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Kellogg: Increased fiber intake can slash health care costs

A Kellogg-commissioned study has suggested that $12.7bn in US healthcare costs could be saved if consumers ate more fiber.

Little consumer choice in crisp category

Consumer choice has been tainted by too few brands dominating the crisp category, the founder of a new crisp brand has claimed.

Hillshire Brands snaps up Van’s Natural Foods in $165m deal

Hillshire Brands has struck a $165m deal to buy frozen breakfast and snack foods maker Van's Natural Foods from private equity firm Catterton Partners.

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Frutarom becomes a bigger botanicals player with THMPD range from NutraIngredients.com

Swiss-Israeli supplier Frutarom has beefed up its botanical extracts in response to changing European Union laws for herbal products and medicines.

Can industry-backed academic inventions spur increased innovation? from FoodNavigator.com

Industry-sponsored academic research leads to innovative patents and licenses, and may not skew science towards inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others, according to a new analysis.

ABF: Sugar slump offset by Primark and grocery from FoodManufacture.co.uk

A starring performance by clothes retailer Primark and strong growth in grocery helped Associated British Foods (ABF) lift its half-year group profits by £7M to £463M, despite a slump in its sugar business due to lower prices.

China to keep up high grain production tempo from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

China will continue to maintain a high rate of self-sufficiency in major grain output in order to achieve its food security target over the next decade, according to an official government-backed report.

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The secret to healthy cereal NPD? More air, less flake...

The secret to healthy cereal NPD? More air, less flake...

Consumers can eat up to 34% more calories when eating breakfast cereal with smaller flakes; a physical...

PepsiCo CEO: 'Several of our brands virtually define their categories'

PepsiCo CEO: 'Several of our brands virtually define their categories'

Power brands like Doritos, Lay’s and Quaker Oats are allowing PepsiCo to stay strong in volatile market conditions,...

High-protein bread could bake up a storm: Euromonitor

High-protein bread could bake up a storm: Euromonitor

Diana Cowland

Senior Analyst, Health & Wellness, Euromonitor International

Frito-Lay to drive deep-ridged success wider in 2014/15

Frito-Lay to drive deep-ridged success wider in 2014/15

Frito-Lay will roll out deep-ridged potato chips in more than 10 countries this year, and has plans...

US cereal U-turn: 10% upswing over next four years, says Packaged Facts

US cereal U-turn: 10% upswing over next four years, says Packaged Facts

Cereal makers can expect a turnaround year thanks to favorable consumption patterns and a booming young Hispanic...

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