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Eat Me Guilt Free Launches Protein Bread and Protein Tortilla Wraps

September 2, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The functional snack and food brand’s (Miami, Fla.) new products are low-carb and protein-rich. The company says its Protein Bread, a functional vegan bread that keeps hunger at bay longer than other breads, is made with 12 grams of protein, less than one gram of sugar, and contains 140 calories per two-slice serving. The functional vegan Protein Tortilla Wraps contain nine grams of protein per serving, 14 grams of carbohydrates, and 130 calories. The Bread and Tortilla Bundle contains a loaf of Protein Bread and a package of Protein Tortilla Wraps for $14.98. Eat Me Guilt Free also offers functional brownies, vegan cookies, and other snacks and baked goods. [Image Credit: © EatMeGuiltFree]
"Eat Me Guilt Free Debuts Protein Bread and Tortilla Wraps", Nosh.com, September 02, 2020, © EatMeGuiltFree/BevNET.com, Inc.
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PeaTos Raises $7M In Its First Funding Round

September 1, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The L.A.-based maker of pea-based snacks that presents itself as a corporate David in a struggle with Goliath snack maker Frito Lay, has completed a $7 million Series A funding round. The company says it has impressed investors like Jackson Springs Management Partners (JSMP) and Connetic Ventures with strong growth in all channels in the midst of challenging economic times. The company offers a snack alternative to mainstays Cheetos and FunYuns that is gluten-free, non-GMO, contains no added MSG or artificial ingredients, and has twice the protein and three times the fiber. PeaTos are available online and at more than 4,700 retailers, including Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway, and Sprouts. [Image Credit: © PeaTos]
"PeaTos Snack Brand, Best Known for Reinventing America's Favorite "Junk Food" by Removing the Junk, Raises $7M in Series A Round", Business Wire, September 01, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Nestlé Appoints New CEO Of Central And West Africa Business

September 1, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The company appointed Mauricio Alarcon, a twenty-year Nestlé veteran with an “in-depth understanding” of Central and West Africa. Alarcon joined Nestlé Mexico in 1999 and has held various roles within the global business since then. He became the managing director of Nestlé Nigeria, the largest Nestlé operation in the region, in 2016. Before that he served as managing director of Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire, and also headed Nestlé’s operations in Senegal, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Mauritania, and Cape Verde. Alarcon succeeds Rémy Ejel.[Image Credit: © Nestlé Indonesia]
Antonia Garrett Peel, "Nestlé names Mauricio Alarcon as CEO of Nestlé Central and West Africa", FoodBev Media , September 01, 2020, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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Quinn Gets $3M Cash Infusion

September 1, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Colorado-based natural snack maker recently closed a Series D round of funding that bolstered its cash reserves by $2 million. The entire board of directors, as well as several other investors, participated in the round. The cash will be used to strengthen its sustainability and transparency mission, its retail and ecommerce presence, and fund development of “more first-to-market product lines.” Founded ten years ago, Quinn has experienced a 65 percent growth in revenue this year over 2019, driven by expanded distribution and a recently launched Paleo-friendly, grain-free pretzel chip. It was also first-to-market with a microwave popcorn in a patented Pure Pop popping bag made of compostable paper free of chemicals, plastic, and heat conducting susceptors. Quinn expanded into Walmart and increased listings with Whole Foods Market, Kroger, and Wegmans, bringing its presence to over 7,000 U.S. retail outlets.[Image Credit: © Quinn Snacks Inc.]
Gill Hyslop, "Quinn ups its Be Better. Do Better ante with $3m cash injection", BakeryAndSnacks.com, September 01, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Justin’s Enters Refrigerated Plant-Based Protein Bar Market

September 1, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Boulder, Colo.-based nut butter and nut butter bar company has expended its snack portfolio with three varieties of refrigerated Almond Butter Protein Bars. Made with ten grams of plant-based protein, the bars are Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and have 40 percent less sugar than other refrigerated bars. The three varieties – almond butter, honey almond butter, and dark chocolate chip almond butter – will be available this month at Whole Foods Market and Target stores nationwide.[Image Credit: © PRNewsfoto/Justin’s]
"Justin's Raises The Bar With New Plant-Based Protein Bars", PR Newswire, September 01, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Mary's Gone Crackers Extends Line Of Real Thin Snack Crackers

September 1, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Reno, Nevada subsidiary of Japanese rice cracker company Kameda Seika, has introduced three new varieties of its gluten-free, organic, non-GMO Real Thin line of plant-based snack crackers. The new flavors include Chipotle, Tomato & Basil, and Olive Oil & Cracked Black Pepper, all made with a specially formulated gluten-free flour blend, fresh seasonings, and chia seeds. Other offerings in the Real Thin lineup include Sea Salt, Garlic and Rosemary, Sweet Onion and Cayenne Pepper. All will retail for $3.99 in Canada and the U.S., and online. [Image Credit: © Mary’s Gone Crackers, Inc.]
"Mary's Gone Crackers Launches Three Innovative Flavors to Line of Real Thin Crackers", PR Newswire, September 01, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Coca-Cola’s Reorganization Elevates Three Executives

September 1, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

Three key leadership appointments were announced in the wake of the company’s recent reorganization into an entity that is highly networked, less hierarchical, and built for future growth. Henrique Braun of the Brazil business unit was named president of the new Latin America Operating Unit; Nikos Koumettis, president of the Europe, Middle East & Africa group, was named president of Europe Operating Unit; and Nancy Quan, who oversees the company’s technical and supply chain community, will lead the combined innovation and technical function, following the February 2021 retirement of chief innovation officer Robert Long.[Image Credit: © THE COCA-COLA COMPANY]
"The Coca-Cola Company Announces Key Leadership Appointments", Coca-Cola, September 01, 2020, © The Coca-Cola Company
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LesserEvil Snacks Debuts Veggie Stick Snacks In Two Flavors

