Corporate Operations


  • Unilever's new Cups line launched under its Knorr brand.
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    Unilever brings Knorr into portable cups to attract working consumers

    The brand, recognized for its sauces, broths and seasonings, is launching seven rice and pasta options for people returning to the office who often skip lunch in favor of an “empty” snack.

    By April 15, 2024
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    Food companies aren’t ready to comply with traceability rule, says former FDA official

    Frank Yiannas, who helped the agency craft its new food safety tracking policy, said the system is not even a third of the way to meeting the 2026 deadline.

    By April 15, 2024
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    Mergers and acquisitions

    While the days of transformational megadeals in the food and beverage sector have subsided, the value of M&A hasn’t lost its importance for many executives. 

    By Food Dive staff
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    Leftovers: Kettle pops into Korean pepper flavored chips | Cinnamon Toast Crunch brings waffles to cereal

    The Campbell Soup-owned brand is spicing up its lineup with the help of gochujang, and the founders of ParmCrisps and Veggie Straws aim to level up the pretzel category with their latest snack.

    By Food Dive staff • April 12, 2024
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    Constellation outperforms Wall Street estimates amid beer boost

    While the alcohol giant’s margins in the category are improving, it also saw an 8% decline in its wine and spirits portfolio last quarter.

    By April 12, 2024
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    Kerry cuts sodium with Tastesense Salt

    The breakthrough allows formulators to use 60% less sodium in snacking products like chips, according to the company. 

    By April 11, 2024
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    PepsiCo’s Quaker Oats plant in Illinois to close, laying off 510 employees

    The food giant said the facility, recently impacted by a recall, would have required “an extended closure for enhancements and modernization.”

    By April 11, 2024
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    Conagra Brands to close Wisconsin Birds Eye plant and lay off 252 people

    The packaged food giant said it regularly evaluates its production network to ensure it is “operating as effectively and efficiently as possible” in order to remain competitive.

    By April 10, 2024
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    Kraft Heinz’s Lunchables have high amounts of sodium and lead, Consumer Reports finds

    The watchdog group said the popular meal kit marketed toward kids should not be allowed on school menus and urged the USDA to remove it as an option.

    By April 10, 2024
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    Consumers trading down to less expensive meat: survey

    Data from retail data science, insights and media company 84.51° found 43% of consumers are cooking dishes with less meat because of high grocery costs.

    By April 9, 2024
  • Hain Celestial's recently divested Thinsters brand.
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    Hain Celestial sells Thinsters cookie brand to Dippin’ Dots owner

    The divestiture to J&J Snack Foods for an undisclosed amount allows the organic and natural products giant to streamline its portfolio and reduce debt.

    By April 9, 2024
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    Godiva names former Nike executive as president to boost sales

    The appointment of Steve Lesnard comes as owner Pladis looks to significantly expand the premium chocolate brand's reach in the U.S. and globally by 2026.

    By April 8, 2024
  • Nestle's Stouffers frozen Spice Mac meal.
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    How Nestlé generated $200M in additional revenue by looking within

    The food giant launched a program in 2019 to better utilize ideas from its employees. Thousands of ideas have been received, leading to new products such as Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese Bite-Fulls.

    By April 8, 2024
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    Kellanova bites into sweet snacks with Pop-Tarts Crunchy Poppers

    The launch comes as the company aims to capitalize on its household name brands to grow its presence in the snacking category.

    By April 5, 2024
  • Kraft Heinz's new aioli sauces
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    Leftovers: Kraft capitalizes on aioli craze | General Mills brings Old El Paso into soups, cornbread

    The condiment and sauce giant is launching five new offerings including Buffalo Style Mayonnaise, and Cup Noodles’ maker infuses the flavor of everything bagel cream cheese for its latest breakfast ramen.

    By Food Dive staff • April 5, 2024
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    Dairy farmers urged to beef up biosecurity amid bird flu concerns

    As more cases are being detected across the U.S., producers are encouraged to closely monitor for sick cattle, limit herd movement and wear protective gear.

    By Nathan Owens • April 5, 2024
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    Why Coors Banquet believes it is thriving in a flailing beer category

    The brand attributed its sales growth to nostalgia and its legacy brand status, as parent company Molson Coors faces an ongoing strike at one of its plants.

    By April 4, 2024
  • Bars made by chocolate company Tony's Chocolonely.
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    Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz invests in Tony’s Chocolonely

    The producer of slave-free chocolates said it will benefit from the coffee chain executive’s “extensive experience” in building a global consumer brand and company. 

    By April 3, 2024
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    After collapse of Cooks Venture, chicken farmers look for answers

    Poultry growers face stress and financial hardship from the sudden closure of an Arkansas-based company. State intervention made things worse, they say.

    By Nathan Owens • April 3, 2024
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    Cal-Maine ceases operations at Texas facility after bird flu detected

    The nation’s largest egg producer depopulated nearly 2 million birds as a result of the outbreak as cases now mount in U.S. dairy herds.

    By Nathan Owens • April 3, 2024
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    Tequila takeover: Casa Azul’s new CEO says natural ingredients drive the future of cocktails

    Dennis Carr, who took the reins of the agave-based soda brand last month, said drinkers are shifting to spirits because of their lower calorie count as malt-based RTD offerings see a decline.

    By April 2, 2024
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    Cooks Venture tried to raise chickens better. Then 1M birds were killed.

    Arkansas farmers were left to pick up the pieces following the unexpected closure of a poultry company known for its free-range chickens. 

    By Nathan Owens • April 2, 2024
  • Snacking brands made by PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division on a grocery store shelf in Washington, D.C.
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    Feeding Gen Z involves embracing the discord

    The generation born between 1997 and 2012 is crucial for success in today's food industry. New research shows how this demographic's interests buck the norm.

    By Alexandra Frost • April 2, 2024
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    Protein bar maker Aloha gets $68M from venture fund

    Semcap Food & Nutrition, which makes minority investments in better-for-you brands like Purely Elizabeth and Good Culture, will help the plant-based business scale.

    By April 2, 2024
  • Packages of American Style, Cheddar Style and Provolone Style Kraft NotCheese slices lean up against a light blue surface with a white surface below them.
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    Kraft Heinz, NotCo targeting deeper presence in plant-based foods, exec says

    Despite a sales slowdown in the animal-substitute category, the joint venture is planning to tap into its valuable brand equity and technology to launch more items in 2024.

    By April 1, 2024
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    Dole calls off sale of fresh vegetables division amid DOJ opposition

    The Justice Department said the $293 million cash deal with Fresh Express, announced in January 2023, would have reduced competition and led to higher prices.

    By March 28, 2024