Manufacturers

Finsbury Food Group expects to post full-year profit ahead of market expectations

Finsbury Food Group to post profit rise

By Michael Stones

Cake, bread and bakery goods manufacturer Finsbury Food Group expects to post full-year profit ahead of market expectations, thanks to market promotions and cost cutting, according to its pre-close trading statement for the year to June 28.

Servitje: 'Investing in manufacturing plants'

Grupo Bimbo ceo to invest in UK arm

By Rod Addy

Bakery giant Grupo Bimbo believes the UK arm of Canada Bread - the business it bought in May - together with Spanish and Portugese divisions can strengthen European sales after further investment.

General Mills opens Shanghai development centre to boost China market

China

General Mills spends big on Asian product development

By RJ Whitehead

In a move to channel more investment into its growing Chinese market, food major General Mills has opened its first major technical centre outside of its Minneapolis headquarters. 

2 Sisters Food Group acquired the Newport Avana Bakeries site from Premier Foods in 2012

2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries sale offers staff hope

By Rod Addy

The sale of 2 Sisters’ Avana Bakeries site has offered hope to workers who faced losing their jobs because of its previously announced closure, although concerns remain about its future.

'You can’t fault them for it, but you have to wonder if cutting costs is the salvation,' says business strategy consultant

Can a $40m cost-cutting program bolster General Mills?

By Kacey Culliney

Amid “disappointing” fiscal 2014 results, General Mills has kick-started a cost-cutting plan to boost efficiency and support growth – a move that can’t be faulted but isn’t necessarily a ticket to success, a consultant says.

Snyder's-Lance's Eric Van De Wal:

Portable and adventurous: Snyder’s-Lance on what’s next in snacks

By Maggie Hennessy

Snacking is becoming more of a lifestyle than simply a between-meal indulgence for time-strapped US consumers, which means more opportunity to innovate in flavor, nutrition and delivery formats for snack food manufacturers like Snyder’s-Lance Inc. 

KP Snacks has 'recreated' a UK pub in Rio, not far from Copacabana beach, as part of its World Cup 2014 promotional efforts

KP Snacks bags on pub passion during World Cup

By Kacey Culliney

KP Snacks has gone pub-themed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup; recreating a local UK pub in Rio for the games and running a consumer competition fronted by celebrity pub landlord Al Murray.

C-stores are all about snacks, portability and immediate consumption, says General Mills' head of convenience category management

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo 2014

General Mills: We're committed to driving growth in c-store snacking

By Kacey Culliney

Merchandizing gaps in convenience stores need to be plugged and snack makers must collaborate to drive progress forward, says the category development head at General Mills Convenience as it launches Nature Valley c-store tailored products.

While microwave popcorn is in decline, sales of ready-to-eat popcorn have been growing strongly in recent years, says Diamond Foods

Diamond Foods bets big on ready-to-eat popcorn as category tops $600m

By Elaine Watson

The US ready-to-eat popcorn category has been “growing in the double-digits for the past 3-4 years” and is now worth “north of $600m in annual [retail] sales”, according to Diamond Foods CEO Brain Driscoll, who says new launches under the Kettle and Pop...

Packaging producer Ball has been name the third most sustainable company in the US, according to Newsweek's Green Rankings.

Ball, Coke, and General Mills rank on ‘green’ list

By Jenni Spinner

Newsweek’s list of the US’s most sustainable companies names packaging firms like Ball, beverage producers like Coca-Cola, and food manufacturers such as General Mills rank among the green giants.

Nut allergies impact shopper behavior

The power of the 0.9%

By Maggie Hennessy

Although fewer than one in 100 (0.9%) of US consumers is afflicted with a peanut or treenut allergy, the purchasing power of that group extends far beyond those with allergies, according to the recent Nut Allergy Ecosystem survey by Rich Products Corp. 

ABF's Jordons and Ryvita brands have snapped up the premium UK cereal maker

ABF buys Dorset Cereals

By Kacey Culliney

Associated British Foods (ABF) has bought UK premium cereal maker Dorset Cereals in a deal rumoured to be worth £50m ($83.7m) - taking its cereal brand tally up to two.