Hi-Chew goes grape
LOS ANGELES Hi-Chew’s line of fruit chews now features a grape flavor.
“Our grape flavor has been a popular treat especially among children in Japan,” said Toshiya Yasuda, president of Morinaga America. “We are confident that by bringing our grape flavor to America, we will not only delight our current fans, [but] we [also] will stimulate more curiosity in trying Hi-Chew fruit chews that will gain us an even greater following after sampling one of our fruity, chewy candies.”
Hi-Chew is available at convenience stores and such retailers as Ralphs grocery stores.
Fresh Express introduces new varieties to salad kits
CINCINNATI Chiquita’s Fresh Express brand is expanding to offer consumers more convenient and nutritious meal options.
Fresh Express salad kits offer ready-to-serve, flavorful salads that are great for the whole family to enjoy, and the line now features six new flavors, including house ranch, house Italian, chicken caesar, chicken taco and limited-edition pear gorgonzola and strawberry fields kits.
"Continuously developing new, fresh and flavorful salad meals for our consumers is at the core of our mission at Fresh Express," said Brian Kocher, president of Chiquita North America. "Whether it’s a classic caesar or our new delicately sweet-flavored, limited-time-only strawberry fields kit, Fresh Express is providing consumers what they want most –– fresh, delicious salad meals ready in seconds."
Fresh Express salad kits are available in the grocery aisle.
P&G unveils eco-friendly initiatives for sustainability vision
CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has implemented a succession of sustainability efforts, and on Monday that commitment continued with the announcement of a new long-term sustainability vision and a set of 10-year goals.
"What is important is that we don’t treat environmental sustainability as something different from our base business. When we operate sustainably, we earn gratitude and trust that lead to opportunity, partnership and growth, which, in turn, help us touch and improve even more lives," said Bob McDonald, chairman, president and CEO of P&G, during a webcast on Monday to discuss the company’s "New Vision for Sustainability."
This new vision, which was developed over the course of a year, includes powering its plants with 100% renewable energy, using 100% renewable or recyclable materials for all products and packaging, having zero consumer and manufacturing waste go to landfills and designing products that maximize the conservation of resources, McDonald said.
"Our vision will be fully integrated into P&G’s business and processes. We know we can’t single-handedly solve all of the issues on our own. We will need to continue to collaborate with our suppliers, consumers, retailers and in our industry," McDonald said. "No one company has all of the answers, but we need to be part of the solution."
Added Len Sauers, VP global sustainability for P&G, "The new vision that Bob just mentioned is a continuation of our sustainability journey and, in fact, we’ve already been working against many of the key pillars."
Sauers noted that P&G has, for example, already installed solar panels in a number of its manufacturing facilities in California and Italy and will be installing more this winter, and has announced plans to use renewable, sustainable, sugarcane-derived plastic on select packaging of its Pantene Pro-V, CoverGirl and Max Factor brands beginning next year.
By 2020, P&G is looking to achieve several goals as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability. The 10-year goals for products include:
- Replacing 25% of its petroleum-derived raw material with renewable materials that are sustainably sourced;
- Driving 70% of washing machine loads to be done in cold water;
- Reducing packaging by 20%; and
- Conducting pilot studies to understand how to eliminate landfill or dump and consumer solid waste.
The 10-year goals for operations include:
- Reducing manufacturing waste;
- Powering its operations with 30% renewable energy; and
- Truck transportation reduction.
The company will report its progress against these goals annually in its sustainability report.
To help P&G deliver on its goals and ensure it is incorporating the best insight and research, P&G has inked a three-year agreement with the World Wildlife Fund U.S. Under the partnership, WWF and P&G will work together on renewable materials and sourcing, packaging, energy and water, and on-the-ground conservation efforts.