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Dr Pepper Snapple Group acquires Nev. bottling company

BY Alaric DeArment

PLANO, Texas — Dr Pepper Snapple Group has purchased a company that bottles its beverages for much of the West, the company said.

The soft drink maker announced the acquisition of the assets and territory of the Reno, Nev.-based Dr. Pepper/7-Up Bottling Company of the West, including rights to the territory and ownership of distribution centers in Reno, Chico, Calif., and Boise, Idaho. The bottling company serves a territory that includes northern Nevada, parts of northern and southern California and Idaho, distributing Dr Pepper, Snapple, 7Up, Sunkist, A&W, RC Cola and allied brands such as Fiji, Neuro, Rockstar and Vita Coco.

"Since 2006, Dr Pepper Snapple has acquired a number of bottling businesses to strengthen our route to market in the United States and support efforts to build and enhance our leading brands," DPS president for packaged beverages Rodger Collins said. "As with previous acquisitions, bringing Dr Pepper/7Up-West into DPS enables us to leverage the power of our integrated business model to drive executional excellence, improve customer service and get our brands into consumers’ hands with greater efficiency."

 

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YoKids drinkable smoothies hit store shelves

BY Jason Owen

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Stonyfield recently launched two drinkable yogurts just for kids, each made with real organic fruit and vegetable purees: Strawbana and Very Berry.

 

Strawbana is a mix of organic carrot, strawberry, banana and yogurt ,while Very Berry is made up of organic sweet potato, raspberry, strawberry and yogurt. Smoothies also offer one-third of the recommended daily allowance for calcium and are an excellent source of vitamin D making them a smarter snack choice.

"Yogurt is an excellent snack food for all children," explained America’s pediatrician, Dr. Bill Sears. "Kids love to snack and should graze on healthy foods during the day. I often recommend that they snack on yogurt because it’s high in protein, it’s high in calcium, and it satisfies them."

"When it comes to feeding kids food that’s good for them, there are two big challenges — having it handy when kids are hungry and finding nutritious food that tastes good to little ones," shared Stonyfield vice president of marketing and mom of twins, Kristen Deshaies. "So we crafted a delicious recipe that uses real fruits and veggies, poured it into kid-sized bottles that are convenient for moms and dads, and YoKids Smoothies were born! Kids love the fruity taste and parents love that their kids are being nourished in such a healthy way."

Like all Stonyfield yogurts, YoKids Smoothies are certified organic, so they do not contain any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives and are produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones and genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs).

YoKids Smoothies are available nationwide in 3.1oz. six-packs with a suggested retail price of $3.69.


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Sweets & Snacks Expo to feature international attendees

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — A show devoted to snack food is expected to draw suppliers from 22 countries when it kicks off in May, the show’s sponsoring organization said.

The 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which will take place May 21-23 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, is expected to be the most successful in the event’s 16-year history, with a nearly sold-out show floor, according to the National Confectioners Association.

"NCA recognizes the power of U.S. brands around the world, and the expo serves as a destination for global markets to come together," NCA president Larry Graham said. "The 2013 expo is the ideal venue to connect with industry professionals from around the world and to discover international products and trends that will set retailers apart from the rest."

In addition to Brazilian, Chinese, German and Mexican pavilions, the show will have its first-ever Ecuadorian pavilion. Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis will visit the show as well, and the show will feature products from companies like Sweden’s Solberga Konfektyrfabrik, Netherlands-based Hellema Hallum, Latvia-based Pure Chocolate and products from Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

"Every year, we host a number of country pavilions, but in 2013, we are thrilled to host a new country’s pavilion, and number of new international companies as well," Graham said.

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