August 31, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The  Danbury, Conn.-based maker of better-for-you organic popcorn, plant-based Paleo Puffs, and egg white curls, has introduced Grain Free Veggie Sticks. The snacks are made with sustainably sourced organic vegetables, including tomato, pumpkin, carrot, spinach and broccoli, and are available in vegan ranch and Himalayan pink salt flavors. At 120 calories per serving, the snacks are certified USDA organic, vegan, paleo, non-GMO project verified, grain-free, gluten-free, and kosher. The Veggie Sticks are available in 4.5-oz units for a suggested retail price of $3.99 at Whole Foods Market nationwide and online at Amazon and lesserevil.com.[Image Credit: © LesserEvil]
Sam Danley, "LesserEvil launches Grain Free Veggie Sticks", Baking Business, August 31, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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NatureBox Shifts Its Office Snacks Business To Company-Subsidized Home Snacks

August 31, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
As the office snacks business collapsed amid pandemic lockdowns and closings, the California  company shifted to a new business model: delivering subsidized snacks to employees working at home. NatureBox says the approach didn’t work in every case, mainly because keeping remote-working employees stocked in snacks is not a top priority with all the pressure to cut costs. But many firms are eager to continue offering snacks to show appreciation for staff working at home. For $25 per employee each month, the company delivers customized snack boxes directly to employees at home or at the office. A second option is to give a free corporate membership to employees who can buy discounted better-for-you snacks themselves.[Image Credit: © NatureBox]
Elaine Watson, "‘We’re putting our account on pause, because no one’s in the office…’ NatureBox CEO on pivoting in a pandemic and ‘work-from-home snacks’", FoodNavigator-USA.com, August 31, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Nature's Path Hires PR Firm To Tout Its “Flavor-Forward” Cereals, Granola Snacks

August 31, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The organic breakfast and snack food company (Blaine, Wash.) has contracted with Santa Monica-based Blaze PR to launch a campaign to boost consumer awareness of its “flavor-forward,” non-GMO cereals and granola products. The campaign will also promote sister brands Love Crunch organic granola, Que Pasa stone-ground organic corn chips, and EnviroKidz organic cereal, whose mission is to protect endangered species. Blaze will conduct media outreach to spotlight new products and establish influence in the breakfast and snack categories through high impact campaigns. The agency said it aims to create conversations about the unique aspects of the brands, including an “unwavering commitment and dedication to sustainability.”[Image Credit: © Nature's Path Foods]
"Nature's Path Organic Foods Retains Blaze Public Relations", Blaze Public Relations , August 31, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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“Beverages For Life” Strategy Is Inspiration For Coca-Cola’s Latest Reorganization

August 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Atlanta-based company’s newest reorganization helps implement the strategy of ensuring there’s a Coca-Cola beverage for consumers at every life stage and for every occasion. The reorganization – which affects operations, beverage categories, and services – will drive growth by balancing the “power of scale” with deep local marketing information. Nine new tightly-interconnected operating units will replace the current 17, offering more consistency in structure, less resource duplication, and faster scaling of new products. The company has settled on five global categories that show the strongest consumer opportunities: Coca-Cola; sparkling flavors; hydration, sports, coffee, and tea; nutrition, juice, milk, and plant; and a catch-all “emerging categories.” The company expects that the reorganization will require layoffs globally, but it has initiated a “voluntary separation program” offering employees a separation package. The severance programs could cost as much as $55 million, the company said.[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
"The Coca-Cola Company Announces Strategic Steps to Reorganize its Business for Future Growth", Coca-Cola , August 28, 2020, © The Coca-Cola Company
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Virtual Food Expo Spotlights Promising New BFY Snacks

August 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The coronavirus pandemic may have put the kibosh on live food industry shows, but Sosland Publishing sidestepped the problem with its online Food Entrepreneur Expo, an interactive event for retail buyers, marketers, product developers, ingredient suppliers, and company founders. The company made sure “dozens” of registrants were able to sample new products, including cauliflower crisps, sprouted buckwheat clusters, crispy salmon skins, and more. Among the show winners were 12 Tides Seaweed Co., a maker of puffed seaweed snacks in savory flavors including sea salt, black pepper and everything seasoning; and Mavericks, a better-for-you children’s snacking brand offering a range of low-sugar cookies and crackers with eight grams of whole grains. [Image Credit: © 12 Tides]
Monica Watrous, "Emerging brands, trends highlight Food Entrepreneur Expo", Baking Business, August 28, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Le-Vel introduces Thrive Compression-Popped Salty Popcorn Chips

August 26, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The healthy foods and skincare company (Frisco, Texas) has extended its Thrive line of snacks with Thrive Bites Popcorn Chips, a compression-popped salty snack made with grains and seeds cooked in special high-pressure popping equipment. The chips are available in Honey BBQ, Movie Theater Butter, Sweet Jalapeño, and White Cheddar flavors. Each gluten-free 120-calorie bag provides two-three grams of protein. [Image Credit: © Le-Vel]
"What’s Poppin? A Snack You’ll Love", WRCBtv.com, August 26, 2020, © WRCB
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Nut Snack Providers Faced With Tons Of Unwanted Product As Airlines Cut Flights

