Consumers still going nuts for nuts
Nuts, due to their healthy profile, continue to be one of the strongest segments in the snack food category, and Mintel estimated that nuts, seeds and trail mix will continue steady growth through 2015. Trail mix, the smallest segment of the market, showed the greatest growth in the category. Kraft’s Planters leads the category, and its Back to Nature trail mix brand showed gains.
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ReportersNotebook — Consumables, 03/12/12
SUPPLIER NEWS — Jelly Belly has introduced a new line of jelly beans inspired by Snapple beverages. Jelly Belly Snapple Mix is made with natural ingredients, including real fruit juice, Snapple juice drink concentrates and fruit purees. It also does not contain artificial coloring, Jelly Belly said. The product will be packaged in a 1.65-oz. bottle that is modeled after the real Snapple Juice Drink bottles. In addition to the new 1.65-oz. Jelly Belly Snapple Bottle, Jelly Belly Snapple Mix also is available in a 3.1-oz. bag, a 6.5-oz. bag and 4.5-oz. box. Jelly Belly Snapple Mix will be available in fruit punch, mango madness, cranberry raspberry, pink lemonade and kiwi strawberry flavors.
Mars Chocolate North America has switched its 540-calorie king-size bar to a multipiece format to enable sharing or saving for later use. Mars said it labels the items 2toGo, 4toGo and Sharing Size. “These formats generally represent more than a single portion and are clearly labeled as such,” a Mars representative said. The company also introduced a Twist Wrap wrapper with “memory” that allows the consumer to twist the wrapper closed, making it easier to save a piece for later.
Hain Celestial has added a nondairy-based yogurt to its portfolio. The company said it launched a low-fat yogurt line, made with real almonds, under the Almond Dream brand that would cater to lactose-intolerant customers or those looking for less dairy. The yogurt line will be available in four flavors: plain, vanilla, strawberry and mixed berry.
U.K.’s M Local earns major design award
ILKLEY, WEST YORKSHIRE, U.K. — Morrisons, the large U.K.-based supermarket chain, wanted to get closer to its customers. The result was M Local, its new 3,000-sq.-ft., freestanding, convenience food format. In developing the new store, Morrisons identified four key issues U.K. customers have with convenience stores: lack of fresh food options; poor overall quality and value; difficult to shop; and poorly stocked. To address these areas, the store is positioned as “Daily Market Fresh,” with up to 75% of the items in the store priced comparably to a larger grocery store, low fixturing and a clutter-free, open environment with clean sight lines. The store features five key areas: Dine-in Tonight, Scratch Cooking, Entertaining, Fill-in Shopping and Good Food To Go. Fresh food is delivered to the store up to five times a day from a nearby Morrisons store. Unique to the store: a wine selector kiosk, an “order now/pick up later” service, and a selection of local products sourced from within a 30-mile radius of the store.
M Local earned an honorable mention in the hotly contested drug store/convenience store category in Chain Store Age’s (DSN’s sister publication) 30th annual Retail Store of the Year awards. The winners were featured in the February/March edition of Chain Store Age.
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