Perceived health benefits and interest in trying something new helped drive growth in plant-based dairy sales during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Spins data, with Mintel research finding roughly 40% of US households purchase these products on a regular basis. "I think it aligns to a lot of the diet tribes that we see, whether it's a plant-based diet or a vegan diet," said Spins retail reporting manager Jeff Crumpton, who anticipates the interest will extend post-pandemic.
J.M. Smucker is increasing production and prioritizing high-demand items in response to a boost in orders, said CEO Mark Smucker. The company has also raised its 2021 fiscal year sales forecast after posting strong second-quarter gains in e-commerce and US retail foods and coffee.
Procter & Gamble's Gold Series from Pantene and Royal Oils by Head & Shoulders brands are teaming with CVS to issue $200,000 in scholarships to Black women pursuing STEM degrees at historically Black colleges and universities. The Rooted in Science scholarships will "help further diversify the field and pave the way for future generations," said Lela Coffey, P&G vice president of multicultural hair care.
Oxygenated water brand Oxigen has raised $15 million in a funding round and recruited Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and professional golfer Michelle Wie West to serve as brand ambassadors. The company will use the cash infusion to expand national distribution and increase marketing, said founder and CEO Blair Bentham.
Research published in Epidemiology and Infection explores how baking flour may have been the culprit behind a 2016 E. coli outbreak in Canada. Initial findings pointed to beef as the problem but later revealed that Ardent Mills' Robin Hood flour was the common link among people who had become infected.
Grupo Bimbo has broken a Guinness World Record for baked goods donations in Mexico by giving more than 6 million slices of bread -- which is over 52,000 pounds -- to food banks. The milestone was achieved thanks to the Grupo Bimbo-sponsored Global Energy Race, which pledged to donate 20 slices of bread for each of the race's more than 300,000 runners.
The National Confectioners Association has released a report covering how the pandemic is changing seasonal shopping patterns. "The insights unveiled in this report will help the confectionery industry address new holiday celebrations and traditions through merchandising and marketing that reflects these unusual times," said John Downs, NCA president and CEO.
Hershey has partnered with UGG to release the Candy Collection shoe and boot line for children. The collection includes Reese's- and Kisses-branded Neumel UGG shoes and a Twizzlers version of the classic UGG boots.
Keurig Dr Pepper is growing its direct-store deliveries network in Louisiana and Texas for eight brands by purchasing their distribution, production and sales rights from the Red River Beverage Group and the Made-Rite Company. The transition to Keurig Dr Pepper-owned facilities begins in February.
The EPA has awarded its Energy Star designation to a pulp mill for the first time. A Georgia-Pacific cellulose mill in Mississippi was recognized for sourcing all of its electricity internally.
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