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1/15/2021

Sweetgreen is putting its own stamp on the crispy chicken craze with the launch of the limited-time Crispy Chicken Salad. The salad will be made with crispy rice and chicken that is blackened rather than fried, and Sweetgreen will team up with health-focused social media influencers to promote the dish.

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1/15/2021

In an effort to build up local minority businesses, Stop & Shop and the grocer's NextGen Associate Resource Group are investing $55,000 in the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council. The investment will allow the council to expand its development program, which currently works with 250 companies, and support the integration of minority businesses into the Stop & Shop supply chain throughout the Northeast.

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Progressive Grocer
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Stop & Shop
1/15/2021

Schnuck Markets has launched the Restaurant Selections by Schnucks program, which offers restaurant-inspired entrees with a different theme every two months. Displayed in the deli case, the choices for January and February reflect the "Eat Good to Feel Great" theme and include roasted salmon, smokehouse rotisserie pork roast and turkey stuffed peppers.

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Schnuck Markets
1/15/2021

From protein patties to a special compostable wrap for its English cucumbers, a recent podcast from Trader Joe's explored some of the top products driving the booming trend in vegan and plant-based offerings. The list also includes meatless products based on traditional meat, chicken and seafood favorites, ground beef without the beef and vegan banana bread.

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Trader Joe
1/15/2021

Kellogg's Kashi brand is rolling out a keto-friendly cereal offering 12 grams of plant-based protein and 1 gram of sugar per serving. The Kashi Go grain-free line includes two flavors: dark cocoa and cinnamon vanilla.

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FoodBev
1/15/2021

PepsiCo's Frito-Lay unit has recruited actor Ashton Kutcher to star in a teaser spot for its Cheetos Crunch Pop Mix Super Bowl ad. Kutcher appears shocked while rifling through evidence photos and discovering an empty Cheetos Crunch Pop Mix bag.

1/15/2021

Colgate-Palmolive has teamed with design company JAM to revamp its Ajax packaging to appeal to the European market. Modifications include a cleaner logo, increased white space and lighter hues to emphasize a brand and purpose that resonates with the European consumer, said JAM founder Peter Johnson.

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Adweek
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JAM
1/15/2021

Monster Beverage has named Hilton H. Schlosberg, who's served as CFO at the company for 23 years, as co-CEO. Thomas J. Kelly, executive vice president of finance, has been tapped to replace Schlosberg as CFO.

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FoodBev
1/15/2021

KiiTO has rebranded as Vast to expand its appeal beyond the keto market. The functional protein beverage brand is planning to double its retail footprint this year, and has revised SKU names to resonate more with mainstream consumers, said Kendall Dreyer, Vast co-founder and chief sales officer.

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VAST
1/15/2021

Florida orange volumes are on track to fall 20% from last year, to 54 million boxes, making the second-smallest crop from the Sunshine State's groves since 1947, according to USDA data. Crops have been negatively affected by citrus greening and disagreeable weather conditions, taking a toll on the supply just as consumers hunkering down at home during the pandemic have been drinking more orange juice for health and comfort reasons.

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Bloomberg