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Clearview Foods introduces Veggie Sticks and Fruit Sticks to its better-for-you snack line-up

Clearview Foods, the better-for-you (BFY) snacking development division of Snyder’s-Lance, has introduced multiple flavors of Veggie Sticks and Fruit Sticks under its Snack Factory brand. 

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Rob Scoines appointed GM of Sanitarium NZ

Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing operation has named Rob Scoines as its general manager in New Zealand.

Purity protocol standardization may drive gluten-free snacks price down: says association

The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) has teamed up with several major North American oat processors to standardize the gluten-free screening process, commonly known as the purity protocol. 

General Mills’ earnings take a plunge amid price war

The Cheerios maker reported its seventh straight decline in quarterly sales, with a 5% decline in sales for Q3, due to gaps in pricing and increased promotional activity.

Free2b Foods primes for free-from chocolate snacking expansion

Sun Cups maker Free2b Foods hopes to move beyond confections and into allergen-free snacks with investor VG Growth Partners.

Pension lawsuit against Grupo Bimbo-owned Canada Bread to be resolved in Q2

Union members at Multi-Marques, the Québec-based arm of Canada Bread, have demanded $6m in pension repayments for the 15 years the company is accused of cutting employee benefits. 

Our Little Rebellion targets better-for-you market with protein crisps and popped bean snack

Gluten-free snack firm Our Little Rebellion is debuting a line of bean snacks in the UK and Europe, and protein crisps in the US.

Mondelēz’s new baked Ritz chips contain more fat than its Lay’s counterpart

Mondelēz has introduced a line of better-for-you potato chip products under its power cracker brand Ritz to the US market. But is it healthy?

Unilever ranked at more than twice the value of KraftHeinz

Nestlé is the most valuable company in the world in terms of its corporate value and collective brand value while Unilever's total brand portfolio is over double that of KraftHeinz, according to a report....

M&A

Tea Squares faces possible acquisition after securing Whole Foods shelf space

Natural snack startup, Tea Squares said it could be the next acquisition target by a major US CPG company, after the company recently secured listing at a Whole Foods store...

M&A

Thanasi boss expects more acquisitions in meat snacks space after ConAgra deal

Thanasi Foods' CEO Justin Havlick expects further M&A activity in the meat snacks category after ConAgra snapped up the Duke's maker last week. 

General Mills’ pledge to counteract the world’s bee crisis with wildflowers

The Annie’s and Nature Valley maker has been selling its Honey Nut Cheerios’ boxes throughout the US this spring without the recognizable mascot.

Smartphone app FoodSwitch shows UK industry is lagging on salt targets

A smartphone app that allows consumers to scan products and suggests healthier alternatives they should buy instead has shown industry is falling behind on national  salt reduction targets, according to...

M&A

Ferrero USA outlook positive with Fannie May Confections acquisition - analyst

Ferrero is to acquire all the equity of Fannie May Confections brands, including its subsidiaries Fannie May Confections and Harry London Candies from 1-800-Flowers.com for $115m.

Freedom Foods seals deal for US expansion and snaps up sports nutrition firm

Australian firm Freedom Foods is partnering with US management group AFT Holdings to expand into North America.

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Customized pizza presents ‘huge’ white space among US Millennials and Gen Z, Pieology CEO said

US pizza brand Pieology has added the PieRise Thick Crust to its extensive menu of personalized pizzas to capitalize on the demand from Millenials and Gen Z diners.

Superior acquisition drives Hostess’s revenue increases in 2016

The Twinkies maker reported a full year 2016 net revenue increase of 17.2%, and a 21.6% increase for Q4 2016.

CSM Bakery Solutions introduces Cadbury muffin and doughnut range in UK

Mondelēz International has collaborated with CMS Bakery Solutions for Cadbury branded doughnuts and muffins.

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Meat snack brand Duke’s won’t rule out veggies, CEO said

Duke’s Jerky is currently ranked as one of the leading US meat snack brands, but CEO Justin Havlick said the company might develop veggie options to capitalize on the growing...

ISM/ProSweets 2017

Verdiujns extends portfolio of BRC-certified wafers

Verduijns Fine Biscuits launched three savory variants to its portfolio of organic wafers at ISM/ProSweets, held in Cologne, Germany, in February.

Nonni’s Foods competes with Oreo with seasonal biscotti

Artisan bakery, Nonni’s Foods, has launched limited batch spring biscotti to boost market share in the growing snack category. 

Six industry giants to launch UK-style traffic light labels in Europe

Coca-Cola, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever will add nutrition logos modelled on the UK’s traffic light label to their European portfolios. However, critics have slammed the use of portion...

Grupo Bimbo to close bakery in Canada Bread reshuffle

Canada Bread plans to close its St-Côme-Linière bakery and to transfer roll production from Beauport to Vincent-Massey.

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General Mills makes big push in plant-based category, D’s Naturals CEO said

Plant-based protein snack maker D’s Naturals has received a boost from 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners and General Mills’ 301 Inc. to aggressively grow its footprint this year. 

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Hershey looks to upgrade chocolate confectionery lab upon visiting AAK’s new innovation center

AAK has opened an innovation center in Edison, New Jersey, during which it highlighted some of the most up-to-date product making technologies to partners, including Hershey, Mondelēz and Barry Callebaut....

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