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Bel Brands Launches Babybel Functional Cheese Snacks

January 6, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Chicago-based dairy foods company has introduced a new range of functional dairy snacks in two varieties, Babybel Plus+ Probiotic and Babybel Plus+ Vitamins, both in the familiar red wax packaging. Babybel Plus+ Probiotic contains billions of live and active cultures of the LGG probiotics strain. Babybel Plus+ Vitamins provides vitamins A and B12, which are known to support eye health and metabolism, respectively. Available in six-count packages, Babybel Plus+ Probiotic and Babybel Plus+ Vitamins will be sold at retailers nationwide starting February 2021 for a suggested retail price of $4.49.
"Babybel Launches the First Range of Functional Snacks in the Category, Babybel Plus+", PR Newswire, January 06, 2021, © Cision US Inc
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Earnest Eats Launches Avocado-Based Snack Line

January 5, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Solana Beach, Calif.-based snack and breakfast food company has launched a line of Snacking Avocados, a light and crispy clean-ingredient snack made with slices of real avocado that are freeze-dried and seasoned with sea salt and spices. Available in Sea Salt, Sea Salt Lime, and Roasted Chipotle flavors, the snacks are vegan, keto, gluten-free, non-GMO, high-fiber, and sugar free. Each bag contains one 160-170 calorie serving, featuring 15 grams of healthy fats, two grams of net carbs, seven grams of fiber, and no added sugar or preservatives. The snacks are available at certain stores in California and online for $3.49 per unit (.6 oz) or $27.99 per eight-count multi-pack. 
"Earnest Eats Puts the Keto in Clean Snacking with New Snacking Avocado Line", Business Wire, January 05, 2021, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Mondelez International Finalizes Acquisition Of Healthy Snacks Company Hu

January 5, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Chicago-based snacks company has acquired the remaining interest in Hu Master Holdings, an Albany, N.Y. healthy snack and paleo chocolate maker. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Mondelez said the deal comes after a 2019 minority investment granted it a right of first offer to acquire the company. Hu markets vegan and paleo-friendly chocolate bars and grain-free crackers and has become, according to Mondelez, "one of the fastest-growing confectionery brands" sold in the natural retail channel in the U.S. The company, which has just started building the distribution of its products into more mainstream outlets, now stands a solid chance of carving out a foothold in the competitive U.S. grocery market with the help of Mondelez.
Dean Best, "Mondelez's M&A strategists continue health kick", just-food global news, January 05, 2021, © just-food.com
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Lil Bucks Hopes To Raise Big Bucks To Keep Snack Business Growing

January 5, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Chicago-based granola alternative startup has launched a crowdfunding initiative to supplement money raised from founder Emily Griffith’s friends and family. The company sells bagged sprouted buckwheat crunch and adaptogenic buckwheat clusters that are gluten-free, non-GMO and have five grams of fiber per serving. The products come in several flavors, like matcha and cacao, and are designed to be incorporated into breakfasts and snacks. Griffith has raised $265,000 from friends and family to fund Lil Bucks, and recently launched a Republic crowdfunding campaign that has raised more than $14,000 of a $25,000 goal. Griffith also said she plans to raise traditional venture capital funding in the future. "We're trying to take a path that gets us to $1 million in revenue in the fastest and most efficient way possible," Griffith said. Lil Bucks products are available online and at more than 160 stores nationwide, including Whole Foods Market, Foxtrot, and Erewhon.
Katherine Davis, "Food startup Lil Bucks is making granola alternatives from 'superfood' buckwheat", Chicago Business Journal (Chicago, IL), January 05, 2021, © American City Business Journals
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Mindful Snacker Launches With New Cooking Technology

January 5, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The British company says it will announce a ground-breaking new cooking process next month that makes a potato crisp with significantly lower fat and salt-content. According to the female entrepreneurial team behind the company, the product will offer the convenience sector, independent grocery stores and delis, health/wellness outlets, and coffee chains “a portfolio solution for the health-conscious consumer.” Backed by London-based venture specialist Pilot Lite, the start-up has enough financial security to plan on larger-scale in-store marketing and POS support for retailers to ramp up sales. Other better-for-you product launches are planned for 2021 across a range of categories.  
Sam Danley, "Mindful Snacker launches in the U.K.", Food Business News, January 05, 2021, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Food Ingredients Company Forecasts Big Role For Chickpeas In The New Year

January 5, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The U.K.’s EHL Ingredients says 2020 was a year of considerable growth for the chickpea. And, thanks to its versatility and nutritional value, the chickpea is likely to be even more popular in 2021. Chickpeas are the main ingredient in hummus and falafel, so they are already popular among vegans and vegetarians. But they are also being widely consumed dried, puffed or roasted as a snack, or coated in flavor. The company says it is also starting to see high-protein chickpea-based versions of classic foods such as pasta, rice and ice cream hitting store shelves.
Alan Brown, "2021 Top Food Trends from EHL Ingredients", About Manchester, January 05, 2021, © Made in Manchester
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Weetabix Launches Brand Building Ad Campaign

