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ITC to open $113m food factory

Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) will open a Rs.700 crore ($113m) food manufacturing facility producing branded packaged biscuits, snacks, noodles, juices and Atta (wheat/powder flour).

Dispatches from Snaxpo 2014: Frito-Lay marketing executive insight, part I

Frito-Lay: ‘These days of mass marketing are limited…’

Mass marketing no longer resonates with today's consumer and it must be replaced by one-on-one marketing with dedicated focus on pre-shop behavior, says Frito-Lay’s senior vice president and chief marketing...

Top PepsiCo exec slams Peltz for selective ‘financial engineering’

PepsiCo has hit out at activist investor Nelson Peltz for continuing to press for a split between its beverage and snack arms, and says his use of data is ‘selective,...

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Frutarom introduces tea-based extract to extend shelf life

Frutarom Savory Solutions has added a new plant extract to its Origanox range for extending the shelf life of fried foods, extruded snacks and baked goods.

Who is the gluten-free consumer? Find out at the FoodNavigator-USA Forum: Gluten-free in Perspective

Are consumers who say they’re avoiding gluten really just avoiding wheat? Can we trust survey data about the number of people following ‘gluten-free diets’? Are market researchers' (wildly differing) estimates...

Exotic snack flavor innovation must go beyond heat, says Snyder’s Lance

The American palate is more welcoming of exotic, ethnic flavors but snack innovation must go beyond just hot and spicy, says Snyder’s-Lance innovation head.

PopChips agrees $2.4m ‘all-natural’ lawsuit settlement; settlements also likely in Kashi and Bear Naked cases

Snack maker PopChips looks set to become the latest firm to stop using the term ‘all-natural’ to describe its products after agreeing to settle a lawsuit alleging it misled consumers...

Oxfam sustainability scorecard reveals ‘leaders and laggards’

Leading food and drink makers including Nestlé, Unilever and Coca-Cola have made good progress in the year since Oxfam released its first Behind the Brands sustainability scorecard – and only...

Food and drink marketing to kids under spotlight

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is reviewing online food and drink marketing, especially to children, amid concerns about the rising incidence of obesity among young people. ...

WHO decries ‘deadly’ promotion of cheap, convenient food

Being overweight risks becoming the norm in Europe, says a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which blames widespread promotion of unhealthy foods and inactivity.

Which profession is the worst offender for snacking ‘al desko’?

A third of all snacking takes place at our desks and marketing professionals top the unhealthy table, with lawyers at the bottom, according to UK research from yogurt brand Fruyo....

Let's Move! Food policy expert hails 'sensational' announcements on school meals, junk food marketing to kids

Under new rules unveiled this morning and hailed by one food policy expert as "sensational", schools with 40% or more children eligible for free meals will be able to serve free breakfasts and free lunches...

Allergen-friendly snacks crunch into smart packaging

Zego, a manufacturer of allergen-friendly snack bars, has launched wrappers and boxes with QR codes enabling consumers to keep tabs on allergen products.

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Fruit pouch snack maker opens second US plant

Materne North America, the makers of GoGo squeeZ Applesauce, will reportedly invest $85m in a food processing plant in Nampa, Idaho, creating 230 jobs.

Frito-Lay CEO: We went very, very deep on snack occasions

Frito-Lay has looked deeply into consumer snacking occasions to get a better understanding on how to sway business, its CEO says.

Kellogg CEO: We integrated Pringles flawlessly

The acquisition of Pringles back in 2012 has tripled the scale of Kellogg in some emerging markets – completely changing the nature of business, its CEO says.

'Rumble in the snack soda jungle': Peltz v. PepsiCo

As crusading investor Nelson Peltz lets off another bomb in the Pepsi boardroom – this time in the form of a 37-page letter criticizing the firm’s snack/soda integration – we...

Frito-Lay files patent for ‘improved’ pita chip production

Frito-Lay has filed a patent for a pita chip production method that it claims reduces manual handling, wastage and plant footprint.

Healthy snacking trend boosts sugar-free fruit ingredients

Health and wellness trends have boosted fruit ingredient sales, with shapes, inclusions and snacks gaining in popularity, says veteran fruit specialist Paradise Fruits.

Carob flours: The novel antioxidant option for cereal?

Mediterranean carob seed flours hold potential as a novel, antioxidant ingredient for cereal products, according to scientists.

Leclerc Foods to build $50m snack factory

Snack maker Leclerc Foods USA has snapped up a building in Arizona and plans to invest $50m to expand its operations.

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Milk allergen concern prompts Kettle US chips recall

Kettle has issued a voluntary recall in the US on a limited run of potato chips due to potential milk allergen exposure during processing.

Kellogg revamps palm oil policy after months of protests

The Kellogg Company has pledged to source fully traceable palm oil by the end of next year, a move that has been welcomed by NGOs that have been fighting for...

PepsiCo CEO: Snacks will be the heavyweight of our future

Snacks outshone beverages for PepsiCo in its full year 2013 results and CEO Indra Nooyi said the category would become its new heavyweight. 

Kind Snacks sues Clif Bar over alleged copycatting

Kind Snacks has filed a lawsuit against Clif Bar for allegedly infringing its packaging trademarks.

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