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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...

Almarai Q1 results: Bakery outperforms dairy and poultry divisions

Saudi Arabian food and drink business Almarai has reported a surge in profits from its bakery division, while increased costs have hit profits from its dairy business.

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Vermont Smoke & Cure secures Target listing with smaller meat sticks

Vermont Smoke & Cure has extended its range with a smaller meat stick and secured a nationwide listing with Target.

Revealed: How Premier Foods aims to grow cakes business in US and UK

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods has revealed strategies to grow its on-the-go and US cakes businesses.

General Mills receives NYPA funding to upgrade Buffalo cereals facility

General Mills is to upgrade its oldest facility in the US with the help of $500,000 in finding from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees.

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Tyrrells founder William Chase returns to snacking with popcorn brand

Tyrrells Crisps founder William Chase – who sold the business in 2008 – has returned to the snacks industry with his own popcorn brand.

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Prime time: Paleo cookie brand start-up with national ambition

US start-up Paleo Prime Cookies is aiming to fuel growth with new packaging and by expanding its line-up with new flavors.

PepsiCo US management shake-up as Frito-Lay boss Greco leaves

PepsiCo has announced a senior management shake-up following the departure of Frito-Lay North America chief Tom Greco.

Snyder's-Lance launches raft of new branded snacking lines

Snyder's-Lance has extended some of its biggest brands with new products including filled pretzel pieces and limited-edition popcorn.

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barkTHINS builds 'chocolate snacking' category with peanut & sea salt addition

barkTHINS plans to continue pioneering the snacking chocolate category by launching its latest variant: dark chocolate peanut with sea salt.

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