January 4, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The top U.K. breakfast cereal company’s £2 million ($2.7 million) campaign will run across TV, video on demand, and online and social media platforms through January and February. Retailer-specific activity includes online advertising via Criteo and “Pay Per Click” investment to make sure health-conscious consumers are aware of the nutritional benefits of Weetabix. At least 30 percent of Weetabix sales are now made online. To support the above-the-line ad campaign, instore and online retail will highlight Weetabix Original and Oatibix nutrition, including 100 percent whole grain, fiber content, and added vitamins and minerals.
Fiona Briggs , "Weetabix to rally nation for a better 2021 in major new campaign", Retail Times, January 04, 2021, © RetailTimes.co.uk
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Plant-Based Foods Will See Continued Growth In The U.K. In 2021

January 4, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Among the challenges and opportunities facing British food manufacturers in 2021 – Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, the environment, robotic automation – there is the continued surge of plant-based foods, according to industry observers. A report by consultancy Deloitte, for example, says U.K. consumers account for nearly 40 percent of the European meat substitute market, a phenomenon that has spurred innovation among brand owners within the food and beverage market. The pandemic lockdowns also played a role, accelerating adoption of a part-time approach to veganism. Meat-free and plant-based foods are set to continue their popularity during 2021: look for vegan versions of sausage rolls, pastries, pies, croissants, flapjacks, nutrition bars, seeded and nut snacks, biscuits and cookies, cakes, brownies, quiches, pies, crackers, and bread.
Jerome Smail, "Food industry trends for 2021", FoodManufacture.co.uk, January 04, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Popcorn Subscription Provider Wins Best-In-Class Award

December 30, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
TopConsumerReviews.com (Overland Park, Kan.) recently awarded its best-in-class five-star rating to Amazing Clubs, a provider of online Popcorn Club subscriptions. The monthly subscription boxes are delivered to the home or office, both in traditional versions like caramel corn and cheddar and in some novel ones not often found in stores. Subscriptions range from monthly to quarterly to annual. The  Popcorn Club comes with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.  Amazing Clubs offers more than three dozen clubs ranging from bacon to wine. 
"Popcorn Club Savors a Best-in-Class Award from Top Consumer Reviews", PR Web, December 30, 2020, © Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
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Seven Sundays Unveils Grain Free Sunflower Cereal

December 30, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Minneapolis-based food company has launched Grain Free Sunflower Cereal in three flavors: Real Cinnamon, Real Cocoa, and Real Berry, made with sustainable sunflower protein derived from a by-product of the sunflower oil pressing process. Seven Sundays upcycles the protein and fiber rich by-product into a quality food-grade flour.  Originally sold at a local farmers market, Seven Sundays’ products are now available in more than 5,000 grocery stores nationwide, including Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Kroger, Safeway, and select Costco club stores. 
"Seven Sundays Launches Grain Free Sunflower Cereal", Nosh.com, December 30, 2020, © BevNET.com, Inc.
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McCormick & Company Acquires Flavorings Company

December 30, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Baltimore, Md.-based food and spice company has acquired flavor maker Fona International for $710 million. Founded more than three decades ago, Fona posted around $114 million in annual sales last year and is expected to grow at a mid-to-high-single-digit rate under McCormick's umbrella. The company makes clean and natural flavors for use in bakery, cereal, dairy, desserts, chocolate, and other product lines. McCormick says it will finance the transaction through cash and commercial paper. 
Jayson Derrick, "McCormick Announces Second Major Acquisition Of 2020: What Investors Need To Know", Benzinga, December 30, 2020, © Benzinga.com
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The Year Of Sustainability Innovations In Packaging

December 29, 2020: 12:00 AM EST


2020 saw many sustainability-friendly innovations in the field of packaging. These include Frugalpac’s Frugal Bottle, a paper-based bottle made from 94% recycled paperboard with a food-grade plastic liner to hold the liquid. Another is Diageo’s 100% plastic-free paper-based spirits bottle developed by Pulpex, a sustainable packaging technology company. Kellogg announced a new can made from recycled paper, developed in partnership with retailer Tesco, for its Pringles brand of chips.[Image Credit: © Frugalpac Limited]
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Pretzel Pete Adds Seasoned Pieces To Lineup

December 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Hatboro, Pa.-based snack manufacturer has launched Seasoned Pretzel Pieces to its lineup of gourmet pretzel snacks. The pieces, made with soft red winter wheat flour, are available in three flavors: Smokey bacon and cheddar (buttermilk, onion powder, garlic powder, natural smoke flavor, and natural cheddar), Buffalo blue (hot sauce, cayenne pepper, garlic, vinegar, paprika, annatto, turmeric, and blue cheese), and cinnamon brown sugar (brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, sugar, molasses, and vanilla extract). A 1/3-cup serving contains 150 calories, two grams of protein, eight grams of fat, and from zero to as much as four grams of sugar. All Pretzel Pete snacks are made from local, non-GMO ingredients and are free from artificial flavors, colors, flavor enhancers, peanuts, nuts, and sesame. Seasoned Pretzel Pieces come in multipacks that include four 10.5-oz packages for a suggested retail price of $19.50 per package. 
Taryn Parker, "Pretzel Pete launches Seasoned Pretzel Pieces", Food Business News, December 28, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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U.K. Government Proposes Restrictions on Retail Sales Of Junk Snacks

