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Highlander Partners Adds Miller Baking To Benestar Stable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Eighty-five percent of U.K. shoppers are actively trying to improve their diet in some way, so it’s no surprise that healthy snacking is set to boom. Although snack maker KIND obviously wants retailers to fill store shelves with its snack products, it offers some general advice on how to take advantage of the fact that shoppers are willing to pay up to 30 percent more for products with perceived benefits – “a great opportunity to grow the basket spend of your shoppers.” Top snack trends for the coming year include products with added protein, plant-based products, and take-home snacks. Lastly, the company advises retailers to give healthy snacking the space it deserves in-store; create secondary space for healthy snacking; and make a clear distinction between different consumer protein needs (performance, lifestyle, natural, i.e. plant-based). Word of warning: carve out dedicated space in store for healthy snacking, do not mix it in with traditional confectionery. 
"Healthy snacking: everything you need to know about managing the category", conveniencestore.co.uk, October 21, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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British Business Accelerator Picks Seven Healthy Snack Brands Targeting Obesity

October 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Good Food Fund, a London-based business accelerator, has picked seven snack start-ups it believes can help tackle the U.K.’s childhood obesity problem. The £1.8 million ($2.3 million) venture fund that backs healthier food and drinks brand was launched in March by the U.K. food and drink accelerator Mission Venture. Selected start-ups get intensive support, including help establishing new manufacturing partners, advice on reduction of costs and RSP, retailer partnerships, and increased distribution, among other aids. The seven brands are: Insane Grain (puffed snacks made with sorghum); JimJams (chocolate spreads made with 83 percent less sugar); Lexi’s Treats (low-calorie snacks made from puffed rice and marshmallows); Naturelly (jelly pots with inulin fiber from chicory root); Nombots (wholegrain lentil puffs for kids); Rootles (light and crispy biscuit covered in Belgian chocolate and made with carrot and sweet potato); and Snackzilla (fiber-rich, low-sugar oat cookies). 
Oliver Morrison, "Meet the 7 brands promising to disrupt the healthy snacking space", FoodNavigator.com, October 21, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Vegan Cereal From U.K.’s GO Superfoods Wins Taste Award

October 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The Great Taste Awards, sponsored by the Guild of Fine Food, has recognized a vegan cereal made by the British firm, which trades as Green Origins and Rainforest Foods. The company’s Bambeanies Super Crispies is a baked vegan cereal made with beans, rice, coconut flour and baobab, sweetened with coconut blossom nectar and apple juice. The cereal has 11 percent less sugar than Rice Krispies, the company says, as well as 285 percent more fiber, 85 percent more protein, and 98 percent less salt. Also recognized was the organic 70 percent Dark Chocolate Drops with turmeric and maca made by GO Superfoods for allergen free brand, Before Chocolate.[Image Credit: © GO Superfoods Ltd]
"News: Great Taste Awards for Rotherham firm", Rotherham Business News, October 20, 2020, © Rotherham Business News
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Whole Foods Market Spotlights Top 10 Trends For 2021, Including Snacks

October 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Austin, Texas-based retail grocery chain pinpointed a big trend in snacks for the coming year among its other food and beverage predictions. The retailer sees increasing consumer interest in health and wellness, specifically products that support the immune system, like probiotics, broths and sauerkrauts. Because breakfast will continue big into 2021, look for more pancake mixes, sous vide egg bites, and egg alternatives. Expect coffee-flavored bars, granolas, smoothies, foods with omega-3-rich flaxseeds and chick peas. And the final trend that will impact 2021: meatless meat snacks made from fruits and vegetables, flavored with chili, salt, ginger, and cacao.
"Whole Foods identifies 10 trends that will matter in 2021", Food Business News, October 20, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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CCBA Suspends Acquisitions In Kenya

