Category Archives: Supplier News

Slim Jim Offers “Upscale” Snack — FoodDive.com

Slim Jim has announced the development of new clean label meat snacks: “Each new meat snack will contain at least 10 grams of protein, and have no artificial colors or flavors, and no added MSG. The three flavors introduced in the launch are Smokehouse Original, Thai Style Chili and Memphis Style BBQ.” Supplier Takeaway: Resistance is Futile When Slim Jim decides to debut a “healthy” option, its time for all food suppliers to take notice. You may not have to...

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Made-in-USA Saves the Day for “The Taco Plate Guy” — Focus on Suppliers

Here’s a clip from Focus on Suppliers which ran on October 7th, 2017. Our guest was Hugh Jarratt, founder of Jarratt Industries, but better known around town as “The Taco Plate Guy.” How Does Made-in-USA Help Suppliers? Hugh:  The best story I would have is this past year we were able to add the Double Dipper to our Walmart business. The Double Dipper is a bowl my wife came up with.  So our mod fill was on the first of...

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Will Coke Zero Sugar be a Game Changer? — FoodNavigator-USA.com

Coke eventually realized that the “Coke Zero” label was confusing customers. After a bit of clarification, the product has been relaunched: “The company relaunched its Coke Zero product earlier this summer after internal research showed that consumers didn’t realize that zero meant sugar or calorie . ‘We’re adding the iconic red Coca-Cola disc to the Coke Zero Sugar black package design to make it look more like Coca-Cola. We’re also featuring ‘zero sugar’ text to emphasize this Coca-Cola choice does not...

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Kellogg Acquires “Clean Label” RXBAR — FoodDive.com

Kellogg is acquiring a clean label startup: “Kellogg will acquire Chicago Bar Company, which manufactures the RXBAR clean-label protein bars, the cereal maker announced on Friday. The deal, valued at $600 million, is expected to close by the end of the year.” Supplier Takeaway: Old Brands are Learning New Tricks Major brands are on the lookout for innovative products that meet customer demands. What do you have to offer? Resources for Walmart Suppliers How to Deal with OTIF Grief Courses for Walmart...

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Pepsi Focuses on Low Calorie Beverages — FoodNavigator-USA.com

Pepsi is responding to current trends away from sugary beverages: “With soda falling out of favor with consumers, PepsiCo has – like its competitors – been diversifying its portfolio with the launch of smaller, low calorie, brands: as well as lower and no calorie versions of its existing flagship products.” Supplier Takeaway: Rebranding and Reformulating The social trend toward avoiding sugar shows no sign of slowing down. Major brands are willing to reformulate and develop their beverages to meet consumer...

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Kellogg to Get New CEO — Supermarket News

Kellogg’s is getting a new CEO, Steven A. Cahillane, formerly of Nature’s Bounty: “Cahillane has been leading Nature’s Bounty since 2014. In this role, he successfully aligned the company with key health and wellness trends, established a thriving e-commerce division and created significant shareholder value, Kellogg said.“ Supplier Takeaway: New Faces in the C-Suite Mean New Opportunities and Challenges Executive changes often mean that “business as usual” no longer applies. Other suppliers can pay attention to what this CPG giant...

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Trix Reverts to Original Colors, Flavors — StarTribune.com

It turns out that Trix cereal lovers prefer artificial colors and flavors: “More than two years after General Mills removed artificial colors and flavors from Trix, the company is bringing back the original formula of the fruity, sugary cereal for people who prefer its ‘vibrant colors.’” Supplier Takeaway: Do Consumers Really Want “Clean Labels”? General Mills opted to swap “natural” flavorings and colors for the artificial ones they’d been using for years. The company did this in response to what...

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Organic Valley Takes On Greenwashing — AdWeek

  Organic Valley is calling out greenwashing in the food industry: “’These days every brand is trying to seem more authentic, natural and farm-fresh, like they’re making the world a better place, even if they’re not,’ said Tripp Hughes, Organic Valley’s director of brand management. ‘It makes things very confusing for customers trying to make better decisions about their food.’”   Supplier Takeaway Consumers and industry leaders alike are demanding transparency in supply chains. Is your business ready for scrutiny?...

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Poland Spring Water Faces Labeling Controversy — FoodDive.com

Nestle is facing a class action lawsuit over the labeling of its Poland Spring bottled water: “A class action lawsuit has been filed against Nestle Waters North America, calling the company’s Poland Spring Bottled Water “a colossal fraud,” according to CNBC. The suit claims the water doesn’t meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards for “100% spring water” as the brand claims. Instead, the suit asserts that Nestle is actually using common ground water, and that Poland Spring — one...

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Triscuit Goes Non-GMO — Triscuit.com

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Aug. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Known for its delicious crackers that start with three simple and authentic ingredients (wheat, oil and salt), the Triscuit brand is pleased to announce that it is transitioning its entire portfolio of products to be Non-GMO Project Verified. The Non-GMO Project is the country’s leading independent verifier of non-GMO foods and the only third-party non-GMO verification system in the U.S. “The Triscuit brand has evolved throughout its 100-plus-year history by delivering what consumers want, whether...

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