One hundred percent of US households make a purchase from the bakery category at least once a year, and growth is expected to increase if bakery firms work to drive it, said Todd Hale, principal of Todd Hale Associates. He suggests several growth strategies, such as new techniques to jazz up center-store sales and digitizing marketing programs to attract more baked-goods shoppers.
Students in a West Virginia school district have access to late breakfasts, a move that has helped boost participation, says State Nutrition Director of the Year Tiffany Curran. She notes that the approach has been particularly successful among middle- and high-school students.
School nutrition professionals in a Texas district plan to use vegetables from a community garden in school meals. The first harvest, which could include bell peppers, green beans and purple whole peas, is expected to be ready during the next school year.
The rate of California children ages 2 to 11 who drank at least one sugar-sweetened beverage daily rose from 25.9% in 2009 to 30.9% in 2013-14, according to a UCLA Center for Health Policy Research report. Researchers also found that daily sugary drink intake was highest among those in San Bernardino and lowest among those in San Diego.
Marty Wall has been named the first president of Brew Dr. Kombucha. Founder and CEO Matt Thomas said that the move brings Wall's title in line with the duties he has been successfully fulfilling since he was hired to handle business development in 2016.
In a recent regulatory filing, activist investment firm Jana Partners revealed it holds a 9.1% stake in Pinnacle Foods, producer of brands including Duncan Hines, Birds Eye and Vlasic. Jana noted in the filing that it plans to talk with Pinnacle regarding possible measures, which could include "a sale or other consolidation opportunities."
Mars Wrigley will roll out Milky Way Fudge candy bars to store shelves Monday in miniature and share sizes. The candies feature fudge nougat and caramel, coated in chocolate.
Shoppers who are members of Generation Z are drawn to products with strong, transparent brand values that align with their own interests, according to a new report from IRI. Some 38% of these consumers, who are age 21 and younger, approve of personalized promotional offers based on their habits and interests, IRI noted.
Torie & Howard has donated packs of Chewie Fruities and pounds of bulk hard candy to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Warrior Food Project, the Drug and Crime Free Youth Foundation and the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. "We feel fortunate that we are at the point of making a substantial donation that we hope will add a bit of sweetness to the lives of many who are facing challenges in life," said co-founder Torie Burke.
Sonic Drive-In has created a line of grab-and-go sweet treats for groceries and convenience stores including ice pops, lollipops and pudding and gelatin mixes. The pops will come in popular Sonic flavors including Cherry Limeade and Strawberry Lemonade.