December 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Thanks to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s COVID-induced pledge this year to reduce levels of excess weight and obesity, supermarkets in England will be barred starting in April 2022 from displaying unhealthy food and drinks at checkouts or using them in buy one, get one free offers. The proposed government check-out restrictions, praised by health advocates as a “bold first step,” will also apply to other sales-boosting locations such as the entrances to stores or at the end of aisles. Similar rules will apply to websites, banning sales links to unhealthy foods on places such as homepages, or at checkout or payment pages. Restaurants will no longer be able to offer free refills of sugary drinks. Sixty-three percent of British adults are classified as overweight or living with obesity; a third of children leave primary school overweight or obese.
Pete Walker, "Unhealthy snacks to be banned from checkouts at supermarkets in England", The Guardian (London), December 28, 2020, © Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies
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India’s Tapas Foods Hopes To Internationalize Healthy Snacks

December 25, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The ambitious mission of the Udupi-based start-up is to make available its superfood snacks – makhana, also known as foxnuts or lotus seeds – globally. Makhana, which comes from a plant called euryale fox that grows in stagnant water, is said to be low in cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fats, and a good source of magnesium, potassium, manganese, phosphorous. and protein. Tapas Foods offers two brands of makhana snacks – Tapas and Nummy – in plain and roasted varieties, and as ready-to-eat makhanas in cheesy, spicy, and tangy flavors, in small, medium, and large packs, among others. A three-pack (225 grams) is priced at Rs 369 ($5.04) on Amazon.
Sindhu Kashyaap, "This Udupi-based healthy snack brand wants to make natural superfoods like makhana available worldwide", Yourstory.in, December 25, 2020, © YourStory Media Pvt. Ltd.
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India’s Slurrp Farm Raises $2M To Fund Further Growth

December 24, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The four-year-old healthy cereal and snack maker (Gurugram, Haryana) has raised $2 million from multi-stage venture fund Fireside Ventures, in its Series A funding round. The company in June 2018 raised $1 million in a pre-Series A round from various Indian investors. The company says the funds will be used for product innovation, marketing, and increasing inventory to meet ”increasing demand,"  It will also look to strengthen its team and fortify its direct-to-consumer channel. Slurrp Farm’s annual recurring revenue (ARR) grew 300 percent during the last six months and the company is “looking to grow at the same rate to an ARR of $5-$6 million in the next 12 months."  The Slurrp Farm portfolio of 25 products includes porridges and cereals, puffed snacks for children, millet pancakes, millet dosa, and cake mixes, available in India, UAE, and Singapore.
Sneha Shah, "Slurrp Farm lands $2 million Series A funding from Fireside Ventures", The Economic Times, December 24, 2020, © Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.
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British Snack Maker Sold To Irish Food Company

December 24, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Ireland’s Valeo Foods Group, owner of the Kettle chips, Jacob's biscuits, and Rowse honey brands, has acquired the Gateshead, U.K.-based snack manufacturer It’s All Good, which employs 265 people. The company, which makes pita chips and tortilla snacks, was backed by Newcastle private equity group NVM. The deal, which takes Valeo's annual sales above the €1 billion ($1.2 billion) mark, will see It’s All Good’s workers transfer to Valeo's snacking business. Since its founding in 2010, Valeo Foods has expanded rapidly, now selling food in more than 100 countries. The deal marks the exit of NVM, which backed former Union Snacks managing director Calum Ryder, who launched It’s All Good with two partners. 
Graeme Whitfield, "Snacks firm bought out by food giant Valeo", Business Live (U.K.), December 24, 2020, © a Reach plc subsidiary
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Coke’s European Bottlers Expect Major Changes Now That COVID-19 Vaccine Is Rolling Out

December 24, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The general manager of Uxbridge, England-based Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) says the first half of 2021 will look pretty much the same as the second half of 2020: lockdowns and purchase of larger beverage packages. But Stephen Burgess expects that as the company moves further into 2021, and the COVID vaccines become more readily available, people will feel more confident about leaving the house, and sales of on-the-go packs will increase. “I am convinced those opportunities will come back,” Burgess added. For the first half of 2021 he suggested that the brand should ensure take-home packs are as affordable as possible. In fact, prices on 500 ml packs have already started to drop.
Waqas Qureshi , "Coca-Cola bottler forecasts a ‘year of two halves’ as vaccine is rolled out", Packaging News, December 24, 2020, © Metropolis International Group
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Chickpeas Predicted To Star In Snacks, Other Foods In 2021

December 23, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
EHL Ingredients foresees chickpeas playing a starring role in snack and other manufacturing in the coming year, as meat-free and plant-based foods continue their foray into the mainstream. Chickpeas are gaining traction because of their versatility and nutritional value, The main ingredient in hummus and falafel, popular with vegans and vegetarians, chickpeas are also being widely consumed dried, puffed, or roasted as a snack, or coated in flavor. High-protein chickpeas are also being incorporated into pasta, rice, salads, Middle Eastern stews or tagines, curries, Italian soups, and as a meat replacement in meat-free burgers, fritters, and fajitas. Other key food trends for 2021, according to EHL, include mindful eating and wellness trends such as allergen awareness and organic foods. 
Fiona Briggs, "EHL Ingredients tips 2021 top food trends", Retail Times, December 23, 2020, © RetailTimes.co.uk
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Canadian Company Announces New Amazon Strategy For Holy Crap Cereal

