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Nature's Path Introduces Two Grain-Free High-Protein Hot Cereals

December 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Richmond, B.C.-based organic breakfast and snack food company’s nutty, protein-rich hot cereals blend plant-based watermelon seed protein with nutrient-dense, healthy fats. Available in Maple Almond Crunch and Cinnamon Apple Crisp flavors, the cereals feature chia seeds and pumpkin seeds instead of grain, and are rich in fiber, protein, antioxidants, and ALA omega-3 fatty acids. The cereals are also vegan and paleo friendly, certified USDA organic, and contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
"Nature's Path Grain Free Hot Cereal Brings Protein to the Table", PR Newswire, December 03, 2020, © Cision Ltd
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Metal Packaging Boosts Sustainability Credentials Of Snack Brands

December 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
According to Laetitia Durafour of Crown Food Europe, snacks packed with sodium and fats will always be popular. But consumers are increasingly demanding healthier options, and they also want the containers to be 100 percent recyclable. Metal packaging is one solution. Once the contents of a metal package have been consumed, the metal can be recycled infinitely without loss of physical properties. Many packaging materials, once recycled, can only be used for a lesser quality product, but a metal recycled today could be back on the retail shelf in the same form. A recent study found that nearly eight in 10 respondents said sustainability is important for them when making a purchasing decision. Ultimately, says Durafour, healthy snacks and metal packaging are a symbiotic match, allowing consumers to consciously choose snacks that will boost their personal health, while also focusing on the health of the planet.
Gill Hyslop, "The case for metal and the time to get healthy (snacks)", BakeryAndSnacks.com, December 03, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Bubba's Fine Foods To Unveil Nut Mixes For Carb-Conscious Snackers

December 2, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Loveland, Colo.-based maker of grain-free snacks has created a line of Keto Nut Mixes in six flavors for paleo diet fans, Debuting in January, the new flavors will be available on Amazon in three savory and three sweet varieties, each delivering 7 grams of protein and 3 grams of net carbs. The savory Keto Nut Mixes are made with seasoned walnuts, pecans, and healthy seeds, and sold in 1.2-ounce packs in flavors such as Pepperoni Pizza, Traditional Recipe, and Sour Cream & Chive. The sweet nut mixes, also sold in 1.2-ounce packs, are made with nuts and seeds in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Maple Cinnamon Praline, and Thai Sweet Chili flavors. The snacks are low-glycemic, grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugars, and artificial flavorings. Besides Amazon, the snacks will be sold at Whole Foods Market, Natural Grocers, Sprouts, The Fresh Market, King Soopers, and other retailers.
"Grain Free Snacking Is About to Get More Flavorful with Launch of Bubba's Keto Nut Mixes", PR Web, December 02, 2020, © Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
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MicroSalt Launches Low-Sodium Potato Chips In U.S.

December 2, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The London-based company, a unit of Salarius Ltd., has begun selling its SaltMe! low-sodium potato chips in four flavors on Amazon in North America. The chips are sold in six-count boxes of 5-ounce bags for $19.97 with free shipping. In January, the company plans to introduce 1-ounce bags on the platform, to meet consumer demand for a lunch bag option. SaltMe! potato chips are made with MicroSalt, a proprietary salt made with micron-size salt particles that dissolve in the mouth significantly faster than regular salt and, according to the company, contains 50 percent less sodium per serving than regular potato chips. SaltMe! chips are also Non-GMO, all-natural, kosher, and gluten-free. They are also sold in Central Market stores in the U.S. and Canada.
Francesca Morgan, "Tekcapital’s Salarius launches SaltMe!® on Amazon in North America", Vox Markets, December 02, 2020, © Vox Markets
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General Mills’ And Sesame Street Create Number- And Letter-Shaped Cereals

December 1, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Minneapolis-based breakfast food company has debuted Sesame Street Cereal, which will arrive on store shelves in January in two varieties: berry flavor with number-shaped pieces, and cinnamon flavor with letter-shaped pieces. In addition, the back of each box opens like a book to reveal English and Spanish language short stories with Elmo. According to General Mills, Sesame Street Cereals are a good source of fiber, calcium, and vitamins D and E. The boxes offer games and Elmo stories that prompt questions related to counting, shape recognition, letter recognition, etc.
"General Mills Debuts Sesame Street Cereal, Bringing ABCs and 123s to the Breakfast Bowl", Business Wire, December 01, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Mark Cuban Buys Into Mushroom Jerky Snacks

December 1, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The billionaire entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team has invested $300,000 in Oregon-based Pan’s Mushroom Jerky, a plant-based jerky brand recently featured on the TV show Shark Tank. The cash will be used to create new flavors and to expand distribution in the midst of surging global demand for plant-based foods. The investment gives Cuban an 18 percent stake in the 12-year-old company. Pan’s Mushroom Jerky is 100 percent plant-based and soy-free, made from organic dried shiitake mushrooms, plus organic coconut sugar, avocado oil, Himalayan pink salt, and organic chia seeds. 
Sally Ho , "Vegan Mushroom Jerky Brand Attracts U.S.$300K From Shark Tank Investor Mark Cuban", Green Queen, December 01, 2020, © Ekowarehouse Limited
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Need For Temp Workers Is Greater Among Snack Companies In Time Of Coronavirus

