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Wis. Bill Would Allow Home Cooks to Sell Baked Goods

September 11, 2013 9:43 am | News | Comments

Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow home cooks to sell small amounts of baked goods without getting a commercial license. The bill would apply to people who sell homemade baked goods and earn less than $10,000 per year from the endeavor.

General Mills Recalls Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls

September 9, 2013 9:45 am | News | Comments

General Mills is recalling some refrigerated Pillsbury cinnamon rolls because the dough may contain plastic pieces. The products being recalled, Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls with Icing, include 8-count single packages and 2-packs. Other Pillsbury products are not included in the recall.

Amateurs Try Out Extreme Caking

September 9, 2013 9:42 am | by KEITH COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

If you think a basic sheet cake and candles are all you need for a birthday cake, you clearly haven't been paying attention. Extreme caking has come to the home cook, fueled partly by TV shows showcasing crazy confections, and partly by boastful amateur bakers.


PACK EXPO Coverage: Bar Forming Line, Booth S-7701

September 6, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Miniconbar® 300/400 is a new bar forming line which produces up to 150 bars per minute.

Consumer Trends: Millennials Drive Snack Trends

September 4, 2013 1:00 pm | News | Comments

Sweet and savory snacks experienced strong growth in 2012 due to the rising trend of eating between meals. Millennials and their unique taste preferences are the driving force behind this trend, according to the Institute of Food Technologists.

Consumer Trends: More Gluten Intolerance Driving Gluten-Free Market

August 30, 2013 1:00 pm | News | Comments

According to a new report, the increasing number of celiac patients, gluten intolerants and health conscious people has increased the demand for gluten-free products. The gluten-free products market is experiencing a double-digit growth.

IBIE Q&A: The Latest Baking Trends

August 29, 2013 9:11 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Dave Watson of Campbell Soup Company and Pepperidge Farm sat down with Food Manufacturing to discuss the latest baking trends and how they will be highlighted at the International Baking Industry Exposition this year in Las Vegas.  

High Speed Depositors for Portion Control Products

August 28, 2013 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's 12P-06 high speed depositors are well suited for portion control sweet goods as well as mini muffins, snack cakes and brownies.


Protecting the Secret Formula: Good Business or Just for Show?

August 26, 2013 12:27 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The ability to push a quaint narrative about a product's origins and fuel a sense of nostalgia can help drive billions of dollars in sales. That's invaluable at a time when food makers face greater competition from smaller players and cheaper supermarket store brands that appeal to cash-strapped Americans.

ConAgra Pulls Cookie Dough due to Peanuts

August 26, 2013 9:37 am | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc. is recalling some Kroger's Break 'N Bake chocolate chip cookie dough packages, because they contain peanuts. ConAgra says peanut butter cup cookie dough was inadvertently packed into the packages, posing a danger to people with peanut allergies.

Measuring Up Ready-to-Cook Dinner Kits

August 23, 2013 9:40 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Ready-to-cook dinner kits are the latest concept in online grocery delivery. Blue Apron, and fellow startups HelloFresh and Plated, are targeting busy consumers who want to cook at home, but don't have the time hit the grocery store every week.

Consumer Trends: Most Consumers Buy Private Label Groceries

August 20, 2013 1:00 pm | News | Comments

Nearly all consumers buy private label products when grocery shopping, according to a new study. Of the categories studied, dairy products were the most frequently purchased private label groceries, while snacks ranked second, and cereal and cleaning supplies tied for third.

IBIE Q&A: Baking Automation Rises to the Occasion

August 15, 2013 10:09 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In Part II of a four-part Q&A series on the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE), Rich Hoskins, IBIE Committee Member and Director of Operations for Colborne Foodbotics, discusses the educational offerings available at this year’s expo.


New Brands Boost Flowers Foods 2Q

August 14, 2013 9:36 am | News | Comments

Flowers Foods Inc.'s second-quarter profit rose 64 percent after a big boost from the company's recent acquisitions of Sara Lee and Lepage brands. Sales volumes increased 22 percent, with about half of that increase coming from its acquired brands.

Mars Food Study Researchers Conclude Experiment

August 13, 2013 12:26 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers who have spent nearly four months simulating what it's like to live on Mars are emerging from their experiment on a barren Hawaii lava field. The NASA-funded study is researching what foods astronauts might eat during a mission to Mars.

Cronut: The Latest Food Uber-Trend

August 13, 2013 9:31 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Like Tasti D-Lite, Pinkberry and Magnolia Bakery's cupcakes before them, cronuts are taking New York City by storm, sating New Yorkers' sweet cravings. The tasty treat is triggering around-the-block lines at Dominique Ansel Bakery.  

High Potency Sweeteners

August 9, 2013 9:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's DULCENT™ aspartame, sucralose and acesulfame potassium (Ace-K) sweeteners provide a wide range of functionality and sweetness profiles to meet a broad range of foods and beverages needs.

Campbell Completes Acquisition of Kelsen Group

August 8, 2013 12:10 pm | News | Comments

Campbell Soup Company Thursday announced that it has completed the acquisition of Kelsen Group A/S, Based in Denmark, a producer of quality baked snacks, including the Kjeldsens and Royal Dansk brands, sold in 85 countries around the world.

France Seeks to Protect Culinary Identity

August 7, 2013 9:35 am | by LORI HINNANT,Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in France, fast food overtook traditional restaurant receipts as the economic crisis deepened, and the share of people who pack a lunch for work is rising. French lawmakers have swung into action to protect their cuisine, which the government officially considers a matter of national pride.

Drake’s Cakes to Return in September

August 6, 2013 9:42 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Twinkies are already back on shelves and now the new owners of Drake's cakes say Coffee Cakes, Devil Dogs, Ring Dings and Yodels will return next month. A spokesman for McKee Foods Corp. said the company plans to bring back the snack cakes in the third week of September.

Daily Sound Bite: FDA Defines 'Gluten Free'

August 5, 2013 12:22 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has imposed new rules that would normalize the definition of "gluten free" on food and beverage packaging labels. The new definition of gluten free includes products that contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten.

FDA Seeks to Define 'Gluten-Free'

August 5, 2013 9:49 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Though the label "gluten-free" can be seen on food packaging throughout grocery stores, the term currently has no agreed-upon definition. For consumers with Celiac disease, even trace amounts of gluten can present serious issues, and the sale of gluten-free products has risen nearly 800 percent since 2004.

LA Schools Go Back to Basics with Revamped Menu

August 1, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

Two years ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District tried to spruce up its lunch menu, with cafeteria ladies dishing out chicken tandoori and sushi. The kids hated it. So the district overhauled the menu last year after students turned away from unfamiliar fare.

Kellogg’s Profit Rises But Breakfast Struggles

August 1, 2013 9:23 am | News | Comments

Kellogg has been fighting to increase cereal sales as people move toward on-the-go meals in the mornings. General Mills is facing a similar problem and is deploying a variety of tactics such as marketing children's cereal to adults by playing on their nostalgia for brands such as Lucky Charms.

Japan Resumes U.S. Wheat Imports

July 31, 2013 12:08 pm | by NIGEL DUARA,Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan has agreed to resume importing Northwest soft white wheat two months after a genetically modified rogue strain of the crop appeared in an Oregon farmer's field. The Oregon Wheat Commission has maintained since the rogue strain was discovered that it was limited to one field.

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