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Cup Noodles’ new larger cup asks consumers to get creative

BY DSN STAFF

GARDENA, Calif. — Nissin Foods Co. on Tuesday introduced the newest Cup Noodles, which features new packaging that will allow consumers to customize their noodles. The updated packaging features extra room, letting consumers add their own ingredients to the cup.

“As people increasingly look for ways to create their own healthier meal options, Nissin has launched the new Cup Noodles to help meet their customizable demands,” Linda Chung, VP of corporate communications at Nissin Foods USA, said. “By changing our packaging, we’ve made enjoying the same noodles our consumers love even easier by putting it in a new and improved cup that is now microwavable, customizable, and more sustainable.”

The new Nissin Cup Noodles will initially be available in chicken, beef, and hearty chicken flavors, and can be found at select Walmart locations.

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Report: Most Americans prefer salty snacks

BY Lesley Thulin

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Most Americans prefer salty snacks, according to the Packaged Facts report “Salty Snacks in the U.S.”

More than 90% of American households purchase salty snacks in four categories — chips, pretzels, cheese snacks and popcorn — every week, the report found.

About 67% of American households (77 million) buy at least three types of salty snacks, as opposed to 7% of U.S. households that buy potato chips alone.

Non-Hispanic white adults between the ages of 35 and 54 are most likely to consume all four major types of salty snacks, the report said. This demographic lives in the central part of the United States, in addition to small- and medium-sized urban areas, and is more likely to work full-time with an income of $75,000 or more. Children and parents are also more common in these households, the study said.

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Pepsi introduces aspartame-free drinks

BY Lesley Thulin

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Aspartame-free Diet Pepsi hit shelves Monday.

Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi will now be sweetened with a blend of sucralose, instead of aspartame, according to the company. The launch is the result of consumer demand for a Diet Pepsi without aspartame.

"Diet cola drinkers in the U.S. told us they wanted aspartame-free Diet Pepsi and we're delivering," Seth Kaufman, SVP of Pepsi and Flavors Portfolio’s PepsiCo North America Beverages division, said. "We recognize consumer demand is evolving and we're confident cola-lovers will enjoy the crisp, light taste of this new product."  

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