Miguel Patricio stepped into the CEO role at Kraft Heinz on Tuesday with plans to carefully evaluate which brands can be reinvigorated. "At this moment we need more focus," he said.
A collaboration between General Mills and rapper Travis Scott proved successful on Tuesday, with the $50 special-edition boxes of Reese's Puffs cereal selling out in 30 seconds. Also selling out swiftly were the Reese's Puffs cereal bowl and spoon that Scott designed.
Big Gay Ice Cream is rolling out a trio of new flavors for Pride month: Fluffernutter, Banan-o-Gram and Spicy Choco-Lit. The company is also bringing its ice creams to select grocery freezers for the first time ever, in pint format.
GMA and FMI are predicting that the simplified date labeling that they pioneered will be adopted universally by January. It's expected that 98% of food and beverage items will utilize the "best if used by" labeling by the end of this year.
As consumers grow more interested in sustainable packaging options, food and beverage firms are responding with reusable offerings. Plastic packaging waste generates a loss of about $80 billion to $120 billion each year, the World Economic Forum says, but options like returnable glass bottles can mitigate that.
General Mills will feature tennis icon Serena Williams on upcoming boxes of Wheaties cereal. "I have dreamt of this since I was a young woman and it's an honor to join the ranks of some of America's most decorated athletes," Williams said.
The House Ways and Means Committee has voted to extend the excise tax relief for alcohol producers and importers by one year. Industry groups say they will keep working to make the relief permanent.
Glass packaging producer Owens-Illinois asked attendees at New Zealand's recent Wellington Food Show their thoughts on glass, and learned that 90% believe foods and drinks taste better in glass. In addition, 76% of respondents said they would pay more for beverages and foods that come in glass packaging.
Fremont, Neb., has begun accepting glass for recycling at a site that once was only for tree refuse disposal. The town was able to offer the once-a-week service through a partnership with Ripple Glass in Kansas City, Mo.
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