Conagra Brands is bringing two new varieties to its Angie's Boomchickapop portfolio with the debut of Cinnamon Roll Drizzled kettle corn and Chile Lime popcorn. Other new snack products hitting shelves include BFY Brands' Spicy Queso PopCorners and Quest Nutrition's Protein Cookie line.
Whole Foods' private-label products drove sales for Amazon's grocery delivery service last year, according to data from One Click Retail. After Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods, the grocer's 365 Everyday Value private label began appearing as a top option in search results for groceries, shoppers said.
Columbus, Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams earned $30 million in sales last year, and the company's goal is to become "a household name in American kitchens" within three years, according to founder Jeni Britton Bauer. While many companies separate marketing, research and development, and creative into different areas, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams benefits from unifying the three processes, added Bauer.
Although meal-kit services have piqued the interest of some consumers, many shoppers still believe that meal kits aren't yet convenient enough to replace their typical meal-prep routines, according to a new report from The Hartman Group. Other hurdles to greater meal-kit adoption are concerns about ingredient freshness and cost, the report indicates.
Increasing interest in grocery e-commerce and delivery is prompting greater investment in warehouse and manufacturing locations. It's still unclear how much grocery delivery activity will move to warehouses and how much will stay at local stores, Paul Takahashi writes.
Albertsons' O Organics line of private-label organic items has brought in more than $1 billion in sales since launching in 2005. The grocer saw sales for the line rise more than 15% during the past year, and the company expects to issue about 500 additional products under the O Organics banner in 2018.
The USDA anticipates that 2018 will be a record-breaking year for meat production, with output expected to grow by 3.8%, representing the highest increase in more than two decades. "We have a world that has a growing middle class that's demanding protein," said Iowa farmer Dean Meyer.
Dylan's Candy Bar has debuted a line of confections to be sold at Target stores ahead of Valentine's Day. The lineup includes unique mixes such as the Hangry Fix, which includes gummy fast-food candies, lollipops and more.
An ice cream bar recall that began Jan. 5 due to listeria concerns has been expanded to include flavors and brands sold at over 35 US retail chains. Fieldbrook Foods broadened its recall after additional samples tested positive for listeria monocytogenes after the initial recall.
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