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The top 10 US bread suppliers in 2017: Rising sales for Aryzta, Bimbo and Flowers

US fresh bread value sales have flat-lined so far in 2017, but there are some rising stars, IRI data for the 52 weeks, ending June 11, 2017 shows.

Grupo Bimbo buys East Balt Bakeries to expand global footprint

Grupo Bimbo has acquired East Balt Bakeries from One Equity Partners for $650m to give the Mexican conglomerate entry into eight new countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Halal certification ‘unnecessary’ down under for Special K and Cornflakes, says Kellogg

Special K and Cornflakes maker Kellogg Company Australia and WeetBix producer Sanitarium have stopped paying for halal certification, stating their products are ‘inherently halal’.

Gold Coast Bakeries acquired by Peak Rock Capital

Gold Coast Bakeries is the latest food and beverage company to be snapped up by private equity firm Peak Rock Capital as it expands its portfolio.

Grupo Bimbo to close Canada Bread’s Calgary bakery

Canada Bread will shut down its production plant in Calgary, Alberta on Sept. 8, 2017, to drive productivity improvements.

Top 10 UK snack bar brands: goodnessKNOWS how Mars’ debut will change the playing field

Mars Chocolate has launched goodnessKNOWS bars in the UK, hitting the nerve of time that could disrupt the UK’s Top 10 snack bar brands, says Euromonitor.

Espiga de Ouro US$50m investment could stabilize Mozambique’s bread price

Maputo-based Espiga de Ouro has invested more than US$50m in the country’s biggest industrial facility that could further alleviate the threat of an erratic bread price in Mozambique.

Research links NAFTA to Canada’s increasing obesity and diabetes rates

Research published on Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is associated with a significant rise in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumption in Canada. 

India’s pulse exemption allows Canada to avoid penalties

India has again extended Canada’s exemption on pulse fumigation regulations.

Snack makers moving beyond pure indulgence to functionality, says European Snacks Association

The sensible snacking concept is evolving at a rapid rate, said Sebastian Emig, director general of the European Snacks Association (ESA).

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SGS acquires Central Illinois Grain Inspection

SGS has acquired Central Illinois Grain Inspection, Inc. (CIGI) for an undisclosed amount.

Ishida unveils new Multihead Weigher design for easier cleaning

Ishida Europe has expanded its range of hygienic multihead weighers with a new open frame design that allows fast and easy access for cleaning and inspections.

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Post Holdings completes Weetabix acquisition

Post Holdings today has finalized the acquisition of Weetabix, an 84 year-old UK ready-to-eat cereal company.

Irish chip maker Tayto Group cements foray in British vending sector with West Country acquisition

Tayto Group’s (TGL) sister company, Montagu Group, has acquired Bath-based West Country Vending Service (WCVS) for an undisclosed amount.

Dow/DuPont to divest plastics business amid price hike fears

The Canadian Competition Bureau has reached an agreement relating to the proposed merger between DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company regarding its plastic packaging.

European Commission clears Dow/DuPont merger, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved the proposed merger between US-based chemical companies Dow and DuPont on condition of the divestiture of DuPont's pesticide business, including its R&D organization.

PepsiCo Argentina closes Buenos Aires plant and relocates cookies, snacks & soft drinks production

PepsiCo Argentina has closed a plant, which produces cookies, snacks and soft drinks, in Florida, Buenos Aires province, and moved production to Mar del Plata, a five-hour drive away, axing...

Bakery product launches decline in UK: IRI analyst

The number of products launched in the UK in the past year has diminished by 8.4%, with food being the biggest contributor to the resulting loss in sales revenue.

Del Monte Pacific and Fresh Del Monte Produce unite to target US

Del Monte Pacific Ltd (DMPL) and Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. have announced a series of joint ventures to offer expanded refrigerated offerings across the US.

Nuts, seeds and trail mixes set to outperform savory biscuits in the US

Euromonitor projects value sales in the nuts, seeds and trail mixes category will outperform savory biscuits in the US for the first time in 2017. 

Trump tax policy among factors making Canadian researchers cautious on bakery and snack prices

Bakery and cereal retail prices  in Canada will decrease 1% to 3% by the end of 2017, according to a revised forecast from Dalhousie University.

New variant of Queen’s favoured crispbread Ryvita could be top three bestseller

Ryvita is rolling out Three Cheese Thins throughout the UK in July, with Estefania Boerr, senior brand manager at the crispbread producer, expecting it to become a top three selling...

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Nestlé and General Mills JV launches breakfast bars in Germany

Cereal Partners Deutschland (CPD), the German joint venture between Nestlé and General Mills, has launched a range of cereal bars under the Nestlé Clusters brand.

Has Europe experienced a diet revolution? Mintel thinks so

The free-from market has grown considerably in the last few years and data is not showing a slow in interest, according to Mintel.

Ferrero opens first Asian innovation centre in Singapore

Ferrero has opened its first Asian Innovation Center in Singapore to develop and test new products ‘in a market of strategic importance’.

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