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I have recently been featured in twi Times Union Articles
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Article 1 - Vanderbilt helped invent the chip in Saratoga?
Likely a salty myth


Article 2 - Toga Chip Guy makes a second showing on History Channel

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Please read the article in Saratoga Today that features, your's truly, The Toga Chip Guy!

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Current Events!


Please watch the latest episode of The History Channel's The Food That Built America, "When The Chips Are Down", season 2, episode 3, where I am prominently featured.

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Read my feature article in "Shorelines" The Saratoga Lake Association News Letter.

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Listen to my recent interview on Heart Radio.

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Listen To The New History Channel Podcast

After appearing in several episodes of The History Channel's Series "The Food That Built America", I have now been prominently featured in an associated podcast.

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Please read my recent interview with Julia Dunn on CBS 6.

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Read The Article About Me In Saratoga Today Entitled "Who: Alan Richer, The Toga Chip Guy"

This article was just published today, April 2nd, It starts on Page 3.

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Watch the latest episode of the History Channel's "The FoodThat Built America "that aired on Natational Potato Chip Day, March 14. Featuring the history of Herman Lay and then rival Fritos!

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John Karolefski, author of the blog Grocery Stories at:
 
https://www.grocerystories.com/ 

has written a book about grocery shopping. He had requested a quote from me about about chips -- their place in snack history, their popularity, etc.

I had provided him with a quote that I will disclose once his book is published.

Here is that quote!

"Potato chips are more American than apple pie. Compare the shelf space allotted to potato chips and apple pie in your local grocery store"


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Recent Events

On Novemeber 19th 2019, I spoke to the New York Capital Region Elfuns Club at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park NY, on the History of the Potato Chip.
The club consists of mostly retired General Electric employees.


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The Toga Chip Guy Is On The Air!

I have been interviewed about the history of the potato chip by a California based radio station, Yesterday USA  Radio Networks,  at 10:30pm New York time on Saturday, September 14th.  
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Snack sector looks to lentils, beans and insects as ‘health by stealth’ hits limit


As the snack sector reaches its technological limits in cutting salt and fat from products, European manufacturers are accelerating reformulating efforts using lentils, beans, other vegetables -- and even insects -- as a way of meeting consumer demand for healthier snacking options.
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Moving snacks from Point A to Point Z: How Frito-Lay is creating a sustainable supply chain

This article is sponsored by Frito-Lay.
As the impacts of climate change become part of our daily lives, the PepsiCo team recognizes that with scale and resources also comes great responsibility to take bold action. PepsiCo recently announced its climate goal to reduce 75 percent of absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across direct operations and 40 percent in our indirect value chain by 2030. PepsiCo also pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, one decade earlier than called for in the Paris Agreement.
At Frito-Lay, we are doing our part to reduce our environmental impact and help build a more sustainable business. While this is a big task, we are making progress across the organization by taking an innovative approach to transportation and manufacturing processes. 
Frito-Lay is replacing all existing diesel-powered fleet equipment with zero-emission (ZE) and near-zero emission (NZE) technologies at our Modesto, California, manufacturing site, furthering PepsiCo’s mission to reduce its absolute GHG emissions.
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Utz Brands Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2020 Financial Results

Q4 Net Sales Growth of 22.1% and Pro Forma Net Sales Growth of 6.8%
Builds Foundation for Continued Long-term Growth
HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Utz Brands, Inc. (NYSE: UTZ) (“Utz” or the “Company”), a leading U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, today reported financial results for the Company’s 14-week fiscal fourth quarter and 53-week fiscal 2020 ended January 3, 2021.
“2020 was a transformational year for Utz. We began our new chapter as a publicly traded company, and we delivered double-digit retail sales growth, making Utz the #3 brand platform in U.S. Salty Snacks and one of the fastest growing salty snack platforms of scale. Growth was led by our Power Brands and we added three million more buyers during the year. Despite the challenges of the pandemic and the demanding environment for our team, we reacted quickly and put protocols in place to protect our associates and customers, which enabled us to deliver these strong results,” said Dylan Lissette, Chief Executive Officer of Utz. “Looking ahead, we remain excited about our opportunity for continued long-term profitable growth, as we actively deploy our value creation strategies for the benefit of our stockholders.”
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Doritos teams up with Twitch Rivals Europe
Twitch Rivals Europe has named its first sponsor for the streamer and esports event, with snack brand Doritos announced as an official marketing partner.
As a result of the partnership, Doritos will launch the Doritos Disruptor Series EMEA, an event that sees Twitch creators host a number of local market tournaments with selected groups of aspiring streamers.
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March Madness Snack Forecast for Grocers

Same-day grocery delivery provider Shipt has a few ideas about what grocers can expect this year when it comes to March Madness snack trends.
According to data pulled by Shipt from last year's college basketball season, there were clear favorites when it came to snack preferences. Fans used Shipt's delivery service to order more than 231,000 bags of Doritos, 136,000 boxes of Cheez-Its, 133,000 bags of Goldfish and 107,000 bags of Tostitos.
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Herr's Fire Ridged Potato Chips & Cheese Curls
Nature’s Eats launches new chip category innovation – the first almond tortilla chip
Satisfying nutty taste and crunch
Packed with nutritional benefits
Low carb, grain and gluten-free
Ideal snack for special diets
In time for National Chip And Dip Day on March 23rd, Nature’s Eats, a brand of Texas Star Nut & Food Company, is launching a first to market almond chip, called Nutchos. Now health conscious consumers will have a new tasty snack option over traditional tortilla chips.
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Herr's Fire Ridged Potato Chips & Cheese Curls
Pringles® plucked a new flavor from the far reaches of the gaming world, answering a question pondered by many Halo fans: what would a “Moa Burger” taste like? 
For those not fluent in the video game Halo’s lore, Moa are large, flightless bird-like creatures with two legs, wings, scales from the neck up, and a lizard-like head – similar to the extinct bird from New Zealand of the same name. The bird is native to the Halo planet called Reach and is the signature dish of a restaurant chain in that universe, so the gaming community is continually curious about what Moa might taste like in burger form. 
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Herr's Fire Ridged Potato Chips & Cheese Curls
Herr's is bringing the heat with the launch of two new fiery snacks that deliver big flavor: Herr's Fire Ridged Potato Chips and Herr's Fire Cheese Curls. Both products deliver a fiery sensation that is balanced by savory and sweet notes. Herr's Fire Ridged Potato Chips have a suggested retail price of 50 cents for a 1-ounce bag, $1.89 for a 2.75-ounce bag, and $4.29 for a 9-ounce bag. Herr's Fire Cheese Curls have a suggested price of 50 cents for a 1-ounce bag, $1.89 for a 3-ounce bag, and $3.69 for a 7.5-ounce bag. The development of these new products also led Herr's to another heat-related innovation: it will soon start rolling out unified "heat meter" branding on its packaging so that consumers can easily choose between mild, medium or hot heat in many other Herr's snack products.
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Herr's Chips In To Celebrate Their 75 Years Of Snack Flavor Innovation

NOTTINGHAM, Pa., March 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- For the last 75 years, food lovers have enjoyed more than 300 varieties of craveable snacks from Pennsylvania-based Herr's, the nation's largest family-owned snack maker. As Herr's transitions from second to third-generation management, the company remains at the forefront of innovation and continues to create flavor-packed snacks that have become favorites of fans near and far. To commemorate the landmark 75th anniversary, Herr's is releasing a limited-edition Homestyle kettle cooked potato chip and launching 75 days of celebrations to give back to the Philadelphia communities and fans who have supported Herr's through the years.
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No More Snackrifice: Hilo Life Introduces Keto-Friendly Almond Flour-Based Chips
NEW YORK, March 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Hilo Life, a brand on a mission to make foods a source of joy for carb counters, is announcing today the launch of a keto-friendly, almond flour-based chip. This exciting innovation delivers a crunchy texture and bold flavor with 3 grams net carbs and 9 grams protein per serving1. Available in three popular snack flavor profiles, Nacho Cheese, Ranch and Spicy Salsa, the tortilla style chips were developed for carb-conscious snackers who have 'Nosh-talgia' and miss traditional chips.
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Ka-Pop! Snacks and Bubba's Fine Foods Merge to Create a Powerhouse Healthy CPG Company: Awakened Foods™
LOVELAND, Colo., March 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ka-Pop! Snacks, makers of Ancient Grain Popped Chips & Puffs, and Bubba's Fine Foods, makers of Paleo & Keto-friendly snacks, granolas, and private-label goods, announced a merger agreement today. This new company, operating as Awakened Foods, will compete in the fastest-growing food trends in the $110B global healthy snacks market and the $38B global cereal/granola market.
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Frito-Lay Adds Flavor to the Fun as Official Salty-Snack Chip Partner of Six Flags
PLANO, Texas, March 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The thrill is calling, and the snacks are answering. Frito-Lay is now the Official Salty-Snack Chip partner of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world's largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America. Beginning this spring, and as we head into the warm summer months, park guests can enjoy their favorite Frito-Lay snacks as they experience record-breaking roller coasters, unforgettable rides and thrilling water attractions in a safe, outdoor environment.
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Herr's Chips In To Celebrate Their 75 Years Of Snack Flavor Innovation
NOTTINGHAM, Pa., March 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- For the last 75 years, food lovers have enjoyed more than 300 varieties of craveable snacks from Pennsylvania-based Herr's, the nation's largest family-owned snack maker. As Herr's transitions from second to third-generation management, the company remains at the forefront of innovation and continues to create flavor-packed snacks that have become favorites of fans near and far. To commemorate the landmark 75th anniversary, Herr's is releasing a limited-edition Homestyle kettle cooked potato chip and launching 75 days of celebrations to give back to the Philadelphia communities and fans who have supported Herr's through the years.
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Anthony Davis Joined by Jayson Tatum and T-Pain to Help Ruffles Rally Fans to Own Their Ridges
PLANO, Texas, Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Ruffles®, Official Chip of the NBA and one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, has launched an electric new campaign, Own Your Ridges™, featuring eight-time NBA All-Star, Anthony Davis. A brand famous for the ridges on its chips, the campaign is intended to inspire fans to unapologetically embrace what makes them unique — their "ridges."
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Kellogg's Reinvents Two Fan-Favorite Cracker Brands: All-New Club® Crisps and Town House® Dipping Thins
BATTLE CREEK, Mich., March 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Kellogg's Crackers is offering two delicious new ways to make the most of your snack breaks with the introduction of Club® Crisps and Town House® Dipping Thins. Both varieties are thinner and crispier versions of fan-favorite brands, giving snack lovers more opportunities to customize their snacking experiences throughout the day.
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Utz Brands doubles down on digital ads to grow snack sales, retain customers

Utz Brands CEO Dylan Lissette told CNBC Friday that the company is increasing its marketing spend on digital advertising to reach new customers and grow snack sales.
“We’re putting a lot of money there. As we go forward into 2021 [it will be] about a 60% increase,” he said in a “
Mad Money” interview with Jim Cramer. “But as we look beyond that, we’re going to be putting even more in.”

The company, which sells a range of salty snacks including potato chips and pretzels, is looking to capitalize on pandemic-era lockdowns that have left consumers eating at home. The company’s portfolio includes brands like Zapp’s, Golden Flake and Boulder Canyon.
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Pepsi says revenue jumped 8.8%, sees 2021 results meeting long-term targets

  • PepsiCo topped Wall Street’s estimates for its fourth-quarter earnings and revenue.
  • The company is anticipating mid-single-digit growth in organic revenue in 2021 and high-single-digit growth in core earnings per share.
  • Pepsi benefited from the continuation of pandemic snacking trends, as well as strong sales of its drinks.
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Boosted by lockdowns, U.S. potato sales hit record in 2020

Total potato sales at retail were at five-year record highs for both dollar and volume sales in 2020, according to Potatoes USA.
Potatoes were consistently one of the highest performing produce items in terms of year-on-year growth, as consumers looked to purchase longer-lasting fruit and vegetables during the lockdowns.
Dollar sales increased by 16% compared to 2019 and all categories, except deli-prepared sides, grew by double-digit dollar sales.
Dehydrated recorded the highest sales increases in dollars by 30% and volume sales by 25%. Canned and bottled saw the second-largest dollar increase at 29%, and frozen had the second-largest volume increase at 23%.

The largest growth in dollar and volume sales for potatoes occurred from April through June - the onset of the pandemic - although all months grew by over 9% for both metrics.
Fresh sales increased by almost 21% in dollars and 15% in volume. All types increased in dollar and volume sales by at least 6%.
Within the fresh category, medley potatoes had the highest dollar and volume sales increase with dollar sales by 34% and volume sales by 38%.
While all package sizes saw double-digit growth in dollar sales, one-pound through four-pound bags saw the largest increase, growing by 24% in dollars and 19% in volume.
Five-pound bags make up 47% of all package sizes bought at retail, and grew in dollars and volume sales by double-digits compared to 2019.
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Utz Brands, Inc. Shares Success With Its Team!

HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Brands, Inc. is pleased to announce an approximately $6 million-dollar profit sharing contribution for Utz Associates. Started over forty years ago, the Utz 401K Profit Sharing Plan is committed to supporting Utz Associates and their families based on the company meeting a range of corporate and operational goals. Since 2000, the 401K profit sharing contributions for Associates has exceeded $75 million dollars.
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Utz Celebrates National Potato Chip Day With Promotions and Sweepstakes Galore!

