Hostess Brands has joined forces with Nestle to produce brownies that are dipped in fudge and topped with bits of Butterfinger candy. "As we continue our chocolate-peanut butter innovation streak, the brownie segment brings even more opportunities to get creative with our expanding portfolio," said Burke Raine, chief marketing officer for Hostess.
The Trendspotter Panel of the Specialty Food Association foresees more natural products such as activated charcoal gaining ground with consumers in 2018, and it predicts that black-hued foods could replace rainbow-colored items as next year's coloring trend. The panel also projects growth in Filipino cuisine, plant-based foods and alternative sweeteners.
Coca-Cola is hoping to solve the problem of enzymatic browning in juices with a new treatment involving acerola fruit. In a patent filing, the company said using acerola in juice during sample testing resulted in about 32% less browning than what was observed in untreated juice.
International Flavors & Fragrances has partnered with Mars Wrigley Confectionery for AdvanceMint, a program focused on supporting mint farmers in India. "To help more people and communities within our supply chain thrive, AdvanceMint has an aggressive target of doubling mint farmer incomes by 2021," said Kim Frankovich, vice president of sustainability for Mars Wrigley.
1-800-Flowers has launched Simply Chocolate, an e-commerce site that will feature house brand Harry & David and other brands. The site will also offer a loyalty program that provides free standard shipping and removes service charges for a year.
Unlike Green & Black's other Fairtrade-certified chocolate, its Velvet Edition dark chocolate bars will adhere to Mondelez's Cocoa Life sustainability initiative, partly as a way to build awareness of the program, said Brand Manager Laura Gray. The brand's other products will remain Fairtrade certified, Gray said.
Prairie Farms has introduced its new milk snack bars, which feature creme-filled chocolate cake and a chocolate coating. Free of artificial colors and preservatives, the bars are available in four-count boxes or as individual items.
Finland-based dairy firm Valio will make its products available in the UK next year. Valio Gefilus Kefir yogurts, Valio Master Butter Makers butter and Valio Finnish spreadable butters are among the items expected to hit UK store shelves in 2018.
General Mills has become more fit and agile after streamlining its operations, said CEO Jeff Harmening, and it is seeing positive returns in categories such as yogurt. The company's launch of Oui yogurt has surpassed expectations, he added, and the firm is also seeing success with its new Yoplait Mix-Ins line.