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Can General Mills overcome the Annie’s acquisition backlash?

General Mills paid $820m for Annie's: 'There is a pitfall in buying in, especially for a company as big as General Mills,' says Mintel

General Mills has defended the future of Annie’s natural and organic snacks under its ownership, but two experts say the company will have to work hard to beat the critics.

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Ancient Harvest CEO: ‘Entry into the hot cereal category was an obvious choice’

Ancient Harvest’s hot cereal range plays to a consumer focus on protein, gluten-free and nutrition at breakfast, says the firm's CEO.

Almonds are a ‘snack choice for a healthy diet’

A mid-morning snack of almonds may decrease food intake at lunch and dinner, making the nuts a ‘snack food choice for a healthy diet’, according to a new study from England.

Ocean's Halo capitalizes on groundswell of popularity for seaweed chips with organic version

In a sign of how much American palates have changed, Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chip is building on the success of it's original seaweed chip line with a reformulated organic version that will launch at this week’s Expo East trade show in Baltimore.

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Scientists develop healthier spaghetti while increasing wheat yield from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Researchers in Adelaide believe they have found a way to increase yield of the wheat central to pasta production, while their colleagues have discovered how to make a bowl of spaghetti more healthy without compromising its taste. 

Global hunger is falling, but malnutrition still a big issue, says UN report from FoodNavigator.com

The number of hungry people has fallen by more than 100 million over the last decade; however 805 million people around the world are still chronically undernourished, according to a new joint UN report.

DuPont invests $100m in Texas packaging resin facilities from FoodProductionDaily.com

DuPont plans to invest $100m at two Texas facilities to support growing demand for its speciality high performance food packaging resins.

Brazilian premium choc market to grow 26% by 2020 as middle class buys in from ConfectioneryNews.com

Brand power and ingredient quality are the two principal factors that define a premium chocolate in the Brazilian market and the middle class wants more of it, according to the results of an exclusive survey shown to ConfectioneryNews by the Brazilian Association of Cocoa, Chocolate, Peanut, Candy and By-products’ Industries...

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Premier Foods Mr Kipling investment to drive cake growth

The icing on the cake? Premier bakes up $48m Mr Kipling investment

Premier Foods has put £10m ($16m) behind a multi-media promotional Mr Kipling campaign, just months after committing...

Thins in packaged bread could spark growth, Mintel

Can ‘thins’ save a dwindling packaged bread sector?

‘Thins’ have taken off in the US and Canada with bread, bagel and even tortilla varieties offering...

Frito-Lay supply chain, productivity focus drives profit

Frito-Lay president: 'We’re laser-focused on productivity’

Improved supply chain productivity using automation and better go-to-market delivery systems has driven core operating profit up...

Weetabix Alpen bars for Chinese market

Weetabix unveils Alpen bars for Chinese market

Alpen bars targeting busy professionals are the first Weetabix products to be formulated specifically for the Chinese...

Cereal pot concept must stretch further, Datamonitor Consumer
DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Cereal makers must think outside the pot: Think spoons and fruit sachets

Cereal pots appeal to consumers seeking faster, easier ways of eating breakfast, but manufacturers must go beyond...

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