Wis. Oscar Mayer facility sold to Reich Brothers | Dole improves salad packaging with color-coded redesign | New products provide premium and organic options
October 20, 2017
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Wis. Oscar Mayer facility sold to Reich Brothers
Reich Brothers Holdings will take over the former Oscar Mayer facility in Madison, Wis., after the company reached a deal with Kraft Heinz for an undisclosed amount. Co-owner Adam Reich says the building, which until its closure in June was used to make hot dogs and Lunchables brand cold-cut packs, will be repurposed after negotiations with city officials.
Food Business News (free registration) (10/19) 
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Dole improves salad packaging with color-coded redesign
Dole improves salad packaging with color-coded redesign
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Dole has revealed new packaging for its salad offerings, featuring a color-coded system to aid consumers in product selection. The designs, which are slated to hit stores next month, will help shoppers quickly differentiate among the brand's salad categories.
FoodBev (10/19) 
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New products provide premium and organic options
Premium, healthy and seasonal are the keywords in new products this month. Bimbo-owned Sara Lee is expanding its Artesano bread line with a Golden Wheat variety, Bob's Red Mill is presenting four organic oatmeal cups, and General Mills is rolling out seasonal flavors for its Lucky Charms brand.
Baking Business (10/19) 
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Webinar Series: Smarter Packaging for the Connected World
Instant access to information is an expectation for consumers, and the demand for data is no different in retail. Successful retailers and brands are serving shoppers with digital strategies designed to give them what they want—when they want it. Learn why smarter packaging is coming soon and how to create connected packaging in this free, two-part webinar series sponsored by GS1 US Digimarc.
Poll: US shoppers still favor local grocery stores
Seventy-five percent of online shoppers said they rarely or never buy groceries online, according to a poll of 8,600 adults conducted by Reuters/Ipsos. About 60% said local food markets still are better in terms of price, quality, selection and convenience.
Reuters (10/18) 
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Social media review reveals deeper insights on millennial attitudes on snacking
New data drawn from social media indicate that many millennials prefer not to snack and have difficulty determining which snacks are good for them. The survey of 12.5 million social media posts indicates that what younger shoppers are searching for may be more satiety, not more frequent eating opportunities.
FoodNavigator (10/19) 
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SmartBrief Originals
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Wildfire effects top this week's most-read stories
The impact of wildfires on California wineries was at the front of food and beverage readers' minds this week. The news nabbed two of this week's top 10 most-read spots, followed by news of Nestle opening a dedicated Amazon facility, Conagra's new products strategy and Culver's recent cash infusion.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (10/20) 
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Advertising & Marketing
Mars launches $1B conservation and sustainability initiative
Mars has announced it will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions significantly by 2050 as part of its Sustainable in a Generation Plan. The initiative, which will also address poverty and resource scarcity, will enlist the help of the M&Ms "spokescandies" to carry the message to consumers.
ConfectioneryNews (France) (10/18) 
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Coca-Cola, Adobe join forces for Special Olympics logo design contest
Coca-Cola, Adobe join forces for Special Olympics logo design contest
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Coca-Cola is partnering with Adobe to launch a design contest, asking artists to submit their logo suggestions for the company to use during the 2020 Special Olympics in Tokyo. "We are really trying to disrupt our own process," said Coca-Cola's James Sommerville.
Digiday (10/19) 
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Retail Spotlight
Employees to buy 13 Buehler's Fresh Foods stores
Buehler's Fresh Foods will sell 13 stores in Ohio to employees via an employee stock ownership plan, parent company E&H Family Group said Wednesday. Through the deal, the price of which was not disclosed, a new corporate entity led by current Buehler's President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Shanahan will run the ESOP, and all the locations will remain open and retain the 2,100 people who work there.
Crain's Cleveland Business (tiered subscription model) (10/18),  Supermarket News (free registration) (10/18) 
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