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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.

Kellogg v BCTGM

NLRB issues complaint against Kellogg over Memphis lockout

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint over Kellogg’s Memphis plant lockout, based on federal charges brought forward by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers (BCTGM)...

Food Vision 2014

Final preparations underway for Food Vision 2014

Final preparations are underway for Food Vision 2014, the event that brings together global food and drink industry leaders at Cannes in the south of France to discuss key topics...

Kellogg v BCTGM

Kellogg v BCTGM: Contract wars over Memphis lockout

The BCTGM union has accused Kellogg of acting outside the law in its lockout, claiming employment terms held under a master contract can’t be negotiated, but Kellogg says the terms...

Kellogg v BCTGM

What will this Memphis contract war come to?

A labor attorney says there could be a number of reasons behind the Kellogg-BCTGM contract dispute and now that the National Labor Relations Board is involved, worse-case scenario it could...

EXCLUSIVE INSIGHT FROM BCTGM ON KELLOGG MEMPHIS LOCKOUT

BCTGM: Kellogg’s Memphis lockout is illegal

Kellogg’s Memphis lockout is unlawful because employment terms are covered by a master contract that cannot be negotiated ahead of expiry in 2015, says the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and...

Fria hungry for free-from expansion in UK

Scandinavian frozen free-from major Fria will ramp up its UK presence over 2014, focusing on major retailers in particular, its export manager says.

Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

Almonds are on fire, says Blue Diamond CEO as meteoric growth rates continue

Sales of Blue Diamond Grower’s retail products -  from Almond Breeze to Almond Nut Thins - have surged dramatically over the past five years and now account for nearly $500m...

General Mills ramps up palm oil pledge to consider deforestation

General Mills has strengthened its pledge to source fully traceable palm oil by next year, with explicit focus on counteracting deforestation.

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