PepsiCo, Mars and Kellogg are among the brands aiming to capture a slice of the mobile food and beverage market by forging a partnership with Cargo. The company, which launched last year, allows Uber drivers to sell snacks and beverages to ride-hail customers.
Monster Beverage has appointed Emelie Tierre president of the Americas unit, a role she will hold in addition to her existing position as chief commercial officer. The company also named Guy Carling president of its Europe, Middle East and Africa division.
Barry Callebaut AG will launch its RB1 Ruby chocolate in Hong Kong in September. "The RB1 recipe has been crafted by the Callebaut chocolate makers in collaboration with Belgian chocolatiers, to encourage freedom with its remarkable taste and color," said Denis Convert, Barry Callebaut's vice president for gourmet in Asia Pacific.
The Food and Drug Administration will soon move to prevent manufacturers of nondairy products from using the term "milk" in marketing and on product labels, instead defining milk as an animal-based product, according to comments by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. "As we see dairy farmers from across the US suffering with low milk and other commodity prices, tariff uncertainty and lack of reliable labor force, this news finally provides a positive movement in the dairy industry," said Laurie Fischer, CEO of the American Dairy Coalition.
Doughnut shops are focusing on personalized fillings and unique flavors to meet consumer demand, according to Infiniti Research. Fillings such as Snickers bars and banana malt fulfill consumer desires for new experiences.
Dairy product launches saw growth of 44% in China last year over 2016, according to Innova Market Insights. Cheese, spoonable yogurt and drinkable yogurt are among the products seeing fast growth in the market.
Navigating trucker shortages and other freight challenges can be difficult for the food industry, but Land O'Lakes has put several strategies in place to offset shipping issues, said Chief Supply Chain Officer Yone Dewberry. The company is increasing its use of technology to better track shipments, partnering with private fleets and collaborating with industry associations such as GMA and FMI to find solutions.
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