August 26, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The coronavirus pandemic has forced airlines to reduce flights and limit onboard services to cut costs. These changes have affected a variety of companies that support the airline industry, including suppliers of nut mixes to first-class passengers. They have been stuck with a glut of unneeded products at risk of spoilage. For example, GNS Foods, a woman-owned, family business that supplies United Airlines, was stuck with more than fifteen tons of warehoused baggies of mixed nuts and raw ingredients. The company has turned to retail channels, selling its goods at what it says are "near-cost" prices. Nut lovers can find two-pound bags of the Elite Status mix (that's whole cashews and whole almonds) for $7.99 on the company's online storefront, and of the Elite Status Hawaii mix (whole cashews, whole almonds, and large whole macadamia nuts) for $10.99, a lot less than the prices at Whole Foods Market.[Image Credit: © GreatNuts.com]
David Slotnick, "Airlines have stopped offering mixed nuts because of coronavirus, so one supplier is selling them directly to customers at huge discounts", Business Insider, August 26, 2020, © Insider Inc
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Nakd Debuts Vegan Chocolate Cereal Bars

August 26, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The London-based snack maker’s Drizzled Chocolish bars are made from natural ingredients and contain no added sugar. Available in peanut chocolish, double chocolish, and raspberry chocolish flavors, the coatings have half the sugar, four times the fiber and twice the cocoa. They are available at major retailers in four-packs at an RRP of £3 ($3.94). [Image Credit: © PR Newswire Europe Limited]
"Nakd Launches Drizzled Chocolish Bars, A Healthier Snack and '1 of the 5 a Day'", PR Newswire Europe, August 26, 2020, © PR Newswire Europe Limited
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Pandemic-Related Trends Depress Nut Prices In Midst Of Bumper Crop

August 25, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Nut prices have slumped in the past several months the coronavirus pandemic battered air travel, shuttered pubs, and nearly eliminated on-the-go snacking. A food retail consultancy found that cashew prices sank to their lowest level since Mintec's records began in 2011. In India, religious canceled festivities and weddings curbed demand for nuts used in curries.  There was less demand in Europe for almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, and Brazil nuts as fewer workers commuted to offices. Meanwhile, favorable weather led the USDA to forecast another record crop of almonds which, combined with limited demand, depressed almond prices by 41 percent. [Image Credit: © PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay]
Lizzy Burden, "Nut glut sends prices plunging", telegraph.co.uk, August 25, 2020, © Telegraph Media Group Limited
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Love Your Health Foods Launches Soynut Snacks

August 25, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Targeting the vend, micro-market, convenience store, and drug and specialty store channels, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based processor of non-GMO whole, dry roasted soynuts has introduced four varieties of shelf stable, 1.75-ounce soy protein snacks. The lineup includes the Up Your Game Protein Snack Mix, Nature’s Select SoyFul Mix, and Nature’s Select Sea Salted & Honey Toasted Soynuts. According to the company, plant-based food sales are growing five times faster than total food sales, and are making their way into 53 percent of U.S. households. [Image Credit: © LOVE YOUR HEALTH SNACKS]
"Love Your Health Foods Introduces Grab & Go Plant-Based Snacks", Vending Marketwatch, August 25, 2020, © Endeavor Business Media LLC
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Goodfish Introduces Snack Made With Fried Alaskan Salmon Skins

August 25, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The Los Angeles-based start-up has created a fully traceable and sustainable flash-fried crisp salmon skin snack. The salmon are sourced from Bristol Bay, the easternmost arm of the Bering Sea in Southwest Alaska, in partnership with Trident Seafoods. The area has been in the headlines recently because of the threat to salmon fishery posed by the planned Pebble mine, an open-pit copper/gold/molybdenum mine. The Goodfish “brain, skin and body snack” is packaged in four flavors: sea salt, chili lime, spicy BBQ, and tart cranberry. Guilbert said the chips are just the first of a full line of snacks Goodfish plans to develop, including possibly nuggets with pieces of fruits and nuts, cracklins', and jerky. A former Whole Foods Market global grocery coordinator has joined the company to assist in setting up the supply chain and operations.[Image Credit: © Goodfish]
Laine Welch, "California startup turns Bristol Bay salmon skins into a fried snack", Anchorage Daily News, August 25, 2020, © Anchorage Daily News
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Coca-Cola Names Alfredo Rivera As New President Of Coke NA

August 24, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The 59-year-old Rivera, who has worked at the company for 23 years, replaces the retiring James L. Dinkins, who has served as president for two years. Rivera has managed the company’s Latin America group, which includes 40 countries, since 2016. He joined the company in 1997 in the Central America and Caribbean Division as a district manager for Guatemala and El Salvador, and in various capacities in Brazil, Ecuador, and Mexico before being named president of the Latin Center business unit. Dinkins will serve as a senior advisor to the company until his retirement in February 2021. [Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
"Alfredo Rivera Named New President of Coca-Cola North America", Business Wire , August 24, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Anti-Sugar Groups In U.K. Decry Fruity Snacks Marketed As Healthful For Kids

August 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
British anti-sugar groups such as Action on Sugar and the London Early Years Foundation have warned that the country’s National Food Strategy risks being weakened by treats marketed by manufacturers and retailers as healthful fruit-based snacks for children. Snacks such as Percy Pig and Bear Pure Fruit Yoyos are, in fact, full of harmful sugar. The groups have called on the government to crack down on these products as part of a new anti-obesity program to get Britain fit. The groups spoke out following the publication of a 110-page independent review of U.K. food policy that says obesity is a "national emergency we can no longer afford to ignore" and that the coronavirus pandemic had "given a new urgency to the slow-motion disaster of the British diet."[Image Credit: © Bruno /Germany from Pixabay]
Patrick Sawer, Senior News Reporter, "Parents 'tricked' into buying sugary children's snacks promoted as healthy, campaigners claim", telegraph.co.uk, August 22, 2020, © Telegraph Media Group Limited
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Nudie Snacks Turns “Wonky” Cauliflower Into Snack Chips