Cereal Giant POST invests in PeaTos revolutionary snack brand. (Photo: Business Wire)
February 02, 2021 05:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Less than six months after raising $7M in a Series A round, PeaTos®, the revolutionary snack chip brand, announced that it has secured Post Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POST) to lead its $12.5M Series B round. The funds will enable PeaTos to continue driving its mission to revolutionize America’s favorite chips by adding nutrient-dense peas to the traditional corn base and replacing the artificial colors and flavors with more natural ingredients. PeaTos has experienced explosive growth and received widespread acclaim due to its unique approach of creating a better form of “junk food”, one that has all the flavor and fun of traditional snacks like Cheetos® and Doritos®, but all the nutrient claims of better-for-you options.
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Rapidly Growing Disruptive Snack Brand PeaTos® Secures Cereal Giant Post Holdings to Lead $12.5M Series B Round

Cereal Giant POST invests in PeaTos revolutionary snack brand. (Photo: Business Wire)
February 02, 2021 05:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Less than six months after raising $7M in a Series A round, PeaTos®, the revolutionary snack chip brand, announced that it has secured Post Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POST) to lead its $12.5M Series B round. The funds will enable PeaTos to continue driving its mission to revolutionize America’s favorite chips by adding nutrient-dense peas to the traditional corn base and replacing the artificial colors and flavors with more natural ingredients. PeaTos has experienced explosive growth and received widespread acclaim due to its unique approach of creating a better form of “junk food”, one that has all the flavor and fun of traditional snacks like Cheetos® and Doritos®, but all the nutrient claims of better-for-you options.
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Utz retires century-old Husman's snack brand

Dive Brief:
  • Snacking company Utz Brands announced it will discontinue the 102-year-old Husman’s snacks brand, which it acquired along with Snyder of Berlin from Conagra in 2019, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. For more than 15 years, Husman’s had been produced in Pennsylvania and sold there and in Ohio. An Utz spokesperson said in a statement emailed to Food Dive that since it has owned the brand, sales have been “steadily declining” in an extremely competitive snack market, and it made the decision based on consumer demand and retailer feedback. 
  • The spokesperson said that this February, Utz will introduce other snack brands and begin producing new products at the same factory where Husman’s chips were made. The Utz spokesperson noted that the discontinuation of the Husman's brand will not affect its workforce negatively, adding that “we have added positions and plan to add even more.”
  • The last several months have been eventful for Utz. Since August 2020, the company was acquired by blank check company Collier Creek Holdings, it went public on the New York Stock Exchange and it has closed on three acquisitions. This latest move further accelerates the company’s portfolio restructuring as it reinvents itself to compete in the competitive snacking category.
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Pringles® Releases Out-Of-This-World 2021 Big Game Flavor Stacking Ad

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As the biggest snacking day of the year approaches, the Pringles® brand is ready for take-off and releasing its fourth consecutive Big Game spot. Fans were given a SNEAK PEEK via the Pringles social channels, and the brand is now debuting the full spot HERE.
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Spreading the PEAS & Love: The Craftory Invests $50M in HIPPEAS® Organic Chickpea Snacks

NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- HIPPEAS® Organic Chickpea Snacks has raised $50M from The Craftory Limited. The Craftory is a revolutionary investment house that is a notably counter-corporate and anti-traditional VC. The brand intends to use the funds to boost innovation, expand production, increase distribution, and amplify its positive impact. The financing consisted of direct investment and secondary purchases of shares from existing HIPPEAS® shareholders, including CAVU Venture Partners.
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More Snacking and Smaller Gatherings at Home Expected for Super Bowl LV, Frito-Lay U.S. Snack Index Finds

PLANO, Texas, Jan. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Super Bowl celebrations will look different this year, but snacks will continue to be a welcome guest. According to results from Frito-Lay's latest U.S. Snack Index1, a poll focused on consumers' snacking habits – more than 40 percent of Americans are snacking more than they did last year as the Super Bowl LV broadcast is still expected to be the most-watched event of the year. With eight in 10 Americans planning to tune in, Frito-Lay estimates even more snacking – a 21 percent increase from Super Bowl LIV – during this year's game.
Retail sales data shows Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest snacking days of the year, but snack consumption has seen a significant uptick since the onset of the pandemic. With half of consumers (50 percent) saying they look forward to eating the snacks they love but don't eat every day during the Super Bowl, Frito-Lay is preparing to meet increased demand – producing more than 70 million pounds of snacks in the week leading up to the game.
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The PLANeT Partnership: Beyond Meat and PepsiCo jointly pilot plant-based snacks and beverages

27 Jan 2021 --- Beyond Meat and PepsiCo have linked up in a significant move that will create and scale up an array of plant-based selections for the snacks and drinks aisles. The meat alternatives player and beverage giant have coined their new joint venture operations The PLANeT Partnership. 
FoodIngredientsFirst reached out to the companies for insights into the project, which will leverage Beyond Meat’s food processing technologies and PepsiCo’s marketing and commercial capabilities. The financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.  
However, Beyond Meat’s shares jumped 17.7 percent to US$186.83 today following the announcement yesterday.
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Startup keys in on post-pandemic snack trends

LONDON — Mindful Snacker is looking for opportunities to make snacking healthier and tastier.
The UK-based brand is owned by Pilot Lite Group, a global venture management company, and is spearheaded by Tara Quick, a former marketing executive and self-confessed foodie. Ms. Quick also brings experience working with startups. Prior to joining Pilot Lite Group’s new snacking venture, she worked with brands including Moyee Coffee, The Other Bar and Three Jones Pizza.
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Frito-Lay to run trio of Super Bowl ads for first time

Dive Brief:
  • PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division for the first time will run three campaigns during the Super Bowl, premiering TV commercials for Doritos, Cheetos and its portfolio of snack brands. The portfolio campaign will feature the most NFL stars ever in a PepsiCo spot, per an announcement emailed to Marketing Dive.
  • Peyton and Eli Manning, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders and other football luminaries will appear in the Frito-Lay portfolio ad. The company also will run spots for Doritos 3D Crunch, the cone-shape tortilla chips that the snack brand reintroduced last month, and for Cheetos Crunch Pop Mix, a new product from the Cheetos brand.
  • Frito-Lay's expanded Super Bowl play comes as parent company PepsiCo revamps its marketing around the big game. The company's Pepsi soda brand, the regular Super Bowl halftime show sponsor, will eschew an in-game commercial this year, and is instead promoting headliner The Weeknd in a multichannel campaign that includes national TV ads, digital content and a microsite, along with in-store activations.
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Cheetos Crunch Pop Mix

Cheetos introduced Crunch Pop Mix, a combination of traditional Cheetos Crunchy and Cheetos Popcorn. The new snack ties into recent food and snack mashup trends that emerged during 2020, including the infusion of snack mixes into mealtime occasions.
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"2020 was a year unlike any other in that we saw the incredibly popular introduction of Cheetos Popcorn in January, quickly followed by world-changing events that affected every industry differently," said Rachel Ferdinando, SVP and CMO, Frito-Lay North America. "For our brands, we saw trends like Cheetos recipe searches skyrocketing 190%. So now we're thinking with that lens through everything we introduce to the world. Hopefully Cheetos Crunch Pop Mix can provide a small moment of joy and bring a few smiles this year."
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With Hundreds of Potato Varieties in U.S. Govt. Spends Millions to Develop More

Although there are already hundreds of different types of potatoes in the United States, the government wants additional varieties and is spending $2.5 million to develop more kinds. It appears to be a concocted potato emergency and American taxpayers will come to the rescue by funding an essential Potato Research Program. The goal, according to the federal agency doling out the cash, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is to establish new potato varieties with a high value to the nation’s commercial potato industry. It will be accomplished through a process known as varietal development and testing research that uses conventional breeding and/or biotechnological genetics to develop improved potato varieties, according to the grant announcement.
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WHAT WILL AMERICANS EAT DURING THE SUPER BOWL?

Super Bowl parties may look different this year, but food will still be a major part of them.
Frito-Lay estimates a 21% increase in snacking vs. previous Super Bowls as more consumers plan to watch at home in smaller gatherings.
“Super Bowl is as much about enjoying a fun, shared national moment with our favorite foods and beverages as it is about the football game,” said Mike Del Pozzo, Chief Customer Officer, Frito-Lay North America in a press release. “Americans continue to look for familiarity and comfort in their favorite foods as the pandemic has continued, and we expect that trend to remain in the weeks leading up to game day.”
Potato chips are usually the top snack of choice, but during the game, 68% of surveyed adults agreed that chips and dip are the must-have snack. And for the third year in a row, salsa is the most popular dip to pair with Super Bowl snacks, followed by cheese dips and spreads, French onion dip, and guacamole.
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FOOD INDUSTRY BUGGING OUT OVER INSECT PROTEIN

The edible insect market, which surpassed $112 million in 2019, is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 26.5% from 2020 to 2027 to reach $4.63 billion by 2027, according to Research and Markets.
Companies are banking on this unique way to produce protein. Here’s a closer examination of why companies are so intrigued by the edible insect market.
The Future of Food Supply?
The market’s rapid expansion is largely due to sustainability. Insects can be grown with limited natural resources and a relatively small environmental footprint. Other factors at play include the growing emission of greenhouse gases from livestock and poultry, high nutritional value of insects, and a low risk of transmitting zoonotic diseases.
Insect production for food and animal feed is on its way to becoming more mainstream. Archer Daniels Midland and InnovaFeed plan to begin building what will be the world’s largest insect protein facility this year in Decatur, Illinois, reported Forbes (Dec. 31, 2020).
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Highely Demand of potato chip in 2020 - 2027 | Kiwi Food, Balaji Wafers Pvt Ltd., Lay's, Bikaji Snacks

The Potato Chips Market is expected to have a highly positive outlook for the next five years 2018-2026. This Research Reports emphasizes on key industry analysis, market size, Share, growth and extensive industry dynamics with respect to with respect to drivers, opportunities, pricing details and latest trends in the industry.

The global Potato Chips market analysis further provides pioneering landscape of market along with market augmentation history and key development involved in the industry. The report also features comprehensive research study for high growth potential industries professional survey with market analysis. Potato Chips market report helps the companies to understand the market trends and future market prospective, opportunities and articulate the critical business strategies.
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Lay’s Game Day Chili potato chips set to hit shelves in January 2021

When it comes to watching sports, it’s all about paying attention to the game and eating snacks.
Lay’s is releasing a new flavor that you can snack on while watching football. Soon, football fans will be able to buy the limited-edition Lay’s Game Day Chili potato chips, Delish reported.
The brand’s newest limited-time flavor includes the classic combination of chili, tomatoes, onion, peppers, garlic, and Tex-Mex spices.
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Mister Bee receives federal funds for project improvements

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia’s only potato chip maker has received a federal loan financing for renewable energy systems and other improvements.
On Tuesday, officials announced the West Virginia Potato Chip Co. LLC, makers of Mister Bee potato chips, has received $250,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.
The project includes a new warehouse, a water recycler, a new energy-efficient fryer and potato washer, energy-efficient lighting and other energy-efficient equipment, said Mary Anne Ketelsen, owner of the potato chip company. The savings in energy and other costs will be more than $31,000 a year, she said.
The long-term viability of the company also is enhanced, Ketelsen said. Installations so far have already improved operations and resulted in additional employees, she said.
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Innovation pays off for potato chip makers

Potato chips have always been a favorite indulgence because they are familiar and satisfying, and they taste great. These attributes catered to consumers’ need for comfort food, driving potato chip sales during the pandemic. The category posted the most growth of all salty snack categories with an increase of almost $50.8 million in sales for the first three months of 2020, as compared with 2019, according to IRI retail sales figures for the US snacking market.
Potato chips have long been a pioneering staple on pantry shelves. As stay-at-home orders were put in place, demand for core snacks exploded as people rushed to fill their cupboards with their favorite snack foods.

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Lay’s potato chips honors Canton woman’s efforts to spread joy

DETROIT – For years Zaman International founder and CEO, Najah Bazzy, has dedicated herself to helping women, children and refugees.
The non-governmental organization has helped more than 250,000 women and children by providing basic necessities, education and job training.
Now Bazzy is getting recognized for it in a very unique and unusual way. You could see her face soon at local grocery stores.
Lay’s potato chips is honoring Bazzy. She was selected as part of the 30 smiles initiative to be placed on Lay’s potato chip bags.
“One of the things I always said is I want you to see my smile, not just my scarf,” said Bazzy.
Zaman International operates out of the Hope For Humanity Center, a 40,500-square-foot facility in Inkster.
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Pringles Highlights Stackability Amid Bright Colors for New Packaging Design

For the first time in 20 years, Pringles has updated its unmistakable can with a fresh, new look that features bold hues and a clean design, highlighting the snack's flavors and stackable shape. To complement the can's new look, Pringles also streamlined its mustached mascot to better highlight the flavors in every can and showcase his new range of emotions to match. With a sleeker look including a more dynamic mustache, sharper bow tie, sparkling eyes and expressive eyebrows, Mr. P's "Glow Up" puts the focus on the irresistible taste in every Pringles crisp and stack.
"We spent the last two years in research and design to create a modern look for the cans and Mr. P's style that reflects the bold flavor in every Pringles crisp and stack," said Gareth Maguire, senior director of marketing for Pringles. "While the look may be new on the outside, I'm proud to say that it doesn't change the irresistible taste that's always been on the inside of every Pringles can and celebrates the unique snacking experience that is part of every bite."
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A Healthier Way to Chips

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What even are plantains? Plantains look like large bananas, but they’re very different in many ways. Unlike the banana, which is more sweet, the plantain itself is more starchy and similar to a yucca or potato. Plantains must be cooked and are an essential ingredient in most cuisines found in parts of Central and South America, The Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia. Carrying such a unique flavor and being so versatile, plantains make for the most delicious sweet and savory chips!

