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Thompson Brands: Novelty chocolate doesn’t have to be cheap & nasty

Big Interview: Gene Dunkin, CEO Thompson Brands

Thompson Brands CEO: Novelty chocolate doesn’t have to be cheap and nasty

By Elaine Watson

Founded in the same year that Edison created the first functioning light bulb, Thompson Brands is one of America’s oldest chocolate companies. But it hasn’t stayed in business this long by resting on its laurels, CEO Gene Dunkin tells Elaine Watson.

Lay's would be no. 5 most chosen FMCG brand if Walkers, Sabritas, Margarita and Elma Chips were included

Lay’s is no. 9 most chosen global FMCG brand

By Kacey Culliney

Frito-Lay’s flagship brand Lay’s has a global penetration of 26% and is the ninth most chosen fast-moving-consumer-goods (FMCG) brand in the world, according to Kantar World Panel.

Apple of AB InBev’s eye: Stella Cidre set for US launch

£62m UK brand set for Stateside rollout

Apple of AB InBev’s eye: Stella Cidre set for US launch

By Ben BOUCKLEY

AB InBev CEO Carlos de Brito has revealed that the world’s biggest brewer will launch UK cider sales sensation Stella Cidre in the US within the next few weeks.

Why is bigger no longer better in the CPG marketplace?

Why is bigger no longer better in the CPG marketplace?

By Elaine WATSON

Does size matter? Yes, but bigger does not necessarily mean better if you’re in the US consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, according to a new analysis from Boston Consulting Group and IRI.

CLA-based dairy drink seeks new Las Vegas Acclaim

CLA-based dairy drink seeks new Las Vegas Acclaim

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Wisconsin firm LiveGreat Foods is launching a rebranded version of its Clarinol CLA-fortified milk Acclaim at the forthcoming Healthy Beverage Expo in Las Vegas (June 7-9).

Ethical Business: Women’s rights on cocoa farms

Special Report

Ethical Business: Women’s rights on cocoa farms

This is the story of how an initiative from Oxfam prompted assurances from leading chocolate companies to improve the lives of women cocoa farmers. How did each firm react? Were they quick and effective enough?

Are thresholds too low for products to carry the Fairtrade USA seal on the pack?

NGO questions Fair Trade USA chocolate labeling ‘hoax’

By Oliver Nieburg

Not-for-profit organization Fair World Project has criticized changes to Fair Trade USA's labeling policy, which allows chocolate to carry the seal when it contains a high percentage of other ingredients like sugar that are not fairly traded.

The new committee includes major agricultural companies, as well as government and food industry representatives

Agro-food industry unites on sustainable supply issues

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Some of the world’s biggest agriculture firms have united with food industry and scientific partners to form a steering committee, intended to share initiatives for achieving a sustainable global food and water supply chain.

New owners need to move quickly or risk being 'out of sight, out of mind' says Hudak

THE BANKRUPTCY THAT ROCKED THE MARKET

Hostess sales tot up $860m

By Kacey Culliney

Hostess Brands has closed all asset sales and pulled in $860m; a figure a little less than the worth of the company but expected given the speed of the sell-offs, an analyst says.

Burger King boss Bernardo Hees to take the helm at Heinz

Burger King boss Bernardo Hees to take the helm at Heinz

By Elaine WATSON

Heinz’s (soon to be) new owners 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway today revealed that Burger King boss Bernardo Hees will become CEO of Heinz once their 28bn deal (including debt) to buy the soups to ketchup giant is completed.

It’s all Greek to me! How fair was the ruling against Chobani?

EDITOR'S OPINION: DEAR DAIRY....

It’s all Greek to me… How fair was the High Court ruling against Chobani?

By Mark ASTLEY

New York-based Chobani was handed an injunction last month prohibiting its use of the term ‘Greek yogurt’ in the UK following a court battle with rival, Fage, which claims that the term refers to geographical origin. But can Athens-based Fage stand by...

Dole completes sale of processed food business

Dole completes sale of processed food business

By Hank Schultz

Dole Food Company has completed the sale of it global packaged foods and Asia fresh businesses to ITOCHU Corporation of Japan for $1.7 billion in cash.  The transaction will include rights to the Dole name in certain packaged food products worldwide and...

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