August 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Scottish snack company’s new Cauliflower Crisps are made from 40 percent fresh cauliflower grown in Scotland. The crisps, available cheese and caramelised onion and katsu curry flavors, contain no artificial flavorings or colorings, are low in sugar and 40 percent lower in saturated fat than traditional potato crisps (chips). The company says they are also reducing food waste because they are made from vegetables often thrown out because they don’t meet standard shape and size requirements. Nudie Snacks also markets lentil curls flavored with chilli and lime, quinoa chips with sundried tomato and garlic, lightly salted roasted corn, lightly salted hummus chips, and popcorn. A box of 12 22-gram, 118-calorie bags of Cauliflower Crisps is £9.99 ($13.13).[Image Credit: © Nudie Snacks]
Cristina Diaconu, "Snacks Made from Wonky Veg a Market First", Feast Magazine, August 21, 2020, © FEAST-magazine.co.uk
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Latin Americans Are Willing To Pay A Premium For “Natural” Foods, Beverages

August 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
A survey of more than 1,500 Latin American consumers conducted by flavor and fragrance maker Symrise found that while price remains an important consideration in the selection of foods, snacks, and beverages, participants said they were willing to pay more for products that “embrace true naturalness.” And that presents marketing opportunities for producers of organic, fresh, and “free from” foods. In the savory and snacks category, consumers look for quality brands and pay particular attention to labels and ingredients. In Brazil, for example, Symrise found that consumers perceive soups as a healthy snack and useful as an option for weight loss. Other key highlights: fruit flavors, especially from the citrus family, are highly preferred; and consumers are avoiding ingredients with scientific or artificial-sounding names; [Image Credit: © Marijana from Pixabay]
Benjamin Ferrer, "Demand for organic and free-from claims ripens in Latin America, Symrise reports", Food Ingredients 1st, August 21, 2020, © CNS Media BV
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Mexican Lawmakers Have High-Calorie Snacks In Their Sights

August 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Legislators in several Mexican states are imposing or considering restrictions on the sales of high-calorie snacks because they have contributed to the country’s soaring childhood obesity rates and an unusually young coronavirus death toll. The Gulf coast state of Tabasco, for example, passed limits on the sale of sugary bottled drinks and high-carbohydrate snacks recently, shortly after the southern state of Oaxaca became the first to do so. Lawmakers in other Mexican states have introduced similar bills barring merchants from selling "junk" food to minors unless a parent or guardian is present and approves. In Chihuahua, a legislator introduced a bill "to guarantee our children and youths a healthier diet and to fight obesity and excess weight." And the mayor of Mexico City said she is working with legislators to see if it is feasible to get similar legislation there. Some of the measures would also ban vending machines from dispensing such foods and prohibit sale in or near schools.[Image Credit: © hayme100 from Pixabay]
"Mexico takes aim at junk food", Associated Press / Fox News, August 21, 2020, © The Associated Press
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Nestlé Waters NA Factories In California Earn Water Stewardship Honors

August 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Connecticut-based company’s Ontario, Calif., factory received the platinum rating, highest attainable certification, from the Alliance for Water Stewardship. The company said all five California Nestlé Waters factories and all seven Arrowhead spring water factories were certified under the standard. The AWS standard measures responsible water stewardship across social, cultural, environmental, and economic criteria. Independent auditors look at the watersheds where sites are located, rating water quality, water quantity, and the health of important water-related areas. The AWS is a global membership-based collaboration that unites organizations promoting responsible use of freshwater.[Image Credit: © Nestlé]
"Nestlé Waters Becomes First Food and Beverage Company in the World to Earn Platinum Rating under the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard", Nestlé, August 20, 2020, © Nestlé
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Better-For-You Trend Gains Prominence In Snack Industry

August 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Mel Festejo of American Key Food Products (Closter, N.J.) says the snack and bakery industry is getting better at meeting consumer demands for "the delicate balance of 'healthy indulgence'” by providing better-for-you snacks and baked goods. The better-for-you balance is “particularly handy” in snacks, he says, because snacks have gone from being sometime-treats to becoming today's take on the meal. This has opened the door to innovations like seaweed- and seed-studded crackers, and gluten-free snacks; snacks that cater to diet and health trends like paleo, keto, and vegan; snacks that address fitness, mental health, and rest; and snacks that appeal to consumers following flexitarian and plant-based diets.[Image Credit: © Sabine Schulte from Pixabay]
Kimberly J. Decker, "Better-for-you snack and bakery product development strategies", Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, August 20, 2020, © BNP Media
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Uplift Food Introduces Gut-Friendly Plant-Based Sandwich Crème Cookies

August 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The New York-based company’s Gut Happy Cookies, “the world’s first gut health-focused plant-based sandwich creme cookies,” are low-sugar, keto-friendly, high-fiber treats “clinically proven to support gut, digestive and immune health.” Each 40-gram pack of 12 cookies contains 13 grams of fiber and nine grams of protein. The cookies also contain one billion CFU (colony forming units) of probiotics, Flavors available include salted peanut butter with chocolate and coconut; sunflower butter with vanilla and chia; and salted almond butter with vanilla and hemp seeds. A box of 12 packs (12 cookies per pack) costs $38.99 on the company’s website.[Image Credit: © UpliftFood]
"Uplift Food, Inc. is utilizing Mr. Checkout's Fast Track Program to reach Independent Nutrition Stores Nationwide.", MENAFN-GetNews, August 20, 2020, © MENAFN
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PeaTos Tweaks The Nose Of A Snack Cheetah With “Hey Chester” Ad Campaign