These chips, unlike your traditional view on chips, have no trans fat, 0% cholesterol, all-natural flavors, are gluten-free, and have an overall lower fat content than other chips. So looking for a healthier alternative to chips without having to compromise on flavor? Turbana Plantain Chips are the choice for you. We’re selling 7-oz bags of these chips for only $2.69 at your local
Ocean State Job Lot. Get yours today and start snacking healthy.
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Potato utilization dips 5% for 2019-20 marketing year

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A near-double digit gain in potato retail sales wasn’t enough to offset a decline in foodservice sales during the 2019-20 marketing year.
Showing a 5% decline in the utilization of all potatoes, the domestic sales and
U.S. potato utilization report for July 2019 to June 2020 marketing year was released by Potatoes USA in December.
“Despite the 9% increase in sales through retail, the decline occurred due to the 13% decrease in sales to the foodservice sector and 2% decrease in exports,” the report said.

The utilization of the U.S. crop also was reduced slightly by a 7% increase in imports, according to the report.
The decline in utilization happened at the end of the marketing year in 2020, according to the report; sales to foodservice, retail, and exports, were all up for the July through December 2019 period.  
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Utz Brands to acquire Insignia Portfolio Company Truco Enterprises

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Not that long ago, America’s best-known food brands were launching quirky online shops as a novelty. Now, they’re practically a necessity. Hidden Valley Ranch, Franzia boxed wine, Taco Bell… The list of non-clothing companies catering to diehard fans by selling leisurewear suddenly goes on and on. And for the 2020 holiday season, you can add Frito-Lay to that list.

Today, the snack giant announced that their website
Snacks.com—already a hub for buying their edible products online—is now offering “holiday bundles” in a first-ever holiday shop section. There, fans will find sweaters, beanies, socks, scarves, and onesies from Frito-Lay brands including Cheetos, Doritos, Tostitos, Lay’s, and Smartfood.
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Utz Brands to acquire Insignia Portfolio Company Truco Enterprises

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Snacks producer Utz Brands Inc. (NYSE: UTZ) is buying tortilla chips maker On the Border from Insignia Capital Group for $480 million to expand its presence in the snacks category. The acquisition gives Utz a new growth channel and expands geographically in snacks, while it gives On the Border the opportunity to expand in more convenience and grocery stores. Mergers & Acquisitions spoke with Utz CEO Dylan Lissette about the industry trends and the company’s acquisition strategy.
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Utz Brands to acquire Insignia Portfolio Company Truco Enterprises

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Insignia Capital Group has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Truco Enterprises ("Truco" or the "Company"), a leading maker of tortilla chips, salsa and queso sold under the On The Border ("OTB") brand, to Utz Brands (NYSE: UTZ), for a total purchase price of $480 million. The deal is expected to close in December 2020 and is subject to customary closing conditions including the receipt of regulatory approvals.
Insignia Capital Group invested in Truco in 2014 to help the Company expand its distribution footprint and launch new product innovation. Together, Insignia and Truco made significant investments in sales and R&D that tripled adjusted EBITDA over the past six years. "It has been a true pleasure partnering with the Truco team to generate this exceptional outcome for all of the Company's stakeholders," said David Lowe, CEO of Insignia Capital Group. "We believe Utz will be an exceptional steward of the brand as Truco executes on its next phase of growth."
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How US Military Invented America’s Favorite Snacks

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From instant coffee to Cheetos, packaged cookies and energy bars, the U.S. military helped invent many of the snacks Americans love to eat.    
The effort accelerated during World War II, when military scientists needed to develop compact yet nutritional ways to feed the troops.   
“There was a tremendous need for the military to develop modern rations, and it ended up not only inventing a bunch of new food processing techniques but putting in place a food science research system that exists to this day,” says food writer Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of "Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat". “Out of that came a lot of new techniques and food, and after the war, those were incorporated into snack and convenience foods.” 
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Snacks Among the Essentials Consumers Plan to Stockpile This Winter

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PLANO, Texas — As the winter holidays approach, consumers are gearing up by stockpiling snacks — a result of the uneasiness brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Frito-Lay's latest U.S. Snack Index survey, 66 percent of consumers say they keep more snacks stocked at home than before the coronavirus outbreak. Going into the winter, 54 percent of shoppers are planning to stock up on essentials, with salty snacks the No. 5 category consumers are looking to stash away.
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PeaTos® Launches “Junkless” Onion Chips to Rival Funyuns® at 215 Sam’s Clubs Across the United States

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PeaTos® snack chips, the company that’s changing the way America snacks, one crunch at a time with its brazen “junk food without the junk” strategy against rival Frito-Lay®, announced today that it is launching PeaTos® onion flavored Rings at 215 Sam’s Clubs stores nationwide as of November 1. The company will debut a 10oz pack of fan-favorite Classic Onion Rings. This move is the latest from a brand that has received glowing reviews from editors at Forbes, Today Show, Dr OZ, The Los Angeles Times, and Vogue to name a few. They have exciting partnerships as well with Best-selling Author and Sports Nutritionist Natalie Jill, Hungry Girl, and others coming up in 2021.
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Frito-Lay Rolls Out Snack-Themed Ugly Sweaters

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Last year, Anna Kendrick professed her love for snacking and all things Christmas when she debuted her own rendition of the Sound of Music’s “My Favorite Things.” The spot, which featured branded lines like “Bright yellow Lay’s bags and noses frostbitten,” was such a hit that Frito-Lay decided to recycle it for this year’s holiday season.
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Frito-Lay survey: 300% surge in online holiday food shopping with snacks at the top of grocery lists

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With the holidays approaching, half of US shoppers surveyed by Frito-Lay said they will be shopping for their holiday groceries online this year (up from 15% in 2019) with snacks being a top item for 77% of surveyed consumers.
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Mrs. Fisher’s Thanksgiving Hot Bag sale returns

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Mrs. Fisher’s is returning their Thanksgiving Hot Bag sale this holiday season.
This year you can go to the drive up, curb side or walk into Mrs. Fisher’s retail store to stock up on pound bags of regular salted potato chips for $3. There is no limit to how many bags you can buy, according to
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Pringles® Releases Out-Of-This-World 2021 Big Game Flavor Stacking Ad

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As the biggest snacking day of the year approaches, the Pringles® brand is ready for take-off and releasing its fourth consecutive Big Game spot. Fans were given a SNEAK PEEK via the Pringles social channels, and the brand is now debuting the full spot HERE.
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“We are back to frying with shortening and these potato chips taste great! We also have our holiday chocolates and candies available, hoodies, beanie’s and Mrs. Fisher’s face masks. We hope to see you and thank you for supporting local!” Mrs. Fisher’s Facebook post said.
The sale will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1231 Fulton Ave. in Rockford.
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Kwik Trip announces Glazers potato chips, calls them ‘big news’

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MADISON, Wis. — Kwik Trip announced “big news” Monday: Glazers Potato Chips.
The idea of Glazers Potato Chips initially started as a joke. Kwik Trip posted about the idea for April Fools Day three years ago.
lol i found out it was possible to make glazer flavored chips
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Kellogg introduces Pringles Scorchin’

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“We've launched spicy flavors in the past, but Pringles Scorchin' is our first dedicated collection,” said Gareth Maguire, senior director of marketing for Pringles. “As we created this collection, we knew spice was important, but we also wanted to preserve the insanely accurate flavors our fans have come to expect from our products. I'm proud to say, we have succeeded on both fronts to offer the perfect balance of bold flavor and spicy heat that builds over time.”
Pringles Scorchin’ will be available through a limited release in retailers nationwide beginning in December with a full release planned for 2021. The chips will retail for $1.99 per 5.5-oz can.
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How Strong Design Transformed One Kettle-Chip Maker Into A Blue-Chip Brand

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In late 2017, Utz Quality Foods acquired Boulder Canyon, a Colorado-based manufacturer of salty snacks. Founded in 1994, the brand had been an early entrant in the better-for-you potato chips category—and, more than 20 years later, was still adopting a design aesthetic better suited to the 1990s. Moreover, as Boulder Canyon added new flavors and product lines, the retail experience became confusing for consumers; the brand lacked a sense of uniformity, and consumers found it difficult to navigate within the brand’s portfolio.
Adding to Boulder Canyon’s branding challenges was an influx of flavor-centric new entrants—plus thriving incumbents, such as Kettle Brand and Cape Cod potato chips. Perhaps not surprisingly, Boulder Canyon’s sales had begun to slip; in October 2017, sales had declined by 29% compared to the same period in 2016. Like many smaller players who attract big-league benefactors, it was time for Boulder Canyon to grow up—starting with a significant makeover.
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Boulder Canyon Thin & Crispy Chips Are Cooked In Avocado Oil

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Brands, Inc. (NYSE: UTZ) (“Utz” or the “Company”), a leading U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 27, 2020.
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Boulder Canyon Thin & Crispy Chips Are Cooked In Avocado Oil

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Utz Brands, Inc.’s Boulder Canyon brand is debuting Thin & Crispy chips cooked in avocado oil, according to the company.
Featuring a buttery flavor and extra-crispy bite, the chips are available in classic sea salt and cheddar sour cream varieties.
“As a trailblazer in better-for-you snacking, Boulder Canyon looks to the great outdoors for inspiration. We seek paths that will take us to new taste adventures and to snacks you can feel good about. We’re thrilled to share something so new and refreshing with our loyal fans and adventure snackers alike,” says Mickey Burnett, vice-president, marketing craft & BFY brands at Utz.
Available in six-ounce bags, the new chips have a SRP of $3.49 and ship 12 packs per case.
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Ka-Pop! Snacks Unveils New Updated Look and Packaging

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ERIE, Colo., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ka-Pop! Snacks, the makers of sorghum-based chips and puffs, is pleased to announce fresh new packaging. The new-look reflects the company's continued commitment to healthy eating, a clean label, and the joy of snacking for all.  This bold, heroic new look is sure to pop off shelves – a critical part of the design strategy considering new COVID-19 shopping behaviors.
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Stacy's Pita Chips Help Female Founders Get Found: New Limited-Edition Stacy's Bags Feature QR Code with Geotargeted Women-Owned Business Directory

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PLANO, Texas, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the biggest challenges for female founders? Being found. According to the Rise of the Female Founder survey conducted earlier this year by Stacy's Pita Chips, 67 percent of consumers wish it were easier to find products and services from female-founded businesses and 79 percent think it is important to see more female-founded businesses in their communities. That's why Stacy's is launching its newest packaging innovation featuring a QR code that, once scanned with a mobile phone, will direct consumers to nearby female-founded businesses – making it easier than ever to support female entrepreneurs.
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Discovery Science - Super Factory at Frito-Lay’s Perry, Ga. Plant

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September 29, 2020

In May 2019, Discovery Science filmed at our Perry, Ga., site and highlighted the rigor that goes into making our iconic Lay’s potato chips. PFNA SVP of Supply Chain, Laura Maxwell, spent the entire day with a film crew from Discovery Science / Science Channel in Perry where she was able to tell our seed-to-shelf story and demonstrate what makes Frito-Lay such a snacking powerhouse. The Perry site team was outstanding in helping coordinate the shoot and ensuring Frito-Lay’s operational excellence and product quality could be fully highlighted for this exciting media opportunity.
Discovery Science has just released the episode as part of a five-part series called “Super Factories.” You can watch it here:  https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/super-factories/

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Tesco and Kellogg’s launch carton recycling trial

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Rapidly Growing Disruptive Snack Brand PeaTos® Secures Cereal Giant Post Holdings to Lead $12.5M Series B Round

Cereal Giant POST invests in PeaTos revolutionary snack brand. (Photo: Business Wire)
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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Less than six months after raising $7M in a Series A round, PeaTos®, the revolutionary snack chip brand, announced that it has secured Post Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POST) to lead its $12.5M Series B round. The funds will enable PeaTos to continue driving its mission to revolutionize America’s favorite chips by adding nutrient-dense peas to the traditional corn base and replacing the artificial colors and flavors with more natural ingredients. PeaTos has experienced explosive growth and received widespread acclaim due to its unique approach of creating a better form of “junk food”, one that has all the flavor and fun of traditional snacks like Cheetos® and Doritos®, but all the nutrient claims of better-for-you options.
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Tesco and Kellogg’s have announced a new trial to collect cartons at the supermarket’s stores.
Working with the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK), the five-month trial across England and Wales at 11 stores will see recycling points set up to test how prepared customers are to return the packaging to stores for recycling.
Cartons used to pack products such as fruit juice, lunchbox-sized drinks, soups, passata and custard will be included, with the companies highlighting the fact that only 68% of councils collect the packaging at kerbside.
This trial is part of Tesco’s ‘4 Rs’ plan for packaging – Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and builds on ACE UK’s national carton Bring Bank network.
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Morton Salt Pours Out Modern New Look On Packaging

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CHICAGO, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Morton Salt, one of America's favorite and most enduring brands, has debuted a fresh new look on packaging to bring more flavor to its entire line-up of retail products. The eye-catchingly bold and contemporary design refreshes the iconic brand that consumers have known and loved for generations, while making its products more shoppable in today's dynamic digital and in-store environment.
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Mikesell's Snack Food Company adds new flavors to their lineup

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DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- Two new flavors are being added to Mikesell's Snack Food Company's potato chip line up: Salt & Lime and Pepperoni Pizza Puffcorn.
“At Mikesell’s it’s all about bringing fans something innovative that’s deliciousand still fits into what they expect from a well-loved product like Mikesell’s Snacks,” said President, Luke Mapp. “We are really excited to have our fans taste these new products and share them with those they care about.”
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BOULDER CANYON® DEBUTS NEW THIN & CRISPY POTATO CHIPS MADE WITH
AVOCADO OIL!

