Hershey said it will obtain 100% of its cocoa from sustainable sources by 2020, and will purchase 10% of its cocoa from sustainable sources this year. The company is adding the Ivory Coast to its CocoaLink program, currently in Ghana, which uses mobile phone technology to provide training to cocoa farmers at no cost.
Dr Pepper and Kraft are among the sponsors of a three-day free public event to be held by the Academy of Country Music April 5-7 in Las Vegas. Kraft will provide food vendors, including the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, and Dr Pepper will sponsor a Diet Pepper Red Carpet Experience with a photo area and beverage sampling.
Suja, launched in 2012, is using high-pressure processing for its single-serve bottles of premium juices, now sold in nine of 11 Whole Foods regions nationwide. "I see [HPP] as a natural evolution toward a healthier and healthier product," said CEO Jeff Church. "I think it’s the next generation of where pasteurization was and has been in the past."
Quickservice restaurants are benefiting from the rise in consumer snacking, and consumers are widening their definition of snacks to include more foods and beverages, according to studies. Mintel believes snack sales will reach $22.9 billion in 2016, and in a survey, 69% of respondents said they had purchased a snack at a quick-service restaurant in the past month.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group will donate $300,000 to Keep America Beautiful for recycling bins in state and local parks nationwide. The DPS/KAB Public Park Recycling Grant program is accepting applications through April 26.