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Campbell to shutter Georgia snacks facility

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COLUMBUS, GA. — Campbell Soup Co. has announced plans to close its manufacturing facility in Columbus by the spring of 2022. Campbell Soup employs 326 at the facility, which makes candy, crackers, cookies, nuts and bars. Founded in 1927 by Tom Huston, the Columbus plant has had several owners throughout......

Cargill in talks to sell stake in sugar trader Alvean

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SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL — Cargill is in talks to sell its 50% share in global sugar trader Alvean Sugar SL to Brazil’s Copersucar SA, which already owns the other 50% of the joint venture, according to reports on Reuters, Bloomberg and others. “Alvean continues to be a leader in global......

Aryzta disposes remaining interest in Picard

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SCHLIEREN, SWITZERLAND — Aryzta AG earlier this month reached agreement with Lion Capital and Invest Group Zouari for Aryzta’s remaining 4.64% interest in Picard, a French food retailer that specializes in the frozen food market. The transaction, valued at €24 million ($29.14 million), is expected to close early in the......

Specialty Food Association unveils a new solution for an old supply chain

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NEW YORK — The Specialty Food Association (SFA) has collaborated with Specialty Food Partners to launch Infinite Aisle, an online marketplace connecting brands with distributors and retail buyers. The platform is a free benefit for the group’s member companies, many of which are startups or scaling brands struggling to secure......

Omnichannel shopping jumps 50% in 2020, Neilsen says

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NEW YORK — Since March 2020, over 18 million consumer packaged goods shoppers have gone online to do their shopping, finds a survey released by Nielsen.  The boom in e-commerce has led to the increase of omnichannel shopping. For many, Nielsen found online channels are a key means to compare......

Omnichannel shopping jumps 50% in 2020, Nielsen says

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NEW YORK — Since March 2020, over 18 million consumer packaged goods shoppers have gone online to do their shopping, finds a survey released by Nielsen.  The boom in e-commerce has led to the increase of omnichannel shopping. For many, Nielsen found online channels are a key means to compare......

Ladera expanding beyond granola

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REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. — Ladera is entering 2021 with a refreshed vision, a new brand identity and a new product line. Brian Tetrud launched the company (formerly Ladera Granola) from his mother’s kitchen in 2011. Fresh out of college and new to the food industry, he started out renting bakery......

Between-meal snacking occasions on the rise

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CHICAGO — A new report from The NPD Group shows the rise in snacking in recent years. Americans added 25 between-meal snacking occasions per capita over the past five years, NPD found, with the number of snacking occasions per capita increasing to 530 in 2020 from 505 in 2015. The......

Butterball investing in Arkansas facilities expansions

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GARNER, NC. — Butterball has announced plans to invest $8.7 million to expand two turkey processing facilities in northwest Arkansas. One expansion will comprise a $4.7 million investment in Ozark, Ark., where the company plans to upgrade processing equipment and expand refrigeration capacity. Butterball also will remodel many of the......

CJ Foods expanding with new Asian food facility

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LOS ANGELES — CJ Foods USA Inc. (CJ Foods), the US-based affiliate of CJ CheilJedang (CJCJ), has unveiled plans to invest several hundred million dollars to build a 700,000-square-foot Asian food production facility in Sioux Falls, SD. The new facility will include automated food production lines, a warehouse and distribution......

Food Entrepreneur: Investment trends on tap for 2021

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KANSAS CITY — In the year ahead, consumer trends triggered by the coronavirus pandemic are expected to continue, driving further innovation in food production and distribution. Startups tackling key issues in the supply chain are capturing investor attention, said Anne Greven, head of food and agribusiness innovation at Rabobank, New......

T. Hasegawa acquires Mission Flavors & Fragrances

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CERRITOS, CALIF. — T. Hasegawa USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based T. Hasegawa Co., Ltd., has acquired Mission Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., a manufacturer of custom flavor solutions based in Foothill Ranch, Calif. The purchase fits into T. Hasegawa USA’s strategy to broaden its flavor portfolio within the dairy, bakery,......

Tyson Foods investing $26 million to expand bacon production

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SPRINGDALE, ARK. – Tyson Foods, Inc. is starting 2021 with a capital improvement project that will increase production of its Wright Brand Bacon brand. The company is investing $26 million in an expansion of its Vernon, Texas, bacon processing plant where the bacon is made. The project is scheduled for......

Holiday shopping in 2020 brought foot traffic close to 2019 levels

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LOS ALTOS, CALIF. — While the pandemic lowered instore foot traffic throughout 2020, more shoppers came into the store to complete their holiday grocery shopping, coming close to matching 2019 traffic.   Data from Placer.ai took a look at seven top supermarket chains nationwide and saw an average year-over-year decline of just 2.5% on December......

Herbalife Nutrition to move into baked foods category

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LOS ANGELES — Herbalife Nutrition has launched Protein Baked Goods Mix, marking the global nutrition company’s first foray into the baked foods category. According to Herbalife Nutrition, the new Protein Baked Goods Mix has been specially formulated to be combined with the company’s Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix,......

Is 2021 the year of vegan baking?

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NEW YORK — Already a lively subculture, WGSN expects the audience for vegan baking to continue growing in 2021, fueled by concerns about animal welfare, environmental issues and better ingredients. The Ascential-owned trend forecasting company examined data from social media and online retail sales and found social media conversations around......

Utz Brands to acquire Vitner’s snack brand

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HANOVER, PA. — Utz Brands, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets related to the Vitner’s snack brand from Snak-King Corp. for a total purchase price of $25 million. The transaction includes the intellectual property, including the Vitner’s trademark, and direct-store delivery distribution assets related to......

Lockdowns continuing throughout Texas impact small businesses, restaurant and beverage industry most

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Many counties in Texas have imposed a new round of coronavirus-related economic shutdowns, citing executive orders still in place from Gov. Greg Abbott. In September and October, Abbott issued additional executive orders to expand capacity limits for many businesses......

Guidelines focus on whole grains shortfall

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WASHINGTON — That a large proportion of Americans consume grains at lower levels than recommended receives scant attention in the just released Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-25. A section in the report on grains highlights both the wide deficit in whole grains intake and the propensity for the public to......

New name for Colorado-based dessert supplier

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DENVER — Dessert supplier Steven Robert Original Desserts is set to begin operating under a new name this month. Beginning Jan. 7 the company will be known as Steven Charles — A Dessert Company (Steven Charles). According to the company, the name change pays homage to Steven Fabos, founder and......

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