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Kraft Foods to use Smart Choices program criteria for advertising to children

BY Allison Cerra

NORTHFIELD, Ill. Kraft Foods announced plans to become the first company to use the Smart Choices Program nutrition criteria to identify which products it advertises to children ages 6 to 11 in the United States.

“We were the first company to stop advertising products to children that didn’t meet specific nutrition criteria,” said Triona Schmelter, senior director health and wellness, Kraft Foods North America. “So it is a logical next step to use the Smart Choices Program criteria, which are uniform and consistent across many companies, to help consumers understand our advertising guidelines and make better-for-you product choices. This is part of our continuing efforts to ensure our advertising practices meet consumer expectations.”

While the Smart Choices Program requires the transition to be completed within three years, Kraft Foods expects to complete the rollout in advance of the deadline. Some products featuring the new symbol, including Teddy Grahams and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Crackers, will appear on store shelves in the coming weeks.

As the Smart Choices Program rolls out, Kraft Foods will update its Pledge under the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative. Kraft Foods was a founding member of this industry-wide initiative, which is aimed at shifting the mix of advertising messaging directed to children under 12 to encourage healthier dietary choices and healthy lifestyles.

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P&G introduces new Bounce Dryer Bar

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble have develop a breakthrough fabric softener product that incorporates freshness, softness and static control benefits in a convenient two or four month bar form.

Bounce Dryer Bar automatically freshens laundry load after load so consumers do not have to worry about using dryer sheets. The product attaches to the drum of a dryer, giving even and consistent benefits for about two or four months, depending on frequency of use and dryer settings.

“Since Procter & Gamble was the first to introduce a dryer sheet in the late 1970s, it is only fitting that we take development to the next level by providing something new and revolutionary to share with the mass market,” said Bob Stallman, Bounce brand manager. “We’ve been researching for many years to find a way to evolve the benefits of fabric softener to further suit the needs of our consumers. The Bounce Dryer Bar truly is technology at its best.”

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Tide introduces new Tide Stain Release

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI A popular laundry detergent brand has rolled out a new laundry additive that helps fight tough stains.

Tide Stain Release delivers a one-two punch designed to help lift stains then prevent them from reattaching to other items of clothing during the wash cycle. The product has been tested to help remove such tough fresh and dry stains as grass, ketchup and grease. Tide Stain Release offers additional ingredients, that when delivered in addition to detergent, offer boosted cleaning.

Tide Stain Release comes in three forms: powder, liquid and a convenient single Duo Pac that contains a liquid/powder combination and can be dropped right into your washing machine.

Tide Stain Release will be available nationwide beginning in August 2009. Suggested retail prices range from $3.99 for a 10-count bag of duo-pacs to $11.99 for a 50 oz. bottle of powder.

“Tide’s goal in entering the in wash booster category was to create a laundry additive that lived up to the Tide standard of clean — even on the toughest stains,” said Suzanne Watson, associate marketing director, P&G Fabric Care. “With Tide Stain Release, kids can be kids and mom has a partner in the fight against stains.”

For more information about Tide Stain Release, please visit www.tidestainrelease.com.

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