New products from Annie’s, Daiya, Nestle

New products from Annie’s, Daiya, Nestle

A macaroni and cheese makeover is under way as food manufacturers market the classic comfort food to consumers chasing the latest trends. Macaroni and cheese is hitting the shelves in vegan, organic, non-bioengineered, gluten-free and chef-inspired varieties.

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Chobani Undergoes Major Portfolio Expansion

Chobani Undergoes Major Portfolio Expansion

Greek Yogurt brand Chobani introduces three new Chobani Flip products as part of its largest portfolio expansion to-date. After record-breaking success in the first-half of 2015, Chobani is introducing Peanut Butter Dream, Coffee Break Bliss and a Limited Batch Strawberry Summer Crisp served in an iconic red cup.

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Beverage companies utilize secondary packaging to keep shelf space

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It seems as though retail space is more like a battle ground. Different companies and categories clutter the shelves fighting for consumers’ attention. Retailers don’t make it easy for beverage brands to get and keep that space either. So, how do beverage brands fight back? One of the answers is with their use of secondary packaging. Although consumer demand is the overall driver, retailers also can have an effect on a beverage company, experts say. Additionally, changes within retail channels have caused secondary packaging to fight a war vying for consumers’ attention.  Read full post here.

Canned water offers an alternative packaging option – but will consumers always associate water with plastic bottles?

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Rexam says canned water is a growing trend, as Noah’s Spring Water adds a re-sealable aluminum can to its packaging mix. Rexam’s Cap Can is a re-sealable aluminum container using closure technology from Dayton Systems Group. The can is 100% recyclable, and gives municipalities and educational campuses that have banned plastic bottles another option. Aluminum keeps water cold longer, and the re-sealable cap means it is reusable. Read full post here.

PepsiCo adds vice chairman to CFO’s role

foresite&trends_250x100PepsiCo has expanded CFO Hugh Johnson’s responsibilities to include vice chairman and head of global information solutions. The company also announced that Executive Vice President of Global Categories and Operations Enderson Guimaraes will be stepping down and two other executives will be promoted to oversee many of his responsibilities.

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Frito-Lay files patent for puffed nut and legume snacks

Omnishopper250x100 BlackFrito-Lay has filed a patent to make lighter and crispier snacks by using a two-step method to puff nuts and legumes. The process involves hydrating the nuts and then gun-puffing them or dehydrating them at high temperatures. “The immersing step and gun puffing step are typically carried out to produce an expanded and texturized nut product by forming blisters on an outer surface of the nut kernels and voids in a body of the nut kernels,” the company wrote in its filing

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