Hershey has named former Kimberly-Clark executive Steve Voskuil to its chief financial officer role, starting next month. The company also appointed Rohit Grover its international president, while Jason Reiman was promoted to the chief supply chain officer role and Terry O'Day has been named chief technology and data officer.
PepsiCo is seeing positive results from Pepsi brand sales, which rose 3% during the first quarter. "In North America, the brand Pepsi is actually back and growing again," says Chief Financial Officer Hugh Johnston. "It's probably the best mark as to whether our advertising is working."
Silk is petitioning the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the 2028 Olympics to add plogging to the list of proposed new events. The plant-based milk brand says the sport, a blend of jogging and picking up trash, merges well with the committee's goal of making the L.A. event the most sustainable of all the modern Olympic competitions.
French retailer Carrefour has teamed with Nestle to empower consumers with blockchain technology. Customers can trace the origin of Mousline puree products as part of a pilot program to test the platform.
Conagra Brands is set to roll out a line of Healthy Choice salad dressings in Green Goddess, Garden French and Ranch varieties. The company has rebranded its Wish-Bone dressing line and is also planning to debut Earth Balance-branded vegan salad dressings in blue cheese and ranch flavors.
Meat products that grow in a lab from cell cultures are expected to be available in select locations next year, but the price tag could be steep, says Good Food Institute Executive Director Bruce Friedrich. He estimates that a burger made from the innovative process could cost about $50.
In order for beverages to look, taste and feel appealing to consumers, striking the right balance of ingredients, among them texturants, can help. When drinks contain protein, a mix of texturants might be necessary to stabilize the beverage, and for others, texturants might be used to create the desired perception of flavor or sweetness, writes Donna Berry.
Mars Petcare has created a set of 100,000-plus ads emblazoned with the names of every dog licensed in New York City to promote its Puppo line, which offers personalized dog food based on each pet's needs. The campaign was made with Colenso BBDO, and the ads are placed near the home of each dog.
Brach's is working with Cocoa Horizons Foundation to reformulate the recipe for its double-dipped chocolate products and other items. Brach's is also debuting its Double-Dipped Hazelnuts, which will feature the new recipe.
Sensory experiences are among trends driving flavor innovations, with popping candy and extreme combinations among recent examples, according to International Taste Solutions. Other popular trends include berry and tropical flavors.
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