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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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SunOpta Launches New Fruit-Based Snack Bar

August 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The Arbor Bar marks the Canadian (Brampton) company’s entry into the $1.95 billion health and nutrition bar segment. The certified organic and non-GMO bar contains fruit and 0 grams of added sugar and is available nationwide in apple + berries, apple + blueberry and apple + raspberry flavors. The bars are available in five-count cartons for an SRP of $6.49, and can be purchased in more than 1,000 Walmart stores in the U.S. [Image Credit: © SunOpta Grains and Foods Inc.]
"SunOpta Enters Bar Category with Launch of Branded Organic Fruit Bar Called arbor Bar", Business Wire, August 03, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Gold&Green Introduces Oat-Based Ingredients For U.K. Food Manufacturers

August 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Finnish plant-based protein company has introduced the Pulled Oats brand, a mix of oats, fava beans, and peas, for use by U.K. food manufacturers. Pre-cooked, the Pulled Oats range can be eaten hot or cold and used in dry or ready-cooked dishes, making them appropriate for sandwiches, wraps, food-to-go, and ready meals. According to the company, the product gives manufacturers the opportunity to respond to consumers who have “a renewed focus on wellbeing and the environment, especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.” The range includes Pulled Oats Perfect Protein Granules, which are dehydrated and can be added for texture and nutrition to pie and pastry fillings as well as Bolognese, Mexican chili, and bakery products. Perfect Protein Flakes are also dehydrated and can be used in granola bars and ready meals, along with Pulled Oats Mince and Pulled Oats Burger Patties.[Image Credit: © Gold&Green Foods Ltd.]
Michelle Perrett , "Gold&Green launches vegan ingredients for food processors", Food Manufacture, August 03, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Danone NA Debuts Pumpkin Spice Creamers For Autumn Season

August 3, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Danone North America is introducing limited edition pumpkin spice coffee creamer, and pumpkin pie coffee creamer, in August nationwide for the autumn season with an MSRP of $3.79. Among the fall launches are International Delight Zero Sugar Pumpkin Coffee Creamers, and a $3.99 four-pack of two yogurts, Pumpkin Pie and Toasted Marshmallow. Each 5.3-ounce cup has 12 grams of protein and 80 calories. The Light & Fit Pumpkin Pie flavor is also available as a single serve for an MSRP of $1.19. Other launches include: Oikos Greek Pumpkin Pie Yogurt, So Delicious Dairy Free Caramel Apple Crumble Oatmilk Frozen Dessert, So Delicious Oatmilk Frozen Desserts crafted with oatmilk, and Silk Almond 0 g Sugar Unsweet Pumpkin Spice Creamer. [Image Credit: © Danone S.A.]
Jim Cornall , "Danone North America introduces fall product range", Dairy Reporter, August 03, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Salt of the Earth Says Its Mediterranean Umami Ingredient Can Cut Salt Content Of Snacks

July 31, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Israeli sustainable sea salt flavoring company says that its clean label ingredient can help improve a snack’s Nutri-Score by reducing sodium content. The nutrient score shows that the Mediterranean Umami ingredient, derived from plant extracts containing umami flavor compounds, can be used as a 1:1 drop-in replacement for salt in snack applications. Available in powder and liquid form, the ingredient cuts sodium by up to 45 percent, improving the Nutri-Score by 3-5 points. That, in many cases, is enough to improve the overall letter score, the company claims. The 5-color Nutri-Score nutrition label, used by European countries and companies like Nestlé and Danone, converts the nutritional value of products into a simple letter/color code.[Image Credit: © Salt of the Earth Ltd.]
Gill Hyslop, "Snack producers can improve their Nutri-Score with novel sodium reducing ingredient", BakeryAndSnacks.com, July 31, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd.
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TruFood Manufacturing Acquires BFY Co-Manufacturer Simply Natural

July 31, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The investor-backed U.S. snack maker’s acquisition of the Commack, N.Y. better-for-you nutrition bar and confectionery co-manufacturer will complement its own brand and expand its position in nutritional bars and better-for-you chocolate molded snacks, TruFood said. SNF will operate as TruFood going forward, led by TruFood President Ted Schouten and CEO Pete Tsudis. SNF CEO Abe Brach will leave the company shortly to pursue other business endeavors. SNF, which develops and produces nutrition bars and confections for leading food brands, has 200 employees. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.[Image Credit: © TruFoodMfg.]
"TruFood Manufacturing Announces Acquisition of Simply Natural Foods", PR Newswire, July 31, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Diamond of California Debuts Snack Walnuts

