Huggies announces 2011 MomInspired grant recipients
DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark’s Huggies brand has named nine grant recipients for its MomInspired program.
Huggies’ MomInspired grant program — which provides seed capital and resources to help fund women-owned business startups and new product innovations inspired by personal motherhood challenges and experiences — this year unveiled nine ideas that address a diverse range of parenting, baby and child care product and service solutions. In the two years of the program, Huggies MomInspired has solicited nearly 1,000 product and service idea applications addressing unmet parenting needs and has awarded $315,000 in grant money — $15,000 each to 21 women.
“It’s been very rewarding to see last year’s grant recipients reach critical business milestones this past year,” said Kelly Stephenson, senior brand manager for the Huggies brand. “We are positive this new class will reach the same level of success and are excited to welcome our newest ‘parenting problem-solvers’ into the MomInspired family.”
Pyramid introduces new packaging for three beers; slated to roll out new items in 2012
SEATTLE — Pyramid Breweries has overhauled its packaging for three of its beers.
The company said its flagship Pyramid Hefeweizen beer, along with the brand’s Apricot Ale and Thunderhead IPA, will include pyramids as the focal point of the new design, along with a new font, both of which are designed as a tribute to the brand’s original look and feel. Pyramid said it will apply the new look to all of its year-round beers, including six and 12-pack bottles, 22-oz. bottles and draught beer tap handles, later this month.
"The new Pyramid design better reflects the rich tradition and heritage of the Pyramid brand and our Pacific Northwest home," Pyramid brand manager Ryan Daley said. "Consumers can expect to see new packaging that brings back the iconic pyramids, featured among mountains and trees, reinforcing our Pacific Northwest roots that date back to 1984."
In addition to the packaging overhaul, the company also announced that in 2012, one of its seasonal beers, Pyramid Outburst, will become available all year round. Pyramid also will debut approximately 11 new beers next year.
"We know that continuous innovation is key for our craft beer consumers," Daley said. "We’re looking forward to 2012 as we create more unique varieties and experiences for people to discover and enjoy our beers."
P&G reaffirms commitment to Children’s Safe Drinking Water program
CINCINNATI — After announcing the sale of its Pur water purification business to Helen of Troy, Procter & Gamble noted that the sale did not include its water purification technology that enables P&G’s corporate philanthropy program to provide clean, drinkable water to countries worldwide.
P&G said it will remain committed to its Children’s Safe Drinking Water program and use its water purification technology to introduce the now-branded P&G Purifier of Water packets in the next six to 12 months. P&G said it will work closely with program partners to create consumer education programs aimed at ensuring smooth transitions from the current packets to the new P&G branded design.
“P&G remains committed to the lifesaving work we do through our Children’s Safe Drinking Water program to provide clean drinking water to countries throughout the world,” P&G chairman, president and CEO Bob McDonald said. “As a natural extension of that commitment, we are rebranding the water purification packets with a new P&G logo, visibly standing behind a product that embodies our Purpose, to touch and improve lives.”