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Zeelandia completes Brics strategy with Indian joint-venture

Zeelandia and Fine Organics have set up a joint-venture for India and its neighbouring markets under the name Fine Zeelandia to sell mostly locally produced baking ingredients.

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Maplehurst Bakeries expands in cakes with Creative Occasions buy

Weston Foods subsidiary Maplehurst Bakeries will acquire decorated cake manufacturer Creative Occasions.

Baltic shake-up: Lantmännen to acquire Vaasan

Lantmännen Unibake will acquire Finnish bakery firm Vaasan, strengthening its presence in the Baltic Sea region, the CEO says.

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Signature Flatbreads to create 200 jobs

Signature Flatbreads aims to create at least 200 jobs and target £100M in turnover within the next three years, joint md William Eid claimed after the company’s launch.

PepsiCo: Sum Of Us Doritos palm oil attack is ‘patently false’

PepsiCo has slammed a campaign from Sum Of Us against its Doritos brand that suggests the chips contain unsustainable palm oil.

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Special K targets female New Year snacking

Kellogg has developed two lines under its Special K brand to appeal to health-conscious women.

Frito-Lay wins snack and candy TV ‘brand of the year’

Frito-Lay’s 2014 TV ads for Lay’s in the US were the most effective across the snack and confectionery category, staving off competition from Hershey and Mars, according to analysis firm...

Peeled Snacks: If you don’t take time to understand retail buyers, why should they take time to understand you?

The natural channel: ‘An utter pain to sell to, but the exposure it can give your brand is huge’

Which retail channel is right for your brand? Natural? Club? Convenience? And once you’ve jumped through all the buyers’ hoops, will you still be able to make any money? It...

Aryzta forms flatbreads firm with ex-Honeytop bosses

Aryzta has pledged to shake up the ethnic baking category, creating UK business Signature Flatbreads with the help of the former bosses of Aryzta subsidiary Honeytop Speciality Foods.

General Mills closures continue: Two Pillsbury plants to shut

General Mills will continue its cost-saving program across the US and Canada with further plant closures, announcing the shutdown of two Pillsbury production sites.

Cheerios crowned ‘brand of the year’ in US packaged foods TV advertising

General Mills’ flagship cereal brand generated a storm of interest in television advertising for 2014 - way ahead of the competition, according to analysis firm Ace Metrix.

Kellogg’s BiscoMisr buy a vehicle to Middle East & Africa: Analyst

Kellogg has secured a gateway to introduce its own brands in the promising MEA region by acquiring a controlling stake in Egyptian biscuit maker BiscoMisr, says an analyst.

Kellogg: Shoppers expect gluten-free in the free-from aisle

Kellogg will launch its gluten-free corn puffs into free-from sections of major UK retailers this month to align with shopper expectations, it says.

BelVita hopes to take a bite out of breakfast market share with new mini-biscuits

Consumers increasingly are turning away from cereal for breakfast in favor of nutrition-dense, on-the-go foods, creating a growth opportunity for consumer packaged foods companies that can offer fast solutions to...

General Mills net profit plummets 37% amid continued cereal woes

General Mills has reported a significant slump in profits for its second quarter, pulled down by a tough environment in North America, particularly across breakfast cereals.

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Grupo Bimbo strengthens Canada footprint with Saputo Bakery buy

Grupo Bimbo has bought Saputo Bakery via its Canadian subsidiary Canada Bread for C$120m ($103m).

Un-savoury contest? Pork pies merger brings UK competition concerns

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled that Pork Farms’ acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry (CSP) business may substantially lessen competition in the sector.

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Bread volume method approved by AACCI

A method for finding bread volume has been approved by the American Association of Cereal Chemists – International (AACCI).

Division encompasses Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade

PepsiCo cuts about 100 employees from Chicago's North America Nutrition team

PepsiCo has cut about 100 employees from its Chicago, Illinois office, home to the company’s North America Nutrition division, which handles the Gatorade, Quaker, and Tropicana brand lines.

Healthy quinoa bars in Bristol NHS Trust vending trial

A healthy quinoa bar concept developed by a team of final year culinary arts management students has picked up the award in the ‘culinary product development challenge’, run by the...

Dr Zak’s flexes beyond bread with high-protein bagels and flatbreads

Functional food specialist Dr Zak’s has developed a high-protein bagel and has flatbreads in development as it looks to stretch its offering in a niche market, its managing director says....

French Toast Crunch in line with ‘current nutritional goals’, says General Mills

General Mills has brought back French Toast Crunch cereal to US shelves but has reformulated the product to align with “current nutritional goals”, it says.

Mediterra’s savory nutrition bars carve out space in crowded category

Mediterra Nutrition’s recently launched savory bars seek to tap into one of the increasingly rare white spaces remaining in the crowded nutritional bar category, which is laden with sweets. ...

Graze CEO: We have to better localize our US portfolio

Graze underestimated the level of localization needed with snacks for the US market but will evolve its portfolio rapidly in the coming months, its CEO says.

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Balance Foods rolls out vending size tortilla chips

Balance Foods has developed vending size snacks under its Poptillas brand.

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