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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.

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. 

Brownie Brittle launches gluten-free and bites ranges in major US retailers

Snacking chocolate brand Brownie Brittle recently launched its first gluten-free products as well as a cookie and brownie bites range to the US market.

Trump tax policy among factors making Canadian researchers cautious on bakery and snack prices

Bakery and cereal retail prices  in Canada will decrease 1% to 3% by the end of 2017, according to a revised forecast from Dalhousie University.

'We will react and respond to any discriminatory measures against Malaysian palm oil,' warns minister

With a recent European resolution calling for tariffs and trade barriers against any palm oil linked to deforestation, Malaysia's minister for plantations and commodities warns: "We will react and respond accordingly...

Sugar-free quinoa breakfast cereal finds success as creative consumers blur categories

A breakfast cereal made from French popped quinoa with a one-word ingredient list (quinoa - and that's it) is finding success as consumers use it for croutons and salad toppings thanks...

Canadian breakfast brand Oatbox uses seed funding to cement standing in meal kit market

Subscription-based delivery company Oatbox has raised C$1.55m ($1.17m) to strengthen its position in the competitive North American home delivered meal kit market.

Hostess Brands plans to penetrate new categories under direction of new CCO

Hostess Brands has identified new retail opportunities for its snack bakery products, said its recently appointed chief commercial officer, Andrew Jacobs.

Snyder’s-Lance to trim snacks portfolio to drive sales growth

Snyder’s-Lance will discontinue some of its snack varieties that are expected to only drive a small percentage of the company’s revenues in 2018, CFO Alex Pease said. 

British bakery business Carr’s Foods among top 10 fastest international sales growers

Carrs Foods has been ranked seventh in this year’s Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.

Alexa, can I have some organic candy and snacks? Category set to benefit from Amazon-Whole Foods deal

Amazon will gain deep consumer insights in impulse snacking once it seals a $13.7bn deal for Whole Foods, says an e-commerce consultant. 

New variant of Queen’s favoured crispbread Ryvita could be top three bestseller

Ryvita is rolling out Three Cheese Thins throughout the UK in July, with Estefania Boerr, senior brand manager at the crispbread producer, expecting it to become a top three selling...

News in brief

Nestlé and General Mills JV launches breakfast bars in Germany

Cereal Partners Deutschland (CPD), the German joint venture between Nestlé and General Mills, has launched a range of cereal bars under the Nestlé Clusters brand.

What are the best flours to use in gluten-free bread? Study evaluates contenders

The effects of different flours, including chickpea, chestnut and tiger nut, on gluten-free bread have been examined with results suggesting tiger nut flour could be a winner.

News in brief

American Bakers Association applauds FDA for delaying nutrition facts label rule

Robb MacKie, president of American Bakers Association (ABA), said a “more reasonable” timeline for the implementation of the FDA’s nutrition facts label will help bakers.

Has Europe experienced a diet revolution? Mintel thinks so

The free-from market has grown considerably in the last few years and data is not showing a slow in interest, according to Mintel.

Bugs are big business for tomorrow’s snacks, says PepsiCo; calls for ideas

The Doritos and Cheetos maker is capitalizing on the growing insect and plant-based protein trend, and has called for novel protein ideas to use in its snacks.

Nutritional ingredients firm Barentz International expands in Vietnam amid rising APAC sales

Dutch ingredients firm Barentz International recently has opened its first office in Vietnam, on the back of 15% annual Asia Pacific growth.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö expands Genuine Vegetable Parchment capacity for bakery

Ahlstrom-Munksjö will invest €6.7m ($7.5m) in production capacity at its Saint Severin plant in France, to be completed in Q4 2018.

Snack Attack 2017

Mondelēz and Hain Celestial attending Snack Attack 2017

Mondelēz’s Teddy Soft Bakes and tortilla chips producer Hain Celestial will be among the 40 plus brands attending Snack Attack 2017 being held in New York City on July 27. 

Sonoco expands ClearGuard packaging for liquid and viscous product pouches

Sonoco has expanded its ClearGuard portfolio of flexible packaging to include pouches for liquid or more viscous products.

Ferrero opens first Asian innovation centre in Singapore

Ferrero has opened its first Asian Innovation Center in Singapore to develop and test new products ‘in a market of strategic importance’.

UK supplier creates low morphine poppy seed blend after drug test alarm

A UK-based specialist ingredient maker has launched a poppy seed blend which contains low morphine content, amid a number of recent cases in which individuals have failed drug tests after...

Rising butter price “causing a panic” among bakers, biscuit, cake and pastry makers

French bakery associations, La Fédération des Entrepreneurs de Boulangerie (FEB) and Les Fabricants de Biscuits et Gâteaux de France, have risen the alarm over the relentless upward drive of the butter...

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