October 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) has decided to emphasize integration of businesses it has acquired recently so will not make new acquisitions in the local market in the near term. The company is said to be aligning Nairobi Bottlers and Almasi Beverages’ operations to those of the parent company’s systems and policies following its acquisition from Centum Investment Company a year ago. Through its subsidiary, Coca-Cola Sabco East Africa Limited, CCBA acquired 53.9 percent and 27.6 percent of the stake held by Centum at Almasi and Nairobi Bottlers respectively at a value of $200 million. The company says sales and revenue slid by 50 percent for carbonated soft drinks, juice, energy drinks and fuze tea bags because of the pandemic. Government-imposed lockdowns led to disruptions in production, supply chains, and reduced demand for the products.[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa]
"Coca-Cola now pauses new acquisitions in Kenyan market", Business Daily, October 20, 2020, © Nation Media Group
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Whisps Snacks Extends Line Of Baked, “Real Cheese” Snack Crisps

October 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The new Hot & Spicy flavor of baked cheese crisps from the New York-based company features 100 percent cheddar cheese exclusively made for Whisps. The Hot & Spicy variant, which “provides a cleaner, more delicious version of a flaming hot & spicy chip,” the company said, is available exclusively at Target and Target.com (MSRP $3.99). [Image Credit: © Whisps]
"Whisps Kicks Things Up With Its New Hot & Spicy Cheese Crisps", PR Newswire, October 20, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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U.K.’s Bepps Now Offers Popped Pulse Snacks

October 19, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The London-based company’s new popped snack range, made with chickpeas and black-eyed peas, has debuted at Tesco stores in barbecue and salt & black pepper flavors in a 70-gram sharing bag at an RSP of £1.80 ($2.35). One 22-gram serving contains 86 calories, 2.2 grams of fiber, and three grams of protein. They are made with organic whole rice flour, organic sunflower oil, organic cheese flavoring and organic rice protein.[Image Credit: © BEPPS Snacks]
Abbie Dawson, "Bepps adds Popped range to pea-based snacks lineup", thegrocer.co.uk, October 19, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Danone Adds Management Positions, Begins Review Of Portfolio

October 19, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Determined to stick to its strategic goal of three to five percent profitable growth in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Paris-based food and beverage company is creating two new “macro-regional” chief executive officers, a new chief operating officer, and a new chief financial officer. Véronique Penchienati-Bosetta and Shane Grant were appointed macro-regional chief executive officers of Danone International and Danone North America, respectively. Henri Bruxelles was appointed COO of end-to-end design to delivery, a new position. Cecile Cabanis will retire as executive vice-president of finance, technology and data, cycles, and procurement in February 2021, and will be replaced by Juergen Esser, CFO of Danone’s Waters and Africas divisions. The company will also begin a review of assets where performance is not aligned with the rest of the business. The review will start with the company’s operations in Argentina and the Vega brand. [Image Credit: © Danone S.A.]
Keith Nunes, "Danone making management changes, conducting portfolio review", Food Business News, October 19, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Utz Brands Launches Good Health Organic Snack Brand

October 19, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The new brand from the Hanover, Pa., company, the result of a joint effort with Organic Valley, is launching Baked Cheese Puffs and Baked Cheese Fries. The puffs are available in a Mac & Cheese flavor, while the fries come in Cheddar and Hot & Spicy varieties. Both are made with gluten-free, certified USDA organic ingredients such as corn, sunflower oil, and cheddar cheese from Organic Valley. The new snacks are available in 2.25-oz and 5.5-oz packages for a suggested retail price of $1.89 and $3.99, and six-count variety packs for a suggested retail price of $5.49.[Image Credit: © Utz Quality Foods, LLC]
Anna Wiber, "Utz unveils Good Health Organic cheese fries and puffs", Food Business News, October 19, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Packaging Facelift For Cibo Vita’s Nature’s Garden Snacks