December 1, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
In the U.K. and elsewhere, snack makers often ramp up hiring of flexible and temporary workers to keep up with a holiday swelling of demand.  But the waves of coronavirus surges, leaving holes in permanent employee rolls, have added to the pressure this year, in fact “stretching the industry to its limits,” according to a representative of Redwigwam, a flexible working community. Snack maker Burton’s Biscuit Co. is one of the companies that hired Redwigwam to boost its workforce to cope with the seasonal demand, but also to help launch a new variant of its Wagon Wheel biscuits. Likewise, London-based healthy snacks producer Proper Snacks bas been working with Redwigwam for more than a year to fill jobs like ensuring correct setup of physical stock and visiting stores to ensure the best presentation of products.
Gill Hyslop , "Burton’s Biscuits and Proper Snacks tap flexible workforce to cope with increased Christmas and COVID demands", BakeryAndSnacks.com, December 01, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Earnest Eats Launches Avocado Slice Snack

November 30, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Solana Beach, Calif.-based breakfast and snack company’s Snacking Avocados are a clean-ingredient snack made with slices of real Hass avocado that are freeze-dried and simply seasoned with sea salt and spices. The snacks are vegan, keto, gluten-free, non-GMO, high in fiber, sugar-free and available in three savory flavors -- Sea Salt, Sea Salt Lime, and Roasted Chipotle. Each 0.6-ounce bag ($3.49) contains one 160-170 calorie serving, featuring 15 grams of healthy fats, two grams of net carbs, seven grams of fiber, and zero added sugar or preservatives. 
"Earnest Eats Snacking Avocados", Progressive Grocer, November 30, 2020, © EnsembleIQ
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Foodnerd Introduces Plant-Based Cereal With Broccoli Sprouts

November 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Buffalo, N.Y. “sprouted mega-food” company says its SeeReal is a raw and sprouted cereal formulated for optimal nutrition that complements its OverNights line of sprouted overnight oat, chia pudding, and buckwheat breakfasts. SeeReal is made with real fruits and vegetables “deliciously disguised” to serve as the replacement for the most popular cereals. Available in Fruity Fantasy, Dark Chocolate, and Banana Bread flavors, the cereals are using a technology the company calls “positive processing:” sprouting to increase bioavailability; never using heat above 118 degrees F, the temperature at which nutrients begin to degrade; and never using chemical additives, preservatives, artificial ingredients, or “natural” flavors. 
"Foodnerd Launches First Plant-Based Cereal Containing Broccoli Sprouts", VEGWORLD MAGAZINE , November 28, 2020, © VegWorld Magazine
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EuroLife Brands To Acquire Granola Maker Holy Crap

November 27, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Vancouver, B.C.-based health and wellness products company says the maker of granola and other plant-based foods will become a subsidiary of EuroLife, which very recently renamed itself Plant & Co Brands Inc. Holy Crap’s line of plant-based, gluten-free, and kosher products are available across Canada at retailers like Whole Foods Market and Save-On-Foods. The Canadian brand generated approximately $262,700 in revenue in the last six months, 
Angela Harmantas, "EuroLife Brands strikes deal to acquire popular cereal brand Holy Crap of Dragon's Den fame", Proactive Investors, November 27, 2020, © Proactive Investors
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Several British Companies Are Selling Edible Insects

November 26, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Though a common practice in countries like India and China, eating insects has been slow to catch on in Western countries. But catching on it is, and insects mass-produced for human consumption, often sold dry roasted or in powder form, are increasingly available in stores, touted as nutritious and beneficial to the environment. Available from U.K. companies like Bugvita, Eat Grub, and EntoKitchen are: whole roasted crickets; herb- and spice-roasted grasshoppers and buffalo worms; and dried mealworms, eaten on their own, salted, sprinkled on salads, or added to soup. They can also replace nuts when making cookies or cakes “as they taste a lot like peanuts.” But there are some potential challenges caused by production and safety concerns: insects are capable of accumulating potential hazards, such as pathogens, allergens and pesticides.
DHIREN MANGA, "Edible Insects which You Can Buy and Eat", DESIblitz, November 26, 2020, © DESIblitz
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Challenges – And Solutions – For Formulators Working With Plant-Based Proteins

November 25, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
According to the experts at food processing giant ADM, formulators using plant protein ingredients have to solve key problems like unsatisfactory taste and mouthfeel in finished products. To get around that, ADM uses high-quality, neutral-tasting plant proteins combined with various taste and texture solutions. ADM’s plant protein portfolio – hemp hearts, hemp powder and Arcon T textured pea proteins – have clean flavor profiles that address these challenges. Cargill uses a pea protein developed by Puris that, when added to a neutral-based bread or cracker, ends up with a nice flavor profile that is “very adaptable with seasonings.” Blue Diamond Almonds recommends using high-fiber, low-fat almond protein, which doesn’t seem to have the flavor problems of other plant proteins., 
Charlotte Atchley, "Plant-based protein is hot trend with its own challenges", Baking Business, November 25, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Consumers Turn To Store Brands As Pandemic Rages On