December 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Toronto-based Plant & Co. announced it is making a strategic shift from Amazon's Vendor to Seller Central to grow existing Holy Crap cereal sales in Canada and position the product for expansion to the health and wellness market in the U.S. According to the company, Amazon's Seller Central will give it greater control over online product sales. Holy Crap cereal sales increased more than 120 percent in the second half of 2020 over the same period in 2019. Holy Crap contains certified organic, non-GMO, kosher, and gluten free ingredients, including hemp seed, buckwheat, chia seeds, and gluten-free oats. 
"Plant & Co. Brands Announces Holy Crap Cereal Brands' 2021 Amazon Sales Strategy", MarketWatch, December 22, 2020, © MarketWatch, Inc.
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Snack Companies Experiment With Carbon-Neutral Products

December 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Snack companies young and old are trying to keep up with the conscious consumerism trend by introducing carbon neutral – or “climate-positive” – snacks. Among the bigger food players offering the innovation is PepsiCo and its Walkers Chip line in the U.K. The company has partnered with British clean tech firm CCm Technologies (Oxford) , which is using carbon-capture technology to help  Walkers turn its leftover potato peelings into new low-carbon fertilizer. Walkers is installing CCm’s equipment at its Leicester-based factory in 2021 to reduce carbon emissions by as much as 70 percent in its crisps line. Other companies dabbling in carbon-neutral technology include Mondelez and its recently-launched NoCOé crackers brand, Planet FWD and its Moonshot Snacks, and start-up Impact Snacks.
Sally Ho, "Carbon-Neutral Snacks Are Coming To A Supermarket Shelf Near You – The Rise Of Climate Positive Food", Green Queen, December 21, 2020, © Ekowarehouse Limited
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U.K.’s Cheeky P’s Unveils Rebranded Crunchy Chickpea Snacks

December 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The London-based snack company has rebranded its range of flavored crunchy chickpeas with “brazen and colorful packaging” to reflect a “playful style” and bold taste credentials. The Kickin’ Curry flavor will roll out alongside the brand’s latest addition to the range, Lip-smackin’ Cheese, in Sainsbury’s Taste of the Future trial bay in selected stores and online. Each of the flavors, which are fiber- and protein-rich, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly, are available in 40-gram bags at an RRP of £1 ($1.36).
Fiona Briggs, "New look Cheeky P’s secures major listing in Sainsbury’s", Retail Times, December 21, 2020, © RetailTimes.co.uk
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18-Count Packages Of Keto Nut Mixes Available At Sam’s Club

December 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Walmart-owned membership warehouse chain Sam's Club (Bentonville, Ark.) is now selling bags of keto snacks in 18-count packages. The snacks include sweet and savory nut mixes containing about two grams of net carbs, one gram of sugar and seven grams of protein in two flavors: Probiotic Keto Snack Mix (almonds, pepitas, walnuts, cheese balls, macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts) and the Probiotic Choconut Keto Mix (almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, roasted coconut chips, and dark chocolate). The packages are priced at $12.98 each.
Alexis Morillo, "Sam’s Club Now Sells Individually Packaged Keto-Friendly Snacks", Yahoo! Life, December 20, 2020, © Verizon Media
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RW Garcia Extends Line Of BFY Crackers

December 19, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The family-owned San Jose, Calif.-based BFY snack maker’s new organic crackers come in two varieties: Organic Everything and Organic Kale. The kale version is made with stone-ground white corn, kale, flaxseed, chia seed, and black sesame seed. The Everything version is made with stone-ground corn, poppy and sesame seeds, onion, garlic, and sea salt.  Both are Non-GMO Project verified, certified gluten-free, cholesterol-free, kosher, and contain no trans fats. The company also offers Sweet Beet, Sweet Potato, and Lentil with Turmeric variants.
Anne Allen, "RW Garcia Launches New Products", delimarketnews.com, December 19, 2020, © delimarketnews.com
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Nature’s Fynd Invests In Commercialization Of Foods, Beverages Containing Fy

December 19, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Chicago-based a food technology company, formerly known as Sustainable Bioproducts, has big plans for its fungi protein called Fy, made by fermenting the fusarium strain flavolapis. According to the company, Fy contains all nine essential amino acids, and is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Nature’s Fynd plans to commercialize food and beverage products that contain Fy across the breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack occasions. Fy has been shown to work in meat alternatives and dairy alternatives. To realize its commercialization plans, the company recently hired four executives with more than 60 years of combined experience working for food and ingredient companies, including Baljit Singh Ghotra as senior vice president of food innovation. He previously was vice president of food research at Archer Daniels Midland Co. 
Jeff Gelski, "Fungi protein company adds four to executive team", Baking Business, December 19, 2020, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Freedom Foods To Sell Health Cereal, Snacks Businesses To Arnott’s

