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The new Mesquite Barbeque joins Boulder's existing line of potato chips kettle-cooked in coconut oil, including Pineapple Habanero™ and Sea Salt varieties.  In addition, Boulder offers a wide selection of snacks cooked in better-for-you olive, avocado, rice bran and sunflower oils. "One of the foundational elements of the Boulder brand is the use of premium and unique oils in our small batch, kettle-cooking process," said Steve Sklar, senior vice president marketing for Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods. "We introduced a line of chips cooked in olive oil four years ago, and that opened up an entirely different palette of flavors for us.  We built on that success with avocado, rice bran and coconut varieties, and it's remarkable to see how well they've been received by consumers. We expect fans of traditional BBQ flavors will fall in love with these Mesquite Barbeque chips." Cooked in 100 percent coconut oil, the Mesquite Barbeque kettle-cooked chips are gluten-free, Kosher-certified, Non-GMO and contain no trans fats or cholesterol. Boulder Canyon continues to push the boundaries of traditional snack foods with a belief that real food ingredients taste better than processed foods ever could. Boulder Canyon® Foods is a member of the Inventure Foods (NASDAQ: SNAK) family of Intensely Different™ specialty brands. The Company's better-for-you and indulgent food brands include Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods®, Jamba®, Seattle's Best Coffee®, Rader Farms®, T.G.I. Fridays®, Nathan's Famous®, Vidalia Brands® , Poore Brothers®, Tato Skins®, Willamette Valley Fruit Company™, Fresh Frozen™ and Bob's Texas Style®. For further information about Inventure Foods, please visit www.inventurefoods.com. 1. According to IRI US Foods week ending 12/25/16 To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/boulder-canyon-takes-traditional-bbq-potato-chips-to-new-tastier-level-with-introduction-of-mesquite-barbeque-coconut-oil-variety-300463281.html


News Article | May 24, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

La Colombe will introduce five new ready-to-drink products this year: These new varieties will join Draft Latte's existing lineup, which includes the original Draft Latte, Vanilla Draft Latte, Mocha Draft Latte, and Triple Draft Latte. Draft Latte — the revolutionary cold coffee beverage — delivers a cafe-style drinking experience thanks to a patent-pending process using the InnoValve™ can, that brings the foam traditionally found in a hot latte to the refreshingly cold Draft Latte can. Completely hormone- and lactose-free and made with only real ingredients, the original Draft Latte is naturally sweet with no added sugar, and delivers a good source of protein and excellent source of calcium and vitamin D in each serving. It also has a fraction of the calories and total sugar of other major ready-to-drink coffee and energy beverages on the market. La Colombe, which has full control over the production process from concept to can, owns a 55,000 square foot production facility in western Michigan. The new facility has allowed La Colombe to meet the growing demand for Draft Latte, which produces more than 30,000 cases per week.2 For more information on Draft Latte, visit our website or follow along using #DraftLatte. ABOUT LA COLOMBE La Colombe (www.lacolombe.com) is a leading coffee roaster known for ethical, long-term trade practices with growers. Considered one of the pioneers of the third wave of coffee, it provides signature classic blends and exceptional single-origin coffees to cafés, hotels, restaurants and retailers around the world. In addition, the company owns and operates 25 cafés in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The company has also made headlines in the ready-to-drink business with its DRAFT LATTE© – the world's first-ever textured cold latte. 1 Dollar velocity growth past 4 Weeks Ending 4.16 vs. prior period among major cappuccino/latte brands (as defined by IRI). 2 Data reflective of April, across all channels, with a high of 30K and low of 6K To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/la-colombe-draft-latte-is-fastest-growing-ready-to-drink-coffee-300463423.html