November 23, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Consumers looking for healthier foods and for more label transparency are increasingly finding these characteristics among grocery store private label brands. Store brands were doing well before the pandemic, but COVID-19 pushed the trend into overdrive, even as some shoppers turned back to name brands for familiar comfort foods. Supply shortages, however, and concerns about costs, led consumers to try private labels, and they often found they liked them. Some retailers, including Target and Trader Joe’s, continue to do well with their own food and beverage brands, Others – Amazon and Whole Foods, for example – have faltered in their experiments with house brands. It all comes down to consumer preferences – for savings, selection, variety, comfort, quality, healthfulness, etc. – which can be hard to predict.
Louis Biscotti, "Private Label Soars During Pandemic, Battling Brands", Forbes.com, November 23, 2020, © Forbes Media LLC
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After The Pandemic, Consumers Will Get Back To Eating Healthier Snacks

November 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Snack company leaders believe that as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, consumers who are “eating worse” at the moment, as Los Angeles-based PeaTos CEO Nick Desai says, will once again turn to better-for-you snacks. Eugene Kang, CEO of California-based Country Archer Provisions, says there has been “a deceleration around better-for-you” snacks during the pandemic, mainly because of the stress in people’s lives. But eventually shoppers will get back to their regular dietary trends, including “keto, Whole 30, high-protein, low-sugar intake,” as well as more outdoor activities. The end of the pandemic may prove to be a special boon for snack company start-ups and businesses introducing new products. They hope consumers will once again sample treats that are something other than tried-and-true.
Dean Best, "U.S. snackers will return to healthier options post-COVID, suppliers say", just-food global news, November 21, 2020
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Snack Start-Up Let There Be Hemp Focuses On Hempseed-Based Snacks

November 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The N.Y.-based company’s grain- and gluten-free chips feature whole hemp seeds as the main ingredient and contain six grams of protein and three grams of fiber per serving. Let There Be Hemp, whose products have debuted at East Coast stores and will be available online in 2021, is also planning to introduce hempseed pretzels and crackers, as well as a fermented sauce that would serve as a replacement for soy sauce.
Elaine Watson, "Let There Be Hemp debuts with chips, explores intriguing array of novel hempseed products from extruded puffs to plant-based cheese", FoodNavigator-USA.com, November 20, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Company Sees Increased Use Of Fruits, Vegetables In BFY Snacks

November 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Four out of five consumers globally say they plan to eat and drink healthier as a result of the pandemic, according to Austrian fruit ingredient processor Agrana Fruit, a trend that bodes well for makers of fruit- and vegetable-based snacks. They are gaining in popularity because they offer a balance between an indulgent treat to escape the routine and a healthy functional product that delivers an energy boost and fiber for gut health. Agrana Fruit foresees increased usage of both exotic and local superfruits – i.e., blueberries and yuzu – in the making of healthy snacks, and has also detected greater interest in botanicals and adaptogens.
Elizabeth Green, "Agrana Fruit: “Seek control” trends in snacks amid increased at-home consumption", Food Ingredients First, November 20, 2020, © CNS Media BV
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Nature’s Bounty Says Its Puffs & Cookie Sandwiches Open A “New Snacking Category”

November 19, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The manufacturer of health & wellness and nutrition products, based in Holbrook, N.Y., is targeting BFY snack enthusiasts with its Pure Protein brand of Puffs and Cookie Sandwiches. The Puffs are available in Nacho Cheese and Brick Oven Pizza flavors; the Cookie Sandwiches, which the company claims are “a good source of fiber and protein, are available in Snickerdoodle and Double Chocolate flavors, Both are Non-GMO and free of gluten and artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners. The new products are on the shelves at Walmart and available online at Walmart.com.
"Raise The Snacking Bar: Pure Protein Debuts New Puffs And Cookie Sandwiches ", PR Newswire, November 19, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Barry Callebaut To Push Its Mediterranean Nut Business

November 19, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Swiss cocoa processor and chocolate maker is planning a global push for its La Morella Nuts business as it works to tap into growing demand for plant-based products and consumer interest in health and sustainability. Acquired by Barry Callebaut in 2012, La Morella is focused on delivering high quality nut-based ingredients. The company is planning to expand beyond Spain, France and the Benelux countries to the U.S. and other European countries, including Germany and the U.K.  It is also planning to expand its product categories from vegan nut-based ice creams to fillings, nut butters, and pastes made from almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, and other nuts.
Katy Askew, "Barry Callebaut wants to crack the plant-based market with global expansion of La Morella Nuts", Food Navigator, November 19, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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NatureBox Introduces Snack Boxes For Participants In Virtual Business Meetings

November 18, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Redwood City, Calif.-based marketer of BFY corporate and consumer snacks, has launched an automated corporate snacking service for sending healthy snacks to remote teams ahead of virtual meetings. The idea is to recreate the conference room snacks-and-coffee environment in a virtual meeting. The company says the process takes only minutes and involves providing ZoomSnacks with a budget and list of attendees. ZoomSnacks contacts the attendees, who select snacks (and beverages) that are then delivered ahead of the meeting time. Recipients also receive a free annual membership to NatureBox and 20-40 percent on snack purchases.
"NatureBox Launches The Latest Innovation in Corporate Snacking: 'ZoomSnacks, The First-Ever Automated Service for Sending Healthy Snacks To Remote Teams Ahead of Any Virtual Meeting'", PR Newswire, November 18, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Modern Meat Buys Vegan Snack Brands

