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Post’s move to offer the full breakfast is second largest NA food deal of the year

Post Holdings, owner of British cereal Weetabix, has agreed to buy Bob Evans Farms for $1.5bn to expand its portfolio of breakfast staples.

General Mills misses Q1 2018 profit as cereal sales fall

Cheerios maker General Mills reported a smaller-than-expected profit for the first quarter ended August 27, hurt by a 7% decline in sales by its US cereal operating unit.

Scientists decode cereal gene map to tackle climate change

A group of international scientists has decoded the pearl millet genome to discover how the crop survives high temperatures and drought.

Proctor East Africa targets bigger breakfast stake with million-dollar factory

Kenyan food processing company Proctor & Allan East Africa has finalised the Sh2bn ($19m) refurbishment of its factory in Limuru, with an eye of capturing a bigger slice of the...

News in brief

Dorset Cereals introduces root veg to muesli

Associated British Foods-owned Dorset Cereals takes muesli to another level with the introduction of its limited edition carrot and fruit muesli.

Nestlé launches Shreddies marketing campaign that reflects modern life

Nestlé’s latest brand campaign, created by McCann London, moves away from knitting grandmothers after seven years to embrace a new ‘Shreddie or Not’ attitude.

Wessanen’s Whole Earth sees protein snack going mainstream

Wessanen’s Whole Earth brand is extending its sports nutrition snack, Power Balls, beyond health channels and onto supermarket shelves as health-focused consumers become more “mainstream”.

Kellogg plans to cut further 223 jobs in Battle Creek

Kellogg’s is planning to cut 223 jobs in at the ready-to-eat cereal (RTEC) plant on Porter Street in Battle Creek, US, in 2018, in a move to streamline and decrease...

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Kellogg donates cereals, cookies and crackers to Hurricane-hit Texans

Kellogg’s charitable arm, Kellogg Company Fund, has donated $100,000 to support the disaster relief efforts following the devastating floods in Taxes. 

NPD for August 2017: Crunchy crêpes, protein chips and crispy quinoa breakfast cereal

BakeryandSnacks tracks new products that are hitting the shelves.

Danish juice firms create value-added bakery ingredients with fruit pulp waste

Leftover fruit pulp from the juice industry is being transformed into a value-added and healthy ingredient for cereals, baked snacks and chocolate.

M&A

B&G Foods acquires cookie and granola maker Back to Nature from Mondelēz

B&G Foods has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Back to Nature Foods Company for $162.5m in cash.

David v Goliath breakfast cereal battle gears up for NZ High Court

Like any other trademark holder, Sanitarium has little choice but to protect its brand, according to NZ Food and Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich.

Target pledges zero artificial ingredients for own-brands aimed at kids

US retailer chain Target has pledged to remove artificial ingredients from its own branded range of kids’ foods by the end of 2018.

Hindu leader seeks Kellogg's CEO's resignation for beef-containing cereals

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said it was “shocking” for Hindus in the US to learn that some of Kellogg’s cereals they had been eating for years contained beef. 

Grana to open Russian cereal mill in Altai region

Grana Association-owned Tretyakovsky Elevator is opening a cereal mill in the Altai region with a daily capacity of 100 MT of groats by 2018.

Cereals drive world food prices; butter price at new high

Globally, food was 10.2% more expensive in July 2017 than last year and the highest it has been since 2014, said the United Nation’s food agency.

Nothing egg-citing for Post Holdings earnings in Q3

Sales saw a small rise, but profits were down due to the Weetabix acquisition and egg antitrust class action settlement for Post Holdings’ third quarter.

Petrow sees demand rise for ‘free-from’ ingredients as its invests $131k in powder fill machine

Petrow Food Group has invested £100k ($131k) on an Auger powder fill machine for dry mixes.

Cold cereals USA: The Top 10 brands in the first half of 2017

A bowl of ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal isn’t just something to break the fast, but a genuine meal anytime of the day.  According to Mintel, almost half of the American public...

Quarterly earnings

Kellogg's Q2 sales weakened by soft US consumption and declining EU Pringles sales

Kellogg’s Q2 2017 net sales have declined 2.5% year-over-year to $3.19bn, while its operating profit increased by 0.7% during the period, reported the company.

SunOpta to sell packaging machinery to Skjodt-Barrett for $2m

SunOpta has signed an agreement to sell equipment used in the production of flexible, re-sealable pouches to Skjodt-Barrett for $2m.

Essentra Packaging to consider plant closure after $4.4m operating loss

Essentra, which makes beverage, dry foods and dairy packaging, has entered a consultation process to close a factory in Newport, Wales, affecting 150 jobs.

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Man dies in industrial accident at Berry Plastics

A 46-year-old man has died at Berry Plastics plant in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, after claims he was struck by a piece of industrial machinery.

Millennials prefer grain-enhanced chocolate confectionery

Grains such as quinoa, and cereals including corn flakes and rice puffs, are attracting attention globally as an ingredient or flavor in chocolate confectionery but not so much in Germany.

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