Girl Scout cookie-flavored cereals to hit shelves | Gold'n Plump offers new fresh chicken meal solution | ConAgra's new products capture emerging market trends
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October 24, 2016
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Girl Scout cookie-flavored cereals to hit shelves
Girl Scout Cookie-flavored cereal to hit shelves
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General Mills has confirmed that is will debut its new line of Girl Scout cookie-flavored cereals in January. Consumers will be able to choose from two varieties: Thin Mint or Caramel Crunch.
Thrillist (10/24) 
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Gold'n Plump offers new fresh chicken meal solution
Gold'n Plump is rolling out a new ready-to-cook chicken product in five flavors designed for fast meal prep for the busy consumer. Shakers include 16 ounces of fresh, antibiotic-free chicken and an accompanying panko-style breadcrumb mixture for coating.
Meat & Poultry Online (10/21) 
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ConAgra's new products capture emerging market trends
ConAgra is looking for ways to build on its established lines to take advantage of emerging market trends like veganism, said Chief Growth Officer Darren Serrao. The company is launching products such as Healthy Choice Breakfast Bowls, super premium Bertoli offerings and IHOP-licensed pancake mixes, among other items.
FoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (10/21) 
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Flavored Coatings Provide Retail Item Variety
From lemon, key lime and coconut to sea salt caramel, marshmallow and pumpkin pie - CQC offers a wide array of innovative, flavored compound coatings. Add a burst of flavor to your retail product, meet market trends, and expand your selection with CQC's quality flavored coatings. Read More.
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Trends
Millennials drive demand for spicier salty snacks
Consumers are increasingly demanding bolder flavors and hotter spices in their snack foods, according to several flavor forecasts. Millennials, who snack more than previous generations, are looking for authentic international flavors such as Indian tikka masala and Korean barbecue.
Food Processing (10/21) 
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Mushrooms make way into beverages
Beverages with a mushroom component are finding a market based on the strength of their health claims and on their flavor appeal, especially for consumers following plant-based diets. Sales for products containing Reishi mushrooms surged 91% over the last year, SPINS data indicates, and many manufacturers are adding mushrooms to beverages such as tea, lemonade and protein drinks.
FoodNavigator (10/23) 
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SmartBrief Originals
Associates are more valuable than loyalty apps
Loyalty apps provide valuable data but they're no substitute for front-line grocery store employees who can rectify problems in person and in real time, said Douglas Madenberg of the Retail Feedback Group. "The company needs to have systems in place to facilitate this employee input, as well as a culture that supports and reacts to this kind of communication," he said.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (10/24) 
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Offering the best possible customer service using ERP
It is more important than ever for today's manufacturers and distributors to be able to deliver the seamless experience customers want — and ERP can get you there. Read this report to learn why ERP is key to customer experience, how other companies use ERP to drive success and why the time is now to adopt cloud ERP.
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Idahoan taps into regional flavor trend by pairing potatoes with US cheeses

Foods and flavors that give the experience of traveling to a specific locale are popular with US consumers, and regional American flavors are no exception. Inspired by this consumer insight, Idahoan Foods introduced its Cheese Across America line of mashed potatoes, which combines 100% Idaho Potatoes with a favorite regional US cheese for authentic local flair. Read more.
 
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Advertising & Marketing
PepsiCo VP: We won't consider ad campaigns that lack mobile component
PepsiCo VP: We won't consider ad campaigns that lack mobile component
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Executives at PepsiCo are moving to a mobile-first marketing strategy focusing on measurable, data-driven results and dynamic creative, said Adam Harter, PepsiCo's vice president of cultural connections. "If someone calls a meeting to review creative for a campaign that doesn't have a mobile component, that meeting gets cancelled," he explained.
CMO.com (10/20) 
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Your Brand’s 2019 Holiday Success Plan
Are you prepped for Q4 brand growth? Claim this 2019 holiday guide, outlining high level strategies, optimizations, and conversion tactics to outwit your competition and grow your revenue. Includes immediate Q3 action items and a post-holiday checklist! Download Now
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Retail Spotlight
The Fresh Market revamps logo, format in N.C.
The Fresh Market will roll out a revamped look including a new logo, 1,300 new products and hundreds of price cuts at three stores in North Carolina's Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham markets next week. Owner Apollo Global Management plans to expand the new format to 13 more stores in November and transform the entire chain by early 2018.
Supermarket News (free registration) (10/20) 
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Delivering what shoppers want in the olive oil aisle
Consumers enjoy cooking with olive oil, but a lack of information can make for an overwhelming shopping experience. Pompeian aims to alleviate confusion at the shelf with a focus on authenticity and transparency. Download the infographic to learn more about the Pompeian difference.
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GMA News
Free Spanish webinar series on the Food Safety Modernization Act
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FSMA's Preventive Controls for Human Food presents a new set of challenges for food processors. PCHF requires processors to expand the concept of preventive controls to include, among others, supply-chain controls. This informative webinar addresses new supply chain management requirements under FSMA. Taking place on Oct. 26, this webinar is presented in Spanish, and it's free! Register today.
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Government & Food Safety
FDA adopts new food emergency response guidelines
The FDA is adopting new guidelines for responses to food emergencies. The changes, which include an update to food product categories, allow the FDA to use those categories to speed alert times and aid investigations if food safety is jeopardized.
Food Engineering magazine online (10/20) 
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