Former Tate's Bake Shop CEO Maura Mottolese, a 20-year veteran of the food and beverage industry, has been named CEO of hot sauce maker Cholula. The company also appointed four new executive team members, including Mike Nathenson as chief financial officer and Miguel Leal as chief marketing officer.
S.C. Johnson has agreed to acquire Sun Bum, which makes sun protection and other personal care products. The acquisition "expands our robust selection of fast-growing, on-trend products like Babyganics, Method, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day and Caldrea that appeal to consumers and their families," said S.C. Johnson CEO Fisk Johnson.
Consumers cited price as the biggest barrier to purchasing health and wellness items, according to a new report from The Hartman Group. Nearly half of customers turn to private-label health and wellness brands as an economical way to care for themselves.
General Mills and United Biscuits are among the recipients of a new batch of patents issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office. General Mills was granted two patents -- one for a dough cutter and another that covers its frozen dough method.
A food company executive experienced no issues after spending a year consuming foods that were past their expiration dates, in an experiment to test whether the labels truly indicate safety. The Grocery Manufacturers Association was a leader in an effort this year to instead use a "best if used by" standard on labels, which the FDA supports.
Procter & Gamble is now focusing less of its marketing spend on frequent messaging and more on expanding its consumer reach to boost search queries and sales, said Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard. "We're finding that we're reaching more people and we're trying to reduce the amount of times we reach the same person over and over again," he said.
Unilever recently helped marketing execs decrease biased thoughts by using a combination of DNA samples, thinking assessments and an immersive workshop about brain behavior. The CPG firm also released a "report card" based on a test of 1,500 ads for 370 Unilever brands in 54 worldwide markets and found the company improved male and female character depictions.
In honor of today's National Sparkling Water Day, Poland Spring is launching a contest, and 10 winners will get a year's supply of the brand's drinks. Fans interested in joining the competition can use the #PSSparklingSweepstakes hashtag on social media.
Foods and beverages highlighting the fact that they contain protein have seen double-digit growth across multiple sectors over the past year, IRI reports. Products that include both protein and probiotics have experienced growth of 59% in sales vs. last year, IRI said.
Coca-Cola will discontinue using green Sprite bottles in Europe this fall in favor of clear packaging for simpler recycling. The company is also committing to selling its Honest Tea, Smartwater and Chaudfontaine brands in recycled PET bottles by 2020 in Europe.
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