Net sales of J.M. Smucker's Uncrustables line are on track to hit $250 million this year, following a 23% sales rise during the firm's most recent quarter, which ended Jan. 31. The company expects to double Uncrustables sales following the completion of a new Colorado-based processing plant in 2020, said CEO Mark Smucker.
Coca-Cola Consolidated has cut the ribbon on a new facility in Greensboro, N.C., that will handle sales and distribution for the firm. The 130,000-square-foot facility represents an investment of more than $4 million and employs 300-plus staff members.
Nestle Waters has debuted a bottle derived from 100% recycled plastic for its Pure Life water brand. The new bottle represents "the latest way we're satisfying consumer demand for healthy hydration on the go and inspiring consumers to recycle," said Nestle Waters North America Chief Marketing Officer Antonio Sciuto.
Amazon is tidying up its grocery delivery options with a new plan to merge its AmazonFresh and Prime Now services by the end of the year, according to Yahoo Finance. Amazon has been reducing its delivery area for AmazonFresh since its takeover of Whole Foods last summer, and a recent consumer survey finds that 48% of Prime users have been ordering groceries through the service.
Mountain Dew is offering NBA enthusiasts a chance to sit courtside with comedian Kevin Hart as part of its #CourtSideKick promotion. The company launched the contest following the news that Hart will be the new face of its MTN Dew Kickstart brand.
Paul Norman is retiring from his role as president of Kellogg North America effective April 1. North America division staff members will report to company CEO Steven Cahillane until Kellogg names Norman's successor.
PepsiCo is bringing aspartame back to its Diet Pepsi formulation. The move is part of a marketing refresh and follows consumer requests for the company to produce the brand with the sweetener.
An oversupply of organic milk has prevented organic dairy farmers from collecting higher prices for their products and delayed Organic Valley's plans to take on new farmers. Production quotas have been implemented to keep supplies from getting out of control and prevent a "price war" that would hurt farmers, said Organic Valley spokesman Hans Eisenbeis.
Artificial intelligence could be a great tool for grocers, letting them better analyze the volumes of customer data they collect, Infor's Doug Tiffan writes. It also offers potential benefits for managing inventory, especially perishables, and cutting down on waste.
Kraft Heinz will be investing more in manufacturing, sales and distribution in 2018 after the company failed to reach its potential in 2017, said CEO Bernardo Hees during a quarterly earnings call. Although Hees said that Kraft Heinz will continue to seek out brands that can perform internationally, there was no confirmation that the company is certainly going to acquire another firm.
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