November 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Canadian plant-based food company (Vancouver, BC) purchased the vegan brands from JDW Distributors (Gardena, Calif.) for $450,000 as part of its expansion into the U.S. market. The deal will include a robust sales and distribution network. JDW sells healthy gourmet foods, including its own line of vegan brands such as Snacks from the Sun and Sunsations in the U.S. and Canada. The Snacks from the Sun brand includes popped potato crisps and sunflower chips that are vegan and gluten-free. The brand first launched in 2019 and is sold in more than 5,000 retail stores in the U.S. and Canada.
"Modern Meat acquires vegan snack brands from JDW Distributors", Food Processing Technology, November 17, 2020, © Verdict Media Limited
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Mars Acquires Kind Snack Company

November 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
In a deal reportedly valued at about $5 billion, privately held candy giant Mars, the company that produces M&M’s and Snickers, is acquiring New York-based Kind North America, maker of snacks that contain no artificial flavors or preservatives The deal comes three years after Mars took a minority stake in the company, expanding categories and distribution of Kind snacks into more than 35 countries (including China, Germany and France) and into eight total categories (including frozen and refrigerated). The company also launched new products such as Kind Bark, Kind Frozen Bars and Kind Smoothie Bowls.
"Kind and Mars Announce Next Step in Partnership to Build a Kinder World and Bring Healthy Snacks to People Worldwide", Business Wire, November 17, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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PeaTos Debuts Plant-Based Competitor To “Funyuns”

November 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Los Angeles, Calif., maker of the plant-based rival of Cheetos has introduced a better-for-you version of Funyuns. PeaTos Classic Onion Rings are available at 215 Sam's Clubs stores nationwide in a 10-ounce pack. "Our goal is to eliminate the compromise between comfort food ‘junk’ chips and tasteless better-for-you options,” says CEO Nick Desai. PeaTos Onion Rings, made with peas, contain twice the protein and three times the fiber than Funyuns, the company says, and are non-GMO, gluten-free, and free from artificial colors, flavors, and MSG. 
"PeaTos Launches "Junkless" Onion Chips to Rival Funyuns at 215 Sam's Clubs Across the United States", Business Wire, November 17, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Entrepreneur Mark Cuban Invests In Plant-Based Protein Snack Start-Up

November 16, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Shark Tank panelist and billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team negotiated an investment of $300,000 in exchange for a 25 percent stake in the new venture of food scientist Juan Salinas, who created P-nuff Crunch, a healthy peanut-based puff that is combined with navy beans and rice. P-nuff Crunch, expected to finish the year with $200,000 in sales, will use the investment cash to boost marketing and distribution. In related Shark Tank news, businesswoman and investor Barbara Corcoran agreed to invest $150,000 in GoOats, a healthy oatmeal ball snack, in exchange for 20 percent equity. Made in a convenient heat and eat format, GoOats are warmed in the oven or microwave for just a few minutes to create a quick meal or snack. Each box contains three oatmeal balls which contain only 170 calories. GoOats is available at Whole Foods Market.
Jennifer Weyant, "Shark Tank: P-nuff Crunch Accepts $400,000 From Mark Cuban", Business 2 Community.com, November 16, 2020
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Japanese Snack Maker’s New Product Marketed As Sleep Aid

November 16, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
As part of a long-term strategic plan to develop foods derived from natural compounds, Tokyo-based Calbee announced an edible sleep aid product, dubbed Nyumin. The orange-scented, dissolvable strip contains crocetin, a chemical compound, derived from crocus and gardenia flowers that was shown to improve sleep quality and lessen fatigue in clinical trials. The sleep-aid product was developed over two years by researchers who survey people of all ages to pinpoint gaps in the market for new dietary products. The team specifically designed Nyumin in the form of a dissolvable strip that can be ingested directly before sleeping. No water or chewing is necessary to activate the strip. The company began taking pre-orders for Nyumin on the Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake on November 12 with plans to ship the first boxes in late December. One standard box of Nyumin contains a week’s supply of seven strips and retails for 1,080 yen ($10.32).
Krista Rogers, "Japanese snack company Calbee unveils new edible sleep aid strips", Sora News 24, November 16, 2020, © SoraNews24 -Japan News- / SOCIO CORPORATION
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Expected Strong Pistachio Harvest Drives Industry To Promote Innovative Uses

November 15, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Facing an abundant harvest this year – a billion pounds – California's pistachio industry has launched campaigns promoting the nut as not just a tasty snack but also a super-nutritious protein suitable in entrees, sprinkled over cupcakes, and mixed into ice cream. The campaign includes cooking webinars, conducted by celebrity chefs such as Los Angeles restaurateur Wolfgang Puck, whose mission is to boost consumption of pistachios in foreign and domestic markets. Industry observers say pistachio market conditions remain strong and that indications of solid demand mean growers should continue to see relatively strong prices despite expanding supply and competition from lower-cost pistachios from Iran.
JOHN COX, "Pistachio industry looks to reposition product amid supply boom", Tehachapi News, November 15, 2020, © Tehachapi News
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Buderim Group Rebrands As Health And Plant-Based Protein Company

