Funables DC Comics Fruit Snacks

Funables

Ferrara, a related company of the Ferrero Group, has reinvigorating its fruits snacks business with a new master brand, Funables.

The new brand represents an overhaul of the Kellogg Co.’s Fruity Snacks business, which Ferrara acquired in 2019 as part of a larger deal. The $1.3 billion transaction included cookie brands Keebler and Famous Amos, along with selected pie crust and ice cream cone businesses.

The Funables brand combines newly reformulated recipes with engaging on-pack experiences. Featuring better-for-you ingredients, the reformulated fruit snacks are now fat-free and fortified with vitamins A, C and E.

“We focused on delivering a product that offers a balance between an experience that is fun for the kid with permissible ingredients parents can feel good about, which can drive overall category growth,” said Greg Guidotti, general manager, non-chocolate, at Ferrara. “This is the largest marketing spend for our fruit snacks portfolio to date, and prior to the relaunch the business was stagnant.”

The company has now launched DC Comics-branded fruit snacks, which feature an exclusive Batman comic strip on each pack.

“New packaging will drive brand equity, by giving more attention, space and credit to the Funables brand on shelf,” Mr. Guidotti said. “Also, with a name that is fun and succinct in nature, the new branding is meant to catch the consumer’s attention on the shelf.”

The Funables launch follows the overhaul of several cookie products acquired from the Kellogg Co. Last year saw Ferrara, in partnership with Ferrero, revamp the Keebler brand with new formulations, packaging and marketing strategies.

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