General MIlls' Yoplait® brand yogurt in 4-oz cups has been switched from four-and eight-count multipack carriers to a six-pack configuration. The change meets a customer need, says Barry Wagoner, public relations manager at the Minneapolis-based company.
Cap Snap (San Jose, CA) has introduced a patented polyethylene reclosable TE cap for yogurt and cultured dairy products. Using Autoprod's heat-form closing technology traditionally used for milk cartons, the cap uses a mechanical external ring with a pull tab for 8-oz dairy containers.
Pace Foods, the San Antonio-based salsa producer, has gotten a lot of mileage out of a series of television commercials emphasizing its Tex-Mex heritage and deriding the competition's product for being made "in New York City?!!" In the same vein, Chi-Chi's, Inc., the Mexican restaurant chain headquartered in Louisville, KY, has an amusing TV commercial for its retail-packed salsa in which the ceo of some unnamed competitor asks his managers whether the company should make salsa or oven mitts.
Even though there is pressure from within the food industry for modifications aimed at easing restrictions of health claims on food labels, the Food and Drug Administration doesn't appear to be in a mood to make many changes.
Reduced-fat food products continue to be a key weapon in the new-product arsenal at Nabisco Foods Group, Parsippany, NJ. The success of such products often hinges on the quality of the packaging materials that are specified.