Healthier food options in vending machines haven't been that popular in schools, according to reports. Smart Snacks, a healthy option vending company, has had difficulty selling contracts to many schools in the Washington, D.C., area.
More consumers are purchasing private-label goods as food prices continue to rise. Many branded food companies realize that they can still retain a competitive edge against private labels because more people are opting to eat in, instead of going out to restaurants.
Hershey drew 129,000 attendees to its promotional Taste of Bliss house parties in April to launch its new Bliss chocolate line. The company held similar house parties to promote its Cacao Reserve line.
Mars has expanded its M&M's brand with the addition of M&M's Wildly Cherry Chocolate Candies. The new product, which combines M&M's milk chocolate with a hint of cherry, is now available in stores across the U.S. for six weeks.