Takis on Takis & The Almighty Mylkubator: CPG News, Week of May 24-28

by Sophie Guimaraes

5 minutes


Unioncrate's curated weekly round-up of CPG & supply chain news. This week's news features acquisitions of Sambazon and Kodiak Cakes, spicy chicken-flavored Pringles, lots of Takis, and a line of vegan chocolate via a well-known soap brand.


Investments & Acquisitions

Açai-based brand Sambazon has received $45M in capital from PE growth fund Nextworld Evergreen LP. Food Business News

Kodiak Cakes, a breakfast brand with a high-protein focus, has been purchased by PE firm L Catterton for an undisclosed sum. Food Dive

Vertical farming company Bowery has raised $300M in funds, bringing its total valuation to $2.3B. Food Dive

The 12 winners of KeHE’s Trend Finder Event are Walker Brothers, MāKā superfood, NuRange Coffee, Kanda Chocolates, Ree Ree Dee’s Dough, Vegobears, Saratoga Garlic, Steve’s Family Foods, Cloud & Joy, Little Green Cyclo, Gwell, and Eat to Live. The brands will be added to the distributor’s assortment of brands. Progressive Grocer

Spanish dairy producer Pascual is launching a global plant-based milk incubator (“Mylkubator”). FoodBev

15 brands will participate in Kroger’s Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator, with five winners receiving shelf space across the retailer’s locations. Supply Chain Dive

Whole Foods is adding 40 new store locations in California, Florida, New York, and New Jersey. Specialty Food Association

Planters is refurbishing its Mr. Peanut mascot ahead of its sale to Hormel. Food Dive


New Products & Partnerships

Takis has four new products coming our way: Takis Waves, Takis Watz, Takis Pop, and Takis Stix. Food Dive

Soap company Dr. Bronners is launching a line of vegan chocolate bars. VegNews

Icelandic Provisions has launched a line of oat milk-based skyr. FoodBev

Ferrara and Utz have linked up to launch a line of sweet and salty variety snack packs. Food Dive

Kelp butter, anyone? Akua has created the world’s first kelp-based vegan butter. Green Queen

Unilever is teaming up with Enough, a European food tech company that produces mushroom-based protein, for its upcoming lines of plant-based products. Food Dive

Krave is back and better than ever, with a revamped site, 100% grass-fed beef, and a new line of zero-sugar jerky. Food Dive

Greenleaf Foods has introduced vegan chicken into its Lightlife product line. Food Bev

Better Brand, who just raised $1.2M this past February, is launching a low-carb bagel as its first product. Food Dive

Kellogg and Wendy’s have partnered up to create spicy chicken sandwich-flavored Pringles. FoodBev

DEME is a new, sustainably sourced drinking chocolate made with adaptogenic mushrooms. NOSH

Köe Kombucha has two new flavors in its arsenal: watermelon and tropical (citrus, pineapple, guava). FoodBev

CVS plans to roll out 150 new products in its private label line. Supermarket News

New ingredient just dropped (in the US, that is): Danone and food tech company Terviva are partnering up to innovate with ingredients taken from the pongamia tree. Food Dive

Zhou Nutrition has launched five new gummy supplement SKUs at Target. Drug Store News

Bayer plans to reformulate its Roundup formula for US consumers. The Wall Street Journal

One Bar is launching a new strawberry shortcake flavor. Stack3d

SweeTarts has relaunched a chewy version of the candy. Drug Store News

Cargill’s EpiCor postbiotic has been assigned GRAS status by the FDA. Food Dive

Violife has launched a line of vegan snack cheese in the UK. VegNews

Essentia Water has added a multipack option to its product lineup. Drug Store News

Next up for Oatly? Plant-based cheese, probably. Bloomberg


Supply Chain News

The CEO of Stew Leonard’s stated that shoppers are in a frenzy to get back to shopping in-store, and it’s putting pressure on their supply chain. FOX Business

Trader Joe’s excels in omnichannel operations. Find out why, according to the former president of Giant Eagle. Winsight Grocery Business

Warehouse picking is, more often than not, a supply chain nuisance. Meet the four startups changing the picking game with automation. Supply Chain Dive

With unpredictable demand and a tight hiring market, warehouses are turning to robotics and other logistics automation to steady their part of the supply chain. The Wall Street Journal

Instacart announced on Tuesday that they plan to expand past North America. Grocery Dive

Instacart (again) has added a “Priority Delivery” option in certain US and Canadian markets. TechCrunch

Denmark-based cheese producer Arla Foods is expanding its home site and ramping up production in order to meet demand from Japan. FoodBev

Water supplies on farms in the West and Midwest US are dwindling. Food Institute

13 out of 25 of Gartner’s top supply chains of 2021 were CPG brands. Consumer Goods Technology


Good Reads

Whole Foods has released its first-ever predictions for plant-based food trends. Progressive Grocer

Oregon-based Tillamook is rapidly expanding past the Rockies and into the East Coast market. Modern Retail

FMI has released the 2021 edition of its annual report covering grocery shopper trends. FMI

This past year was a big one for online snack sales—and they’re slated to double by 2025. Grocery Dive

A new Senate bill has lifted restrictions on hemp and CBD products. Marijuana Moment

According to CGT, “The Future of Business Means Ditching 'Data Driven' and Being Data Empowered.” Consumer Goods Technology

General Mills is shuffling its leadership in an effort to restructure. Food Dive

The 25 winners of Expo West’s virtual NEXTY Awards have been announced. New Hope Network

Ever wondered how Eat Just will spend its funding? Wonder no longer. AgFunder News

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