Monday, June 22, 2009

Honey and Hispanics

Cereal innovations and extensions are nothing new, but this latest Corn Flakes one has a new twist. Kellogg has introduced Corn Flakes Touch of Honey which they have developed because of their belief that Hispanics prefer honey-sweetened cereal. The over-55 crowd will probably also find the addition of honey to a staple cereal enticing. In a rare U.S. move, Kellogg is also adding Spanish to the box.

This isn't the first cereal targeted to Hispanics in the U.S., but it does indicate a growing trend to meet the changing the demographics around us.

Source: Brandweek

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kellogg adds fiber

Over the past few years we have seen cereal manufacturers modify their recipes to make them more attractive to nutrition-conscious consumers, and to avoid the negative perceptions associated with some breakfast cereals. The latest is Kellogg, who just one year ago reduced sugar in some cereals. Now, they have announced that by the end of 2010 80% of their cereals will contain at least 3 grams of fiber. Apple Jacks and Froot Loops will be the first to experience this boost. This is somewhat similar to General Mills' decision several years ago to include whole grains in most of their cereals.

In reality, adding fiber (which will likely be the insoluble type) to cereals otherwise high in sugar, and artificial flavors and colors is somewhat disingenuous. Ultimately, it's nothing more than a marketing ploy.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Cereal and common sense

The U.S. is known for frivolous lawsuits, and a recent one involving cereal proves the point. A woman filed a complaint against PepsiCo (owners of Quaker) for misleading consumers with its Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries. Apparently this cereal does NOT contain real fruit!

Fortunately the U.S. District Court dismissed the case citing the role of "personal responsibility and common sense".

What's next? Maybe somebody will discover there's no fruit in Froot Loops!

(Source: Lowering the Bar)

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