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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....

KP Snacks bags on pub passion during World Cup

KP Snacks has gone pub-themed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup; recreating a local UK pub in Rio for the games and running a consumer competition fronted by celebrity pub...

Meet the 20-something entrepreneur behind quinoa-fueled snacking startup eatKeenwa: ‘You’ve got to be tenacious'

“My background is in sales, so I’m used to dealing with disappointment,” observes the founder of quinoa-based snacking brand eatKeenwa. But for every door that’s been shut in Blake Niemann’s...

Kellogg Memphis lockout: Injunction to allow workers to return awaits federal court date

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is waiting for a federal court hearing date to address its injunction calling on Kellogg to end the Memphis lockout and allow employees to...

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KP Snacks secures meal deal placing in Boots, UK

KP Snacks will be available across Boots stores in the UK as part of the store’s meal deal.

The Carolina Nut Company: Making PBJ peanuts was like a Reese’s moment

The Carolina Nut Company has rolled out a peanut butter & jelly (PBJ) peanut variety that it says bucks the trend in nut flavors and should help US expansion plans.

Food manufacturers ‘unprepared for digital revolution’

Food manufacturers are unprepared to exploit the digital revolution that is boosting online sales of food and drink, warns Rabobank.

‘The unique characteristics of oatmeal’: Quaker Oats-funded study shows that instant oatmeal keeps hunger at bay from breakfast until lunch

Eating instant oatmeal for breakfast may help to manage hunger better than the leading oat-based, cold cereal, says a new study funded by Quaker Oats with implications for weight management.

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo 2014

General Mills: We're committed to driving growth in c-store snacking

Merchandizing gaps in convenience stores need to be plugged and snack makers must collaborate to drive progress forward, says the category development head at General Mills Convenience as it launches...

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Diamond Foods bets big on ready-to-eat popcorn as category tops $600m

The US ready-to-eat popcorn category has been “growing in the double-digits for the past 3-4 years” and is now worth “north of $600m in annual [retail] sales”, according to Diamond...

'All-natural’ frustration for Whole Foods: Judge refuses to toss suit over SAPP in baked goods

Three months after a federal judge in California gave the preliminary thumbs up to a $3.4m settlement of a class action lawsuit accusing Trader Joe’s  of falsely advertising products as ‘all natural’,...

Ball, Coke, and General Mills rank on ‘green’ list

Newsweek’s list of the US’s most sustainable companies names packaging firms like Ball, beverage producers like Coca-Cola, and food manufacturers such as General Mills rank among the green giants....

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo 2014

Samai to double business with US and Europe re-packing plants

Ecuador snack maker Samai will open two re-packing plants in the US and Europe by 2015 – expansion that should double global business, its marketing manager says.

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