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Posted: Jan. 15, 2004, 12:06 am Quote

In this topic we can discuss all kinds of Disney foods available in our local supermarket!



Inter Link Foods announces a new licence agreement with The Walt Disney Company

The announcement follows the signature of an agreement with Disney that provides Inter Link Foods with the licence to manufacture and market Disney-branded gift and small cakes in the UK and Ireland.

Work has already begun on a new range of Disney cakes that will be available to retailers later this year.

Paul Griffiths, Inter Link Foods’ Group Managing Director, said:
“The licence agreement with Disney will lead to ‘major innovation and excitement’ in the UK’s fast-growing licensed gift and small cake sector. The overall UK cake market is worth over £750 million (source: AC Nielsen) and growing at 4.5% year-on-year.

“The licence agreement with Disney is significant as it will accelerate our growth and our stated intent to become the UK’s second largest cake manufacturer within the next three years. Disney is the number one licensor in the world, and the agreement provides the perfect platform to produce an innovative range of cakes that is both accessible and affordable.”

Inter Link Foods will be targeting its new Disney range of cakes at multiple retailers and also the convenience and independent sectors.

Details of Inter Link Foods’ new cake range are yet to finalised, but the range of new products is likely to include favourite Disney characters such as the Disney Princesses (including Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty) and The Lion King.
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Posted: Jan. 18, 2004, 12:04 am Quote

Inter Link's bite at Disney cake

Jan. 14, 2004

A company that already makes Harry Potter and Spider-man cakes has announced a key deal to bake Disney brand desserts.

Reporting record first-half earnings, Inter Link Foods said it hoped the new range - based on characters such as Cinderella, Snow White and The Lion King - would help in its drive to become the UK’s second-largest cake manufacturer within three years.

The overall British cake market is worth more than £750 million and is growing at 4.5 per cent a year.

The licensing deal with Disney came as the bakery firm celebrated a 42 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to £2.3m for the six months to the end of October.

Blackburn-based Inter Link, which is currently the UK’s third-biggest cake maker, also unveiled the £5m acquisition of family-owned Farmhouse Bakery Holdings - which trades as Hoppers.

Inter Link chief executive Alwin Thompson did not put a price on the deal with Disney. But he added: "This makes the future look very exciting.

"Both deals are real growth opportunities. We are announcing very good results and we are looking to the future in a very confident way."

Inter Link, which bought malt loaf producer Soreen last year, employs 950 people at bakeries in north-west Yorkshire and Salisbury.

The group supplies every major multiple retailer with cakes, including big supermarket chains such as Marks & Spencer and Tesco.

It described its newly- acquired Hoppers bakery as an "exciting business with tremendous potential".

Hoppers, based in Kent, stretches back over six generations of the Hopper family and employs more than 100 staff.

Unveiling its interim results, Inter Link said it had achieved record levels of turnover, although the impact of raw material price increases affected the costs of many food manufacturers.

This article was found here.
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Posted: Jan. 09, 2005, 8:40 pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Is Mickey Mouse watching too many Pinky & the Brain reruns? Seems like he's trying to "take over the world" of every consumer product there is. Correction: Not Mickey, but Michael Eisner...
:eisnersboard:

His latest scheme is to dominate the frozen food business, putting Mickey and his pals on everything we eat. Take a look at this:

    Disney Has Designs on Food Industry

    ORLANDO, FL -- A very big mouse will soon be loose in the supermarket frozen-food aisle.

    Walt Disney Co. announced plans to debut frozen meals and healthful packaged food products in early 2005.

    Gary Foster, spokesperson for Disney's consumer products division, said the company is slated to introduce "comprehensive food products" including macaroni and cheese in the United States possibly as early as the spring, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

    Disney already has carrot sticks on the market in Europe and its European division is preparing to launch a range of food items with worldwide expansion expected in 2005, noted Foster.

