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Free2b Foods primes for free-from chocolate snacking expansion

Sun Cups maker Free2b Foods hopes to move beyond confections and into allergen-free snacks with investor VG Growth Partners.

Boon Bean claims ready-meal success is due to the product and packaging

Boon Food Concepts says it has launched the first ready meal of its type for the chiller aisle in the Netherlands in a stand-up pouch.

Mondelēz’s new baked Ritz chips contain more fat than its Lay’s counterpart

Mondelēz has introduced a line of better-for-you potato chip products under its power cracker brand Ritz to the US market. But is it healthy?

M&A

Tea Squares faces possible acquisition after securing Whole Foods shelf space

Natural snack startup, Tea Squares said it could be the next acquisition target by a major US CPG company, after the company recently secured listing at a Whole Foods store...

Fox’s Biscuits responds to daily retailer forecasting

Fox’s Biscuits has faced the challenge of daily retailer forecasting by installing FuturMaster software, which measures the Mean Absolute Percent Error (MAPE) of its orders.

M&A

Ferrero USA outlook positive with Fannie May Confections acquisition - analyst

Ferrero is to acquire all the equity of Fannie May Confections brands, including its subsidiaries Fannie May Confections and Harry London Candies from 1-800-Flowers.com for $115m.

US bakery and snacks market report

Future of US bakery and snacks driven by healthy indulgence, say analysts

Wholesome, convenient extravagance, gluten-free and ethnic breads are forecast to be the biggest drivers of US bakery and snacks NPD in 2017.

VTT creates 100% bio-based stand-up pouch for crisps, potato chips and muesli

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed lightweight 100% bio-based stand-up pouches using its patent pending enzymatic fibrillation of cellulose (HefCel) technology.

Dutch waffles and cheese biscuits recalled for mineral oil contamination

The Belgian Food Authority (FASFC) has recalled several Dutch waffles and cheese biscuits due to mineral oil contamination.

Advanced cooking methods inspire Snyder’s-Lance spring ‘better-for-you’ launches

Snyder’s-Lance is introducing a variety of offerings crafted to change the way the world snacks through better ingredients, quality and tastes to US shelves nationwide.

Superior acquisition drives Hostess’s revenue increases in 2016

The Twinkies maker reported a full year 2016 net revenue increase of 17.2%, and a 21.6% increase for Q4 2016.

Guest article

Breaking down the US packaging market for bakery and snacks

Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI, sheds light on the trends and challenges affecting the US processing and packaging industries.

Expo West 2017

Meat snack brand Duke’s won’t rule out veggies, CEO said

Duke’s Jerky is currently ranked as one of the leading US meat snack brands, but CEO Justin Havlick said the company might develop veggie options to capitalize on the growing...

ISM/ProSweets 2017

Verdiujns extends portfolio of BRC-certified wafers

Verduijns Fine Biscuits launched three savory variants to its portfolio of organic wafers at ISM/ProSweets, held in Cologne, Germany, in February.

Champagne crisps and Tabasco popcorn: Innovations at ife 2017

UK exhibitors will be showcasing novel products at ife 2017, the international food & drink event in London from March 19 to 22.

NCA State of the Industry Conference 2017

E-commerce the ticket to Millennial candy and snack sales: Analysts

Confectionery and snack companies should up the focus on e-commerce sales in 2017, even though the online channel represents 1% of overall CPG sales volumes, say analysts at IRI and Barkley.

Gluten-free reports reiterate enormous opportunities, say market researchers

New research has underscored the potential for bakers and cereals processors to boost their gluten-free sales.

Nonni’s Foods competes with Oreo with seasonal biscotti

Artisan bakery, Nonni’s Foods, has launched limited batch spring biscotti to boost market share in the growing snack category. 

General Mills’ Cascadian Farm invests in eco-friendly grain Kernza

General Mills plans to use a sweet, nutty-tasting grain that it claims is more environmentally friendly than conventional wheat in its  Cascadian Farm organic brand.

Kerry Group wins BakingTech 2017 Innovation Award

The global food ingredients company won the American Society of Baking’s 2017 Innovation Award for Operational Excellence at BakingTech 2017, held in Chicago, US, last month.

Exclusive interview

General Mills makes big push in plant-based category, D’s Naturals CEO said

Plant-based protein snack maker D’s Naturals has received a boost from 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners and General Mills’ 301 Inc. to aggressively grow its footprint this year. 

Exclusive interview

Hershey looks to upgrade chocolate confectionery lab upon visiting AAK’s new innovation center

AAK has opened an innovation center in Edison, New Jersey, during which it highlighted some of the most up-to-date product making technologies to partners, including Hershey, Mondelēz and Barry Callebaut....

ISM/ProSweets 2017

Dutch baker Daelmans aims to take stroopwafels worldwide

Daelmans has been making the caramel waffles for over 100 years and today, is the worldwide market leader, producing several million of the speciality biscuits in its bakeries daily.

Nestlé ramps up gluten-free production with new Auckland facility

KitKat maker Nestlé has expanded its South Auckland factory in New Zealand with a new $2m gluten-free facility, according to a recent release.

Class Action Lawsuit

Frito-Lay asks federal judge to dismiss health claims-related lawsuit

PepsiCo-owned snack brand, Frito-Lay, recently filed a request to the US District Court for the Northern District of California to reject a proposed class action over alleged misleading health claims.

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