Funky Monkey dried fruit expands distribution to Walmart stores nationwide
FISHERS, Ind. — Funky Monkey Snacks last week announced it has gained distribution at nearly all Walmart supercenters and Walmart discount stores in the United States. By early June, Funky Monkey Snacks varieties Bananamon and Carnaval Mix could be found in the dried fruit section of the Walmart snack food aisle at more than 3,700 stores.
Made of 100% real fruit, the crunchy snacks are nutritionally equivalent to their fresh counterparts, the company noted, and contain no added sugar, preservatives, colors or flavors.
“Our introduction at Walmart is exciting news for Funky Monkey,” said Matt Herzog, president of Funky Monkey Snacks. “This really demonstrates the growing popularity of our brand, as well as the appeal of healthy, nutritious snacks. Funky Monkey Snacks are known for lots of good things: their crunch, their Non-GMO Product certification, their all-natural ingredients, and for being gluten free. And now, with availability at all U.S. Walmart stores, our snacks are more convenient and easier to find than ever before.”
Funky Monkey Snacks’ Bananamon is 100% organic and is made from freeze-dried organic bananas and organic cinnamon; Carnaval Mix features freeze-dried organic banana, pineapple, apple and papaya. Each 1 oz. bag contains three recommended servings of fruit.
Nestlé Waters launches Resource Natural Spring Water nationwide
STAMFORD, Conn. — Nestlé Waters North America last week nationally launched Resource Natural Spring Water, a domestically sourced premium still-water brand with naturally occurring electrolytes. It is a sustainably sourced natural spring water from carefully selected sources, packaged in a bottle made with 50% recycled plastic that is 100% recyclable.
"We’re thrilled to officially celebrate the national launch of Resource, a healthful, all-natural beverage that is also mindful of the environment," says Larry Cooper, group marketing manager for Resource. "Our ‘Electrolytenment’ communication campaign leads consumers along a path of discovery to a lifestyle of well-being by highlighting the brand’s differentiating product benefits." The campaign includes lifestyle magazines and digital outlets, media integration with reality TV show, "Project Runway," along with health and wellness partnerships.
Resource is available in 700mL and 1L sizes at grocery, convenience, natural food and pharmacy retailers nationwide.
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Dollar Tree adds ‘president’ to COO’s title
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree on Monday announced the promotion of Gary Philbin, 56, to the position of president and COO. He has served as COO since 2007.
"I am thrilled to have Gary assume this new role," stated Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree CEO. "As chief operating officer, he has demonstrated outstanding leadership and superb business judgment, and he has been a major contributor to our growth and success. Among his many notable achievements are the improvement of Dollar Tree customer satisfaction and shopping experience and the integration of our Canadian stores," he said. "We have a concept that customers love, a vision of where we want to go and the people, infrastructure and capital to take us there. Gary will provide experienced leadership as we continue with the profitable expansion of our business."
Philbin holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and received an MBA from Xavier University. After a 30-year career in the retail grocery industry, where he held senior-level positions in both merchandising and operations, Philbin joined Dollar Tree as SVP stores in December of 2001.