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Treehouse Foods: Competitive pressure dents sales but earnings rise 2.3%

Treehouse Foods has said 2016 marks the “beginning of an important journey” as it focuses on integrating the private label business it has acquired from ConAgra Foods.

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Crunch Time: Ex-United Biscuits product developer brings granola snacks to UK market

A former product developer for businesses including Heinz, Nestlé and United Biscuits has created a range of snacking granola pouches.

Yamazaki Baking grows bakery sales - and ends Mondelēz partnership

Japanese manufacturer Yamazaki Baking has increased its bread sales in the past year despite the impact of cost-conscious consumers and rising raw material prices.

Kellogg predicts its US cereals will grow 'a couple of percent' in 2016

Kellogg has said it believes its US breakfast cereals sales will return to growth in 2016.

Innovation drives 7.2% profit growth in Orkla snacks and confectionery

Innovation including new nuts and chocolate products has contributed to a strong performance by the confectionery and snacks division of Norwegian-based business Orkla.

Kellogg: full-year sales down 7.2% but US cereal trends 'are improving'

Kellogg has reported a 10.6% drop in overall sales in the last quarter of 2015 to £3.1bn – but says performance of its US cereals business is improving.

Grow the core and add more: PepsiCo reports Frito-Lay profit up 6%

Frito-Lay has benefited from improved productivity and lower commodity costs in the past 12 months, PepsiCo has reported in its full-year results.

Britannia bucks 'sluggish demand scenario' to deliver double-digit growth

Indian bakery and dairy business Britannia Industries has reported consolidated revenue growth of 10% to $325.4m (Rs. 2,224 crores) in its third quarter, and 12% growth for the year up...

Nature's Own baker Flowers Foods 'not satisfied' with Q4 performance

Nature's Own manufacturer Flowers Foods has reported an increase in full-year sales despite a slowdown in the last quarter.

Go Raw launch and Vaasan deal helps Lantmännen hit record earnings

Lantmännen has reported strong growth in its food business in 2015 following new product launches, improved efficiency and the acquisition of Finnish bakery business Vaasan.

'Four times thicker' Slabs crisps launch into single-serve market

UK business Great Food Affairs is expanding its Slabs crisp brand – which claims to be four times thicker than standard crisps - with a single-serve range.

Beanfields’ bean and rice chips expands internationally from home office

Starting in the local natural food channel, the product started branching into mainstream channels last year, and is now sold in 16 countries.

United Biscuits targets £17m first-year sales for McVitie’s Digestive Nibbles

United Biscuits is claiming a first for the UK biscuits category with the launch of new bitesized products under its McVitie’s brand.

BFree: the Irish free-from bread brand making its mark in US retail

Irish allergen-free bakery business BFree Foods is ramping up its presence in the US after making its mainstream debut last year.

Decline in MOM Brand sales impacts Post Q1 ready-to-eat cereal performance

Overall sales of Post ready-to-eat cereals were impacted by a decline in the performance of the MOM brands acquired last year, the company has reported in its results for Q1 2016.

Taffel crisps maker Orkla launches review of Finnish production facilities

Manufacturer Orkla is reviewing its Finnish production operations – stating it is spending too much on maintaining and operating its Nordics and Baltics facilities.

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Nestlé buys out Israeli food manufacturer Osem for €752m

Food giant Nestlé has agreed to buy a remaining stake in Israeli food manufacturer Osem Investments, in a deal worth €752m ($840m).

Treehouse completes $2.7bn acquisition of ConAgra private-label business

Treehouse Foods has completed its $2.7bn acquisition of ConAgra’s private-label operations.

Record breaker: Kellogg's UK team topples 2,700 packets of cornflakes

Kellogg’s UK has set a new Guinness World Record – a domino-style topple of almost 2,700 packets of breakfast cereal.

New marketing push 'reinvents' Kellogg's Special K brand in Australian market

Kellogg’s Australia claims it is reinventing the Special K brand with a new marketing push designed to inspire women to make “realistic and positive changes”.

General Mills gives Lärabar first TV advertising push

General Mills has launched the first TV advertising for the Lärabar snack brand it acquired in 2008.

Snyder's-Lance net sales up 4% in 2015 despite below-par revenue in Q4

Snyder’s-Lance has reported an estimated 4% year on year increase in net sales for 2015 – despite a “tougher retailing environment” and a last-quarter performance below expectations.

PepsiCo rolling out gluten-free Quaker oatmeal range across US retail

PepsiCo is rolling out gluten-free Quaker oatmeal across the US from this month.

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Winter Storm Jonas: how bakery and cereals suppliers weathered the blizzard

Many major East Coast US bakery, snacks and cereals operations were back in operation on Monday morning in the wake of the Winter Storm Jonas blizzard.

Swap shop: PepsiCo promotion gives shoppers chance to shape Lay's line-up

PepsiCo is giving US consumers the chance to transform its Lay’s potato chip line-up with a major new promotion.

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