    Disney's plans differ from its past foodservice ventures, where it would market products from other companies, such as Kellogg's and Blue Bunny, under the Disney name. According to Foster, Disney will probably work with supermarkets to create the food items. Disney has partnered with the Tesco grocery chain on its U.K. foodservice efforts.

    This new strategy will help keep prices down for consumers, said Foster, adding, "The retail landscape has changed dramatically. Consumers are becoming much more cost-conscious."

    Disney is taking the same tact with its apparel and electronics products, for example, working with Wal-Mart to make its apparel.

    "It's all part of a changing business model. More and more, we're developing our products in house," Foster told the Daily News.

    Phil Lempert of SupermarketGuru.com cautions that "being in the food world is a very different business than producing movies or theme parks."

    Lempert also said that food items featuring cartoon characters typically have a short shelf life, noting, "The Pokemon cereal went through the roof when it first came out; then it failed."




The World of Disney stores at WDW, Disneyland, and in New York City already sell "Mic-aroni and Cheese" boxed macaroni and cheese mix and they've tried making Mickey and pals breakfast cereal and Disney ice cream already, with some flops. Would you buy more Disney-branded food items to eat if they were available in your store? Let us know, EchoEars! Reply and share your thoughts on this.
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Posted: Jan. 09, 2005, 10:13 pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

There's commentary about this at SaveDisney.com at this link: "Frozen Food Folly"

Though I'd be the first to buy up lots of Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars at my local Super Wal-Mart (if Disney and Nestle decides to sell these in supermarkets and grocery stores), I'd also like to see Disney scaling back on their consumer products and concentrating more on making better movies using traditional feature animation as well as improving their existing theme parks.
:icecream:  :9

Remember, when Disneyland first opened, even Walt saw the wisdom in having existing food companies provide a lot of the food there, rather than having "Waltburgers"...
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There was the "Aunt Jemima Pancake House," "Chicken of the Sea" pirate ship selling tuna fish sandwiches, etc.


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Posted: May 09, 2005, 8:07 pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Note what forum this is in... It isn't the "Disney Spoofs and Jokes" forum, this is true Disney news about a real brand-new product, even though the cartoon below is making fun of it.
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First, comments from SaveDisney.com, then after that I'll post the actual press release, yes, about a real product from The Walt Disney Company...
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Quipsters Take Aim at Old Yeller

(The Mother's Day) announcement of Disney Consumer Products' latest foray into pioneering premium product territory; Disney's Old Yeller Chunk Style Dog Food, tickled the funnybone of email sharpshooters this morning. (Sunday)  

"Bringing Disney's Old Yeller brand to a trusted retailer like Kroger was a natural fit," said Christopher King, category director, Disney Consumer Products FMCG. "Disney's Old Yeller dog food is for those dogs that are part of the family."

Here are a few of the choice bits from various correspondents:
       "Of course, the fact is that they had to kill the dog. I wonder if anyone actually looked at the movie...???"

       "When you want only the best for your dog's last meal... Disney's Old Yeller Chunk Style Dog Food."

       "...Not having a dog, I'm waiting for Disney's Thomasina Extra Fancy Cat Chow." "Their slogan will be; "Your cat will think she's died and gone to heaven!"

       "Disney's Old Yeller Chunk Style Dog Food is made from Disney's Stormy the Thoroughbred Twice-Milled Powdered Protein."

       "Old Yeller Dog Food Small Print: If dog refuses to eat, shoot him."




Unbelievable, right? Wrong! Read on to see the official press release which shows how unbelievably stupid Disney can be sometimes...

    Kroger Introduces 'Disney's Old Yeller' Chunk Style Dog Food

    Inspired by the Movie Classic, New Brand Debuts in 2,500+ Stores in 32 States

    CINCINNATI, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired by one of the most beloved movie classics of all time, The Kroger Co. today introduced Disney's Old Yeller, a chunk style dog food now available at more than 2,500 stores around the country.

    Disney's Old Yeller is a 100% complete and balanced product for dogs of all sizes. It is available in 50 lb. bags priced at $9.99-$11.99, depending on the geographic market. Two additional bag sizes will be introduced in June. Kroger plans to support the brand with an aggressive advertising and marketing campaign.
       
