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More men doing grocery shopping, Schnucks survey finds

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS — Six percent more men are doing the primary grocery shopping for their families versus five years ago, according to results of a new survey by Schnucks.

The St. Louis-based supermarket chain launched the survey through the Schnucks Listens research panel, basing it on responses of about half of the more than 13,000 panelists. The panel was launched in 2007 and includes grocery shoppers from across the region the chain covers. According to survey results, 43% of the men indicated their marital status had changed, while 32% of women indicated their spouses had retired.

"In this case, we set out to learn more about how habits are changing and why," Schnucks project manager of consumer research Mary Ver Mehren said. "Roughly 1,500 of our respondents were men, and although a large portion was older men, because of the size of the survey pool, we still have enough findings to know about the shopping habits of our younger men. The fact that we have so many men weighing in is another indication that times are changing."

Still, according to the Food Marketing Institute, women continue to do most grocery shopping.

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Jelly Belly Snapple Mix makes debut

BY Allison Cerra

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly has introduced a new line of jelly beans inspired by Snapple beverages.

Jelly Belly Snapple Mix are made with natural ingredients, including real fruit juice, Snapple juice drink concentrates and fruit purees, and do not contain artificial coloring, Jelly Belly said. The product will be packaged in a 1.65-oz. bottle package that is modeled after the real Snapple Juice Drink bottles. In addition to the new 1.65-oz. Jelly Belly Snapple Bottle, Jelly Belly Snapple Mix also is available in a 3.1-oz. bag, a 6.5-oz. bag and 4.5-oz. box.

Jelly Belly Snapple Mix will be available in fruit punch, mango madness, cranberry raspberry, pink lemonade and kiwi strawberry flavors.

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E.Kassoff says:
Feb-20-2012 03:34 pm

Funny how Jelly Belly decided to start using more natural ingredients, (or at least try to give that perception). What many people don't know yet is The Jelly Belly Company is being instigated by the Feds for price fixing and 'locking out' other competitors from the marketplace. The new term for them is, Jelly Bully.

D.KLEIN says:
Feb-19-2012 03:11 pm

Very interesting article....Thank you. In 1976 with my last 800.00 the Jelly Belly Jelly Bean was created. A documentary Candyman:the David Klein Story is now streaming on Netflix. I am now back in the Jelly Bean business with our new product David's Signature Jelly Beans.

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Avery touts 360-degree graphic packaging, thanks to Ball

BY Allison Cerra

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Avery Brewing has tapped can manufacturer Ball to create unique packaging for Avery’s brands.

The company said it partnered with Ball’s Graphics Center of Excellence and utilized the latter’s Eyeris Enhanced Graphics printing technique to create a 360-degree miniature billboard with every can for distinctive, on-the-shelf differentiation of Avery’s brands, including India Pale Ale, White Rascal, Ellie’s Brown Ale and Joe’s Premium American Pilsner.

"Our passion for our brands and the high-quality of our craft beer demands the same intensity in our packaging and Ball shared that dedication," Avery Brewing president and brewmaster Adam Avery said. "Having Ball’s extensive technology and expertise under one roof was also key in choosing Ball to take our graphic ideas to the next level on Ball’s sustainable cans."

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