- Kantar Worldpanel's fifth annual Brand Footprint study is published today, ranking the most chosen FMCG brands across the world and revealing a macro view on the global FMCG industry Emerging markets now account for 51% of global spending on fast-moving-consumer-goods, rising from 48% in just three years. This is the key finding from the latest Kantar Worldpanel Brand Footprint report, which today launches its annual Top 50 ranking of the world's most chosen FMCG brands. Kantar Worldpanel's analysis also shows that, with developed markets barely growing, emerging countries were responsible for all of the FMCG value growth in 2016, adding $34 billion to the global industry throughout the year. The countries contributing most to this value growth include Russia (14%), Sri Lanka (9%), Indonesia (6%) and the Philippines (6%). FMCG growth rates by region Global grocery spend growth slowed down to 3% last year, dropping from 4% growth in 2015, but this varies significantly by country. The Africa and Middle East regions enjoyed an 8% value growth in FMCG. Headline sales also grew quickly in Latin America with year-on-year spend increasing by 9%-largely buoyed by soaring inflation. The United States and Europe continued to suffer dampened growth last year: the former saw growth rates flatline, down from 1% growth in 2015; the latter fell from 4% to 2% growth in the same period. Asia suffered the most profound slowdown last year, however-falling from 6% value growth in 2015 to 2% in 2016. FMCG growth rates by category: The health and beauty category suffered the biggest slowdown in 2016 with just 1% growth. Home care performed best with 4% growth, while the food and beverages sectors achieved 3% growth each - in line with the global average. The value of choice This year, Kantar Worldpanel has quantified the value of the average branded consumer decision: that is, the average cost paid by shoppers each time they choose a brand. The average branded decision at the shelf costs the consumer $1.92, with the value of that decision varying widely by category. Decisions to buy food brands are generally worth less than health and beauty products, but are purchased more frequently. Local brands and global brands The study also shows that local brands grew by 3.9% in 2016, while global brands grew by 2.6%. Local brands are particularly strong in the food and beverage categories, being chosen in 74% and 67% of purchases respectively. Local brands have gained 1.1% share of the $2 trillion plus global FMCG market over the past three years. In 2016, the price gap between global and local brands has narrowed to the point of disappearing. No longer does being a global brand automatically command a price premium. Global brand owners are having to work harder to convince consumers that a global choice offers additional reassurance of quality and confers prestige. Brand Footprint measures consumer choice through a metric called CRP (Consumer Reach Point). There are now 21 brands which are chosen more than 1 billion times. Within the top 10 brands alone, Sunsilk (+12%), Colgate (+1%) and Nestle (+1%) have grown their CRP and spend growth over the past year - with Sunsilk a new entry to the Top 10 most chosen brands in the world. Coca-Cola remains the world's most chosen brand with a global penetration of 42%-in 9 countries, penetration rises to over 80% of the population. Dove attracted the most new households in 2016-14 million more households chose the brand in the last year. Josep Montserrat, Global CEO, Kantar Worldpanel explains: "Being chosen by more people, more often, is how a brand grows. Understanding where to find the most valuable opportunities - whether from an emerging region with a growing population, or innovating to meet untapped needs in a more developed market - is critical for all brands. "Through Brand Footprint, the largest and most comprehensive study of FMCG brands in the world, we seek to quantify the value of consumer choice and to share some of the best examples of the strategies brands have deployed to grow." Brand Footprint: the study Kantar Worldpanel's annual Brand Footprint study is based on research from 73 per cent of the global population; a total of one billion households in 43 countries across five continents-covering 75 per cent of the global GDP. As part of the study, Kantar Worldpanel tracks 200 FMCG categories around the world across beverages, food, health and beauty and home care. Brand Footprint: the Top 50 ranking Kantar Worldpanel's annual Top 50 ranking of the world's most chosen FMCG brands reveals which brands are achieving global success, providing insights to help FMCG brands set global targets more accurately and improve their global business growth. It is set apart from other brand rankings by providing information on real consumer behaviour rather than attitude. Consumer Reach Points (CRPs) form the basis of the ranking. An innovative metric that measures how many households around the world are buying a brand (penetration) and how often (frequency), it provides a true representation of shopper choice. To access the full global, regional, country and sector rankings and a complete index of the brands included in the Global Top 50, please visit www.kantarworldpanel.com/brand-footprint-ranking Methodology and scope This year's ranking analysed 15,300 brands and 1 billion households in 43 countries across five continents in the 12 months to November 2016. Credits The Brand Footprint publication is a Kantar Worldpanel initiative, and the ranking is created in collaboration with IMRB in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, with GFK in Germany, Poland, Russia, Italy and Turkey and with IRI