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Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

SmashMallow launches rice crispy treats after experiencing 'explosive' growth

CEO and founder, Jon Sebastiani, has set out a growth strategy for his marshmallow brand as its business has tripled month over month since launching seven months ago.

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Mars, Ferrero and Jelly Belly among Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017 Most Innovative Award winners

The National Confectionery Association (NCA) has announced the Most Innovative Award winners from nine major candy and snack categories, including chocolate, seasonal, gum and mints, at the Sweets & Snacks...

Rhodes Food Group finalizes Ma Baker pie acquisition amid strong domestic results

South African Rhodes Food Group Holdings has recently purchased pie producer Ma Baker for R193m ($14.97m) and reported good growth in its domestic markets, although it did not fare as...

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.

Food flops in Sweden's Museum of Failure: When NPD goes seriously wrong

From Colgate's lasagne to Heinz's purple and green ketchup, Sweden's Museum of Failure opens next month with several food and drink products on display. We ask the exhibition curator and...

Aryzta finally appoints new chief executive officer

Aryzta has appointed the former CEO of airport operator Daa International, Kevin Toland, as its new CEO.

Amplify Snacks sees positive Q1 results due to solid SkinnyPop performance

Amplify Snack Brands reported its performance “exceeded expectations and continued to gain momentum” for the 13 weeks ended April 1, according to Tom Ennis, president and CEO.

China direct

Noodle major Nissin to enter Chinese potato chip market

Nissin is preparing to enter China’s “shining” potato chips market in a bid to open up a new revenue stream beyond its traditional instant noodles empire.

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. 

Pladis vows to change mental health perception in the workplace

The McVitie’s and Jacob’s owner is the latest company to sign a pledge with Time to Change to change the way people view employee mental health.

Grupo Bimbo’s Wholesome Harvest Baking extends its Virginia facility

The Mexican bread giant’s US subsidiary, Wholesome Harvest Baking, is investing $22.1m in its Roanoke, Virginia, factory to install a new production line for its artisanal bread range.

General Mills releases 10,000 boxes of Lucky Charms branded marshmallows

Consumers who purchase General Mills' Lucky Charms could win a box of limited edition marshmallows.

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.

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.

Quarterly earnings

Snyder’s-Lance ‘very disappointing’ in Q1, says interim CEO

Snyder’s-Lance has fallen short of expectations in the first quarter, says its interim CEO.

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.

News in brief

General Mills appoints new CEO

The Cheerios and Annie’s maker has announced it will be promoting COO Jeffrey Harmening to CEO, effective from June 1.

Quarterly earnings

Mondelēz Q1 a ‘solid start’, driven by Oreo, Cadbury, belVita and Ritz

Mondelēz has posted organic growth of 0.6% during Q1, beating the company’s expectation, CEO Irene Rosenfeld said.

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. 

Calbee extends granola production to capture growing health conscious market in Asia

Japanese cereal giant Calbee is increasing its granola production capacity by 40% to capitalize on the growing health trend in Asia.

Trolli Candy’s UK distributor Innovative Bites ups snack portfolio with baked pretzels range

Innovative Bites, importer and wholesaler of mainly US grocery products in the UK, has added a Romanian snack to its lineup. 

Hostess adds chocolate cake and fudge twists to Twinkies

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

Nestlé departs UK for Poland taking 300 Blue Riband jobs

Nestlé is to move production of its Blue Riband chocolate brand from the UK to Poland with a loss of around 300 jobs.

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