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Driving consumer demands for chocolate includes nuts, dried fruit

Driving consumer demands for chocolate includes nuts, dried fruit

By Elizabeth Crawford

Chocolate marketers likely will gain more traction if they appeal to consumers emotionally and emphasize the health benefits of inclusions, such as nuts and dried fruit, suggest the results of a recent survey conducted by the Almond Board of California. 

The future of tofu: pressed, baked and vacuum-packed

The future of tofu: pressed, baked and vacuum-packed

By Elizabeth Crawford

Vitasoy USA Inc., the maker of Nasoya products, hopes its new vacuum-packed and ready-to-eat baked tofu products will bring new consumers into the category by making tofu easier to prepare and showcasing its versatility. 

The plant will process between 700 to 1,000 sows a day

Smithfield Foods to build new sausage plant

By Helen Arnold

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, has announced its intention to construct a $44.8 million sausage plant in a joint venture with Kansas City Sausage.

Booming meat snack market grows with new flavors, formats & packaging

Booming meat snack market grows with new flavors, formats & packaging

By Elizabeth Crawford

Consumer demand for high protein, on-the-go food is helping drive sales of jerky, which climbed 12.8% last year, and other dried meat snacks, which increased 14.3% last year, according to data analysis by IRI Worldwide. Meat snack manufacturers hoping...

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