WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Feb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Del Monte Foods, Inc. is proud to announce that Fruit & Oats™, the first ready-to-eat wholesome oatmeal with a full serving of luscious fruit, has been recognized as a 2019 Product of the Year. Product of the Year is the world's largest consumer-voted award for product innovation, where winners are determined by the votes of 40,000 consumers in a national representative survey conducted by research partner Kantar, a global leader in consumer research.
For 130 years, Del Monte has been bringing quality fruits and vegetables to families across the country. While its vegetable and fruit products remain the core of its foundation, Del Monte continues to innovate, identifying new ways to enjoy delicious, healthy meals and snacks. One of Del Monte's latest innovations, Fruit & Oats combines steel cut and rolled oats with a full serving of fruit, providing a convenient meal that consumers can feel good about eating, whether to start their day or as a nutritious snack.
Receiving top honors in the Product of the Year Breakfast Category, Fruit & Oats comes in Apple Cinnamon, Peach Cinnamon Spice and Pear Maple flavors. All flavors contain 400mg of Omega-3 fatty acids per serving and are a good source of fiber. Due to overwhelmingly positive consumer response, two new flavors – Blueberry Apple and Strawberry Apple – will soon debut.
"The Product of the Year award is especially significant to us as consumer response directly led to the honor," said Bibie Wu, Chief Marketing Officer of Del Monte Foods. "We take enormous pride in our innovation, and this recognition further validates our continued efforts to prioritize consumer response for every new product we debut, ensuring our food complements their everyday lives."
Fruit & Oats is the latest example of Del Monte innovating to stay in tune with the evolving needs of its consumers, creating on-the-go snacks and meals that are convenient and nutritious, without sacrificing quality or flavor. Consumers can expect to see further innovation from the brand in the coming year as it continues to diversify beyond the canned goods aisle.
About Del Monte Foods
Del Monte Foods, Inc. is one of the largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food products for the U.S. retail market. Our brands include Del Monte®, Contadina®, College Inn®, and S&W®.
Del Monte Foods is the U.S. subsidiary of Del Monte Pacific Limited (Bloomberg: DELM SP, DELM PM) and is not affiliated with certain other Del Monte companies around the world, including Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., Del Monte Canada, or Del Monte Asia Pte. Ltd. For more information on Del Monte Foods, visit www.delmontefoods.com.
About Product of the Year
Product of the Year is the world's largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. Established over 30 years ago, POY currently operates in over 40 countries with the same purpose: Guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufacturers for quality and innovation. Product of the Year winners are backed by the votes of 40,000 consumers in a national representative study conducted by research partner Kantar, a global leader in consumer research. The award is a powerful merchandising program for marketers proven to increase product sales, distribution and awareness. Winning products are announced in February each year and receive the right to use the Product of the Year logo in marketing communications for two years. For more information, visit productoftheyearusa.com.
Kantar is the world's leading marketing data, insight and consultancy company. We know more about how people live, feel, shop, vote, watch and post worldwide than any other company. Working across the entire sales and marketing lifecycle, we help brands uncover growth in an extraordinary world. Kantar is part of WPP and its services are employed by over half of the Fortune 500 companies in 100 countries.
SOURCE Del Monte Foods