Axium Foods, known best for private-label, corn-based snacks, launches its own brand of enhanced-nutrition tortilla chips of a different color, Mystic Harvest Purple Corn Tortilla Chips. Loaded with healthful antioxidants, the chips are not only eye-catching, they have a tasty flavor and crunch.
The baking and snack food industries have been rife with acquisitions, mergers, spinoffs and other activities this year. So much so, that it’s sometimes difficult to tell who the major players are. Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery’s Top Bakers and Top Snack Manufacturers lists help put it all into perspective.
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.
There has been much anticipation about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations unfolding since January 2011, and we will likely be waiting until after the presidential election before key rules are revealed and the industry has an opportunity to review and comment on these elements.
I recently conducted an online survey, asking gluten-free consumers whether breads, rolls, sweet goods and other baked products on the market today meet their expectations for taste, texture and nutritional quality.