    Released in 1957, Walt Disney's Old Yeller was the quintessential tale of a boy's love for his dog.  Set amid the landscape of 1860s Texas, a young boy named Travis wants nothing to do with the lop-eared stray. But Old Yeller quickly proves himself a loyal friend, protecting the family and saving
    Travis' life. They soon become inseparable pals, sharing joyous experiences and learning valuable lessons about growing up.
       
    "The movie is a timeless classic that transcends generations, and we believe this brand will appeal not only to original fans, but to the millions of Americans who share the same kind of special bond with their beloved dogs," said Barry Vance, Kroger senior corporate category manager.

    "Bringing Disney's Old Yeller brand to a trusted retailer like Kroger was a natural fit," said Christopher King, category director, Disney Consumer Products FMCG. "Disney's Old Yeller dog food is for those dogs that are part of the family."
       
    There are an estimated 61 million dogs in the U.S., with 39% of all homes owning at least one dog.  Americans spend an estimated $7.4 billion annually to feed their dogs.
       
    Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger is one of the nation's largest retail grocery chains.  At the end of fiscal 2004, the Company operated (either directly or through its subsidiaries) 2,532 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 32 states under two dozen banners including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, King Soopers, Smith's, Fry's, Fry's Marketplace, Dillons, QFC and City Market. Kroger also operated (either directly or through subsidiaries, franchise agreements, or operating agreements) 795 convenience stores, 436 fine jewelry stores, 536 supermarket fuel centers and 42 food processing plants. For more information about Kroger, please visit our web site at http://www.kroger.com.

    Source: The Kroger Co.


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Disney Food Items to Be Sold in Kroger Stores

July 26, 2006


Walt Disney Co. and Kroger Co., the largest U.S. supermarket chain, said they would expand sales of Disney-branded fruits and vegetables nationwide as demand for healthier products for children rises.

About 2,500 Kroger, Ralph's, Fry's and Fred Meyer stores will sell food labeled with superheroes from "The Incredibles" and characters such as Mickey Mouse, Burbank-based Disney said.

Kroger began selling Disney branded products in May and plans to have 100 items in its 2,500 stores by the end of the year.
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Disney Fruit & Veggies To Get Kids Healthier

Disney has partnered with Imagination Farms, to create Disney Character fruit and vegetables in the new Disney Garden line of products found at your local grocery store/supermarket in the produce aisle.

Other studios' cartoon characters, such as Taz and Spongebob Squarepants, are included too.




    SpongeBob comes to your veggie aisle

    September 5, 2006

    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Mickey Mouse, SpongeBob and the Tasmanian Devil are coming to a produce aisle near you.

    The cartoon characters are popping up on fruit and vegetable packaging across the country as growers strike licensing deals with entertainment companies hungry to cultivate positive images among health-conscious parents and kids.

    Walt Disney Co., with its overwhelming cartoon capital and cultural clout, is the most significant entry in the produce business.

    The entertainment giant is licensing characters to Indianapolis-based produce distributor Imagination Farms LLC, which has deals with 15 large growers across the country to provide fruits and vegetables for the Disney Garden brand.

    "We're doing it predominantly because it is the right thing to do, but secondarily because it is the right business to be in," said Harry Dollman, head of food products licensing for Disney.

    "Concerns about the right nutrition for kids is not a fad; it's not something that will be overtaken by another trend," he said.

    Neither Disney nor Imagination Farms would discuss terms of the deal.

    Imagination Farms started shipping the produce in May and currently has more than 30 different Disney Garden items in Albertsons and other supermarket chains, said Matthew Caito, who heads the distributor.

    Caito plans to have 100 different produce items on supermarket shelves by January and another 100 by the end of 2007.

    "We want to be able to supply an entire produce department with Disney Garden products," he said.

