Beyond Meat will see its plant-based Beyond Burgers in meat cases at 280 Safeway locations across California, Nevada and Hawaii. The pea protein-based burgers are said to match the flavor and sizzle of traditional beef-based burgers and have proven sales at Whole Foods Markets, said CEO Ethan Brown.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will invest $4 million in an expansion project that will add 20 jobs in Greensboro, N.C. The plan calls for the construction of a 135,300-square-foot facility and comes as the company is growing its territory into parts of five states.
Ferrero will bring its Kinder brand to the US next year when it launches the egg-shaped Kinder Joy, which will open to include a toy and a spoonable chocolate treat. The company is also expanding its Tic Tac brand into the gum category, launching Tic Tac Gum in three flavors next January.
David Ciesinski has been named CEO of Lancaster Colony, replacing Jay Gerlach Jr., who will continue on as the firm's executive chairman. Before joining Lancaster Colony, parent company of brands such as Marzetti and Sister Schubert, Ciesinski served as a vice president at both Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz.
Part of deciphering the next generation of snack flavors involves getting into the taste buds of the core sweets and snacks consumer, said Jessica Jones-Dille of MANE Inc. Sweet and hot combinations that excite the palate and fermentation innovations are some of the flavor trends that resonate with these core-market snackers, she said.
Candy and snack products must offer some sort of prevention, personalization or pizzazz to succeed in today's marketplace, according to Larry Levin, executive vice president of consumer and shopper marketing and thought leadership at Information Resources. At the same time, it's paramount that manufacturers are very clear about the ideas behind their products, Levin said during a presentation at NCA's 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo.
SmashMallow, founded by Jon Sebastiani who also founded the now Hershey-owned Krave Jerky, debuted its new SmashCrispy lineup of crisp rice products at the 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo with three flavors on display. Meanwhile, Sebastiani hinted at a potential future marriage between SmashMallow and Hershey during the show.
Barry Callebaut has launched four varieties of Bensdorp premium cocoa powders, including the Mullica brown cocoa powder and the Montgomery red cocoa powder. Also introduced were the new Kennett medium red and Oxford dark red cocoa powders.
Avocado oil, broccoli and beets are some of the premium ingredients showing up in next-generation snack foods from companies like Utz Quality Foods. Utz is using its Snikiddy line to present new purple corn puffs and baked fries, and its Good Health brand showcases avocado oil kettle chips and gluten-free pretzels.
Chef Dan Barber's Blue Hill restaurant is now selling its Bone Char Pearl cheese at Saxelby Cheesemongers in New York City. The distinctive, charcoal-rind cheese is the first that Blue Hill has made available for retail sale.
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