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BBU expands availability of The Rustik Oven

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HORSHAM, PA. — After more than a year in test marketing in California, Bimbo Bakeries USA is rolling out The Rustik Oven signature artisan bread line nationwide. The Rustik Oven is available in three varieties — sourdough, artisan white, and hearty grains and seeds. The bread is Non-GMO Project verified......
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Coca-Cola retiring Tab, Zico brands

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ATLANTA — The Coca-Cola Co. plans to discontinue Tab diet soda and Zico coconut water, among other brands in the United States, as part of its ongoing portfolio refresh. Other retired products include Odwalla, Coca-Cola Life and Diet Coke Feisty Cherry, plus regional offerings such as Northern Neck Ginger Ale......
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Kitchens of Sara Lee on the block

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — McCain Foods (Aust) Pty. Ltd. has hired Rothschild Australia’s investment bankers to auction the Kitchens of Sara Lee frozen bakery business, according to The Australian Financial Review. McCain acquired the Sara Lee business from Hillshire Brands Co. in 2013 for approximately $85 million. At the time, the......
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Pilgrim’s Pride expanding Minnesota poultry plant

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COLD SPRING, MINN. — Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. announced on Oct. 13 that it will expand its Cold Spring, Minn., poultry facility as part of a $75 million investment. According to the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. (GSDC), when construction is completed in early 2021, about 130 new jobs will be......
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Four flavor themes stand out in McCormick forecast

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HUNT VALLEY, MD. — Smoked cinnamon, chilies and chia seeds all could factor into upcoming flavor innovation, according to the McCormick Flavor Solutions’ Flavor Forecast released Oct. 14. The forecast focused on four themes: sweet and seasonal satisfaction, spicy revolution, global finds, and empowered eating and drinking. McCormick Flavor Solutions,......
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Yelp searches reveal season’s trending foods and flavors

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SAN FRANCISCO — The season’s top food and drink trends, according to restaurant review hub Yelp, include, unsurprisingly, pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider donuts. A breakout star on the platform, with searches up 6,218% over last year, is suadero tacos. An authentic Mexican street food, tacos de suadero feature......
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Six megatrends shaping the food industry

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BOSTON — Major food companies are seeing increased competition from smaller brands and rising costs of production, even in the face of industry wide growth, according to a new report from Lux Research. “While it was once beneficial to be big, to have an integrated supply chain and costly capital......
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PepsiCo puts Green Bond funds toward packaging, decarbonization

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PURCHASE, NY. — PepsiCo, Inc. has put nearly $450 million of its $1 billion Green Bond to use in support of packaging, decarbonization and water, the company announced on Oct. 13. Funds also have been allocated toward advancing several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, PepsiCo said. The company’s first-ever......
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Premium meats in high demand

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KANSAS CITY, MO. – Despite tough economic times for many Americans, consumer demand remains high for premium cuts of meat sold at grocery retail, and the nation’s top suppliers are rolling out new products to meet it. This summer, Tyson Fresh Meats, a division of Tyson Foods, Inc., celebrated the......
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Conagra benefiting from modernized portfolio

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CHICAGO — While consumers increasingly have turned toward specialty brands and fresher products over big-name processed foods in recent years, classic brands and comfort foods are enjoying a resurgence as shoppers seek familiarity and easy-to-make meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, issues like healthier ingredients, cleaner......
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Recalculating at retail: Shoppers to seek more deals

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NEW YORK — Experiencing or anticipating financial restraint, Americans will recalibrate their shopping habits, according to Nielsen’s COVID-19 Shopper Survey that contacted people in early July. They will seek discounts, promotions and lower prices. When asked what would happen if economic conditions worsen, 52% of respondents said they will cook......
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Southeastern Mills now Summit Hill Foods

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ROME, GA. — Southeastern Mills has rebranded to Summit Hill Foods. The rebranding initiative is the result of a year-long effort that includes a new company name, brand manifesto, company logo and corporate and foodservice websites. The effort was inspired by a need for a name that better aligns with......
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Ferrero affiliate agrees to buy UK biscuit business

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LUXEMBOURG — CTH, a Belgian holding company affiliated with the Ferrero Group, has reached an agreement to acquire part of the Fox’s Biscuits business from 2 Sisters Food Group, which is part of Boparan Holdings Ltd., for £246 million ($317.18 million). As part of the transaction, CTH would acquire Fox’s......
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Aryzta sets sights on better crisis approach

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SCHLIEREN, SWITZERLAND — Aryzta AG remains in “measured crisis mode,” Kevin E. Toland, chief executive officer, said during an Oct. 6 conference call to discuss fiscal 2020 results. “That’s a better crisis approach, having the right focus and data points, being agile and adaptable, and having very short frequent communication......
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Food Entrepreneur: Finding a sweet spot in the children’s snacking space

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LOS ANGELES — This past spring, a team of industry veterans launched Mavericks, a brand of lunchbox-ready cookies and crackers for children. And then the pandemic shuttered schools across the United States. “Looking back, had we known we were launching a healthy kids snack brand and school lunches and after-school sports weren’t......
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Dreyer’s Eskimo Pie rebranded as Edy’s Pie

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NEW YORK — Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, a subsidiary of global ice cream maker Froneri, announced its Eskimo Pie ice cream bars will now be called Edy’s Pie. The company also removed imagery featuring an Arctic child in a fur coat from the product’s packaging. Froneri in June said it......
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Seed breeder Equinom debuts R&D facility

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GIVAT BRENNER, ISRAEL — Equinom, Ltd., the first company to design seeds exclusively for the food industry, has opened a new R&D center in Kibbutz Givat Brenner. The new facility brings together all the company’s departments — biochemistry, applications, sensory and breeding — and will enable the departments to work......
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Baker Comes Up With The Spookiest Halloween Pies, And Here Are 29 Of Her Best Ones (New Pics)

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The spookiest time of the year is flying toward us like a bat out of hell, and if there’s one thing that we can’t do without in October, it’s pies. Pumpkin. Apple. It doesn’t matter what’s inside (we’ll eat anything sweet!), as long as it just screams Halloween! Jessica Clark-Bojin......
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Unique Pretzel transforms into Unique Snacks

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READING, PA. — Unique Pretzel Bakery, Inc., a sixth-generation family business based in southeastern Pennsylvania, is undertaking a corporate rebranding to become Unique Snacks. The initiative comes in advance of the company’s 100th anniversary, which will take place in February 2021. The company said the rebranding was spurred in part......

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