July 30, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Stockton, Calif.-based specialty nuts company’s Snack Walnuts are “naturally processed” to remove bitterness, then roasted, seasoned, and packaged in a ready-to-eat resealable pouch. Available for $3.99 per four-ounce bag in eight flavors, Snack Walnuts are non-GMO, low-sugar and low-salt, and rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) omega-3 fatty acids. The eight “Made for Snacking” walnut flavors include hot honey, Himalayan pink salt, teriyaki & wasabi, salted dark chocolate, hickory smoked bacon, chile lime, cinnamon churro, and sweet maple (Walmart only). Snack Walnuts are available nationwide at Walmart, Save Mart, Lucky California, Cub, and Bartell Drug, and will soon be available this month at Kroger, Lidl, Hannaford, Big Y, and HyVee as well as Amazon. Diamond of California is owned by Blue Road Capital (New York, N.Y.).[Image Credit: © Diamond Foods]
"Diamond of California Debuts their First-Ever Snack Walnuts Line with Eight Flavors Available Now, Nationwide", Perishable News, July 30, 2020, © Phoenix Media Network
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Gerber Expands Organic Snacks Lineup With BabyPops

July 30, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The baby food company’s new Gerber Organic BabyPops is a popcorn-shaped puffed corn and oat snack created as a “self-feeding” treat for “crawlers” and toddlers. Available in peanut, tomato, and banana raspberry flavors, the snack contains no added sweetener or salt. All variants are flavored with fruits and veggies and are made with organic peanut flour. A pediatric nutritionist said: "Of course, parents should always discuss the introduction of peanut and other food allergens with their doctor and follow their doctor's instructions." BabyPops are available nationwide at Target stores and will soon be available online at Target.com. They will be offered at Albertsons and Safeway retail locations in November. [Image Credit: © PRNewsfoto/Gerber]
"Gerber Launches New Organic Snack Line BabyPops for Crawlers Learning to Self-Feed", PR Newswire, July 30, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Snack Innovators Are Focusing On Zesty Flavors, Strong Nutritional Profiles

July 29, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
As snacking takes on greater importance in the on-the-go and, perhaps paradoxically, pandemic-induced stay-at-home lifestyles, snack companies have ramped up innovation. Leading advances in snacking include exotic flavors, “plant-forward” products, high-protein treats, and zesty nutritional snacks. Examples of plant-forward snacks include: Wholly Rollies (3One), a round, nut-based snack; and Power Veggie Bites (Appleton’s Market), a muffin-like snack made with broccoli, carrots, and Swiss chard. High-protein snacks feature peanuts, beef jerky, or pork rinds. Trendy flavors that appeal to snack lovers: international, savory, spicy, smoky, and umami, often combined with traditionally sweet products, like sea salt caramels or smoked almond toffee. Bold, spicy flavors are also having their day – “the hotter the better.” An example of healthful+zesty is Spicy Peri Peri Biltong Sticks (Stryve): the clean-label beef stick snack contains only common foodstuffs like beef, vinegar, salt, chili pepper, coriander, black pepper, nutmeg, clove, and lamb casing.[Image Credit: © piviso from Pixabay]
Ed Avis, "Trends in Snacks: Healthy? Yes. Flavorful? Absolutely", Food Processing, July 29, 2020, © Food Processing
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Nature Valley Launches Sustained Energy Granola Bar “Packed”

July 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The new General Mills snack product contains “hard-working, energy-boosting” ingredients, the company says, including nut butter, nuts and seeds (almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or peanuts), and cranberries or blueberries. The sustained energy snack bar contains no artificial flavors or colors and no high fructose corn syrup. It is available in Peanut Butter & Cranberry and Almond Butter & Blueberry varieties at most retail locations in the U.S. or online for a suggested retail price of $4.49 per four-count box. [Image Credit: © Nature Valley - Packed]
"Creamy, Crunchy, Chewy: Introducing Nature Valley Packed, a NEW Sustained Energy Bar", Business Wire, July 28, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Songwriter/Grammy Winner Invests In Female-Founded Snack Company