in the US. Kantar Worldpanel is the global expert in shoppers' behaviour. Through continuous monitoring, advanced analytics and tailored solutions, Kantar Worldpanel inspires successful decisions by brand owners, retailers, market analysts and government organisations globally. With over 60 years' experience, a team of 3,500, and services covering 60 countries directly or through partners, Kantar Worldpanel turns purchase behaviour into competitive advantage in markets as diverse as FMCG, impulse products, fashion, baby, telecommunications and entertainment, among many others. For further information, please visit us at www.kantarworldpanel.com. About Kantar Kantar is one of the world's leading data, insight and consultancy companies. Working together across the whole spectrum of research and consulting disciplines, its specialist brands, employing 30,000 people, provide inspirational insights and business strategies for clients in 100 countries. Kantar is part of WPP and its services are employed by over half of the Fortune Top 500 companies. For further information, please visit us at www.kantar.com


- Kantar Worldpanel's fifth annual Brand Footprint study is published today, ranking the most chosen FMCG brands across the world and revealing a macro view on the global FMCG industry Emerging markets now account for 51% of global spending on fast-moving-consumer-goods, rising from 48% in just three years. This is the key finding from the latest Kantar Worldpanel Brand Footprint report, which today launches its annual Top 50 ranking of the world's most chosen FMCG brands. Kantar Worldpanel's analysis also shows that, with developed markets barely growing, emerging countries were responsible for all of the FMCG value growth in 2016, adding $34 billion to the global industry throughout the year. The countries contributing most to this value growth include Russia (14%), Sri Lanka (9%), Indonesia (6%) and the Philippines (6%). FMCG growth rates by region Global grocery spend growth slowed down to 3% last year, dropping from 4% growth in 2015, but this varies significantly by country. The Africa and Middle East regions enjoyed an 8% value growth in FMCG. Headline sales also grew quickly in Latin America with year-on-year spend increasing by 9%-largely buoyed by soaring inflation. The United States and Europe continued to suffer dampened growth last year: the former saw growth rates flatline, down from 1% growth in 2015; the latter fell from 4% to 2% growth in the same period. Asia suffered the most profound slowdown last year, however-falling from 6% value growth in 2015 to 2% in 2016. FMCG growth rates by category: The health and beauty category suffered the biggest slowdown in 2016 with just 1% growth. Home care performed best with 4% growth, while the food and beverages sectors achieved 3% growth each - in line with the global average. The value of choice This year, Kantar Worldpanel has quantified the value of the average branded consumer decision: that is, the average cost paid by shoppers each time they choose a brand. The average branded decision at the shelf costs the consumer $1.92, with the value of that decision varying widely by category. Decisions to buy food brands are generally worth less than health and beauty products, but are purchased more frequently. Local brands and global brands The study also shows that local brands grew by 3.9% in 2016, while global brands grew by 2.6%. Local brands are particularly strong in the food and beverage categories, being chosen in 74% and 67% of purchases respectively. Local brands have gained 1.1% share of the $2 trillion plus global FMCG market over the past three years. In 2016, the price gap between global and local brands has narrowed to the point of disappearing. No longer does being a global brand automatically command a price premium. Global brand owners are having to work harder to convince consumers that a global choice offers additional reassurance of quality and confers prestige. Brand Footprint measures consumer choice through a metric called CRP (Consumer Reach Point). There are now 21 brands which are chosen more than 1 billion times. Within the top 10 brands alone, Sunsilk (+12%), Colgate (+1%) and Nestle (+1%) have grown their CRP and spend growth over the past year - with Sunsilk a new entry to the Top 10 most chosen brands in the world. Coca-Cola remains the world's most chosen brand with a global penetration of 42%-in 9 countries, penetration rises to over 80% of the population. Dove attracted the most new households in 2016-14 million more households chose the brand in the last year. Josep Montserrat, Global CEO, Kantar Worldpanel explains: "Being chosen by more people, more often, is how a brand grows. Understanding where to find the most valuable opportunities - whether from an emerging region with a growing population, or innovating to meet untapped needs in a more developed market - is critical for all brands. "Through Brand Footprint, the largest