Sales of the cleaner-label sector of the meat counter, including natural and antibiotic-free, has grown while conventional meats have become stagnant, according to market analyst Anne-Marie Roerink. Millennial shoppers are interested in these products but may need more outreach to learn what's available, she said.
After what it considers a successful test, Dollar General will add produce to about 400 more stores. Adding fresh produce to stores both increased the cart size and attracted new customers, the company said.
Pantene is the latest brand to incorporate micellar technology into new products with its Micellar Gentle Cleansing Water and Gentle Moisturizing Milk. Micellar technology, which uses microscopic molecules suspended in water to draw out impurities, is increasingly being featured in new products from companies and brands including Unilever, Neutrogena and Garnier.
Beauty brands are addressing an increasingly sleep-deprived consumer base with luxury products including overnight masks, essential oils, night creams and silk pillowcases. "Sleep, and the lack of it, has become a huge wellness category, like food and fitness," said Melisse Gelula, co-founder of Well+Good.
With subscriber retention proving to be a challenge, meal kit maker Blue Apron will start offering kits in stores by the end of the year, though no retail partner has been identified. CEO Brad Dickerson believes the company can attract more customers by selling its kits both in stores and on its website.
Ben & Jerry's will bring its new Gimme S'more variety to store shelves this month. The limited-edition flavor differs from the brand's existing S'mores option by using a marshmallow ice cream base instead of chocolate.
Southeastern Grocers will restructure its debt and close 94 under-performing stores. The company says the debt savings of $500 million will let it continue to operate nearly 600 stores.
Snack brand Kind is introducing Kind Kids, a range of chewy granola bars aimed specifically at children. The company is also rolling out Kind Protein bars, Dark Chocolate Pressed bars and several new flavors for its established product lines.
In its Android Security Report for 2017, Google reports on the strides it has made in eliminating security issues with Android. Google writes that Android's security "made a significant leap forward in 2017 and many of our protections now lead the industry."
Microsoft's Xbox business is reportedly launching a unit that will allow game-makers to run internet-based products in the cloud. Longtime employee Kareem Choudhry will head the new gaming cloud unit.
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