L'Oreal is partnering with Verily, a health research and technology subsidiary of Alphabet, to develop new products that improve skin health. The collaboration also aims to enable L'Oreal to conduct artificial intelligence-driven assessments of individual skin health remotely to provide "every person around the world the most inclusive, personalized, powerful and precise programs for their skin at each stage of their lives," said Nicolas Hieronimus, CEO of L'Oreal Group.
Better-for-you energy beverage brand Zoa from Molson Coors has added the tropical punch and white peach flavors to its lineup. Zoa's formulation includes natural caffeine from green tea, no sugar, vitamins, antioxidants and other functional ingredients such as camu camu and turmeric.
Ferrero's 2022 Valentine's Day lineup includes several boxed sets such as the Golden Gallery Signature Heart Box, Kinder Chocolate Love Gift Box, Fannie May Milk Chocolate Pixies Red Heart Box and Butterfinger, Baby Ruth and Crunch Heart Boxes. Other holiday offerings include the Grand Ferrero Rocher Dark Valentine's Day Edition and Tic Tac Big Berry Adventure Valentine's Day Pack.
Kellogg has debuted the Cheez-It Puff'd line featuring Scorchin' Hot Cheddar, White Cheddar and Double Cheese flavors. The new variety offers a "puffy, airy" take on the original, according to a Kellogg statement.
A study by meat industry consultancy Midan Marketing has found that roughly 75% of natural meat consumers want to know the products' origins in addition to antibiotic- and hormone-free claims. "This group is seeking permission to feed this product to their family, opening the door for storytelling opportunities," said Michael Uetz, principal at Midan Marketing.
Success with people- and planet-friendly initiatives has earned McCormick & Co. and Campbell Soup spots on the Corporate Knights Global 100 Sustainability Index. The index studies more than 6,900 businesses worldwide, ranking them on carbon reduction, leadership diversity, employee safety and several other performance indicators.
PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division has recruited Seth Rogen to star in its first Super Bowl ad in 17 years. The ad will launch the "Stay Golden" campaign for the brand, and a teaser for the Super Bowl spot depicts an obsessed Rogen fan creepily singing "Oh Seth Rogen, where are you?" while standing before a shrine to the actor and film producer.
Trend forecasting firm WGSN's six food and beverage trends for 2022 include sustainability-driven shifts such as the use of nutrient-dense and climate-friendly kelp as an ingredient and the rise of Robusta and other heirloom coffee species as climate change threatens the Arabica crop. The prebiotic soda category will benefit from an increasing focus on gut health, according to WGSN.
Convenience store beverage sales grew 8% year-over-year during 2021's fourth quarter and 9% for the year with increasing sales of carbonated soft drinks, bottled water, sports drinks, energy and ready-to-drink coffees and flavor innovation supporting growth, according to Goldman Sachs' Beverage Bytes survey. The channel is expecting beverage sales to grow 7% in 2022, despite 47% reporting "significant" out-of-stock product last quarter.
Steeped Coffee is offering consumers a sustainable option for gifting this Valentine's Day as a Certified B Corporation that provides ethically sourced coffee in compostable packaging, according to CEO and founder Josh Wilbur. "Our proprietary process removes all barriers to entry, including the environmental impact of enjoying premium coffee at home," said Wilbur.
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