and most comprehensive study of FMCG brands in the world, we seek to quantify the value of consumer choice and to share some of the best examples of the strategies brands have deployed to grow." Brand Footprint: the study Kantar Worldpanel's annual Brand Footprint study is based on research from 73 per cent of the global population; a total of one billion households in 43 countries across five continents-covering 75 per cent of the global GDP. As part of the study, Kantar Worldpanel tracks 200 FMCG categories around the world across beverages, food, health and beauty and home care. Brand Footprint: the Top 50 ranking Kantar Worldpanel's annual Top 50 ranking of the world's most chosen FMCG brands reveals which brands are achieving global success, providing insights to help FMCG brands set global targets more accurately and improve their global business growth. It is set apart from other brand rankings by providing information on real consumer behaviour rather than attitude. Consumer Reach Points (CRPs) form the basis of the ranking. An innovative metric that measures how many households around the world are buying a brand (penetration) and how often (frequency), it provides a true representation of shopper choice. To access the full global, regional, country and sector rankings and a complete index of the brands included in the Global Top 50, please visit www.kantarworldpanel.com/brand-footprint-ranking Methodology and scope This year's ranking analysed 15,300 brands and 1 billion households in 43 countries across five continents in the 12 months to November 2016. Credits The Brand Footprint publication is a Kantar Worldpanel initiative, and the ranking is created in collaboration with IMRB in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, with GFK in Germany, Poland, Russia, Italy and Turkey and with IRI in the US. Kantar Worldpanel is the global expert in shoppers' behaviour. Through continuous monitoring, advanced analytics and tailored solutions, Kantar Worldpanel inspires successful decisions by brand owners, retailers, market analysts and government organisations globally. With over 60 years' experience, a team of 3,500, and services covering 60 countries directly or through partners, Kantar Worldpanel turns purchase behaviour into competitive advantage in markets as diverse as FMCG, impulse products, fashion, baby, telecommunications and entertainment, among many others. For further information, please visit us at www.kantarworldpanel.com. About Kantar Kantar is one of the world's leading data, insight and consultancy companies. Working together across the whole spectrum of research and consulting disciplines, its specialist brands, employing 30,000 people, provide inspirational insights and business strategies for clients in 100 countries. Kantar is part of WPP and its services are employed by over half of the Fortune Top 500 companies. For further information, please visit us at www.kantar.com


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.fooddive.com

Although Fresh Eats MKT may just be a limited test, Kroger clearly sees an opportunity to offer fresh convenience that caters to consumers’ growing preference for quick shopping trips. According to research firm IRI, two-thirds of all shopping trips these days are so-called “quick trips” for fill-in groceries and meals. It’s the same opportunity that c-stores, which hit record sales last year, are seeing. After years of being known primarily for slushed ice, microwaveable burritos and bags of chips, operators like Sheetz, Wawa and Loop Neighborhood are selling fresh sandwiches, salads, soups and even bins of fresh produce. Turkey Hill Minit Markets, Kroger’s c-store banner that operates more than 200 locations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, has also stepped up its selection of grab-and-go and on-site prepared foods. The suggestion that Kroger may rebrand Turkey Hill as Fresh Eats MKT suggests the preference for a newer, stronger name, and perhaps a deeper refresh of store offerings. Indeed, grocers have long operated convenience stores, and now some of them are beginning to convert those formats into what are essentially mini grocery stores. Giant Eagle is rebranding its GetGo gas stations as GetGo Café + Market, for example. In addition to offering more fresh foods, Giant Eagle scaled back the traditional gas station look, getting rid of the curbs surrounding the store and placing fuel pumps in back. Hy-Vee is also updating its convenience stores to include more groceries and prepared foods. Along with the addition of fresh foods comes another intriguing option for grocers’ c-stores: online order pickup. Wal-Mart is currently testing two “Pickup and Fuel” locations, while Giant Eagle has stated it hopes to add online order pickup to its GetGo Café + Market locations. It will be interesting to see if other retailers engage with this trend and if these supermarket-style c-stores will further change shopper purchasing behavior.


CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In the wake of a mixed economy, the unknown of a new kind of presidency and a complex retail marketplace, U.S. consumers began 2017 with a lot of change and uncertainty. According to the latest IRI Consumer Connect™ survey released today, these factors contributed to 2017 getting off to a shaky start with consumers, but projections for the remainder of the year are positive. IRI also released “Early View 2017” for a closer look at food and beverage trends. “January and February are generally softer months for the consumer packaged goods industry, but showed sharper-than-normal declines this year,” said Susan Viamari, vice president of Thought Leadership for IRI. “Forty-five percent of consumers say their household finances are strained, with lower-income and younger shoppers being hit the hardest. Consumers across the board have been avidly seeking deals and, while deal-seeking will remain pervasive, the good news is that economic expectations for the remainder of the year are positive. With products that offer in-demand bells and whistles and marketing stories that really connect with their target markets, CPG marketers will entice shoppers to spend and win a fair share of that spending.” Results from the Q1 2017 IRI Consumer Connect survey reveal that consumers are struggling, especially millennials, who have student loans and have experienced economic instability for most of their professional careers. For instance, 33 percent of millennial households are having difficulty affording needed groceries, compared to 26 percent of generation X, 33 percent of baby boomers and 21 percent of seniors. Because millennials have entered adulthood in a tough environment, though, this group really does not feel more putout than older generations: 55 percent of millennial households are making sacrifices to make ends meet, compared to 53 percent of generation X, 54 percent of baby boomers and 39 percent of seniors. In addition to uncertainty, consumers have faced delayed tax refunds, wild weather patterns and significant food price shifts. The combination made a negative impact on CPG sales for Q1 2017. Retail unit sales dropped by 2.6 percent in January and dollar sales dipped by 1.5 percent in January, compared to the same period the prior year. To combat this uncertainty and stretch dollars, consumers are in money-saving mode, including: The U.S. economic outlook is healthy for 2017. Key indicators point to GDP growing by 4.3 percent, retail sales increasing by 5.5 percent and unemployment falling. Seventy percent of consumers feel their household financial position will improve in the next six months. In addition, 84 percent of consumers say they will make additional or unplanned purchases if in-store deals are appealing. This sentiment is consistent across generations, yet slightly lower among baby boomers (82 percent), compared to seniors (87 percent). CPG consumers are showing a willingness to pay a premium, particularly for items that really hit the mark: Millennials clearly demonstrate a willingness to pay for bells and whistles that hit their sweet spots, including nutrition density and earth-friendly ingredients and packaging “This year got off to a rocky start for the CPG industry, but things are starting to look brighter,” concluded Viamari. “Our same message for marketers is ringing true yet again. Know your customers inside and out and tailor your offerings to meet their needs. By personalizing your products and messaging, you will hit the right note with consumers, encouraging them to open their wallets in support of your brands.” IRI provides new survey results at the end of each calendar quarter covering shoppers’ behaviors and attitudes as they directly relate to their strategies for learning about, purchasing and utilizing CPG and healthcare products, as well as information regarding perceptions of economic conditions and their ability to provide for their families. For more information about customizing the research for a particular category or industry, please contact IRIMarketing@IRIworldwide.com. IRI fundamentally believes that delivering differentiated growth for clients, driven by truly personalized marketing activation, requires deep, highly integrated partnering with a variety of best-of-breed companies. As such, IRI works closely with a broad range of industry leaders to create innovative joint solutions, services and access to capabilities to help its clients more effectively compete in their various markets and exceed their growth objectives. IRI is committed to its partnership philosophy and continues to actively enhance its ecosystem of partners through alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions and affiliations. The IRI Partner Ecosystem includes such companies as Adobe, The Boston Consulting Group, comScore, Experian, GfK, Gigwalk, Ipsos, Kantar, MasterCard Advisors MaxPoint, Millward Brown Digital, Mu Sigma, Neustar, Oracle, Research Now, Simulmedia, SPINS, Survey Sampling International, Univision and others. IRI is a leading provider of big data, predictive analytics and forward-looking insights that help CPG, OTC healthcare organizations, retailers and media companies grow their businesses. With the largest repository of purchase, media, social, causal and loyalty data, all integrated on an on-demand cloud-based technology platform, IRI helps to guide its more than 5,000 clients around the world in their quests to remain relentlessly relevant, capture market share, connect with consumers and deliver market-leading growth. A confluence of major external events — a revolution in consumer buying, big data coming into its own, advanced analytics and automated consumer activation — is leading to a seismic shift in drivers of success in all industries. Ensure your business can leverage data at www.IRIworldwide.com.


