ReportersNotebook — Consumables, 8/1/11
SUPPLIER NEWS — Crystal Light is looking to shake up the beverage category with a new line of “mocktails,” available in appletini, margarita and mojito flavors. The Crystal Light Mocktails pair together the flavor of summer beverages with low calories, and will be available nationally in September.
Fiber One is adding new Fiber One 80 Calories cereal to its lineup — a honey-flavored cereal that provides 10 g of fiber per serving, in addition to calcium, iron, B vitamins, folic acid and zinc, according to the company. Fiber One 80 Calories cereal has a suggested retail price of $4.49.
Kashi has entered the pita chips game. New Kashi TLC Pita Crisps in Sea Salt feature a combination of whole grains and cracked wheat berries with a sprinkling of natural sea salt, while Zesty Salsa Pita Crisps feature a blend of herbs, spices and veggies, including onions, tomato, peppers and cilantro.
EXECUTIVE NEWS — Procter & Gamble executive Daniel Myers will join Kraft Foods in September as its EVP supply chain, Kraft announced. Myers — who most recently served as P&G’s VP product supply, leading the supply chain function for the company’s global hair care business, as well as coordination responsibilities for P&G’s beauty and grooming business — will succeed Kraft’s David Brearton.
Herr’s spices up ripple kettle potato chips
NOTTINGHAM, Pa. — Herr’s is turning up the heat with its newest potato chips, co-created by T.W. Garner.
New Herr’s hot-sauce-flavored ripple kettle cooked potato chips combine the taste of Herr’s ripple kettle cooked potato chips with the zing of Texas Pete hot sauce, the companies said. This is the second potato chip creation developed in the companies’ partnership.
The new Herr’s hot-sauce-flavored potato chips now are available in stores and vending machines across the United States.
Limited-edition Jones Soda collection features So So Happy characters
SEATTLE — Jones Soda has partnered with a lifestyle brand to create a collection of limited-edition glass bottles.
In their limited-edition collection, Jones Soda and So So Happy teamed up to roll out four 12-oz. glass bottles that are adorned with four So So Happy characters. The bottles will be sold as four-packs and include one bottle of each flavor with accompanying So So Happy images on the label.
"Both Jones and So So Happy are known for creating fresh, irreverent products that appeal to a wide audience, from younger kids and teens to adults and beyond," Jones CEO William Meissner said. "It was a natural partnership, as both brands support the idea of individuality, and that really comes to life with this new line."
The Jones Soda/So So Happy bottles retail as a four-pack for $11.99 plus shipping and handling, and can be shipped anywhere within the United States and Canada.