Paul Norman is retiring from his role as president of Kellogg North America effective April 1. North America division staff members will report to company CEO Steven Cahillane until Kellogg names Norman's successor.
Coca-Cola is planning to debut fresh "communication and engagement" in the next few months to bring in new Diet Coke consumers and to capture the attention of existing ones. "It's going to be a process of experimentation," said CEO James Quincey regarding how the soda giant will boost Diet Coke's profile.
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Sales of culinary coconut oil are on the downswing, with US retail sales falling 25.9% in the conventional channel last year, according to data from SPINS. Sales in the natural and specialty/organic channels also dropped last year, by 16.1% and 14.3%, respectively, SPINS data indicate.
Artificial intelligence could be a great tool for grocers, letting them better analyze the volumes of customer data they collect, Infor's Doug Tiffan writes. It also offers potential benefits for managing inventory, especially perishables, and cutting down on waste.
Perdue Chicken, CVS and Hampton Inn are the top three most-loved brands on social, and Walt Disney World, Wegmans and Febreze are the most loved among people having conversations in the real world, per Engagement Labs. The study tracked four brand performance drivers -- brand sharing, the volume of conversations, positive sentiment and influence.
Oreo is hoping to entice consumers with its new augmented reality game, "The Great Oreo Cookie Quest." As with "Pokemon Go," the game uses object recognition technology to lead players on a mobile scavenger hunt to collect points, which they can enter to win a trip to Africa or California.
Amazon is tidying up its grocery delivery options with a new plan to merge its AmazonFresh and Prime Now services by the end of the year, according to Yahoo Finance. Amazon has been reducing its delivery area for AmazonFresh since its takeover of Whole Foods last summer, and a recent consumer survey finds that 48% of Prime users have been ordering groceries through the service.
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