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Hormel Foods buys Skippy peanut butter brand

January 7, 2013

Hormel Foods is buying Skippy, the country's number two peanut butter brand, from Unilever for about $700 million. Skippy debuted on the market in 1932 and is a staple in American pantries. Hormel says it hopes the brand will boost its presence in the center aisles of the supermarket, where shelf-stable foods are sold. It also gives the company a clearer path for growth overseas, where Hormel is also looking to expand its Spam line, reports The Associated Press.


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Packaging designs provide product personality

December 14, 2012

That’s what one graphic designer feels a brand should be: Packaging design should give personality and flair to its product, especially in a crowded marketplace. Communicating brand benefits is the top priority for packaging, says Mark Salisbury, director of graphic design agency Solid Block.


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Hispanic food and beverage markets are primed for aggressive growth

December 13, 2012

Market research firm Packaged Facts sees the Hispanic food and beverage market embarking on a rigorous growth pattern now through 2017, as firms pour more dollars into innovation and marketing.


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The benefits of sustainable initiatives

December 9, 2012
Bakers and snack food manufacturers are realizing the benefits of sustainability initiatives from both environmental and profit perspectives.


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Britain’s bread industry goes stale

December 7, 2012

More results of the bad economy: U.K. consumers are buying less bread and making what they buy go further, even if it means eating stale bread. Meanwhile, supermarkets hit by shoppers' reluctance to purchase bread are pressuring suppliers for cheaper products.


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Confectionery creates clean-label options

November 30, 2012

Health is usually not a driver in confectionery purchases and consumption, but the growing interest in ‘natural’ as a whole has made an impression in this market and is pushing a move by processors to adopt clean-labeling in the industry.


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State of the Industry Report: Pork Rinds, Ingredients: New Twists on an Old Game

Updated formats and new flavors keep pork rinds on track and thriving in today’s snack race.
November 29, 2012
Pork rinds are probably the most misunderstood item in the snack category. This is surprising, because people have been eating pork rinds—also called pork skins—as long as they have been eating pigs. One of the world’s first snack foods created thousands of years ago, and favored in the southern states, pork rinds are a simple combination of fried pork skins and salt.
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Changing lifestyles prompt more flexible packaging use in North America

November 26, 2012

Analysis from Frost & Sullivan indicates that changing lifestyles and consequent dependence on processed, packaged and pre-cooked foods is increasing the sales of flexible packaging. Rigid packaging is visibly giving way to flexible packaging due to the latter's lightweight, superior barrier properties and prudent use of materials.


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The ‘Hispanization’ of the American palate

November 26, 2012

The ‘Hispanization’ of the American palate has been a strong trend for the past five years according to Stephen Palacios, executive vice president at consulting and marketing research company Added Value Cheskin. Palacios cites research by the Food Marketing Institute, discussing the trend that is becoming more mainstream, but hasn't yet reached its peak.


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What’s ahead in 2013?

November 26, 2012

Foodservice research and consulting firm Technomic peers ahead to the food trends that may significantly impact the restaurant industry in 2013. The insights are based on site visits evaluating the restaurant scene in cities across the country as well as interviews and surveys of operators, chefs and consumers, backed up by qualitative data from its extensive digital resources and quantitative data from its vast MenuMonitor database.


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