Reporters Notebook — Consumables, 12/13/10
Supplier News — PepsiCo and GNC are teaming up to develop and sell fortified coconut water products. The Phenom brand will launch during second quarter 2011 and will be sold exclusively at GNC stores and GNC.com.
One of Hershey’s popular mint brands is adding a powerfully cool taste experience to its line. Ice Breakers Frost sugar-free mints are coated with xylitol, cooling and flavor crystals and will be available in Wintercool and peppermint varieties. The mints are now available in 1.2-oz. containers.
La Famiglia DelGrosso pasta sauces were named one of the “125 Best Food for Men” by Men’s Health and also received a “125 Best Packaged Food” award from Women’s Health. One serving of Chef John’s tomato basil masterpiece, the Men’s Health winner, is only 70 calories and contains 1 g of protein, 8 g of carbs, 2 g of fiber and 4 g of fat. Meanwhile, the Women’s Health winner, Uncle Joe’s vodka celebration sauce, has 90 calories, 6 g of fat (2 g of saturated fat), 8 g of carbs, 430 mg of sodium, 2 g of fiber and 2 g of protein.
Tostitos has launched its new Tostitos Artisan Recipes tortilla chips. The chips are available in two flavors — roasted garlic and black bean, and fire-roasted chipotle — and are made with 100% natural ingredients that are added right into the chips, according to the company. The chips are available in 9.75-oz. bags at a suggested retail price of $3.99.
Executive News — A former Wyeth executive has been named PepsiCo’s EVP global corporate affairs. Tim Cost officially joined the company Dec. 1. In the newly created position, Cost will be responsible for strengthening and protecting PepsiCo’s corporate reputation and strategically aligning its communications, public policy, foundation, investor relations, global health and agricultural policy, and regulatory agendas.
Kashi scales back packaging
LA JOLLA, Calif. — Kashi is boosting its sustainability efforts by reducing the packages of its products by as much as 12.4%.
Among the foods that now feature less packaging are Kashi GoLean Crunch! honey almond flax and GoLean Crisp! toasted berry crumble cereals, all Kashi TLC crackers and the entire line of TLC chewy granola bars and TLC fruit and grain bars.
The calculations were determined by weight versus previous packaging design. The company noted that while the physical packaging of select Kashi foods has been reduced, the total volume of food within each package remains the same.
P&G’s manufacturing plant achieves zero waste to landfill distinction
CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble announced that its Auburn, Maine, feminine care facility became the first manufacturing plant in North America to achieve zero waste to landfill.
P&G said its Global Asset Recovery Purchases team assisted the company in reusing or recycling its waste. P&G said these efforts delivered tens of millions of dollars in cost recovery to the company in the past year alone.
"Auburn’s success is the latest milestone in our continued global effort to achieve zero manufacturing waste sent to landfill," said Len Sauers, P&G VP global sustainability. "GARP is a terrific example of how internal innovation and external partnerships have joined to help realize the company’s sustainability vision and goals."
Auburn is the ninth P&G global manufacturing plant to earn this distinction.