November 13, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Australian company, which sold its ginger business to the Queensland-based Himstedt family in August, is looking to raise as much as $6.2 million to fund its updated business plan as a health and plant protein company, anchored by its macadamia business. The goal is to be a vertically integrated macadamia production, processing, and brand, focused on the U.S. market. It has 2.6 percent of the world macadamia nut production and 35.5 percent in the U.S. It has two brands: heritage brand MacFarms for snacks and confectionery; and Royal Hawaiian Orchards which has FDA approval for the Heart Healthy Claim and tapping into the healthy snack market. The funds will be used for capital expenditure, marketing, NPD and working capital.
Kim Berry, "Buderim Group $6.2m capital raise", Food & Drink Business, November 13, 2020, © Yaffa Media (Yaffa) i
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Ritz Launches Holiday Ad Featuring Family, Gay, Transgender Themes

November 12, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The commercial from Mondelēz cracker brand Ritz features a gay couple as part of a message about the beauty of chosen families. The "Where There's Love, There's Family" commercial “sets out to remind consumers that there is strength and love in togetherness, and a blood relation isn't the only way to define family,” the company said in a statement. Vignettes in the ad show a young gay man, a child staying in a homeless shelter over Christmas, a grandmother unable to celebrate the holidays with her family, and a festive gathering with LGBTQ partygoers. The grandmother puts out a tray of hors d'oeuvres at her retirement home, and the girl in the homeless shelter shares a Ritz cracker with a man across the table from her.
Dan Avery, "Ritz takes a bite out of holiday ad space with LGBTQ-inclusive commercial", NBC News, November 12, 2020, © NBC UNIVERSAL
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Canadian Bakery Bridor Launches Snacks For “Flexitarian” Diets

November 11, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Boucherville, Quebec, company has launched a range of vegetarian snacking products that cater to a “plant-based snacking market forecast to experience steady growth,” led by a rise in “flexitarianism.” The Mini Snacks range includes: Mini Pesto Swirl (30g; 225 units per box), Mini Pizza Swirl (35g; 225 units per box), Mini Cheese Swirl (35g; 225 units per box), Mini Cheese Extravagant (35g; 180 units per box), and Mix Mini Snacks (225 units per box). Bridor said the range can be enjoyed by consumers hot or cold and either “on-the-go, for breakfast, during meetings, for brunch, or out-of-home.”
Éilis Cronin, "Bridor rolls out Mini Snacks range for ‘flexitarian’ consumers", Talking Retail , November 11, 2020, © Metropolis International Group Limited, a member of the Metropolis Group
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Only Oats Debuts Certified Gluten-Free Oatmeal Brand

November 11, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Saskatoon, Sask.-based company says its gluten-free Oatmeal Brand is made with oats grown in Canada and processed and packaged by a Canadian company that monitors every step of the production process to ensure that only oats are included in their oatmeal products. While oats do not naturally contain gluten, which is mainly found in wheat, rye, and barley, processing plants that handle a variety of cereals can have residual amounts in their equipment. Health Canada requires that any foods labeled as gluten-free must have gluten content under 20 PPM (parts per million). Only Oats is certified to contain less than five PPM. 
"Only Oats Launches A New Canadian Gluten-Free Oatmeal Brand", WFMJ, November 11, 2020, © WFMJ.com
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Highlander Partners Adds Miller Baking To Benestar Stable

November 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Dallas, Texas-based portfolio company says its Benestar Brands unit has acquired Miller Baking Company, the Milwaukee, Wis., manufacturer of Pretzilla soft pretzel bites and buns. Once a multi-product bakery, Miller unveiled the Pretzilla brand in 2010 and has since transitioned to a pretzel bread snack business offering a variety of soft pretzel products, including Burger Buns, Mini Buns, Sausage Buns, and Bites, distributed nationally to more than 10,000 stores. All of its products are non-GMO, allergen-friendly, vegan, and kosher. The company has invested significantly in R&D and operations, spurring innovation in the category in terms of both product introductions and product attributes. Benestar Brands operates as a holding company for a diverse range of snack products.
"Highlander Partners Announces Acquisition of Pretzilla Best Known for Its Fresh Soft Pretzel Bites", PR Newswire , November 03, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Cornitos Introduces Gourmet Chips, Seeds, Nuts Gift Packs For “Festive Season”

November 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Mexican-style snack brand of India’s Greendot Health Foods has launched “Joy of Indulgence” gourmet gift packs designed to “enliven festivities.” The Nachos Fiesta gift pack features Nachos crisps and dips, while a diamond-shaped “party pack” includes Nacho Crisps & Party Nut mix. The Indie Nuts Box of Royalty contains premium nuts: lightly salted cashews, pepper and herbs cashews, lightly salted almonds, and smoky barbeque cashews. The Pop N Crunch theme packs combine almonds, party mix, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, almonds, and coated green peas. The packs range from Rs 190 ($2.55) to Rs 1,470 (about $20.00) and are available at leading retail outlets and online. Traditionally, India’s four-month “festive season” begins in August and is marked by celebrations and ceremonies.
"Cornitos launches 'Joy of Indulgence' packs - Nacho Crisps, Nuts and Seeds", Food & Beverages News, November 03, 2020, © Food And Beverage News
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Hershey Links Licensing With Its Marketing And Business Strategies