CHICAGO & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IRI®, the global leader in innovative solutions and services for consumer, retail, media and over-the-counter health care companies, announced today a joint program with the Center for Pricing and Revenue Management, an initiative from the Columbia Business School and Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, to present an executive education program titled, “Pricing Analytics: The Science of Profitable Growth.” The course will be held June 6-7, 2017 at Columbia University’s New York City campus. As the marketplace continues to evolve and consumers expect to have more personalized, relevant and meaningful encounters with brands, it is critical for executives to leverage predictive data and analytics as a way to better understand consumers, design more targeted and profitable pricing and promotional programs and adequately measure the impact of pricing changes. “Companies across all industries, from consumer packaged goods and retail to financial services, are in increasingly competitive marketplaces,” said Dr. Krishnakumar (KK) Davey, president, IRI Strategic Analytics. “Executives need to employ analytics-driven strategies to inform their pricing and marketing efforts or risk being outperformed by competitors.” "The ability to use data and analytics to make pricing decisions is an essential skill that leaders need in their arsenal,” said Costis Maglaras, the David and Lyn Silfen Professor of Business, Columbia Business School. During the two-day Pricing Analytics program, executives will gain insights on: The two-day workshop will be taught by Columbia Business School’s Costis Maglaras, the David and Lyn Silfen Professor of Business, Chair of the Decision, Risk & Operations division of the school and Director of its PhD program; and Omar Besbes, the Philip H. Geier Jr. Associate Professor of Business. Dr. Sharat Mathur, practice leader, Revenue Growth Management, will lead the program for IRI. For more information about the program, please click here. IRI is a leading provider of big data, predictive analytics and forward-looking insights that help CPG, OTC health care organizations, retailers and media companies to grow their businesses. With the largest repository of purchase, media, social, causal and loyalty data, all integrated on an on-demand, cloud-based technology platform, IRI helps to guide its more than 5,000 clients around the world in their quests to remain relentlessly relevant, capture market share, connect with consumers and deliver market-leading growth. A confluence of major external events — a revolution in consumer buying, big data coming into its own, advanced analytics and automated consumer activation — is leading to a seismic shift in drivers of success in all industries. Ensure your business can leverage data at www.IRIworldwide.com. Columbia Business School is the only world–class, Ivy League business school that delivers a learning experience where academic excellence meets with real–time exposure to the pulse of global business. Led by Dean Glenn Hubbard, the School’s transformative curriculum bridges academic theory with unparalleled exposure to real–world business practice, equipping students with an entrepreneurial mindset that allows them to recognize, capture, and create opportunity in any business environment. The thought leadership of the School’s faculty and staff, combined with the accomplishments of its distinguished alumni and position in the center of global business, means that the School’s efforts have an immediate, measurable impact on the forces shaping business every day. To learn more about Columbia Business School’s position at the very center of business, please visit www.gsb.columbia.edu. About the Center for Pricing and Revenue Management The Center for Pricing and Revenue Management is a joint initiative of Columbia Business School and the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research department of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. The Center’s activities focus on research, education and industry practice in pricing, customer, and business analytics, including forecasting, demand modeling, customer behavior, and optimization. To learn more about the Center for Pricing and Revenue Management, please visit http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/cprm/.


TARRYTOWN, NY--(Marketwired - May 11, 2017) -  NightFood Holdings, Inc. ( : NGTF), a fully reporting "better-for-you" snack company, announced today that the Company is actively working to add additional offerings to its line of better-for-you nighttime snacks. In addition to developing new flavors for addition to the existing line of NightFood nutrition bars, the Company is considering introducing other snack formats, ice cream and the growing "bites" format. In their annual State of the Snack Food Industry report, Information Resources Incorporated (IRI) recently reported the top five snacks for each day-part. At night, 44% of all snacking occurs representing over $50 billion annually in consumer spend. The most popular nighttime snack categories, in order, are salty snacks (chips, pretzels, popcorn), followed by ice cream, candy, and cookies. NightFood CEO Sean Folkson commented, "The industry data shows which snacks are most popular at night. We estimate there's approximately $100 million worth of ice cream, candy, cookies, and salty snacks consumed every single night in this country. People love the bars, and we also want to be able to start offering people nighttime appropriate versions of the snack formats they're already eating at night." Meetings have been conducted with major distributors to identify the most desirable formats as well as go-to-market strategies and timelines. Folkson added, "Our advisors firmly believe that a broader product line will benefit the Company tremendously and in numerous ways. Today's consumer is looking for snacks with secondary benefits beyond great taste, and satisfaction of hunger and cravings. As a result, when the consumer has access to more nighttime appropriate and sleep-friendly versions of the snack formats they're already consuming, we anticipate strong consumer response." NightFood ( : NGTF), "The Nighttime Snack Company", is a snack food company dedicated to providing consumers delicious, better-for-you choices for evening snacking. NightFood is the first company to create products to address the unique nutritional needs consumers have at night. 