October 16, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

The Totowa, N.J.-based healthy snack company is celebrating its tenth anniversary with new product packaging for its Nature's Garden line. The brand will retain its current color scheme but update the look with a modern logo in a bold typeface that drops the “pastoral feel.” The flagship trail mix product packaging is the first to be updated. Since the makeover, more than 20 new products have been released, including Keto Snack Mix, Omega-3 Deluxe Mix, Probiotic Apricots, and Cranberry Health Mix. The company has also produced an “about us” animated video showcasing the company's origins and “the founders’ commitment to bringing healthier foods to consumers.”[Image Credit: © Nature's Garden]
"Nature’s Garden Kicks Off Its Second Decade of Business with Updated Product Packaging and New Slogan "Powered by Plants"", Specialty Food Association , October 16, 2020, © Specialty Food Association, Inc.
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Kroger Adds 50 New Plant-Based Foods To Simple Truth Portfolio

October 15, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Cincinnati, Ohio-based retail food company has expanded its exclusive Simple Truth Plant Based collection, unveiling more than 50 new plant-based foods, including non-dairy cheeses, cookies, oat milk ice cream and Emerge fresh chicken-less patties and grinds. The collection launched with more than 20 products last September, including a diverse selection of vegan- and flexitarian-friendly snacks, vegan chocolate chip cookie dough, oat milk, sour cream, deli slices, sausage and other products. Since then, the line has added spreads, dips, desserts, burger patties and grinds, and more. By the end of 2020, the collection will have more than 75 products.
"Kroger's Simple Truth Brand Expands Plant-Based Collection", The Shelby Report, October 15, 2020, © The Shelby Report
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Outstanding Foods Introduces Protein-Rich, Plant-Based Meal-In-A-Bag Puffs

October 15, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Santa Monica, Calif.-based plant-based snack maker, known for its “pigless” pork rind snack, says one three-ounce bag of its TakeOut meal-in-a-bag puffs contains 21 grams of protein and 30 percent of the daily value (DV) of the nutrients Iron, calcium, vitamins B6, B12, D, and E. The snack, available online in four flavors, is gluten free, plant based, kosher, vegan, and free of: GMOs, trans-fats, nuts, and soy. 
"Outstanding Foods Launches Takeout Meal-In-A-Bag Puffs", VegWorld Magazine, October 15, 2020, © VegWorld Magazine
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Intakt Snacks To Boost Production Capacity With Advanced Technology

October 15, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Chilean snack producer expects to double its royalty-bearing production capacity of dried keto-friendly cheese snacks with the purchase of a second Radiant Energy Vacuum machine from EnWave Corporation (Delta, Canada). EnWave, whose REV technology precisely dehydrates organic materials, signs royalty-bearing commercial licenses with disruptive companies in multiple verticals in the food and pharma sectors for the use of its technology. It has signed more than 40 licenses so far. Intakt Snacks first signed a royalty-bearing commercial license with EnWave in 2015. Enwave earns a five percent royalty on the revenues generated from REV-dried products. EnWave also owns the NutraDried Food Company, which makes all-natural dairy snack products in the U.S., including the Moon Cheese brand.
Gill Hyslop, "Chilean keto snacks producer set to double output with disruptive dehydration technology", BakeryAndSnacks.com, October 15, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Blue Diamond Growers Refreshes Packaging For Almond Crackers

October 14, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The redesigned packaging for the crispy cracker Nut-Thins from the California cooperative aligns with a new snack almonds campaign, Crave Victoriously, whose goal is to “inspire consumers to embrace their snack cravings.” Nut-Thins, launched in 1997, are made with almonds and rice flour. According to the company, the new look features “dynamic, delicious flavor visuals and bright, breakthrough colors.” Blue Diamond Growers is a cooperative representing more than 3,000 California almond growers.
"Blue Diamond Unveils Bold New Look for Its Nut-Thins Snack Crackers", PR Newswire, October 14, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Innovfood’s Nutrixin Rebrands To Emphasize Its Nutraceutical Character

October 13, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The 2019 Singapore-based immunity product, apple peel essence, was relaunched to strengthen its association to nutraceuticals and downplay it as a fruit juice. In addition, the company rolled out two more functional beverages with cognitive and digestive functions. The company said apple peel essence was unveiled in “an attractive and artistic packaging” that unfortunately “gave the wrong impression to consumers who associated our brand to apple juice.” The product, however, is a nutraceutical containing five times the polyphenol and 100 times more quercetin found in apples. The two new beverages are grape peel essence for metabolic and cognitive functions and orange peel essence for digestive and immunity benefits.
Guan Yu Lim , "Triple ap-peel: Singapore’s Nutrixin expands functional beverage range for cognitive, immunity and digestive health", Food Navigator USA, October 13, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Thai Beverage Plans $32M Expansion

