Ajinomoto, the only distributor of Kellogg products in Japan, is teaming with Kellogg Co. to develop products with a health and nutrition focus. The companies will first work to develop products related to weight management and salt and sugar reduction, and Ajinomoto has a portfolio of ingredients that could help.
First lady Michelle Obama spoke about the availability of healthy food, and childhood nutrition in general, during a live online chat with AOL Health. She also discussed "food deserts," and said Philadelphia's The Fresh Grocer is an example of a grocery that is providing fresh food in an urban area.
Red Mango is expanding its smoothie line, bringing the total number of flavors to 22. The chain has added a logo to stores that says "Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothies," and participating locations will give free smoothies.
A growing number of restaurants are experimenting with cold-brewing methods to create a coffee syrup for use in cold and frozen java drinks. Seattle's Best has always used a cold brew for its iced coffees and milkshakes, and New York-based Bread Alone recently perfected its cold-brewing process.
Starbucks has amped up its instant-coffee offerings this summer with new iced Via, a sweetened version of the instant-coffee line launched last fall in an effort to grab a piece of the $23 billion instant-coffee market. The chain plans to sell the sweetened product, which dissolves in cold water, at its stores in the U.S. and Canada.