44% of snack consumption occurs at night, representing a consumer spend of over $1B weekly on nighttime snacks. NightFood creates, manufactures, and distributes products to help consumers satisfy nighttime cravings in a better, healthier, more sleep friendly way. For more information, visit http://ir.nightfood.com and www.nightfood.com This current press release contains "forward-looking statements," as that term is defined in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Statements in this press release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to, any products sold or cash flow from operations. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, the inherent uncertainties associated with distribution and difficulties associated with obtaining financing on acceptable terms. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this press release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in our most recent annual report for our last fiscal year, our quarterly reports, and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Engage3, a leading competitive intelligence and consumer engagement company, announced today that Lyle Walker has joined the team as Vice President of Strategic Enablement. Walker will be responsible for unlocking additional value for retailers through the company’s transformative retail pricing platform. Walker began his career working for Kroger in Pricing and Category Management, and most recently served as Vice President of Business Development with dunnhumby. He has also led pricing innovation initiatives with retailers in various roles with Tata Consulting, IRI and Retalix/NCR. “Lyle is a versatile leader, a strategic domain expert, and a fantastic add to the team,” said Bob Lewis, Senior Vice President of Sales. “He brings a unique background of hands-on business experience working with retail leaders in pricing, loyalty and personalized offers, along with substantial consulting and business development experience. Engage3 has more than doubled its customer count over the last 18 months and Lyle is the right person to partner with retailers and brands to further unlock their pricing potential by leveraging Engage3's deep competitive insights.” Engage3 provides retailers with solutions that enable them to develop more focused pricing strategies that drive higher sales while earning customer loyalty. This is accomplished through a combination of superior data accuracy, a proprietary ability to reverse-engineer retailers’ pricing and assortment strategies, and unique intellectual property that enables dynamic attribute-based product linking. “With the ability to discern pricing patterns within a market and their effects on shoppers and retailers, Engage3 is transforming the collection, analysis, and application of competitive price data,” said Lyle Walker, VP of Strategic Enablement at Engage3. “I am excited to be re-joining a team that has spent the past 8 years developing innovative and proprietary approaches to pricing that help retailers improve both price position and price perception.”


SYDNEY, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Drinks Industry Show is pleased to announce Giuseppe Minissale, President of The Australian Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) will open the show's Innovation seminar sessions 26-27 June, Crystal Palace, Luna Park with an overview and highlights from the critical second annual ALSA-IRI State of the Industry Report, looking at the key trends and patterns in Australia's $17bn retail liquor sector. In addition to the positive contribution the retail sector makes to the economy and to the community the findings look at the major issues in the marketplace, the ongoing importance of premiumisation and the opportunities for retailers to prosper and grow in satisfying the needs of the changing consumer and marketplace. The free to attend seminar program for The Drinks Industry Show, Australia's dedicated trade event for the drinks industry has today been released. Every facet of the show will reflect the theme of Innovation. Over 20 Australian speakers will present as part of this program and will share their knowledge, discuss the future of the industry, provide skills development and insight into the latest industry tools and best practice solutions for the drinks industry. The next speaker as part of this free educational program is Sven Almenning, Managing Director of Speak Easy Group and Founder of Australia's largest consultancy agency, Behind Bars Industry Services. In an increasingly crowded market it has never been more important to attract and engage with consumers. Having designed the multi award winning cocktail bar Eau de Vie in Sydney along with multiple small bars in Sydney and Melbourne, Mr Almenning will share insight into how your business can stand out from the crowd. David Paterson, Event Director with Exhibitions and Trade Fairs, the organisers of The Drinks Industry Show, said, "This is a unique opportunity for the drinks trade to hear from leaders of the industry, network with your peers and have your say in the future direction of the industry." "Trade visitors will be inspired to recognise their brand value and find insight into how they can increase their customer base." "The free exhibition will once again take place alongside the seminars and will give trade visitors the opportunity to see, compare and discuss the latest products and services in the drinks industry, all in an environment where you can do business face to face," Mr Paterson says. To register for the free exhibition or for more information, visit www.drinksindustryshow.com.au Editors Notes: Please always refer as The Drinks Industry Show City: Sydney Date: 26-27 June 2017 Location: Crystal Palace, Luna Park Sydney

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