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C-stores are all about snacks, portability and immediate consumption, says General Mills' head of convenience category management

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo 2014

General Mills: We're committed to driving growth in c-store snacking

By Kacey CULLINEY

Merchandizing gaps in convenience stores need to be plugged and snack makers must collaborate to drive progress forward, says the category development head at General Mills Convenience as it launches Nature Valley c-store tailored products.

While microwave popcorn is in decline, sales of ready-to-eat popcorn have been growing strongly in recent years, says Diamond Foods

Diamond Foods bets big on ready-to-eat popcorn as category tops $600m

By Elaine Watson

The US ready-to-eat popcorn category has been “growing in the double-digits for the past 3-4 years” and is now worth “north of $600m in annual [retail] sales”, according to Diamond Foods CEO Brain Driscoll, who says new launches under the Kettle and Pop...

Companies that include input from sales at critical stages of the new product development process tend to pick more winners, says Affinnova

Why are so many CPG innovators frustrated and demotivated?

By Elaine Watson

Many people developing new products at CPG companies feel frustrated and demotivated according to a new survey, which probably comes as no surprise given the high failure rate in the trade. But looking at what firms that produce more winners have in common...

Nestlé said its patent-pending bite-size sports nutrition snacks were portable and tasty compared to performance bars on the market

Patent watch

Nestlé files patent for bite-size sports snacks

By Kacey CULLINEY

Nestlé has filed a patent for high-carb and high-protein bite-size dough snacks for athletes and health-conscious consumers looking to manage nutritional intake before and during exercise.

Noosa co-founder: Greek yogurt isn’t the only game in town

Noosa co-founder: Greek yogurt isn’t the only game in town

By Elaine Watson

While Chobani, Dannon and Yoplait have been battling for supremacy in the US yogurt market (and at halftime at the Super Bowl), another equally ambitious player has recently emerged from the leftfield and served as a reminder that Greek isn’t the only...

Sean Connolly is CEO of Hillshire Brands

Tyson ups offer for Hillshire Brands; Pilgrim’s Pride withdraws

By Elaine Watson

The bidding war for Jimmy Dean sausage maker Hillshire Brands has stepped up a gear with Tyson Foods increasing its offer from $50 a share to $63 a share; and fellow suitor Pilgrim’s Pride, which had offered $55 a share in its latest offer, bowing out...

Waltrip on nurturing grower relationships:

60-second interview: the day job

What do you do? Blake Waltrip, CEO of Ancient Harvest

By Maggie Hennessy

In the latest iteration of FoodNavigator-USA’s What do you do interview series, we talk with the boss of organic ancient grain specialist Ancient Harvest about the challenges of long-distance (work) relationships, his move from banking to CPGs and what...

High-protein meat snacking: The US is ready for meat bars, says Datamonitor Consumer

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Meat bars: The next beef jerky?

By Kacey CULLINEY

Meat snack bars take beef jerky to a new level, appealing to busy and health-conscious Americans, says a Datamonitor researcher.

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