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Start-up hopes to burst into US snacks market with Punjabi Popcorn

US start-up Punjabi Popcorn says its Indian spiced range should lure the curious consumer and profit from the booming snack segment.

McKee Foods secures Drake’s portfolio as Hostess cancels auction

It’s too early to say when Devil Dogs and Ring Dings will be back on shelves, but they - and other brands in the Drake’s snack cake portfolio - will...

How will new owners stage a Twinkies revival?

Apollo and Metropoulos will have to work hard to drive forward Hostess’ snack cake brands in a saturated market but dollar stores could hold promise, an analyst says.

The luck of the Irish? Keogh’s Crisps hopes to charm UK with Shamrock chips

Irish family-run business Keogh’s Crisps will use St Patrick’s Day as a springboard to launch its Shamrock & Sour Cream potato chip into the UK market for the first time....

Weetabix seeks to clean up image of kids’ chocolate variant

Weetabix has invested in a re-launch of its Weetabix chocolate variant in a bid to better communicate its positive health credentials, its brand manager says.

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Frito-Lay launches barbecue SunChips

Frito-Lay has developed a barbecue flavour variant of its SunChips brand.

EFSA health claims chief to share ‘magic recipe’ insights in Geneva

The chief of EFSA’s health claims panel will discuss where the agency stands on the topic in 2013, at this year’s Vitafoods conference and expo in Geneva in May.

Demand prompts Snyder’s-Lance to extend reduced fat Cape Cod line

Snyder’s-Lance has extended its Cape Cod reduced fat line to include a consumer favorite and strong performer; Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper, its marketing manager says.

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United Biscuits wins ‘Savory Snack Product of the Year 2013’ for Jacob’s Oddities

United Biscuits brand Jacob’s Oddities has been voted the Savory Snack Product of the Year 2013 from a 10,000-strong consumer survey.

Frito-Lay may appeal loss on Tostitos Scoops patent row

Branded snack titan Frito-Lay may appeal the year-long patent row it lost with private label specialist Ralcorp over use of ‘bowl’ shaped tortilla snacks.

Cereal bar targets free-from, nutrition and energy sectors, says The Frank Food Company MD

UK start-up The Frank Food Company will target the free-from, nutrition and energy sectors with its new cereal bar range, its managing director says.

Horizon Milling and ConAgra Mills to join forces to create Ardent Mills: ‘We will bring some hybrid vigor’ says VP

A major new player in the flour milling industry will emerge later this year following the merger of ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling (a joint venture between Cargill and CHS)...

Raisio sells €7m oat, soy and rice business to Norwegian firm

Finnish ag-food giant Raisio has sold its €7m a year oat, soy and rice foods business that includes its Soygurt business to €330m Norwegian food company Kavli.

Oxfam thanks food industry for ‘bland’ and ‘complacent’ response to damning CSR report

Oxfam will step up its campaign to improve the treatment of people and resources that form part of the supply chain of the world’s biggest food conglomerates, after it cast...

Federation of Bakers: Real Bread Campaign report is ‘selective and misleading’

The UK's Federation of Bakers has snubbed the Real Bread Campaign’s report and described it as fundamentally flawed, selective and misleading.

Flowers Foods wins majority of Hostess bread assets for $360m without auction

Flowers Foods has won the bid for a majority of Hostess bread assets including Wonder Bread and Nature’s Pride outside of auction after no other bidders stepped forward.

Finsbury sells free-from business to Genius in £21M deal

Finsbury Food Group has sold its free-from business to Genius Foods for £21M to focus on its core bread and cake business  ̶  and reduce debt.

Health with a dash of color: Sunsweet Bakery launches plum-infused purple baked goods

Sunsweet Bakery has launched a new line of purple colored plum-infused baked goods that offer a tasty, new experience with a ‘myriad of health benefits’, it says.

Unilever & Nestlé tell Oxfam to bring other stakeholders to food ethics table

Unilever and Nestlé say Oxfam missed an opportunity for a wider and more comprehensive debate about food ethics after the NGO published a damning report on the supply chains of...

The Real Bread Campaign slams UK industrial loaf sector on ‘wholemeal’ and ‘wholegrain’ misuse

The Real Bread Campaign has slammed UK industrial bread manufacturers on the misleading use of ‘wholemeal’ and ‘wholegrain’ and has called for meaningful legal definitions and robust regulation.

Vie de France consolidates production as demand outstretches capacity

Vie de France Yamazaki has closed a frozen bread facility in Chicago to shift production to a larger plant in Atlanta as demands and expansion plans outstretch capacity.

Ingredients and flavours drive double-digit development for Kerry

Irish food and ingredients giant Kerry Group has reported a 10.8% increase in operating profit for the year of 2012 on the back of strong growth driven by its ingredients...

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the...

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Snyder’s-Lance to cut costs and consolidate with Canadian plant closure

US snack firm Snyder’s-Lance said it will close a Canadian facility to cut costs and consolidate production.

Pringles transforming Kellogg into global snack player, CEO says

The Pringles acquisition is helping Kellogg become a global player in snacks, CEO John Bryant said in presentation at the CAGNY meeting recently.

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