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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.

Diamond Foods opens doors to US innovation center

Diamond Foods will heat up flavor NPD at its newly-opened US innovation center, says its VP of innovation.

General Mills: ‘Less is more’ with snack bars

Consumers want simple and wholesome snack bars so ingredients and packaging must reflect this, says the category development head at General Mills Convenience.

Adding a twist: JJ Food Solutions rolls out German pretzels to Brazilian consumers

Brazil’s food company JJ Food Solutions is bringing the complete line of premium frozen bakery products manufactured by Germany’s pretzel and frozen pastry manufacturer Ditsch to the Brazilian market....

Seabrook Crisps sold for £35M in management buyout

Seabrook Crisps has been sold for £35M in a management buyout, after the Yorkshire-based manufacturer returned to growth with a post-tax profit of £1.3M last year.

Lawsuit against Nestlé USA

Gerber Graduates Puffs fruit images 'mislead parents', class-action suit claims

Nestlé USA plans to defends what it calls a 'frivolous' class-action complaint filed against its Gerber subsidiary that alleges fruit images on its snacks line for toddlers is misleading for...

PepsiCo's Brazilian sugar sourcing audit falls short of expectations: Oxfam

PepsiCo’s new report on its sugarcane supply chain in Brazil and the impact it has on land rights has been welcomed with caution and some critique by Oxfam.

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Kraft Heinz moving Illinois location to downtown Chicago

Just two weeks after Kraft and Heinz officially announced they were merging into The Kraft Heinz Company, it has announced it will move from its Northfield, Illinois, offices to downtown...

Croatia’s government to pull out of snacks and cereal-maker Podravka

The Croatian government will invest in leading snacks and sweets producer Podravka to preserve its controlling stake, but then intends to sell its share.

From online to in-store: graze.com aims to ‘transform snacking’ with UK retail move

Graze.com is set to launch in over 1,200 major retailers in the UK as the firm looks to build on its successful US launch with further rapid expansion.

Primrose’s Kitchen gains Holland & Barrett UK listing

Dorset ‘superfood’ company Primrose’s Kitchen has secured a listing with health food chain Holland & Barrett for its raw vegetable mueslis.

Puffed corn maker Cosmos Creations: ‘We’re riding on the popcorn wave’

Cosmos Creations is growing fast in the US thanks to consumer association between puffed corn and popcorn and the plan is to seek out other parallel segments to spark global...

PepsiCo tackles UK retail battles: We must be careful moving into discounters, says CEO

UK retailers are battling it out as more discounters enter the market and PepsiCo must respond carefully to these changes, its CEO says.

Hostess Brands won’t sell: It is ‘premature’ to consider offers

Hostess Brands has turned down buy-out and initial public offering (IPO) proposals as it believes it can continue to strengthen its brands.

Sahale Snacks moves beyond nut mixes with snack bars

Sahale Snacks wants to develop an entire snacking platform beyond nut blends under JM Smucker ownership, says its associate brand manager. 

Me and my factory

Why United Biscuits had to invest £50M

United Biscuits has pumped millions into its flagship Harlesden site. Kevin McGurk tells Nicholas Robinson why the investment had to be made

Nestlé to open Digital Innovation Office in Silicon Valley in 2016

Nestlé: ‘Technology is fundamentally changing the way consumers buy our products and engage with our brands’

Nestlé is setting up a digital innovation team with staff drawn from the company’s marketing and technology groups, moving into an office in Silicon Valley co-located with swissnex, in 2016.

PepsiCo’s leadership appointments help address the rise of digitally connected consumers

PepsiCo has announced a series of appointments, including one to address the importance of digitally connected consumers and e-commerce distribution channel.

Boulder Brands slashes salaried headcount by 15%; unveils more ‘streamlined’ structure

Boulder Brands – the firm behind EVOL Foods, Udi’s Gluten Free and Smart Balance – has reduced its salaried headcount by 15% and integrated its sales, marketing and innovation functions...

General Mills CEO: Retailers want cereal innovation – think gluten-free, protein and granola

US cereal sales continue to decline, but retailers know the category is still important and want innovation around prevalent consumer trends, says the CEO of General Mills.

Kellogg unveils simpler ingredients NPD to spur breakfast category

Kellogg has developed a range of breakfast products focused on simpler ingredients, positive nutrition and better portability.

ConAgra Foods in private label u-turn: ‘The time and energy we’re devoting to private brands is a suboptimal use of our resources’

ConAgra Foods has unveiled plans to divest its private label business less than three years after buying it via a $5bn mega-deal to acquire Ralcorp – a move it described...

Grupo Bimbo to sweeten Spanish hold with Panrico acquisition

Grupo Bimbo is clearly looking to stretch into sweet bakery with the acquisition of local bakery Panrico SAU in Spain and Portugal, says Mintel.

Love With Food acquires Taste Guru as consolidation in subscription food services continues

Snack box delivery service Love With Food’s acquisition of competitor Taste Guru, a leader in the gluten-free food delivery sub-category, signals the burgeoning online food subscription category already is consolidating...

General Mills to remove artificial ingredients from cereals by 2017

General Mills will remove all artificial flavors and colors from its breakfast cereals across the US over the next two to three years.

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