August 18, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Describing itself as a “young snack food upstart” and a “ground-breaking snack brand,” PeaTos is mounting a marketing challenge to snack behemoth Frito-Lay and its official Cheetos mascot Chester. The company is positioning its pea-based snack as a more healthful alternative to Cheetos and FunYuns that is just as tasty and crunchy. PeaTos says it has replaced the “old school base of corn and artificial ingredients” with peas and other clean ingredients that delivers two times the protein and three times the fiber per serving. The Los Angeles-based company‘s "Hey Chester" campaign features “intentionally provocative” billboards and “blunt” digital ads that proclaim PeaTos’ belief that it has outdone Frito Lay with a snack option “the market has been craving.” The secret to its success – PeaTos is now available at more than 4,700 retailers in the U.S. – is “the pulse-based heat and extrusion process,” the company notes. [Image Credit: © Business Wire/PeaTos]
"PeaTos "Hey Chester" Campaign Signals the Dawn of an Epic Food Fight", Business Wire, August 18, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Belgium’s Lotus Bakeries Invests In British Corn Snack Company

August 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Belgian biscuit company Lotus Bakeries’ corporate venture fund FF2032 has invested in London, U.K.-based Love Brands, taking a minority stake in the maker of a crunchy corn snack under the Love Corn brand. The company plans to use the cash injection to beef up marketing and hire staff. The money will also be used to grow working capital. Love Brands corn snacks are gluten-free, non-GMO, and available in four flavors. A major emphasis this year and in 2021 will be expansion of distribution and growth in the U.S. and the U.K. The Lotus FF2032 venture fund invests in food and drinks businesses offering “innovative products, technologies or market approaches,” with a specific focus on the healthy snacking category.[Image Credit: © LOVE CORN]
Antonia Garrett Peel, "Lotus Bakeries’ venture fund invests in Love Brands", FoodBev Media Ltd , August 17, 2020, © FoodBev Media
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U.K.’s Erbology Snack Brand Says “Personalization” Is The Key To Its Future

August 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The London-based start-up believes that a better understanding of customer preferences leads to the creation of better snacks. Erbology focuses on plant-based ingredients in its line of snacks and beverages, which include bergamot shots and sea buckthorn juice. Its powders are made with milk thistle and Jerusalem artichoke. The plant-based snack lineup includes crackers, energy balls, and tigernut granola. But the company is trying something new: a personalization strategy that crafts snacks that are more likely to deliver on the health benefits customers seek. The tailored offering, dubbed Erbology Personalized, begins with a customer survey, the answers to which determine the right ingredients and flavors, as well as ingredient intolerances and dietary requirements. This all results in creation of a cracker made from organic plant-based ingredients that is gluten free and made without processed sugar. The company produces its personalized snacks range in Central Europe, close to its suppliers, and ships them directly via a D2C model to consumers.[Image Credit: © ERBOLOGY]
Flora Southey , "Plant-based snacks brand tailors to taste, wellness, and dietary needs: Personalization is in our DNA", FoodNavigator.com, August 17, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Brass Roots BFY Snacks Are Made From Exotic Southeast Asian Seeds

August 15, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The healthy snacks made by the New Orleans-based company are made with protein- and fiber-rich sacha inchi seeds that also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, and other nutrients. The seeds are sourced from partner farms in Thailand and Laos. Brass Roots has both local and international social impact initiatives, supporting New Orleans community organizations and Southeast Asian farmers.[Image Credit: © Brass Roots]
"New Orleans Healthy Snack Company Hopes to Make a Change", Food Tank, August 15, 2020, © Food Tank
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Sun-Maid Revamps Raisin Snacks Line For Pandemic Back-To-School Season

August 14, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Adapting to new consumer food shopping behaviors, the Fresno, Calif.-based cooperative of raisin growers is targeting moms navigating the new normal of the back-to-school season with a new marketing campaign touting a repackaging initiative that includes multi-pack products.  As of March, demand for Sun-Maid products was up considerably, the company said, spurring the company to ramp up production.  The company has also benefited from the at-home cooking trend. Sun-Maid Raisin sales were up 18.2 percent in the last fiscal quarter. The 108-year-old brand is promoting options such as Sun-Maid Bites (snack-bite clusters of whole fruit, oats, and nuts), which come in four flavors and in a multi-serve pack. The full marketing campaign includes a partnership with the author of the Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker children’s books, about looking at situations from a new perspective.[Image Credit: © Sun-Maid Growers of California]
Mary Ellen Shoup, "Sun-Maid raisins ramps up for back-to-school season with refreshed snacks solutions", FoodNavigator-USA.com, August 14, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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SNAC Tells USDA/HHS Meeting Snacks Are A Dietary Plus

August 14, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The trade association that represents 400 snack companies told a joint USDA/Health and Human Services (HHS) meeting that snacking can play a positive role in a healthy dietary pattern. At the final public meeting of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) SNAC representatives discussed how the American diet has shifted from “a focus on larger meals to that of smaller eating occasions," and "each snack is a nutrient opportunity and can be an important part of a healthy diet." According to the organization, snacks have evolved into "mini meals" that can provide essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients between larger eating occasions. SNAC International encourages USDA and HHS to recognize the benefits of snacking, protect the role of snack consumption, and refrain from negatively portraying snacks within the 2020-2025 DGA.[Image Credit: © SNAC International]
"SNAC International Testifies On Role Of Snacking As Part Of Healthy Diet", SNAC International, August 14, 2020, © SNAC International
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Bliss Loft Updates Line Of Handmade Allergy-Friendly Kettle Corn

