Gota Morinaga Honored With ISM Award

Cologne, Germany — The ISM Award 2017 was given to Gota Morinaga, representative director and representative chairman of Morinaga Co., Ltd., Japan, trade show organizer Koelnmesse GmbH reports. Presented during a formal gala during the international event, the award recognizes…

Walgreens Boots And Rite Aid Amend, Extend Merger Plan

Deerfield, IL — The acquisition and merger of Rite Aid Corp. by Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. is being amended and extended, the purchasing firm reports. Under the new terms, Walgreen Boots will divest up to 1,200 Rite Aid locations as well…

Mars Develops Interactive Promotional Film For M&M’s

Hackettstown, NJ — Giving consumers the chance to fully immerse themselves in the colors and sounds of its M&M’s brand, Mars Chocolate North America has partnered with artist KAWS and art-fashion-media icon Visionaire on a 360-degree virtual reality video. Available on…

Kroger, McLane Sign C-Store Service Agreement

Temple, TX — McLane Co., Inc. has signed a service agreement with The Kroger Co. and its 787 c-stores in 18 states, the supply chain services company reports. The locations included in the deal operate under Loaf ‘N Jug, Turkey…

Snickers Making History With First Live Super Bowl Ad

Hackettstown, NJ — During Super Bowl LI, Mars Chocolate North America will promote its Snickers brand with the sporting event’s first live broadcast TV commercial, the company reports. Running during the first commercial break of the third quarter, the spot…

Callebaut Revenue Up, Volume Flat During Q1

Zurich — During the first quarter of its fiscal year, Barry Callebaut AG had flat volume sales against strong results from the year prior, while sales revenue increased 3.2 percent in terms of local currency, the supplier reports. “We have…

Super Bowl Spending To Surpass $14B

Washington — U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average of $75 on purchases for Super Bowl parties, totaling $14.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). While viewership is expected to be nearly the same as in 2016,…

Pretzel Pete Relocates Production, Office Facilities

Hatboro, PA — Pretzel Pete, Inc. has consolidated its offices, warehouse and manufacturing activities into a new 12,000-square-foot facility, the company reports. In addition, the snack maker reports it’s looking into the potential for co-packing and private label opportunities at…

Jelly Belly Takes BeanBoozled Challenge Digital

Fairfield, CA — Giving consumers the chance to take its BeanBoozled Challenge anytime and anywhere, Jelly Belly Candy Co. has launched a mobile app that replicates play of the game. The app features a virtual spinner and a proprietary video program…