Gatorade created a moving salute to Serena Williams as she competed in the Wimbledon final Saturday. The brand released a video, "Like a Mother," which shows Williams' accomplishments, accompanied by a voiceover by her mother, Oracene Price.
After acquiring Sweet Earth Foods in late 2017, Nestle has increased production for the brand's products and expects to grow distribution by more than 4,000 locations by the end of this year. "Part of our agenda is to mainstream healthier eating options, so our ability to get products out there in more places where consumers can touch them is really important," said Sweet Earth Foods CEO Kelly Swette.
Baskin-Robbins has added a line of milkshakes featuring confections such as Charms Fluffy Stuff cotton candy, Airheads Xtreme candy strips, Oreo cookies and Dunkin' Donuts doughnut holes to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Meanwhile, The Cheesecake Factory has rolled out Very Cherry Ghirardelli Chocolate Cheesecake and Cinnabon Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake, while Dairy Queen's new Oreo Firework Blizzard includes Oreos and red and blue popping candy.
Unicorn is the country's hottest ice cream variety, with sales of the flavor up 191% during the first six months of 2018, according to financial services firm Square. Consumers in Oregon, Montana and Maine consume the most ice cream nationwide, according to Square's analysis.
Blue coloring and plant-forward products were among the trends on display at the Summer Fancy Food Show this month in New York City. Wild Hibiscus Flower introduced its b'Lure Blue Matcha Tea Powder, which is naturally blue thanks to its inclusion of butterfly pea flour.
Perfetti Van Melle North America President and CEO Mehmet Yuksek will step down from his role on Aug. 17, the company said. The company's Chief Financial Officer Fred King will serve as interim CEO until a successor is appointed.
Grupo Bimbo has embraced convenience stores and cash and carry outlets to increase sales in Latin America. "Although these two strategies may seem contradictory, they are both related to the same concern of the consumers, which is taking care of their money," said Maria Carolina Gollo, who handles innovation and global marketing at Bimbo.
PureCircle is improving the availability of its Reb M stevia sweetener variant by ramping up Starleaf stevia plant production. "Ingredients from Starleaf stevia including Reb M offer great taste, are easy to work with in no added sugar formulations and are now available at a scale necessary for global food and beverage companies," said PureCircle's Carolyn Clark.
Crop insurance is a safety net for the farming community, allowing agricultural producers to stay afloat during difficult periods, said Joe Cornely, spokesman for the Ohio Farm Bureau. "I don't know a single farmer who wouldn't rather earn his or her income solely from the marketplace, but so much of our ability to produce food is out of our hands," he said.
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