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Bimbo launches business accelerator in Latin America

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MEXICO CITY — Grupo Bimbo SAB de CV announced the launch of Bimbo Open Door, a business accelerator to invest in Latin American bakery and snacks projects that align with at least one of the three pillars of the company’s sustainability strategy. “Bimbo Open Door focuses on seeking, developing, and......

Formulating keto-friendly foods

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KANSAS CITY — Mainstreaming of a high-fat, moderate-protein and low-carbohydrate diet started around 2018 after a number of celebrities endorsed this weight-loss plan known as the ketogenic diet, or simply keto. This eating regimen is one of many that today’s consumers follow, according to the International Food Information Council’s (IFIC)......

ADM collaborating on plant-based solutions

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CHICAGO — ADM and LG Chem have entered a pair of joint ventures to produce corn-based lactic acid and polylactic acid to meet burgeoning demand for a wide variety of plant-based products, including bioplastics, the companies announced Aug. 15. Pending regulatory approval and final investment decisions, which are expected to be......

Fermented Food Holdings acquires sauerkraut business

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MIAMI — Fermented Food Holdings, Inc. (FFH) has purchased the sauerkraut business from GLK Foods, LLC., Appleton, Wis., for an undisclosed sum. As part of the merger, FFH will acquire several sauerkraut brands, including Silver Floss, Cortland Valley, Saverne and Flannigan. Saverne offers organic and artisanal sauerkraut varieties while the......

Gold Standard Baking now operating as 37th Street Bakery

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CHICAGO — 37 Baking Holdings, LLC, a consortium of North American family offices, has completed its acquisition and rebranding of Gold Standard Baking, LLC, North America’s largest maker of croissants and a leading manufacturer of dough-based sweet baked foods. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Following the acquisition,......

Eli’s adding to cheesecake facility

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CHICAGO — Eli’s Cheesecake Co. announced it is building a 42,000 square-foot addition to its existing facility on the northwest side of Chicago. The company said the increased space will allow for expansion of bakery operations, including the addition of production and packaging lines, warehousing and welfare areas. Upon completion,......

Cargill pledges $10 million to fight global hunger

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WASHINGTON — A $10 million donation by Cargill to World Food Program USA in support of the United Nations World Food Programme’s response to global hunger, magnified by the war in Ukraine and disruption of the global grain supply, is the company’s largest-ever donation to the organization. Russia’s Feb. 24......

Pretzel buns and bites part of recall

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LOS ANGELES — King’s Hawaiian announced Aug. 12 that it has issued a voluntary recall of its Pretzel Slider Buns, Pretzel Hamburger Buns and Pretzel Bites following a recall of an ingredient used in the baked foods from one of its suppliers, Lyons Magnus. Lyons Magnus has issued its recall......

Flowers Foods initiative addresses labor shortage

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THOMASVILLE, GA. – In the face of a chronically difficult labor market, Flowers Foods, Inc. is launching a new program aimed at improving employee retention, said A. Ryals McMullian, president and chief executive officer. The program was briefly described in prepared remarks issued in connection with the company’s second-quarter financial......

Less is more central to TreeHouse Foods’ new strategy

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OAK BROOK, ILL. — With the Aug. 11 announcement that it has agreed to divest a significant portion of its meal preparations business unit to Investindustrial for $950 million, Oak Brook-based TreeHouse Foods is “taking a significant step toward achieving our goal of being a more focused leader in attractive......

Baker sees rising prices changing buying patterns

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THOMASVILLE, GA. — While lower-income households appear to be shifting their buying to lower-priced baked foods, a long-term move toward premium products in the bread category is likely to continue, said A. Ryals McMullian, president and chief executive officer of Flowers Foods, Inc. In prepared remarks released Aug. 11 in......

Amy’s Kitchen to shutter frozen pizza plant

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SAN JOSE, CALIF. — Amy’s Kitchen has announced plans to close its frozen pizza manufacturing plant in San Jose in September, citing “widespread supply chain disruptions, fluctuating consumer demand and persistent inflation.” The shutdown will affect 331 employees. Amy’s Kitchen began leasing the San Jose plant in 2021 following “significant......

Utz moves into Publix stores

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HANOVER, PA. — After three quarters of sustained losses, Utz Brands, Inc. posted net income in the second quarter ended July 3 of $2.5 million, down sharply from $16.2 million in the same period a year ago. The company attributed second-quarter results to higher pricing that began in 2021 and......

IRI analyzes continued food inflation

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CHICAGO — Prices of consumer goods — including frozen pizza and center store bread — remained elevated in July, according to the latest food inflation report from IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm. Despite recent price decreases in other areas of the economy, such as gasoline, food and beverage inflation......

Nestle holds top spot as world’s most valuable brand

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LONDON — Vevey, Switzerland-based Nestle SA is once again the world’s most valuable brand, according to “Food & Drink 2022,” which highlights the top 10 global food and beverage brands as measured by consultancy company Brand Finance. Brand Finance evaluates 5,000 of the world’s largest brands annually and ranks them......

Cargill sales surge 23% in fiscal 2022

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MINNEAPOLIS — Putting its “deep expertise, unique position connecting the global supply chain, and extensive innovative partnerships to work” helped Cargill lift global revenues 23% in fiscal 2022 ended May 31 to $165 billion, said David MacLennan, chief executive officer, and Brian Sikes, chief operating officer. The comments from Mr.......

PepsiCo breaks ground on Georgia plant expansion

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TUCKER, GA. — PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA), a division of PepsiCo, Inc., broke ground on Aug. 10 on the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Tucker, Ga. The company earlier this year said it would invest $260 million in upgrades at the plant. PBNA will expand the facility by......

Private equity firm to buy TreeHouse unit for $950 million

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LUXEMBOURG — European private equity firm Investindustrial is expanding its presence in the United States with the acquisition of two businesses, including one deal that is expected to create one of the largest suppliers of private label food products in the world. First, the investment company has agreed to acquire......

Meet the think tank pairing brands with the world’s smartest minds

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NEW YORK — A think tank is tapping high IQ individuals to develop new products for brands across a range of industries. ProdigyWorks offers access to a network of Mensa International members, helping companies like Mondelez International, The Coca-Cola Co., Dunkin’ and more accelerate their innovation efforts and stay ahead......

Ingredion meets demand for specialty ingredients

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WESTCHESTER, ILL. — In the second quarter ended June 30, even as Ingredion, Inc. continued to deal with higher corn costs and unfavorable exchange rates, a 16% increase in net sales was received with enthusiasm from investors. On Aug. 9, shares of the Westchester-based ingredient manufacturer traded as high as......

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