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PACK EXPO Case History: Flexible, Adaptable Cartoner Serves Pie Maker a Bigger Slice of Success

May 22, 2015 7:45 am | by PACK EXPO, PMMI | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers must continuously evaluate production lines and enhance efficiency — all while protecting quality, meeting regulatory demands and, ultimately, ensuring customer satisfaction. This is especially true in the food industry, where companies face increasing competition and a growing demand for a variety of products. Find out how a pie manufacturer more than doubled productivity with technology found at PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

ConAgra to Close WI Cookie Plant, Lay Off Hundreds

May 19, 2015 1:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods plans to close one of its two cookie plants in the eastern Wisconsin city of Ripon...

Crackers Emerge As Fertile Frontier For Snack Food Marketers

May 15, 2015 12:30 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

As harried, on-the-go Americans increasingly turn to snacks to satisfy their cravings and...

Olive Garden's Latest Plan: Breadstick Sandwiches

May 12, 2015 7:50 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Olive Garden's plan to win back customers? Take the breadsticks it's known for and make...

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Police Investigate How Cocaine Pack Ended Up in a Granola Bar

May 7, 2015 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

San Antonio police are investigating how a packet of cocaine ended up inside a wrapped Nature Valley granola bar.

Wendy's to Sell 640 Restaurants, Bakery Ops

May 6, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wendy's is planning to sell 640 of its company-owned restaurants to franchisees and will also sell off its bakery operations. The hamburger chain also announced Wednesday that its first-quarter profit topped Wall Street's expectations as sales improved in North America.

Strange But True Twinkie Facts

May 4, 2015 1:15 pm | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

How the Hostess Twinkie grew from a Great Depression experiment to a billion dollar brand.   

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Oreo Maker Mondelez Says Profit Doubled as it Raised Prices

April 30, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mondelez, the company behind Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies, said its profit in the first quarter nearly doubled as it raised prices for its products and cut costs. The company said it raised prices due to higher costs to make products.

Industry Insider: Texture Technology for Hybrid Bakes

April 29, 2015 11:30 am | by Jo Smewing, Business Director, Stable Micro Systems | Articles | Comments

From ‘cronuts’ to ‘townies’, traditional sweet treats are getting a modern makeover thanks to strong consumer interest in innovative eating experiences. Creating a new textural story for this growing range of hybrid bakery products is key to their success. Jo Smewing, business director at Stable Micro Systems, looks at which texture analysis techniques are taking the lead. 

Photo of the Day: A $100 Donut Made From 24-Carat Gold

April 24, 2015 9:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

If your idea of a delicious donut is a cream-filled Long John covered in chocolate frosting and sprinkles, you're not thinking fancy enough. Customers are shelling out $100 at a Canadian bakery, Dolicious Donuts, for a "Donutopia."

KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 15, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Although KIND bar sales have roughly doubled in size every year for a decade, last month the FDA sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of its fruit and nut bars as "healthy"- because they do not meet federal standards.

The Cronut's Unexpected Success Story

April 15, 2015 8:25 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

At Dominique Ansel Bakery in downtown Manhattan, bakers work to all hours of the night to keep up with demand. In the first installment of the Eureka! series, Bloomberg takes you behind the creation of Ansel's most desired pastry: the Cronut.

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VIDEO: The Kind Bar Strategy

April 13, 2015 3:35 pm | Videos | Comments

Snack foods are a $374 billion market and Kind thinks it has found a way to raise the bar. Kind can be found in more than 150,000 retail stores and sales have nearly doubled in the last year. CEO Daniel Lubetzky discusses the company's snack products.

Photos of the Day: Students Make Giant Rice Krispies Treat

April 13, 2015 1:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

What do you get when you mix a group of hungry undergraduate students with a bunch of marshmallows and crispy cereal? A giant Rice Krispie treat, of course!

Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory to Move to High-Tech Plant

March 30, 2015 8:35 am | by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Streit's factory building is the oldest in the nation where the unleavened flatbread that's essential for Jewish holidays is still churned out. About 2.5 million pounds of matzos were baked for April's Passover holiday, and distributed worldwide.

Trendy California Creation: Pop Tart Doughnut

March 19, 2015 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Southern California doughnut shop has come up with yet another guilty pleasure gone viral: a gigantic doughnut stuffed with a Pop Tart filling. Donut Bar, with outlets in Fountain Valley and San Diego, calls the 1-pound creation the "Big Poppa Tart Donut."

