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Pepperidge Farm expands under demand for premium breads

Pepperidge Farm said yesterday it will expand its Lakeland production plant in order to cater for the growing demand for premium fresh bread.

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Consumers and the confidence crisis

Consumer demand - the holy grail of any industry - is a fragile and easily manipulated treasure. But influencing consumers for anything other than their own benefit will, more often...

Guilt-free indulgence is what consumers want, says Datamonitor

Snack manufacturers need to develop convenient products that offer a mix of indulgence and health benefits in order to meet changing consumer demands, according to a new Datamonitor report.

Snacks division leads General Mills' business growth

Strong sales and increased market share of some of its healthier snacks helped boost overall sales in the US during the first quarter ended 26 August, General Mills reported today.

Kellogg moves again to flag up nutritious products

Kellogg said yesterday it will start putting nutrition information on the front of its ready-to-eat cereals in the US from this month.

No let-up expected in ingredients price rises

Food ingredients prices rose at the fastest rate since 1998 in August, says a new report released just as ministers warn that the worst of the hikes is yet to...

Probiotic yoghurt snacks launched

Welch's claims to have launched the first fruit snacks made with yogurt and live probiotic cultures, taking advantage of consumers demanding healthier, convenient snacks.

ABF makes organic acquisition

Associated British Foods (ABF) has dipped its foot into the growing market for natural and organic products, reaching agreement to acquire 20 per cent of W Jordan & Son (Silo) Ltd.

Finsbury Food benefits from premium trends, but bakery suffers

Turnover increased for Finsbury Food by 50 per cent to £109.8m (€158m) for the year ended 30 June 2007, aided by the demand for premium foods, the company said today.

Australia pledges extra cash for drought-stricken farmers

Processors world-wide fear wheat shortages, as reduced crops this summer have led to the government pledging extra funding for farmers to keep supply levels high.

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Arnie and the clones

Cloned foods have not yet made it to our grocery aisles, but in the advent of such a rollout consumers must have a defined right to decide if they want...

Further bread price increases to drive Sara Lee's margins

Sara Lee will "take price increases as necessary" in order to offset increasing raw material costs in its bakery segment, the company said yesterday in its annual analyst meeting. ...

News briefs: Patisserie acquisition, job cuts and whole grain white bread

A round-up of bakery stories from around the world; acquisitions, job cuts, whole-grains and funny smells...

ConAgra makes a pop to expand snacking portfolio

ConAgra has expanded its snacking portfolio with the acquisition on popcorn snacks manufacturer Lincoln Snacks, the company said this week.

Healthy eating boom sweetens Glisten's profits

Sales and profits for UK based confectionery and snacks manufacturer Glisten have benefited from its focus on the healthy options market.

ABF profits continue to suffer from bakery business

Grocery profits for Associated British Foods (ABF) will be lower than last year due to the problems with its Allied Bakeries business, the company has said in its trading update...

News briefs: Financial results

Campbell and General Mills report sales growth, but the future does not look sweet for Krispy Kreme.

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Hooked on Es

This comment was amended to correct a statement about bans of additives in other countries. Some of the chemicals were previously banned by Norway, Austria and Australia but those bans...

Glisten creates new premium snack segment

UK-based Glisten has created a new premium savoury snacking division with the acquisition of Dormen Foods, the company said.

Kraft resets its focus to drive down costs

Kraft Foods will drive down costs by $1bn (€732m), rejig its global portfolio, and exploit its sales capabilities, in a bid to make the company more profitable, the company's top...

News brief: Caffeine chips, Zimbabwe and Dunkin' Brands

A healthy roundup of this week's bakery and snacks news; caffeinated chips, Zimbabwe's flour problem and Dunkin' Brands' new VP.

Premier eyes further bakery price increases

Premier Foods will further increase the price of its bakery products if the cost of wheat remains high, the company said yesterday in releasing its interim results.

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Food prices and the death of the productionist model

Last week saw a string of communications about food price rises: first warnings were aired about wheat, then meat, then dairy. It's a vertiginous view from the heights of the...

Nestle's Gerber acquisition complete

Nestle's acquisition of US baby food and cereals firm Gerber is complete, the company said today.

Kraft reveals its four approaches to health and wellness

Kraft explains its approach to health and wellness in the second of a series of articles examining the practices of major US food firms in the face of a...

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