Tetley launches Black & Green tea blend
MONTVALE, N.J. — Tetley USA, the U.S. subsidiary of the U.K.-based tea company, released results of a survey of tea drinkers to coincide with the launch of its new Black & Green blend.
According to the "Simply Brilliant" survey, tea drinkers are more likely than non-tea drinkers to have tried a new food, drink, restaurant, clothing style or hobby in the last three weeks. Meanwhile, more tea drinkers than non-tea drinkers say that trying new things makes them happy, that being adventurous is important and that they’d be interested in a new hobby or activity. Other findings include a higher likelihood among tea drinkers than non-tea drinkers to have traveled to a new location in the past 11 months, to have fit exercise into their lives or to have an interest in taking a class or learning a new skill.
"We have always known that tea drinkers are exceptional people, so we are excited to share this new data to support the brilliance we see in our consumers," Tetley USA marketing executive Marc Birnbaum said. "We are also eager to share our own bit of brilliance with our new Black & Green blend. We have heard from consumers that they would like to drink more green tea for its renowned benefits, but aren’t always happy with the taste."
The new tea blend, the company said, is designed to add the benefits of green tea, but without the bitter taste. The tea will be available in a new, premium flip-top, 72-count box for about $4.39.
New video illustrates Mars’ six promotional periods for 2014
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Candy maker Mars Chocolate North America has introduced a new set of planning tools to help retailers develop their marketing strategies and build chocolate sales, the company said.
The new resources include the 2014 Moments Calendar Video, year-long display programs, a convenience channel 2014 Planning Toolkit, a revamped Mars24seven.com and the Performance Plus Rewards Program.
"We’re making it easy for our retail partners to create marketing and merchandising programs that will grow the chocolate category," Mars VP sales Rick LaBerge said. "Mars’ global research shows that retailers can capture the under-developed ‘sharing occasions’ in the U.S. market. Here in the United States, chocolate is part of only 10% of sharing occasions, while other countries incorporate chocolate into more social activities."
Promotional periods for 2014 will include Snickers Brand Super Bowl Satisfaction, the "Share Your Favorites" campaign, Win the M-Ball with M&M’s Brand, Summer Movie Moment, Snickers Brand NFL Game Day Satisfaction and Share the Joy for the holiday season. The Mars 2014 Moments Calendar Video illustrates the six promotional periods.
The year-long display programs include themes featuring the M&Ms, Snickers, Twix and Milky Way brands, with chances to win free gas cards and Snickers bars.
ADA issues new diet recommendations for diabetes patients
NEW YORK — All people living with diabetes should make nutrition therapy part of their treatment plans, the American Diabetes Association is recommending. But the group also is saying that no single eating pattern works best for everyone.
The group made the recommendation in a position statement published online last week in the journal Diabetes Care. The statement replaces the nutrition therapy recommendations for the management of adults with diabetes published in 2008, calling for all adults diagnosed with diabetes to eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods in appropriate portion sizes as part of an eating plan that takes into account individual preferences, culture, religious believes, traditions and metabolic goals.
"Just because you have been diagnosed with diabetes does not mean you can no longer enjoy the foods you love or your cultural traditions," University of Washington Medical Center coordinator of diabetes education programs Alison Evert said. Ideally, the person with diabetes should be referred to a registered dietitian or participate in a diabetes self-management education program soon after diagnosis. An important goal of nutrition therapy for adults with diabetes includes the collaborative development of an individualized eating plan with ongoing support to promote health behavior change."