Demand for low-cal, low-carb and low sugar drinks has been a catalyst for the growth of the sparkling water segment. Riding the coattails of that explosion comes spiked sparkling water (aka hard seltzer) because the perception is that sparkling clears are better for you. This segment is less than a decade old, with the first brand (initially bearing the moniker SpikedSeltzer, but since rebranded to Bon & Viv) launching in 2012, before being acquired by AB InBev in 2016. Since then, while there are a few market leaders – White Claw (sales were just under $200m in 2018), Truly ($131m in 2018) and brands backed by Fortune 500...
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Individuals are challenged daily to balance work, home and recreation, which is why it’s normal to feel distracted, unmotivated or too tired to concentrate at times. Many consumers wish to improve focus and mental clarity to better manage everyday tasks but staying sharp and maintaining brain function throughout our lifetimes is also a significant concern because of increased awareness about diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
According to the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI), the importance of cognitive health has grown more than 20% among American consumers since 2005 and is a top concern for adults.
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According to Thrillist, Original House Wine has teamed up with Cheez-it to create a limited edition, combo box. This unique box is divided in half with wine served on one side, and Cheez-its on the other half. This snack combo is marketed as an affordable, $25 snack, with the perfect wine and cheese combo.
C.A. Fortune (CAF), a consumer products sales and marketing agency headquartered in Chicago, is proud to announce it's recent rebrand. The modern aesthetic features a new logo, website and updated focus to be “The Consumer Brands Agency.” C.A. Fortune’s commitment to be an approachable, innovative partner that can offer clients boutique service, national scope and seamless integration, is now reflected in the brand’s external look and feel.
“While designing C.A. Fortune’s new brand identity we wanted to concisely capture our agency’s ability to offer comprehensive solutions on a national scale along with having an innovative privately held culture,” said Steve Gaither, Senior Vice President of C.A. Branding.
“The new design depicts both sophistication and approachability, while the tagline, ‘The Consumer Brands Agency,’ quickly tells clients who we are and what we can do for them.”
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Are you considering hiring a contract packager or manufacturer for your business? CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers, provides the pros and cons to be mindful of when considering hiring a contract packager or manufacturer.
To navigate the Association for Contract Packagers (CPA) website, click here
Lunchbox notes are as common as sandwiches with the crust cut off in brown bag school lunches, especially for younger children. On the first day of school or the day of a big test, a note from home can help give confidence and inspiration to your kids when they open their lunch bag. However, kids can find comfort in different ways, which is why Rice Krispies Treats teamed up with Autism Speaks—an organization dedicated to promoting solutions for people with autism and their families—to create sensory Love Notes that are specially designed for children with autism.
Rice Krispies Treats first debuted their Love Notes in 2017 by creating wrappers for their sweets with a small space for parents to write a note. Then, in 2018, Rice Krispies made the Love Notes more inclusive by partnering with the National Federation of the Blind to create Braille stickers for parents to attach to the treats and audio-enabled boxes that could play a recorded message.
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For the better part of a decade, Big Food has been in a scramble to restructure and reinvent itself amid a massive shift in consumer preferences that's given rise to gluten-free, low-sugar, non-GMO and "clean" options.
Looking to innovate and move faster to respond to ever-evolving trends, packaged-food makers have tried developing niche products to compete against a wave of upstarts. They've carved out internal venture-capital arms that throw cash behind minority stakes in startups in the hope that one hits. And, most significantly, they've put big money into snapping them up and attempting to scale them through sophisticated distribution networks and deep-pocketed marketing budgets.
Conagra Brands in 2016 scooped up Rick Bayless' Frontera Foods for $108.9 million and last year paid a whopping $10.8 billion for Pinnacle Foods, the owner of brands such as Smart Balance and Udi's.
MCLEAN, VA / ACCESSWIRE / August 6, 2019 / The QUAD, a student-oriented section of the PROCESS EXPO exhibit hall will feature information on the FPSA Job Board, an AMSA e-Poster Exhibition, the meeting point for student tours, and much more. This student opportunity will be taking place at this year's PROCESS EXPO, October 8-11, 2019, at Chicago's McCormick Place.
“The Student Ambassador program is new this year, and will offer students free admission into PROCESS EXPO, and the education seminars,” said David Seckman, President & CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA). “The QUAD is a great opportunity for students to earn volunteer hours, network and engage, and benefit from free education sessions.”
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Career Roundtables: On Friday, October 11, the Young Professionals Group is hosting a “speed networking” career roundtable session which is an opportunity to meet with industry professionals who are open to sharing their experiences regarding entering the food and beverage industry including the good, the bad, and the ugly! This is a time for students to talk one-on-one with professionals who were once in their shoes and to gain knowledge they won’t get in the classroom. Click here to register.
Tyson Foods will be launching a functional, refrigerated snack line under the Pact brand later this year, according to Nosh. Although the snacks are currently in the preliminary test phase, there are four flavors planned: Gut Instinct featuring probiotics; Gut Ahead with turmeric and prebiotics; Glow With It featuring collagen; and Vibe On, which has omega-3, magnesium and matcha. The product's website doesn't directly state Tyson’s involvement in product development, but the company is named on the terms and conditions and privacy pages. Tyson also filed for a trademark earlier this year, claiming that the Pact brand could be used for snacks, dietary supplements and meal kits, Nosh reported.
Effective January 1, 2020, larger Chicago employers across various industries will have to comply with a new employee predictive scheduling law. Under the new law, titled the “Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance,” employers will have to provide employees with advanced notice of their work schedules, or risk monetary penalties of $300–$500 per violation and possible lawsuits. In passing this new law, Chicago jumped on a growing trend of predictive scheduling laws, following in the footsteps of major cities like New York and San Francisco. This one, however, is unique in that it is the most expansive one to date with Chicago’s mayor proclaiming it to be “the most expansive predictive scheduling law in the country,” reaching into industries such as “[h]ealth care, manufacturing, and the warehouse industry [which] have never been included in … [such a law] … until now.”
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