Chocolove's partnership with Barry Callebaut has enabled the premium chocolate brand to meet changing consumer preferences, including increased demand for vegan, sustainably sourced and non-GMO chocolate, said Timothy Moley, Chocolove CEO and founder. Future innovation will continue the brand's legacy of actively listening to consumers to serve as an early adopter of change, said Moley.
Unit sales of refrigerated flavored milk were up 2.1% for the 52 weeks ending Nov. 28, delivering a bright spot as overall refrigerated milk sales dropped 4.6%, according to IRI data. The downward trend is mostly due to the refrigerated white milk subcategory, although three of the top 10 brands reported double-digit dollar sales growth during the period: Fairlife, Prairie Farms and Organic Valley.
BBDO and Jones Knowles Ritchie have refreshed the characters and design of M&M's mascots to be more inclusive, and the updated mascots will be featured across the brand's channels, including social media, packaging, TV ads and in-store displays. "M&M's is on a mission right now to create a world where everyone feels they belong," says Jane Hwang, global vice president of M&M's at Mars.
PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division has tapped recording artist Megan Thee Stallion to star in its first Super Bowl ad for two brands: the Flamin' Hot varieties of Cheetos and Doritos. A teaser spot with the tagline "Unleash Your Flamin' Hot" shows the rapper arriving at the Super Bowl shoot and getting concerned about what lies in store for her after a series of questions about which wild animals she is allergic to.
Swiss chocolatier Lindt and Sprungli has reported it was "able to significantly increase sales in all countries and channels" in 2021, in spite of it being what the company defined as an "economically challenging year." The company reports a 14.2% increase in group sales in fiscal year 2021 with organic sales up 13.3% over forecasts and sales in North America increasing 10.7% -- a growth the company says was faster than the overall market.
Super Coffee, Koia, Lemon Perfect and Olipop have joined the new Alliance to Control Excessive Sugar, which aims to introduce low- and no-sugar brands to a broader range of consumers via the sweetaces.org website, said group founder and Super Coffee CEO Jimmy DeCicco. "The more sugar-free or low-sugar options that we get involved with ACES, the bigger the impact that we can all collectively make," added DeCicco.
South Korea-based startup Greenlabs has raised $140 million in a new funding round it will use to expand geographically, add new employees and grow through acquisitions, according to co-founder and CEO Charlie Sanghoon Shin. The company offers digital services throughout the fresh produce supply chain, with a focus on sustainability.
Fourth-generation Pennsylvania dairy farmer Brad Biehl is also president of robotic milking company AMS Galaxy, which he runs from his Corner View Farm. The company's Astrea 20.20 robotic milker is able to milk two cows at the same time, and the farm also boasts other high-tech innovations including a bedding robot and an automated feeder.
A General Mills restructuring has integrated its innovation teams as the food manufacturer aims to remain "relentlessly focused on consumer problems," said Jon Nudi, president of North American retail. The company is taking a deeper dive into consumer data analytics to understand "What are consumers almost ready for? What are they almost over?" according to Doug Martin, General Mills' new chief brand and disruptive growth officer.
The PLANeT Partnership, a joint venture forged by PepsiCo and Beyond Meat last year, is preparing the debut of a plant-based jerky, according to Bloomberg. The vegan jerky would serve as the partnership's first product launch.