October 14, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Singapore-listed food and beverage company is expanding its food business in the domestic market by spending $32 million to upgrade efficiency and productivity and to introduce the company's food brands to a wider base of customers. The new investment is mostly to open 40-50 new restaurants this year, compared with 29 stores in the previous fiscal year. In addition to new stores, the company plans to develop new digital technology for innovative offerings to improve the customer experience. According to a market researcher, Thailand's overall food business is estimated at $12.5 million in 2020, a rise of 9.7-10.6 percent from 2019. 
Pitsinee Jitpleecheep, "Thai Beverage begins B1bn expansion", Bangkok Post , October 14, 2020, © Bangkok Post Public Company Limited
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Good To Go Launches Savory Nut & Seed Bites

October 13, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Available across Canada this fall in four flavors, the Toronto-based company’s organic, keto-friendly Savory Bites contain an assortment of nuts and “super seeds,” including sunflower, pumpkin, hemp, and chia. Available in Zesty Pecan, Almond & Sea Salt, Herb & Garlic, and Everything flavors, the Bites contain no added sugar, 130-140 calories, 11-12 grams of plant-based fat, and 3-4 grams of net carbs per 25-gram serving. SRP is $6.49 CAD ($4.95).
"Good To Go Launches Savory Nut & Seed Bites Across Canada", Globe Newswire, October 13, 2020, © GlobeNewswire, Inc.
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Utz Brands Names The Sasha Group As Marketing Agency

October 13, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Hanover, Pa.-based salty snack maker wants the agency to “elevate” its marketing efforts and accelerate a shift toward “digital-first, innovative, and disruptive consumer marketing.” New York-based Sasha Group, a full-service agency within the VaynerX family of media companies, is tasked with executing Utz’s new growth model by “delivering numerous consumer-led ideas, shaped by listening, and personalized across a broad spectrum of audience cohorts.” The business was awarded to Sasha following a competitive review. The work will be led by The Sasha Group South based in Chattanooga, Tenn., and is expected to launch in November.
"Utz Brands Appoints the Sasha Group as Agency of Record", Business Wire, October 13, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Pretzel Sales Benefit From Pandemic Shopping Trends, But Also From Healthy Halo

October 13, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Market data from industry researcher IRI confirm the huge impact the coronavirus has had on stay-at-home snacking generally, and surprisingly on pretzels, which trailed some other snack categories in previous years. Heading into 2020, dollar sales of pretzels grew as volumes declined, mainly because of price increases. That trend was altered heading into May 2020, however, with dollar sales growing 20 percent. IRI projects that the category will grow 13 percent in the remainder of the year. After a lot of stockpiling, consumers are no longer facing shortages, and have added pretzels – soft and hard, large and bite-size – into their snacking mix as a more healthful alternative. Opportunities to keep pretzel sales growing beyond the pandemic may lie in that perceived healthier halo, IRI says. 
Nico Roesler, "Consumers have renewed interest in soft and hard pretzels", Supermarket Perimeter, October 13, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Love Good Fats Raises Nearly $11M In Funding Round

October 13, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Canadian maker of low-sugar, keto-certified, non-GMO snacks made with fats from nut butters and coconut oil has secured a $10.7 million investment led by InvestEco Capital Corp. and Export Development Canada to “help accelerate the company's already rapid growth in North America.” The three-year-old firm sees its products as alternatives to the traditional high sugar, high simple carbohydrate snacks. The product line includes dark chocolate-coated and plant-based Truffle bars, White Chocolate Trufflebars, Chewy-Nuttybars, and shakes. Keto-friendly products have 4-5 grams of net carbs and are gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO, contain no artificial preservatives or sugar alcohols. They are available at Walmart, Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Kroger, CVS Pharmacy, and Costco.
"Love Good Fats Fueling Up to Share More Love!", PR Newswire, October 13, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Lori's Potato Chips Finds Winning Recipe For THC-Spiked Snacks