August 14, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The N.J.-based snack maker said it has updated its range of handmade, allergy-friendly kettle corn, now ensuring that the snack is all-natural, gluten-free, nut-free, non-dairy, and non-GMO. The company uses “traditional recipes” to make sure no artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings, or preservatives are added to the product. Kettle corn, introduced in the U.S. in the 1770s, is made in iron kettles that heat the corn one batch at a time. [Image Credit: © Bliss Loft]
"Allergy-Friendly Movie Night Kettle Corn Snack Alternative For Children Launched", Marketers Media, August 14, 2020, © PressCable
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India’s Prataap Snacks Debuts Snack Augmented With “Omega”

August 13, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Acknowledging the healthful food trend and a snacking surge induced by the coronavirus pandemic, the Indore, India-based snacks company, known for its potato chips and other savory treats marketed under the brand Yellow Diamond, plans to launch “Omega fortified Potato Chips,” its first healthy offering. According to the company, “a set of people have started looking for a 'better for you' version of snacks,” so “we also want to have that product in our portfolio." The healthful food trend notwithstanding, the company says it is working on products in the sweet and salty snacks category.[Image Credit: © Welcome to all and thank you for your visit ! ツ from Pixabay]
Himadri Buch, "COVID-19 impact: Prataap turns to healthy snacking options; to soon launch Omega fortified Potato Chips", Moneycontrol.com, August 13, 2020, © e-Eighteen.com Ltd
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Bouwhuis Enthoven BV Unveils High-Protein Egg White Ingredients For Snack Makers

August 12, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Dutch company’s two new egg white protein ingredients, introduced under the Eggxellent brand, are high in protein, contain no fat and carbohydrate, and offer some snack preparation benefits as well. According to Astrid Kemper of Bouwhuis Enthoven, traditional high-protein bars can pose persistent challenges, like bar hardening and off-flavors that limit shelf life and reduce sensory quality. The new egg white proteins avoid these pitfalls. The company can tailor egg white proteins to have different gelling properties that help with the binding of other ingredients and the structural integrity of food products. In addition, the whipping or foaming properties of egg whites help alleviate the often very dense and chewy structure of high protein bars. They also make it possible to create gels, mousses, and foams in layered bars. [Image Credit: © Bouwhuis Enthoven | Part of the Van Beek Group]
Gaynor Selby, "Raising the bar: Egg white proteins overcome sensory & shelf life challenges in high protein snacks", Food Ingredients First, August 12, 2020, © CNS Media
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U.K. Snack Maker Boundless Secures $1.3M In Funding

August 12, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The three-year-old Bristol-based healthy snacks company says the £1 million ($1.3 million) investment it received from current investors and a syndicate of wealthy individuals will be used to expand further into Europe and the Middle East and launch new products. Boundless nuts and seeds are not roasted. They are instead soaked in water before baking. The soaking “activates” germination (seed sprouting), releasing enzymes and nutrients that would be used for the growing process. It also washes away the bitter-tasting phytic acid layer that hinders digestion. Boundless supplies 3,000 stores in Britain as well as nine international markets, including Hong Kong and Taiwan.[Image Credit: © weareboundless]
Hannah Baker, "Snack company Boundless lands £1m investment as it bucks retail downturn", Business-Live, August 12, 2020, © Reach plc subsidiary
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Roberts Bakery Enters British BFY Snacks Category

August 10, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Cheshire, U.K.-based bakery is launching what it calls a “breakfast inspired” fiber-rich range of snacks this September. The Porridge Loaf is made with oats and will be available in apple, raisin and cinnamon, and cranberry and coconut flavors. The Pangel, a high-protein pancake-bagel fusion, comes in raspberry & chia and chocolate & coffee flavors. The 250-calorie Brookie, combining a soft brioche bun with a swirl of cookie, will be available in chocolate orange, and apple and cinnamon flavors, individually wrapped in compostable packaging. The range will be available beginning September 7 for an RRSP of £1.25 ($1.63) per item, in convenience stores, and from doorstep milk delivery services.  [Image Credit: © Roberts Bakery]
Antonia Garrett Peel, "Roberts Bakery unveils ‘breakfast-inspired’ snacks range", FoodBev Media, August 10, 2020, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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Consumers Share Thoughts On Healthy, Unhealthy, And “Ideal” Snacks With Scientists

August 10, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
As the “snackification” trend took hold during the pandemic crisis, snack makers have looked for ways to make their snacks more healthful. With that in mind, a team of Dutch scientists wanted a better understanding of what consumers think are ultimate snacks, healthy or otherwise. The team interviewed adults (ages 18-81) and asked them to rate snacks (1 to 5) on healthfulness. For a healthy snack, the five most frequently used words were tasty, low sugar, healthy, vitamins, and low calories. The five most words for an unhealthy snack were fat, sugar, salt, tasty, and harmful to health. Though “tasty” was often associated with unhealthy snacking, it was named in the top 15 words to describe the ideal snack and healthy snack, indicating the importance of taste as a driving force in food choice.[Image Credit: © RitaE from Pixabay]
Gill Hyslop, "Study: What does the consumer consider to be the ‘utopian’ snack?", BakeryAndSnacks.com, August 10, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Nature’s Bakery Introduces “Recess Edition” Of Snacks For At-Home Families

