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Flexible packaging spending in North American to reach $25 billion by 2018

February 7, 2014

The North American converted flexible packaging market totals nearly 30% of the global consumption, with annual expenditures of $20.7 billion in 2013, says a new report. Nearly 90% of sales are concentrated in the U.S., with Canada and Mexico amounting to 7% and 5%, respectively.


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Kellogg to close N.C. plant, eliminate lines at Ohio plant

February 5, 2014

Kellogg Co. says it will close its Charlotte, N.C., snack manufacturing plant and eliminate two snack lines at its Cincinnati plant by the end of the year.


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Bimbo Bakeries to close Iowa bakery

February 4, 2014

Bimbo Bakeries USA will close its Sioux City, Iowa, bread production facility near the end of March.


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Tumaro’s Low-in-Carb Wraps are the winner of SF&WB’s Best Products of 2013

February 3, 2014

With more than 48% of the votes, Tumaro’s Low-in-Carbs Wraps are the winner of Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery’s Best New Snack & Bakery Products of 2013. Coming in second and third, respectively, are Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups and RW Garcia Tortatos.


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B.E.S.T. in Baking recipients recognized at IBIE

January 31, 2014

IBIE chairman Mike Beaty and Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery publisher Jeff Heath presented B.E.S.T. in Baking plaques to 17 companies during the 2013 International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE). Five companies were also recognized with Honorable Mentions.


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Cargill to market foodservice olive oil products

January 31, 2014

Cargill and Filippo Berio Olive Oil have reached agreement under which Cargill will be licensed to market a set of foodservice olive oil products under the Filippo Berio Culinary Selection brand. The deal includes five distinct olive oil products that meet the varying foodservice needs.


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House of Representatives passes farm bill

January 29, 2014

The House of Representatives passed the farm bill (Agriculture Act of 2014) today by a vote of 251 to 166.


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Grupo Bimbo frontrunner to buy Canada Bread

January 27, 2014

Mexico City-based Grupo Bimbo has emerged as the leading candidate to acquire Canada Bread Co. Ltd. from majority owner Maple Leaf Foods Inc., says Reuters.


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Hormel bacon plant cuts 75 jobs in Minnesota, relocating operation to Iowa

January 24, 2014

A Hormel bacon bits plant in St. James, Minn., will close in May, cutting work for 75 employees. Austin, Minn.-based Hormel Foods, will be expanding its plant in Dubuque, Iowa, for the first phase of a major project to create more bacon-toppings products.


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SAVE FOOD Initiative success at uniting players from all over the world under the FAO umbrella

January 24, 2014

Together with more than 150 participants from all over the world, the SAVE FOOD Initiative (www.save-food.org) discussed past and future cooperation at its first Partnership Event in Rome in December. Stakeholders from industry and agriculture, associations, initiatives and the public sector have thus taken another step in their joint effort against global food losses and waste.


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