PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay announces US$200m investment in US snack facility expansion

US – Frito-Lay, a division of US snack and beverage giant PepsiCo, has announced an investment of US$200 million into the further expansion of its Rosenberg site in Texas, US.  The new capital injection will be used to add two manufacturing lines for its onion-flavoured corn snack brand Funyuns and tortilla chips, as well as increase the capacity in its warehouse.  The expansion is in addition to a US$138 million investment in the site announced back in 2019 – which will see Frito-Lay add a new Cheetos line and new seasoning and packaging equipment.   The…

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Demand for ‘clean-label’ snacks spikes in India as consumers become increasingly health conscious- Mintel

INDIA –  Indian consumers are becoming more conscious about the nutrition profile of the foods they eat and the trend is now becoming a major factor influencing purchase decisions of many consumers. This is according to a recently published study by market research firm Mintel on snacking attitudes of Indian consumers. According to the study, there is a growing consciousness about reducing the guilt of snacking among many Indians who are now preferring products with “free from” labels on their packaging. ‘No additives or preservatives’ is one of the top…

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PepsiCo’s snack division Frito-Lay to invest US$245m in expansion of US manufacturing site

US – PepsiCo’s snack division Frito-Lay, has announced plan to invest US$245 million to expand its snack manufacturing site in Connecticut, US. The Frito-Lay’s Killingly site where the expansion will take place began operations in 1980 with 200 employees, but it currently employs approximately 740 full-time associates. Expansion works include plans to expand its existing manufacturing facility and warehouse, as well as add two new Cheetos manufacturing lines. An additional 120 new jobs are expected by the expansion which will also mark the first time that the Cheetos brand will…

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Kellogg Europe invests US$168m in expanding snack manufacturing capacity to meet rising demand

EUROPE – Kellogg Europe has invested US$168.5 million in expanding manufacturing capacity of its snack brand Pringles to meet rising demand for snacks in Europe. Of the total investment, US$132 million was used to install a new production line at Kellogg Europe’s Kutno, Poland plant that has already been opened and is fully operational. According to Kellogg, the new line is sustainably designed, reducing requirement for heating and other infrastructure in the factory. It also highly efficient, minimizing chances of food waste. Kellogg Europe said that the remaining US$36 million…

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Mondelēz to strengthen position in the premium biscuit category with acquisition of Australian food company Gourmet Food

AUSTRALIA – American snack food company Mondelēz International is once again doubling down on efforts to expand its snack portfolio through global acquisitions. In its latest move, the company has announced the acquisition of Australian premium cracker company Gourmet Food Holdings, for an undisclosed amount. FoodBev reported that the move to purchase Gourmet Food, which includes brands such as OB finest, Olina’s Bakehouse and Crispbic, will strengthen Mondelēz’s position in the premium biscuit and cracker category. Previously, Mondelēz has highlighted its intentions to strengthen its position in the high-growth snacking…

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Sargento pairs cheese with popular Mondelēz brands to create new snack range

US – A new snack range that features cheese is coming to the US market thanks to a partnership between American Cheese Company Sargento Foods and global snack and food company Mondelēz International. The new snack range pairs Sargento cheeses with Ritz, Triscuit and Wheat Thins crackers and comes in four combinations, each containing 7-9g of protein and up to 170 calories per serving. In the new range, Sargento will combine Pepper Jack and Colby Jack natural cheeses with Ritz Mini Crackers while Gouda and sharp cheddar natural cheeses will…

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Kellogg to shut down two production lines in Ohio even as it launches a new cheese-flavoured popcorn snack

US – The Kellogg Company has announced plans to shut down two production lines at its Mariemont, Ohio, plant, in a bid to strengthen its salty snacks business. “While this would be the right thing to do for the business, it is never an easy decision to make when people are impacted,” Kellogg Spokesperson, Kris Bahner said. Bahner added that when the planned changes are complete, the Ohio plant will continue to produce a number of Kellogg cracker brands. The company will meanwhile add a new line and reconfigure another…

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Nestle’s popular snack brand Smarties switches to 100% recycled paper packaging as core cereal brands minimize plastic use

GERMANY – Swiss food manufacturing giant Nestlé has announced that its popular Smarties brand is now using recyclable paper packaging for its confectionery products worldwide. The announcement follows a decision by Nestlé Cereals UK that well-known cereal brands including Cheerios, Shreddies and Shredded Wheat are set to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging by more than 600 tonnes annually. Nestlé Cereals UK said the new packs will also mean that fewer lorries are required to transport the products to stores across the UK, saving an estimated total of…

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American snack company Utz to acquire Vitner’s snack brand for US$25M

US – Utz Brands, a large snack food company based in Hanover, Pennsylvania, is acquiring assets related to Chicago snack brand Vitner’s from Snak-King for US$25 million. Founded in 1926, Vitner’s has about 55 direct-store-delivery (DSD) distribution routes with most of its snack products being made by Snak-King. According to a press release from the snack maker, the deal, which is expected to close in February, includes the Vitner’s trademark and DSD distribution of Vitner’s branded products. Utz said in the release that the distribution routes acquired in this deal…

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Kellogg’s Rxbar brand unveils its new limited edition of pecan variant

USA – Kellogg, a multinational food manufacturing company, has announced that its Rxbar has unveiled its latest seasonal offering, a new limited-edition pecan variant. The Pecan Rxbar features ‘buttery’ pecans and a dash of cinnamon, as well as the brand’s signature base of egg whites, dates and a few other simple ingredients. According to Rxbar, the bars feature 12g of ‘high-quality’ protein and contain no added sugar. “This year’s new Pecan Rxbar is the perfect combination of real ingredients to give you that warm, delicious pecan pie flavour,” Jim Murray…

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