Customization in consumer food products is seen through product launches that allow consumers to take ownership and essentially tweak a product to make it "theirs." In hot cereal, a recent launch from category leader Quaker does just this.

Each box of Quaker Mix-Up Creations Instant Oatmeal offers three flavors, which the consumer can mix and match to create a variety of flavor combinations. The microwaveable, whole-grain oatmeal is offered in the following flavors: Blueberry Blast, Banana Slamma and Apple-tastic. The product is also available in a variety containing Cinn-o-Man, Apple-tastic and Mapl-icious flavors.

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