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Simple crunch time

Simple 7 Snacks works diligently to provide healthier , tasty extruded snacks
By Lauren R. Hartman
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Launching its own snack brand only three years ago, Simply 7 Snacks has copacked snacks for customers across the country for years.
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Labriola flour power

By Lauren R. Hartman
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Popular Labriola Baking Co. recently relocated to a spacious, 175,000-sq.-ft. plant in Alsip, Ill


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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.
By Lisa White
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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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Perfecting purple chip production

By Lauren R. Hartman
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Axium Foods’ 130,000-sq.-ft, corn-based snacks operation in South Beloit, Ill., has expanded several times, thanks in part to the success of the many private-label products it packs and products it copacks. It’s also launching its own line of Mystic Harvest purple tortilla chips, which contain powerful antioxidants. Outfitted with seven highly flexible production lines, Axium produces 150 different stock-keeping units of snacks each week.


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Masada’s Burger Bun Bonanza

By Lauren R. Hartman
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Masada Bakery’s 100,000-sq.-ft. bakery operation in Norcross, Ga., continues to grow, even in a slumping economy, thanks in part to the dramatic success of several customers. 


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‘Green’ Performance with Purpose

Frito-Lay North America’s core snack food production facility in Casa Grande, Ariz., may be the most sustainable food facility in the U.S.
By Lauren R. Hartman
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Chipping in for a “greener” future, Frito-Lay North America’s snack manufacturing facility in Casa Grande, Ariz., is the company’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold snack unit—a remarkable achievement in its own right. But the plant, which Frito-Lay calls its Near Net Zero project showcase, is also the result of a highly ambitious sustainability project that took the location “off the grids,” running primarily on renewable energy sources and recycled water, while producing zero landfill waste. The plant could be the most sustainable food production facility of its kind in the U.S.
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Custom pan solutions made in America

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Lloyd Pans, Spokane, Wash., produces its pan products in the good ’ole USA, using a proprietary stick-resistant coating that cleans easily and is 100% PTFE-free. What’s interesting, though, is that it sells almost all of the baking pans online.


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State of the Industry Report—Frozen Pizza—A Nice Slice

While times have been rough for some bakery categories, frozen pizza manufacturers continue to find their sweet spot by introducing products with creative flavors, premium toppings and affordable prices.
By Romy Schafer
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Nearly four years after the economic downturn, many Americans are still keeping a tight rein on their expenditures, monitoring how much they spend on essentials, including groceries, and nonessentials, such as eating out. Not surprisingly, many food manufacturers and restaurants have been impacted by this new-found consumer frugality, prompting the former to trim unprofitable items from their product lines and the latter to add more specials to their menus.
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Software, Solid Solutions

New and updated software applications enable bakers and snack producers to better manage logistics and fleets to efficiently and effectively deliver their goods to customers and keep costs in check.
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Like all manufacturers, bakers and snack producers know that their success (and profitability) depends on more than just regularly introducing new products. Controlling overhead, operating and equipment costs is a major part of the equation.
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Artisan Dough-How with a High-Tech Twist

Take a tour of Hudson Bread’s production facility, near the Big Apple. Among its many features, the 60,000-sq.-ft. plant sports a brand new stress-free production line that’s helping to keep pace with product demand.
By Lauren R. Hartman
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Hudson Bread, North Bergen, N.J., is rather a paradox. Starting out in 1994 as a small, fully artisan bakery owned and operated by president/chief executive Mariusz (Mark) Kolodziej, Hudson Bread became a favored producer, as its scrumptious baguettes, boules, rolls, brioche, buns, Ciabattas, Pullman loaves and much more gave it plenty of momentum to grow and expand.
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