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Kashi: Not enough people know about Kamut Khorasan wheat

Kashi says inclusion of Kamut Khorasan wheat in its organic granola should drive awareness of the nutrition-dense, lesser known grain.

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New bakery for Bertinet Warburtons partnership

Artisan bakery Bertinet, in partnership with Warburtons, is to open a second bakery at its Milton Keynes site to serve the south east of England.

Consumers want to see what you are putting into the product as well as what isn’t in there

The meteoric rise of Way Better Snacks: ‘All-natural’ is all very well, but what really matters is nutrient density

With revenues going from zero to “north of $20m” in three years, the growth of Way Better Snacks has been nothing short of meteoric. But while great branding, its focus...

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United Biscuits appoints Sunday Times’ NED of the year

United Biscuits has appointed the Sunday Times’ non-executive director of the year, Frank Meysman, as its non-executive chairman.

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Warburtons donates £10,000 to youth charity

UK bread major Warburtons has pledged £10,000 ($15,900) to a youth charity project focused on driving employment.

Seabrook Crisps pumps cash into production

Seabrook Crisps has invested £32,730 in new machinery and the creation of at least four jobs as part of wider plans to boost innovation, improve production flexibility and boost sales.

United Biscuits hungry for impulse channel growth

United Biscuits will take its core savory snack lines on a UK depot tour to engage with retailers on how best to stock and display products in impulse channels.

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

Flowers Foods on sodium reduction: Try salt first… it’s the low-hanging fruit

Bakers should consider slashing salt content before turning to sodium alternatives, says the VP of technical service at Flowers Foods.

Finsbury buys Fletchers Bakeries for £56M

Finsbury Food Group, the cake, bread and bakery goods manufacturer, has acquired the Fletchers Group of Bakeries for £56M from private equity owner Vision Capital.

PepsiCo CEO: Frito-Lay won’t battle with premium, short-term competitors

Frito-Lay held sturdy Q3 sales but lost market share to premium competitors – a loss PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi admitted was far from ideal but not a long-term concern.

Diamond Foods to build innovation center

Diamond Foods will pool snack NPD efforts under one roof with its first dedicated innovation center.

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

General Mills: Think globally; act local to tackle consumer problems

Bakery companies must have global strategies but act locally to solve consumer problems such as carb concerns and free from needs, says the innovation head of General Mills’ global bakery...

US tainted packaging incident saw recall of 28m boxes of cereal

Canadian wax supplier denied early exit from Kellogg v. Flexible Packaging Corp. court case

A US federal court has denied The International Group’s (IGI’s) motion for summary judgment in a case alleging the wax maker and FPC (Flexible Packaging Corp.) provided Kellogg with non-merchantable...

Nestlé and Kellogg acknowledge risks of carbon pollution from power plants

Nestlé and Kellogg have partnered with companies including General Mills and Unilever by joining Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).

Kix interactive cereal a double-win: Engages kids and appeals to parents

General Mills has launched special edition Kix cereal packs with cut-out characters to accompany a series of online stories for kids – a strategy that importantly holds parent appeal, says...

Joe & Seph’s popcorn: Cinema, airlines and duty free give explosive brand exposure

UK gourmet popcorn maker Joe & Seph’s has secured listings with World Duty Free and Cineworld, adding to its airline presence – channels its co-founder says spark unprecedented brand attention.

United Biscuits to roll out waste cooking oil for lorries

United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability initiative by using waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorries and plans to roll out the project further across the business.

Graze targets mums with ‘big box’ subscription snacks

Graze realizes subscription snacking opportunities stretch far beyond its desk-friendly concept and is taking a leap into sharing with big box varieties, its CEO says.

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Canadian investment firm acquires premium bakery English Bay Batter

Kilmer Van Nostrand has acquired dough and premium cookie specialist English Bay Batter and plans to drive the business deeper into North America.

Kellogg UK drops cholesterol-management cereal Optivita

The Kellogg Company has delisted its oat-based Optivita brand in the UK following a decline in consumer demand, but one analyst says the cereal could have suffered from health claim...

Seabrook’s profits crisp up after stale period

Seabrook Crisps has returned to growth after reporting a £1.8M loss in 2012 and is now boasting a post-tax profit of £1.3M for this year.

Quaker continues NFL program as PepsiCo CEO urges change around abuse

PepsiCo’s Quaker business is continuing its marketing partnership with the US National Football League (NFL) for a third year despite concerns raised by CEO Indra Nooyi over its handling of...

KP Snacks to leverage growth under Intersnack ‘powerhouse’

KP Snacks has big growth plans under the Intersnack umbrella with Christmas NPD investment and a push in healthy snacking, says its branded sales head.

General Mills profits plunge 25% but 2015 growth targets will be kept

A tough operating environment with softer retail trends saw General Mills’ net profit plunge for the first quarter of FY 2015, but its CEO remains certain growth targets will be met.

FDA survey shows excellent compliance for gluten-free labeled foods, but what about non-labeled gluten-free?

Almost 99% of foods labeled as gluten-free in the US are in compliance, with 1.1% mislabeled/misbranded because of the presence of gluten above an acceptable threshold. But the numbers are...

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