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Starbucks developing new, low-calorie, ready-to-drink Frappuccino

BY Melissa Valliant

NEW YORK Starbucks Corp. is reducing the calorie count in its popular, ready-to-drink bottled Frappuccinos next year. The international coffee chain is working with PepsiCo Inc., with whom it developed a partnership in 1994, discussed the new, light drinks earlier this month in New York, according to industry trade journal Beverage Digest.

Starbucks already sells one 8 oz., light, ready-to-drink Frappuccino called Mocha-Lite with 85 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. Their regular Frappuccinos contain twice the amount of calories.

“We’re looking forward to expanding our portfolio of high-quality, ready-to-drink products with exciting new offerings in the coming year,” said Starbucks in a recent statement.

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Cadbury cuts middle layer of management; puts CEO in driver’s seat

BY Jenna Duncan

LONDON Cadbury today reported that it is revamping its management structure removing a layer of management and handing over the reins to chief executive officer Todd Stitzer to steer the company’s operational divisions.

“Our four region operational structure will be eliminated, leaving seven business units (listed in Appendix A) which will report directly to [Stitzer],” Cadbury said in a press statement. “At the same time, we are strengthening our global chocolate, gum and candy category structure, further increasing our focus on category development.”

The change will extract the company’s current regional management structure, removing layers and spreading out organizational tasks over other layers. The company hopes that the change will provide “faster decision making, improve in-market execution and ensure a stronger alignment of category strategies and commercial programs,” it has stated.

The removal of the management layer will affect 250 positions, many of them senior managers. Cadbury said that the changes were following a plan started in 2007 to restructure operations.

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Research confirms pomegranate’s health benefits, POM sales on the rise

BY Melissa Valliant

LOS ANGELES Recent research has affirmed pomegranate’s various health benefits, and the juicy, red fruit’s sales have soared in response. POM Wonderful, the leading seller of pomegranate products, has dished out approximately $25 million on research in order to authenticate its nutritional perks.

In response, the fruit has been added to more than 400 new food products in the past year, including salad dressing, power bars, vodka, cereal and tea. “Ten years ago, only 10 percent of the (U.S.) population had ever tasted a pomegranate,” said Tom Tierandsen, manager of the California Pomegranate Council. “Now, we see no slowing in demand. People are using them in so many different ways.”

Besides being loaded with antioxidants, the pomegranate has been found to improve blood flow, promote prostate health and slow aging. It’s also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B5 and potassium.

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