The shifting retail landscape is changing how consumers shop for food, representing a major challenge for companies such as Frito-Lay, said President and Chief Operating Officer Vivek Sankaran. "It's an uncertain future, which creates plenty of opportunities and plenty of challenges," he said.
Kellogg will bring Rice Krispies Treats Snap Crackle Poppers to retail shelves next month. The bite-size treats will be available in three flavors: Chocolatey, Vanilla Creme and Cookies 'n' Creme.
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey will take over as chairman of the company's board of directors when current chair Muhtar Kent retires from the board in April. Kent started working at the firm in 1978 and retired as CEO in 2017.
General Mills this week released a line of Pillsbury Ugly Christmas Sweaters, which sold out within hours. Consumers who still want an opportunity to wear one of the holiday-themed sweaters featuring the iconic Doughboy can enter a contest on the company's website.
Soft drink brand Slice is back on shelves featuring new packaging and a reformulated sweetener-free recipe that has sparkling water flavored exclusively with organic fruit juices and flavors. The drinks are available in Blackberry, Raspberry Grapefruit, Mango Pineapple and Apple Cranberry varieties.
Dairy producers are creating innovations to keep up with a growing demand for high-protein foods and an increasing interest in higher-fat products. Yogurt drinks, butter and whole-milk yogurt have all seen growth recently, writes Donna Berry.
Red Bull has introduced its "Charge Ahead into Your Dream" campaign in Vietnam, and it features a competition and online video series to engage with entrepreneurial millennials in the country. "We have already seen huge returns with this campaign, which goes way beyond advertising, not only communicating Red Bull's inspiring message, but also using the strength of the brand to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs in Vietnam to develop their business skills and kick-start their dreams," said Chief Creative Officer Kittisak Poonnotok.
Lake Champlain Chocolates has tripled its premium chocolate production capacity at its Vermont manufacturing facility. The updated facility includes improved tempering machines that use 50% of the energy required by traditional machines and includes a new production line.
Rick Brindle, Mondelez International's vice president of industry development and Ted Cohen, president of Hillside Candy, are among the 2019 Kettle Awards nominees. Other nominees include Kimmie Candy CEO Joe Dutra and Topps Confectionery Brands President Tony Jacobs.
Globally inspired flavors, bright colors and unique textures are among the beverage trends Imbibe forecasts for next year. Functional beverages will be more acutely personalized in 2019, offering such attributes as sleep enhancement, brain-boosting elements and weight-loss qualities, Imbibe projects.
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