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Hardbite Chips goes non-GMO on select snacks

Naturally Homegrown Foods’ Hardbite Chips brand has received non-GMO verification on two products, with the rest of the portfolio soon to follow, its CEO says.

Philippine food major buys New Zealand snack firm Griffin’s

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) has snapped up New Zealand snack giant Griffin’s Foods for NZ$700m ($606.6m) in a move it says should bolster its presence in the Asian snack sector....

AAK reports 'record' Q2 profits, acquires Frita brand from Unilever

A 40% increase in operating profits for its chocolate and confectionery fats business unit helped AAK to 'record high' results in Q2, while the firm continues its expansion with a...

Finsbury Food Group to post profit rise

Cake, bread and bakery goods manufacturer Finsbury Food Group expects to post full-year profit ahead of market expectations, thanks to market promotions and cost cutting, according to its pre-close trading...

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2 Sisters non exec director quits to become minister

2 Sisters Food Group’s non executive director Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe has left the business to take up the role of business minister.

Grupo Bimbo acquires Ecuadorian firm Supan

Mexican bakery giant Grupo Bimbo is set to acquire Ecuadorian company Supan – its first buy in the region.

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Grupo Bimbo ceo to invest in UK arm

Bakery giant Grupo Bimbo believes the UK arm of Canada Bread - the business it bought in May - together with Spanish and Portugese divisions can strengthen European sales after further investment....

China

General Mills spends big on Asian product development

In a move to channel more investment into its growing Chinese market, food major General Mills has opened its first major technical centre outside of its Minneapolis headquarters. 

Weetabix in jobs consultation with 60 staff

Pressure to stem eroding profits has led Weetabix to place up to 60 jobs across its industrial hygiene departments at risk.

Sugar prices to blame for ABF's poor sugar revenues

Associated British Foods (ABF) has blamed lower sugar prices and weak EU sales volumes for its poor sugar revenues in an interim management statement today (July 10).

2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries sale offers staff hope

The sale of 2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries site has offered hope to workers who faced losing their jobs because of its previously announced closure, although concerns remain about its future.

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Allied Bakeries Kingsmill launches Great White Rolls

Kingsmill launches Great White Rolls following the release of Kingsmill Great White - loaves with as much fibre as wholemeal - back in March. 

General Mills launches 150 products inspired by food trends

General Mills introduces a range of 150 products across the U.S inspired by leading consumer food trends: protein, bold flavors, gluten free, indulgence and whole grain.

Can General Mills' Grumpy Cat bring kids back to cereal?

General Mills' recruit of social media celebrity Grumpy Cat could engage young consumers but does not come without risks, according to a food marketing expert. 

Fazer closes 2 factories in industrial to in-store shift

Finnish firm Fazer has announced the closure of two of its bakeries – a move it said was unavoidable considering a market shift from pre-packed bread to in-store baked. 

Want Want China to add some 50 products to its snack line in 2014

Chinese snack titan Want Want will extend its product line this year after strengthening its position in China.

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Cricket bars founder: ‘We launched a product without a supply chain in place to scale it’

Since it was created in 2012, Chapul Inc. has been on a mission to integrate edible insects into Western diets, using its cricket energy bars as the vehicle. 

Australia

Goodman Fielder agrees to takeover bid from Wilmar and First Pacific

Iconic Australian food maker Goodman Fielder has finally agreed to an A$1.34bn (US$1.26bn) offer by Wilmar International and First Pacific Company to acquire the company after the last two bids...

NUWI Quinoa Snacks: We are a snack in a bottle – it’s the future

Liquid snacking is a healthy, convenient alternative to snack bars – a segment many consumers are bored of, according to the co-founder of NUWI Quinoa Snacks; a drinkable snack.

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Geary’s Bakery joins the Federation of Bakers

Craft baker Geary’s Bakery becomes the Federation of Bakers (FoB) 10th member company.

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Snyder’s-Lance to restructure as it completes $430m private brand divesture

Synder’s-Lance will kick-start a restructuring plan to improve margins and drive focus on its branded products following the completion of its private brands divestment to Shearer’s Foods.

Portable and adventurous: Snyder’s-Lance on what’s next in snacks

Snacking is becoming more of a lifestyle than simply a between-meal indulgence for time-strapped US consumers, which means more opportunity to innovate in flavor, nutrition and delivery formats for snack...

Can a $40m cost-cutting program bolster General Mills?

Amid “disappointing” fiscal 2014 results, General Mills has kick-started a cost-cutting plan to boost efficiency and support growth – a move that can’t be faulted but isn’t necessarily a ticket...

Kellogg, Nestlé, Mondelēz et al. promise to stop certain kids' ads by 2018

Over 20 major food firms have signed up to health and wellness pledges on advertisement to children, consistent product information, open access to formulation policies and employee wellbeing as part...

PepsiCo to drive ‘better-for-you’ NPD with Mexico baking innovation center

PepsiCo has inaugurated its first R&D facility in Mexico – a baking innovation center that will be dedicated to strengthening its better-for-you portfolio across brands like Quaker, Lay’s and Sabritas....

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