August 10, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Pasadena, Calif.-based fig bar and soft-baked snacks maker’s Snack Sized Adventures: Recess Edition kits, designed to support back-to-school families during the pandemic, are available free to parents who apply online. The free limited-edition kits contain supplies, activities, and snacks to “encourage much-needed at-home recess breaks whether kids are hybrid or distance learning this fall.” The company says the recess kits offer parents a chance to “put their own spin” on recess that children don't have to miss out on because they're not at school. Eligible participants can enter for a chance to win one Recess Edition box online until September 30, 2020. The kits contain a variety of Nature's Bakery snack bars and materials, such as chalk, cones, bean bags, and more, “to create a world of imagination and play whenever the recess bell (figuratively) rings.” [Image Credit: © Nature's Bakery/PRFoto]
"Nature's Bakery Lends Parents A Helping Hand With Snack Sized Adventures: Recess Edition", PR Newswire, August 10, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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New Popcorn Brands Focus On Healthful Ingredients

August 10, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

As nutritionists have pointed out for years, fiber-rich popcorn is a healthful snack but lacks what health-conscious snackers want: protein. So, smaller brands of BFY pre-air popped popcorn snacks have been emerging lately that use non-GMO corn fortified with pea protein, spirulina, or nutritional yeast. Pop Zero ($3.99) adds pea protein, a complete vegan protein with all nine essential amino acids that the body can’t make on its own. Other BFY popcorn snack makers include: Azzizah’s Herbal Green Popcorn ($14.77) with protein-rich spirulina (algae); Three Dads Popcorn ($3.99) with nutritional yeast (“nooch”; Sakara’s Sweet, Salty, and Cheezy Popcorn Trio ($45) with coconut sugar and nutritional yeast; Project Pop ($22 for a 2-pack) with coconut oil; and Pop Zero with algae oil plus vitamin A, vitamin B-12, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids.[Image Credit: © Pop Zero]
Emily Laurence, "Popcorn Has Always Been a Dietitian-Approved Snack, but These Brands Are Making It Even Healthier", Well + Good, August 10, 2020, © Well+Good LLC
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University Studies Help Snack Maker Reduce Oil Levels, Acrylamides

August 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The U.K.’s Teesside University has helped a British snack manufacturer produce healthier potato chips (crisps) by changing its production processes. The idea of the project was to anticipate future government regulation in the food manufacturing industry to reduce levels of acrylamides, a natural but potentially harmful chemical produced when starchy foods, such as potatoes, are cooked at a high temperature. Researchers investigated the impact of variations on washing temperatures on sugar content. A double cold wash, rather than a cold followed by hot wash, was more effective and there was no discernible impact on taste. The research also focused on temperature variations throughout the frying process which had the potential to increase acrylamide production by up to four times. The studies resulted in an average eight percent reduction in potato oil levels and a decrease in acrylamides.[Image Credit: © Teesside University]
"Snack manufacturer makes efficiency savings thanks to Teesside University research", Impact News Service, August 08, 2020, © Teesside University
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Healright Snack Squares Targeting Four Health Conditions Now Available By Subscription

August 7, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Florida-based Advanced Micronutrition, LLC, (d/b/a Healright), which says it is a “leader in the ‘Food As Medicine’ revival,” announced the online subscription availability of its micronutrient-dense (vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants) snack squares targeting four “serious health conditions.” Available via expensive subscriptions – as much as $15 a day for eight weeks – the snacks use a “non-prescriptive, patent-pending formula” to improve microbiome health and metabolic dysregulation. They target the “root cause of serious health conditions like obesity, heart disease, insulin resistance, and digestive health,” the company says. The snack formula was developed by scientists at the USCF Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), in collaboration with the USDA. Small print on the advertisements says health claims have not been evaluated by the FDA, and the foods are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. [Image Credit: © Advanced Micronutrition, LLC. and Healright]
"Healright Is Now Shipping Its Groundbreaking Micronutrient-Dense Food Solutions for Serious Health Conditions, With More Than 75,000 People Signed up With Interest in Pre-Launch Phase", Business Wire, August 07, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Rez Bar Launches “Peanut Butter Punch-Out” For Aging Gen Xers

August 7, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The San Mateo, Calif., nutrition bar company’s peanut-chocolate combo bar targets “regular guys who want to make better choices” now that their Pong, Excite Bike, and Street Fighter II days are well behind them. The new Rez Bar – rez is short for resurrected, which can happen in a video game after a player dies – is a 1.4-ounce (40 grams) snack with 10 grams of protein from organic, non-GMO peanuts and milk protein isolate, plus peanut butter, dates, fiber, (a whole protein), 74 percent cacao, chia, and magnesium. Peanut Butter Punch Out, with no cholesterol or sodium, is available now online at GetRezBar.com and at retailers later this year. MSRP is $2.50 per  bar or $25.99 for a box of 10.[Image Credit: © BodaBody, Inc. dba Rez Bar]
"Rez Bar Launches Nutrition Bar for Gen X Men", Nosh.com, August 07, 2020, © BevNET.com, Inc.
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Mission-Driven Native State Launches Superfood Bites Snack

August 7, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Washington, D.C.-based Native State has introduced its better-for-you Superfood Bites – a “poppable” blend of organic fruits, nuts, seeds, and superfoods wrapped in dates with a creamy almond butter center – at Sprouts Farmers Market grocery chain stores nationwide. Native State says it is a mission-based brand that works with small family farmers “to curate only the highest quality, purest ingredients” that are “nutritionally powerful.” Each pack is 100 percent plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and kosher. The snack is available in two flavors: Blueberry Ginger (1.76-ounce, $2.99) made with dates, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and pistachios, turmeric, ginger, chia, and sacha inchi; and Cacao Coconut (1.76-ounce, $2.99), made with cacao, coconut, roasted pistachios, maca, turmeric, and chia. Both also feature protein, healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, and omega 3s.[Image Credit: © Native State Foods]
"Native State Foods Launches Superfood Bites at Sprouts Nationwide", Nosh.com, August 07, 2020, © BevNET.com, Inc.
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N.Y Couple Creates Grain-Free Cereal For Their Newborn – And The World

