Top news and merchandising and marketing trends unfolding with grocery consumer brands in beverages, natural and organicsnacks, condiments and more.


The J. M. Smucker Co. to acquire Hostess Brands for $5.6B

The acquisition expands Smucker’s offering of well-known brands in growing categories and accelerates its focus on convenient consumer occasions, the company said.


Loop platform builds momentum for reusable packaging

Circular model draws participation from leading retailers and CPG brands worldwide.

It’s an expansion of the retailer’s best-selling private label, which now includes more than 2,500 products and generated more than $3 billion in sales last year.

Worker shortfall and inventory issues are impairing in-store execution, but suppliers plan to ramp up promotions and product innovation, Advantage Solutions survey finds.

The compartment-based, build-your-own children’s meals have added fresh fruit for the first time, through a partnership with Del Monte.

The specialty grocer, known for its private-label assortment, said it works closely with vendors and is extra-cautious when it comes to food safety.

Fresh Perspectives: Online fruit-and-vegetable meal service enters brick-and-mortar grocery arena with frozen product line.

The former IQVIA executive takes over from Tony Olson, who becomes chairman of the board.

SHOPP Act aims to extend SNAP-related nutrition incentives to fruit and vegetable purchases from the freezer.

Store brand sales jumped 8.2% during the first half of the year and private-label dollar share climbed to a record 18.8%, according to new Circana data.

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