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HANOVER, PA (BUSINESS WIRE) – Thin chip lovers, look no further: BOULDER CANYON® brings adventurous, flavorful snack food innovation to those seeking a better-for-you experience with their new Thin & Crispy potato chips.
These classically thin-cut potato chips are cooked in avocado oil and feature a unique buttery flavor with an extra-crispy bite. In a sea of kettle-chip options, BOULDER CANYON rises above the rest, offering their audience a choice of kettle and non-kettle chips cooked in better-for-you oils. BOULDER CANYON Thin & Crispy potato chips are available in Classic Sea Salt or rich Cheddar Sour Cream.
As the leader of potato chips cooked in better-for-you oils, BOULDER CANYON continues its impressive track record of providing simple and healthier snack foods options. BOULDER CANYON has risen to be a fast-growing salty snack brand with the number one potato chip SKU in the natural channel, BOULDER CANYON Avocado Oil Sea Salt Potato Chip.*
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Kellogg’s aids visually impaired consumers with smartphone playback cereal boxes

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New Salty Snacks from Frito-Lay
New chip varieties include Tostitos Hint of Guac, Baked Ruffles Flamin’ Hot and Rold Gold Recipe No. 4 Zesty Buffalo

Frito-Lay launched three new products to take game day to the next level. Introducing Tostitos Hint of Guac, Baked Ruffles Flamin’ Hot and Rold Gold Recipe No. 4 Zesty Buffalo—all available now.
Product details:
• Tostitos Hint of Guac: These tortilla chips are lightly seasoned with an amount of guacamole flavor and spice in every bite. Made for dipping with a TOSTITOS salsa. SRP: $4.29 (12oz)
• Baked Ruffles Flamin’ Hot: The newest Flamin’ Hot variety with 65% less fat. With ridges made for any dip or occasion, these are a combination of crunch and heat. SRP: $3.29 (9.75oz), $1.89 (2.75oz)
• Rold Gold Recipe No. 4 Zesty Buffalo: Rold Gold’s three-braided pretzel twists that bring consumers a zesty buffalo kick. Pretzel twists are seasoned for a maximum flavor experience. SRP: $5.99 (16oz)

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Kellogg’s aids visually impaired consumers with smartphone playback cereal boxes

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12 Oct 2020 --- Kellogg’s is partnering with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Co-op supermarket to launch a trial of cereal boxes featuring UK-first technology for blind and partially sighted people. The cereal boxes allow a smartphone to detect and playback labeling and allergen information to the user.

Kellogg’s introduced the technology on Coco Pops boxes in almost 60 Co-op stores across the UK to mark World Sight Day.
The trial comes after research from RNIB revealed 9 in 10 blind and partially sighted people feel that information on food packaging is difficult or impossible to read.


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Cape Cod Potato Chips brings back limited edition pink himalayan salt & red wine vinegar flavor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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We’re proud to partner with the Campbell Soup Foundation to create parks for people in Camden, New Jersey. Campbell Soup Company has been based in Camden for over 150 years and has been an active partner in the community since the beginning. Campbell’s Vice President of Community Affairs and President of The Campbell Soup Foundation, Kim Fortunato, shares why they’re supporting our work in their hometown.
In 1869, Joseph Campbell and Abraham Anderson went into business together in Camden, and our company has been headquartered here ever since.  In 1953, The Campbell Soup Foundation was founded and today the Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three strategic areas: increasing access to healthy food, encouraging healthy living, and nurturing Campbell neighborhoods by transforming the physical spaces where people live, learn and play. At Campbell, we believe in the power of collaboration to address our communities’ most pressing needs. That’s why we support The Trust for Public Land, an organization that is building and expanding parks and green spaces to connect and strengthen Camden’s neighborhoods. We are excited to share the
great work we’re doing together.


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Cape Cod Potato Chips brings back limited edition pink himalayan salt & red wine vinegar flavor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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  • Cape Cod Potato Chip is bringing back a limited edition flavor in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The flavor is the pink himalayan salt & red wine vinegar and is only available in October.
It’s the fourth year in a row the company has partner with the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to bring the chips to shelves and provides a donation to the organization. Five percent of proceeds, or 12 cents of every purchase, benefits cancer research, the company said.


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Perseverance and Perspective: Jackson’s Lasting Impact

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In This Episode:
Megan Reamer never imagined she would own and operate a snack company, especially after taking 12 years off from working to care for her four children. Reamer’s brand, Jackson’s Honest, was born out of the necessity for nutritional changes that her eldest son required to cope with his rare autoimmune disease. After intense trial and error of different diets, Reamer and her husband found Jackson’s condition responded well to “healthy fats” — a discovery that lead to the first-ever coconut oil based chip brand. This innovation filled a gap in the snack industry sought after by health enthusiasts and other equally desperate parents. With no CPG experience and a sick child, Reamer used this promise of positive change for others to fuel the mission and growth of Jackson’s Honest — encouraging health and happiness through great tasting snacks. Through channeling her authentic vulnerability and leaning on a supportive community of customers, farmers and other snack industry leaders, Jackson’s Honest grew from the Reamer’s small kitchen in Denver, Colorado to multiple manufacturing facilities. For women looking to chase their passions and to make a lasting positive difference in the world, Reamer emphasizes the importance of being comfortable being uncomfortable and channeling  perpetual optimism in the face of an unrelenting reality.
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Lawsuits Abound Over Misleading Food Labels

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MONTCLAIR, N.J., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ParmCrisps, the nutritionally on-trend snack brand, has once again broken through the confines of the cracker category. The brand is eager to announce its newest line, Plant-Based ParmCrisps, made from 100% dairy-free cheese. Plant-Based ParmCrisps will come in two timeless flavors: Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, and will be a first-of-its kind product that caters to the plant-based lifestyle.
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Lawsuits Abound Over Misleading Food Labels

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Food companies have been in hot water recently over their product labels either misleading consumers or not providing enough product information.
Frito-Lay
Frito-Lay faces at least two lawsuits over the flavor of its chips. After West Coast lawyers recently sued Ruffles over its cheddar and sour cream-flavored chips, a New York firm has filed a suit over its baked version with an identical theory, reported Legal Newsline (Sept. 23).
The latest suit, filed Sept. 11, says the company shouldn’t refer to the chips as cheddar and sour cream flavored and shouldn’t put a dollop of sour cream and a wedge of cheese on the bag.
“Consumers are misled by the Product’s representation as ‘Flavored’ because this gives them the impression that actual sour cream is the source of the flavor,” the lawsuit says. “However, the Product’s sour cream flavor is provided by artificial flavor, in the form of synthetic diacetyl.”
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Good Health Introduces New Organic Cheese Snacks

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Good Health, a member of the Utz Quality Foods family of brands, is launching Good Health® Organic with the introduction of Baked Cheese Puffs and Baked Cheese Fries! They’re made with real cheese, the key ingredient from Organic Valley®, the nation’s largest farmer-owned organic cooperative, and one of the world’s largest organic consumer brands.
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New Lay’s snack bags feature inspiring D-FW community members in support of Operation Smile

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The thing about a genuine smile is that when you see one, you can’t help but join in. Lay’s understands that now, more than ever, celebrating each other and sharing joy is vital. And that’s where their 2020 collaboration with Operation Smile comes in.
In its mission to spark joy and bring smiles to people across the country, Lay’s has a series of new potato chip bags that features the stories — and smiles — of incredible people, all to benefit an extremely worthwhile cause. The 70 unique designs showcase 30 “Everyday Smilers” who were nominated by their peers for the extraordinary work they do in their communities benefiting the homeless, veterans, youth, elderly and more.

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STATEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN AND CEO RAMON L. LAGUARTA

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All of us at PepsiCo are devastated by the passing of Don Kendall. Don was the architect of the PepsiCo family. He was relentless about growing our business, a fearless leader, and the ultimate salesman. He believed in business as a way to build bridges between cultures, laying the foundation of our commitment to Winning with Purpose and defining the values that we refer to today as The PepsiCo Way. In many ways, he was the man who made PepsiCo, PepsiCo.
Don was an inspiration to all of us leaders at PepsiCo, from his endless passion to live and make a difference in the world; to his creativity and entrepreneurship; his belief in building bridges between cultures through business; his capacity to connect people and build relationships; his respect for diversity; and his support for the less privileged.


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Pringles® Trial New Recyclable Paper Tube in UK via Partnership with Tesco

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The famous Pringles can is set for a environmentally friendly makeover as the company has revealed it is currently trialling a new recyclable version.
The new can is made of recycled paper and has been launched in partnership with Tesco.
It is currently available to buy across supermarkets in East Anglia.

It’s the first time that Pringles has made any changes to its famous tin can, which has been used since the brand was launched in 1967 in the US.
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Pringles® Introduces First Ever Interdimensional Stack With Trifecta Of Collectible Rick And Morty-Inspired Flavors
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pringles® is continuing its partnership with Adult Swim's award-winning series, Rick and Morty™, with an expanded collection of limited-edition flavors inspired by the hit show.  In addition to the coveted Pickle Rick crisps, the two newest flavors, Honey Mustard Morty and Look at Me! I'm Cheddar & Sour Cream, are rooted in the show's cosmic absurdity captured by the quirky cast of characters.
After two years of budding popularity, the Flavor Stacking craze pushes fans to find new, creative ways to enjoy their favorite Pringles crisps, unlocking endless dimensions of flavor. To add a little Rick and Morty flair to any stack, all fans need to do is combine with their favorite Pringles flavor, stack them and take a bite. And if you're bold enough, pair all three flavors for the ultimate Rick and Morty sandwich stack.
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Pepsico Russia has officially started construction of a savory snacks plant in Novosibirsk
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PepsiCo has laid the 'first stone' for the future plant for the production of savory snacks in the Industrial and Logistics Park of the Novosibirsk Region.
The ceremony was attended by the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Andrei Travnikov and the President of PepsiCo Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Neil Sturrock unveil the first stone of Pepsico's Novosibirsk plant.
The plant in Novosibirsk will become PepsiCo's third plant for the production of salty snacks in Russia. In total, there are more than 20 subsidiaries of the company in Russia. PepsiCo has invested over USD10 billion in Russia. 
The agreement on the construction of a new enterprise was signed between PepsiCo, the Novosibirsk Region and the Investment Development Agency of the Novosibirsk Region in 2019 at the Sochi Investment Forum. The investments will total about 12 billion rubles (USD 160 million).
PepsiCo will also launch an agricultural program in the region so the plant can process local potatoes. All Lay's chipsin Russia are made exclusively from potatoes grown in the country. Pepsico Russia cooperates with more than 50 agricultural enterprises in 15 regions and processes about 400 thousand tons of potatoes each year. 
The first two lines of the plant will start production at the end of 2021. The new plant will have a production capacity of more than 60 thousand tons will produce Lay's ® chips and croutons of the 'CrunchTeam' brand.
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Lay's 'Smiles' packaging returns as counterpoint to masked and unhappy faces
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Dive Brief:
  • Lay's potato chips, which is PepsiCo's Frito-Lay unit, is bringing back its limited-run "Smiles" packaging with more than 70 new designs of its chip bags that show the smiles of 30 people who are helping their communities, according to details shared with Marketing Dive. These "Everyday Smilers" include people who have helped others facing homelessness, hunger or limited access to healthcare services, among other causes.
  • Because the pandemic disrupted a planned photo shoot with the "Everyday Smilers," Lay's asked them to take selfies on their smartphones and submit them digitally. Lay's used computer-generated imagery (CGI) technology to enhance the amateur selfies and transfer them to its packaging.
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ON THE BORDER® Tortilla Chips
Expands Position in Attractive Tortilla Chip Sub-Category

Utz Brands to Acquire

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Brands, Inc. (NYSE: UTZ) (“Utz” or the “Company”), a leading U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, announced that its subsidiaries Utz Quality Foods, LLC (“UQF”) and Heron Holding Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Truco Enterprises (“Truco”), a leading seller of tortilla chips, salsa and queso under the ON THE BORDER® (“OTB”) brand, from Insignia Capital Group for a total purchase price of $480 million, subject to a customary post-closing purchase price adjustment. The acquisition includes all rights to the ON THE BORDER® trademarks for use in the manufacture, sale, and distribution of snack food products in the United States and certain other international markets. The transaction represents an acquisition multiple of approximately 9.2x estimated fiscal 2020 Truco Adjusted EBITDA of $50 million excluding estimated synergies, and 8.4x estimated fiscal 2020 Truco Adjusted EBITDA including run-rate cost synergies of at least $5 million, in each case including approximately $20 million in net present value from expected tax assets resulting from the transaction. Utz expects the transaction to be accretive to earnings in 2021 and beyond. The transaction is expected to close in December 2020 and is subject to customary closing conditions including the receipt of regulatory approvals.
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Utz Brands Appoints Shannan Redcay to Senior Vice President of Innovation and Value Creation as It Looks to Accelerate Product Innovation and Growth

