- Ahold announced that it plans to sell its Deli XL foodservice operation in the Netherlands as part of its overall strategy of divesting non-core businesses in the wake of its multi-million dollar accounting scandal.
- Chocolate candy manufacturer Mars has completed a licensing deal with Bravo! Foods that will have the latter company creating vitamin-enhanced milk drinks using familiar brand names like Milky Way and Starburst.
The products reportedly will be made with either low-fat or skim milk, and will be advertised as having “10 essential vitamins and all the benefits of milk”.
- PepsiCo reportedly plans to introduce three new products next year – a reformulated version of its Pepsi One soda that uses sucralose instead of an aspartame blend, a sparkling Aquafina water, and a no-calorie or low-calorie flavored water, possibly called Splash, according to Beverage Digest.
- Insignia Systems, an in-store advertising company, has filed suit against News Corp.’s New America division and Albertsons, charging that New America paid large fees and bundled services to the retailer in an effort to lock out the competition.