October 12, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
It wasn’t long after recreational cannabis was legalized in Washington State in 2012 that consumers began to look for alternatives to smoking pot. They turned to THC-infused edibles, a trend that proved to be a shot-in-the-arm for companies selling sugar-based items like gummies and hard candy. Seattle-based Craft Elixirs, which began by making pot-infused syrups, introduced a potato chip line in 2018, but it didn’t catch on. A reformulation and re-introduction finally got the brand – Lori’s Potato Chips – on track. The new lineup includes Roasted Garlic Chips fried in THC-infused olive oil and a Sweet Potato Chip seasoned with cinnamon, brown sugar, and sea salt. All are vegan, kosher, and made with organic potatoes. One of the benefits of the chips is that they offer THC newbies the option of micro-dosing. A single $7 bag contains 10 milligrams of THC, with roughly 15 chips per bag. Needless to say, demand for all Craft Elixirs products has increased since the pandemic hit.
Leslie Kelly, "These THC-Infused Edibles Are So Hot Right Now", Forbes Media, October 12, 2020, © Forbes Media LLC
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Soy Sauce Maker Kikkoman Works With Coca-Cola To Create Dashi-Based Beverage

October 11, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola Japan and Kikkoman have partnered to deliver a ready-to-drink dashi-based beverage served in a can. Dashi is a cooking stock used in Japanese dishes like noodles and the savory pancakes known as okonomiyaki. Go: Good Mmm! Delicious Japanese Dashi is basically a canned serving of dashi, whose recipe was developed by Japanese food manufacturer Kikkoman. It contains bonito, kelp, and flying fish extract to deliver an umami-flavored beverage. The drink, which can be enjoyed hot or at room temperature, will be released with a re-release of its predecessors in the Go: Good line: canned corn potage, shrimp bisque, and minestrone soup drinks. 
"Coca-Cola and Kikkoman team up for canned 'dashi' drink", Japan Today, October 11, 2020, © GPlusMedia Inc.
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Reorganization Initiative Touches Coca-Cola India Businesses

October 10, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola’s wide-ranging reorganization initiative recently touched its Coca-Cola India, South West Asia operations, including its Indian bottling arm, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd. Along with a flurry of middle management shuffling, the company appointed Neeraj Garg, president of the West Africa Business Unit, as the CEO of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB), replacing Christina Ruggiero as of January 1.  Ruggiero was appointed president of Central Operations, North America Operating Unit. 
Meenakshi Verma Ambwani, "Neeraj Garg appointed new CEO of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages", The Hindu Business Line, October 10, 2020, © THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD.
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Wasatch Product Development Expands Packaging Line To Include Peanut Processing

October 9, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Draper, Utah-based contract manufacturer of packaging solutions for various industries says the new capabilities include peanut processing for tear-top and spouted-pouch flexible packaging. The capability enables the company to meet the growing market need for healthy fat, healthy protein formulations using peanuts, almonds, and other tree nuts. The company says it has seen rapidly increasing demand from customers and their retail partners such as Amazon, Walmart, Costco, and Sam's Club for nut butters and formulations with nut-based ingredients.
"Wasatch Launches Peanut Processing Capability in Flexible Packaging", PR Web, October 09, 2020, © Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
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U.K. Start-Up Small Giants Unveils Snack Crackers Made With Cricket Flour

