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Ben & Jerry’s adds newest flavor

BY Jason Owen

BURLINGTON, Va. — Ben & Jerry’s announced today the addition of Chocolate Peppermint Crunch ice cream to round out the company’s 2013 lineup of new full-time options.

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch is a chocolate ice cream laced with swirls of peppermint and fudge and mint cookie pieces mixed in.

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch joins other 2013 full-time flavors, such as:

  • Liz Lemon —  a lemon Greek frozen yogurt with a blueberry, lavender swirl that was launched earlier this year to celebrate the finale of the "30 Rock" TV show;

  • Pineapple Passionfruit — pineapple Greek frozen yogurt with pineapple pieces and a passionfruit swirl;

  • Vanilla Honey Caramel — vanilla Greek frozen yogurt with a honey caramel swirl;

  • Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz — coffee ice cream with espresso bean fudge chunks; and

  • Candy Bar Pie — peanut butter ice cream with fudge flakes, chocolate nougat and sweet & salty pretzel swirls, sold exclusively in scoop shops.

All of the full-time flavors will be appearing on shelves across the country within the next few weeks.


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Pepsi launches new bottle design after nearly two decades

BY Jason Owen

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Pepsi is bringing to market the first redesign of its 20-oz. bottles in 17 years, according to published reports.

The new bottle design features a contoured bottom for better gripping and a slimmer label, leaving more of the signature caramel color beverage exposed to shoppers. The new bottle design comes as PepsiCo has seen sales slipping over the past year. Beverage volume declined 4% year last year in North America for PepsiCo. That included a 4% decrease in carbonated soft drinks and a 3% drop in non-carbonated drinks, according to a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Pepsi hopes the new bottle design and other recent marketing moves, such as a multiyear sponsorship of the Super Bowl halftime show and collaboration with pop superstar Beyoncé, ramps up sales.

The company expects the new bottle to completely replace the current design over the next year to two years.

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Hawaiian Punch says Aloha to the breakfast table

BY Jason Owen

PLANO, Texas — Dr Pepper Snapple Group announced today the new Hawaiian Punch Aloha Morning line of juice drinks to hit store shelves.

The new Aloha Morning line provides a good source of vitamins A, C and E, and each variety contains 40% less sugar than other juice drinks. Hawaiian Punch Aloha Morning comes in three flavors: orange citrus, mixed berry citrus and strawberry citrus.

The company hopes the vitamin-packed recipe will bring the new Aloha Morning drinks to the breakfast table to compete with more traditional morning beverages. "Hawaiian Punch has been a family favorite for more than 60 years, and we are thrilled to bring it to the breakfast table with Aloha Morning," said Eric Blackwood, director of marketing for Dr Pepper Snapple Group. "The bold flavor of Aloha Morning stays true to the Hawaiian Punch brand, while delivering the refreshing morning flavors our fans enjoy."

All flavors of Aloha Morning will be available in 1-gal. containers. For those on-the-go mornings, 10-oz. six-packs in Orange Citrus flavor will be available.

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