November 2, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Pennsylvania candy and snacks giant is hoping to broaden its customer base by forging partnership and licensing deals in unexpected ways. Perhaps the most striking example of this strategy is its affiliation with brewery D.G. Yuengling & Son to create a limited-edition chocolate porter available in 22 states. The hope is that the mashup will attract younger consumers who like craft beers – and chocolate. Over the past several months, Hershey has also debuted pudding and whipped topping products with Kraft; Hershey's and Reese's cookie mashups with Mondelez International's Chips Ahoy brand; and an expanded line of candy-inspired Jolly Rancher and Hershey's Kisses cereals with General Mills. A Hershey licensing exec says "there are many more categories that we belong in, but we don't have direct access." The idea is to remind shoppers of Hershey brands “when they are shopping outside of our core competency.”
"Hershey bets on product mashups by weaving licensing into marketing", Marketing Dive, November 02, 2020, © Industry Dive
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Conagra Brands To Showcase New Snacks At NACS Virtual Showroom

November 2, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Chicago-based branded food company says it will showcase a hefty list of new meat snacks, seeds, salty snacks, popcorn, and sweet treats in its virtual showroom at the online 2020 “Crack The Code Experience,” sponsored by the National Association of Convenience Stores. Conagra will also feature a selection of merchandising vehicles for convenience stores designed to optimize assortment, placement, and product visibility to spur impulse purchase. An example is the Slim Jim Countertop Caddy Stand Fixture, sized to place at checkout. Among the products to be spotlighted at the virtual showroom are several new flavors and sizes of meat sticks, sausages, and meat jerky; a plant-based jerky; sunflower seeds in new flavors; beer battered onion rings; juicy gels candy; and new varieties of kettle corn and microwave popcorn. 
"Conagra Brands Brings Big Flavor, Bold Protein Snacks Innovation To Virtual National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) 'Crack The Code Experience'", PR Newswire, November 02, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Calbee North America Debuts “Popable” Green Pea Snack

November 2, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Fairfield, Calif.-based healthy snacks company has introduced a plant-based snack made with  green peas and without potato or corn fillers. Popper Duos are baked in a “popable” round shape, available in Salsa & Cheddar, BBQ & Ranch, and Yellow & White Cheddar flavors. The lineup is also certified gluten-free, vegetarian friendly, and free of palm oil, artificial flavors and colors, and common allergens soy, nuts, peanuts, wheat, and eggs.
WholeFoods Magazine Staff, "Green Pea-Based Snack", WholeFoods Magazine, November 02, 2020, © WFC, Inc.
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FutureLife Bran Flakes Replaces Probiotic Sachets With Capsules

November 2, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Following a study showing that consumers prefer to take their probiotic as a capsule, the South African functional food brand’s Bran Flakes now comes with HOWARU Premium Probiotic capsules, replacing a probiotic in sachets. The high-fiber cereal/probiotics combo is designed to support the everyday functioning of the gut, the company says. FutureLife Bran Flakes are also low in saturated fat (0.2 grams per serving) and total fat (0.9 grams per serving). The cereal is rich in carbohydrates and protein, and contains 12 vitamins. The global probiotics market was valued at $47.1 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.8 percent from 2019 to 2026 to $78.3 billion in 2026.
"South African food brand FutureLife launches breakfast cereals powered by probiotic capsules", Food Business Africa, November 02, 2020, © Food Business Africa
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Research Suggests Breakfast Cereals Are Getting A Reputation Makeover

October 29, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Breakfast cereal, long in decline as consumers turned to lower-carb, less processed breakfast foods,  is shaking free from some of its negative stereotypes as consumers look for relief from pandemic-related pressures. The research from General Mills found that these pressures include balancing tighter budgets due to lost jobs, maintaining family health in a time of spreading coronavirus, and preparing every meal at home. When the pandemic forced consumers to reduce the frequency of grocery trips, many people gave shelf-stable options – like cereal – a second look. More than half of the survey respondents (55 percent) said cereal was their children’s top choice for breakfast and one that many parents are confident offering to ensure their families consumed essential key vitamins and minerals. And many cereals now provide whole grain and fiber.
Elizabeth Crawford, "Cereal shakes off negative stereotypes as the pandemic reshuffles consumer priorities", FoodNavigator-USA.com, October 29, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Wellness Natural Acquires SimplyProtein Snack Brand

October 29, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Toronto, Ont.-based natural foods start-up announced it has acquired the nutritional snack brand previously owned by Simply Good Foods USA, Inc. A former employee of Simply Good Foods, Wellness Natural CEO Michael Lines, said he plans to expand distribution of SimplyProtein in Canada and the U.S. The line of plant-based snacks contains a limited number of high quality, clean ingredients, including 11-15 grams of protein and 0-3 grams of sugar, and is gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Verified. [Image Credit: © PRNewsfoto/Wellness Natural, Inc.]
"Wellness Natural, Inc. Acquires SimplyProtein", PR Newswire , October 29, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Breakfast Cereals U.K. Unveils Five-Point Plan Promoting Cereals

October 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The trade organization representing the British breakfast cereals industry, whose members include Kellogg’s and Weetabix, has launched a “roadmap manifesto ‘Wake Up to Breakfast Cereal – A five-point plan’.” Noting that 90 percent of the U.K. population does not eat the government’s recommended amount of daily fiber – about 30 grams – the group says breakfast cereals are a “strategically important food” that accounts for significant quantities of fiber and micronutrient consumption. BCUK members also include Cereal Partners Worldwide U.K. (Nestlé Breakfast Cereals), Jordans Dorset Ryvita, and Mornflake.[Image Credit: © Aline Ponce from Pixabay]
Michelle Perrett, "Breakfast cereal manufacturers commit to positive health", FoodManufacture.co.uk, October 28, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Numerous Health Benefits Claimed For Lotus Seed Snacks

