Sugar Factory will open a Museum of Candy in New York City this summer. The 30,000-square-foot location will include experiential candy rooms, candy tasting areas, candy art installations and a dessert market.
IOI Loders Croklaan and Kerry Group have partnered with Wild Asia and Fortuna Palm Oil Mill to create a small-grower support program in Malaysia. The three-year program will help participants decrease fresh fruit bunch production costs and increase yields, according to Loders Croklaan Sustainability Director Ben Vreeburg.
Kellogg has introduced two new flavors to its Cheez-It Duoz line, which combine Cheez-It crackers with either cheddar pretzels or caramel popcorn. "As food mashups become more popular, we're excited to launch two Cheez-It Duoz varieties that pair our favorite cheesy, crunchy crackers with two salty snacks to create new satisfying snacking experiences for everyone," said Cheez-It Marketing Director Jeff Delonis.
Unit sales in the hot cereal and oatmeal category rose 1.7% in 2017 versus the prior year, according to data from IRI. Brands such as Quaker Oats and Bob's Red Mill have launched innovations in the space to capitalize on a growing interest in healthy whole grains.
Randy Papadellis will step down from his role as president and CEO of Ocean Spray Cranberries effective July 1. The company has named Chief Growth Officer Bobby Chacko its new president and chief operating officer effective immediately as it continues to work on a CEO succession program.
Sweet Corner Bakeshop debuted Golden Nutella Hearts for Valentine's Day. Pictures and videos of the $45 heart-shaped chocolates painted with edible gold and filled with two pounds of Nutella proved popular with food influencers on social media.
Wegmans, Publix and Nugget Markets have earned places in Fortune magazine's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018. All three grocers have managed to make the list, based on employee survey results, for at least nine years running.
Chobani's plan to celebrate its 10th year as a national brand by giving everyone in the US a free cup of yogurt was the most-read story by SmartBrief food and beverage readers this week. News of Kraft Heinz's acquisition strategy, Whole Foods' higher fees for shelf space and PepsiCo's new sparkling water line Bubly also caught readers' attention and gained spots on the week's top 10 list.
PepsiCo is rolling out its new healthy beverage line, Drinkfinity, exclusively to the online channel. Shoppers must first buy a Drinkfinity bottle, which they can then fill with water and infuse with one of the company's 12 flavor pods to mix their own beverages.
On Thurs., March 15, at 1 p.m. ET, NCA will take a closer look at retail sales and outside influences that affected the confectionery category in 2017. Participants will come away with key trends that could affect 2018 category planning. Learn more and register.
Educational tracks set for 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo
The 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo is pleased to announce its educational tracks for this year's multifaceted program. The tracks, grouped around the themes of How We Shop, How We Eat, and How We Work, will explore consumer behaviors and trends in treating and snacking. Learn more.
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.