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Harvest orange tomato soup joins Campbell’s lineup

BY Allison Cerra

CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell’s new soup puts a spin on a classic favorite.

The soup brand said harvest orange tomato soup — developed by Thomas Griffiths, senior executive chef and director of Campbell’s Culinary and Baking Institute — features a blend of herbs and spices, including sage and rosemary and a touch of roasted garlic, which brings out the natural flavors of orange tomatoes. It is one of 35 new products being introduced by the company’s U.S. soup and simple meals business.

Campbell’s harvest orange tomato soup, which was available last year in select markets, now is available nationwide.

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DPS reports Q3 results

BY Allison Cerra

HOUSTON — Earnings for the Dr Pepper Snapple Group rose to $154 million, or 71 cents per share, for third quarter 2011, the company announced Wednesday.

This compared with the year-ago period, where third quarter 2010 earnings totaled $144 million, or 60 cents per share.

Year-to-date net sales increased 5% for the company, while income from operations was $753 million, compared with $757 million in the prior-year period. Net income for DPS totaled $440 million, compared with $416 million in the prior-year period.

"As we continue to operate in challenging times, I remain pleased with the performance of our portfolio," DPS president and CEO Larry Young said. "Our teams are committed to executing our focused strategy with the goal of providing value to our customers while managing price, mix and productivity to offset higher input costs. The national launch of Dr Pepper TEN is bringing excitement and energy to the Dr Pepper trademark, and we are continuing to build per capita consumption with new fountain availabilities and cold drink placements. Our rapid continuous improvement efforts are gaining traction across the organization, and we’re beginning to experience meaningful results."

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Angry Birds gets edible

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Healthy Food Brands has introduced a new line of fruit snacks and gummies based on a popular Internet game.

New Angry Birds fruit snacks and gummies feature a variety of characters from the gaming application from Rovio Entertainment. Made with fruit juice, both product lines are fat-, nut- and gluten-free, and are available in cherry, lemon, raspberry, apple, grape and strawberry flavors.

Angry Birds fruit snacks are packaged in 2.25-oz. and 5-oz. peg bags with suggested retail prices of 89 cents and $1.59, respectively. The fruit snacks also are available as 10 packs with individual 0.9-oz. pouches.

Angry Bird gummies are available in 3.5-oz. theater boxes with a suggested retail price range of $1.29 to $1.69 and 5-oz. peg bags for a suggested retail price range of $1.49 to $1.69. Each pack features four collectible looks showcasing the red, yellow and blue birds, in addition to arch enemy green pig.

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