December 18, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The beleaguered Australian food company, which recently stunned investors when it revealed it had a nearly A$600 million hole in its accounts, is selling off its health cereal and snacks business to Arnott's, a company that was carved from the Campbell Soup Company last year in a A$3.2 billion deal led by private equity firm KKR. Freedom Foods, which is facing a shareholder class action as it tries to raise capital, will also change its name to distance itself from a recent trading and financial mess that has seen its chief executive and chief financial officer quit in quick succession after hundreds of millions of dollars of impairments drenched the accounts in red ink. The sale includes various cereal and snacks manufacturing facilities in New South Wales and Victoria, as well as the Freedom Foods, Messy Monkeys, Heritage Mill, and Arnold's Farm brands. It does not include the Crankt Protein brand.
Gill Hyslop, "Arnott's bites into Freedom Foods", BakeryandSnacks.com, December 18, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Ferrero Group Acquires Eat Natural Snacks Company

December 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Luxembourg-based confectionery company has agreed to acquire the British maker of cereal bars, fruit and nut bars, toasted muesli, and granola for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition is said to be part of a strategy to expand its footprint in the healthier snacking space to maintain its value among consumers who are increasingly focused on their health and what they consume. According to Bloomberg, the global healthy snacks sector – which has experienced a surge in sales recently, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic – is expected to surpass $33 billion in value by 2025. Ferrero plans to build on Eat Natural’s (Epping, U.K.) strong brand authenticity, while pushing its expansion into new markets and category segments.
Anthony Myers, "Ferrero adds Eat Natural snacks to burgeoning better-for-you portfolio", Confectionery News, December 17, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Coca-Cola Lays Off 17 Percent Of Global Workforce

December 18, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The company said it is laying off 2,200 workers – half of which are in the U.S. – as part of a larger restructuring aimed at paring down its business units and brands. As of the end of 2019, Coke employed 86,200 people worldwide. The restructuring process was accelerated by the pandemic, causing sales at places like stadiums and movie theaters to dry up due to lockdowns. Revenue fell nine percent to $8.7 billion in the July-September 2020 period. The company is also reducing its brands by half to 200. The layoffs won’t impact Coke’s mostly independent bottlers.
Dee-Ann Durbin, "Coca-Cola laying off 2,200 workers as it pares brands", Associated Press , December 18, 2020, © The Associated Press
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Nature's Path Installs UV Light Sanitation Technology To Protect Three Factories

December 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Canadian organic breakfast and snack food company says it is the first food manufacturer to install a state-of-the art sanitization technology in its North American production facilities. Far-UVC 222nm light technology, developed by Healthe, Inc. (Melbourne, Fla.) will increase the protections for employees against the spread of harmful airborne pathogens in its Delta, British Columbia, plant as well as facilities in Blaine, Wash., and in Sussex, Wis. Healthe AIR combines the germicidal properties of ultraviolet light and carbon activated filtration to improve air quality in indoor spaces. A fan draws air through a HEPA/carbon filter and into a sanitization chamber where UVC LEDs target and inactivate remaining pathogens. 
"Nature's Path Becomes the First Food Manufacturing Company to Install Far-UVC Light Technology in its North American Facilities", GlobeNewswire, December 17, 2020, © GlobeNewswire, Inc.
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Egg Innovations Acquires Hard-Cooked Egg Snack Company Peckish

December 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Warsaw, Ind.-based free-range eggs producer announced it will acquire the hard-cooked egg snack brand Peckish, which recently returned to Whole Foods Market nationwide with redesigned packaging. Peckish is the third incubated concept from growth equity firm Sonoma Brands, which will team up with Egg Innovations to support its new Blue Sky Family Farms brand. Several egg brands (Eggland’s Best, Wilcox Organic, Organic Valley, Crystal Farms, and Vital Farms) have launched ready-to eat hard boiled eggs in recent years. But Peckish is the first to pair eggs with culinary inspired dips (Salt & Pepitas, Everything, Ranch, Fried Rice, Rancheros), and features a slightly softer boiled texture, while retaining food safety, according to the company.
Elaine Watson, "Egg Innovations acquires Peckish snack brand", Food Navigator USA, December 17, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Although Sagging Now, Sales Of Healthy Snacks In The U.K. Will Pick Up

December 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Sales of premium, including healthy, snacks in the U.K. took a hit this year as “well-established brands with relatively low price points” flourished. Premium and better-for-you brands struggled in 2020 because of high price points and a distribution drop, according to industry observers. As an example of the former, Kettle Chips fell 1.5 percent in value as volumes plateaued. An example of the latter is Pom-Bear, down 10.5 percent in value. Pom-Bear not only falls into the better-for-you category, it also suffered from a decrease in promotions. But the experts are confident in the future of Pom-Bear, which will benefit from a “growth in healthier snacking and sharing” next year. Other BFY snack brands in the U.K. that stand to benefit from a shift in wind direction include Walkers Oven Baked, Snack a Jacks, Sunbites and Off The Eaten Path.
George Nott, "Bagged snacks: Top Products 2020", thegrocer.co.uk, December 17, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Nestlé’s Functional Powdered Milk Product For Adults Approved In China

December 16, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The company claims the product, introduced under the Yiyang Active brand, has been clinically proven to enhance mobility during aging by supporting bone health, muscle strength, and joint functionality. The move from the Swiss food giant comes as global consumers are increasingly concerned about healthy aging. The powdered beverage is the first Nestlé product with functional food approval in China. It was developed by Nestlé R&D and clinically tested in a collaboration between Nestlé and the Peking University Third Hospital.
Elizabeth Green, "Healthy aging in China: Nestlé unveils functional milk beverage supporting mobility", Food Ingredients First, December 16, 2020, © CNS Media
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Bio & Me Extends Line Of Porridges, Mueslis

