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Sir Kensington’s joins Unilever: ‘This allows us to expand distribution while holding true to our values’

Unilever has struck a deal to acquire New York-based condiment maker Sir Kensington’s, under which co-founders Mark Ramadan and Scott Norton will continue to run the business from their offices...

Sir Kensington's co-founder: 'We wanted to make sure that we weren’t going to be swallowed up and de-prioritized'

Does selling up mean selling out? Not if you go in with your eyes open, say the co-founder of upmarket condiments brand Sir Kensington's, which has just jumped into bed...

The FoodNavigator-USA reader survey results: ‘We’re in the 3G era... where cost cutting is valued over growth’

The results of the 2017 FoodNavigator-USA reader survey are in… and not surprisingly, given the breadth of our readership, they’re pretty mixed, with many readers excited about their company’s prospects...

Mark Rampolla: Beanfields could be a $20-30m snack business before you even think about brand extensions

 “So why does the world need another [insert your product here]?” is a question entrepreneurs are well-advised to prep for before hitting the stage at any pitch slam judged by ZICO...

Flexibility will distinguish winners from losers in the meal kit category, says Terra's Kitchen CEO

Are meal kits the next big thing in food, or a black hole into which to pour large sums of cash chasing the latest fad? Investors are in different camps...

Post Holdings prevails in bidding war for Weetabix; appoints new MD

There will be a management shuffle once US cereal giant Post Holdings has concluded the £1.4bn ($1.76bn) deal for the UK’s 84-year-old cereal business the Weetabix Food Company.

Beyond Burger goes beyond borders, taking meat-free patty to HK aisles

Beyond Meat, manufacturer of the “first refrigerated plant-based burger to sit in the meat counter” in America, has begun exporting to Hong Kong as the first step in an export...

Lifeway to 'vigorously defend' false ad lawsuit: 'Our kefir is 99% lactose free'

Lifeway Foods has vowed to defend itself “vigorously” against a lawsuit claiming it falsely advertised its fermented dairy products as ‘99% lactose free’ when they allegedly contained almost 4% lactose (milk sugar).

Healthy snacking and ‘scratch ingredients’ opportunity to win in Mexico, new report suggests

A new report found that preparing a meal together and sharing a meal at home is important to Mexican consumers—so what does this mean for packaged food companies?

Amazon's US grocery sales surged 30% to $350m in Q1: 'Young men are the demographic most likely to buy their groceries online'

As a percentage of the overall grocery retail market, Amazon’s $350m in Q1 grocery sales (annualized – that’s $1.4bn) is pretty small fry. But its mouthwatering 30% year-on year-growth suggests...

Danone completes acquisition of WhiteWave to create DanoneWave

Danone has completed its acquisition of WhiteWave.

‘We have a tremendous opportunity to use our global scale to influence positive change’

PepsiCo launches Nutrition Greenhouse incubator: ‘The latest food innovation is coming from both big & small players’

PepsiCo has launched an incubator programme to help nurture the ‘best and brightest’ entrepreneurs in the nutrition, health and wellness sectors. Eight ‘breakthrough brands’ will benefit from a €25,000 ($26,500)...

GALLERY: Trendspotting at CHFA West, from barley couscous to seaweed pesto

From turmeric paste, barley couscous and konjac rice to cashew nut spreads, coffee leaf tea and adaptogen-laced juice drinks, CHFA West - Western Canada’s largest natural health and organics trade event...

Crickets aren't the only game in town when it comes to edible insects, says Hargol FoodTech

While crickets currently lead the edible insect pack, the grasshopper – which has a whopping 72% protein by dry weight with all the essential amino acids – has just as...

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Whole Foods must re-engineer its 'suboptimal and cost disadvantaged procurement and distribution strategy,' say activist investors

Activist investors led by Jana Partners have acquired 8.3% of Whole Foods’ stock according to an SEC filing, which says Whole Foods must take radical action to address its recent...

School nutrition standards under fire again, threshold for free, reduced meals increased

Congressional pressure on federal agencies to back down from nutrition policies created under the Obama Administration continues to mount with the standards for school meals now in the cross-hairs. 

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Health Canada proposes ban on partially hydrogenated oils

Health Canada has unveiled proposals to prohibit the use of partially hydrogenated oils  - a key source of harmful trans fats in foods - by summer 2018 (aligning with the...

Clean label reformulations can buffer frozen food sales’ slow but steady decline

A slow decline is forecasted for total frozen food sales, which includes frozen dinners/entrees, pizzas, side dishes, and appetizers/snacks, according to Packaged Facts’ latest numbers.

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Dead bat in packaged Fresh Express salad sold at Walmart

Fresh Express has recalled salad sold at Walmart after a dead bat was found in a package.

Glyphosate to join Proposition 65 list

The herbicide glyphosate is to be added to the list of chemicals known to cause cancer under California's Proposition 65 legislation, which means companies producing products containing residues of the...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Emerging class action litigation targets

The number of class action cases filed against food and beverage companies continues to surge with the number of cases brought last year alone reaching a staggering 170, compared to...

Move aside peas... chickpea protein has just as much potential, claims Israeli start-up

Soy, rice and peas still dominate the plant-based protein market, but chickpeas could soon give them all a serious run for their money, predicts Israeli start-up CHiCK.P, which is seeking...

Sea Cuisine seeks to bring new consumers to seafood by offering variety and convenience

With the launch of 10 boldly and authentically flavored, ready-to-cook frozen whole fish fillets, premium seafood company High Liner Foods hopes to tear down several of the barriers that currently...

Bone broth category offers ‘massive opportunity’ for early movers like Kettle & Fire

Virtually unheard of by many consumers as recently as just last spring, the bone broth category is “heating up” and there is “massive opportunity” for early movers in the space...

Kraft-Heinz expands corporate social responsibility commitments to hunger, sustainability & environment

Working alongside members of Congress, hunger relief organizations and industry trade groups to package meals for the hungry and food insecure, executives at Kraft Heinz are not wasting any time...

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