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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.

Exclusive interview: Pat Crowley, director and founder of Chapul

Chapul cricket bars founder: ‘Our marketing approach has been absolute, utter optimism’

As one of the forerunners of the commercialization of edible insects in the US, Chapul, makes its first big push into the national market with its cricket protein bars, founder...

We have to do more to reduce waste as an industry, warns Leatherhead expert

Food manufacturers should leave no stone unturned as they search for ways to decrease waste and increase the value of manufacturing waste streams, says Steve Osborn of Leatherhead Food Research.

General Mills apologizes and backtracks on consumer legal policy

General Mills has reverted back to its old online legal terms following backlash and media outcry over its arbitration clause.

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Doritos Jacked unveils bold flavors experiment

PepsiCo will roll out three mystery Doritos Jacked flavors next week for consumers to vote on.

When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

Testing the consumer liking of a new product may be an overrated idea that ‘breeds mediocrity’ and means products fail to differentiate themselves against the competition, according to David Howlett...

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 to expand the snack concept even further in 2015 as its international patent...

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.

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, CEO Indra Nooyi says.

Woats Oatsnack plans expansion as it nears $1m mark

The founder of Woats Oatsnack has plans to expand the kids snack line and says the company’s pledge to inspire young kids has underpinned business success so far.

Graze has tripled business in US since January

Online healthy snacks service Graze has surpassed 150,000 in US subscriptions after just three months in the market; growth the CEO has described as phenomenal.

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Brioche Pasquier to open first UK bakery

French patisserie specialist Brioche Pasquier has commenced work on its first UK bakery site; set to strengthen the company’s presence in the market, according its CEO.

Overspend led Fabulous Bakin’ Boys to administration

Cupcakes to flapjacks firm Fabulous Bakin’ Boys (FBB) fell into administration after overspending on equipment and taking its eye off brand investment, according to new md Richard Cooper.

Bakeries struggling with calls to cut salt, sugar and fat

Manufacturers of baked goods are reaching a point where calls to cut salts, fats and sugars in products are becoming detrimental to the quality of their products, a bakery manager...

Hostess Brands president: Bringing business back was a ‘herculean effort’

Bringing Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Cup Cakes et al. back to market was no easy task as it involved expanding and innovating fast, the president of Hostess Brands says.

100 jobs saved as bakery firm escapes administrators

100 jobs have been saved at Fabulous Bakin’ Boys as Dutch bakery business Daelmans Group rescued the struggling firm from administration.

Frito-Lay Cheetos-Doritos combo: It’s taking a shot at an empty net, says Euromonitor

Frito-Lay has pulled Cheetos and Doritos into one bag for its latest snack launch; a move that is less about innovation and more just an easy win, says Euromonitor International.

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Pidy launches gluten-free pastry cups

Pidy has developed a line of gluten-free and dairy-free pastry cups for UK bakery manufacturers.

General Mills slams Cornell cereal study: It is ‘absurd’ pseudo-science

General Mills has slammed research suggesting on-pack cereal mascots are positioned to gaze into children’s eyes, calling the findings ‘absurd’ and describing the study as pseudo-science.

Love Grown Foods CEO: Why not bring beans into breakfast cereal?

Love Grown Foods has developed a line of bean-based ready-to-eat breakfast cereals that its CEO said should soak up interest from the bean craze.

Weetabix could cut pay and working hours to save jobs

Weetabix has confirmed it has started a consultation with its UK staff to cut pay and working hours in response to increasing pressure from supermarket own-label products and the discounters.

Avana Bakeries site to close, despite lifeline rumours

2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed the closure of its Avana Bakeries site near Newport in Wales, threatening 650 jobs, denying claims it was close to securing substantial new orders.

From Pirate’s Booty to SexyPop: In conversation with the 'Shaman of snacks'

A former commodities trader with a passion for snacks, Robert Ehrlich turned Pirate’s Booty into a multimillion dollar brand. But can he strike gold again with his latest product, SexyPop?...

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Aryzta closes $1bn US and Canada acquisitions

Aryzta has completed the acquisitions of Cloverhill Bakery in the US and Canada’s Pineridge Bakery.

Rudolph Foods: Grow local; buy local movement driving R&D

Consumers are wiser and want to know everything about their foods from farm to table, demands that are shaping R&D, says Rudolph Foods.

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