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Halen Brands muscles up on e-commerce for emerging snack companies

Snack business investment firm Halen Brands is gaining expertise in e-commerce to support its brands for online distribution, CEO and co-founder, Jason Cohen, said. 

Snack Attack 2017

Natural snacks bet on Amazon for distribution

Natural snack producers - from multi-million dollar snack companies to emerging startups - are eying Amazing for distribution expansion.

Essentra Packaging to consider plant closure after $4.4m operating loss

Essentra, which makes beverage, dry foods and dairy packaging, has entered a consultation process to close a factory in Newport, Wales, affecting 150 jobs.

Cereal breakthrough

Prehistoric grains identified in Swiss Alps lunch box

Scientists have discovered a 4,000-year-old ‘lunch box’ – obviously lost by a plucky primitive traveler crossing the Swiss mountains – contains microscopic traces of ancient wheat and rye.

Schubert 3D camera ‘one step closer to long-term goal of optical 3D recognition’

Schubert has developed a 3D camera which can pick up ‘disorganized products’ from a storage bin.

Nestlé’s innovation platform HENRi@Nestlé marks one year anniversary

From initiating portion control advice on biscuits, alternative green packaging for Nestlé Waters and promoting Nespresso’s sustainability efforts - HENRi@Nestlé celebrates its one-year anniversary this month.

Bureau Veritas targets on-site aflatoxin testing

Bureau Veritas and Schutter Group have introduced an aflatoxin pre-shipment inspection and quality control process.

News in brief

Royal DSM appoints new president of DSM Food Specialties

Royal DSM has appointed Patrick Niels to replace Ilona Haaijer as president of DMS Food Specialities from August 1.

Heinz accused of falsely marketing ‘healthy’ toddler snack

HJ Heinz Australia has been taken to court by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which alleges the food manufacturer engaged in misleading representations on the packs of its...

Nuts.com to expand in New Jersey creating 150 jobs

Nuts.com, which produces nuts, dried fruit, snacks and pantry staples, is set to expand in New Jersey, creating 150 jobs.

EyeSucceed to address food safety issues with wearable technology

NSF International, which partnered with Google to pilot its EyeSucceed Smart Glasses, has been recognized as a ‘Glass Partner’ for food industry applications.

News in brief

Man dies in industrial accident at Berry Plastics

A 46-year-old man has died at Berry Plastics plant in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, after claims he was struck by a piece of industrial machinery.

Millennials prefer grain-enhanced chocolate confectionery

Grains such as quinoa, and cereals including corn flakes and rice puffs, are attracting attention globally as an ingredient or flavor in chocolate confectionery but not so much in Germany.

Grain-free trend just sprouting in bakery, but may overtake gluten-free

Many bakery industry professionals believe the grain-free trend will catch on - driven by a demand for more natural, less processed ingredients - and will eventually supersede gluten-free.

July 2017 NPD: Intersnack’s 3D chips, sweet potato snacks from Mondelēz and paleo flour

Grain-free granola The Paleo Foods Co. has launched a paleo...

Witte dryers safeguard gluten-free foods from cross-contamination

The Witte Company has developed a range of dryers and coolers that eliminate the need for a dedicated, gluten-free drying system.

Promise Gluten Free sells majority stake to UK private equity firm

Mayfair Equity Partners (MEP) has bought a majority stake in the Donegal-headquartered Promise Gluten Free for an undisclosed amount.

News in brief

Know Allergies selects former Hostess Brands chairman as CEO

Allergen-free granola bar producer Know Allergies has appointed Greg Rayburn as its new CEO to meet growing demand.

Freedom Foods launches barley super grain line to revolutionize gut health in US

Australian natural foods company, Freedom Foods Group, is launching a range of cereal and snack products in the US made from a non-GMO Australian barley grain that promotes better gut...

Guest article

Aptean: ‘Investments in CRM systems within the F&B industry have been low’

‘The Food and Drink manufacturing industry is typically an arena of tight margins.

Nestlé seals 5-year deal with Netherlands logistics firm

Nestlé has partnered with Kuehne + Nagel logistics company to store its chocolate, coffee and culinary products over the next five years.

IFT 2017

Palsgaard removes PHOs from baked goods with new emulsifiers

Palsgaard showcased a line of emulsifiers that enable bakeries to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from cake mixes and industrial cakes at IFT held in Las Vegas at the end...

DuPont blends allows bakers to meet clean label challenges

DuPont Nutrition & Health’s Grinsted Freedom blends gives food producers the freedom to create their own optimized blend from clean label ingredients.

America’s most popular summer snacks: General Mills

Cheerios maker General Mills has released survey results showing top family summer activity and snack trends in the US.

Exclusive interview

Clean label fuelling Kosher certified bakery and snacks growth: OU Kosher

Kosher certification is gaining popularity among non-Jewish consumers due to the high demand for clean labels, says CEO of OU Kosher, Rabbi Menachem Genack. 

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