Manufacturers Jump Marketing Focus to Children July 23rd, 2014

Honey isn’t just for the adult Yogi Bears out there. Boo Boo bears love honey too! Product manufacturers see this fact and are gearing marketing efforts to children and parents more than ever before.

FoodBev.com reports that a recent study called Kids Food and Beverage Market in the U.S. 2014-2018 found that food and beverage products targeting kids currently account for 4% of overall industry sales. This dollar figure amounts to approximately $23 billion.

Children under nine years of age are of particular value to marketers, according to the article. Lifelong dietary habits and brand loyalty starts at an early age, and American children can influence the sale of products while Mom and Dad are strolling down grocery store aisles.

While children do influence parents and take a great part in choosing foods and beverages in many households, marketers are quick to take notice that parents must be directly marketed to as well. Marketing focus, therefore, allows for both the child and parent to be involved in mutual purchasing decisions. In a now $639 billion U.S. food and beverage market with unlimited competition, bringing in new customers and keeping them throughout the span of a lifetime is of key importance.

One company going with a direct marketing approach is Alvarado St. Bakery. The company says that its Ultimate Kids Bread is the perfect complement to every child’s lunch box. The bread contains organic honey, organic whole wheat flour, organic rolled oats and sprouted organic whole wheat berries.

Plum Organics takes things a step further and designed an entire snacking line devoted to children. The interactive dipping snacks for tots are honey wheat crackers sized for children. The yogurt dippers are made with organic honey, creamy yogurt and organic fruit.

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish S’mores Adventures is a mix of three flavors. Combined with the taste of sweet honey and rich chocolate Goldfish Grahams with marshmallows, S’mores Adventures allows parents to bring wholesome campfire fun to kids. The company says that the product is a great option for an after school snack or as an addition to the lunch box.

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Tricia’s True Confections Milk Chocolate Truffles July 17th, 2014

These truffles are made with milk chocolate ganache and dipped in milk chocolate.

TriciasMilkChocolate Tricia’s True Confections Milk Chocolate Truffles

They are sweet, creamy and contain milk and honey. The truffles come in 12 to a box.

The first winter that Tricia and Jeremy’s son, Zachary, arrived they wanted to make thoughtful yet economical gifts for their families. Over the past 15 years they have continued to make truffles, buttercreams and other chocolate treats for friends, families and through their shop in Bend, Ore.

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Candy Industry Names Most Innovative New Products July 11th, 2014

This year’s Sweets and Snacks Expo held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. was bigger and better than ever.

More than 280 companies submitted new products for Candy Industry’s Most Innovative New Products. One of those awarded products contained honey.

Best Sweet Snack went to Bare Snacks’ All-Natural Show Me The Honey Coconut Chips. The all-natural baked chips contain no preservatives or trans fats and are gluten-free. Ingredients include honey, coconut and sea salt.

A panel made up of retail customers, food industry icons and trend experts voted on this year’s Best New Products at the record setting expo. More than 650 exhibitors from a record 90 countries were on the show floor, with a record breaking 167 first-time exhibitors.

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