Celestial Seasonings introduces new green, wellness teas
BOULDER, Colo. — Celestial Seasonings has boosted its portfolio to include new beverages for its green tea and wellness tea lines.
Celestial Seasonings’ green tea lineup now includes goji berry pomegranate and peach blossom natural antioxidant green teas, while the brand’s wellness tea lineup now includes MetaboBalance and LaxaTea flavors.
"At Celestial Seasonings we believe in the many benefits of drinking tea, and we’re continually innovating to find the best combinations of natural ingredients to match different moods and soothe a variety of seasonal symptoms," Celestial Seasonings senior director of product development Scott Graham said. "We’re very excited to introduce these new additions to our already robust green tea and wellness tea product offerings."
Report: Robofusion makes ice cream treats to customers’ specifications
NEW YORK — A new machine from a company based in Wando, S.C., gives retailers a new way to sell ice cream, according to published reports.
RetailWire reported that Robofusion, founded by Allan Jones, had developed an eponymous robot that allows customers to create their own ice cream desserts.
According to the company’s website, customers walk up to the machine, choose 1-of-4 "Robot Characters" that program the robot movements and effects and then design a five-layer ice cream and candy treat.
Traditionally, the ice cream and soda counter was long a feature of the neighborhood pharmacy — many soda brands popular today, such as Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper, were originally invented by pharmacists and intended for medicinal use. But it has mostly disappeared, with the exception of some Rite Aid stores in California that still have them.
J. M. Smucker reports Q2 sales
ORRVILLE, Ohio — Second-quarter net sales for J. M. Smucker rose 18% to $235 million for the period ended Oct. 31.
Specifically, J. M. Smucker said net sales increased 29% for its U.S. retail coffee segment, while segment net sales for its U.S. consumer food business increased 13%. The company said the boost was aided by net price realization across many of the company’s brands, in addition to its acquisition of the Rowland Coffee brands, which contributed to about 2% to net sales. The company also said that it experienced volume gains in Pillsbury baking mixes, Jif peanut butter, but were more than offset by declines in nonbranded beverages, Crisco oils, Folgers coffee and Pillsbury flour.
For its outlook, the company said it now expects income per diluted share to range from $4.90 to $5.