Better-for-you chocolate maker Bon AppéSweet announced today it will unveil a new look and an expansion to its line of plant-based, date sweetened chocolate bars at this years’ Natural Products Expo East in Philadelphia. The Virginia-based brand said it will officially begin to roll out its bars in brighter and more colorful packaging to retailers this October.
In this week’s distribution roundup: Plant-based meat alternative brand Barvecue expands to Sprouts, Whoa Dough launches a Festival Foods, Ella’s Flats enter South Florida Publix, Rowdy Bar Expands to Whole Foods and SIMULATE introduces NUGGS to Stop & Shop.
U.K.-based food company Nurture Brands LLC, introduced organic plant-based Coconut Bytes to the U.S. market this week under its Myracle Kitchen banner. As the sister brand to the U.K.’s Rebel Kitchen, Myracle Kitchen debuted stateside in June with a line of organic plant-based Barista Mylks, which Myracle Kitchen’s General Manager Graeme Puffett said was the first step in the company’s strategic growth plan in the U.S.
In this week’s distribution roundup: Banza Pizza debuts at retailers nationwide, OmniFoods launches at Sprouts and Whole Foods, AYO Foods and The Real Good Food Company expand their reach at Kroger and more.
Husband-and-wife duo Kaitlyn Brown and Daniel Fernandes believe the benefits of a cup of coffee go deeper than its caffeine-kick. In 2019 the pair founded Savorista, a brand dedicated to producing premium, naturally decaffeinated coffee, which now spans a product range that includes packaged coffee and single-serve individual pourover kits.
In this weeks checkout: Cox Enterprises acquires Brightfarms, Apeel Sciences closes another $250 million funding round, TRUFF teams up with Taco Bell and Brave Robot launches cryptocurrency payment options.
Over the past several weeks, plant-based brands have seen distribution gains with Wholly Veggie and Daring Foods joining the shelves of Whole Foods Markets and Impossible launching its new sausage line in retail.
This year’s Forbes list of the top wealthiest self-made women featured four founders, leaders and executives behind some of CPG’s most notable brands. Released this week, the full list includes 100 of the top female entrepreneurs and executives, two-thirds of which either founded or cofounded their company and 26 who have served as CEOs.
In this week’s Checkout, Tyson Foods mandates vaccines for all U.S.-based employees; Kroger partners with Kitchen United; Danone and Brightseed expand their partnership and Modern Meat launches in the U.S.
As the final step to complete a merger with European fresh produce company Total Produce that began in February, this week Dole Packaged Foods intends to raise $559 million from an initial public offering. The merger forms the world’s largest fresh produce provider, joining Dole’s 109,000 acres of land, 162 distribution and manufacturing facilities, 75 picking houses and 12 cold storage facilities with Total Produce’s global import and distribution network.