
"There's A Good Reason To Be Angry On National Doughnut Day: Angry Orchard and The Doughnut Project Introduce the Angry Fritter", News release, Angry Orchard, May 26, 2016, © Angry Orchard
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Aldi’s Cage-Free Egg Decision Proves Controversial In Australia

May 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Despite criticism from egg producers in Australia, German retail grocery chain Aldi will spend the next ten years transitioning to cage-free eggs. Consumer pressure pushed the company to take the complicated, expensive and hopefully sustainable step. But egg producers ironically call the move a “slap in the face” to consumers who may not want to spend premium prices for cage-free eggs. Aldi’s decision will “hurt Australian egg farmers and can’t be justified on the basis of either science or consumer behavior.” One egg industry representative said Australian research shows that hen stress levels are similar across cage, barn and free range farming environments. Animal husbandry practices “have the greatest influence on hen welfare.”
"Aldi to phase out cage eggs", Food and Drinks Business (AU), May 25, 2016, © Yaffa
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Food Stamps Help Walmart Fight Off Amazon

May 25, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Food stamps give Walmart a distinct advantage over online rival Amazon. Food-stamp users are not allowed to use the money to buy online. In 2015, almost 46 million people used food stamps, with almost all food-stamp funds spent offline. Also, in 2015, about $70 billion spent on groceries and other goods using the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed. Data from the government showed the Super Stores category, which includes Walmart, accounted for 47 percent of dollars spent with food stamps although they represent only 7 percent of total number of stores accepting SNAP payments. In 2013, Walmart estimated it accounted for 18 percent, or about $14 billion and about 4 percent of the retailer's total US revenue, of all food-stamp spending in 2012.
Shelly Banjo, "Walmart's Fleeting Advantage Over Amazon", Bloomberg Gadfly, May 25, 2016, © Bloomberg L. P.
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Peapod Announces Three New Meal Kits

May 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Online retailer Peapod.com partnered with food manufacturers ConAgra Foods, Inc., and Campbell Soup Company to offer three new meal kits. Available in select markets covered by the company, the meal kits feature pre-measured, pre-cut, and pre-washed ingredients. Aimed at families that need mealtime solutions delivered to their doors, the recipes are Buffalo Chicken Skillet by Ro-Tel and One Pan Chicken Curry by Campbell’s available in Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and New York; and Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Veggie Primavera by Hunts available in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee.
"Peapod.com Expands Meal Kit Offerings; Partners with Trusted Brands from ConAgra Foods and Campbell Soup Company", PR Newswire, May 24, 2016, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Lawsuit Accuses Kellogg Of Marketing “Whole Grain” Crackers Made With White Flour

May 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Consumer watchdog Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Kellogg of allegedly falsely advertising a variety of its Cheez-It snack crackers as made with “Whole Grain.” CSPI said the crackers are actually made from refined white flour, not whole grain as claimed on the package. Whole Grain Cheez-It crackers “are nearly identical nutritionally to the Original version of Cheez-Its, providing a negligible one gram of fiber,” CSPI said. The plaintiffs are asking the court for injunctive relief to prevent Kellogg “from continuing to engage in deceptive marketing of Cheez-Its.”
"Lawsuit Targets Cheez-It “Whole Grain” Crackers, Which are Mostly Made of Refined White Flour", News release, Center for Science in the Public Interest, May 19, 2016, © Center for Science in the Public Interest
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Luxe Pack New York 2016 Features Huge Lineup Of Packaging Manufacturers And Suppliers; Highlights Trends In Market

May 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Luxe Pack New York 2016 packaging industry event attracted more than 240 international packaging manufacturers and suppliers to its Pier 92 venue in New York City. Some of the industry trends highlighted during the event included the growing popularity of personalized packaging for mass-market products, growing use of raw materials for packaging, and the emergence of niche brands. Consumer demand for customized products and experiences is rising, with results of a SONAR survey for the retail report, Frontier(less) Retail, showing 66 percent of US millennials and 62 percent of UK millennials saying they would be more likely to visit a store that offers an interactive experience to choose or customize a product. Also, results of a 2015 Deloitte survey revealed 43 percent of 16–24 year old and 46 percent of 25–30 year old respondents prefer personalized goods and services.
Emma Chiu, "Luxe Pack New York 2016: Packaging trends", J. Walter Thompson Intelligence, May 19, 2016, © J. Walter Thompson Intelligence
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USA: Ice Cream Shops Nationwide Help Tom's Launch Pain-Relieving Toothpaste

