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Study: U.S. Microwaveable Packaging 2012 to 2016

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The U.S. microwaveable packaging market is expected to hit $2 billion by 2016, reflecting revenue growth of 9.4% per year during the next five years, according to a new study from Allied Development, Burnsville, Minn. One factor driving market growth is the rapid adoption of microwaveable packaging within food product categories that require increased packaging functionality.


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Bunge announces leadership changes in Canada

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Karl Gerrand will join Bunge North America as managing director, Canada, upon the retirement of Richard A. Watson.


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Snack maker Pirate Brands offers tips for healthier Super Bowl snacking

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Pirate Brands, maker of Pirate’s Booty rice-and-corn puffs and other all-natural snacks, is offering consumers tips for healthier snacking just in time for Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.


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Breakfast to-go

By Jen Roth
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Today’s consumers lead busy lives, which sometimes means eating on-the-run. Fortunately, many bakeries are offering convenient grab-and-go breakfast items like muffins and donuts.


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Hormel Foods buys Skippy peanut butter brand

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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

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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

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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

By Lisa White
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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

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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

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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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