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seeking to further accelerate innovation as consumer snacking continues to rise, Utz Brands, Inc. (NYSE: UTZ) announced it has appointed Shannan Redcay to the role of Senior Vice President of Innovation and Value Creation. She is charged with advancing the brand’s innovation initiatives including Utz’s entry into new potential categories, forms and formats and ultimately delivering consumer-led innovation that capitalizes on emerging trends.
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Rice and Lissette Families Deepen Contribution to Hanover, PA Community Following Public Listing of Utz Brands

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Following the transition of Utz from a privately held to a publicly traded company in August, the Rice and Lissette families – part of the third and fourth generations of the Utz family legacy – have announced their intent to make a significant philanthropic contribution of part of the family’s interest in Utz to The Rice Family Foundation, with a commitment to making additional donations in the future as well.
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PeaTos Closes $7M in Funding
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Snack brand PeaTos yesterday announced the close of a $7 million funding round, which included a $3 million convertible note from 2019. The round was led by financial services firm Jackson Springs Management Partners (JSMP) and venture capital firm Connetic Ventures
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Frito-Lay Headlines Return To NFL Kickoff With Star-Studded Commercial Featuring Tom Brady, Ezekiel Elliott, Rob Gronkowski, Dak Prescott And Many More
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To that end, Frito-Lay North America is rolling out its 2020 NFL Kickoff campaigns, anchored by a star-studded TV commercial creatively themed "'Twas the Night Before Kickoff," relating the sense of wonder and excitement of the night before Christmas from the original iconic poem to the night before NFL Kickoff. Think Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in pajamas giddy with glee. The portfolio campaign leads Frito-Lay's return to NFL Kickoff that also includes programming from Tostitos, the Official Chip & Dip of the NFL.
Frito-Lay's headlining portfolio campaign features a who's who of current and former NFL stars, including Brady and Gronkowski, Tony Romo, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Katie Sowers and Marshawn Lynch, who provides a one-of-a-kind narration to the newly created classic. In support of Tostitos, Doritos, Cheetos and Lay's under Frito-Lay, the $17 billion snacks division of PepsiCo, the spot is created by Frito-Lay's internal creative agency and directed by Peter Berg, renown Hollywood director with a personal passion for football with credits such as "Friday Night Lights."
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Utz Quality Foods and Collier Creek Holdings Complete Business Combination to Form Utz Brands, Inc.

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC (“Utz” or the “Company”), a leading U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, and Collier Creek Holdings (“Collier Creek”) (NYSE: CCH, CCH.U, CCH WS), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced that they have completed their business combination. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of Collier Creek and was approved at a special meeting of Collier Creek shareholders on August 27, 2020. Per the terms of the business combination agreement, Collier Creek and Utz have combined to form Utz Brands, Inc. (“Utz Brands”), a leading pure-play snack food platform in the U.S. The common stock of Utz Brands will trade under the ticker symbol “UTZ” on the New York Stock Exchange beginning August 31, 2020.
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The Dirty Reason Why a San Antonio Tortilla Company Has “Sanitary” in its Name
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Mexican cuisine, though broadly popular in Texas today, has long been the target of denigrating epithets and imagery. Think “Montezuma’s revenge.” Or descriptions of, say, an enchilada platter as a heavy, greasy “gut bomb.” And let’s not forget Taco Bell’s talking chihuahua. A personal favorite is the wildly sensationalistic accusation in a 1910 El Paso Herald op-ed article that “Death Lurks In Tortillas.” For centuries, travelogues, newspaper dispatches, and government regulations associated Mexicans and their dishes with danger. Among the best documented victims were San Antonio’s chili queens. These women set up food stalls in the city’s plazas, including near the Alamo, as far back as the 1880s. At first, they were welcomed, garnering favorable mentions in travel guides and magazines. But local opinions changed. The vendors and their food were eventually viewed as potentially perilous to one’s health. Politicians regulated the chili queens out of business by the 1940s. And you can hear echoes of this history in a word that’s still used in the name of at least one tortilla business: “sanitary.”
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PepsiCo’s North American incubator programme awards top spot to upcycling snack startup
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Spudsy – which is on a mission to save one million imperfect sweet potatoes by 2021 – has been awarded the $100,000 grant from PepsiCo’s second annual North America Greenhouse Accelerator Programme.
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Lawyers fight dismissal request of Frito-Lay in case over cheddar and sour cream chips

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Class action lawyers have fired back at Frito-Lay’s allegation that their case over potato chips lacks any evidence.
The Desai Law Firm filed its response to Frito-Lay’s motion to dismiss on Aug. 21 in California federal court in a case that alleges bags of cheddar and sour cream-flavored Ruffles should have the words “artificially flavored” on their fronts.
“The Products’ label makes representations to noe of its ‘distinguishable characterizing flavors,’ cheddar cheese, through the orange colored chips, the block of cheese, the word ‘Cheddar’ and orange label,” the response says.

Class action lawyers are fighting to keep a case against Frito-Lay alive despite allegations their cases lack key evidence. The Desai Law Firm alleged the company's cheddar and sour-cream flavored Ruffles chips should have an "artificially flavored" claim, reported Legal Newsline.
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Mister Bee receives federal funds for project improvements
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PARKERSBURG — West Virginia’s only potato chip maker has received a federal loan financing for renewable energy systems and other improvements.
On Tuesday, officials announced the West Virginia Potato Chip Co. LLC, makers of Mister Bee potato chips, has received $250,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.
The project includes a new warehouse, a water recycler, a new energy-efficient fryer and potato washer, energy-efficient lighting and other energy-efficient equipment, said Mary Anne Ketelsen, owner of the potato chip company. The savings in energy and other costs will be more than $31,000 a year, she said.
The long-term viability of the company also is enhanced, Ketelsen said. Installations so far have already improved operations and resulted in additional employees, she said.
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You’ll Love These New ‘YAHS! - As In TORTIYAHS!®

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC., who repeatedly brings unique and flavorful innovation to its diverse snack food portfolio, is excited to announce its newest creation, Guacamole flavored TORTIYAHS!® tortilla chips.

Inspired by growing demand for avocado flavored foods, the Kitchen Specialists at Utz Quality Foods created something unique and different with Guacamole flavored TORTIYAHS!® tortilla chips. These Guacamole flavored ‘YAHS! can be eaten alone or dipped in salsa, they’re unforgettably tasty!
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Put It on Our Tab: Lay's Celebrates New Flavor Icons Chips with Cash Giveaway and $125,000 Donation to Beloved American Restaurants

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July 27, 2020

PLANO, Texas, July 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In these uncertain times, America can always count on Lay's to up the ante on flavor – now introducing Lay's Flavor Icons, perfectly recreating the taste of iconic restaurant dishes in potato chip form. To "return the flavor" and acknowledge the economic impact of COVID-19, Lay's has enacted a $25,000 Gratitude Fund for each restaurant as a thank you for their inspiration in the kitchen and ongoing support of their local communities.

Beginning today, fans can find Lay's Flavor Icons at retailers nationwide – and have a chance to win some cash of their own. Simply visit www.LaysFlavorIcons.com and enter the code from any marked bag (including other favorite Lay's flavors) now through September 10 for a chance to win $1,000.

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Cheetos releases official Mac n' Cheese as Kraft goes after breakfast market

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Mac and cheese is having a moment.
Earlier this week, Kraft
launched a contest for fans to win limited-edition boxes of the classic dish rebranded for breakfast, after it was revealed that parents have been serving mac and cheese to their children for breakfast during the pandemic.
Now parents can have more interesting flavors to choose from for their kids' first meal of the day.
On Wednesday, Cheetos -- owned by PepsiCo -- announced it was releasing its own flavors of mac and cheese.
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Premier Lacrosse League Team with Utz Quality Foods
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LOS ANGELES, CA (July 16, 2020) - The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced today a partnership with Utz Quality Foods, LLC ahead of the upcoming PLL Championship Series, starting on July 25th.
During the PLL Championship, PLL and Utz
® will launch the #PLLWatchParty, where fans will be able to submit unlimited personalized photos while watching the Championship Series matchups to be featured on both PLL and Utz social channels. Fans will also have a chance to win exclusive Utz® merchandise and Utz® snack packs. Utz will be selecting 52 winners throughout this summer’s Championship Series so the 52 second shot clock starts now!
Fans can enter unlimited personalized photos while watching the Championship Series and fans have a chance to win Utz® & PLL merchandise and 52 Utz® & PLL snack packs. To enter, visit
www.utzsnacks.com/pll.  No purchase necessary.  Must be 18+.  Entry ends on 08/09/2020.  View official rules and alternative means of entry at www.utzsnacks.com/pll.  Void where prohibited.
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Campbell's Late July brand takes over 'Summer on Spotify' playlists
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Brief:
  • Campbell Soups snack brand Late July this month is taking over "Summer on Spotify" playlists as part of its first national advertising campaign, per information shared with Mobile Marketer. The campaign on the streaming platform includes an audio spot.
  • Expanding on its "Bring Out the Good Chips" campaign, Late July's advertising will appear among the "Summer Party," "Summer BBQ," "Your Summer Rewind" and "New Music Friday" playlists. Summer-themed playlists have seen a 245% surge in recent weeks.
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PEACASA Protein-Packed Chickpea Chips

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Peacasa, a Canadian snack company announced the next phase of growth to bring an all new healthy snack option to the market in 2020. Founded by Canadian youth entrepreneurs and recent University of Ottawa graduates, Peacasa is preparing for an official launch of its 100% Chickpea based chips in Sea Salt and Mediterranean Herb flavors.
Made from five simple ingredients including chickpea flour, high-oleic sunflower oil, extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper, Peacasa Chickpea Chips have 8 grams of protein; 2x more than potato or corn chips, as well as 4g of fibre, and are grain-free, gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO.
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New Lay’s chips feature flavors of five US restaurant dishes
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07.14.2020
By
Rebekah Schouten

PLANO, TEXAS — In a time where restaurant visits and travel are infrequent at best, PepsiCo, Inc.’s Frito-Lay North America business unit is allowing consumers to experience the flavors of five US restaurant dishes from the comfort of home.
Lay’s is launching Flavor Icons, a new line of limited-batch potato chips inspired by dishes served at restaurants across the United States: Lay’s Nashville Hot Chicken, inspired by Party Fowl in Nashville; Lay’s Kettle Cooked New York Style Pizza, inspired by Grimaldi’s in New York City; Lay’s Philly Cheesesteak, inspired by Geno’s Steaks in Philadelphia; Lay’s Wavy Carnitas Street Taco, inspired by El Torito in Los Angeles; and Lay’s Chile Relleno, inspired by Cocina Azul in Albuquerque, NM.
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Doritos Seeking Fans To Create Ad For Chance To Air During Return Of NFL Kickoff Weekend
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PLANO, Texas, July 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- For a decade, Doritos' "Crash the Super Bowl" gave consumers the opportunity to create Doritos Super Bowl commercials — which opened doors and elevated careers for countless aspiring filmmakers. Doritos is today reviving that same spirit with "Crash from Home," an opportunity for consumers to be part of the highly anticipated NFL Kickoff weekend during Week 1 games on Sunday, September 13… with $150,000 on the line.
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SnackMagic brings small brands directly to consumers
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As more snack-loving consumers turn to quick bites in place of a meal, a direct-to-consumer start up launched this spring is hoping to help shoppers uncover hidden brands in a space where there is no shortage of products from which to choose.
The website, SnackMagic, offers hundreds of different options across 14 different categories with brands that change weekly. Some come from established companies, like sparkling water Topo Chico from Coca-Cola or Tate's Bake Shop sold by Mondelez International, but much of what the site peddles are "off-the-beaten path" brands new to the marketplace, Shaunak Amin, founder and CEO of SnackMagic, told Food Dive. The idea is to give these largely unknown brands a chance to tell their story and introduce themselves to customers, he said.
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PepsiCo's results beat as lockdowns boost snack sales
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(Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc PEP.O beat analysts' estimates for quarterly revenue and profit on Monday, as people stocked up on its snacks including Tostitos, Cheetos and Doritos before hunkering down in their homes due to coronavirus-related restrictions.
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Exclusive interview: Q&A with Orbital Insight, on the potato chip industry during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery was recently able to talk to Dr. James "Jimi" Crawford, founder and CEO of Orbital Insight, Palo Alto, CA, about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the potato chip industry.
 
