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Conagra Brands to acquire Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP

Conagra Brands has struck a deal to acquire ready-to-eat popcorn maker Angie's Artisan Treats, the maker of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, from private equity firm TPG Growth for an undisclosed sum.

NEW PRODUCTS GALLERY: From chocolate peanut butter Cheerios to HPP meals and milked peanuts

Check out FoodNavigator-USA’s latest gallery of new products hitting US shelves, spanning everything from chocolate peanut butter Cheerios to ‘milked peanuts’ and pea- and cashew-fueled protein fueled beverages, to meat...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How brands can defend their shelf-space against encroaching private label

The Great Recession of 2008 may be long over, but the penny-pinching it inspired in consumers and their subsequent shift to store brands is not – prompting national brand marketers...

Terra's Kitchen CEO: Strategics are eyeing up meal kit players now...

Plated teams up with Albertsons in bid to become 'the first omnichannel meal kit offering with national scale'

As shockwaves from the Amazon/Whole Foods deal continue to reverberate throughout the food industry, Albertsons has struck while the iron is hot via a deal to acquire Plated – one...

Quorn moves into the refrigerated aisles with its fungi-based proteins

Meat-free brand Quorn – which has a big presence in the UK chilled food market, but has historically focused on the frozen segment in the US – has developed a...

ADM gets personal with new microbiome collaboration with Mayo Clinic

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has announced a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic on personalized nutrition solutions to healthy body weight through probiotics, prebiotics, and other nutrients.

Clean labels & unique flavor combinations helps Abby’s Better Nut Butter cut through the competition

What began as a hobby for a 15-year-old girl, now is blooming into a bustling family business as Abby’s Better Nut Butter rapidly gains sales and distribution thanks in part...

Tasty, better-for-you breakfast solutions needed for time-crunched students

Eating on-the-go seems like an obvious solution to the problem of time-crunched children skipping breakfast in order to get out the door and to school on time, but survey results...

NEW HIRES GALLERY: Hampton Creek rebuilds its board; Soylent hires new sales VP, Zallie to take the helm at Ingredion

Check out who’s moving onwards and upwards at Kraft Heinz, Hormel, Conagra, Ingredion, Soylent, Hampton Creek, Hain Celestial, Hello Fresh, Peapod and Ready Pac Foods in FoodNavigator-USA’s latest round-up of...

It’s juice, Jim, but not as we know it… Harvest Soul Organic tells a fiber story

If you can’t always eat whole fruits and veggies, then 100% juice is the next best thing, right? Wrong, says Harvest Soul Organic, which is on a mission to disrupt...

Nestlé-backed Swiss scientists create novel process for foams that last 'essentially forever'

Ever-lasting foam in ice cream or beer without artificial stabilisers? Swiss researchers have "for the first time" developed a novel strategy to make foam bubbles last "essentially ‘forever"....

Industry giants to harmonise global date labels in food waste fight

Some of the world’s biggest food companies will standardise their food date labels globally by 2020 in a bid to reduce food waste.

Appeals court blocks San Francisco law on soda ad warnings

A US appeals court has blocked a San Francisco ordinance that mandates health warnings for soda and sugar-sweetened beverage adverts. 

Google search data reveals 3 beverage trends that promise sustained growth

Consumers are notoriously fickle, but their ongoing demand for beverages that are healthy and natural is paving the way for several sustained sub-trends that not only show immediate growth potential...

IRI insights on Gen Z shopping suggest marketers need a new approach

Unlike cost-conscious generations that came before, Generation Z cares more about convenience than price – a dramatic reversal that will change not only how brands and retailers catch their attention...

Revive Kombucha finds ‘evergreen path’ to growth with Peet’s Coffee partnership, $7.5M financing

Seeking an “evergreen path” to growth while still protecting its mission, Revive Kombucha gave a seat on its board of directors to a top executive at Peet’s Coffee, which also...

Ripple Foods seeks to disrupt plant-based yogurt category: 'Let's not mince words... some of these products are terrible'

Plant-based Greek-style yogurts from Ripple Foods – slated to hit the market by the end of this year – will have a higher protein content (12g/serving) and superior texture to...

Animal-based protein tops consumer choice, but plant-based options are rising fast, Nielsen finds

When it comes to meeting consumers’ growing demand for protein, animal-based products continue to reign supreme in the US and Canada for now – but plant-based options are gaining traction...

Sweet ambition: DouxMatok raises $8.1m to take sugar reduction technology to market

DouxMatok, the Israeli firm behind patented technology that makes sugar taste sweeter, has raised $8.1m in a funding round led by Israel’s largest VC fund, Pitango, with the participation of...

Naturex strikes global distribution deal with Mycotech for vegan mushroom protein: 'We could see they had something new'

Natural ingredients giant Naturex has struck a global distribution deal with MycoTechnology, the fungi-fueled start-up behind Pure Taste fermented shiitake vegetable protein: a high-profile new entrant to the ‘alternative’ protein...

BASF teams up with InsideTracker for personalized nutrition & supplementation recommendations

BASF and Segterra have announced a collaboration for BASF’s health ingredients brand, Newtrition, to provide personalized nutrition and dietary supplementation recommendations and scientific support for Segterra’s InsideTracker.

I need chocolate, Alexa... sweets, snacks, and the Amazon effect

Candy and snacks sales on Amazon are growing at 42% year-on-year,* according to new report from ecommerce data firm One Click Retail, which says category sales have already hit $215m...

New produce coalition stands against potential anti-dumping revisions in NAFTA

A new coalition of US and Canadian produce companies hopes to protect the North American Free Trade Agreement from potentially “traumatic” revisions based on “protectionism and a very narrow view...

Find products. Earn money… makeena helps shoppers earn cashback on healthy, eco-friendly brands

The entrepreneurs behind an app enabling shoppers to earn cash back after purchasing natural, organic and healthy lifestyle products, say they can give brands participating on the platform “unprecedented insight...

FDA delays some safety requirements for produce under FSMA to make them less complicated, costly

FDA is pushing back the compliance dates for most agricultural water testing standards outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule to “simplify our approach to make compliance...

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