    Already available are peaches with Daisy Duck and Goofy stickers, and table grapes packaged in Mickey and Minnie Mouse boxes. Organic apples with Winnie the Pooh -- the mascot for Disney Garden organic selections -- are due out sometime in September.

    Craig Ito, who has a 5,000-acre fruit farm in Reedley, California, was eager to participate when Imagination Farms approached him. He saw it as a way to lure young customers away from the fast food diets served up by time-strapped parents.

    "The only way for us to grow our markets is to increase the consumption of fresh fruit among kids," Ito said.

    The kids seem to be biting.

    Ito said sales of peaches, plums and nectarines bearing images of Disney characters have exceeded the amount of unbranded fruit he sold last year for about the same price.

    He credits the cartoon characters.

    "In the cereal section, you see all kinds of characters," he said. "In the produce area, it's kind of humdrum."

    Denise Hanisee, 60, said her 9-year-old granddaughter gets the most excited in aisles with hot chocolate and candy. She believes that enthusiasm could carry over to Disney-branded fruit because she loves Mickey Mouse and his cartoon companions.

    "That might entice her," Hanisee said.

    Among the other arrivals to the produce aisle are Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants spinach and Dora the Explorer oranges. There are also Tweety Bird grapes and Tasmanian Devil apples, the result of a deal between Ready Pac Produce Inc. and Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros.

    The marketing move comes as health professionals issue increasingly dire warnings about the consequences of unhealthy young diets.

    In 2004, 18.8 percent of children ages 6 to 11 were overweight, up from just 7 percent 20 years earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

    A number of entertainment companies have come under fire for maintaining marketing deals with fast food chains and junk food makers.

    "As long as cartoon characters are used to sell junk food directly to kids, then the entertainment industry is partially culpable for the childhood obesity epidemic," said Harvard Medical School psychiatry instructor Susan Linn, who criticizes marketing aimed at children in her book "Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood."

    A study last year by the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies of Sciences recommended that mascots appealing to children be used only to promote healthy foods.

    "If these spokes-characters are being used to promote sweetened cereals or Coca-Cola or juices that are contributing to obesity or poor childhood health, then it does become an issue," said Vivica Kraak, a researcher who contributed to the study.

    Licensing arrangements between growers and cartoon makers are not new. Bugs Bunny has appeared on packaging for carrots, and Popeye has plugged spinach.

    But such tie-ins have been rare, mostly because low profit margins in the produce industry have left little money to spend on expensive licensing deals, said Jim Prevor, who edits Produce Business magazine and maintains a Web log as The Perishable Pundit.

    These days, however, Hollywood sees such links as more than just a source of revenue. Entertainment companies are most likely providing the characters to growers at affordable prices as a way to polish their image among parents and young people, Prevor said.

    "The amount of money from the licensing fee is insignificant," Prevor said. "Part of it is to be able to go to parents and to say 'We're here to help you."'

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Posted: Sep. 07, 2006, 7:59 pm Quote

I think this is a good idea kids need to eat more fruit and veggies so if a character they like is on the package they are more likely to ask Mom to buy it, and the kids will more likely eat the items. :)

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Posted: Sep. 07, 2006, 8:00 pm Quote

Yes, I think it is a good idea, too, Tamitha! :nod:

EchoEars, check out the cute website they have for it, here!


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Posted: Sep. 16, 2006, 2:02 pm Quote

We just got back from Kroger and they are celebrating the new Mickey food items today til 5pm.  We were greeting by Alice (with brown hair  :uhoh: ) and Pocahontas and they were passing out Mickey cake and juice.  We ended up buying Incredibles bread and Mickey shaped cheese and Nemo cheese.  They have just about everything, including Pumbaa Nesquik (but not that brand of course), PB&J, cereal and koolaid.  They had PB&J on Incredibles bread samples too.  I was surprised there wasn't anything Princess that we saw and it was odd hearing songs like Tiki Room on the radio at the store.  Sam was walking around singing "Yo ho yo ho"! Oh and when we walked in they passed out a stack of Disney stickers for Sam.

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