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Snack bars 2015: top 10 best-selling granola, breakfast and nutrition bars

Here we present an overview of the retail sales performance of the largest brands in key sectors of the US snack bars market in 2015, featuring IRI data showing the...

Minions help Finsbury Foods Group sales grow to $220m in half-year

Universal Picture's smash-hit Minions characters helped boost revenues at UK bakery business Finsbury Food Group to more than £150m ($211m) in the first half of its financial year.

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Processor-turned-manufacturer aims to grow presence in snack bar market

Food importer and processor Western Commodities is ramping up its finished products business following the debut of snack bar brand Good Full Stop.

Sysco acquires Brakes foodservice distribution business in $3.1bn deal

US distributor Sysco has acquired European foodservice business Brakes Group for $3.1bn.

Straight talking: Tesco to no longer sell traditional crescent-shaped croissants

Tesco is to sell only straight croissants from this week – claiming UK shoppers have lost their appetite for the traditional crescent-shaped variety.

Crackers? New $21.5m Jacob's ad push features lip-syncing savory snacks

United Biscuits is launching a £15m ($21.5m) marketing push for its Jacob’s savory snack brand in the UK focused on how the products make consumers feel.

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Kellogg: Single-serve formats a big opportunity for Pringles and Cheez-It

Kellogg says it has a ‘huge opportunity’ to grow its snacks business in North America through smaller formats and new retail channels.

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Crunch Time: Ex-United Biscuits product developer brings granola snacks to UK market

A former product developer for businesses including Heinz, Nestlé and United Biscuits has created a range of snacking granola pouches.

UK supermarket Sainsbury's extends ban on multibuys to potato chips aisle

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is axing multibuy deals on potato chips as part of its strategy to abandon the use of such deals across its business.

Grow the core and add more: PepsiCo reports Frito-Lay profit up 6%

Frito-Lay has benefited from improved productivity and lower commodity costs in the past 12 months, PepsiCo has reported in its full-year results.

Go Raw launch and Vaasan deal helps Lantmännen hit record earnings

Lantmännen has reported strong growth in its food business in 2015 following new product launches, improved efficiency and the acquisition of Finnish bakery business Vaasan.

'Four times thicker' Slabs crisps launch into single-serve market

UK business Great Food Affairs is expanding its Slabs crisp brand – which claims to be four times thicker than standard crisps - with a single-serve range.

United Biscuits targets £17m first-year sales for McVitie’s Digestive Nibbles

United Biscuits is claiming a first for the UK biscuits category with the launch of new bitesized products under its McVitie’s brand.

Taffel crisps maker Orkla launches review of Finnish production facilities

Manufacturer Orkla is reviewing its Finnish production operations – stating it is spending too much on maintaining and operating its Nordics and Baltics facilities.

Kettle Chips recalls UK products over plastic contamination fear

Kettle Foods has recalled a number of packs of its Kettle Chips in the UK over fears they may contain pieces of plastic.

ISM & PROSWEETS 2016

ISM 2016: round-up of snacking and bakery products from the show floor

BakeryAndSnacks was at the ISM show in Cologne this week to check out the latest innovations in the world of snacking. Here are some of the sights and products that...

Snyder's-Lance net sales up 4% in 2015 despite below-par revenue in Q4

Snyder’s-Lance has reported an estimated 4% year on year increase in net sales for 2015 – despite a “tougher retailing environment” and a last-quarter performance below expectations.

News in brief

The New Egg Company and RPC launch packaging for boiled egg-on-the-go

The New Egg Company and RPC Design and RPC Bebo UK have designed a bespoke pack for Yowk boiled eggs to make snacking on-the-go easier.

Premier Foods reveals strong cakes sales growth and Mr Kipling NPD plans

Innovation including the Cadbury Amaze Bites brownies launched last year have driven a strong performance for the cakes business of UK manufacturer Premier Foods.

No let-up in number of school children missing breakfast, teachers tell Kellogg

Almost all UK teachers feel the number of children coming to school hungry is as high - or higher - than a year ago, according to a poll by Kellogg....

C-stores and snacking: General Mills poll reveals shoppers' salty snacks habits

Seven out of ten US convenience store shoppers buy salty snacks to boost their mood, according to new research by General Mills.

How General Mills' in-store product testing could drive faster, smarter NPD

A new approach to product development by General Mills – testing foods directly with consumers in store - reflects how important the ‘voice of the crowd’ has become, according to a leading...

Hostess could tap growth trends though rumored Give & Go deal, says analyst

Hostess Brands’ rumored acquisition of Canada’s Give & Go Prepared Foods Corp would enable the Twinkies owner to tap key growth trends in the cake market, a leading industry analyst...

Flapjacked set to extend probiotic range following Mighty Muffin launch

US pancake and baking mix supplier Flapjacked is developing new products using probiotic GanedenBC30 after launching a range of ‘probiotic-charged mug cakes’.

Warburtons secures new wheat supply contracts with 300 UK farmers

Warburtons, the UK’s largest bakery brand, has extended its wheat growing contracts with more than 300 British farmers for a further five years. 

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