Liz Parker: How has the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the potato chip supply chain, including product focus and worker shifts?
James Crawford: In times of uncertainty and crisis, many people turn to comfort foods, whether they be nostalgic treats from childhood or something that provides a satisfying crunch. During the pandemic, consumers have also stocked up on cheaper staples that have a long shelf life. As a result, COVID-19 has boosted Americans’ snack consumption: sales of Frito-Lay’s are up 30 percent, and polls show 42 percent of people are eating more snack foods since the pandemic began.
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PepsiCo revenue falls 3% as pandemic hits beverage sales but boosts snacks business
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  • PepsiCo’s net sales fell 3.1% during the second quarter.
  • Excluding items, the company earned $1.32 per share.
  • Pepsi reported falling organic sales for its North American beverage unit, but Frito-Lay and Quaker Oats saw organic revenue growth.
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Frito-Lay Announces $200 Million Expansion, 120 New Jobs
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  • Governor Brian Kemp recently announced that Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo and a leading snack manufacturer, will expand its operations in the City of Perry, town of Kathleen, creating 120 new jobs and investing $200 million in the Houston County project
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Doritos Joins the Movement to Amplify Black Voices

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Doritos said it is working in partnership with the Black Lives Matter movement to identify Black artists in the fight against racial injustice.
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Frito-Lay gears up for the biggest week of the year for salty snack sales

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The lead-up to the Fourth of July is historically the biggest week of the year for salty snacks in the States and PepsiCo's Frito-Lay anticipates sales to be on a par with previous years, despite the challenges around the coronavirus outbreak.
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Utz® and Zapp’s® Add a New Twist on Classic Snack Food Flavors!

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Monogram Foods has entered into a licensing agreement with Utz® and Zapp’s® brands to launch a line of unique and different take-home hot appetizers. Consumers can now enjoy their favorite flavors in hot appetizers, available in the frozen appetizer section of leading retailers.
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Campbell’s Late July Snack Brand Debuts First National Campaign
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The company's snack division has grown 9% during the pandemic
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Potato Chips Industry Report 2020: Increasing Expenditure on Savoury Snacks Worldwide

DUBLIN, May 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Potato Chips Market Growth, Trends and Forecast (2020-2025)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
The global potato chips market is forecast to witness a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period, 2020-2025.
Product variety, a mix of regional snacks flavors, changing consumer lifestyles and growth in distribution channels are major factors contributing to increasing sales of potato chips across the globe.
The introduction of healthier alternatives, like the low-fat and low-sodium chips, in the emerging markets also influencing the growth of the potato chips market.
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Chifles unveils better-for-you potato chip alternative

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MIAMI — A new better-for-you, plant-based potato and tortilla chip alternative is arriving in the snack aisle.
Chifles, a maker of plantain chips, is introducing Plantain Shells, containing 30% less fat than traditional potato chips, the company said. The certified kosher snack is vegan, gluten-free and features a golden hue and crisped curvatures that allow for dipping and topping.
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ParmCrisps Launches Protein-Packed Snack Mix

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MONTCLAIR, NJ
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
Those of us who snack, we snack hard. And that means the snacking-conscious consumer is after the best of the best. Following our collective instincts, we find ParmCrisps, which recently unveiled its latest snacking innovation: ParmCrisps Snack Mix. The Snack Mix contains Original ParmCrisps, almonds, pistachios, and cashews and will be available in Ranch and Smoky Barbeque flavors.
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Bushnell plant closing as Kitchen Cooked merges with Utz

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BUSHNELL — Kitchen Cooked Chips is planning to close its Bushnell facility after more than 40 years in the city.
According to Paul Blackhurst, a representative at Kitchen Cooked, the closure is part of an acquisition by Utz Quality Foods, a large, independent snack food brand based in Pennsylvania.
He said the decision to merge with the larger brand was in part to help the company become “more competitive in the marketplace.”
The shuttering of the Bushnell plant will not take place immediately, but over several months as production moves out of the facility. The transition is expected to affect about five employees. Blackhurst said the company plans to transfer the workers to another facility.
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Taco Bell expands potato chip line with keto-friendly cheddar snacks

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IRVINE, California (WABC) -- Attention cheese and keto-friendly fans!

Taco Bell is launching a new line of potato chips called cheddar crisps.


The company says the snacks are keto-friendly, gluten-free and vegetarian. They come in three flavors inspired by Taco Bell's sauces: Nacho, Mild Sauce and Fire Sauce.

They are currently sold at participating 7-Eleven stores and Kroger locations.


Taco Bell says they plan to expand via Amazon as well.
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Chifles unveils better-for-you potato chip alternative

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Chifles products are sourced from plantains “that look ugly and taste delicious. This helps divert perfectly good produce away from landfills and into our pantries,” the company said.
Each 28-gram serving of Chifles Plantain Shells contains 150 calories, 3 grams of saturated fat, 125 mg of sodium and 0 grams of sugar. The chips come in 8.5-oz bags.
“The launch of this product is the perfect synthesis of chip and function, and the perfect bridge between cultures,” said Antonio Rivas Jr., president of Chifles. “The new plantain shells offer much more than just another option in snacking. It’s a fan-favorite selection that you can enjoy in brand new ways.”

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NBA All-Star Endorses Ruffles In Frito-Lay ‘Chip Deal’

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Plano, Texas-based Frito-Lay started the year with a rush of news, announcing new products as well as, for the first time, a new product created in partnership with an athlete.
The “Chip Deal” Frito-Lay announced last summer with six-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis to endorse Ruffles has yielded a new chip flavor: Lime & Jalapeño. Davis joined Ruffles recently in Los Angeles at an exclusive gathering where more than 300 guests were among the first to taste the new product.
“The Chip Deal is transcending the notion of traditional athlete endorsement deals: pairing Anthony Davis’ commitment to impact beyond the court and bringing fans something unprecedented from a potato chip brand,” said Sadira Furlow, VP of marketing for Frito-Lay North America. “With the launch of Ruffles Lime & Jalapeño, we translated Davis’ energy and originality into an incredible potato chip flavor that is undoubtedly one of the most innovative flavors in Ruffles history.”
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Calling All Cheese Lovers! Introducing New Taco Bell® Cheddar Crisps

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IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Cheesy, crunchy and craveable isn't just limited to Taco Bell restaurant menus – the brand's newest item is hitting shelves at participating U.S. 7-Eleven and Kroger locations and will soon be available through online retailer, Amazon. Building on the success of hot sauce inspired Tortilla Chips launched in 2018, Taco Bell's new Cheddar Crisps are sure to shake up snacking with the bold Taco Bell flavors fans know and love.
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Lay's Partners With NBC'S "The Voice" And Coach John Legend To Debut Team Of Flavors Sure To Make Chairs Turn
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PLANO, Texas, Feb. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- When fans tune into Season 18 of NBC's "The Voice" this spring to discover the newest talent to hit the stage, they'll also discover an assortment of delicious new chip flavors from the Lay's® brand. Lay's Cheddar Jalapeño, Lay's Poppables® Sea Salt & Vinegar, and Lay's Kettle Cooked Flamin' Hot® all joined Team Lay's earlier this year – and to celebrate Lay's partnership with "The Voice," the brand is also re-introducing Lay's Crispy Taco and Lay's Wavy Fried Green Tomato chip flavors, available for a limited time only.
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Meet the Purpose-Driven Brands in PepsiCo's Second Annual North America Greenhouse Program
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PURCHASE, N.Y., Feb. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo announced today the ten emerging food and beverage brands that will join its second annual North America Greenhouse program. Each of the participating startups will receive $20,000 in grant funding and participate in a six-month business program designed to accelerate their growth through personalized mentorship.  
The 2020 PepsiCo North America Greenhouse program is designed to support emerging entrepreneurs and brands in the food and beverage industry. PepsiCo mentors from brands including KeVita, Stacy's and IMAG!NE will address marketing, distribution, manufacturing, supply chain, packaging, label claims, fundraising, and overall challenges related to growing a business.
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Zapp’s® Potato Chips Dare You - Tempt Your Fate and Your Taste Buds!


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GRAMERCY, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Born in the spirit of New Orleans and Voodoo healer Marie Laveau, Zapp’s® Evil Eye™ potato chips peer into your soul with the reverie of a mysterious, intense stare. In the 1800s, Laveau’s evil eye cast fear, mystery, and hexes into the hearts of the nefarious and noble of New Orleans. And in that spirit of awe comes Zapp’s® Evil Eye™ potato chips. A mild heat underlies the punch found in Evil Eye™, with a flavor and hearty crunch that makes you wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. But don’t worry—the evil eye legend is just that, a legend.
And yet what you’ll find in Zapp’s® Evil Eye™ potato chips are what you also find in Zapp’s® Voodoo™ potato chips: a conundrum of flavors that lives up to the sights, sounds and soul of New Orleans.
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PepsiCo earnings top estimates, but 2020 outlook below Wall Street expectations

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PepsiCo on Thursday reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped analysts’ expectations after strong performances by its North American beverage and snack divisions.
But investors focused on the company’s forecast for 2020, which was weaker than analysts had expected, and shares rose less than 1% in premarket trading.

Here’s what the company reported compared with what Wall Street was expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:
  • Earnings per share: $1.45, adjusted, vs. $1.44 expected
  • Revenue: $20.64 billion, vs. $20.27 billion expected
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BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS RECEIVES TESTIMONIAL RESOLUTION FROM THE DETROIT CITY COUNCIL FOR ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY

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DETROIT, MI – Better Made Snack Foods has received a “Testimonial Resolution” from the Detroit City Council for 90 years of “Better Chips in the City of Detroit”. The resolution praises Better Made for the company’s 90-year commitment to the City of Detroit, using potatoes sourced from Michigan farmers as much as possible, global shipping of snack foods from one facility located in Detroit, and the company’s charitable endeavors.
“It is truly an honor to receive this Testimonial Resolution from the City Council,” says Sam Cipriano, CEO of Better Made Snack Foods. “Our family made a commitment to Detroit 90 years ago and we’ve honored that commitment by keeping our roots here and growing our facility as needed. Many of our employees are from Detroit, and are the heart and soul of our company.”
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Frito-Lay U.S. Snack Index Reveals Nearly All Super Bowl LIV Viewers Expect Snacks for the Big Game
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PLANO, Texas, Jan. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As fans prep their platters for the Super Bowl, Frito-Lay today announced findings from its latest U.S. Snack Index, a poll focused on Super Bowl snacking habits, and the results are clear – snacking is an essential part of the game day experience as nearly eight in 10 Americans expect snacks, such as chips and pretzels, to be available at a Super Bowl event.
Retail sales data shows Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest day of the year for salty snacks, generating approximately $520 million in one day. Historically, Frito-Lay produces approximately 600 million pounds of snacks in the six weeks leading up to the game – nearly 20 percent of its annual snack production – and more than 67 million pounds of snacks the week of Super Bowl.
Potato chips and tortilla chips are the most sought-after snacks with 70 percent of Super Bowl watchers – up four points from the 2019
U.S. Snack Index – expecting potato chips to be available at a Super Bowl event, followed by tortilla chips (54 percent vs. 52 percent in 2019).
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PepsiCo To Achieve 100% Renewable Electricity In The U.S.
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PURCHASE, N.Y., Jan. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Some of America's favorite snacks and beverages – from Lay's and SunChips to bubly, Gatorade and Pepsi – will soon be made using electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) today announced plans to achieve 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. direct operations this year. The U.S. is the food and beverage company's largest market and accounts for nearly half of its total global electricity consumption.
PepsiCo's efforts in the U.S. build upon its global progress in switching to renewable electricity around the world. For example, nine countries in PepsiCo's European direct operations already meet 100% of their electricity demand from renewable sources. Additionally, in 2018, 76% of the electricity needs of the PepsiCo Mexico Foods business were delivered via wind energy.  
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PepsiCo introduces new snacking combo with Cheetos Popcorn
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PepsiCo’s convenient foods division Frito-Lay North America has launched Cheetos Popcorn, with the aim of creating a new snacking experience.  
The launch marks the first time that popcorn has been infused with ‘cheetle’, a term trademarked by Frito-Lay to describe the orange cheese dust.
Available in stores nationwide, PepsiCo has combined the “iconic Cheetos seasoning with one of America’s snacking favourites, swapping the butter and salt for the cheesy and spicy flavours fans know and love”.
The ready-to-eat bags are available in two flavours: cheddar and flamin’ hot.
According to Frito-Lay, Cheetos Popcorn “creates a new snacking experience that pairs the classic taste of popcorn with an added boost of cheesy, spicy and flavourful fun from Cheetos”.
“We’ve seen the way Cheetos lovers don their red- and orange-dusted fingers like a badge of honour, and we’re always looking for ways to help them step up their snacking game,” said Brandi Ray, senior director of marketing at Frito-Lay North America.
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Campbell’s Goes Veggie, Gluten-Free and No-Grain With New Products
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In recent weeks, the Campbell Soup Company has introduced several on-trend, health-conscious versions of its most popular snacks, a sign of continuing pressure in the CPG industry to keep up with consumer demand for more nutritious options.
The latest is Campbell-owned Late July, unveiling a grain-free tortilla chip made with tigernut flour. The product comes in two flavors: sea salt, and sea salt and lime. The brand is also debuting a line of organic potato chips offered in sea salt, BBQ, and salt and vinegar varieties. All products are scheduled to appear on shelves nationwide later this March.
“In food, expectations are higher than ever,” Janda Lukin, CMO of Campbell’s Snacks division, told Adweek. “We want food that has simple, clean ingredients, but zero taste trade-off.”
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Retailers could lose out on billions in online alcohol sales, report says
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Dive Brief:
  • Online alcohol sales from grocery stores grew from $87 million in 2017 to $295 million in 2019, according to a report by Rabobank. Last year, online beer sales in the channel grew 120%, while wine grew just under 100% and spirits grew by nearly 150%.
  • However, the financial firm estimates grocers could have sold as much as $1.8 billion in online wine, beer and spirits if sales share in the channel matched that of in-store.  According to Rabobank, alcohol accounts for less than 1% of online sales versus between 5% and 6% of store sales.
  • Rabobank forecasts grocers could lose up to $3.7 billion in online alcohol sales over the next three years if they don’t improve merchandising and availability.
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Flamin’ Hot Limon, ‘Cooler’ Ranch Doritos Debut
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Plano, TX — Frito-Lay North America, Inc. is extending its Doritos line with Flamin’ Hot Limon and enhanced Cool Ranch varieties, according to the snack maker.
Both flavors come in 9.75-ounce- and 2.75-ounce bags, which have SRPs of $4.29 and $1.89, respectively.
The new spicy Doritos leverage the signature heat of Frito’s Flamin’ Hot line but with a tangy twist, while the new Cool Ranch chips feature “even more cool ranch flavor,” according to the company.
“Doritos is known for making bold, innovative moves — whether it’s new movie partnerships, e-sports tournaments, an ad without logos, and of course new flavors,” says Leslie Vesper, senior director of marketing, Frito-Lay North America. “The release of Doritos Flamin’ Hot Limon and the revamped Doritos Cool Ranch are two entirely new ways for fans to enjoy our beloved legacy flavors.”
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Premier Protein Co-Founder Launches New Delicious Keto Diet Snacks
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SAN DIEGO, Jan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Lance Rankin, one of the original co-founders of Premier Protein, announced today the launch of Genius Gourmet, a Keto snack company with a delicious line of Keto shakes, Keto chips and Keto bars.
"We saw an opportunity in the Keto space that wasn't being addressed. Consumers are looking for snack products that provide true Keto nutritionals and deliver a world-class taste," commented CEO, Lance Rankin. "We partnered with one of the top manufacturing facilities in the world and came up with a line of Keto snacks that are increasing in popularity among the Keto community."
These new on-the-go snacks provide high-quality fats rather than sugar while focusing on moderate protein. "The initial response to the Genius Gourmet brand has been overwhelming. Consumers and industry executives have been impressed with the overall brand look and appealing taste."
The Genius Gourmet Keto Bars have already started shipping to consumers and retail chains and the much-anticipated Keto protein chips and Keto shakes will be available Q1, 2020. The Genius Gourmet Keto Bars are now available on Amazon.com and will be available at the following retailers in 2020: GNC.com, Bodybuilding.com, Vitacost.com, Netrition.com; HEB and over 300 Maverik's locations.
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Mrs. Fisher’s Thanksgiving Hot Bag sale returns

