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The food industry is in constant financial motion; there’s always some company snapping up the assets of another, or reporting on a radical new strategy aimed at protecting its profits. The latest money moves can have a big impact on ingredient supply, so it pays to keep up to date.

TSG Consumer Partners: Many of the big CPG companies are effectively outsourcing innovation

While buying or investing in a flurry of smaller, sexier brands may not have a meaningful impact on their P&L for 5-10 years, it's the only way many big food...

Tech solutions to show health effects in real time seen as new hope in supplement investment picture

Having the right team to execute on an idea is the key to attracting investment capital, experts say. But finding the right idea, that’s a bit more of a stretch...

Vegan meal delivery service Veestro will expand with $1.5 million fundraise

An infusion of $1.5 million will help vegan meal delivery startup Veestro fully take advantage of growing consumer demand for organic, plant-based food and ready-to-eat meals delivered to their doors. 

5 tips for growing a CPG company fast from rapidly expanding Hella Bitters

Hella Bitters' explosive growth in the last three years has been a dream come true for the founders, but it easily could have been a nightmare if the young company...

Campbell's 2015 sales, earnings fall as company bites down on restructuring bullet

Campbell Soup Company continues to be impacted by restructuring costs and falling sales. But an uptick in organic sales buoyed the company as it embarks on a previously announced plan...

Alternative proteins, delivery tech dominate M&A activity; supplements trail off

The Nutrition Capital Network reports that mergers and acquisitions activity in branded natural and organic food & beverage companies is on a record-setting pace for 2015. In addition, NCN reports...

Stagnant wage growth continues to restrict grocery purchases, IRI says

Consumers likely will not loosen their purse strings to fill their grocery carts with premium or unnecessary foods any time soon, even though gas prices, unemployment and inflation are down,...

Falling gas prices offer growth opportunity for private label

Tumbling gas prices that are lining consumers’ pockets with savings may provide an unexpected opportunity for private label to steal market share from national brands, rather than the other way...

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ABA chief: Farming infrastructure critically important for wheat

Farming infrastructure in the wheat sector is critically important for bakers but there are a number issues threatening it, says the president and CEO of the American Bakers Association.

Three-quarters of CPG promotions don’t break even, says Nielsen

It’s well-known that many CPG firms feel that they are not getting enough bang for their trade spending bucks. But a recent analysis by Nielsen reveals that most of them...

Annie’s/So Delicious deals just the beginning says corporate finance expert: CPG giants now eyeing up natural firms with revenues of $10-25m

While the jaw-dropping amount that General Mills paid for Annie’s ($820m) raised some eyebrows, it was “worth it”, says one corporate finance expert who says big CPG firms are increasingly...

Analyst: Top CPG firms not delivering on innovation, falling back into promotional trap

Pinnacle Foods boss: ‘We’re looking at this industry right now as very much a zero sum game. We're not seeing growth in total’

As several CEOs have recently observed, big brands are not getting so much bang for their promotional buck these days. But in the current climate, targeted trade spending is a...

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Tate & Lyle profits fall on lower US beverage demand

Tate & Lyle has reported lower profits in the first half of the year, citing poor demand for soft drinks in the United States.

Ingredion rolls out cost saving gelatin replacer for yogurt

Ingredion Inc. has rolled out a gelatin replacement ingredient, Etenia 457 potato starch, to help the dairy industry avoid the rising cost of gelatin in yogurt production. 

M&A activity on pace to match 2012 totals, investment group says

Investment and acquisition trends in the health & wellness industry in 2013 are on a pace to match 2012, according to a report by Nutrition Capital Network (NCN).

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TreeHouse Foods continues private label buying spree with $180m deal to buy Associated Brands

The deal - expected to close in Q3, 2013 - will complement TreeHouse’s single serve coffee business by giving it a foothold in the specialty...

Sales up: Hershey makes US share gains and grows volumes overseas

Hershey has grown its sales 6.7% in the second quarter (Q2) driven by strong performance in the US and volume increases in key international markets like China.

Cofounder says Plum Organics will stay true to mission within Campbell fold

Plum Organics co founder and CEO Neil Grimmer said the company will stay true to its mission within the Campbell fold, including maintaining its commitment to its values as a...

B Corp concept harnesses profit for social good, co-founder says

One of the inventors of the B Corporation concept, Andrew Kassoy, said his goal was to find a way to harness the entrepreneurial spirit to solve social problems.  Along the...

FBI probes suspicious trading in Heinz shares prior to Buffett mega-deal

The FBI is joining an investigation into suspicious trading in Heinz shares the day before it announced that it had agreed to be taken over by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G...

Buffett investment group Berkshire Hathaway teams up with 3G to buy Heinz in $23bn mega-deal

UPDATED - H.J. Heinz Co. has agreed to be acquired by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway investment firm and Brazilian private-equity giant 3G Capital for $23.3bn, in what it claims is...

Analyst: Ditching Skippy continues to skew Unilever towards faster-growing emerging markets

Offloading Skippy peanut butter - which still generates the majority of its $370m annual sales in the mature US market - will continue to skew Unilever’s portfolio towards faster-growing emerging...

Hormel Foods to acquire Skippy peanut butter from Unilever

Unilever has struck a deal to sell its Skippy peanut butter business to Hormel Foods for approximately $700m.

Q3 wrap: Nutrition stars for DSM and Naturex

Royal DSM saw Q3 sales slip 7% to €2.3bn across all divisions with polymer intermediates performing worst, but as has been the case in recent quarters, the Dutch firm’s nutrition...

Emerging markets continue to drive Nestlé sales

Food and nutrition giant Nestlé has reported improved sales in its 9-month results driven by growth in emerging markets, but Q3 was a little slower than last year.

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