October 9, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The London-based snack maker says its bite-sized savory crackers made with cricket flour are on a mission: to promote insects as a sustainable source of protein. The crackers are made with 15 percent cricket flour, which delivers an umami flavor, high protein content, and immune-supporting vitamin B12. Each 40-gram pack of crackers contains nine grams of protein, five grams of fat, are “a source of fiber,” and contain no added sugar. The oven-baked crackers are available in tomato and oregano, turmeric and smoked paprika, and rosemary and thyme flavors. The brand launched in the U.K. under a different name a year ago after raising £150,000 ($195,200) in investment, then recently rebranded. Small Giants will be distributed by Tree of Life in the U.K. distribution and are available direct on its website and on Amazon for an RRP of £1.50 ($1.95).
Emma Upshall , "Small Giants debuts trio of insect-based crackers in U.K.", Foodbev Media , October 09, 2020, © Foodbev Media Ltd
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Traditional Indian Sweets Are Reincarnated As Healthful Snack Balls

October 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The traditional spherical Indian sweet known as laddu, often a blend of sesame seeds and dried fruits, has been rejuvenated in the country as snacks and marketed as energy balls, nutri balls, bliss balls, and protein balls. Offered by many chefs and eateries, the new versions can take the form of wheat balls and coconut balls with amaranth seeds. Others are made with different kinds of cereals or millets and contain a mixture of dried berries and nuts. Still others, like peanut jaggery (sugar) balls and sesame jaggery balls, contain seeds like flax, amaranth, sunflower, watermelon, and pumpkin. Versions rich in protein are catching on among workout enthusiasts at gyms.
Harikumar J S, "How snack balls have become trendy alternatives to junk food to munch on", The Hindu, October 08, 2020, © THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD.
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ZENB Introduces Plant-Based Savory Snack With Fruit, Nuts, Spices

October 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The British snack maker with an office in Chicago says its ZENB bites, containing a blend of fruits, nuts and spices are available in carrot, pumpkin, beetroot, red pepper, and sweet potato flavors. Key benefits of the snacks, according to the company, include resealable packages, organic ingredients, vegan-friendly, gluten-free, a source of fiber, and free of artificial flavors and preservatives. The name of the company was Inspired by the concept of “zenbu,” a Japanese phrase for whole. The company uses as much of the whole vegetable as possible, including parts often thrown away such as the seeds, stem, skin and peel, helping to raise awareness of food waste. Prices start from £3.00 ($3.90) RRP per pouch and are available in packs of five or 15 individual or mixed-flavor pouches. Subscriptions are available for different pack sizes and discounts.
"There’s a new veg-based snack on the scene this Autumn and here’s everything you need to know…", Food & Living Vegan, October 08, 2020, © Sainsbury’s
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Unique Pretzel Bakery Rebrands As Unique Snacks

October 6, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Reading, Pa.-based family business found that the pandemic had been something of a boon for its sales, as demand for snacks increased tremendously. In response, the company used the uncertainty created in the marketplace to develop a strategic ecommerce plan and initiate a rebranding campaign ahead of the company’s 100th anniversary in February 2021. The company says the rebranding will involve growing the core pretzel business while expanding into healthy snacks. Unique Snacks’ products have fewer ingredients, including Splits, Shells and Sourdough Craft Beer Pretzel Rings, which are all verified Non-GMO. The Sprouted Splits and Sprouted Shells are certified USDA organic, making all snacks compatible with a variety of diets, including vegan, kosher, and low cholesterol. Since March, the company has tripled website sales and experienced a 575 percent increase in purchases through Amazon. 
"Unique Pretzel Bakery, Inc. Rebrands as Unique Snacks with New Packaging", Business Wire , October 06, 2020, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Laird Superfood Enters Snack Market With Pili Nuts

October 6, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The new snack from the Sisters, Ore.-based marketer of coffee and creamers is available in Himalayan sea salt, matcha, and cacao flavors. Grown on trees in the Philippines, pili nuts are naturally high in fat – 18 grams per serving in the case of the snack – and are a good source of magnesium and vitamin E. Laird Superfood's Pili Nuts are available at the company’s website and at select retailers for $14.95 per 8 oz bag. Laird is known for its coffee creamers, hydration products, beverage enhancing supplements, roasted and instant coffees, teas and hot chocolate.
"Laird Superfood Expands its Plant-Based Product Platform into the Snack Foods Category with the Introduction of Nutrient-Dense Pili Nuts", PR Newswire, October 06, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC.
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