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Bakery startup Foodstirs to benefit from Amazon-Whole Foods deal

Greg Fleishman, co-founder and COO of Foodstirs, said Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods will allow organic ingredients to reach more audiences.

Patriotic Product Round-up: Matzo crackers, key lime cookies and poutine donuts

This month, we take a look at some proudly American products released in time for Independence Day celebrations this weekend.

News in brief

Brian Driscoll elected president and CEO of Snyder’s-Lance

Snyder's-Lance board of directors has permanently appointed interim president and CEO Brian Driscoll.

International Paper agrees to pay $354m settlement to Kleen Products

International Paper has agreed to pay $354m to Kleen Products in an antitrust lawsuit settlement, but denies the allegations.

General Mills saw sales and profit suffer during “year of significant change”

The Cheerios maker reported a dip in net earnings and sales during the fourth-quarter and full year 2017.

Quarterly earnings

Acquisition of Thanasi Foods contributes to ConAgra’s Q4 growth, despite sales decline

The Thanasi Foods acquisition provided traction for ConAgra's growth in 2017, despite a sales decline across the board.

Biofortification one of many factors in tackling iron and zinc deficiencies: Study

Biofortification alone is not enough to enhance bread with optimum iron and zinc levels to fight deficiencies, a study says as it cites other production methods that should factor in...

One in 10 allergenic ingredients not correctly labelled – study

Undeclared milk in chocolate and bakery products was the most frequently found allergen during a control in the Nordic countries.

Dow/DuPont to divest plastics business amid price hike fears

The Canadian Competition Bureau has reached an agreement relating to the proposed merger between DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company regarding its plastic packaging.

Huhtamaki to acquire International Paper foodservice packaging operations in China for $17.1m

Finnish packaging company Huhtamäki Oyj is to acquire International Paper's foodservice packaging operations in China for €15m ($17.1m).

European Commission clears Dow/DuPont merger, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved the proposed merger between US-based chemical companies Dow and DuPont on condition of the divestiture of DuPont's pesticide business, including its R&D organization.

API launches Holonique Boutique for custom decorative packaging

API has launched a custom decorative holography service called Holonique Boutique.

PepsiCo Argentina closes Buenos Aires plant and relocates cookies, snacks & soft drinks production

PepsiCo Argentina has closed a plant, which produces cookies, snacks and soft drinks, in Florida, Buenos Aires province, and moved production to Mar del Plata, a five-hour drive away, axing...

Exclusive interview

Biscuits are capitalizing on the health trend, especially among seniors, says pladis

The biscuit category changed in Britain in 2016 amid consumer demand for healthier indulgences, Steve Gladwell, CMI director of pladis tells BakeryandSnacks.

Bakery product launches decline in UK: IRI analyst

The number of products launched in the UK in the past year has diminished by 8.4%, with food being the biggest contributor to the resulting loss in sales revenue.

Del Monte Pacific and Fresh Del Monte Produce unite to target US

Del Monte Pacific Ltd (DMPL) and Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. have announced a series of joint ventures to offer expanded refrigerated offerings across the US.

French snack producer Vico launches Hula Hoops variants in Sonoco packaging

The Vic-sur-Aisne-based firm introduced its three-dimensional Hula Hoops to the French market last year and is now expanding the range with the launch of Bacon and Sour Cream & Onion...

Grupo Bimbo launches accelerator to stimulate innovation among food startups

Mexican bakery conglomerate Grupo Bimbo is inviting food entrepreneurs to submit project proposals to be part of its newly-formed innovation accelerator.

Warbutons claims improved accuracy in forecasting with FuturMaster system

UK bakery giant Warburtons says it has increased the accuracy of its forecasts from 79% to 86% by moving to alternative software.

Hostess grows breakfast portfolio to capture all-day breakfast eaters-on-the-go

Hostess Brands has added two products to its breakfast portfolio - Hostess Cinnamon Sugar Crunch Donettes and Hostess Apple Streusel Coffee Cakes.

M&A

Nuts.com acquires Kopper’s Chocolate in multimillion-dollar deal

Nuts.com has acquired gourmet chocolate brand Kopper’s Chocolate and has relocated the brand to its New Jersey headquarters.

Full durum: The South Australian science of spaghetti

A pasta industry more than 15,000km from Italy is thriving thanks to a unique collaboration between farmers, durum wheat researchers and a major food manufacturer. 

Barry Callebaut-owned American Almond’s new facility opened in New Jersey

American Almond has opened its new facility that it moved from Brooklyn, New York, to Pennsauken, New Jersey, to expand its nut-based products portfolio. 

Calbee resumes potato chip sales in Japan

Japan’s largest potato chip producer Calbee (with a 73% market hold) has restarted sales of the country’s most popular snack it suspended in April due to a severe potato shortage....

Nuts, seeds and trail mixes set to outperform savory biscuits in the US

Euromonitor projects value sales in the nuts, seeds and trail mixes category will outperform savory biscuits in the US for the first time in 2017. 

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