Target continues its private-label healthy snacking effort
MINNEAPOLIS — Today, more than 75% of Target’s own brand kids’ snacks — from Simply Balanced fruit snacks and granola bars to Market Pantry fruit squeezers — are already free of artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners and colors, as well as artificial trans fats and high fructose corn syrup.
As part of its corporate social responsibility commitments, however, the company is working to ensure that everything in its own brands — including mac and cheese, fruit snacks and animal crackers — meets these requirements by the end of 2018. Target reaffirmed its promise to parents in a recent post on its blog, A Bullseye View, promoting its Simply Balanced and Market Pantry own brand snacks as part of its back-to-school season promotions. It’s a move that helps build trust in the Target’s private brands and resonates with parents who are looking for healthier, cleaner food choices for themselves and their children.
Earlier this year, CVS became the first national retail pharmacy to make this move, confirming that more than 600 of its exclusive snack and grocery options were and remain free from artificial trans fats. It was 18 months ahead of the Food and Drug Administration’s deadline of June 2018 for processed foods to be reformulated without artificial trans fats.
Mondelez International names new CEO
DEERFIELD, ILL. — Mondelēz International has named a new CEO as current president Irene Rosenfeld steps down, effective in November. The company’s board has selected Dirk Van de Put as Rosenfeld’s successor. Rosenfeld will remain chairman until March 31, 2018, when she will retire and Van de Put will assume the role of chairman and CEO.
“The board and I are confident that Dirk Van de Put is the right leader to take us forward,” Rosenfeld said. “He is a seasoned global CEO, having lived and worked on three different continents, with deep experience and expertise in all critical business and commercial operations in both emerging and developed markets. Throughout his career, Dirk has had a proven track record of driving top-line and category growth, while at the same time improving cost structures and profitability. And he has achieved these results with a values-based leadership style and steadfast focus on people.”
Van de Put, currently president and CEO of Canadian frozen foods giant McCain Foods, has more than 30 years of experience in the food and CPG industry. While at McCain foods, Van de Put grew their net sales by more than 50%, generating more than 75% organic growth. He has previously held executive positions with Novartis, Groupe Danone, Coca-Cola and Mars.
“On behalf of the entire Mondelēz International Board, we want to welcome Dirk and are excited to begin working with him to lead the company through its next chapter of growth,” Mondelēz lead independent director Mark Ketchum said. “Our thorough, multi-year succession process has identified Dirk as the right leader with a distinct combination of skills and industry experience necessary to succeed as our next CEO. Our process was global in nature and thoroughly considered numerous highly talented internal and external candidates before making our final decision.”
Ketchum also thanked Rosenfeld for her service.
“We also want to thank Irene for the vision and leadership she brought to building this great company,” he said. “Under her stewardship, Mondelēz International has become the leading global snacking company, delivering tremendous value to shareholders. We are extremely grateful for her leadership and for agreeing to stay on as Chairman through the first quarter of next year, to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.”
Move over Amazon, Apollo Gum has jet pack delivery
DENVER — By now you've probably heard of Amazon's plans to make deliveries with drones, but Denver-based Apollo Energy Gum thinks they have something more cutting edge. Over the past couple of weeks, Apollo has been making deliveries of their energy gum with a rocket-powered jetpack. On July 13, the Apollo JetPack made a delivery to re-stock the 7-Eleven at 18th and Welton here, surprising both the store manager and a handful of curious onlookers who happened to spot pilot Nick Macomber and his jetpack soaring through the sky.
Apollo also makes jetpack deliveries to everyday consumers, and previous flights include a personal handoff of Apollo Energy Gum to Jaylen Mosquiera at Ferrari of Denver, where he works as a salesman. Another jetpack delivery put Macomber in the middle of Downtown Denver with a perfect touchdown at the front doors of Denver's landmark Union Station.
Apollo says it is starting a worldwide tour of jetpack deliveries as part of a marketing campaign to promote Apollo Energy Gum, but they wanted to launch this groundbreaking service here in Denver, where the gum is manufactured, and where Apollo Flight Labs designs and builds its flying machines, including the world's first jet-powered flying motorcycle.
The Apollo JetPacks are the latest version of machines developed for the military in the '60s. These modern-day jetpacks don't produce any flame or carbon exhaust—only steam and oxygen—which makes them perfect for making energy gum deliveries. As soon as Macomber touches down, he removes a box of Apollo from a specially designed harness and hands it to the awe-struck customer.
Macomber, with over 450 flights under his belt, is one of two jetpack pilots for Apollo Flight Labs, also of Denver. The companies joined forces for several months to pair what they believe is the future of clean, fast-acting energy with the world's first jetpack delivery service.
Next time you hear what sounds like a rocket in the sky, it might just be Macomber and his jetpack making the next delivery of Apollo Energy Gum to your front door.