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"The consequence of this is a fundamental blow to the belief in health claims as a magic bullet."

Consumers are food confused...Are you helping?

Consumers have never been more confused about food, argues Healthy Food Marketing chief Peter Wennstrom in this guest article. The food industry needs to step up...

Allied Bakeries completes £210m investment programme

Allied Bakeries has completed its £210m five-year modernisation programme across its UK bakeries with a £31m investment in its Stevenage bakery.

Oxifree anti-corrosion resin becomes official supplier for Kellogg’s UK

Following successful pilot projects with Kellogg’s, Meadow Vale Foods and food processors ABP, Oxifree anti-corrosion resin has signed an agreement as the official supplier for Kellogg’s UK.

Sales brokers, distributors helped startup SuperEats reach major retailers nationwide quickly

Outsourcing sales and partnering with large distributors from the beginning helped propel the two-man startup SuperEats’ Kale + Chia Chips into large retailers nationwide within two years of the snack’s...

PepsiCo ponders what ‘good for you’ means

PepsiCo, the world's largest snack maker, said it was “going through a little change in our thinking” as it reported its Q1 2015 results.

Kellogg Australia adopts health star ratings

Kellogg will run the voluntary health star rating system across its entire cereal range in Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2015, kick-starting with a handful of products...

Sweet heat: Rudolph Foods launches spring/summer popcorn

Rudolph Foods’ sweet and spicy Gaslamp popcorn variants should intrigue consumers and stave off fierce start-up competition, says its marketing and innovation head.

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Frito-Lay injects sweet-savory into Rold Gold brand

Frito-Lay has developed sweet dips and fillings for its typically savory Rold Gold pretzel and sandwich cracker brand.

Love With Food subscription snack box helps brands sample products efficiently

Subscription snack box company Love With Food helps natural snack manufacturers drive brand awareness and sales by sampling their products directly to consumers’ doors for a fraction of the cost...

Freeze-dried fruit packs nutrition and nostalgia into one adventurous snack

The adventure-seeking co-founders of freeze-dried snack fruit start-up Berry Golden hope to lead consumers by example to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. 

Snack Out Loud’s pinto bean snacks: the next nut?

As many of today’s busy consumers are getting upwards of half their daily calories from snacks, they’re demanding more than ever from the category. So newcomer Snack Out Loud saw...

KP Snacks axes 70 roles at Phileas Fogg Consett site

The loss of 70 jobs at KP Snacks’s Consett factory, one-time home to Phileas Fogg crisps, was “an incredibly sad time” for its members and the local area, according to...

Bar maker-turned co-packer BumbleBar furthers organic mission

Long before “gluten-free,” “sustainable” and “organic” held the marketing sway they do now, Liz Ward wanted to channel her passion for organic agriculture and social justice into a naturally nutritionally dense food product by...

ConAgra Foods outlines 3 point plan to grow consumer business

ConAgra Food outlines a three-point plant for growing sales of commercial brands, including Swiss Miss, Pam and Orville Redenbacher's, which continue to struggle despite improved share, profit and volume stabilization.

Primal Pantry founder: 'You can't protect your product. You can only protect your brand'

When launching a new product, don’t underestimate the power of good design – and make sure you trademark everywhere, says Suzie Walker, founder of The Primal Pantry.

Tyrrells to enter French popcorn market with Poshcorn

Tyrrells has rebranded its popcorn range as Poshcorn and plans to enter the French segment for the first time.

Judge tosses ‘no refined sugars’ case vs KIND Healthy Snacks, but attorney says it had a lucky escape

A judge in Illinois has thrown out a class action lawsuit against KIND LLC over “no refined sugars” claim on its Healthy Grains products, which contain evaporated cane juice, a...

General Mills profits drop 16%: ‘We can learn a lot from entrepreneurs’, says CEO

General Mills’ net profits have continued to slide despite improvements in US cereal and snacks, but its CEO says the company can learn plenty from start-up competition.

Kellogg Australia: ‘We’re closely looking at health star ratings’

Kellogg is exploring Australia’s voluntary front-of-pack health star rating scheme following public attacks from consumer advocacy group Choice.

Dispatches: ISM/ProSweets 2015

Menken Orlando to drive Asian rice snack brand Mitsuba into UK

The UK is the prime focus for Menken Orlando’s expansion of its Asian rice snack brand Mitsuba as consumers increasingly look for unusual snacking flavors, says its sales director.

Bread is back! Dave's Killer Bread takes on the carb-bashers at Expo West

While retail sales of packaged bread have been pretty sluggish in recent years, one company that’s bucking the trend is Oregon-based Dave’s Killer Bread.

Post Holdings’ layoffs are part of larger food industry trend

Post Holdings becomes the latest in a long line of food companies to lay off workers and shutter manufacturing facilities. 

Wrights invests £6M in doughnut and cookie plant

Wrights Food Group has invested £6M in a factory that can make 46.8M doughnuts and 22M cookies a year.

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Bunge buys Heartland Harvest to service ‘better for you snacks’ demand

Bunge North America has bought Illinois-based Heartland Harvest to bolster its expertise in extruded foods and serve consumer demand for better-for-you snacks.

Finnish snacks giant Paulig considers axing Swedish Tex Mex chips site

Finland’s Paulig Group has mooted a plan to close a Swedish factory in Sweden that produces Tex Mex potato chips and consolidate production in Belgium.

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