MillerCoors to release Limited Edition Blue Moon Kegs for 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

Blue Moon Brewing Company, the no. 1 national craft beer, is releasing a limited-edition keg design inspired by the recent announcement of Blue Origin’s new lunar lander, dubbed Blue Moon. The kegs will be released just ahead of July 20, 2019, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing – the Apollo 11 mission. Read full post here.

RISE Brewing Co. launches oat milk as standalone product

Having watched as oat milk fueled its successful recent round of coffee innovation, Rise Brewing Co. is betting the increasingly popular ingredient can work just as well on its own.

The New York City-based coffee company began producing its own supply of organic oat milk last year, for use in its both its retail cafes and in a three-SKU line of nitrogen-infused cold brew lattes.

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Conagra to lay off employees at Pinnacle Foods plant

Conagra Brands, Inc. has announced plans to lay off approximately 100 employees at its Pinnacle Foods, Inc. office in Boulder as part of a planned shutdown of the facility.

“In October, Conagra Brands acquired Pinnacle Foods and, as a part of that transaction, committed to undergoing a thorough evaluation process of the Boulder Brands business,” said Michael Cummins, vice-president of communications at Conagra. “Conagra recently completed a data-based analysis based on capabilities and determined it was best to integrate and build the Boulder-based brands into Conagra the way of innovation, development, brand building and business process. This requires everyone being in the same location so teams can work fast and efficiently, share ideas for innovation in real time and build our brands with each other. As a result, the Boulder office location will close by the end of 2019, though many employees will be offered jobs in other Conagra locations.”

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A new course for Hain Celestial — smaller, simpler and profitable

 Mark L. Schiller, the new president and chief executive officer of the Hain Celestial Group, Inc., envisions a “fundamentally different approach” for the business. Going forward, he said, Hain Celestial will become a smaller, more focused company with higher margins and profits.

“In the past, we added tremendous complexity and drained profit in pursuit of growth at any cost,” Mr. Schiller told investment analysts during a Feb. 7 earnings call to discuss second-quarter results.

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Ben & Jerry’s expands non-dairy lineup

Ben & Jerry’s has expanded its line of dairy-free frozen desserts with a vegan version of its popular chocolate chip cookie dough variety. Another dairy-free option, chocolate caramel cluster, also joins the lineup.

“Ever since we introduced non-dairy in 2016, our fans have been clamoring for more,” said Sarah Fidler, a research and development specialist and “flavor guru” at Ben & Jerry’s. “The biggest challenge this time was creating a chocolate chip cookie dough flavor that stood up to the original. I think we nailed it.”

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