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Hannaford to donate bottle, can deposits to charity

BY Alaric DeArment

ALBANY, N.Y. — Customers who recycle bottles and cans with deposit values at Greenback Redemption Centers in Hannaford supermarkets in New York state will have the option of donating the money to local charities.

Hannaford announced a partnership with Tomra, the company that developed the "reverse vending machines" for collecting beverage containers at the Greenback centers, to arrange the donations. The first beneficiary will be the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which will be the featured community organization through May 31. Donated proceeds from 22 Hannaford stores will go toward Type 1 diabetes research.

"As a supermarket retailer, we are in an ideal position to raise awareness and support for worthy causes in the areas we serve," Hannaford Supermarkets community relations specialist Molly Tarleton said. "Hannaford is happy to partner with Tomra to provide our shoppers with an easy and convenient way to support important organizations in our neighborhoods."

Under the program, each Tomra reverse vending machine will feature a button that the customer can press after recycling deposit-valued bottles and cans to convert the deposit into a donation.

 

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Packaged Facts: Greek yogurt sales jumped more than 50% in 2012

BY Jason Owen

ROCKVILLE, Md. — According to a recent analysis by Packaged Facts, a MarketResearch.com division, U.S. retail sales of yogurt will approach $9.3 billion by 2017, up from $7.3 billion in 2012, with Greek yogurt brands being the major catalyst for these significant increases.

According to the report, "The Yogurt Market and Yogurt Innovation: Greek Yogurt and Beyond," in the U.S., retail dollar sales of Greek yogurt increased more than 50% in 2012 to reach $1.6 billion, with significant gains in the mass-market as well as natural and specialty retail channels. At the same time, non-Greek yogurt saw its sales decrease. According to David Sprinkle, publisher of Packaged Facts, “Greek yogurt has raised its share of the refrigerated yogurt market to 35%, up from only 1% in 2007.”

The report notes this sales pace isn’t likely to continue forever, but still sees significant opportunities for suppliers and retailers to capture some of the increased market share. For instance, Packaged Facts notes, "Even with its recent market growth, yogurt continues to be consumed at a much lower per capita rate in the U.S. than in other countries where yogurt is a staple. Moreover, yogurt is spreading beyond the breakfast daypart, reflecting the ‘breakfast-all-day’ culinary and menu trend."

This is maybe best exemplified in the flurry of frozen yogurt shops that have popped up over recent years and more shelf space given to frozen yogurt brands in the freezer aisle. The report notes private label frozen yogurt brands rank number one with consumers. And in the refrigerated yogurt market, private label is sitting at number two overall. The popularity of these products is likely the reason suppliers are opening the doors to their own yogurt shops, like the Chobani Yogurt Bar in the SoHo neighborhood in New York City.

The versatility of yogurt also bodes well for the continued success of the products in the marketplace. According to Packaged Facts, "innovative marketers are driving the yogurt and especially Greek yogurt bandwagon into other food categories. Yogurt’s popularity and ‘healthy halo’ have propelled a spill-over over into product categories such as smoothies, frozen yogurt and novelties, cream cheese and butter, salad dressings, dips and spreads, and granola bars, among others."


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Goya Foods, Beech-Nut Nutrition to make baby food for Hispanic families

BY Alaric DeArment

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. — Beech-Nut Nutrition and Goya Foods have made a deal to produce baby foods for Hispanic families, Beech-Nut announced.

"One-fourth of all births in America today are to Hispanics, so that any company hoping to grow their business must take their needs and tastes into account," Beech-Nut president Jeff Boutelle said.

The companies said the partnership was part of Goya’s commitment to the Obama administration’s My Plate/Mi Plato nutritional initiative. The new Beech-Nut/Goya line will include 22 specially developed Latin flavors and combinations, including guava, mango, apple-mango, banana-strawberry, rice pudding with raisins and others. The line is expected to hit stores throughout the country by the end of June.

"The Beech-Nut/Goya line of baby food offers mom the best of both worlds," Goya president Bob Unanue said. "Hispanic moms, influenced by their abuelitas, oftentimes believe that healthy, traditional baby food can only be made at home using fresh ingredients. Their challenge is that they simply don’t have the time to cook from scratch the way their grandmothers did, and that’s where Beech-Nut/Goya comes in. Our new line of baby food is the perfect union that bridges Hispanic mothers’ desire for healthy, traditional baby food with their need for convenience and nutrition in today’s hectic world."

 

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