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8/21/2017

With a propensity toward health consciousness and a willingness to share on social media, millennials are creating the perfect marketing storm to fuel the sparkling water sensation, Allan Smith writes. Beverage brands aiming to capture more of this market should actively engage with consumers to ensure that each customer feels like a brand ambassador, he writes.

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8/21/2017

B&G Foods will acquire the SnackWell's cookie brand and the Back to Nature granola line in a $162.5 million deal. B&G Foods is expecting to develop a stronger presence with natural foods grocers after the deal closes, said CEO Bob Cantwell.

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8/21/2017

Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company has seen revenues grow to some $50 million since founder Marygrace Sexton made her first juice sale in 1990. The company still uses its original packaging from the early days, which makes the juices stand out on shelves for their uniqueness, Sexton said.

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8/21/2017

3D Systems has signed a deal with culinary ingredients provider CSM Bakery Solutions to partner on the design and sale of 3D printers for culinary use. The deal gives CSM exclusive rights to work with 3D Systems' full-color ChefJet Pro 3D printer that makes sugar decorations.

8/21/2017

Ben & Jerry's is introducing a chocolate covered version of its pint flavors for the UK and European markets. The Topped range, which includes a layer of scoopable fondant, is being promoted on Instagram.

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8/21/2017

Hershey has saved over 9.2 million pounds of packaging material since 2014, completing 37% of its goal to reduce generated waste by 25% and packing material by 25 million pounds or more. "From our packaging engineers to our graphic designers, we strive to avoid redundancies, use sustainable materials, and minimize expendable printing and the use of ink," said Hershey Director of Disruptive Supply Chain Greg Gressel.

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8/21/2017

J&J Snack Foods will acquire the bakery business of Labriola Baking Co., which produces rolls, breads and soft pretzels that are sold in retail bakeries and via foodservice. "We look forward to marrying Labriola's quality product offerings with our current portfolio, thus providing additional opportunities for our customers and consumers," said J&J Snack Foods' Jerry Law.

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8/21/2017

Mondelez has unveiled a number of new products for the upcoming Christmas season in the UK, including Toblerone Swiss milk chocolate tablets and double layer Cadbury Milk Trays. Other products include Cadbury Fudge Minis and Cadbury Heroes, the latter of which were sold during the 2016 Christmas season.

8/21/2017

Rocket Fizz has opened its first store in Michigan. The company, which was founded in 2009, sells a wide variety of soda flavors, salt water taffy and exotic candy from around the world.

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8/21/2017

Publix has made Erik Katenkamp its vice president of omnichannel and application development. Katenkamp, who has worked for Publix since 1995, has served as the company's business IT manager, director of business application deliver, and vice president of information systems for application development.

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