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Mrs. Fisher’s is returning their Thanksgiving Hot Bag sale this holiday season.
This year you can go to the drive up, curb side or walk into Mrs. Fisher’s retail store to stock up on pound bags of regular salted potato chips for $3. There is no limit to how many bags you can buy, according to
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STATEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN AND CEO RAMON L. LAGUARTA

All of us at PepsiCo are devastated by the passing of Don Kendall. Don was the architect of the PepsiCo family. He was relentless about growing our business, a fearless leader, and the ultimate salesman. He believed in business as a way to build bridges between cultures, laying the foundation of our commitment to Winning with Purpose and defining the values that we refer to today as The PepsiCo Way. In many ways, he was the man who made PepsiCo, PepsiCo.
Don was an inspiration to all of us leaders at PepsiCo, from his endless passion to live and make a difference in the world; to his creativity and entrepreneurship; his belief in building bridges between cultures through business; his capacity to connect people and build relationships; his respect for diversity; and his support for the less privileged.


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“We are back to frying with shortening and these potato chips taste great! We also have our holiday chocolates and candies available, hoodies, beanie’s and Mrs. Fisher’s face masks. We hope to see you and thank you for supporting local!” Mrs. Fisher’s Facebook post said.
The sale will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1231 Fulton Ave. in Rockford.
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Kwik Trip announces Glazers potato chips, calls them ‘big news’

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MADISON, Wis. — Kwik Trip announced “big news” Monday: Glazers Potato Chips.
The idea of Glazers Potato Chips initially started as a joke. Kwik Trip posted about the idea for April Fools Day three years ago.
lol i found out it was possible to make glazer flavored chips
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Kellogg introduces Pringles Scorchin’

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“We've launched spicy flavors in the past, but Pringles Scorchin' is our first dedicated collection,” said Gareth Maguire, senior director of marketing for Pringles. “As we created this collection, we knew spice was important, but we also wanted to preserve the insanely accurate flavors our fans have come to expect from our products. I'm proud to say, we have succeeded on both fronts to offer the perfect balance of bold flavor and spicy heat that builds over time.”
Pringles Scorchin’ will be available through a limited release in retailers nationwide beginning in December with a full release planned for 2021. The chips will retail for $1.99 per 5.5-oz can.
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How Strong Design Transformed One Kettle-Chip Maker Into A Blue-Chip Brand

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In late 2017, Utz Quality Foods acquired Boulder Canyon, a Colorado-based manufacturer of salty snacks. Founded in 1994, the brand had been an early entrant in the better-for-you potato chips category—and, more than 20 years later, was still adopting a design aesthetic better suited to the 1990s. Moreover, as Boulder Canyon added new flavors and product lines, the retail experience became confusing for consumers; the brand lacked a sense of uniformity, and consumers found it difficult to navigate within the brand’s portfolio.
Adding to Boulder Canyon’s branding challenges was an influx of flavor-centric new entrants—plus thriving incumbents, such as Kettle Brand and Cape Cod potato chips. Perhaps not surprisingly, Boulder Canyon’s sales had begun to slip; in October 2017, sales had declined by 29% compared to the same period in 2016. Like many smaller players who attract big-league benefactors, it was time for Boulder Canyon to grow up—starting with a significant makeover.
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Boulder Canyon Thin & Crispy Chips Are Cooked In Avocado Oil

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Brands, Inc. (NYSE: UTZ) (“Utz” or the “Company”), a leading U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 27, 2020.
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Boulder Canyon Thin & Crispy Chips Are Cooked In Avocado Oil

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Utz Brands, Inc.’s Boulder Canyon brand is debuting Thin & Crispy chips cooked in avocado oil, according to the company.
Featuring a buttery flavor and extra-crispy bite, the chips are available in classic sea salt and cheddar sour cream varieties.
“As a trailblazer in better-for-you snacking, Boulder Canyon looks to the great outdoors for inspiration. We seek paths that will take us to new taste adventures and to snacks you can feel good about. We’re thrilled to share something so new and refreshing with our loyal fans and adventure snackers alike,” says Mickey Burnett, vice-president, marketing craft & BFY brands at Utz.
Available in six-ounce bags, the new chips have a SRP of $3.49 and ship 12 packs per case.
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Ka-Pop! Snacks Unveils New Updated Look and Packaging

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ERIE, Colo., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ka-Pop! Snacks, the makers of sorghum-based chips and puffs, is pleased to announce fresh new packaging. The new-look reflects the company's continued commitment to healthy eating, a clean label, and the joy of snacking for all.  This bold, heroic new look is sure to pop off shelves – a critical part of the design strategy considering new COVID-19 shopping behaviors.
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Stacy's Pita Chips Help Female Founders Get Found: New Limited-Edition Stacy's Bags Feature QR Code with Geotargeted Women-Owned Business Directory

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PLANO, Texas, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the biggest challenges for female founders? Being found. According to the Rise of the Female Founder survey conducted earlier this year by Stacy's Pita Chips, 67 percent of consumers wish it were easier to find products and services from female-founded businesses and 79 percent think it is important to see more female-founded businesses in their communities. That's why Stacy's is launching its newest packaging innovation featuring a QR code that, once scanned with a mobile phone, will direct consumers to nearby female-founded businesses – making it easier than ever to support female entrepreneurs.
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Discovery Science - Super Factory at Frito-Lay’s Perry, Ga. Plant

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September 29, 2020

In May 2019, Discovery Science filmed at our Perry, Ga., site and highlighted the rigor that goes into making our iconic Lay’s potato chips. PFNA SVP of Supply Chain, Laura Maxwell, spent the entire day with a film crew from Discovery Science / Science Channel in Perry where she was able to tell our seed-to-shelf story and demonstrate what makes Frito-Lay such a snacking powerhouse. The Perry site team was outstanding in helping coordinate the shoot and ensuring Frito-Lay’s operational excellence and product quality could be fully highlighted for this exciting media opportunity.
Discovery Science has just released the episode as part of a five-part series called “Super Factories.” You can watch it here:  https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/super-factories/

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Tesco and Kellogg’s launch carton recycling trial

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Good Health Introduces New Organic Cheese Snacks

Good Health, a member of the Utz Quality Foods family of brands, is launching Good Health® Organic with the introduction of Baked Cheese Puffs and Baked Cheese Fries! They’re made with real cheese, the key ingredient from Organic Valley®, the nation’s largest farmer-owned organic cooperative, and one of the world’s largest organic consumer brands.
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Tesco and Kellogg’s have announced a new trial to collect cartons at the supermarket’s stores.
Working with the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK), the five-month trial across England and Wales at 11 stores will see recycling points set up to test how prepared customers are to return the packaging to stores for recycling.
Cartons used to pack products such as fruit juice, lunchbox-sized drinks, soups, passata and custard will be included, with the companies highlighting the fact that only 68% of councils collect the packaging at kerbside.
This trial is part of Tesco’s ‘4 Rs’ plan for packaging – Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and builds on ACE UK’s national carton Bring Bank network.
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Morton Salt Pours Out Modern New Look On Packaging

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CHICAGO, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Morton Salt, one of America's favorite and most enduring brands, has debuted a fresh new look on packaging to bring more flavor to its entire line-up of retail products. The eye-catchingly bold and contemporary design refreshes the iconic brand that consumers have known and loved for generations, while making its products more shoppable in today's dynamic digital and in-store environment.
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Mikesell's Snack Food Company adds new flavors to their lineup

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DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- Two new flavors are being added to Mikesell's Snack Food Company's potato chip line up: Salt & Lime and Pepperoni Pizza Puffcorn.
“At Mikesell’s it’s all about bringing fans something innovative that’s deliciousand still fits into what they expect from a well-loved product like Mikesell’s Snacks,” said President, Luke Mapp. “We are really excited to have our fans taste these new products and share them with those they care about.”
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BOULDER CANYON® DEBUTS NEW THIN & CRISPY POTATO CHIPS MADE WITH
AVOCADO OIL!

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HANOVER, PA (BUSINESS WIRE) – Thin chip lovers, look no further: BOULDER CANYON® brings adventurous, flavorful snack food innovation to those seeking a better-for-you experience with their new Thin & Crispy potato chips.
These classically thin-cut potato chips are cooked in avocado oil and feature a unique buttery flavor with an extra-crispy bite. In a sea of kettle-chip options, BOULDER CANYON rises above the rest, offering their audience a choice of kettle and non-kettle chips cooked in better-for-you oils. BOULDER CANYON Thin & Crispy potato chips are available in Classic Sea Salt or rich Cheddar Sour Cream.
As the leader of potato chips cooked in better-for-you oils, BOULDER CANYON continues its impressive track record of providing simple and healthier snack foods options. BOULDER CANYON has risen to be a fast-growing salty snack brand with the number one potato chip SKU in the natural channel, BOULDER CANYON Avocado Oil Sea Salt Potato Chip.*
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Kellogg’s aids visually impaired consumers with smartphone playback cereal boxes

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New Salty Snacks from Frito-Lay
New chip varieties include Tostitos Hint of Guac, Baked Ruffles Flamin’ Hot and Rold Gold Recipe No. 4 Zesty Buffalo

Frito-Lay launched three new products to take game day to the next level. Introducing Tostitos Hint of Guac, Baked Ruffles Flamin’ Hot and Rold Gold Recipe No. 4 Zesty Buffalo—all available now.
Product details:
• Tostitos Hint of Guac: These tortilla chips are lightly seasoned with an amount of guacamole flavor and spice in every bite. Made for dipping with a TOSTITOS salsa. SRP: $4.29 (12oz)
• Baked Ruffles Flamin’ Hot: The newest Flamin’ Hot variety with 65% less fat. With ridges made for any dip or occasion, these are a combination of crunch and heat. SRP: $3.29 (9.75oz), $1.89 (2.75oz)
• Rold Gold Recipe No. 4 Zesty Buffalo: Rold Gold’s three-braided pretzel twists that bring consumers a zesty buffalo kick. Pretzel twists are seasoned for a maximum flavor experience. SRP: $5.99 (16oz)

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Kellogg’s aids visually impaired consumers with smartphone playback cereal boxes

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12 Oct 2020 --- Kellogg’s is partnering with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Co-op supermarket to launch a trial of cereal boxes featuring UK-first technology for blind and partially sighted people. The cereal boxes allow a smartphone to detect and playback labeling and allergen information to the user.

Kellogg’s introduced the technology on Coco Pops boxes in almost 60 Co-op stores across the UK to mark World Sight Day.
The trial comes after research from RNIB revealed 9 in 10 blind and partially sighted people feel that information on food packaging is difficult or impossible to read.