December 16, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Chester, U.K.-based gut-friendly granola brand has unveiled four new products – two porridges and two mueslis – set to roll out in 2021. The new additions provide a “diverse range of plant-based ingredients,” such as nuts, seeds, and grains on top of fruits and vegetables. The four products – Apple & Cinnamon Porridge, Super Seedy & Nutty Porridge, Fruit & Nut Muesli and Super Seedy & Nutty Muesli – will launch at Booths and Planet Organic in January, priced at £3.75 ($5.09) for the porridge and £3.99 ($5.42) for the muesli (both 450 grams). Both new ranges will feature the European Food Safety approved Good for the Gut health claim, in line with its granola products.
Abbie Dawson, "Bio & Me adds porridges and mueslis to gut-friendly lineup", thegrocer.co.uk, December 16, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Hormel Foods Introduces Plant-Based Protein Puffs Snack

December 15, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Happy Little Plants protein puffs from the Austin, Minn.-based company provide 16 grams of plant-based protein per serving, contain no preservatives, are gluten-free and come in three varieties: ranch, nacho cheese, and cinnamon & sugar. They are available on Amazon in a variety pack (12 1.25-ounce bags) for $28.77. Hormel introduced the Happy Little Plants brand in 2019.
"The Maker of the Happy Little Plants Brand Launch New Plant-Based Protein Puffs", PR Newswire, December 15, 2020, © Cision US Inc
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New Dried Fruit And Nut Snack Mix, Cranberry Seeds, From Ocean Spray Cranberries

December 15, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Mass,-based cranberry farmer cooperative’s Craveology Fruit and Nut Snack Mix will be available in three variations – Spicy Coconut Curry, Vanilla Chai and Tuscan Herb – that blend spices and seasonings with walnuts, pecans, roasted peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, roasted almonds, and cranberries. Each serving delivers 3-6 grams of protein with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. The cooperative also launched Ocean Spray Cranberry Seeds, a snack made from an upcycled ingredient rich in fiber (1.6 times the amount found in chia and flax seeds), a good source of zinc, magnesium, and omega 3 fatty acids. In addition, naturally red in color, non-GMO, allergen free, and have no additives or preservatives.  
"Ocean Spray Launches Craveology Fruit and Nut Snack Mix, Featuring Simple Ingredients and Plant Protein", PR Newswire, December 15, 2020, © Cision US Inc
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Healthy Snack From Mark's Mindful Munchies Features Ancient Grains

December 14, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Boston-based snack company, developer of Stacy’s Pita Chips, has launched Pop Bitties crunchy, air-popped chips made from 100 percent whole grain sorghum, brown rice, quinoa, and chia. Available in Pink Himalayan Salt, Maple & Sea Salt, Hickory BBQ, and Vegan Sour Cream & Onion flavors, the chips are Non-GMO Project Verified, certified gluten-free, vegan, corn-free, and tree nut and peanut-free. A serving contains 120 calories without trans fats or artificial ingredients. Pop Bitties are available in 4.5-oz ($3.69) and 1-oz. ($1.49) bags both online and at grocery stores in the U.S. 
"New Ancient Grains-Based Pop Bitties Offers Earth-Friendly, Plant-Based Snacking", PR Newswire, December 14, 2020, © Cision US Inc
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U.K.’s Fairfields Farm Introduces Meat-Flavored Potato Chips

December 12, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The company’s Rib of Beef Crisps are made from potatoes harvested on the farm only meters from the chip factory. Calling the chips a “taste of a delicious roast dinners in a bag,” the arftisan potato chips are priced at 80p ($1.08) a bag and are available at the East of England Co-op and online from www.fairfieldsfarmcrisps.co.uk. Fairfields Farm's other vegan flavors include Bacon & Tomato, Lightly Sea Salted, Sweet Chilli and Sea Salt & Aspall Cyder Vinegar.
Sarah Chambers, "Essex crisp manufacturer launches new beef flavor (and it is vegan)", East Anglian Daily Times, December 12, 2020, © Archant Community Media Ltd
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Cereal Companies Try Positioning Breakfast Fare As Anytime Snacks

December 11, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
To combat shrinking breakfast cereal sales, companies like General Mills and Kellogg have been working to reposition product portfolios as on-the-go snacks. General Mills, for example, has partnered with Hershey to launch five new cereals and Kellogg launched big format cereals as it steadily works to convert its breakfast brands into snacks. Gaining traction in the market are out-of-the-box flavors and indulgent choices, according to Food Dive, and the indulgence trend is enduring as the pandemic strengthens consumption of sweet snacks. Cereal makers have indulgence-type snackers in their sights as a primary market. With 30 percent of cereal already eaten outside of breakfast, Kellogg and General Mills are targeting Millennials looking to relive their childhood with new sweet varieties of cereals or snacks remembered from years past
Jessi Devenyns, "New launches highlight cereal's use as a snack", Food Dive, December 11, 2020, © Industry Dive
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Coca-Cola Philippines Names New Country Chief