May 19, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Eco-conscious ice cream shops in 14 states coast-to-coast are participating in a promotional campaign launching the new Tom's of Maine Rapid Relief Sensitive Toothpaste. Dubbed the Sustainable Ice Cream Trail, the campaign encourages ice cream lovers to visit one of the shops that sells only ice cream or gelato containing only natural, locally-sourced ingredients. The new toothpaste uses a patented technology that combines arginine and calcium carbonate to “help seal out pain” in sensitive teeth from eating ice cream. The company claims the toothpaste – which contains no artificial colors, sweeteners, or preservatives – relieves pain in 60 seconds, and also strengthens enamel, whitens, freshens breath, and provides cavity protection.
"Tom's of Maine Maps Out New Sustainable Ice Cream Trail ", News release, Tom's of Maine, May 19, 2016, © Tom's of Maine
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Whole Foods Market Readies Opening Of First 365 Affordable-Organic Store In Los Angeles

May 18, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Whole Foods Market Inc. plans to open its first 365 by Whole Foods Market , as part of the retailer's efforts to demonstrate that it can offer a cheaper option for consumers seeking healthy and sustainably produced foods. Aimed at helping revive sales, the affordable-but-healthy retail concept is designed to help Whole Foods compete in an organic food market that has gone mass-market. According to the company, the first 365 store will open in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles on May 25, 2016.
Craig Giammona, "Whole Foods Is Ready to Convince You That It Can Do Cheaper", Bloomberg, May 18, 2016, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Unilever Ghana Reports 26-Percent Revenue Gain In 2015

May 17, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Ghana Limited reported revenue grew 26 percent to GH¢518,731,000 in 2015, compared with the previous year. Operating profit margin also rose by 1 percentage point to 9.7 percent. Profit before tax increased from GH¢634,000 in 2014 to GH¢47,643 in 2015, the company said. According to the company, revenue growth was driven by an improved portfolio mix, cost savings, and improved efficiencies.
Pius Amihere Eduku, "Unilever Ghana records 26 percent growth in 2015 profits", citifmonline.com, May 17, 2016, © citifmonline.com
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Amazon Plans To Sell More Private-Label Products

May 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. plans to sell more private-label brands, including those of perishable foods, such as nuts, spices, tea, and coffee. After working for several years to develop private-label lines, the online retailer will start selling them as early as end of May or start of June 2016. Sales of store brands in the US reached $118.4 billion in 2015, up by about $2.2 billion from the previous year, data from the Private Label Manufacturers Association revealed.
Greg Bensinger, "Amazon to Expand Private-Label Offerings—From Food to Diapers", The Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2016, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Hormel Applies “Clean Label” Plan Across Its Product Line

May 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Hormel Foods Corporation’s new clean label initiative aims to simplify ingredient statements by removing or replacing artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors in many of its retail products without hurting flavor. The company says its Valley Fresh products, Compleats microwaveable meals, Always Tender meats and two side dishes were simplified. It is working to simplify ingredients for Hormel chili, Dinty Moore stew and SPAM products. Hormel says its Natural Choice meats were developed nine years ago with zero preservatives, no artificial colors or MSG, no nitrites or nitrates added, and no gluten.
"Hormel Foods Simplifies Ingredient Statements of Products", News release, Hormel Foods, May 13, 2016, © Hormel Foods Corporation
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As Court Battles Rage Over GMO Label Law, Some Companies Quietly Comply

