Ahold Delhaize USA will spend $480 million over the next three years to update and grow its East Coast supply chain. The company will buy three C&S Wholesale Grocers distribution facilities, build two automated frozen facilities and lease two more buildings.
Food Dive has named Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey "Executive of the Year" for expanding the company's portfolio significantly since taking the helm two-and-a-half years ago. By adding more sparkling waters, energy, coffee and fitness drinks and overhauling existing brands, Quincey has helped Coca-Cola "to withstand -- and even thrive -- despite headwinds in the industry," writes Christopher Doering.
Innovation for PepsiCo this year has produced bolder flavors including Doritos Flamin' Hot Nacho and Smartfood air-popped popcorn. It's also resulted in the Gatorade brand's debut of fitness drink Bolt24, a fruit-flavored line for Pepsi and more healthy snacks, including Smartfood's Smart 50 and Bare Medleys from its Bare Snacks brand.
The Plant Based Foods Association has published voluntary guidelines regarding plant-based meat alternative labeling. The guidelines permit references to animal meat and traditional product forms but require qualifier words like plant-based, veggie, meat-free and meatless.
If sales data from delivery-service app goPuff is any indication, Flamin' Hot Cheetos is America's must-have snack, with Gushers Flavor Mixer coming in second and Funyuns taking third. Orders for Flamin' Hot Cheetos peak between 8 and 11 p.m., says Daniel Folkman, vice president of business at goPuff.
Brands need to consider what motivates the diverse array of consumers in the growing plant-based market, according to Mintel research. Promoting its health benefits is the best way to grow market share for flexitarian products, while messages about ethics and the environment appeal to vegans and vegetarians, says Amanda Topper, associate director of foodservice research for Mintel.
With the United States, Mexico and Canada announcing they will sign the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the Grocery Manufacturers Association is advocating for swift congressional approval, says Geoff Freeman, GMA president and CEO. "Under NAFTA, the CPG industry thrived and now contributes $2 trillion and 20 million jobs to the U.S. economy -- and we anticipate continued growth and success for the industry under USMCA," says Freeman.
Nestle has announced it is investing more than $45 million annually to find sustainable sources for cocoa and has set a goal of sourcing 100% of its cocoa this way by 2025. Nestle also states it has spent more than $223 million over the past decade to stop deforestation and the use of child labor in its West African supply chain.
Coty is focusing on building relationships with its salon customers by leveraging targeted data and connecting via influencers, while growing its direct-to-consumer sales on Amazon, says Chris Chesebro, senior vice president of e-commerce and digital transformation. "There's an opportunity for expansion for the business because we have the opportunity geographically; China is a big opportunity for us as our business there is still small," he says.
A new E. coli outbreak associated with Fresh Express brand chopped salad kits has sickened people across three US states and five provinces in Canada. The salad kits contain romaine lettuce, which investigators believe may be tied to the Salinas growing region.
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