December 11, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Taguig-based beverage company has named Antonio “Tony” V. Del Rosario, Jr. the country president starting in January.  The first Filipino to lead the Philippine operations in almost three decades, he will also serve as vice president of franchise operations for Coca-Cola East Region, representing the Philippines, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Del Rosario is a 20-year veteran of Coca-Cola in the country, having served as general manager positions in Coca-Cola across Southeast Asian markets since 2008.
Jenina P. Ibañez , "Coca-Cola Philippines appoints new country president", Business World Online, December 11, 2020, © BusinessWorld Publishing
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Planet FWD Garners Additional Funding, Unveils “Climate-Friendly” Crackers

December 10, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The San Francisco-based food startup founded by Zume co-founder Julia Collins has unveiled its first product, the “climate-friendly” crackers called Moonshot Snacks. The crackers are carbon neutral, organic, kosher, plant-based, non-GMO, and contain no added sugar. Available in sourdough sea salt, rosemary garlic, and tomato basil, a box costs $5.99. The company also announced an additional $2.5 million in funding led by Emerson Collective, Concrete Rose, MCJ Collective, and Arlan Hamilton, as well as existing investors, including BBG Ventures, January Ventures and Kapor Capital, among others. The company raised $2.7 million earlier this year. Collins says she hopes her success in climate-friendly foods will would encourage more farmers to implement regenerative agriculture practices.
Megan Rose Dickey, "With another $2.5 million in funding, Julia Collins’ Planet FWD launches climate-friendly snack brand", Tech Crunch, December 10, 2020, © Verizon Media
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Coca-Cola European Partners Speeds Up Decarbonization Program

December 10, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The British multinational Coke bottler says it is accelerating the decarbonization of its business by reducing absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent from 2019 levels across its entire value chain – including scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions – by 2030. The overall goal is to become a Net Zero business by 2040. The emissions reduction plan affects its entire value chain: ingredients, packaging, operations, transportation, and refrigeration. A major focus will be on a commitment to support strategic suppliers as they set their own science-based carbon reduction targets and use 100 percent renewable electricity. CCEP is investing €250m ($303 million) over three years to implement the plan.
"Coca-Cola European Partners sets ambition to reach Net Zero emissions across entire value chain by 2040", Coca-Cola European Partners , December 10, 2020, © Coca-Cola European Partners
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Instacart’s Forecast Of Top Grocery Trends For 2021 Includes Keto

December 10, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Among the grocery trends expected to gain prominence in 2021 – lower alcohol cocktails, bolder spices and condiments, greater selectivity by brand and store, etc. – is a dietary trend, according to the grocery delivery and pick-up service (San Francisco). Twenty-eight percent of those who tried a high-fat, low-carb keto diet in 2020 apparently liked it. Sales trends were consistent with the survey, as products with “keto” in the name saw a 72 percent increase in the Instacart marketplace. The 10 most popular keto products in the marketplace: KetoPint Salt and Caramel Keto Bar; Think! Keto Protein Bar – Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie flavor; Birch Benders Keto Pancake and Waffle Mix; Sundae Shoppe Keto Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream; Sundae Shoppe Keto Cookie Dough Ice Cream; Lenny and Larry’s Keto Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie; Sundae Shoppe Keto Mint Chip Ice Cream; Epic Chicken Sriracha Protein Bar; Ratio Keto Friendly Strawberry Dairy Snack; and Ratio Keto Friendly Vanilla Dairy Snack. The Instacart report combines in-depth analysis of Instacart search and purchase activity with data from a new online Harris Poll survey.
Caroline Bologna, "The Grocery Trends To Look Forward To In 2021", The Huffington Post, December 10, 2020, © Verizon Media
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Pretzels, Inc., Signals Expansion Plans With Investment In New Kansas Factory

December 9, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Indiana-based manufacturer of pretzels and other snacks announced “a significant investment” in the building of a state-of-the-art production facility in Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to creating new jobs, the 150,000-square-foot facility will increase the company's capacity across a range of products and formats. The factory is expected to be operational within a year. Pretzels, Inc. is a portfolio company of an affiliate of Peak Rock Capital, a middle-market private investment firm. The company makes a variety of flavored and stuffed pretzels for private label and national brands, and also sells pretzels under the Harvest Road brand.
"Pretzels, Inc. Announces Significant Expansion With New Facility In KC Region", PR Newswire, December 09, 2020, © Cision US Inc
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New Nightfood Packaging Emphasizes “Sleep-Friendly” Benefits

December 9, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
New packaging for the Tarrytown, N.Y.-based “sleep friendly” ice cream company’s products puts greater emphasis on better-for-you night-time snacking formulated for better sleep. The revamped packaging features the company’s familiar Cravemonsters in a bolder design with a new deep blue background for stronger shelf-presence. The packaging also suggests night-time cues to the consumer, according to the company. The “sleep-friendly” nutritional profile includes more prebiotic fiber, casein protein, calcium, magnesium, and zinc compared to regular ice cream, while containing less sugar, less fat, and fewer calories. These benefits are highlighted in detail on the back of each pint. During the 18 months the ice cream has been on store shelves, consumer reviews and company interviews determined that 95 percent of reviewers ticked 4 or 5 stars. Production of Nightfood pints in the new packaging is expected to appear on store shelves starting in March. The packaging update was executed by OffWhite Co. 
"Nightfood Unveils New Packaging with Increased Emphasis on Sleep-Friendly Benefits and Nighttime Nutritional Profile", GlobeNewswire , December 09, 2020, © GlobeNewswire, Inc.
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Credit Suisse Sees Food Portfolio Shakeups, Including In Snack Space

