Pizza Hut has partnered with Cheez-It to launch the Stuffed Cheez-It pizza, a limited-time menu item that's made to look like a larger version of the cheese cracker. The snack comes stuffed with either plain cheese or pepperoni and cheese, with a side of marinara sauce for dipping, and the restaurant will sell four for $6.49.
The Fresh Market has expanded its extensive private label assortment with items like potato chips, organic peanut butter, salsa, frozen pizzas and seasonal pumpkin-flavored products. The company has also updated its private label packaging for a more contemporary aesthetic.
One Brands is debuting One Plant, a line of plant-based protein bars, next month in two flavors: chocolate peanut butter and banana nut bread. "The industry has been experiencing significant demand for plant-based alternatives from consumers," said One Brands CEO Peter Burns.
Following availability in Europe, Coca-Cola-owned Honest Tea is launching ready-to-drink Honest Cold Brew Coffee in the US next year in three flavors. Honest is also entering the chilled-tea category with two flavors of Honest Organic Cold Brew Tea in a multiserve size.
Beverage brands must continue meeting consumer demand for functionality and variety with a keen focus on other categories veering into their lane, writes Beth Newhart. "So everyone needs to think about their competitive set widening as the market develops and those lines between categories blur," says Ross Smith, consumer insight director at Kantar.
Unilever has revealed that the company has reached its goal of using renewable grid electricity for powering each of its sites a few months ahead of the 2020 target. The company says energy-conservation efforts have produced a 28% reduction in consumption.
From pop-up events to sneakers, Arizona Iced Tea has leveraged its iconic 99-cent price to spearhead consumer outreach, writes Oliver AcAteer. "Our price point has become synonymous with our brand, and we thought why not use that as a marketing platform," says Welsey Vultaggio, Arizona's creative director and son of founder Don Vultaggio.
Tech innovation in farming comes with risks to data security, issues the European Union's DEMETER project aims to address across Ireland and 17 other countries. The roughly $18.8 million project will include 20 pilots in five sectors of the agriculture industry to test different aspects of tech-driven farming.
Three finalists have been chosen from 36 contestants who submitted ideas for using satellites to create more climate-friendly farming systems in the BayWa Smart Farming Challenge. Austria-based Audili's application uses satellite data to replace the need for soil samples, Argentina-based Auravant's platform uses data from satellites and other sources to help farmers create efficiencies and Danish startup Ceptu uses satellite images to let farmers monitor the conditions of their crops and compare them with others.
A new report from the Soil Health Institute and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition evaluates the soil health and regenerative agriculture provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. "Several additions have significant potential to benefit soil health," SHI President and CEO Wayne Honeycutt said.
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