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Bako bakery acquisition boosts turnover to £103M

Bako North Western’s (BNW’s) turnover will rise to over £100M and its staff to 330, following the acquisition of sister company Bako Northern and Scotland (BNS) for an undisclosed amount....

Organic bread may be difficult for Flowers to popularize, says analyst

A Euromonitor analyst has questioned Flowers Food’s recent acquisition of Dave’s Killer Bread as the organic bread market has limited potential in the packaged bread industry.

Judge stays Gen Mills trans fat lawsuit, but FDA has left firms exposed to civil litigation, argue attorneys

In a ruling that will be read with interest by food manufacturers worried about being sued for using partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), a judge in California has stayed a PHO-related...

FDA calls out Frito-Lay for possible safety breaches in Tennessee

The US Food and Drug Administration has censured Frito-Lay for a leaky roof, dirty facility and possible cross contamination of manufactured food at a Tennessee snack food facility.

Lotus Bakeries takes majority slice of Nakd and Trek bar maker

Belgium-based Lotus Bakeries has seen its share price jump to a near 52-week high after it acquired two-thirds of UK-based snack firm Natural Balance Foods on Monday for about £60m...

Cereal beer? Wheaties and Fulton Beer partner for new craft beer

Wheaties, the popular breakfast cereal from food giant General Mills, has partnered with a Minnesota brewer to create craft beer HefeWheaties.

Kettle Chips maker appoints new md

Gourmet crisps maker Kettle Foods has appointed former Tesco director Ashley Hicks as its new md.

60-second interview: Dave's Killer Bread CEO John Tucker

Will Dave's Killer Bread retain its edgy appeal without its co-founder and namesake? FoodNavigator-USA (FNU) caught up with CEO John Tucker after bakery giant Flowers Foods coughed up a cool...

Kashi develops 'overnight oats' cup and sweet potato cereal

Kashi's muesli to soak overnight and sweet potato cereal hit on important consumer trends and could take off, says one innovation expert.

Flowers Foods to acquire Dave's Killer Bread in $275m deal

Georgia-based Flowers Foods has struck a deal to acquire Oregon-based Dave's Killer Bread - the largest organic bread company in North America – for $275m.  

SunOpta acquires fruit snack firm Niagara Natural for $6.7m

Organic food specialist SunOpta will stretch its fruit snacking capabilities with the acquisition of Canada-based Niagara Natural Fruit Snack Company.

Competition remains fierce in cholesterol-lowering niche

Benecol buy-back boosts Raisio Q2 results

Sales and profits were up in Q2 at Raisio, with CEO of the €500m Finnish agro-food player Matti Rihko content its re-housing of key brand Benecol was paying off.

Ackman investment in Mondelēz: ‘Maybe this is the shake up it needs,’ says innovation expert

Activist-investor William Ackman’s 7.5% stake in Mondelēz International should inject life into a sweet and snack major that has been struggling for the past two years, says the innovation head...

Making Tasty a household name in kids’ snacks

Tasty Brand co-founders Liane Weintraub and Shannan Swanson originally had their sights set on an organic frozen baby food line, but the 2008 economic crash saw the market for premium...

Kellogg and General Mills artificial-free pledge won’t reverse cereal decline, says expert

Kellogg and General Mills’ pledges to remove artificial ingredients from their cereals in the coming years will not be enough to help cereal rebound but could spark an R&D trend,...

Cereal savior? Kellogg to remove artificial ingredients by 2018

Kellogg will remove all artificial colors and flavors across branded cereals, some snack bars and Eggo frozen foods by 2018 as part of wider efforts to rescue cereal.

Sainsbury ceo canvassed to stock Tags crisps

Former Seabrook Crisps boss John Tague has sent a letter directly to Sainsbury ceo Mike Coupe to persuade him to stock his Tags brand of crisps, following a £125,000 investment...

Australia

Tyrrells's Aus acquisition reflects craft movement’s eastern surge

Britain’s biggest hand-cooked premium potato chip brand will establish a foothold in Australia with its purchase this week of Yarra Valley Snack Foods. 

Deadlock broken: Kellogg and BCTGM agree on labor contract

Kellogg has finalized a five-year contract for employees across four US ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal plants following a difficult year with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union...

Exclusive interview: Dr. Mehmood Khan, vice chairman and chief scientific officer for global R&D at PepsiCo

PepsiCo R&D chief: ‘Over $6bn in net revenue is coming from innovation’

PepsiCo’s research and development used to be focused on brand refreshes but we’re now working with a whole new strategy that is ‘paying off in buckets’, says its global R&D...

SkinnyPop maker Amplify Snack Brands announces IPO of common stock

Austin, Texas-based Amplify Snack Brands has announced it will launch the initial public offering of its common stock, putting up 15m shares for sale. 

Grupo Bimbo: The multi-billion global acquisition trail

The world’s biggest bread maker has been on a spending spree over the past three years; splashing out on a Canadian artisanal buy last week, just one month after a...

‘The goal would be to be everywhere’: Nourish Snacks launches in retail shops across US

Nourish Snacks is marking its entry into wholesale distribution after a strong debut year selling online.

The woman behind Element Snacks shares how to make it as an entrepreneur in “a man’s world”

Fundraising is a major challenge for entrepreneurs regardless of their gender, but women face unique hurdles that they must proactively address early or else risk not raising sufficient money to...

Premier Foods sales hit by early Easter

Premier Foods has reported sliding sales in its first quarter results to July 4, due to this year’s early Easter, ahead of its annual general meeting yesterday.

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