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Mondelēz to lean on healthy snacks and digital media to expand margins

Mondelēz International hopes to “significantly expand margins” through healthier versions of its products, product innovation and more reliance on digital media.

Consumers becoming more savvy, health conscious: Q&A with Healthfull Bread’s director

A savvier group of customers want healthier products with fewer preservatives and ingredients, a trend one bread executive says will continue for a long time.

Scott Semel: 'Our growth has been meteoric'

The meteoric rise of barkTHINS snacking chocolate: ‘It took off like a rocketship’

Sometimes the most disruptive food products are less about blue-sky innovation than taking something familiar, adding a new twist, and creating a completely new category, says Ripple Brand Collective founder...

Big in Japan: Pretz to launch in US market

Pocky Sticks maker Ezaki Glico will release another Japanese snack, Pretz, on the US market.

Fixing what’s wrong in cereal: General Mills and Kellogg discuss their plans

The cereal market has been trending downward in recent years. At this year’s Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference, two of the country’s biggest cereal companies, The Kellogg Company and General...

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Flowers Foods to acquire organic breadmaker Alpine Valley Bread Company in $120m deal

Flowers Foods – which has just snapped up Dave’s Killer Bread for $275m – has made another move into the fast-growing organic bakery category with a $120m deal to acquire...

Judge refuses to certify class in PopCorners all-natural/GMO lawsuit

A California judge has declined to certify a class of consumers in a lawsuit alleging New York-based Medora Snacks falsely used the term ‘all-natural’ on PopCorners labels because the corn-based...

Cake firm Bright Blue Foods acquired by Endless

Cake maker Bright Blue Foods has been acquired by private equity investor Endless for an undisclosed sum. 

Florida judge approves $3.99m deal in Kashi GMO false advertising lawsuit

 A federal judge in Florida has approved a $3.99m deal to resolve a proposed class action accusing Kashi of misleading shoppers by labeling products made with GMOs as ‘all-natural’.

How can companies clear up confusion over the healthiness of free-from foods?

One fifth of Brits believes free-from foods are healthier than normal foods while the same number believes they are higher in fat, salt and sugar. But why is this and what...

Boomchickapop to seize on popcorn boom with new manufacturing facility in Reno

Minnesota-based Angie’s Artisan Treats will be opening a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Reno, Nevada this month for Boomchickapop as popcorn's popularity rises in the US....

Munk Pack unveils a new food category: Oatmeal fruit squeeze

Not so long ago, pouches were just for babies. Today, they’re fast-becoming the go-to format for companies looking to stand out from the crowd in healthy snacks, say the founders...

Sunbelt Bakery's Protein Delights to compete with Kellogg and General Mills protein bars, says brand director

Sunbelt Bakery has launched a protein-based bar without preservatives and containing 6 g of protein that it hopes will compete with the likes of General Mills' Nature Valley protein bar...

Nestlé USA accuses FIT CRUNCH bar maker of trademark infringement over ‘confusingly similar’ logo and packaging

FIT CRUNCH - baked protein bars developed by celebrity chef Robert Irvine and FortiFX founder Sean Perich – are sold in “packages nearly identical” to Nestlé’s CRUNCH chocolate bars, alleges...

New CEO wants to make BFY Holdings global leader in healthier snacks segment

PopCorners manufacturer BFY Holdings is on a mission to become a global leader in the booming better-for-you snack category and to help it the company has tapped an industry veteran...

Flavor Trends

Fine-tuning flavors could help Moose Munch & The Popcorn Factory boost sales

Gourmet food and gift company Harry & David has an ambitious goal to make its iconic and decadent Moose Munch popcorn line a $100 million brand within the next two...

Bako bakery acquisition boosts turnover to £103M

Bako North Western’s (BNW’s) turnover will rise to over £100M and its staff to 330, following the acquisition of sister company Bako Northern and Scotland (BNS) for an undisclosed amount....

Organic bread may be difficult for Flowers to popularize, says analyst

A Euromonitor analyst has questioned Flowers Food’s recent acquisition of Dave’s Killer Bread as the organic bread market has limited potential in the packaged bread industry.

Judge stays Gen Mills trans fat lawsuit, but FDA has left firms exposed to civil litigation, argue attorneys

In a ruling that will be read with interest by food manufacturers worried about being sued for using partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), a judge in California has stayed a PHO-related...

FDA calls out Frito-Lay for possible safety breaches in Tennessee

The US Food and Drug Administration has censured Frito-Lay for a leaky roof, dirty facility and possible cross contamination of manufactured food at a Tennessee snack food facility.

Lotus Bakeries takes majority slice of Nakd and Trek bar maker

Belgium-based Lotus Bakeries has seen its share price jump to a near 52-week high after it acquired two-thirds of UK-based snack firm Natural Balance Foods on Monday for about £60m...

Cereal beer? Wheaties and Fulton Beer partner for new craft beer

Wheaties, the popular breakfast cereal from food giant General Mills, has partnered with a Minnesota brewer to create craft beer HefeWheaties.

Kettle Chips maker appoints new md

Gourmet crisps maker Kettle Foods has appointed former Tesco director Ashley Hicks as its new md.

60-second interview: Dave's Killer Bread CEO John Tucker

Will Dave's Killer Bread retain its edgy appeal without its co-founder and namesake? FoodNavigator-USA (FNU) caught up with CEO John Tucker after bakery giant Flowers Foods coughed up a cool...

Kashi develops 'overnight oats' cup and sweet potato cereal

Kashi's muesli to soak overnight and sweet potato cereal hit on important consumer trends and could take off, says one innovation expert.

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