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Goldman Sachs & Vestar Capital buy Hearthside Food Solutions

Investment bank Goldman Sachs and private equity firm Vestar Capital Partners have joined forces to buy Hearthside Food Solutions.

Food Service Specialties: Snacks can scoop up sales with co-branded dips

Co-branded dips can load up tasty sales for snack makers, says Food Service Specialties.

Fuchs North America to launch 10 ethnic snack seasonings

Fuchs North America will launch a line of snack seasonings that draw inspiration from Asia, South America and the Mediterranean region to differentiate amid the ethnic flavor boom.

Indian start-up targets global snacks with high protein, price stable quinoa

Snack makers should consider sourcing quinoa from India where the exotica strain is sweeter, higher in protein and sells at a stable, lower price, says the managing director of Ashtral...

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Special K targets Swedish women with Cracker Crisps launch

Kellogg has launched three variants of Special K Cracker Crisps into the Swedish market, boasting a 60% less fat on-pack claim to target health-conscious females.

Spherical snacks, upscale nuggets, and healthfulness: Snacking category broadens as consumers consume more

A consumer’s definition of ‘snack’ is broadening to encompass beverages and foodservice items, and snacking at least twice a day is up, according to new research from foodservice research and...

Wyandot: Contract manufacturing is a win-win for the balance sheet

More snack makers are outsourcing production because it’s a win-win for the balance sheet, says the president of Wyandot Incorporated. 

Global ID: 'I wouldn't say the writing is on the wall for GM crops, but big brands are listening to the signals in the marketplace'

If big food brands start to lose the GMO argument at the checkout and in the court of public opinion, they will feel compelled to respond, whether they are in...

Non-GMO factor gives Omega-9 canola a boost in battle of next generation healthy oils

Production of omega-9 canola oils from Dow AgroSciences' patented Nexera seeds has surged 250% since 2011 as food manufacturers  continue to seek healthier alternatives to oils high in trans- and...

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Cape Cod targets ‘guilt-free’ snacking with popcorn line

Snyder’s-Lance has re-introduced its Cape Cod White Cheddar popcorn and developed Sea Salt and Kettle Corn varieties, targeting the guilt-free snacking sector.

5-minutes: Chewing over GMOs with the Snack Food Association

SFA head: ‘A little term called class action suits’ is prompting GMO removal

Genetically modified organisms are safe and there is a need and place for them in the market, but manufacturers are removing them for fear of class actions, says the CEO...

Snacking on ideas with Sally Lyons Wyatt: Part I

IRI executive: Snacks faced a competitive shark tank last year

Snack makers survived a difficult 2013 with increased competition forming a much larger battleground that included quick-serve, online and even airlines, says a leading sector analyst.

Bakers blast 'flawed' FDA trans-fat crackdown: 'It's unlawful, unnecessary and will have unintended consequences'

Revoking the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to crack down on artificial trans fats is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, says the...

tna sells its first intelli-flav 3 CLS into US and Iraq

‘There are less preconceived perceptions in the Middle East’

tna has sold the first of its intelli-flav 3 closed-loop slurry (CLS) seasoning technology to the US and Iraq.

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Top 10 CPG brands 2013: Special K and Tostitos make the cut

Kellogg and Frito-Lay have ranked in IRI’s top 10 most successful US consumer packaged goods brands of 2013.

Dispatches from Europain 2014

World Cup Brazil: Good for Brazilian bakers?

The World Cup may well place Brazil in a global spotlight, but the world should see that the country has more to offer than football, carnivals and samba, according to...

President Bush gives ‘riveting’ talk on politics, leadership and 9-11

President George W. Bush, a guest speaker at this year’s Snaxpo, gave an open and personal account of his time as president and the events of 9-11, shedding light on...

SFA: Nutrition labeling will ‘expose’ snacks but we remain confident

Nutrition labeling will expose snacks for what they are, but we’re committed to being transparent and confident US consumers will remain a snacking nation, says the CEO of the Snack...

Almonds & their skins show prebiotic potential: Human data

Fiber-rich almonds and almond skin may selectively boost the populations of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli in the gut, says a new study funded by the Almond Board of California.

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

Frito-Lay: Eyes are on snacks, so transparency and cooperation are critical

Governments and consumers want more transparency and regulatory bodies are closely eyeing snacks, so it is more crucial than ever to come together as an industry, warns Frito-Lay’s chief marketing...

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

Frito-Lay: The real battle is winning over the 'empowered' consumer

Consumers and their demands are in charge of business; driving everything we do in marketing terms and pulling us into their world, says Frito-Lay’s senior vice president and chief marketing...

Allergens survey highlights risks in industry practice

Nearly a third of food businesses have no corporate allergen management systems in place, an SGS survey has found.

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United Biscuits R&D targets impulse channel

 United Biscuits has revamped the cheese flavor of its baked Mini Cheddars snack, developed a new chili beef flavor and added more price marked packs to target impulse buys.

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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...

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