December 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Swiss investment bank says recent deals in the food industry, such as the acquisition of the snacks business Kind by Mars, are "just the beginning of a portfolio re-shaping 'revival' in the food sector," inspired by the COVID-19 experience. Look for companies to “either shift the weight of their portfolios toward higher growth segments or divest slower growth brands.” Among the major players in these portfolio shifts will be Tyson Foods, Hormel Foods, Conagra Brands, Kellogg, and Unilever. The bank particularly expects a “takeout” of Hain Celestial Snacks ($300 million in sales) or Simply Good Foods ($900 million sales) owing to consolidation trends in the snack category. Also highlighted as attractive assets are Amy's Kitchen ($500 million in sales) and Herr's Foods ($185 million).
Andy Coyne, "Portfolio shake-up likely in U.S. food sector, says Credit Suisse", just-food global news, December 08, 2020, © just-food
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Kellogg Canada To Debut BFY Cereals In 2021

December 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Among the Mississauga, Ont,-based food company’s new and updated cereal and snack products – including four new flavors of the iconic Cheez-It brand – are  a high-protein cereal and a variant of its Special K brand made with whole blueberries. The company’s Vector Maple Crunch Cereal contains 15 g of protein per 44 g serving of cereal (with 125 ml of milk), 14 g of whole grain per serving, and 11 essential nutrients, including vitamin B6. Special K Whole Blueberries Cereal is made with whole grain wheat and rice – 15 g per serving – with no artificial flavors or colors, and nine vitamins and minerals.
"Innovation Shapes the Future of Food Heading into 2021", Canada Newswire, December 08, 2020, © CNW Group Ltd.
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SnackFutures Develops Carbon Neutral Cracker For French Market

December 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Mondelez International innovation hub’s French cracker brand NoCOé meets the needs of younger consumers for snack brands that offer “values or purpose.”  According to the company, NoCOé is both carbon neutral and nutritious, free from preservatives and additives, and a source of fiber and plant proteins. The crackers are also low in sugar, saturated fat, and salt and have been awarded a green NutriScore rating of “B.” Plant-based ingredients include spelt flour, hemp, red quinoa, and pumpkin seeds. 
Katy Askew, "Meet NoCOé: Mondelez’s first carbon neutral snack brand", FoodNavigator.com, December 08, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Finnish Scientists See Role For High-Fiber Rye Bran In Snacks

December 7, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Scientists at the University of Helsinki report that up to 40 percent high-fiber rye bran could be included in extruded snacks without affecting their structural and textural properties, or compromising the taste. Rye bran, a cost-effective ingredient delivering both fiber and nutritional value, would work in extruded snacks such as cheese puffs that are usually made with refined wheat flour that lacks the health benefits associated with dietary fiber. The researchers note that rye, mostly used as animal feed, presents technical problems for food processors during extrusion because of its high levels of insoluble dietary fiber. This leads to less expanded products and a hard texture. So, modification of rye bran prior to extrusion is needed, increasing the applicability of rye bran in extruded snacks.
Syed Ariful Alam, "Modified rye bran could turn un-healthy extruded snacks to healthy ones", University of Helsinki, December 07, 2020, © University of Helsinki
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Good Crisp Company Uses Augmented Reality Packaging In Holiday Promotion

December 7, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Boulder, Colo.-based BFY canister chip company is using augmented reality (AR) to transform its packaging into animated visions of “winter warmth, swirling snow, and even a selfie with Santa.” According to the company, the curved-image AR packaging is new in the snack industry. Consumers hold their smartphone up to a Good Crisp canister, scan a QR code linking the phone to its website, and immediately get “a cheerful message from Santa himself.” No app is required. Good Crisp Company chips are gluten-free, non-GMO certified, and free of eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and other potential allergens including sesame seeds, mustard and celery. The snacks are available at Whole Foods Market, Walmart, and other grocery chains nationwide.  
"The Good Crisp Company Spreads Holiday Cheer with a Message from Santa on Each Can ", PR Newswire, December 07, 2020, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Kraft-Heinz’s Deal With APC Microbiome Greatly Expands Its Snack Innovation Potential

December 4, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Market researcher Global Data says major food companies like Kraft-Heinz and Nestlé are heavily engaged in researching plant-based food technology while expanding rapidly into the space. An example of the priority is Kraft-Heinz’s recent deal to conduct research on fermented ingredients with APC Microbiome. The arrangement allows the company to try novel flavors and formulations without wasting time on internal, potentially dead-end, research. The recent surge in coronavirus cases, and the ensuing lockdowns, is pushing consumers to buy savory snacks and condiments and pushing companies to speed up development of new products, especially for at-home consumption. By focusing on ingredient and formulation innovations via the APC Microbiome partnership, Kraft-Heinz can better align with strengthening demand for “clean” and “safe” products “that will resonate with consumers during these trying times.”
"Kraft-Heinz making bold investments in growing savory snacks market", Global Data, December 04, 2020, © GlobalData Plc
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