July 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Seattle-based snack marketer launched by a mother-daughter duo announced that Colombian singer-songwriter and Grammy winner Shakira has invested in the company through her nonprofit education-focused Barefoot Foundation. "I was hooked on SkinnyDipped almonds and chocolate (two of my favorite things, but with less sugar!) from the moment I tried them,” Shakira said. SkinnyDipped's gluten-free and non-GMO products, containing no artificial colors or flavors, include a line of almond snacks in four flavors, and a new non-almond line, SkinnyDipped Cashews, available in two flavors. The products are sold on Amazon.com and at natural and conventional grocers in the U.S., including Kroger, Safeway, Target, Whole Foods, Wegman's, and HEB. [Image Credit: © Business Wire, Inc.]
"SkinnyDipped Announces Investment from Shakira", Business Wire, July 28, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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By Changing Corn’s Amino Acid Profile, Plant Scientist Makes Popcorn More Healthful

July 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln plant breeder who believes popcorn can and should be healthful has come up with a way to imbue corn with a more complete amino acid profile. The original goal was to improve the levels of lysine and tryptophan in the corn kernel through traditional breeding. Once that was accomplished, popcorn was the next logical target. Corn is high in protein, but it is not the complete protein needed by the human body. Some amino acids, especially lysine, are deficient. By changing the protein profile, David Holding says, corn becomes a more complete protein source, and popcorn could become “a unique food snack that's compatible with the healthy eating movement." The new varieties may also offer some interesting flavor possibilities. The only downside? "A slight reduction" in the popping volume, he says.[Image Credit: © Deborah Breen Whiting from Pixabay]
"Production roundup; Breeding effort focused on making popcorn a healthy choice", Ontario Farmer, July 28, 2020, via Via Lexis Nexis, © Ontario Farmer
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Nestlé Europe Unveils New Plant-Protein Range Of YES! Snack Bars

July 27, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Swiss food company’s new YES! snack bars contain 10 grams of plant protein derived from nuts and peas. Like other YES! bars, the bars are high in fiber, use no artificial colors or preservatives, are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. Available in almond, peanut and double dark chocolate, and cashew, blueberry and dark chocolate flavors, the bars are drizzled with dark chocolate made with sustainable cocoa. They will be sold beginning in September in European countries, including the U.K., Germany, Netherlands, and the Czech Republic.[Image Credit: © Nestlé]
"Nestlé launches YES! Plant Protein bars powered by nuts and peas", Nestlé , July 27, 2020, © Nestlé
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U.K. Initiative On Obesity Riles Snack Makers

July 27, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Arguing that the harsh impact of the coronavirus pandemic is bad enough, the snack industry says government-imposed restrictions on foods and beverages would further harm the nation’s consumers and economy. The European Snacks Association (ESA) and the Snack, Nut and Crisp Manufacturers Association (SNACMA) have endorsed the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) position that PM Boris Johnson’s obesity plan would deal a “punishing blow” to a struggling economy. The goal of Johnson’s Better Health campaign is to tackle the nation’s increasing obesity problem, which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak. As part of the program, “junk” food advertising will be banned online and before the 9 pm time slot on television. A Public Health England study reported recently that a diagnosis of “medically obese” increases the risk of death from coronavirus by 40 percent. Thirty-six percent of U.K. adults are overweight, and 28 percent are obese.[Image Credit: © Vidmir Raic from Pixabay]
Gill Hyslop, "Savory snacks sector weighs in on expected ‘disruptive approach’ of U.K.’s obesity crackdown", BakeryAndSnacks.com, July 27, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Proper Says Sales Surpass Expectations So Far In 2020, Despite Pandemic

July 24, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The U.K.’s largest independent snack brand posted 25 percent year-on-year growth for FY2019 with revenue of £15.9 million ($20.6 million) and expects continued prosperity this year. The company changed its name from Propercorn in 2019 when it expanded beyond popcorn to become a broader better-for-you snacks business. Besides various palm oil-free microwave popcorn offerings, made with shea and rapeseed oils and available in sweet, salted, and cinnamon flavors, the company is now selling five flavors of gluten-free, vegan lentil chips.[Image Credit: © PROPER]
"Record sales of better-for-you snacks amid coronavirus fuels U.K. snack brand s bottom line", BakeryAndSnacks.com, July 24, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Euro Food Brands Acquires Healthy Foods And Snacks Company

July 24, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The U.K./Ireland food and drinks distributor has acquired The Food Doctor from William Jackson Food Group for an undisclosed sum. The Food Doctor markets healthful convenience foods such as pita breads, wraps, bagels, and “super snacks” containing beans, seeds, and nuts. The brand prides itself on using wholesome ingredients and its products are listed in a variety of U.K. supermarkets. The Food Doctor will join Euro Food Brands’ portfolio of partners such as Reese’s, Barilla, Campbell’s Soup, Ainsley Harriott, and Voss. William Jackson Food Group owns organic home delivery service Abel & Cole, bakery Jacksons of Yorkshire, and MyFresh.[Image Credit: © The Food Doctor]
Emma Upshall, "Euro Food Brands purchases The Food Doctor brand", FoodBev Media , July 24, 2020, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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China’s Wholly Moly Wants To Replace Rice With Whole Grains In Country’s Diet