October 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Though consumers globally are trying to eat a more nutritious diet, they still have cravings for delicious snacks. But it’s definitely better if those snacks are also healthful. With that in mind several snack makers are offering versions of an East Asian seed/nut known as makhana, also known as fox nuts or lotus seeds, that deliver an array of nutrition benefits. Brands on the market include Phool Makhana (7 ounces, $12.00), Rani Phool Makhana (3.5 ounces, $12.99), Taali Himalayan Pink Salt Water Lily Pops (4-pack, 2.3 oz multi-serve bags, $18.99), and Taali Variety Pack Water Lily Pops (10-pack, 0.8 oz bags, $18.99). Health benefits and claims include: low-calorie, immunity booster, vegan, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, low glycemic index, etc.
"Makhana: The sub-continental superfood", Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates), October 28, 2020, © Galadari Printing and Publishing LLC
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Meiji America Introduces Caramel-Flavored Salty Crackers

October 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The York, Pa.-based confectionery and snack company’s Hello Panda Caramel flavored crackers, the first brand not launched in Japan, will be available in a hexagonal 2.1 oz. box (SRP $1.39), standard 2.2 oz. pillow bag (SRP $1.39), hexagonal 8 count 0.75 oz. multi-pack box (SRP $3.59), and stand-up 7 oz. pouch (SRP $3.49). Meiji crackers are also available in chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and matcha green tea flavors. 
"Introducing Caramel Fun with a Cracker Crunch!", PR Newswire, October 28, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Hershey Takes Minority Stake In Quinn Snacks

October 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Colorado-based natural foods snack company has closed an additional Series D funding round with an undisclosed minority investment from the Hershey Company, as well as existing investors. The funding will support new distribution and product innovation, the company said. Quinn has established itself as a salty snack leader – mainly popcorn and pretzels – in the natural channel with distribution in more than 7,500 stores nationwide. The brand's snacks, which include both savory and indulgent product offerings, have experienced a 65 percent growth in revenue this year over last year.
"Quinn Closes Series D Financing with The Hershey Company", PR Newswire, October 28, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Newly-Acquired Brand, New Shopping Patterns, Boost Simply Good Foods

October 27, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Denver-based marketer of the Atkins and Quest lines of protein-rich and low-carb foods and shakes reports that sales in the summer grew 60 percent as quarterly profits doubled thanks to a new brand it acquired and to increased in-home snacking during the pandemic. The company reported fourth-quarter profits of $12.4 million, or 12 cents a share, on $222.3 million sales in the three months ended August 29. The company’s $1 billion acquisition of the Quest line of low-sugar, high-protein foods drove sales growth in the quarter, though sales of the company's Atkins brand snacks and meal replacement products declined by eight percent. The company attributed the slide in Atkins sales to less weight-consciousness in the pandemic and increased time at home. About 40 percent of the Atkins brand products are typically eaten outside the home, the company said.
Greg Avery, "COVID-19 snacking drives Simply Good Foods sales growth", Denver Business Journal (Colorado), October 27, 2020, © American City Business Journals
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Ka-Pop! Snacks Unveils New Packaging Designed To Attract COVID Era Shoppers

October 27, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Erie, Colorado-based BFY sorghum-based snack chips and puffs company has revamped its superhero themed packaging to better reflect its “continued commitment to healthy eating, a clean label, and the joy of snacking for all” and to “pop off shelves” to attract COVID-19 era shoppers. "The new packaging reinforces our belief that healthy snacks don't have to be boring!" says CEO David Finkel. Revamped packaging will appear on shelves in select Kroger and Wegmans stores starting in November and is starting to ship now on Amazon and kapopsnacks.com. The new designs were developed by Stone Strategy & Design, a multi-disciplinary brand and creative strategy studio in Golden, Colo.
"Ka-Pop Snacks Unveils New Updated Look and Packaging", PR Newswire, October 27, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Velocity Snack Brands Extends Popchips Snack Line

October 26, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Los Angeles-based company, created by private equity firm VMG Partners as an incubating platform after it acquired Popchips last year, has launched additional varieties, including two grain-free popped chips made with cassava – sea salt and cajun honey – as well as an air-popped corn chip product. They will be available at more than 2,100 U.S. Kroger stores. Additional flavors will launch in other major retailers, including Albertsons’ Safeway, in the near future. According to VMG, Popchips has achieved 89 percent brand awareness with its distribution in nearly every domestic retailer. Popchips products are not fried, have clean taste profiles with simple ingredients, and are gluten-free and non-GMO. VMG plans to launch the new products with an integrated, data-driven digital and in-store marketing campaign, in addition to a new website for Popchips in the coming weeks. The company is doubling down on efforts to help brands increase their e-commerce revenues because of decreased foot traffic in brick-and-mortar stores.
Douglas Yu, "Velocity Snack Brands Launches New Popchips Lines To Strengthen Healthy Snacking Platform", Forbes.com, October 26, 2020, © Forbes Media LLC
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Wildway Sustainability Plan Emphasizes Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Packaging

