ST. LOUIS — Anheuser-Busch has launched the first seasonal offering under its Shock Top craft beer label. Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, a traditional Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with pumpkins and autumnal spices, will be available until January 2012 in six-packs and 12-oz. bottles.
A-B also is launching the brand’s first sampler pack, including the original Shock Top Belgian White, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat and Shock Top Raspberry Wheat. Sales of the Shock Top brand have been ahead 77% for the first half of the year, according to A-B.
Quick-and-easy heats up sales
Frozen foods still are a popular choice. Packaged Facts projected that retail sales of frozen foods and beverages will reach $70 billion in 2015, a 25% increase over 2010 revenues. Growth will be fueled by a trio of strong-performing categories that have been driving the category for some time: frozen pizza, handheld breakfast food and prepared vegetables.
The category also has gotten a boost from microwavable frozen meals that serve as quick-and-easy — and inexpensive — lunches.
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SUPPLIER NEWS — T.G.I. Friday’s has launched new Entrées for One frozen meals, which include nine varieties: sizzling chicken fajitas, sizzling steak fajitas, grilled chicken mac and cheese, prime rib stroganoff, chicken and broccoli alfredo, loaded chicken and cheese, Cajun-style chicken alfredo, sesame orange chicken, and creamy chicken pasta carbonara. The frozen entrées carry a suggested retail price of $3.99.
Omega Water — a new water brand developed by Mycell Technologies and Nature’s Way Pure Water Systems’ joint venture Nature’s Omega — is being touted as the first zero-calorie, flavored bottled water fortified with 100 mg of omega-3s and six essential daily vitamins. It is available in Lemon Squeeze, Orange Splash, Fruit Fusion and Berry Breeze flavors for a SRP of $1.99.
Kraft Foods chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld in September said that taking the company’s performance to the next level required “a bold approach,” referring to August’s announcement to split the business. Rosenfeld said the split — which will be put in effect in late 2012 — was “the best way to stage our businesses for long-term success.”
Kraft Foods announced that the global snacks business will consist of the current Kraft Foods Europe and Developing Markets units, as well as the North American snacks and confectionery businesses. The North American grocery business would consist of the current U.S. beverages, cheese, convenient meals and grocery segments and the nonsnack categories in Canada and food service.