July 24, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The young Shanghai-based company has its marketing eyes fixed on the country’s younger, more health-conscious generation with its instant oatmeal made of oat bran. The company raised several million dollars from C Ventures, led by a Hong Kong billionaire, to take advantage of China’s burgeoning health food market. “China has a severe lack of wholegrain food options,” said Claire Fang, founder and chief executive. “We want to introduce [whole grains] into young people’s diet in a way that is easy for them to embrace.” The market for natural health food in China is forecast to expand to $26 billion in value by 2022, an annual rate of 12 percent since 2017. Wholly Moly, which generates 90 percent of its income from e-commerce channels, including a store on Tmall, posted sales of $15 million in 2019 and hopes to triple that this year. The company works with farms and milling factories in the Midwest and northern U.S. as well as southern Canada, because the oats harvested there are said to be more aromatic and chewier than cheaper oats planted in China or Australia.[Image Credit: © Yum Delight, Inc./WhollyMolyChina]
Yujing Liu, "Health food start-up Wholly Moly aims to shake up the Chinese diet, swapping rice for American wholemeal oats", South China Morning Post, July 24, 2020, © South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd.
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MCTco Unveils New Flavors Of Keto-Friendly, Functional Snack Bars

July 23, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The new "boosted" flavor MCTBars from the Los-Angeles-based health food brand include Berry Beautiful, Lemon Boost and Banana Beautiful, all of which are keto-friendly, non-GMO, gluten-free, and collagen-based. The company says its snack bars contain nutrients that support flexible joints; strong hair, nails and bones; improved cognition; and long-lasting energy. The bars are available online at MCTco.com and Amazon.com, and at a growing list of grocery stores, gyms, and workout studios.[Image Credit: © PRNewsfoto/MCTco]
"MCTco Launches Three New Flavors Of Keto Superfood Snack Bars", PR Newswire, July 23, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Mercadona Launches BFY Edamame/Soy Bean Snack

July 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The Spanish supermarket chain’s Mixbeans Edamame & Soy from Hacendado is a better-for-you snack that blends white, green (edamame), and black soy beans that have been roasted and lightly salted. Soy beans are rich in protein, as well as vitamins A, D, E, and F, minerals potassium and phosphorus, plus fiber and amino acids. The snack, manufactured by Menken Orlando of Rotterdam (The Netherlands), is sold in bags of 100 grams at €1.50 ($1.72) a bag. [Image Credit: © Mercadona S.A.]
"Mercadona’s new flagship product is a healthy snack that sells 6,000 units daily", Explica, July 22, 2020, © Explica.co
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Canada’s Healthy Crunch Launches “School Approved” BFY Snack Line

July 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Toronto-based better-for-you snack company’s “School Approved” treats are free of major allergens; made in a gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free facility; are low in sugar, high in fiber, and designed to meet the demands of parents for healthful kid snack options. The new range includes Healthy Crunch Granola Bars (with probiotics, only two grams of sugar, and one serving of fruits and vegetables); Seed Butters (chocolate flavored keto-certified, nut-free spreads with one to three grams of sugar); and Chia Jams (keto-certified with only two grams of sugar, plus protein, fiber, and omega-3 fats).[Image Credit: © CNW Group/Healthy Crunch]
"Healthy Crunch launches first ever School Approved snack line", Canada NewsWire, July 22, 2020, © CNW Group Ltd.
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Chinese Consumers Spending More On Healthful Snacks

July 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Thanks largely to the stay-at-home lifestyle enforced by the COVID-19 pandemic, China's snack market is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years with a major trend toward fresh and healthful food, according to Beijing-based think tank EO Intelligence. The sales volume of China's snack market will reach three trillion yuan ($429 billion) in 2020 and surpass four trillion yuan ($572 billion) in 2025. Seventy-one percent of survey participants said snacks are important to their physical and psychological health; and more than 85 percent of snack-loving Millennials said freshness and healthful qualities are priorities in choosing snacks. Another report by U.K.-based Barclays Bank said Generation Z consumers pay a lot of attention to snack nutrition and prefer plant food.[Image Credit: © Nestlé]
Zheng Yiran, "Consumer spending on healthy, fresh snacks rises", China Daily European Edition, July 22, 2020, © China Daily Information Co (CDIC)
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Coca-Cola Sees Some Financial Improvement In 2nd Quarter

