Dove Chocolate last year expanded its direct-sales effort through Dove Chocolate Discoveries products, which are sold at home parties. "We are the first direct-selling chocolate company in the U.S.," company President Betty Palm said.
Consumer Reports recommends three brands of chocolates as affordable gifts for Mother's Day: The Lindt Swiss Tradition De Luxe Collection, the Ferrero Collection Fine Assorted Confections and Costco's Kirkland Signature Belgian Chocolates. On the more expensive end, Consumer Reports picks Candina's 1-pound, 36-piece box.
Mars has added U.S. media chores for Wrigley to MediaVest, which was already handling most U.S. Mars business. Most of Wrigley's $250 million business had been with WPP Group's Mindshare, but the chores are being consolidated following Mars' acquisition of Wrigley in October.
Food makers must be careful to keep safety and quality high when trimming costs, says a food chain consultant. "New suppliers must be fully evaluated and not just assessed on price," said Jamie Weall of FoodChain Europe.
Sara Lee Deli has introduced four sliced-to-order deli meats with sodium levels 36% to 42% below their nonreduced-sodium counterparts. They are: oven-roasted turkey breast, honey ham, oven-roasted chicken breast and roast beef.