Rosenfeld: Mondelez may trim some products from portfolio | Gerber seeks acquisitions, partnerships to drive growth | Dean Foods acquires Uncle Matt's Organic
June 23, 2017
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Rosenfeld: Mondelez may trim some products from portfolio
Rosenfeld: Mondelez may trim some products from portfolio
(Mondelez International)
Mondelez currently has the most robust health and wellness pipeline in the company's history, including next month's launch of its Vea line, said CEO Irene Rosenfeld. She sees some products as candidates to remove from Mondelez's portfolio, and the company "will continue to look at opportunities to do that, but we want to it in a disciplined way, because we don't want to give up the shelf space and we want to make sure that we don't open the door to competition," she said.
CNBC (6/22),  CNBC (6/22) 
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Gerber seeks acquisitions, partnerships to drive growth
Nestle's Gerber unit is looking to drive growth in its baby nutrition business via acquisitions and new partnerships. "We're always looking at the landscape...We're looking for somebody that's differentiated, another brand, the type that would bring new capabilities in the organization," said Gerber CEO Bill Partyka.
Reuters (6/22) 
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Dean Foods acquires Uncle Matt's Organic
Dean Foods is continuing to expand its holdings in the natural space with the acquisition of Uncle Matt's Organic, which produces organic juices and fruit waters. "Dean Foods is committed to supporting Uncle Matt's product innovation efforts and their ongoing development and growth in the natural channel," said Dean Foods CEO Ralph Scozzafava.
FoodNavigator (6/22) 
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Nestle CEO emphasizes the need for transparency
Because small, local companies are quickly able to forge trust with consumers, bigger food and beverage firms must emphasize transparency to compete in the marketplace, said Nestle CEO Mark Schneider. "For global brands, there is an extra mile we have to go to win that confidence," he said.
Reuters (6/22) 
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Other News
We're the Future of STEM and Manufacturing
Northeast Florida is home to more than 2,000 FIRST Robotics students and a growing interest in STEM programs and fields. These programs ensure the future of our strong labor force as companies choose to expand and invest in Jacksonville.
Nestle, Unilever top increasing summer online ice cream sales
Summer online ice cream orders have tripled since 2014, according to 1010data, with six of the 10 most popular brands falling under Nestle's and Unilever's umbrellas. Ben & Jerry's and Haagen-Dazs are the two most successful online ice cream brands, and over half of summer online ice cream orders have been made on grocery chain websites.
DairyReporter (France) (6/20) 
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SmartBrief Originals
Most Clicked: Take a look at this week's hottest food and beverage industry stories with SmartBrief
Lidl beats Amazon for most-read food news this week
News that Lidl is opening its first US stores topped a most-clicked list this week that was dominated by grocery news. The Amazon-Whole Foods purchase was the subject of many of SmartBrief's most-viewed articles, along with stories on Nestle's potential plan to sell its US confectionery unit, Campbell Soup's new leadership staff and acquisitions talk at Hormel.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (6/23) 
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Advertising & Marketing
Coca-Cola's design director: Product design as important as strategy
Coca-Cola's design director: Product design as important as strategy
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For Coca-Cola's creative and design director Alex Center, packaging and design prompt shoppers to fall in love with a brand, making design as important as strategy and positioning. "You package what your brand is, and you try to charm people through your packaging," he says.
99U (6/20) 
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Retail Spotlight
A breakdown of where US consumers grocery shop
Wal-Mart and Sam's Club account for more than one-fifth of the grocery market in the US, according to data from UBS. Kroger commands 10.2% of the market, Albertsons claims 5.2%, Costco claims 4.2% and CVS claims 3.9%, the data revealed.
Business Insider (6/21) 
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Ed-U-Ventures at Nashville's Farmers' Market
Visit the Nashville Farmers' Market with us at this year's Global Sustainability Summit. See how this 200-year-old institution continually incorporates environmentally sound practices into the local food infrastructure. Join us Aug. 9-11 and tour 16 urban acres of restaurants, vendors and a demonstration kitchen featuring a prominent local chef!
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Bailey: Tariff-free North American trade essential to US food production
As legislators begin work on modernizing NAFTA, GMA CEO Pamela Bailey is urging lawmakers and the president to maintain tariff-free trade in North America. "NAFTA eliminated many barriers and cleared the way for food manufacturers to grow exports -- thus supporting increased job creation and consumer choice," she writes.
Agri-Pulse (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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