July 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
After a “most challenging” first quarter marked by a 28 percent pandemic-caused sales decline, Coca-Cola said second quarter soda demand improved, a fact reflected in adjusted revenue of $7.18 billion, largely in line with analyst estimates. Demand for Coca-Cola drinks was battered by the closings of restaurants, theaters, and sports venues. Unit case volume trends, a key demand indicator, improved from a 25 percent drop in April to a 10 percent drop in June as lockdowns eased. For the June quarter, volume sales declined 16 percent, with flagship Coca-Cola falling seven percent and sparkling soft drinks dropping 12 percent. Unit volume of teas and coffees slid 31 percent, largely because of the temporary closure of Costa Coffee stores in Western Europe.[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
"Coca-Cola Signals Recovery After 'Most Challenging' Quarter", The New York Times , July 21, 2020, © Thomson Reuters/The New York Times Company
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Insane Grain Introduces Snacks Made With African Supergrain Sorghum

July 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The sorghum-based Insane Grain “crispy and melty puffs” from the U.K. start-up are gluten-free, contain under 100 calories, B-vitamins, dietary fiber, and folic acid. The vegan-friendly snacks are available in cheese, salt and vinegar, and salted caramel flavors. The company claims its new snack, available in 24-gram packs, offers gut-health benefits, contains more potassium than a banana, and 1.8 times more iron than spinach. Packets of Insane Grain are available to purchase in Whole Foods Market and Selfridges in the U.K., with more retailers to be announced.[Image Credit: © Insane Grain]
Emma Upshall, "Insane Grain launches puff snacks made from sorghum", FoodBev Media , July 21, 2020, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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Goodmills Innovation Develops Snack Ingredient That Promotes Healthy Immune System

July 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The wheat germ concentrate introduced by German joint venture GoodMills Innovation, allows bakery and snack producers to capitalize on consumer demand for holistic wellbeing. SpermidinEVO is rich in spermidine, a polyamine compound found in ribosomes and living tissues that supports the self-cleaning process (autophagy) in cells and is linked to a healthy immune system. During autophagy, old and superfluous cell components, as well as harmful invaders such as viruses, are broken down and recycled. SpermidinEVO also contains folic acid and vitamin E, considered to be a classic anti-aging ingredient. GoodMills Innovation (Hamburg, Germany) is a joint venture between European milling enterprise, the GoodMills Group, and Danish food emulsifier and stabilizer manufacturer Palsgaard[Image Credit: © Shutterbug75 from Pixabay]
Gill Hyslop, "Innovative ingredient adds accelerated cell recycling benefits to baked goods and snacks", BakeryAndSnacks.com, July 21, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Clancy Systems Subsidiary To Distribute Roast Foods Healthy Snacks In N. America

July 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Anthea, Inc., the distribution subsidiary of the Rockville, Md.-based maker of veggie chips snacks announced that it will be the exclusive distributor of all Roast Foods healthy snack items, starting with North American markets. Roast Foods markets healthy snacks made with water lily seeds (fox nuts) that are sustainably grown, low calorie, gluten free and antioxidant-rich. According to the company, roasted water lily seeds are a good source of fiber, iron, carbohydrates, phosphorus, magnesium, protein, zinc, and potassium. The global fox nuts market size was estimated to be $25.6 million in 2018.[Image Credit: © Anthea]
"Clancy Systems Announces Global Distribution Agreement with Roast Foods", ACCESSWIRE, July 21, 2020, © ACCESSWIRE
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Large Majority Of Indians Prefer Healthy Snacks, Especially Almonds

July 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The March survey by market researcher IPSOS found that nine of ten Indian consumers choose “mindful and healthy” snacks such as almonds or fruits, whether or not they identify themselves as vegetarians. Seventy-two percent of the survey participants mentioned that they consumed almonds (regular/often/sometime) because of the perceived health benefits. The survey also found that women in India are more worried about nutrition needs (63 percent) than men (53 percent).[Image Credit: © Steve Buissinne from Pixabay]
"Survey shows almonds as preferred snack among veg and non-veg across India", Nuffoods Spectrum, July 21, 2020, © Nuffoods Spectrum
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Seapoint Farms Debuts Lentil Snack In Four Flavors

