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Coach K named keynote speaker for 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo

BY Rebecca Haughey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Coach K, the highest winning coach in NCAA Division One basketball, was named the keynote speaker for the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which is hosted by the National Confectioners Association on May 21-23 in Chicago.

As head coach of Duke University’s Blue Devils for more than 30 years, Coach K has made a career of motivating people, on and off the court. He was named "America’s Best Coach" of all coaches, in any sport, at any level of play in 2001 by TIME magazine and CNN.

Coach K led the U.S. men’s basketball team to their second consecutive gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He has led Duke to four NCAA Championships, 11 Final Fours, 13 Atlantic Coast Conference championship and an NCAA-record 12 30-win seasons.

At the 2013 Sweet & Snacks Expo, Coach K will share his secrets to achieving victory through successful leadership.

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On solid 3Q, Kraft promises more innovation for key brands

BY Rebecca Haughey

NORTHFIELD, Ill. – Kraft Foods Group on Wednesday announced that new product sales, increased advertising investment and improved productivity have contributed to profit gains for the quarter ended Sept. 30.

During the company’s third-quarter investors call, Kraft CEO Tony Vernon emphasized strong performances from Kraft’s cheese business, with nine consecutive quarters of growth; its cold cut business; and brands that have benefited from innovation and stepped-up marketing, like Lunchables, Velveeta and Kool-Aid. Several other brands — including Maxwell House, Planters and Jell-O — aren’t performing so well, and are about to undergo significant overhauls, the company announced.

"Jell-O must be revitalized, and we must do it in the face of yogurt’s explosive growth. And Planters needs significantly more work to re-establish category leadership and profitable growth," Vernon said.

Much of Kraft’s future success will depend on the company’s ability to re-energize antiquated brand names like Stove Top, Cool Whip and Shake ‘N Bake — or sell them off.

Sales for the quarter were up 3% to $4.6 billion, exceeding analysts’ expectations of $4.55 billion. This is the company’s first quarter reporting earnings as a standalone company; Kraft Foods Group is now the fourth-largest food and beverage company in North America, behind PepsiCo, Nestle and Coca-Cola.

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Good Life Beverages’ Bcalm a finalist for SupplySide West’s 2012 Editor’s Choice Awards

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Good Life Beverages on Wednesday announced that its Bcalm Wellness Drink was selected as one of the finalists in SupplySide West’s 2012 Editor’s Choice Awards. 

Five 2012 consumer packaged goods products were selected by the SupplySide editorial team for achievements in innovation and market significance in 10 categories: animal nutrition, anti-aging, beverages, functional food, multivitamins/minerals, nutricosmetics, organic, packaging design, skin care and specialty dietary supplements. One winner in each category will be announced at SupplySide West 2012 during the Editor’s Choice Awards Reception.

“For a young brand to get recognized and nominated for SupplySide’s Editor’s Choice Awards, Bcalm is truly honored,” stated Dan Rummenik, Good Life Beverages CEO. “Our years spent on research and development of the proprietary blend of B-vitamins, botanicals and amino acids that uniquely make up bcalm has truly paid off.”

 

 

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