Four Breakthrough Food and Beverage Products

Forget safe line extensions. These four processors took risks, developed new technologies and otherwise stretched their brands into new territory.

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About a year ago, every Greek yogurt company unveiled, with much fanfare, a separate compartment for such mix-ins as fruits and cookie crumbles. Wow! A huge candy company miniaturized some of its leading chocolate bars and put them, unwrapped, in a small bag. Audacious! Are these examples of groundbreaking new product development? The 100-year history and billion-dollar sales of the parent products seem to assure at least a modicum of success for these brand extensions. But will these ever grow into billion-dollar brands? “Gone are the days when the big companies can create a big, sustainable success with a line extension,” says Leslie Herzog, a former Unilever…

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What are the Top Food & Beverage Companies reading?

Food Processing Top 100

Food Processing's annual list of the top 100 food and beverage companies in the United States and Canada is the only list of its kind. Nowhere else can you sort manufacturers by sales, rank or income all in one place. See the interactive list.

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According to Dr. Food, an apple a day keeps the funny in check. Give your funny bone a tickle with our November 2015 cartoon. Submit your cartoon caption today.

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