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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.

Bare Snacks coconut chips follows a 'hot trend' that is 'here to stay', says its marketing head

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo

Bare Snacks chases the coconut craze

By Kacey Culliney

Bare Snacks’ coconut chip line rides in the wake of a mega trend, its marketing head says, but not all future R&D will be reactive to market skews.

One Degree Organic: like CPGs from the farmers’ market

Special edition: Organic & non-GMO

One Degree Organic: like CPGs from the farmers’ market

By Maggie Hennessy

The founders of Canadian bakery products manufacturer One Degree Organic Foods think the current packaged food landscape has distanced consumers far too much from Mother Nature. They’re looking to narrow the gap between food producers and the end consumer...

Hovis has big prospects because of its strong heritage and management team, The Gores Group has claimed

£80M pumped into Hovis to fund future growth

By Rod Addy

Hovis has received £80M of cash from commercial lender GE Capital to fund future growth plans following The Gores Group’s acquisition of a controlling stake in the bakery firm in January.

Bolthouse, Plum hot spots in tepid earnings report from Campbell Soup

Bolthouse, Plum hot spots in tepid earnings report from Campbell Soup

By Hank Schultz

Recent acquisitions in the natural space—Bolthouse Farms and Plum Organic—were among the bright spots in a disappointing quarterly earnings report for Campbell Soup Company.  The development points to changing sales patterns within the United States overall.

What does it take to be a food & beverage CEO?

Road to the top: What does it take to be a food & beverage CEO?

By Elaine Watson

What does it take to get to the top of a leading food and beverage company? Can you still make it from the shop-floor to the boardroom? Is an MBA essential? And do operations managers or R&D directors ever get to lead Fortune 500 companies, or do...

What’s your food brand’s digital IQ?

What’s your food brand’s digital IQ?

By Maggie Hennessy

The $321 bn US packaged food market’s appetite for digital is growing, yet just a handful of brands are truly differentiating themselves when it comes to their digital presence, says a new study from digital business intelligence firm L2 ThinkTank. 

34° Crisps: We want to reinvent what people think about crackers

Big interview: Craig Lieberman, founder & CEO, 34 Degrees

34° Crisps founder: We want to reinvent what people think about crackers

By Elaine WATSON

When Craig Lieberman flew to Sydney to study for a Master’s Degree in International Relations in the mid-1990s, his goal was to be a diplomat. But not long after he arrived, the idea for another, very different, career started to take shape.

Kellogg CEO: We need to get Kashi back on track

Kellogg CEO: We need to get Kashi back on track

By Elaine WATSON

Kashi has lost some distribution in the past 12-18 months, but brand owner Kellogg says it will prove to consumers that Kashi is still a pioneer in the field of ‘progressive nutrition’.

When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

By Nathan Gray

Testing the consumer liking of a new product may be an overrated idea that ‘breeds mediocrity’ and means products fail to differentiate themselves against the competition, according to David Howlett of MMR Research.

Frito-Lay has filed an international and US patent on process method and design relating to its deep-ridged potato chips; the first launch was Ruffles in 2012

Frito-Lay to drive deep-ridged success wider in 2014/15

By Kacey Culliney

Frito-Lay will roll out deep-ridged potato chips in more than 10 countries this year, and has plans to expand the snack concept even further in 2015 as its international patent on the design pends.

Graze data research has valued the US subscription snacking market opportunity at $500m

Graze has tripled business in US since January

By Kacey Culliney

Online healthy snacks service Graze has surpassed 150,000 in US subscriptions after just three months in the market; growth the CEO has described as phenomenal.

The ground breaking ceremony took place in Milton Keynes on April 2 and was attended by company executives, the local mayor and council executives

Brioche Pasquier to open first UK bakery

French patisserie specialist Brioche Pasquier has commenced work on its first UK bakery site; set to strengthen the company’s presence in the market, according its CEO.

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