May 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Some food companies have made a big deal of their decision to comply with a Vermont law requiring GMO ingredient labeling. But unlike Mars, Campbell Soup, and General Mills, PepsiCo is adding the labeling with no fanfare. Consumers Union said it noticed cans of Pepsi in New Hampshire whose label said the soda was “Partially Produced With Genetic Engineering.” The same notice was also found on Lay’s potato chips bags. All of this is occurring against a backdrop of litigation as food trade groups struggle to prevent the Vermont law from taking effect on July 1. So far their efforts have been stymied in the courts, but it’s anyone’s guess how the issue will be resolved.
Chris Morran, "Pepsi, Frito-Lay Quietly Adding GMO Ingredient Labels To Some Foods", Consumerist, May 11, 2016, © Consumer Media LLC
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ConAgra’s Alexia Frozen Foods Moving Quickly Toward Non-GMO

May 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
ConAgra Foods said it hopes to have all of its Alexia brand frozen French fries and other frozen vegetable products GMO-free by the end of the year. According to a company spokesman, the Non-GMO initiative is already 90 percent complete. ConAgra acquired the Alexia brand in 2007, five years after Alexia was founded. Besides premium fries, Alexia markets gourmet potato side dishes and organic vegetables.
Eric Schroeder, "Alexia closes in on full Non-GMO Project verification", Food Business News, May 11, 2016, © Sosland Publishing Co.
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Unilever Sri Lanka Wins Top Honors And Set Records At Effie Awards 2015

May 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Sri Lanka won the Marketer of the Year award for the second consecutive year at the Effie Awards 2015. Unilever was also the first company to win two Golds in the country. Marmite’s Mealtime Magic campaign and Knorr’s Seven Ways of Dhal campaign won the Golds. Held in Sri Lanka in partnership with the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing since 2008, the Effie Awards recognize effective marketing communications in 42 countries and six regions.
"Unilever Sri Lanka bags ‘Marketer of the Year’", Colombo Gazette, May 11, 2016, © Colombo Gazette
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HUL Posts Strong Growth In 1Q 2016; Keeps Focus On Investing In Market Development

May 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Hindustan Unilever posted 6 percent underlying volume growth in the first quarter of 2016, according to managing director Sanjiv Mehta. Faced with rising prices of commodities, HUL aims to remain within strategic price points for each of the company's brands. Also, the company increases its investment in market development as part of its efforts to reverse sales slowdown in India's rural areas, Mehta said.
Neha Tyagi & Sagar Malviya, "We invest more in developing market: Sanjiv Mehta, Hindustan Unilever", Economic Times, May 10, 2016, © Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.
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Dietitian Recommends P&G Probiotic Product For Gut Health

May 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble’s Align probiotic supplement brand announced it is partnering with a registered dietitian to teach people with occasional digestive imbalance how to avoid “triggers.” Ashley Koff said summer activities tend to prompt changes that can disrupt the natural balance of good gut bacteria. To mitigate the problem, she recommends Align, which contains the probiotic strain Bifantis, to add good bacteria to the digestive system for intestinal balance. She also recommended staying hydrated, avoiding excess salt, eating potassium-rich foods, and shunning junk food.
"Align Probiotic Teams Up with Registered Dietitian Ashley Koff to Offer Helpful Tips to Bolster Your Digestive Wellness This Summer", News release, Procter & Gamble, May 11, 2016, © Procter & Gamble
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Cage-Free Egg Movement Steams Ahead

May 10, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The Walt Disney Co.’s theme parks and cruise line, and the Florida-based supermarket chain Winn-Dixie, announced they are implementing a cage-free eggs sourcing policy much earlier than other hospitality chains, restaurants and food retailers. Disney said its plan will be completed by the end of 2016, while Winn-Dixie’s private-label eggs will be cage-free by 2017, the rest by 2025. Most companies that have announced cage-free egg policies are giving themselves as much as ten years to put them in place. In recent weeks, the following companies have announced a transition to cage-free eggs over various timetables: 7-11; Dollar General; Dairy Queen; N.Y.-based Tops grocery chain; Texas-based H-E-B grocery chain; C&S Wholesale Grocers (Keene, N.H.); and grocery retailer SpartanNash (Grand Rapids, Mich.).
"Disney and Winn Dixie will use cage free eggs only", Orlando Sentinel , May 10, 2016, © Orlando Sentinel
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Tesco Signs Wholesale Deal To Sell UK Favorites In Spain Through El Corte Ingles

