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Powerful Yogurt to drop 'yogurt' from name as it expands in thriving protein space

If anyone is doubting protein’s staying power as a sought-after call-out on packaged products, let the growth of Powerful Yogurt (soon to be just Powerful) be an indicator.

The Soulfull Project seeks to ease food insecurity and equalize access to nutrients

Chicken soup may be good for the soul, but hot cereal can fill it, and those who are food insecure, at least if it comes from The Soulfull Project – a startup that launched this summer with a mission to wipe hunger off the map.

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Nature’s Bakery overhauls branding, launches new SKUs to become the ‘Little Debbie of the natural snack industry’

With a goal to become “the Little Debbie of the natural snacks industry,” Nature’s Bakery is expanding its portfolio beyond its flagship Fig Bar line, and overhauling its branding to ensure the company name isn’t lost among the multiplying stock-keeping units, according to the company founder Dave Marson.

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KIND Snacks wants to ‘change the script’ in the fruit snacks segment with new Fruit Bites

KIND Snacks expands into the children’s food segment for the first time with a riff on fruit snacks that directly tackles many parents’ complaints about the category. 

Taste test Friday: Consumers embrace New Pop’s nostalgia but are unsure of high sugar content

New Pop seeks to set itself apart in the highly popular but also crowded ready-to-eat popcorn category by offering a “skinless” option that is sweet and free from the snack’s traditional trappings of oil, butter and salt. But will consumers view these changes to the iconic snack as a plus or minus?

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Certified Transitional helps conventional farms make the switch to organic

Despite organic’s strong appeal with double-digit year-over-year growth since the early 1990s, and the promise of a significant premium price over that of its conventional counterparts, many American farmers are hesitant to jump on board – creating a sourcing nightmare for some manufacturers.

General Mills’ Cascadian Farm invests in eco-friendly grain Kernza

General Mills plans to use a sweet, nutty-tasting grain that it claims is more environmentally friendly than conventional wheat in its  Cascadian Farm organic brand.

Union Kitchen spotlights global flavors, functional beverages & upscale classics

Food and beverage entrepreneurs make global flavors approachable for hesitant Americans, offer functional beverages and put modern, unique twists on classic favorites at the Washington, DC-based incubator Union Kitchen’s Meet The Makers event March 4. 

Hershey may kiss older international plants goodbye with roughly 2,700 job cuts

Hershey plans to reduce its global workforce by 15%, mainly outside of the US, under a new supply chain efficiency program.

Campbell Soup Co.’s GMO disclosure could serve as model for national label

Drawing on extensive consumer research, The Campbell Soup Co.’s GMO disclosure labels on packs and online could serve as a model for USDA in crafting the mandatory national bioengineering label standard and other companies looking for solutions.

BOBO's raises $8m, expects revenues to double in 2017

Baked oat bar brand BOBO’s could double revenues in 2017 (vs 2016) if it continues on its current growth trajectory, says the CEO of the Boulder-based brand, which has just raised $8m in a Series A funding round led by Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR).

One farmer adds balance to the public discussion about GMOs by sharing their sustainability benefits

Contrary to what some may believe, farmers who grow genetically modified crops are “not the devil with horns,” and do have the planet’s and consumers’ health and best interests in mind when they select which seeds to plant and harvest, a Maryland farmer told attendees at USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum in Washington, DC, last month.

Gain from grain: Kids nutrient and diet quality show improvement from grain foods

An increase in nutrient intake, including those that children are considered deficient in, could be achieved by adding more grain-based foods, a study has concluded.

General Mills invests in organic to boost sales, ‘do the right thing’

General Mills’ splashy commitment last year to double the number of organic acres it sources from by 2019 not only is a strategic business move to boost sales, but part of a larger effort to “do the right thing,” according to the company’s organic ambassador. 

Is food deflation easing? Food-at-home index flat in January

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food-at-home — a proxy for grocery-level inflation — was flat in January, after months of declines, with higher prices in eggs, dairy, meat, fish & poultry offset by lower prices for fruits & vegetables, non-alcoholic beverages, cereals and bakery products.

State bills call for warnings about risks associated with synthetic dyes & sugar-sweetened beverages

Two California state senate bills would mandate controversial warnings on some foods and beverages, and if enacted could start a domino effect among other like-minded states, potentially creating a patchwork of laws and compliance headache for national brands.

Snacking Innovation Summit trend-watching: Mini-meals, tapas-style eating, and hero SKUs

The trend towards continuous grazing throughout the day will create new ‘multi-temperature’ snacking opportunities for manufacturers as a ‘tapas-style’ approach to eating gains momentum, predicted panelists at the FoodNavigator-USA/BakeryandSnacks snacking innovation summit.

Grupo Bimbo outlook remains positive after co-founder’s death: Analyst

Grupo Bimbo is expected to maintain growth after the death of the Mexican bakery magnate Don Lorenzo Servitje Sendra, who founded the company in the 1940s, says an analyst.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Separating fact from fiction when formulating with probiotics

Once restricted to a handful of products, such as yogurt, probiotics are enjoying unprecedented popularity and are popping up in unexpected places with many bold health claims, but not everything consumers or manufacturers hear about probiotics is true.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The marketing potential of home shopping television

Home shopping television easily might be overshadowed by food and beverage companies’ growing interest in online grocery shopping, but industry veterans say the venue offers compelling marketing opportunities – especially for startups or legacy brands that need a boost.

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