MGM Resorts has tapped Clorox to serve as the exclusive supplier of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer for guests across the hospitality company's US properties. The products will be made available in hotel public spaces, casino floors and eateries.
Mars Wrigley has added Classic and Mint varieties to its M&M's Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich line. The classic variety features vanilla ice cream, while mint ice cream fills the other sandwich with both varieties encased by two chocolate cookies embedded with M&M mini-candies.
Coca-Cola has added two flavors to its Aha brand of zero-sugar sparkling waters: Mango + Black Tea and Raspberry + Acai. The former joins Citrus + Green Tea as the line's two caffeinated flavors, and Aha's cans are getting a redesign to emphasize the caffeine content.
7-Eleven is adding sparkling water to its lineup of private-label bottled water brands. The Serafina set offers three flavors and joins the convenience store chain's premium still brand Skyra, an Icelandic spring water.
The Consumer Brands Association has increased membership by 30% by focusing on shared member interests and four pillars to consumer packaged goods industry success: uniform regulations, sustainable packaging, frictionless supply chains and trust, said Consumer Brands CEO and President Geoff Freeman. "We are just at the earliest stages of growth and our ability to unite the common interests of the industry," he added.
Hormel Foods is conducting on-site COVID-19 vaccinations at its Beloit, Wis., plant, as the state has started to distribute the vaccine to food supply chain employees this week. More than half of the plant's 400 employees are already scheduled to receive the shot, according to a Hormel representative.
Nostalgia marketing reflects consumer desire to return to normal as coronavirus-related restrictions lift and will trend this year, as it has after previous national crises, according to Jeremy Goldman, principal analyst at Insider Intelligence's eMarketer. Consumer packaged goods brands taking part in this trend include PepsiCo's Doritos, which ran a Super Bowl ad for the return of its 1990s favorite 3D Crunch variety to stores.
Procter & Gamble is the first consumer packaged goods company to receive certification from the RecyClass initiative, according to a P&G statement, which also details other progress made with its Ambition 2030 sustainability goals. The initiative has certified several P&G brands for increasing the sustainability of their packaging and designing products for circularity.
A food security study by the Economist Intelligence Unit reveals North America was the strongest global performer among 113 nations, with factors like affordability, quality and safety propelling it to the top of the list. Overall food security across the world deteriorated, however, because of famine and social inequality issues, impacting countries that scored the lowest, such as Yemen, Sudan and Ethiopia.
The USDA is partnering with several universities to study the full farm-to-plate COVID-19 risks in beef cattle, rather than focusing on just one aspect of the meat supply chain like past studies. Researchers hope this full analysis will be effective in providing guidance on proper safety measures for farmers, food handlers and consumers alike.
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