May 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
UK retailer Tesco signed a wholesale deal with Spain-based department store El Corte Ingles. As part of the deal, Tesco will sell British favorites, such as teas, biscuits, and cereals. For its part, Tesco will sell El Corte Ingles products, including sherry vinegar, sliced meats, and extra virgin olive oil, in the UK. Tesco and El Corte Ingles started in late 2015 a test marketing of the products in five Tesco stores in London.
Sarah Butler, "Tesco to sell British favourites in Spain via El Corte Ingles", The Guardian, May 09, 2016, © Guardian News and Media Limited
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HUL Reports Strong Net Profit Gain In January-March Quarter 2016

May 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Hindustan Unilever Ltd. reported net profit rose 7.02 percent to Rs 1,089.59 crore for the January-March quarter 2016, compared with the same period in 2015. Net sales increased 3.36 percent to Rs 7,809.40 crore, compared with the same quarter in the previous year. For its fiscal year 2015-2016, consolidated net profit dropped 6.43 percent to Rs 4,082.42 crore, compared with Rs 4,363.08 crore in the previous fiscal year. Consolidated net sales rose 4.11 percent to Rs 32,482.72 crore during the fiscal year.
"RESULTS FOR QUARTER AND FINANCIAL YEAR ENDING 31st MARCH 2016", Hindustan Unilever, May 09, 2016, © Hindustan Unilever Limited
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Branded Manufacturers Build Partnerships With Discount Retailers; Discounters Sell More Branded Products

May 5, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Discount retailers in Europe are selling more products from branded manufacturers as part of their efforts to sustain growth and respond to shoppers' needs. Nestle and Procter & Gamble in Germany, already partners with Aldi Sud for a while, increased the number of their products sold at the discounter's stores. Branded manufacturers need to sell their products through discounters; however, they face the risks of price spirals, price erosion, as well as creating strains in relationships with conventional retailers.
Miloš Ryba, "More brands on Aldi’s shelves", Retail Analysis, May 05, 2016, © The Institute of Grocery Distribution and IGD Services Limited
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California Bakery Unveils Breads Made From Heirloom Grains

May 4, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Los Angeles-based La Brea Bakery, which specializes in artisan bread baking, has unveiled a line of breads made from single origin heirloom grains. The company says its three La Brea Bakery Reserve breads (Pain de Campagne, Fortuna Wheat Loaf, and Struan) are the first to be available nationally. The heirloom grains, including Fortuna wheat, come from a family operated farm in Montana. Fortuna Wheat is a non-GMO heirloom grain grown for flavor rather than yield. Nothing is added or removed. The new line of heirloom breads is available at the La Brea Bakery Café in Los Angeles this spring, and will arrive in grocery stores across the country throughout 2016.
"La Brea Bakery Unveils New Farm-to-Table Bread: La Brea Bakery Reserve", News release, La Brea Bakery, May 04, 2016, © La Brea Bakery
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Whole Foods Experiments With Traditional Salvadoran Masa-Based Dish

May 3, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Whole Foods Market announced it is adding a traditional Salvadoran dish to its food truck test kitchen in Austin, Texas. Pupusas are thick, handmade cornmeal tortillas stuffed with cheeses and topped with meats and/or vegetables. The new Whole Foods menu includes vegetarian and vegan choices, plus cinnamon churros, grilled corn salad and plantain chips. Whole Foods culinary and prepared foods teams use the test kitchen to experiment with new ideas for store eateries, and to explore collaborations with chefs and supplier partners.
"Whole Foods Market food truck test kitchen in Austin announces pupusas as next menu feature", News release, Whole Foods Market, May 03, 2016, © Whole Foods Market
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