Food Manufacturing
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4/28/2017

Pinnacle Foods is adding five new product lines to its Birds Eye portfolio, including Vegetable Pasta, which features noodles derived from ingredients like zucchini, lentils and spinach. The company also recently debuted a line of avocado oil-based Wish-Bone salad dressings and 18 varieties of single-serve Duncan Hines baking mixes.

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4/28/2017

Monster Beverage is hoping to debut new products that could help the firm expand its consumer base to include more women. "We're obviously looking at a brand that will probably appeal more to the female consumer," said CEO Rodney Sacks.

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4/28/2017

PepsiCo is hoping to bring renewed excitement to its Quaker Oats brand in hopes that it can perform as strongly inside the US as it does internationally. "I think our next challenge is, how do we leverage our relationships with retailers to reinvent center store?" said CEO Indra Nooyi.

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4/28/2017

The Hershey Co. saw a successful rollout of its Cookie Layer Crunch Bar, which debuted in Dec. 2016 and achieved 80% distribution in eight weeks. "C-store results are particularly strong with retail sales two times that of any other channel," said CEO Michele Buck of the product's positive debut.

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4/28/2017

As consumers seek products and packaging that they deem safe, convenient and sustainable, firms like Tetra Pak are innovating with new packaging products. The company's Tetra Top carton bottle includes a cap derived from sugar cane and a paperboard sleeve, boosting the packaging's renewable content to over 80%.

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4/28/2017

Califia Farms has expanded its plant-based beverage line internationally and is continuing to add up to 25 new products each year, with the line potentially reaching 95 SKUs by the end of 2017. "Consumers demand variety," said Senior Vice President of Sales Dan Mader.

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4/28/2017

ChocoSol produces 1.4 tons of chocolate per month while working directly with cocoa farmers and making annual trips to remote Mexican cocoa farms to learn from the farmers themselves. Although the company does not work with Fairtrade, ChocoSol pays nearly double the Fairtrade price for Mexican organic cacao and over five times the price for rare albino beans.

4/28/2017

Olam Cocoa's Cocoa Innovation Center has opened in Illinois. The facility will be used to help customers refine and reformulate their recipes, while also providing product development assistance.

4/28/2017

LA chocolate company Compartes' latest innovation is an avocado chocolate bar made from white chocolate and California avocados. The ingredients for the bars are locally sourced at farmers markets, according to Compartes.

4/28/2017

Nestle has paired with Heehaw and Possible to create a new video spot for Cailler, a premium Swiss chocolate brand. In the video, the collaboration between artists from Switzerland and China on artwork to be included with Cailler boxes is highlighted.