August 7, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The Wishingrad family of Scarsdale, N.Y., spent two years creating a protein-rich, low-sugar, and grain-free recipe for a cereal they felt comfortable feeding their newborn. The result, launched last October, was Three Wishes cereal, made from chickpea, pea protein, and tapioca, and available in cocoa, cinnamon, honey, and unsweetened varieties. They initially relied on in-store samplings at Whole Foods, Wegmans, and Sprouts to market their product – before the coronavirus arrived. The pandemic forced them to change marketing tactics: they began hosting drive-thru samplings in their driveway, and are now planning future drive-thru samplings in grocery store parking lots. The cereals are available on their website for $9.99 a box, or $39.99 for a pack of six.[Image Credit: © Three WIshes Cereals]
Hannah Jiang and Jacqui Frank , "This couple made a grain-free cereal from tapioca, chickpeas, and pea protein", Business Insider, August 07, 2020, © Business Insider India
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Magic Spoon Adds New Flavors To Keto Cereal Lineup

August 6, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The New York City-based cereal maker has added two new flavors to its current keto cereal lineup, which also includes Peanut Butter and Honey Nut. The new Strawberry and Peaches & Cream variants, both with freeze-dried fruit, contain five grams of net carbs, 11 grams of complete protein, 110 calories, and nothing artificial. Magic Spoon’s grain-free cereals come in Fruity, Cinnamon, Cocoa, and Frosted, all made with a protein blend (milk protein isolate and whey protein isolate), coconut oil, tapioca flour, chicory root fiber, and a special sweetener blend of monk fruit, stevia, and allulose. The cereals are sold on the company’s website for $39 for a four-box case.[Image Credit: © Magic Spoon]
"Magic Spoon Just Debuted Two New Keto Cereals That Taste Like Strawberries And Peaches ", Yahoo! Finance, August 06, 2020, © Verizon Media
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Snacks In The Time Of Coronavirus: Indulgence Yes, But BFY Is Not Forgotten

August 4, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Consumers may have turned to buying large volumes of comfort snacks – salty snacks, candy, cookies, and crackers – to relax a little from the pandemic, snack at home, and not have to shop at the grocery store as often. “They have been moving big volumes," one expert said. “All of the top snack products were doing extremely well." But that doesn’t mean they have abandoned better-for-you snacking, according to industry watchers. In fact, the focus on health and wellness, coupled with a desire to explore new flavors and ingredients in snacks, continue to drive snack innovation. Retailers who provide advanced flavor profiles that are better-for-you than traditional snacking options will end up winners in the market, DiNunzio said.[Image Credit: © PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay]
Mark Hamstra, "2020 Category Guide: Consumers indulge on snacks, but underlying trends continue", Supermarket News, August 04, 2020, © Informa USA, Inc.
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Wasa Survey Reveals Insights Into Parental Snacking Behaviors

August 4, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
A survey by the Swedish crispbread maker reveals that half of U.S. parents are snacking more today than they were during the first few weeks of pandemic quarantine. Other survey findings about today’s snacking habits: three of four parents snack in the afternoon; nine of 10 parents prioritize their kids' snacking needs over their own; eight of 10 parents sometimes hide or disguise snacks to keep their kids from eating them; half of parents snack in front of the TV or on the couch or at the fridge (55 percent); nearly two-thirds grab leftovers from another meal, eat a store-bought snack (65 percent). or eat whatever is about to go bad in the fridge (58 percent); and moms are most likely to grab a snack because of boredom (50 percent), while dads snack because of hunger (39 percent). Wasa (Wasabröd, Stockholm, Sweden) became part of the Barilla Group in 1999.[Image Credit: © Barilla Group]
"New Survey From Wasa Reveals Snacking Shifts Among Parents", PR Newswire, August 04, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC.
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Riceworks Makes Its Snacks Available To Snack Box Subscribers

August 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Three of the Ohio-based gourmet rice snacks company’s products will be featured in August Variety Fun snack boxes: sweet chili, salsa fresca, and sea salt & black sesame. Riceworks snacks are made with whole grain rice without artificial flavors or preservatives. They contain nine grams of rice per serving, zero grams of trans fats, zero cholesterol, and are non-GMO, vegan and celiac friendly. The Variety Fun snack subscription service features a wide selection of both classic and healthy snacks, including old favorites and start-up brands.[Image Credit: © Riceworks]
"Variety Fun Features Riceworks Gourmet Rice Snacks In Snack Subscription Box", Business Wire, August 03, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Nestlé’s Pandemic Response Is To “Rethink” The Out-Of-Home Business, Not “Right-Size” It

August 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé CEO Ulf Mark Schneider told investors recently that the company has no plans to “right-size” its business in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but it is definitely “rethinking” categories like coffee and water and will adapt wherever possible in the out-of-home business. That means less hotel and restaurant business “for a while going forward,” Schneider said. But he noted that many more consumers have ordered in from restaurants and dark kitchens during the crisis, so “there's almost like a blurring of the lines between what is in-home consumption and what is out-of-home consumption.” Nestlé’s out-of-home sales declined by as much as 60 percent in the first half of the year as offices, restaurants, and hotels closed. The company’s year-to-date profit increased 18 percent to 5.9 billion Swiss francs ($6.5 billion); earnings per share increased 22 percent to 2.06 Swiss francs ($2.29). [Image Credit: © Nestlé]
Monica Watrous, "Nestlé rethinking, not rightsizing, away-from-home business", Food Business News, August 03, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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