Whole Foods Market has called a halt to its implementation of a requirement that all products it carries be labeled for GMOs. The grocer told suppliers last week that it would pause the requirement, set to take effect in September, as the USDA works on national rules.
Dessert-based flavors will be the theme of the new Oreo varieties that will be hitting shelves over the course of this year. Flavors that debuted at the recent Sweets & Snacks Expo were Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake, Rocky Road Trip, Peppermint Bark, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, Pistachio and a Mickey Mouse-themed Birthday Cake variety.
The Ferrero Group brought its Kinder Joy candy to the US market in January, and the product is on track to surpass $100 million in sales over its first year, according to data from IRI. "Our focus is on making sure Kinder Joy is successful for the long term," said Ferrero North America CEO Paul Chibe.
Brandless, which offers direct-to-consumer CPG products priced $3 or less per item, is experiencing "phenomenal" performance in its food category, said co-founder Ido Leffler. "We have some real extreme value items, so to be able to get olive oil for $3 or coconut oil for $3 is remarkable," he said.
The dairy industry should reflect on how alternative dairy products have reached consumers in order to respond properly, according to a Rabobank report. "While it's not essential to diversify into dairy alternatives, it would be wise for the dairy industry to at least learn one thing from the success of dairy alternatives, which may be putting the consumer first and trading in the old grass-to-glass model for glass-to-grass," said Tom Bailey, RaboResearch senior dairy analyst.
Among the snacking trends seen at the recent Sweets & Snacks Expo were artisan salt, plant-based protein, dark chocolate and spicy flavors, writes Jim Dudlicek. Also on-trend at the show were mini-sized snacks and packaging in sharing sizes, he adds.
Shopping centers with a grocery anchor continue to be attractive to the commercial real estate sector even as grocers look to online sales, according to a report from Real Capital Markets. Centers with a major anchor such as a grocery were rated higher than malls and other shopping sites in a survey of real estate investors.
Beverage firm Up Mountain Switchel has added a carbonated switchel drink called Original Swizzle to its product portfolio. The company aims to get the beverage onto 1,000 store shelves by the end of the year.
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