For the first time in brand history, Reese's is releasing the most extreme peanut butter cup by removing the chocolate. For a limited time, fans can purchase the Ultimate Peanut Butter Lovers Cups in standard, king size and miniatures at retailers nationwide.
HUNT BROTHERS PIZZA
Hunt Brothers Pizza brought back its signature Chicken Alfredo Pizza back for a limited time at more than 7,800 convenience stores. Made on Hunt Brothers' original crust, it features a creamy Alfredo sauce, a blend of 100 percent natural part-skim mozzarella, natural white cheddar and aged Asiago cheese, and all-natural chicken chicken breast. The pizza is topped by the company's Just Rite Spice.
"Our Chicken Alfredo Pizza is our newest LTO that we introduced last year and received great feedback from our c-store owners. We're thrilled to bring it back so Chicken Alfredo fans can enjoy the flavors they crave on our signature pizza," said Dee Cleveland, Hunt Brothers Pizza director of marketing. "Introducing LTOs, like Chicken Alfredo Pizza, offers an effective way to generate consumer excitement and drive sales for our c-store partners, while ensuring we offer the best c-store pizza value in town."
The limited-time offer is available as a large, 12-inch whole pizza or a quarter-pie Hunk A Pizza while supplies last.
Nicopure Labs, a subsidiary of tobacco and menthol e-liquid manufacturer Pure Laboratories LLC, announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted all Halo products' premarket tobacco applications (PMTAs) for the substantive scientific review phase.
"Halo's more than 12 years' of commitment to producing the highest quality vaping products available for adult consumers has been our organization's mission for more than a decade," said Jeffrey Stamler, co-founder of Nicopure Labs. "We believe in science and we believe in transparency, we are honored to continue to work with the FDA, and as always, in the best interest of the industry and the most important thing of them all, our loyal customers."
Just more than six months after submission, Nicopure Labs' PMTAs for Halo Turkish Tobacco E-liquid, Halo Triton II Starter Kit, Halo ZERO Starter Kit and all supporting consumable components have been accepted and advanced to the final phase, substantive scientific review by the FDA. Halo's first round of products was rapidly accepted and advanced three days after submission, the company said.
PAR Technology, global provider of restaurant software, acquired Punchh Inc., a leader in loyalty and guest engagement solutions, for $500 million in cash and shares of PAR common stock to Punchh stockholders.
The acquisition makes PAR a unified commerce cloud platform for enterprise restaurants and positions PAR to lead the industry with integrated point-of-sale, back office, payment and guest engagement solutions, according to the company.
"Today there is a conflict between restaurants and technology. The quantity of new software applications is making it difficult for restaurants to navigate complex integration networks and taking away from focusing on their guests," said PAR Technology President and CEO Savneet Singh. "Meanwhile, online marketplaces are becoming intermediaries between restaurants and their guests.
"With the Punchh acquisition, we are building a platform that enables restaurants to scale quickly, own their path to innovation, and take back their guest relationship. This eliminates the need for juggling disjointed vendors, developing cumbersome point-to-point integrations, and relying on third-party dependencies," he added. "At the same time, Punchh advances our ability to provide customers with an end-to-end solution, from guest-to-kitchen, through one unified data source."
Singh touted Puncch's blue-chip roster of customers, industry-leading growth, 100 percent net dollar retention, and high customer NPS scores.
"With its Brink POS, PAR has been a Punchh partner for many years," said Shyam Rao, co-founder and president of Punchh. "We've gotten to know them while jointly servicing customers and have always been impressed with their focus on their customer's success. PAR's point-of-sale and back-office solutions combined with our loyalty and engagement platform give customers an end-to-end solution for top-line growth, profitable guest relationships and operational efficiencies. We're excited to join the PAR team and further our offerings to the hospitality industry."
TALKING RAIN BEVERAGE CO.
Sparkling Ice announced its new Purposeful Prizing Rewards Program where consumers have the chance to give back to four charities as they redeem rewards points.
With every qualifying purchase, consumers will be prompted to register and upload their receipts to the Sparkling Ice Rewards site at sparklingicerewards.com. The rewards points will be converted to dollars and contributed to a charitable gift for deserving children and families on behalf of the organizations.
"We're excited to offer a new opportunity for consumers to give back to those in need and to help make a difference for families and children across the country," said Sarah Gustat, executive vice president of marketing at Talking Rain, maker of Sparkling Ice. "Our team is committed to spreading a message of positivity and togetherness, and we're thrilled to be able to support these four charity partners through our new interactive rewards program."
The four nonprofit organizations include JDRF, Together We Rise, Terrapass, and Homes For Our Troops. The gifts that will be given to each organization include a "Bag of Hope" from JDRF for children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a "Sweet Case" duffle kit from Together We Rise for children entering foster care, individual and family annual carbon offset equivalents from Terrapass to neutralize carbon emissions and an American flag from Homes For Our Troops to welcome veterans in their new home.
Savory snack manufacturer Utz Brands Inc. announced an approximately $6-million profit sharing contribution for Utz associates. Started more than 40 years ago, the Utz 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan is committed to supporting Utz Associates and their families based on the company meeting a range of corporate and operational goals, the company said.
"In that spirit of can-do and as we begin to celebrate our 100-year anniversary, we're extremely proud to continue the tradition of sharing the company's success with associates," said Jim Sponaugle, senior vice-president, human resources.
This year's profit-sharing plan contribution is the realization of continued retail success and comes after multiple significant announcements from Utz in the past year, including the company going public in August 2020 and its acquisition of consumer brand favorites On the Border chips and dips and Vitner's snacks.
Since 2000, Utz's 401(k) profit sharing contributions for associates has exceeded $75 million. Full-time and part-time associates are eligible for the plan based on their tenure.