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NBTY acquires Balance Bar Company

NBTY acquires Balance Bar Company

By Hank Schultz

NBTY Inc. has announced the acquisition of Balance Bar Company from Brynwood Partners, its private equity owner. Details of the deal were not announced.

ConAgra to buy Ralcorp for $6.8 billion

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ConAgra to buy Ralcorp for $6.8 billion

By Stephen DANIELLS

After multiple abortive attempts in 2011, ConAgra Foods has announced that it has reached a ‘definitive agreement’ to buy Ralcorp Holdings, the largest manufacturer of private label food in the US.

Executional missteps: Brazil and Russia hurt Mondelez in Q3

Mondelēz takes tumble in developing markets

By Oliver Nieburg

Mondelēz International was weighed down by operational issues in Brazil and Russia in the third quarter (Q3) which harmed overall performance in its first results since it split from Kraft Foods in October.

Hershey reports a 10% fall in net income

Hershey Q3 profit falls 10%

By Oliver Nieburg

The Hershey Company has reported a profit drop in its third quarter (Q3) results after tax rate rises, commodity costs and charges related to supply chain efficiencies hit the company’s results.

Nestlé 9-month sales up 11%

Emerging markets continue to drive Nestlé sales

By Oliver Nieburg

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.

Spring water (Picture copyright Mixtribe Photo/Flickr)

Nestlé sued over alleged phony bottled spring water

By Hank Schultz

A Chicago company has sued Nestlé over claims that 5-gallon water jugs it bought for its office dispensers were advertised as spring water when in fact they were filled with tap water.

China wakes up and smells the new Nescafé...

China wakes up and smells the new Nescafé...

By Ben Bouckley

Nestlé will launch a reformulated version of single-serve coffee product Nescafé 1+2 Original in China this month, and claims that consumer tastes in the nation have changed.

Have you had your P.L.A.Y. today? PepsiCo targets women with new protein product launch

Dispatches from the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) 2012

Have you had your P.L.A.Y. today? PepsiCo targets women with new protein product launch

By Elaine WATSON in Philadelphia

PepsiCo is developing a novel protein-based product designed to appeal to women that “won’t show up on a shelf the way you envision it”, revealed bosses at its Nutrition Ventures arm at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) this week.

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