Mars Chocolate to break ground on Topeka, Kan., manufacturing facility
TOPEKA, Kan. — Mars Chocolate North America this week unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Midwest, part of the company’s commitment to invest in U.S. manufacturing.
The facility, which will be located in Topeka, Kan., is the first site the company has built in 35 years and will help Mars Chocolate meet the growing demand for its candy products.
“We are excited to announce our plan to construct this new manufacturing site in Topeka,” Mars Chocolate VP supply Mike Wittman said. “The site will be a reflection of our commitment to manufacture our products in the markets where we sell them. Mars looks forward to becoming an important part of the Topeka community.”
Phase one of the new site is planned to be complete in 2013, Mars Chocolate said.
Marley’s Mellow Mood goes ‘lite’
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Marley’s Mellow Mood is introducing a new low-calorie option to consumers in July.
Marley’s Mellow Mood Lite: Half Lemonade, Half Tea is sourced from such ingredients as chamomile, valerian root, lemon balm, hops, passionflower and melatonin. Each 8-oz. serving of the beverage is 40 calories, according to the company.
"Consumers have been asking for additional unique flavors and a low-calorie product since we launched last year, and our new Marley’s Mellow Mood Lite: Half Lemonade, Half Tea is the perfect choice to help you relax and ‘feel alright’ this summer," Marley Beverage chief marketing officer Paul Fuegner said.
Marley’s Mellow Mood beverages retail for approximately $1.79 per bottle/can.
Buddy Fruits introduces pure fruit bites
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — A new line of pure fruit snacks has made its debut.
Buddy Fruits said that one package of its pure fruit bites is equivalent to one full serving of fruit and is 95 calories. Buddy Fruits’ pure fruit bites are available in apple, orange, raspberry and pomegranate/acai.
Buddy Fruits products are available at retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Supervalu, H-E-B and King Kullen.