Category Archives: Supplier News

Nestle to Sell Candy Brands — Bloomberg

“Half a year after taking the helm at the Vevey, Switzerland-based company, Mark Schneider put brands like Butterfinger and BabyRuth up for sale late Thursday. Nestle’s shares rose as much as 2.8 percent in Zurich trading as analysts said the move signaled that the new chief, with a background in health care, was serious about transforming a company wrestling with the slow growth of the packaged food industry.“ Supplier Takeaway Nestle wants a healthier image, which may be why it...

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Green Giant Debuts Veggie “Noodles” — The Packer

Green Giant now offers pre-packaged vegetable noodles: “The company now offers beet, butternut squash, carrot, sweet potato and zucchini noodles in 12-oz pouches, 20-oz clamshells and 6-oz bowls, according to a news release. All products come ready for cooking, and the butternut squash, carrot, sweet potato and zucchini noodles can be steamed in the microwave while still in the 12-oz pack.“ Supplier Takeaway Veggie “noodles” have long been popular with people seeking to eat more vegetables and fewer carbs. However,...

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Walmart Debuts Cheesecake Cool Whip — Southern Living

Walmart is selling a limited edition Cool Whip flavor: “A reader at The Impulsive Buy spotted the iconic blue containers at a Walmart, and they do read ‘limited edition’ so perhaps they won’t be around for long. The website doesn’t even list cheesecake flavor yet, but does mention a French Vanilla flavor – which, frankly, doesn’t sound nearly as indulgent.“ Supplier Takeaway Revamping an older product can pay off. What is in your assortment that might be due for a...

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Mason Jars Make a Comeback — AdWeek

Everyone is going crazy for mason jars, and manufacturers are cashing in: “It is a classic, timeless and truly versatile product that people continue to love and use over time,’ said a spokesperson for Jarden Home Brands, which is in a position to know. Since 1993, Jarden has manufactured the Ball brand which, purists will tell you, is the only real Mason jar.“ Supplier Takeaway Sometimes the most unexpected “staples” can become trend-setters. Do you have any items in your...

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Store Format Correlates with Healthy Shopping — The Packer

Store format affects buying choices, at least when it comes to healthy food purchases: “Shoppers buy more produce and other healthy items at club stores, supermarkets and supercenters than they do at drug stores, convenience stores and dollar stores.“ Supplier Takeaway If you sell healthy foods, what is your strategy for selling these items in various retail formats? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Walmart Invites New and Potential Suppliers to Open Call! Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: A Closer Look at...

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Walmart Developing Italian Food Line — Italy Europe 24

Walmart is working with Italian suppliers to develop a line of authentic Italian food products for U.S. consumers: “Walmart will increase its purchases of Italian food products by 16% per year, it said. The Italian Trade Agency has focused in recent years on boosting Italian food exports to the United States and cutting down on misleading “Italian sounding” food products that are not made in Italy.“ Supplier Takeaway Are you a U.S. based supplier of “foreign” food products? How might...

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P & G’s VP of Global Sustainability on Making Sustainability “Irresistible” — GreenBiz.com

P & G is all about making sustainable products “irresistible”: “The key is to make sustainability desirable. You need to make it irresistible, so people embrace it because they want to, not because they have to. The two key levers that we have for that are innovation and aspiration. Innovation can make it irresistible — that’s the cold-water detergent example. Aspiration is about making sustainability what people want to do. If you have to convince people to do something, you...

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Mash Direct Gets New Asda Contract — Irish Times

Mash Direct has a new contract with Asda, trading on the strength of many of its new, innovative vegetable offerings: “The new contract builds upon the firm’s existing relationship with the supermarket giant, having worked closely with the chain over the past 10 years on initiatives such as the Supplier Development Academy and the Sustain & Save programme.“ Supplier Takeaway The demand for innovative vegetable dishes isn’t confined to the United States. If you sell food products in Northern Ireland,...

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Tyson Pledges to Eliminate Antibiotics — USA Today

Tyson has pledged to eliminate antibiotics from poultry sold under its brand name: “Tyson said its antibiotic-free pledge will apply to poultry it sells in supermarkets under [it’s] own Tyson label. For Tyson and the others, the move is being driven by consumer demand for food free of anything deemed unnatural, whether it’s antibiotics, preservatives or something else. Consumer Reports magazine found in a 2015 survey that one of four shoppers were buying meat and poultry without antibiotics more often than they had...

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Dallas-Area Businesses Get on Walmart’s Shelves — Dallas Business Journal

Have a look at how some businesses in the Dallas – Fort Worth area have managed to get their products on Walmart shelves: “Meli’s Monster Cookies, co-founded by Melissa Mehall of Fort Worth and Melissa Blue of Austin, is a success story from Wal-Mart’s 2015 Open Call. The pair worked with a Wal-Mart buyer looking for healthy products the summer of 2015, and less than a year later, had negotiated their gluten-free treats, which sell for $5.99 per package, into...

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