Acosta Group to Acquire Crossmark, Product Connections
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18h ago
Jacksonville, FL — Acosta Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Crossmark, including its headquarter Sales Agency and Retail Solutions businesses, and Product Connections, a marketing services business, from WIS International. WIS International will retain its inventory verification services business. Acosta says the transaction will further accelerate its ongoing transformation, enhancing its role as a proven growth engine for brands — from emerging to iconic — across all retail channels. “The acquisition of Crossmark and Product Connections organizations, with outstanding people ..read more
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GoodSam Impact Report Finds Advances In Regenerative Agriculture
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18h ago
Darien, CT — GoodSam Foods has released its 2023 Impact Report, detailing its strides in regenerative agriculture. The B Corp, which adheres to the idea that food should be good for consumers, farmers, and the planet, has created a direct trade model that pays regenerative agriculture-focused farmers directly, ensuring a fair price and allowing consumers more access to high-quality organic and regenerative products. GoodSam says its approach multiplies small farmers’ crops and income, nurturing both land and livelihoods with economic impact results for farmers including: Overall growth: The d ..read more
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Airheads Underwater Vending Machines Take ‘Fun’ Instead of Cash
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2d ago
Erlanger, KY — For many adults their first experience with Airheads was on summer break at the pool. But brand owner Perfetti Van Melle North America reports times have changed, as a recent survey indicated that nearly three-quarters of adults don’t swim as much as they did when they were kids. This summer, the company is debuting a first-of-its-kind Underwater Vending Machine that dispenses Airheads while submerged in a pool. The vending machine is fully waterproof in up to eight feet and comes equipped with an air propulsion system candy launcher. Instead of taking money the machine takes fu ..read more
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The Sweet Freeze: Exploring Freeze Dried Candy
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2d ago
Feature art caption: SowGood Foods’ Alexandria Gutierrez is excited for the future of freeze dried candy, noting that it shows no signs of slowing down. Indiana Convention Center — In the ever-evolving world of confectionery, a new trend is capturing the taste buds and imagination of candy consumers: freeze dried candy. Spotted throughout the show floor last week at the Sweets & Snacks Expo, this innovative method of preserving and enhancing the flavors of sugary treats is offering a crunchy, airy texture that elevates the snacking experience. Freeze drying, also known as lyophilization, i ..read more
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SNAC Releases 2024 State Of The Industry Report
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3d ago
Arlington, VA — SNAC International’s 2024 State of the Industry Report finds salty snacks led the category with potato chips bringing in $8.6 billion in sales, while tortilla chip sales increased by 9.5 percent. The report, from Circana and Sosland Publishing, highlights the dollar and unit sales numbers for each category along with top performing brands within each category, and delves into consumer trends and preferences surrounding snacking and the influences that shape their decisions and buying tendencies.  Some of the key findings include:   Snack producers are still ..read more
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Kellanova’s Cheez-In Diner Kicks Off Summer Road Trip Season
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3d ago
Chicago — Kellanova has establish the ultimate destination for Cheez-It superfans: The Cheez-In Diner. Located two hours outside New York City in the Catskill Mountains, the FOMO-inducing diner experience in the iconic town of Woodstock, NY has a goal of satisfying road trip munchies and late-night cravings.   “We saw just how far our adventure-seeking Cheez-It fans would go when they Want It. Need It. Cheez-It. last year making the drive to our Joshua Tree Cheez-It Stop outpost,” says Cara Tragseiler, senior brand director. “So many fans have been suggesting where we should bring th ..read more
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Circana: 84% Of Snack Sectors Improve On-Shelf Availability Rates
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3d ago
Chicago — New research from Circana reveals that while 84 percent of snack sectors have improved their on-shelf availability rates, some are still exhibiting mixed results, underscoring the need for monitoring and adaptation to meet consumer demand. The research firm’s analysis of the snack market explores various facets of snacking behavior, highlighting the importance of on-shelf availability as a critical factor influencing consumer purchasing decisions. The company notes flavor and taste reign supreme in the snacking universe, with 83 percent of consumers reporting they choose snacks that ..read more
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Perfetti Van Melle’s Buxton Tells WLG Attendees ‘Dare To Succeed’
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1w ago
Indiana Convention Center — Early yesterday morning more than 450 women and men participated in the Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) breakfast and roundtable discussions.  The event kicked off with WLG Chair Shelly Clarey welcoming attendees and introducing Sylvia Buxton, president and CEO of Perfetti Van Melle North America, as the event’s keynote speaker. Buxton, the first and only woman on the Perfetti global executive team, shared with attendees: “We are women, we are sisters, and we are strong” and went on to explain what that meant. For “We are women,” she explained that it’s importan ..read more
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5 Snack Trends For Nut Lovers From Flagstone Foods’ Overly
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1w ago
Indiana Convention Center — When it comes to snack nuts, Flagstone Foods CEO Harry Overly recently told Candy & Snack TODAY that in 2024 retailers should be looking for products ranging from indulgence to better-for-you options, the resurgence of throwback treats, elevated flavors and a heightened focus on seasonal specialties.  He offered these five nut-centric trends: 1. Embracing Permissible Indulgence: More than half of today’s consumers want snacks that are fun to eat, reported Circana. However, up-ticking health trends also acknowledge that many consumers feel the pressure to st ..read more
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Revolutionizing Consumer Goods And Retail: The Impact Of AI
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1w ago
Technology Stage — In the ever-evolving landscape of consumer goods and retail, the integration of AI has become a game changer, reshaping the industry’s dynamics and strategies. “The only thing to fear about AI is that your competitors are using it, and you aren’t,” Chad Lusk, partner and managing director at Alvarez & Marsal Consumer & Retail Group, told show attendees at an education session titled The AI Journey For CPG & Retail. “It’s going to disrupt the market, but you want to be on the right side of that disruption.” By definition, AI is the process of leveraging data to re ..read more
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