Mars launches $1B conservation and sustainability initiative | Sunny D gummies hit US store shelves | Sour Patch Kids float to be featured at Macy's Parade
October 20, 2017
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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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Sunny D gummies hit US store shelves
Sunny D Liquid Center Gummies have made their debut on US store shelves. The gummies come in peach, orange and strawberry flavors.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/19) 
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Sour Patch Kids float to be featured at Macy's Parade
The 91st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature a Sour Patch Kids float for the first time. The float will include the brand's popular mascots and a surprise musical guest.
Candy & Snack Today (10/20) 
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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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Other News
Food and Beverage Operators Ride Hot Streak
Earnings among U.S. food processors reached a record high over the past 12 months. While there's still plenty of reason for optimism in the near term, this BMO Capital Markets report explains why the strong run isn't likely to continue indefinitely. Get the full report and analysis.
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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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Diet & Health
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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Association News
Nominations for NCA Confectionery Leadership Award end Oct. 23
Members of the National Confectioners Association are encouraged to nominate outstanding retail or wholesale customers for the 2018 Confectionery Leadership Award. The distinguished award recognizes the most innovative and passionate leaders and champions of the industry. Learn more.
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NCA to host labeling workshop in Washington, D.C.
Stay current on the latest labeling regulations by attending NCA’s workshop on Jan. 11-12, 2018. Industry experts will address updates to the Nutrition Facts panel, ingredient labeling, GMO labeling, litigation trends and more. Learn more.
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Science & Technology
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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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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