Kraft Heinz debuts edible Jell-O slime | Sustainability, wellness among Mintel's top trends for 2019 | Whole Foods names 2019's top 10 food trends
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November 16, 2018
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SkinnyPop rolls out 2 holiday flavors
SkinnyPop has unveiled two new popcorn offerings for the holiday season in Gingerbread Cookie Kettle Corn and White Chocolate Peppermint Kettle Corn. The limited-time varieties are available in five-ounce bags.
Chew Boom (11/15) 
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Kraft Heinz debuts edible Jell-O slime
Kraft Heinz debuts edible Jell-O slime
(The Kraft Heinz Co.)
Kraft Heinz is bringing Jell-O slime to store shelves next month in Unicorn Slime strawberry and Monster Slime lime varieties. "While do-it-yourself edible slime recipes are popular on Pinterest and YouTube, until today, there hasn't been an edible slime available from a national brand," the company said.
USA Today (11/16),  Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (11/16) 
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Sustainability, wellness among Mintel's top trends for 2019
Sustainability and wellness are among the top trends for 2019, according to Mintel. "In 2019, support of and demand for more corporate sustainability programs will grow as consumers better understand what's required to get closer to achieving a truly circular food and drink economy," said Mintel's Jenny Zegler, who notes that sustainability programs will encompass more than recycling by "creating products with ingredients that are grown in accordance to regenerative agriculture practices."
Candy & Snack Today (11/15) 
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Whole Foods names 2019's top 10 food trends
Experts at Whole Foods Market have listed the top 10 trends they expect to see in 2019, with number one being Pacific Rim flavors such as passion fruit and mango. Other trends include probiotics, especially in shelf-stable items, and growing consumer preferences for fatty foods.
Forbes (11/15),  Food Business News (free registration) (11/15) 
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Cargo, Venmo make snacks available during ride shares
Cargo and Venmo have teamed to make it easy for customers of ride-sharing services to buy snacks during their trips. Cargo boxes are currently in ride-share cars in 10 cities with inventories that include snacks such as Skittles and Rice Krispie Treats.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (11/15) 
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News from P&G, Kellogg hit home with readers
Kellogg's debut of a gut-healthy cereal brand called Hi! Happy Inside proved popular with SmartBrief's food and beverage readers this week, as did Campbell Soup's plan to sell select brands. Procter & Gamble's leadership reorganization plan ranked first on the week's top 10 list.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (11/16) 
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Association News
Confectionery industry drives US economy, supports 600,000 jobs nationwide
The confectionery industry helps to create more than 600,000 American jobs, according to a report by the National Confectioners Association. Read more.
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NCA to host Halloween sales review webinar
Join NCA's Larry Wilson on Thursday, November 29 at 1 p.m. ET as he takes a closer look at retail and consumer trends that drove the 2018 Halloween season. Learn more.
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Dallas Sam's Club embraces tech lab role
Dallas Sam's Club embraces tech lab role
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The Sam's Club Now location in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, one-fourth the size of the usual club retail site, has embraced virtual reality and other technology to make the shopping experience more seamless. In fact, scan-and-go shopping that skips checkout is the only way to buy in the test store.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (11/15) 
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