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Epic Provisions: Analysts and brand fans react to acquisition by General Mills

General Mills is tapping key snacking trends – and entering a category tipped to be worth $1.3bn by 2017 - with its acquisition of Epic Provisions, according to analysts Mintel.

Free-from brand Enjoy Life to launch protein snacks as it aims to raise profile

Mondelēz International's US free-from brand Enjoy Life Foods is expanding its line-up with on-the-go protein snacks as it looks to raise brand awareness.

General Mills acquires ethical meat snacks brand Epic Provisions

General Mills has acquired Texas-based meat snacks manufacturer Epic Provisions less than three years after it was founded.

Ka-pow! General Mills and Warner Bros bring Batman v Superman to cereal aisle

General Mills has teamed up with Warner Bros to bring Batman and Superman to US cereal aisles.

Annie Chun’s takes seaweed to mainstream snackers with launch of crunchy Seaweed Crisps

Roasted sheets of flavorful nori increasingly are competing with crunchy kale chips and other healthier-for-you snacks, but the stick-to-the-top-of-the-mouth texture of dehydrated seaweed isn’t for everyone. 

Who ya’ gonna call? Finsbury secures cakes licence for Ghostbusters remake

Cakes supplier Finsbury Foods has secured a UK and Ireland license for the upcoming reboot of the Ghostbusters movie.

Almond snacks supplier Blue Diamond names Ian Greengrass MD for Europe

Almond products supplier Blue Diamond Brands has appointed Ian Greengrass as managing director of its European business.

Lotus Bakeries acquires UK-based Bear snacks producer Urban Fresh Foods

Lotus Bakeries has revealed ambitions to become an international ‘category captain’ in healthy snacking after acquiring UK business Urban Fresh Foods, producer of Bear fruit snacks and cereals.

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No preservatives, no added sugar, and no atmosphere? That’s It fruit bars boldly go into space

With sales already heading into the stratosphere after a successful roll-out in chains from Starbucks to Kroger, That’s It fruit bars upped the ante this week after being cleared by...

Weetabix tapping UK protein demand with new version of breakfast cereal

Weetabix is launching a higher-protein version of the UK’s best-selling breakfast cereal.

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Sole superfood supplier tips hat to Oprah and Jamie for demand surge

Global demand for an ancient superfood backed by Oprah Winfrey and Jamie Oliver is being met by a single company in South Australia.

PepsiCo on healthy vending and 2016 launch of organic Gatorade

PepsiCo is looking to drive a healthier portfolio via new health-friendly vending machines and a 2016 launch of organic Gatorade.

Kellogg tells suppliers to halve GHG emissions by 2050

Kellogg will work with its suppliers directly for the first time to help reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2050.

Honey Monster owner Raisio confirms closure of Southall production site in UK

Raisio is to close its factory in Southall, near London, as it restructures of its UK cereal and snacks business.

Warburtons secures new wheat supply contracts with 300 UK farmers

Warburtons, the UK’s largest bakery brand, has extended its wheat growing contracts with more than 300 British farmers for a further five years. 

Pepperidge Farm unlikely to succeed in Trader Joe’s cookie ‘copying’ lawsuit, says academic

A professor of law doubts Pepperidge Farm’s law suit against Trader Joe’s, accusing the grocery chain’s Crispy Cookies of resembling its Milano brand, will prevail.

Puratos Group set to grow US business with Pennant Ingredients acquisition

Belgium-based bakery and patisserie supplier Puratos Group is aiming to grow its presence in North America following its acquisition of US business Pennant Ingredients.

Ontario aims to grow agri-food exports with Super-Pufft Snacks investment

Ontario is set to invest in food manufacturer Super-Pufft Snacks in a bid to strengthen the region’s agri-food exports

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Nissin buys Jinmailang out of Chinese noodle joint-venture

Nissin has ended its joint-ventures with Jinmailang so it can focus on supplying premium products to the Chinese market.

Online snacks business Graze ramps up UK retail presence with Tesco and Asda listings

Online snacking brand Graze says it has doubled its distribution points in UK retail since expanding into the bricks-and-mortar market less than six months ago.

General Mills takes $500m Fiber One brand into UK

General Mills has rolled out its $500m higher-fiber brand Fiber One to retailers in the UK for the first time.

Hovis production line closure threatens over 100 jobs

Hovis plans to close a bread production line at its bakery in Wigan, threatening more than 100 jobs.

UBM says security and comfort of attendees is ‘paramount’; registrations up 6%

32 firms pull out of FiE in wake of Paris attacks

Around 32 of 1400 exhibiting companies (3%) have pulled out of the industry event Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) next week in Paris following the city’s fatal attacks, despite efforts from...

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Märsch Importshandels to rely on X-ray inspection by next year

Märsch Importshandels has said it intends to rely fully on X-ray inspection by the end of 2016.

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