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Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Krave Jerky founder hints at potential 'marriage' of SmashMallow and Hershey

CEO and founder, Jon Sebastiani, hints that, should SmashMallow be ready for acquisition, Hershey, which procured his Krave Jerky brand in January 2015, would be the most likely contender.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Thanasi Foods launches new jerky and seeds snacks after ConAgra acquisition

Thanasi Foods will unveil Duke's Cajun-style andouille smoked shorty sausages and Bigs king-size seeds at the Sweets & Snacks Expo this week in Chicago.

Snackworthy brand envisioned to eventually account for 25% of Lehi Valley’s business

Snackworthy currently only accounts for less than 10% of Lehi Valley’s overall business, but this is about to change, Howard Kaufman, Lehi Valley's chief sales officer told BakeryandSnacks.

Perky Jerky shatters "macho-man" image with new jerky stick aimed at females

Perky Jerky said it has tapped into a new female-oriented market, effectively taking jerky snacks from “Bubba to Barbara” since launching in 2009. 

Bakery China 2017

AB Mauri caters to China’s taste for European artisanal-style products

Demand for Western-style artisanal products is on the rise in China, says AB Mauri China’s VP Graham Martin.

The Little Kernel adds s’mores flavor after experiencing ‘crazy ride’ with growth

Popcorn startup, The Little Kernel, will unveil its new s’mores flavor during the upcoming Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago.

Bakery China 2017

China to familiarize Western market with ‘pinyin’ baked treats

China’s diverse bakery industry – encompassing bakers of traditional ‘pinyin’ (literally translated as ‘Chinese style cakes and snacks’) and producers of modern items like croissants and waffles – is growing at a rate that far exceeds most other segments.

7-Eleven taps specialty bakery growth with Twix-topped donuts

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven has unveiled its first donuts topped with Twix Caramel Cookie bar pieces.

Former Kraft exec launches Artisan Kettle organic chocolate chips

Artisan Kettle, an organic baking chocolate line created by former Kraft Foods’ brand manager Beth Goeddel, is rolling out across the US market.

Puratos has 'absolutely no intention to go public,' CEO Daniel Malcorps says

The bakery, chocolate and patisserie applications development company has no plans to go public, despite being run like a public firm.

Beanfields Snacks hopes Powerplant Venture takeover will take its snacks mainstream

Reed Glidden, founder of rice and bean chip brand Beanfields Snacks, hopes to launch his products on the US mass channel market for everyday consumption. 

Hostess adds chocolate cake and fudge twists to Twinkies

Hostess has extended its Twinkies’ portfolio with a chocolate cake and fudge-covered versions.

SGS appointed Certification Body to audit gluten-free standard

US certification company SGS has been engaged as the Certification Body to audit against the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) standards.

News in brief

Sainsbury’s removes a number of Houmous products after complaints over the taste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has temporarily removed a number of Houmous products from its stores due to a ‘taste issue’.

Handcrafted granola brand Just Live a Little enters France through Mediascore Food

Northern Ireland granola maker, Just Live a Little, will be released onto the French market on May 8, 2017.

New product roundup: Vegan Bars, Fava Bean Crisps and Ready To Bake Cupcakes

BakeryandSnacks presents a roundup of products that caught our eye this month.

Snaxpo 2017

Ingredient Alliance demystifies hemp seeds with plant-based protein snacks

Plant-based food startup Ingredient Alliance has introduced new savory snacks under its Natura brand to the US market.

Fat chance: Judge again dismisses trans fat action against ConAgra

The putative class action against ConAgra alleging its Crunch ’n Munch popcorn violates California’s unfair competition law by containing artificial trans fat has again been dismissed.

The skinny on looming popcorn war between Amplify Snack Brands and Snyder’s-Lance

Two of the US’ largest snack manufacturers – Amplify Snack Brands and Snyder’s-Lance – are set to meet in court over rival brands of Better-For-You (BFY) popcorn.

Snaxpo 2017

Evans Food aims to expand footprint in convenience channel with pork cracklings

Evans Food Group unveiled its latest chorizo-flavored pork cracklings under its Mac’s brand at Snaxpo, held in Savannah, Georgia, in April. 

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