Bologna face masks and new M&Ms: 4 ways your food got weird this week

We’ve done the dutiful task of rounding it all up if you need a change of pace from the doom and gloom of all that other “news.” Here is what happened :

Oscar Mayer launched a Bologna-inspired face mask that quickly sold out. The new product is not actually a slice of meat. Rather, Kraft-Heinz (KHC) has teamed up with Seoul Mamas, a Korean skincare company, to create a “moisturizing and repairing hydrogel” mask that promotes skin elasticity, improves hydration and moisture retention.

The $5 skincare product was created as “a playful take on the often serious ‘New Year, New You’ trope with its meaty take on the personal care space,” Kraft Heinz said in a release. hurry. It will be restocked on Amazon in the coming days.

M&M’s Makeover

Anthropomorphized chocolate M&M’s characters are getting a makeover, the candy maker announced this week. Their most notable change: new shoes.

Stick with us here: Green has traded in his go-go boots for sneakers. Brown wears lower, more sensible heels. Red and Yellow shoes now have laces. Orange shoe laces no longer untie. (Much safer now.) And Blue’s shoes, though minimally modified, look like what Anton Vincent, president of Mars Wrigley North America, described as “a bad take on Uggs.”

Mars Wrigley, owner of M&Ms, is trying to make characters — especially female characters — more “current” and “representative of our consumer,” the company said.

The M&M logo, last changed in 2019, is also getting an adjustment. Instead of resting on its side, it is installed upright. The new orientation is designed to highlight the ampersand.

New cans

The new packaging.
Coca Cola (CPEC) is unveiling a new look for its flavored Coke products later this month. It’s part of the company’s renewed focus on its Coke brand as it sheds low-selling niche products and tries to build excitement for its staple drinks.

In the United States, new versions of Cherry Coke cans and bottles are now available in magenta, with the white Coca-Cola logo emblazoned on the regular version and a black Coca-Cola logo on the Zero Sugar version. The new Vanilla Coke cans and bottles are cream-colored, and the new Cherry Vanilla flavor packaging is a mix of both shades (heavy on magenta).

The idea is to “modernize and simplify the look… [and] helping consumers find the flavor they’re looking for on the shelves,” said Natalia Suarez, senior brand manager for Coke Choice Portfolio, the company’s North America operating unit.

White Castle changes its plans


Love at White Castle is canceled due to Omicron. The burger chain restaurants in select markets have long held a special dining experience on February 14 for lovesick couples who want to remember their special day with $1 burgers and fries.

But as the wave of highly contagious variants continues, White Castle has announced that it will not be participating in the event at all this year. Rather, it’s about marking the date with a take-out celebration in a very pink “Love Cube” lunch box for two. It includes eight cheeseburgers, two small soft drinks and a choice of two sides to share for about $15. And what says love better than that?

— Parija Kavilanz and Danielle Wiener-Bronner of CNN Business contributed to this report.

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