Those craving General Mills Inc. snacks could go out to the grocery store to get them, but one day, those snacks could arrive via subscription service. The company is testing a way to ship snacks directly to consumers.
With a growing array of healthy snacks, store brands, recipe apps and international flavors, supermarkets will evolve in 2014 to better meet consumers' desires to save money and time, eat healthfully and enjoy their food while doing it, the ‘Supermarket Guru,’ a supermarket expert, predicts.
Demand for converted flexible packaging in the U.S. is projected to grow 3% annually, to $18.8 billion in 2017. The market for converted flexible packaging will benefit from the inherent advantages of lightweight bags and pouches and the convenience they offer. Further market penetration will be influenced by features dedicated to enhancing the consumer experience, leading to higher retail volumes, says a new study.
Wheat farmers are harvesting a record crop for the fourth time in six years, adding to a global grain glut and cutting costs for food makers. Inventories of wheat and feed grains, including corn, will climb to a four-year high of 379 million tons before the start of the 2014 harvest, 12% more than this year.
Stale chips? Think again. Manufacturers are finding interesting ways of keeping the chips category fresh. And flavors are really getting wild, like chocolate and coconut. Just don’t fill the bag half way.
The increasing use of pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and antibiotics in food products is raising health concerns in the U.S. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2013 show that some 1.1 billion lb. of pesticides’ active ingredients are used each year and more than 20,000 pesticide products are marketed annually, adversely impacting the health of consumers and the environment.
Just in time for the holidays, Schwan’s Consumer Brands Inc., Bloomington, Minn., introduces Mrs. Smith’s Original Flaky Crust, an unbaked pie made with real butter. Consumers can choose from six flavors.