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1. Characteristics of grocery's top-performing legacy brands

GMA SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Only 8% of the 213 top-performing legacy brands in the U.S. grocery market are outpacing inflation and category growth rates, according to the Hartman Group. The legacy brands, which include Velveeta, Little Debbie and Oreo and are defined as brands that have been distributed since before 1980 with more than $1 billion in sales over the last year whose growth has outpaced inflation in the last 10 years and category growth in the last four, are highly-focused, operate in an average of 1.9 categories and mostly sell in the same category through which they entered the grocery market. FoodNavigator (04/17)


2. Nestle is developing strategies to stay on top

GMA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

In the face of the mergers that created companies such as Kraft Heinz Co. and Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Nestle is developing strategies to maintain its top position in the global food industry, the company announced Thursday. Nestle has already sold underperforming businesses such as PowerBar and plans to maximize its scale with the formation of a new executive board to oversee global corporate support functions. Reuters (04/16)


3. Sysco pushes back against FTC effort to block U.S. Foods merger

GMA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Sysco Corp. filed a memorandum Tuesday opposing the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's injunction on its proposed merger with rival distributor U.S. Foods. The FTC claimed that the $3.5 billion merger would violate antitrust laws, but Sysco argues that "FTC's flawed logic on the structure of the local food-service distribution market led to dubious analysis of market share," and the deal would actually increase competition in the foodservice industry. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/22) Reuters (04/22)


4. How Kroger, Trader Joe's, ALDI are changing retail

GMA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Kroger, Trader Joe's and ALDI were named among the top 25 companies revolutionizing the retail industry, according to a report from Business Insider. Kroger was recognized for setting the standard for same-store sales growth and customer service among grocers, Trader Joe's was recognized for dominating the grocery landscape with high-quality private-label items, and ALDI was recognized for its business model, which allows the retailer to offer products at some of the lowest prices in the market. Business Insider (04/20)


5. Nestle works on deal to sell frozen food business

GMA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Nestle is working on a deal to sell its Davigel frozen food business to U.K.-based foodservice operator Brakes Group, Nestle announced Wednesday. The deal, which is part of Nestle's effort to lighten its portfolio, is expected to exceed $200 million, analysts said. Reuters (04/15) Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/15)


6. Frito-Lay's 3 key strategies for keeping up with changing consumer habits

GMA SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Increased urbanization, diversity and income inequality are significantly affecting food and beverage consumption in the U.S., according to Tom Greco, CEO of Frito-Lay North America's business unit. The company is banking on innovation, demand science and brand building to keep up with the shifting market. Frito-Lay has built on these ideas by working with Taco Bell to create Doritos and Fritos Locos Tacos and with its Do Us A Flavor contest, which invites consumers to invent flavors for Frito-Lay chips, Greco said. BakingBusiness.com (04/22)


7. Heinz looks to mustard to spur future growth

GMA SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

H.J. Heinz Co. has revamped its yellow mustard to include all natural ingredients and a better taste, the company said Thursday. Heinz is looking to mustard to grab new sales following the company's merger with Kraft Foods Group. "We know that people don't really think about yellow mustard, so we needed to inspire them with a bold creative idea to shake things up a bit," said Jessica Ryan, Heinz North America's associate director of marketing. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (04/16) Advertising Age (free access for SmartBrief readers) (04/16)


8. Protein-packed meal replacements earn top spots on IRI ranking of new products

GMA SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Consumer demand for portable, protein-packed snacks and meal replacements helped propel Kraft Foods' Lunchables Uploaded and several yogurt brands to top spots in IRI's annual New Product Pacesetters ranking of the top-performing products based on first year sales. Lunchables Uploaded was No. 1 with $143.2 million in sales and Chobani Simply 100 was No. 3 with $120.9 million. Activia Greek, Chobani Flip, and Yoplait Greek Blended also ranked among the top 10 products, indicating yogurt's continued market strength. FoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (04/22)


9. Ice cream, other products drive growth for Unilever

GMA SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Savory products, dressings, spreads and refreshments drove Unilever to positive first-quarter results, the company reported, with dressings and ice cream products including Ben & Jerry's and Magnum brands driving growth in North America. The company plans to focus on three priorities this year to maintain growth, including investing in innovation, strengthening its capabilities to get products to market and sharpening its execution, Unilever's Chief Financial Officer Jean-Marc Huet said. FoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (04/17)


10. Flowers Foods will cut Nature's Own ingredient count in half

GMA SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Flowers Foods is cutting the number of ingredients used in its Nature's Own bread from 26 to 14 as part of a clean label initiative, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bradley Alexander said. The company removed high fructose corn syrup from the recipe in 2009. FoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (04/20)




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