July 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST


The Calif.-based marketer of plant-based protein foods and snacks has introduced Mighty Lil’ Lentils, a snack that is rolling out initially online and in stores in the fall. The snacks are vegetarian, gluten-free, and Non-GMO project verified, and free of trans fat and cholesterol. They come in four flavors: Pink Himalayan Salt (vegan and gluten-free), Barbeque (smokey, sweet, and savory, gluten-free), Falafel (exotic and mildly spicy, vegan, gluten-free), and Cinnamon Sugar (slightly sweet and “sassy,” gluten-free). The 5-ounce bags are available on Amazon in packs of three for $13.36 ($4.45 a bag), and through discounted subscriptions. The company also makes seaweed snacks and edamame snacks.[Image Credit: © Seapoint Farms, LLC]
"Lentil Snack", WholeFoods Magazine, July 21, 2020, © WFC, Inc.
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Chobani Debuts Plant-Based High-Protein Probiotic Beverages

July 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The New York-based Greek yogurt maker’s new line of oat-based, fermented organic drinks contain probiotic cultures and 15-25 grams of protein in four varieties. Chobani Probiotic drinks combine whole grain oats and fruit juice fermented with probiotic cultures, then blended with organic fruit and herbal extracts with “a light effervescence.” The drinks are non-dairy, certified organic and certified non-GMO. Each bottle has 80 calories with 11 grams of sugar, billions of probiotics, and no sweetener ingredients. The drinks are available in lemon ginger, pineapple turmeric, peach mint, and cherry hibiscus tea varieties at $3.79 per 14-ounce bottle.[Image Credit: © Chobani, LLC]
Jim Cornall , "Chobani launches new range of nutritional foods and drinks", Dairy Reporter, July 21, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Riverside Natural Foods Expands U.S. Snack Bar Distribution

July 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Toronto-based manufacturer of healthy snacks announced that its line of soft-baked keto-friendly snack bars will soon be available in Whole Foods and Kroger locations in the U.S. GoodTo Go bars have been available at select retailers in the U.S. and Canada, and on the company's website and Amazon. The bars are vegan, gluten-free, peanut-free, kosher, grain-free, and Non-GMO Project Verified, and contain two grams of sugar or less, and 3-4 grams of net carbs. The line features cocoa coconut, vanilla almond, raspberry lemon, cinnamon pecan, blueberry cashew, chocolate mint, double chocolate, and strawberry macadamia nut flavors for a suggested retail price of $2.49 per single bar, or $7.99 for a box of four.[Image Credit: © Riverside Natural Foods]
"GoodTo Go Snack Bars Now Available at Whole Foods and Kroger", PR Newswire, July 21, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC.
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Heaven’s Lettuce Launches Hemp Leaf Chip Snack

July 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The new healthy snack product from the Malibu, Calif.-based start-up is made from organic hemp leaves. Each bag of dried chips contains 15 grams of protein, four grams of fiber, phytates (phosphorous storage compounds), magnesium, terpenes (aromatic chemicals), chlorophyll, and vitamins A and C. Besides hemp leaves, the chips are made from carrot, tomato, Himalayan pink salt, apple cider vinegar, rice koji, chickpeas, sea salt, koji spores, sesame butter, cassava flour and arrowroot flour. Organic, vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, the chips come in original (seasoned with lemon), Notso Cheese, and Hot as Heck varieties. All three options contain 15 grams of protein, four grams of fiber, and 260 calories a bag.[Image Credit: © Heaven's Lettuce Inc.]
"'Heaven's Lettuce' Launches New Organically Sourced Snack Food Loaded With Nutritional Benefits - Heaven's Lettuce Hemp Chips", PR Newswire, July 17, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Nestlé SA Settles On Six Major Bidders For Yinlu Foods Group

July 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The list of bidders for the company’s Chinese business unit was trimmed to six, including three food and beverage companies and three private equity firms. Yinlu Foods Group, a maker of instant porridge and Nescafe ready-to-drink coffee, could fetch at least $400 million. Binding bids are due by the end of August from China Resources Beer Holdings Co., Tingyi Cayman Islands Holding Corp., Dali Foods Group Co., FountainVest Partners, Affinity Equity Partners, and Citic Private Equity Funds Company management have also been invited to participate in the bidding. Yinlu, which specializes in the production and sale of canned foods and beverages, was acquired by Nestlé in 2011.[Image Credit: © Yinlu Food Group Co., Ltd]
"Nestlé Narrows Bidders for Yinlu Foods Unit in China", Bloomberg News, July 17, 2020, © Bloomberg LP
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