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Unilever Drops Weight by Selling Slim-Fast

July 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Kainos Capital | News | Comments

Unilever sold its Slim-Fast brand to Kainos Capital. Comprised of weight loss and meal replacement shakes, powders, bars and snacks, Slim-Fast will be added to the firm's portfolio of health and wellness companies. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business. 

General Mills Enters Cookie Aisle to Increase Sales

July 10, 2014 8:10 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills, a Minneapolis-based company that last month announced a cost-cutting plan that will include a review of its manufacturing plants, is working to adapt its offerings as it grapples with the changing eating habits of Americans.

That Patriotic Apple Pie Is Less Likely to be Frozen

July 2, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mintel | News | Comments

Frozen cakes and pies declined 2.4 percent from 2009-2014 as consumers focus on gourmet flavors and shift towards viewing pies and cakes as an indulgent snack. According to Mintel research, 41 percent of consumers claim to eat prepared snacks between meals.


World Cup: Patriotic Waffle House Won't Serve Belgian Waffles

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A day before the U.S. faces Belgium in the World Cup, the Waffle House, a Georgia-based restaurant, announced on its Twitter account that they, "...don't believe in Belgium waffles." When asked for its opinion on Belgian waffles, the company responded: "We dominate them."

VIDEO: Get Your Protein From Crickets

June 27, 2014 8:10 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Bitty Foods makes food products based on cricket flour. Founder Megan Miller says the flour is sustainable and high in protein. The flour is made up of crickets that have been dry roasted and ground up into a fine powder and put into food products, such as cookies.

The Top 10 US Foodie Cities of the Year

June 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by | News | Comments named the Top 10 Foodie Cities of 2014 by analyzing data about how frequently families eat at locally owned restaurants and how much the average resident spends eating out, as well as access to healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and quality meat.


June 19, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's single piston filler/depositor, for the baking and food industry, has large port openings to permit filling of chunky ingredients without crushing. 

Former Hostess Plant in Maine Up For Sale

June 18, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The former Hostess Brands bakery plant in Biddeford, Maine is for sale for $8.45 million. Flower Foods acquired the bakery last year after Hostess filed for bankruptcy and laid off 370 employees. The company is selling the plant and eight other bakeries in the US.


Famous Amos Gives Cookie Business Another Try

June 17, 2014 8:40 am | by Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii | News | Comments

Wally Amos, the Hawaii man who in the 1980s lost ownership of his Famous Amos cookie company, is reinventing his brand yet again. Amos debuted his latest push for a retail rebound this month at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu under the name The Cookie Kahuna.

Pinnacle Foods Opens Pilot Plant at Rutgers University

June 12, 2014 9:52 am | by Pinnacle Foods | News | Comments

The plant at Rutgers Food Innovation Center is the first university-affiliated pilot site for Pinnacle. The collaboration will enable Pinnacle to increase its R&D capabilities, scale up learnings for commercialization and further support brand renovation.

Consumer Trends: Popular Bakery Snacks Rouse Comfort, Nostalgia

June 11, 2014 1:48 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

Cookies are the number one choice for moments of me-time, with over a third of their consumption in the US being driven by the desire to unwind. A report by Canadean reveals that familiar tastes evoke happy childhood memories. What's your pick-me-up food?

Packaging Film

June 5, 2014 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Product is designed for use as the inside sealant web for the packaging of bakery items, salty snacks, cookies, crackers, granola, fruit and nut mixes and confections.

Colorado Marijuana Regulators Mull Testing Edibles

June 5, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

Colorado pot regulators unveiled a plan Wednesday with industry representatives and scientists on refining Colorado's rules on testing and labeling foods and drinks infused with pot. Regulators are looking to tighten the rules for edible marijuana products.


Panera to Remove Artificial Ingredients by 2016

June 3, 2014 9:21 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Panera's "Food Policy" underscores how positioning foods as natural has become a marketing advantage, regardless of whether it brings nutritional benefits. The U.S. chain of bakery cafes is making the pledge to remove all artificial ingredients.

Krispy Kreme Stumbles From Cut Forecast

June 3, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

Krispy Kreme, a well-known doughnut chain headquarted in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, took a hit in aftermarket trading after the company cut its outlook for the year. Shares of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. dropped 9 percent to $17.14 in aftermarket trading.

Sorghum Syrup in High Demand as Consumers Search for Alternative Sweeteners

June 2, 2014 8:50 am | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Demand for sorghum syrup has doubled during the last five years, says James Baier, executive secretary of the National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Association, rising so fast that some of his members have begun running out before the new season starts.

Otis Spunkmeyer Closes Pennsylvania Plant

May 28, 2014 1:38 pm | News | Comments

Otis Spunkmeyer, known for their cookies, muffins and other baked goods, closed their Export, Penn., plant on Tuesday. The work will be moved to four other U.S. bakeries that are controlled by Aryzta AG, Spunkmeyer's Swiss parent company since 2006.

Pennsylvania Potato Chip Plant to Open in Place of Troyer Farms

May 27, 2014 10:38 am | by JIM MARTIN, Erie Times-News | News | Comments

For the first time since 2011, potato chips will be cooked in Waterford, Pennsylvania. Plans to open the potato chip plant by the end of summer are in the works. The company is moving ahead quickly with plans for the former Troyer Farms plant in Waterford Township. 

Photo: The World's Priciest Donut by Krispy Kreme

May 23, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Yes, it's the world's most lavish donut, created by none other than Krispy Kreme. Ingredients include gold, "edible diamonds" and Dom Pérignon vintage 2002 champagne jelly. Imagine what an office star you'd be if you brought in a dozen of these!

Bakery Depositor

May 23, 2014 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bakery manufacturers can portion a smooth flow directly from the depositor with this product. No heavy lifting is required. Ideal for batters, fillings, mousse, icing and sauce.

VIDEO: Sweets and Snack Expo Teases the Appetite

May 23, 2014 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

Thousands of new confectionery and snack foods were revealed May 20–22 during the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago. The expo featured the hottest new products from 650 companies. Trends include ancient grains, coconut and bacon flavors.

Drug Rehab Experts: Limit Access to Marijuana Edibles

May 22, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

Experts from the Suncoast Rehab Center in Florida say access to marijuana-infused foods should be reduced for the good of the public health. They say eating these edibles can trap consumers into overdosing on THC, the active chemical in marijuana.

PACK EXPO to Discuss Revenue Rise in Snack Foods

May 22, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

PACK EXPO International 2014 plans are underway to discuss the world of baking and snack manufacturers. The show will connect professionals with solutions from thousands of exhibitors. On-floor education sessions will be present throughout the show. 

Sweets and Snacks Trends: Savory with Grains

May 20, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

New trends in the candy and snack industries are being revealed at this year's Expo in Chicago. Over 650 companies are featured. Everything from ancient grains to super foods to coconut and bacon are changing the face of the snacking industry. 

Nutella is 50: Let the Cronut Frenzy Continue

May 19, 2014 3:02 pm | News | Comments

Food fan favorite Nutella, the famed hazelnut spread, is fifty years old today. What better way to celebrate than collaborating with another foodie obsession, cronuts. The free Nutella cronut holes available in NYC are probably delicious history by now.

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