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PepsiCo CEO: Frito-Lay won’t battle with premium, short-term competitors

Frito-Lay held sturdy Q3 sales but lost market share to premium competitors – a loss PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi admitted was far from ideal but not a long-term concern.

Diamond Foods to build innovation center

Diamond Foods will pool snack NPD efforts under one roof with its first dedicated innovation center.

Dispatches: AACCI annual meeting 2014

General Mills: Think globally; act local to tackle consumer problems

Bakery companies must have global strategies but act locally to solve consumer problems such as carb concerns and free from needs, says the innovation head of General Mills’ global bakery...

US tainted packaging incident saw recall of 28m boxes of cereal

Canadian wax supplier denied early exit from Kellogg v. Flexible Packaging Corp. court case

A US federal court has denied The International Group’s (IGI’s) motion for summary judgment in a case alleging the wax maker and FPC (Flexible Packaging Corp.) provided Kellogg with non-merchantable...

Nestlé and Kellogg acknowledge risks of carbon pollution from power plants

Nestlé and Kellogg have partnered with companies including General Mills and Unilever by joining Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).

Kix interactive cereal a double-win: Engages kids and appeals to parents

General Mills has launched special edition Kix cereal packs with cut-out characters to accompany a series of online stories for kids – a strategy that importantly holds parent appeal, says...

Joe & Seph’s popcorn: Cinema, airlines and duty free give explosive brand exposure

UK gourmet popcorn maker Joe & Seph’s has secured listings with World Duty Free and Cineworld, adding to its airline presence – channels its co-founder says spark unprecedented brand attention.

United Biscuits to roll out waste cooking oil for lorries

United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability initiative by using waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorries and plans to roll out the project further across the business.

Graze targets mums with ‘big box’ subscription snacks

Graze realizes subscription snacking opportunities stretch far beyond its desk-friendly concept and is taking a leap into sharing with big box varieties, its CEO says.

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Canadian investment firm acquires premium bakery English Bay Batter

Kilmer Van Nostrand has acquired dough and premium cookie specialist English Bay Batter and plans to drive the business deeper into North America.

Kellogg UK drops cholesterol-management cereal Optivita

The Kellogg Company has delisted its oat-based Optivita brand in the UK following a decline in consumer demand, but one analyst says the cereal could have suffered from health claim...

Seabrook’s profits crisp up after stale period

Seabrook Crisps has returned to growth after reporting a £1.8M loss in 2012 and is now boasting a post-tax profit of £1.3M for this year.

Quaker continues NFL program as PepsiCo CEO urges change around abuse

PepsiCo’s Quaker business is continuing its marketing partnership with the US National Football League (NFL) for a third year despite concerns raised by CEO Indra Nooyi over its handling of...

KP Snacks to leverage growth under Intersnack ‘powerhouse’

KP Snacks has big growth plans under the Intersnack umbrella with Christmas NPD investment and a push in healthy snacking, says its branded sales head.

General Mills profits plunge 25% but 2015 growth targets will be kept

A tough operating environment with softer retail trends saw General Mills’ net profit plunge for the first quarter of FY 2015, but its CEO remains certain growth targets will be met.

FDA survey shows excellent compliance for gluten-free labeled foods, but what about non-labeled gluten-free?

Almost 99% of foods labeled as gluten-free in the US are in compliance, with 1.1% mislabeled/misbranded because of the presence of gluten above an acceptable threshold. But the numbers are...

Europe is ripe for UK gluten-free businesses

France and other European countries are prime targets for the UK’s established gluten-free (GF) businesses, according to an industry expert.

Can General Mills overcome the Annie’s acquisition backlash?

General Mills has defended the future of Annie’s natural and organic snacks under its ownership, but two experts say the company will have to work hard to beat the critics....

Ancient Harvest CEO: ‘Entry into the hot cereal category was an obvious choice’

Ancient Harvest’s hot cereal range plays to a consumer focus on protein, gluten-free and nutrition at breakfast, says the firm's CEO.

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Fletchers launches 50:50 sliced bread for foodservice

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has launched a half-white, half-brown sliced bread under its Kara Brand to the UK’s out-of-home market.

Ocean's Halo capitalizes on groundswell of popularity for seaweed chips with organic version

In a sign of how much American palates have changed, Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chip is building on the success of its original seaweed chip line with a reformulated organic version...

Weetabix unveils Alpen bars for Chinese market

Alpen bars targeting busy professionals are the first Weetabix products to be formulated specifically for the Chinese market, following the UK company’s majority buy-out by Chinese conglomerate Bright Foods in...

Bakeries reduce portion sizes to cut obesity levels

Bakeries are being forced to shrink the size of their sweet products, as weight-conscious consumers demand better quality desserts with less sugar and fewer calories.

Flowers Foods CEO: As a strong no.2 in fresh baking, we’re poised for growth

Flowers Foods is open-minded on the lookout for future acquisition opportunities and is committed to driving its portfolio into new US markets, its CEO says.

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Dare Foods rolls out peanut-free kids’ snacks

Canadian snack firm Dare Foods has rolled out a series of peanut-free snacks to target the back-to-school season.

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