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Flamous Brands CEO: We want to take falafel chips mainstream

Flamous Brands has redesigned its packaging for better shelf appeal as it tries to push falafel chips into the mainstream snacking space, its CEO says.

Kraft: Meat has been largely absent from healthy-protein snacking

Kraft Foods has developed a high-protein snack with a meat component to tap into a space in healthy-protein snacking that it says has been missed.

Bagel Thins will boom in the UK, says Allied Bakeries

Healthy sandwich alternatives are trending and Kingsmill ‘bagel thins’ will tap into this in the UK, says Allied Bakeries’ category director.

Bolthouse, Plum hot spots in tepid earnings report from Campbell Soup

Recent acquisitions in the natural space—Bolthouse Farms and Plum Organic—were among the bright spots in a disappointing quarterly earnings report for Campbell Soup Company.  The development points to changing sales...

Mary’s Gone Crackers founder: We realized we were more than a cracker company

Mary’s Gone Crackers has become much more than a cracker company and it needed a brand revamp to better reflect that, says founder.

What’s your food brand’s digital IQ?

The $321 bn US packaged food market’s appetite for digital is growing, yet just a handful of brands are truly differentiating themselves when it comes to their digital presence, says...

YoCrunch and Kellogg's partner to bring cereal to the yogurt aisle

Danone's US 'yogurt with toppers' business YoCrunch has teamed up with Kellogg's to combine the latter's most popular breakfast cereal brands with Greek and traditional yogurt.

Big interview: Craig Lieberman, founder & CEO, 34 Degrees

34° Crisps founder: We want to reinvent what people think about crackers

When Craig Lieberman flew to Sydney to study for a Master’s Degree in International Relations in the mid-1990s, his goal was to be a diplomat. But not long after he...

Special edition: Organic & Non-GMO

Quinn Popcorn founder: You have to be an idealist if you’re going to change the food industry

Microwave popcorn was a childhood favorite snack of Kristy Lewis; though her nostalgia turned to disillusionment when as an adult she learned that the chemical-, hydrogenated oil-laden formula hadn’t evolved...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Laboratoire PYC eyes Asia with high-protein soya crisps

Laboratoire PYC wants to expand its high-protein soya crisps into Asia and has started flavor development for the market, its marketing head says.

Hain Celestial: Rudi’s Organic Bakery will be our next $100m brand

There are significant opportunities to grow the Rudi’s Organic Bakery brand, both through increasing distribution and taking it into new categories, says its new owner, Hain Celestial. 

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Snyder's-Lance buys Baptista's Bakery, sells private brands business

Snack giant Snyder's-Lance is to buy Wisconsin-based Baptista's Bakery and sell its private brands business as its re-shapes its portfolio to focus on branded products and expand its capabilities in...

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C.H. Guenther & Son acquires Tribeca Oven

Retail food firm C.H. Guenther & Son (CHG) has acquired artisanal baker Tribeca Oven.

Warburtons guns for UK gluten-free supremacy

UK bakery business Warburtons has ambitions to boost the gluten-free category and grow its market share as it rolls out gluten-free thins.

Kellogg CEO: We need to get Kashi back on track

Kashi has lost some distribution in the past 12-18 months, but brand owner Kellogg says it will prove to consumers that Kashi is still a pioneer in the field of...

Frito-Lay fires up brand engagement with Doritos Jacked flavor experiment

Frito-Lay’s Doritos Jacked ‘bold flavor experiment’ asking consumers to vote on mystery flavors will create buzz and drive brand engagement, the snack titan says.

Kellogg on pending Memphis litigation: We want to settle

Kellogg hopes to settle the Memphis lockout dispute with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union ahead of litigation.

NatureBox on subscription snacks: ‘We can go where health food stores can’t’

Amid a spate of direct-to-consumer subscription snack launches, the founders of NatureBox say the power of their model lies in keeping all products under the NatureBox brand and the company’s...

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Cracker Jack’D develops energy trail mixes

Frito-Lay’s Cracker Jack’D brand has developed two high energy, granola-based snacks for its trail mix line.

BCTGM: Human rights risk assessment could have prevented Kellogg Memphis lockout

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) has called on Kellogg shareholders to conduct a human rights risk assessment of the business; claiming Kellogg was in...

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CNP, Team Sky team up to offer Tour de France nutrition 'to everyone'

British sports nutrition specialist CNP has teamed up with reigning Tour de France champion Team Sky to develop a range of high-protein breakfast products.

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Hain Celestial buys Rudi's Organic Bakery in $61.3m deal

Organic and natural products giant Hain Celestial has acquired Rudi's Organic Bakery from Charterhouse Equity Partners in a $61.3m deal. 

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Kellogg elects John A. Bryant as chairman of the board

President and CEO of Kellogg John A. Bryant will become chairman of the board, effective from July 1.

Little consumer choice in crisp category

Consumer choice has been tainted by too few brands dominating the crisp category, the founder of a new crisp brand has claimed.

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