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General Mills: Baking is on trend and can boost profits

There are tasty growth prospects for dessert mixes and refrigerated dough with the rise of home baking, says General Mills’ baking head.

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Goldman Sachs & Vestar Capital buy Hearthside Food Solutions

Investment bank Goldman Sachs and private equity firm Vestar Capital Partners have joined forces to buy Hearthside Food Solutions.

Weetabix NPD for China underway

Weetabix has started to develop new products for China, focused on savory flavors and texture changes that will appeal to Chinese consumers, its global brand head says. 

Food Service Specialties: Snacks can scoop up sales with co-branded dips

Co-branded dips can load up tasty sales for snack makers, says Food Service Specialties.

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BCTGM launches social media campaign against Kellogg

The BCTGM trade union has unveiled a social media campaign against Kellogg over the five-month Memphis lockout that has now entered into a legal phase.

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Special K targets Swedish women with Cracker Crisps launch

Kellogg has launched three variants of Special K Cracker Crisps into the Swedish market, boasting a 60% less fat on-pack claim to target health-conscious females.

Hovis back to sourcing British wheat

Premier Foods has recommenced sourcing British wheat for its Hovis brand but cannot bring back its ‘100% British wheat’ pack claim due to continued uncertainty, it says.

Diamond Foods CEO: Kettle’s all-natural credentials should explode in popcorn

Diamond Foods will launch a ready-to-eat Kettle popcorn line this fiscal year that should generate new interest in the sector because of the brand’s all-natural credentials, its CEO says.

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Cape Cod targets ‘guilt-free’ snacking with popcorn line

Snyder’s-Lance has re-introduced its Cape Cod White Cheddar popcorn and developed Sea Salt and Kettle Corn varieties, targeting the guilt-free snacking sector.

5-minutes: Chewing over GMOs with the Snack Food Association

SFA head: ‘A little term called class action suits’ is prompting GMO removal

Genetically modified organisms are safe and there is a need and place for them in the market, but manufacturers are removing them for fear of class actions, says the CEO...

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Top 10 CPG brands 2013: Special K and Tostitos make the cut

Kellogg and Frito-Lay have ranked in IRI’s top 10 most successful US consumer packaged goods brands of 2013.

Kellogg on Memphis lockout: The union has refused to meet since October

Federal charges have been filed against Kellogg and numerous letters sent calling for an end to the Memphis lockout, but the company says a resolution is impossible because the BCTGM...

Aryzta pumps $1bn into US and Canada acquisitions

Swiss bakery firm Aryzta will acquire Canada’s Pineridge Bakery and US Cloverhill Bakery for a collective sum of €730m (US$1.01bn) in a move its CEO says will shift the company...

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Canada Bread director resigns in wake of sale to Grupo Bimbo

William E. Aziz has resigned as director of Canada Bread just one month after Grupo Bimbo purchased the company for C$1.83bn.

US senators demand Kellogg act fast to end Memphis lockout

Five US senators have called on Kellogg to ‘act swiftly’ and resolve its Memphis lockout, which has seen more than 200 employees unable to work at the ready-to-eat cereal plant...

Allied Bakeries launches white bread ‘saviour’

Allied Bakeries (AB) will use consumer diet and health concerns in a bid to reverse a predicted 8% sales decline in white plant bread products in the next few years.

General Mills hopes comic books will invigorate cereal

General Mills hopes to influence purchase decisions in the cereal aisle with a limited edition comic book series across selected Big G brands.

SFA: Nutrition labeling will ‘expose’ snacks but we remain confident

Nutrition labeling will expose snacks for what they are, but we’re committed to being transparent and confident US consumers will remain a snacking nation, says the CEO of the Snack...

Late July CEO: The brand just exploded... We’ve tripled our revenues in three years

In 2012, Late July’s revenues were a modest $18.6m. In 2014, founder and CEO Nicole Dawes says the brand is "currently at a $60M run rate", primarily due to explosive...

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Premier has ‘brightest outlook in a decade’: City

Premier Foods now has “the brightest outlook for a decade”, after re-engineering its balance sheet with a major refinancing plan, says City analyst Shore Capital.

Kellogg muesli launch taps into ‘superfood’ trend

Kellogg Australia’s new Fibrelicious muesli expands the brand beyond its traditional flake format and taps into the ‘superfood’ seed trend, according to a Datamonitor analyst.

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United Biscuits R&D targets impulse channel

 United Biscuits has revamped the cheese flavor of its baked Mini Cheddars snack, developed a new chili beef flavor and added more price marked packs to target impulse buys.

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Bakery supplier Zeelandia promotes food industry in school

Bakery supplier Zeelandia is backing National Apprenticeship Week by offering an insight into careers in the food industry to girls at Sacred Heart of Mary School in Upminster.

Premier Foods’ finance deal to ‘liberate it from the past’

Premier Foods has revealed 18% growth in trading profit in full-year results for 2013, alongside a new pensions deal and a much-awaited major capital restructuring plan designed to “liberate the firm...

Interview with Bobo's Oat Bars founder Beryl Stafford

Bobo’s oat bars at the crux of convenience, gluten-free

Ten years after Bobo’s Oat Bars first hit natural food store and coffee shop shelves in Boulder, CO, the now profitable cereal bar manufacturer is capitalizing on the parallel growth...

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