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United Biscuits unveils McVitie’s Christmas cake range

United Biscuits has revealed its UK Christmas cake range – including some old favorites like Jamaica Ginger Cake and Galaxy Mistletoe Kisses, along with a new Irish cream cake bar. The...

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Manufacturing capability shortfalls prompt Bimbo Bakeries plant closure

Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) will close a Californian bakery and shift production elsewhere after careful analysis showed shortfalls in the infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities, the regional vice president said.

General Mills has ‘unwavering faith’ that cereal is an adaptable category

The US breakfast cereal category can be bolstered by unlocking neglected brands and pushing deeper into the natural segment, the head of cereals at General Mills says.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: KELLOGG ASIA PACIFIC PRESIDENT – PART I

Kellogg APAC president: We're in a position to create the breakfast category in Asia

Kellogg is in a position to drive, shape and ultimately create a cereal category in Asia Pacific, and that’s exactly what it plans on doing, its regional president says.

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Betty Crocker and Hershey launch baking mixes

Betty Crocker has teamed up with confectionery major Hershey to launch a range of cookie and cupcake mixes.

Trigon Snacks likely to be snapped up by UK firm: Analyst

Nut manufacturer Trigon Snacks, the maker of UK Planters, will likely be bought out of administration by another domestic player, an analyst says.

Big interview: Sarah Wallace, co-founder, the good bean

Chickpeas are the new chia, says the boss of The Good Bean. Welcome to the next generation of high-protein snacking

After spending years marketing products from Luna Bars and PopChips to thinkThin bars, The Good Bean co-founder Sarah Wallace knew a thing or two about building healthy snacking brands before...

General Mills named to sustainability honor roll

Cereal and snack brand owner General Mills has been added to a list of possible targets for sustainable-minded investors.

Peanut processor Trigon Snacks enters administration

Trigon Snacks, the maker of pub favourite peanut brands such as Big D and Planters, has entered administration as a result of cash flow problems, putting more than 130 jobs...

Big interview: Josh Tetrick, founder and CEO, Hampton Creek Foods

Plant egg entrepreneur: ‘We’re not in business just to sell products to vegans in Northern California’

Egg replacers have been around for years, acknowledges the entrepreneur who has persuaded everyone from Bill Gates to the co-founder of PayPal to part with some serious cash to fund...

‘We’ve slashed the salt, now where's the credit?’

Bradford-based Seabrook crisps has slashed its products’ salt levels by 20% – but its boss says the industry as a whole is not getting the credit is deserves for undertaking...

A masterstroke? Pepsi-flavored Cheetos could spell innovative salt reduction

Frito-Lay’s limited edition Pepsi-flavored Cheetos in Japan aren’t anything ground-breaking, but the new taste profile could be used as a platform to reduce salt levels, an innovation expert says....

B&G Foods builds up natural snacks empire, sees “huge upside” for True North and Pirate’s Booty

Natural snack brands including Pirate’s Booty (gluten-free rice and corn puffs) and True North (premium nut clusters) have huge untapped growth potential, bosses at B&G Foods told delegates at the...

Flowers Foods has fighting hope for ex-Hostess ‘powerhouse brand’ Wonder

Flowers Foods will ignite growth in new markets and pick up lost volumes with its newly acquired ex-Hostess brand Wonder – a product its president and CEO describes as a...

PepsiCo president: We misconstrued consumer needs

A better understanding on how consumers think, eat and drink has enabled improved, targeted innovation for Frito-Lay, the president of PepsiCo says.

Another blow: Tesco Express stores drop Hovis breads

This week brings another blow for Hovis as Tesco drops two of its bread brands from its express stores in favor of Kingsmill, so what does the future hold for...

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Kellogg relocates Asia Pacific HQ to Singapore

Kellogg has relocated its Asia Pacific headquarters to Singapore in a move set to strengthen its long-term growth ambitions, its regional president says.

General Mills sees tasty international prospects for snack bars

Broad popularity of grain snack bars on an international scale will underpin prospects for the future, says the CFO of General Mills.

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Full-scale turnaround for Seabrook crisps

Former Vimto boss Jonathan Bye has halted Bradford-based Seabrook Crisps' decline and set the firm on a new course, reports Gary Scattergood

Burton’s Biscuits profits soar ahead of proposed sale

UK’s number two biscuit firm Burton’s has recorded profit growth in its full-year 2012 results ahead of a possible sale.

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Burton’s Biscuits on sale for $543m

The UK second largest biscuit company Burton’s Biscuits has been put up for sale by its private equity owners and could command a £350m ($543m) price tag.

General Mills re-launch: Monstrously unhealthy or good sales tactic?

General Mills has announced the re-launch of two of its cult-status monster cereals - bringing Yummy Mummy and Frute Brute back to US shelves in the first of a limited...

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Cronut trademark scramble

Hot new trend? Not so new, says an Ohio baker who claims to have been making doughnut-croissant hybrids since 1991.

A case of semantics: Snax biscuit brand denied trademark

Indian snack company Britannia Industries has lost a trademark battle for its Snax brand despite winning in a similar case against PepsiCo back in 2009.

SPECIAL FEATURE: The comeback kid? From Arcadia Ales and GoGo Squeez to Cereal City, why Michigan is #1 for creating manufacturing jobs

What have you heard lately about Michigan? That its biggest city (Detroit - once the wealthiest city in the world) recently filed for bankruptcy? Or that from December 2009 to...

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