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Change of tack: Bimbo switches focus from restructuring to efficiency gains

Grupo Bimbo says it now has a major opportunity to boost the efficiency and productivity of its US and Canada business after concluding restructuring work.

Boulder Brands lines drive 13% surge in Pinnacle Foods Q1 sales

Boulder Brands has added more than $100m to net sales of Pinnacle Foods in its first ten weeks as part of the business.

Addition of peanut flour to some Kellogg’s snacks “outrages” consumers, prompts petition

Kellogg’s efforts to appease consumers who asked it not to add peanut flour to several previously allergy-safe snacks has backfired on the manufacturer – further aggravating parents of children who...

Brand growth and currency drive 21% hike in Grupo Bimbo North America sales

Increased marketing investment and more effective promotional activity has helped drive a 21% year-on-year hike in net sales of Grupo Bimbo’s North American business.

Alpha Baking moves into sweet goods with ConAgra bakeries acquisition

S Rosen’s brand owner Alpha Baking Co is extending into sweet goods with the acquisition of two US bakeries from ConAgra Foods.

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Graze.com moves into bagged sharing snacks with new range

Snacks subscription service Graze.com has extended into the bagged snacks market with six products launching in stores next month.

What happened when US consumers had chance to transform Lays chips line-up?

A high-profile marketing push announced by PepsiCo in January gave US shoppers the chance to reshape the Lays potato chip line-up – and they have voted to keep it as...

Raw foods on the rise as clean-label consumers crave more

From snack bars to spreads, chocolate to cheese, the trend for raw ingredients in processed foods is spreading across Europe, says Mintel, as consumer attention goes beyond the ingredient list...

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Bugs: A strange case of amnesia

Please don’t get me wrong, I am not a fervent entomophagist; I am just passionate about edible insects as a new food industry. 

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LiveSmart Bar to introduce new protein and kids bar lines across US

Born out of Motor City, Detroit, LiveSmart Bars is set to steer two new bar lines - the Simply Smart Bar and Smart Kids - across the US.

Gruma to take Mission brand into new markets as net sales grow 17% in Q1

Tortilla and corn flour supplier Gruma – owner of brands including Mission and Guerrero – has reported a 17% year on year hike in net sales in the first quarter of 2016.

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Pretzel Pete reformulating products following Mini Twists launch

US brand Pretzel Pete is reformulating some of its range to give them a cleaner label using non-GMO ingredients.

PepsiCo adds ancient grains quinoa and amaranth to Quaker line-up

PepsiCo is extending its Quaker line-up with four new products featuring ‘supergrains’ such as quinoa or amaranth.

Jack Link's to sell direct to US snackers through e-commerce platform

Jack Links has launched an e-commerce platform enabling it to sell its meat snacks direct to US consumers.

Grupo Bimbo to buy General Mills Argentina bakery and foodservice arm

General Mills is to sell its Argentina bakery and foodservice business to Grupo Bimbo.

Bagel-maker bags Spinneys and Waitrose deal

UAE supermarkets Spinneys and Waitrose will now stock Dubai start-up Gulf Bagel Factory’s bagels, adding to the firm’s current distribution through Carrefour and food service outlets.

Hovis CEO Martyn Wilks to be replaced by chairman Nish Kankiwala

Hovis boss Martyn Wilks is retiring from the UK bakery giant – just under a year after coming on board.

Food firms improve sustainability promises - but are they following them up with action?

The world's top 10 food firms are improving their promises and pledges on sustainability, food security and workers' rights, according to Oxfam’s Behind the Brands report. But is there any action...

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Mondelēz names new UK head as Greenhalgh departs

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International has appointed a replacement for departing UK managing director Phil Greenhalgh.

Preferred Popcorn moves into organic market with K&W acquisition

US manufacturer Preferred Popcorn has acquired its first organic production facility.

General Mills reports progress on improving nutrition and health profiles

General Mills - which has pledged to remove all artificial ingredients from its cereals by the end of 2017 - this week reported that 77% of its Big G cereal portfolio now...

Organic growth: Flowers unveils details of national Dave's Killer Bread roll-out

Flowers Foods has unveiled its plans to drive incremental growth through the roll-out of organic brand Dave's Killer Bread across the US this month.

New mummy for Honey Monster: Raisio licenses brand to The Brecks Company

Honey Monster cereals are to be produced and marketed in the UK market by The Brecks Company following a licensing deal with brand owner The Raisio Group.

No deal: McCormick walks away from Premier Foods takeover

McCormick & Co has abandoned its plans to take over Premier Foods, owner of number one UK cake brand Mr Kipling.

Former PepsiCo chief Prado to lead pork snacks supplier Evans Food Group

Snack industry veteran Jose Luis Prado - former boss of Quaker Oats North America - has partnered with private equity firm Wind Point Partners to acquire pork rind snacks supplier...

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