Mondelez International Acquires Enjoy Life Foods

February 17, 2015 8:05 am | by Mondelez International | News | Comments

Mondelez International on Monday announced the acquisition of Enjoy Life Foods, a private U.S. snacking company and the market-leading brand in the fast-growing "free from" segment. Enjoy Life offers more than 40 great-tasting products, including cookies, chocolate, snack bars, and savory snacks that are allergy-friendly and gluten-free

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10 Facts About Bagels You Probably Didn't Know

February 9, 2015 10:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

If your go-to breakfast (or any-time-of-the-day) item is a bagel, then you may be excited to learn that today, Feb. 9 is National Bagel Day. Take a look at these 10 random facts about bagels and find out why there is a hole in the middle of them, for example.

Pepperidge Farm Recalls 46K Bagels in 23 States

February 6, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pepperidge Farm is recalling about 46,000 packages of bagels because they may contain peanuts or almonds that could set off a serious allergic reaction. The recall includes plain, everything and cinnamon raisin bagels. Mini bagels are also being recalled.

Bagel Recall: Bimbo Bakeries' Sara Lee Brand Among Products Removed From Shelves

February 6, 2015 8:55 am | by Bimbo Bakeries USA | News | Comments

Bimbo Bakeries USA is voluntarily recalling Thomas', Sara Lee and Jewel Bagels because they may contain undeclared peanuts and almonds. All recalled products are being removed from store shelves.       

Flowers Foods Issue Voluntary Recall on English Muffins

February 2, 2015 2:00 pm | by Flowers Foods, Inc. | News | Comments

Flowers Foods is voluntarily recalling Market Basket Fork Split 6 count Original English Muffins because they contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to dairy products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Saputo Completes Sale of Bakery Division

February 2, 2015 1:00 pm | by Saputo Inc. | News | Comments

The Bakery Division produces, markets and distributes mainly snack-cakes in Canada, which are sold almost exclusively in the retail market. It is the largest manufacturer of snack-cakes in Canada and also sells, on a small scale, in the U.S.

VIDEO: Famous Portland Whole Grain Bread Goes National

January 22, 2015 11:20 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Going against the gluten-free fad, Portland, Ore.-based Dave's Killer Bread has gained legions of fans for its seeded, nutritious sandwich loaves. Now it has plans to expand to every single state in the U.S. by the end of 2015.     

Union to Talk About Indiana Pillsbury Plant Set to Close

January 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future. General Mills announced last week that it plans to close its refrigerated goods plant in New Albany by mid-2016, but said its decision is subject to negotiation with union officials.

Tarrier Foods Recalls Chopped Candy Lacking Peanut Warning

January 20, 2015 7:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tarrier Foods is recalling more than 300 cases of its Chopped Twix candy topping because the Ohio company says the ingredient statement on the packaging didn't show that it may contain peanuts and eggs.       

US Manufacturer of Oreo Begins Building New Bahrain Plant

January 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mondelez International says the facility will have capacity to produce 90,000 tons per year. The company said its plant in the Arab Gulf island-nation will produce brands such as Oreo, Ritz and TUC in the initial phase, which will create 300 jobs. Full commercial production is scheduled to start early next year.

Gluten-Free Food Industry Reaches $973M, Report Says

January 15, 2015 1:45 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

The gluten-free market is cementing its staying power as more than a mere dietary fad and continues to make national headlines, including a recent announcement by popular foodservice chain Pizza Hut that it will begin offering gluten-free pizza. 

Kellogg Acquires Majority Stake in Egyptian Biscuit Maker

January 15, 2015 8:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The Kellogg Company has acquired a majority stake in the Egyptian biscuit maker Bisco Misr. The transaction of Bisco Misr, which is the number one packaged biscuits company in Egypt, allows Kellogg to advance its global snacks business in growing emerging markets.

Pillsbury Plant Closure to Put 400 Employees Out of Work

January 9, 2015 9:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

General Mills continues its layoffs with another plant closure, this time one of its Pillsbury facilities. The closure comes at a time where some of the food and beverage industry's most well-known companies are laying off workers, moving locations and shuttering entire facilities.

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