October 23, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The San Antonio, Texas-based natural food company is launching sustainable post-consumer recycled packaging designed to prolong the life of plastic, giving it a second use before it reaches a landfill. The new design will roll out this fall in Wildway’s Apple Cinnamon and Banana Nut grain-free granola. The entire product portfolio will be updated by 2023. U.S. recycling companies had been sending plastic trash to China to process, a practice shut down last year. Other countries began to purchase American plastic trash without proper infrastructure in place. “By redesigning our packaging, we are doing what we can to prolong the life of non-recyclable plastics instead of contributing to more single-use plastics that go straight to the landfill, despite what marketing departments claim,” said Wildway CEO Kelli Koehler. Wildway, founded in 2014, produces better-for-you grain-free granolas, hot cereals, and fruit & nut snack mixes made with real-food ingredients.
"Wildway Launches Sustainability Plan With Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Packaging", Vegworld Magazine , October 23, 2020, © VegWorld Magazine
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Nestlé SA Says Online Sales Are Strong And Growing

October 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Swiss multinational says e-commerce sales, driven by COVID-19, increased 48 percent over the first nine months of the fiscal year to reach 12.3 percent of total company sales, up from 8.5 percent in the same time of the previous year. CEO Ulf Mark Schneider said the results indicate that Nestlé is “coming of age” in the digital era of food and beverage, thanks mostly to health concerns brought on by the pandemic. Out-of-home sales, which accounted for about 10 percent of total Nestlé sales before COVID-19, decreased 31 percent. The slide moderated to 26 percent in the third quarter from 55 percent in the second quarter. CFO Francois-Xavier Roger, noting that coffee, pet care, nutrition, and water are most suited to online buying, said Nestlé’s online sales are largely from the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, China, and Japan. Nestlé also upgraded its fiscal-year guidance to about three percent organic sales growth from about two percent.
Jeff Gelski, "Nestlé’s e-commerce sales now make up 12 percent of total sales", Food Business News, October 22, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Mavericks Snacks Introduces Brand Targeting Preadolescents

October 23, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company  is debuting a snack brand for pre-teens at Target stores after a successful introduction at Whole Foods Market locations in April 2020. Created by Green Park Brands, a holding company started by Livio Bisterzo, Mavericks markets two peanut-free, school-safe products that meet USDA Smart Snacks requirements. Crackerz contains eight grams of whole grains per serving; Cookiez has “40 percent less sugar than the leading natural competitor and 60-75 percent less than iconic conventional brands.” The brand is also available on Amazon. The target demographic is the “older sub-segment of 8-11-year olds” within a broader target demo, 4–11-year olds (middle childhood years). The biggest marketing challenge is reaching young children and raising product awareness without in-store sampling and fewer parents shopping with kids. But the company says it saw a “crescendo in unit velocities” at Whole Foods using a “back to school” promotion and velocities have so far continued.
Elaine Watson , "‘Authentically kid-first’ brand Mavericks Snacks heads to Target after successful debut at Whole Foods", FoodNavigator-USA.com, October 23, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Byron Bay Brands Launch Functional, Carbon-Neutral Cereals

October 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Three of the Australian company’s brands have collaborated to launch nutrient-dense, carbon-neutral cereals formulated from functional ingredients supporting personal and planetary health. The “We, the many” environmental movement was created by the Brook family from Brookfarm and Cape Byron Distillery; and Brad Rogers and Jamie Cook, two of the co-founders of Stone & Wood, all of whom wanted to create “a movement where climate change is a key business driver rather than an afterthought.” We, the many* will commit 50 percent of profits to climate-change action projects, including regenerative agriculture, wind and solar farms, recycling technology and forest regeneration. We, the many’s full range of cereals is scheduled to launch next month.
Tong Van, "Byron Bay brands join forces to create carbon-neutral cereal range", Inside FMCG, October 22, 2020, © InsideFMCG
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U.K.’s KP Snacks Rebrands BFY Popchips Snack

October 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The savory snack company announced it is relaunching the Popchips brand – not to be confused with a U.S. snack of the same name – with a new look and is moving its production in-house. Popchips products were previously made in the U.K. and Belgium, but will now be made at a new 1,800 square foot facility at KP's Leicestershire base. The snack line includes Barbeque, Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Sour Cream & Onion, and Sea Salt & Vinegar variants. The smaller packs will remove 23 tons of plastic from the supply chain every year, the company says. The new design, debuting in November, "prominently features core ingredients, gives the brand standout and is more fun and relevant", said KP. It also incorporates Popchips' signature tagline, “Popped not Fried.”
Daniel Woolfson, "KP revamps Popchips and slashes packaging", thegrocer.co.uk, October 22, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Start-up Maine Crisp Company Clinches Distribution Deal

October 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Waterville, Maine-based start-up has turned an opportunity to stock a small local store display through the Whole Foods Local Forager program into a 46-store distribution deal that will place Maine Crisp’s products in each of the retailer’s New England supermarkets. Beginning in November, the company’s Cranberry Almond and Wild Blueberry Walnut crisps will be on store shelves at Whole Foods Market locations all over the region. The Whole Foods Local Forager program selected Maine Crisp because of its high-quality, locally-made product. Maine Crisp sources its buckwheat, a gluten-free seed that comprises the base of the crisp recipe, from Aroostook County, and manufactures the product exclusively in downtown Waterville in its 2,500 sq. ft. facility.
"Maine Crisp Co. Lands New England Distribution Deal with Whole Foods", Main Crisp, October 22, 2020, © Maine Crisp Company
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