PepsiCo is bringing aspartame back to its Diet Pepsi formulation. The move is part of a marketing refresh and follows consumer requests for the company to produce the brand with the sweetener.
An oversupply of organic milk has prevented organic dairy farmers from collecting higher prices for their products and delayed Organic Valley's plans to take on new farmers. Production quotas have been implemented to keep supplies from getting out of control and prevent a "price war" that would hurt farmers, said Organic Valley spokesman Hans Eisenbeis.
Artificial intelligence could be a great tool for grocers, letting them better analyze the volumes of customer data they collect, Infor's Doug Tiffan writes. It also offers potential benefits for managing inventory, especially perishables, and cutting down on waste.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is set to vote Wednesday on whether firms will be required to disclose any cyberrisks and incidents that could financially harm their firm. The guidance, which has not been updated since 2011, comes after a data breach at Equifax.
Initial work by Walmart has intrigued the grocery industry in regard to the possibilities of blockchain technology for tighter control of inventory. Food shipments would get a unique ID that is constantly updated, connecting the products all the way back to their place of origin.
Kraft Heinz will be investing more in manufacturing, sales and distribution in 2018 after the company failed to reach its potential in 2017, said CEO Bernardo Hees during a quarterly earnings call. Although Hees said that Kraft Heinz will continue to seek out brands that can perform internationally, there was no confirmation that the company is certainly going to acquire another firm.
Sales of culinary coconut oil are on the downswing, with US retail sales falling 25.9% in the conventional channel last year, according to data from SPINS. Sales in the natural and specialty/organic channels also dropped last year, by 16.1% and 14.3%, respectively, SPINS data indicate.
Chicago-based sports-drink brand KRa is working to expand distribution, with an eye toward gaining shelf space in the Mid-Atlantic US. CEO Sarah Hardgrove-Koleno says the firm is targeting gyms and collegiate training centers to gain brand recognition in a crowded fitness-beverage field.
Perrier has released a sequel to its classic "Lion" ad, winner of the Grand Prix in Film award at Cannes in 1991. The new spot advertises the line's Perrier Fines Bulles, which features smaller bubbles than the company's original drinks.
Skittles are made through a process that includes a mixing station where the brand's five flavors are developed and a panning station that allows misshapen candies to be removed. In 2016, Wrigley added a Yorkville, Ill., plant to produce Skittles, which were previously only made in Waco, Texas.