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Cape Cod Potato Chips brings back limited edition pink himalayan salt & red wine vinegar flavor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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We’re proud to partner with the Campbell Soup Foundation to create parks for people in Camden, New Jersey. Campbell Soup Company has been based in Camden for over 150 years and has been an active partner in the community since the beginning. Campbell’s Vice President of Community Affairs and President of The Campbell Soup Foundation, Kim Fortunato, shares why they’re supporting our work in their hometown.
In 1869, Joseph Campbell and Abraham Anderson went into business together in Camden, and our company has been headquartered here ever since.  In 1953, The Campbell Soup Foundation was founded and today the Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three strategic areas: increasing access to healthy food, encouraging healthy living, and nurturing Campbell neighborhoods by transforming the physical spaces where people live, learn and play. At Campbell, we believe in the power of collaboration to address our communities’ most pressing needs. That’s why we support The Trust for Public Land, an organization that is building and expanding parks and green spaces to connect and strengthen Camden’s neighborhoods. We are excited to share the
great work we’re doing together.


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Cape Cod Potato Chips brings back limited edition pink himalayan salt & red wine vinegar flavor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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  • Cape Cod Potato Chip is bringing back a limited edition flavor in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The flavor is the pink himalayan salt & red wine vinegar and is only available in October.
It’s the fourth year in a row the company has partner with the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to bring the chips to shelves and provides a donation to the organization. Five percent of proceeds, or 12 cents of every purchase, benefits cancer research, the company said.


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Perseverance and Perspective: Jackson’s Lasting Impact

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In This Episode:
Megan Reamer never imagined she would own and operate a snack company, especially after taking 12 years off from working to care for her four children. Reamer’s brand, Jackson’s Honest, was born out of the necessity for nutritional changes that her eldest son required to cope with his rare autoimmune disease. After intense trial and error of different diets, Reamer and her husband found Jackson’s condition responded well to “healthy fats” — a discovery that lead to the first-ever coconut oil based chip brand. This innovation filled a gap in the snack industry sought after by health enthusiasts and other equally desperate parents. With no CPG experience and a sick child, Reamer used this promise of positive change for others to fuel the mission and growth of Jackson’s Honest — encouraging health and happiness through great tasting snacks. Through channeling her authentic vulnerability and leaning on a supportive community of customers, farmers and other snack industry leaders, Jackson’s Honest grew from the Reamer’s small kitchen in Denver, Colorado to multiple manufacturing facilities. For women looking to chase their passions and to make a lasting positive difference in the world, Reamer emphasizes the importance of being comfortable being uncomfortable and channeling  perpetual optimism in the face of an unrelenting reality.
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Lawsuits Abound Over Misleading Food Labels

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MONTCLAIR, N.J., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ParmCrisps, the nutritionally on-trend snack brand, has once again broken through the confines of the cracker category. The brand is eager to announce its newest line, Plant-Based ParmCrisps, made from 100% dairy-free cheese. Plant-Based ParmCrisps will come in two timeless flavors: Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, and will be a first-of-its kind product that caters to the plant-based lifestyle.
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Lawsuits Abound Over Misleading Food Labels

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Food companies have been in hot water recently over their product labels either misleading consumers or not providing enough product information.
Frito-Lay
Frito-Lay faces at least two lawsuits over the flavor of its chips. After West Coast lawyers recently sued Ruffles over its cheddar and sour cream-flavored chips, a New York firm has filed a suit over its baked version with an identical theory, reported Legal Newsline (Sept. 23).
The latest suit, filed Sept. 11, says the company shouldn’t refer to the chips as cheddar and sour cream flavored and shouldn’t put a dollop of sour cream and a wedge of cheese on the bag.
“Consumers are misled by the Product’s representation as ‘Flavored’ because this gives them the impression that actual sour cream is the source of the flavor,” the lawsuit says. “However, the Product’s sour cream flavor is provided by artificial flavor, in the form of synthetic diacetyl.”
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Good Health Introduces New Organic Cheese Snacks

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Good Health, a member of the Utz Quality Foods family of brands, is launching Good Health® Organic with the introduction of Baked Cheese Puffs and Baked Cheese Fries! They’re made with real cheese, the key ingredient from Organic Valley®, the nation’s largest farmer-owned organic cooperative, and one of the world’s largest organic consumer brands.
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New Lay’s snack bags feature inspiring D-FW community members in support of Operation Smile

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The thing about a genuine smile is that when you see one, you can’t help but join in. Lay’s understands that now, more than ever, celebrating each other and sharing joy is vital. And that’s where their 2020 collaboration with Operation Smile comes in.
In its mission to spark joy and bring smiles to people across the country, Lay’s has a series of new potato chip bags that features the stories — and smiles — of incredible people, all to benefit an extremely worthwhile cause. The 70 unique designs showcase 30 “Everyday Smilers” who were nominated by their peers for the extraordinary work they do in their communities benefiting the homeless, veterans, youth, elderly and more.

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STATEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN AND CEO RAMON L. LAGUARTA

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All of us at PepsiCo are devastated by the passing of Don Kendall. Don was the architect of the PepsiCo family. He was relentless about growing our business, a fearless leader, and the ultimate salesman. He believed in business as a way to build bridges between cultures, laying the foundation of our commitment to Winning with Purpose and defining the values that we refer to today as The PepsiCo Way. In many ways, he was the man who made PepsiCo, PepsiCo.
Don was an inspiration to all of us leaders at PepsiCo, from his endless passion to live and make a difference in the world; to his creativity and entrepreneurship; his belief in building bridges between cultures through business; his capacity to connect people and build relationships; his respect for diversity; and his support for the less privileged.


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Pringles® Trial New Recyclable Paper Tube in UK via Partnership with Tesco

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The famous Pringles can is set for a environmentally friendly makeover as the company has revealed it is currently trialling a new recyclable version.
The new can is made of recycled paper and has been launched in partnership with Tesco.
It is currently available to buy across supermarkets in East Anglia.

It’s the first time that Pringles has made any changes to its famous tin can, which has been used since the brand was launched in 1967 in the US.
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Pringles® Introduces First Ever Interdimensional Stack With Trifecta Of Collectible Rick And Morty-Inspired Flavors
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pringles® is continuing its partnership with Adult Swim's award-winning series, Rick and Morty™, with an expanded collection of limited-edition flavors inspired by the hit show.  In addition to the coveted Pickle Rick crisps, the two newest flavors, Honey Mustard Morty and Look at Me! I'm Cheddar & Sour Cream, are rooted in the show's cosmic absurdity captured by the quirky cast of characters.
After two years of budding popularity, the Flavor Stacking craze pushes fans to find new, creative ways to enjoy their favorite Pringles crisps, unlocking endless dimensions of flavor. To add a little Rick and Morty flair to any stack, all fans need to do is combine with their favorite Pringles flavor, stack them and take a bite. And if you're bold enough, pair all three flavors for the ultimate Rick and Morty sandwich stack.
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Pepsico Russia has officially started construction of a savory snacks plant in Novosibirsk
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PepsiCo has laid the 'first stone' for the future plant for the production of savory snacks in the Industrial and Logistics Park of the Novosibirsk Region.
The ceremony was attended by the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Andrei Travnikov and the President of PepsiCo Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Neil Sturrock unveil the first stone of Pepsico's Novosibirsk plant.
The plant in Novosibirsk will become PepsiCo's third plant for the production of salty snacks in Russia. In total, there are more than 20 subsidiaries of the company in Russia. PepsiCo has invested over USD10 billion in Russia. 
The agreement on the construction of a new enterprise was signed between PepsiCo, the Novosibirsk Region and the Investment Development Agency of the Novosibirsk Region in 2019 at the Sochi Investment Forum. The investments will total about 12 billion rubles (USD 160 million).
PepsiCo will also launch an agricultural program in the region so the plant can process local potatoes. All Lay's chipsin Russia are made exclusively from potatoes grown in the country. Pepsico Russia cooperates with more than 50 agricultural enterprises in 15 regions and processes about 400 thousand tons of potatoes each year. 
The first two lines of the plant will start production at the end of 2021. The new plant will have a production capacity of more than 60 thousand tons will produce Lay's ® chips and croutons of the 'CrunchTeam' brand.
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Lay's 'Smiles' packaging returns as counterpoint to masked and unhappy faces
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Dive Brief:
  • Lay's potato chips, which is PepsiCo's Frito-Lay unit, is bringing back its limited-run "Smiles" packaging with more than 70 new designs of its chip bags that show the smiles of 30 people who are helping their communities, according to details shared with Marketing Dive. These "Everyday Smilers" include people who have helped others facing homelessness, hunger or limited access to healthcare services, among other causes.
  • Because the pandemic disrupted a planned photo shoot with the "Everyday Smilers," Lay's asked them to take selfies on their smartphones and submit them digitally. Lay's used computer-generated imagery (CGI) technology to enhance the amateur selfies and transfer them to its packaging.
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ON THE BORDER® Tortilla Chips
Expands Position in Attractive Tortilla Chip Sub-Category

Utz Brands to Acquire

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Brands, Inc. (NYSE: UTZ) (“Utz” or the “Company”), a leading U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, announced that its subsidiaries Utz Quality Foods, LLC (“UQF”) and Heron Holding Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Truco Enterprises (“Truco”), a leading seller of tortilla chips, salsa and queso under the ON THE BORDER® (“OTB”) brand, from Insignia Capital Group for a total purchase price of $480 million, subject to a customary post-closing purchase price adjustment. The acquisition includes all rights to the ON THE BORDER® trademarks for use in the manufacture, sale, and distribution of snack food products in the United States and certain other international markets. The transaction represents an acquisition multiple of approximately 9.2x estimated fiscal 2020 Truco Adjusted EBITDA of $50 million excluding estimated synergies, and 8.4x estimated fiscal 2020 Truco Adjusted EBITDA including run-rate cost synergies of at least $5 million, in each case including approximately $20 million in net present value from expected tax assets resulting from the transaction. Utz expects the transaction to be accretive to earnings in 2021 and beyond. The transaction is expected to close in December 2020 and is subject to customary closing conditions including the receipt of regulatory approvals.
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Utz Brands Appoints Shannan Redcay to Senior Vice President of Innovation and Value Creation as It Looks to Accelerate Product Innovation and Growth

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seeking to further accelerate innovation as consumer snacking continues to rise, Utz Brands, Inc. (NYSE: UTZ) announced it has appointed Shannan Redcay to the role of Senior Vice President of Innovation and Value Creation. She is charged with advancing the brand’s innovation initiatives including Utz’s entry into new potential categories, forms and formats and ultimately delivering consumer-led innovation that capitalizes on emerging trends.
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Rice and Lissette Families Deepen Contribution to Hanover, PA Community Following Public Listing of Utz Brands

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Following the transition of Utz from a privately held to a publicly traded company in August, the Rice and Lissette families – part of the third and fourth generations of the Utz family legacy – have announced their intent to make a significant philanthropic contribution of part of the family’s interest in Utz to The Rice Family Foundation, with a commitment to making additional donations in the future as well.
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PeaTos Closes $7M in Funding
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Snack brand PeaTos yesterday announced the close of a $7 million funding round, which included a $3 million convertible note from 2019. The round was led by financial services firm Jackson Springs Management Partners (JSMP) and venture capital firm Connetic Ventures
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Frito-Lay Headlines Return To NFL Kickoff With Star-Studded Commercial Featuring Tom Brady, Ezekiel Elliott, Rob Gronkowski, Dak Prescott And Many More
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To that end, Frito-Lay North America is rolling out its 2020 NFL Kickoff campaigns, anchored by a star-studded TV commercial creatively themed "'Twas the Night Before Kickoff," relating the sense of wonder and excitement of the night before Christmas from the original iconic poem to the night before NFL Kickoff. Think Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in pajamas giddy with glee. The portfolio campaign leads Frito-Lay's return to NFL Kickoff that also includes programming from Tostitos, the Official Chip & Dip of the NFL.
Frito-Lay's headlining portfolio campaign features a who's who of current and former NFL stars, including Brady and Gronkowski, Tony Romo, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Katie Sowers and Marshawn Lynch, who provides a one-of-a-kind narration to the newly created classic. In support of Tostitos, Doritos, Cheetos and Lay's under Frito-Lay, the $17 billion snacks division of PepsiCo, the spot is created by Frito-Lay's internal creative agency and directed by Peter Berg, renown Hollywood director with a personal passion for football with credits such as "Friday Night Lights."
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Utz Quality Foods and Collier Creek Holdings Complete Business Combination to Form Utz Brands, Inc.

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC (“Utz” or the “Company”), a leading U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, and Collier Creek Holdings (“Collier Creek”) (NYSE: CCH, CCH.U, CCH WS), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced that they have completed their business combination. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of Collier Creek and was approved at a special meeting of Collier Creek shareholders on August 27, 2020. Per the terms of the business combination agreement, Collier Creek and Utz have combined to form Utz Brands, Inc. (“Utz Brands”), a leading pure-play snack food platform in the U.S. The common stock of Utz Brands will trade under the ticker symbol “UTZ” on the New York Stock Exchange beginning August 31, 2020.
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The Dirty Reason Why a San Antonio Tortilla Company Has “Sanitary” in its Name
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Mexican cuisine, though broadly popular in Texas today, has long been the target of denigrating epithets and imagery. Think “Montezuma’s revenge.” Or descriptions of, say, an enchilada platter as a heavy, greasy “gut bomb.” And let’s not forget Taco Bell’s talking chihuahua. A personal favorite is the wildly sensationalistic accusation in a 1910 El Paso Herald op-ed article that “Death Lurks In Tortillas.” For centuries, travelogues, newspaper dispatches, and government regulations associated Mexicans and their dishes with danger. Among the best documented victims were San Antonio’s chili queens. These women set up food stalls in the city’s plazas, including near the Alamo, as far back as the 1880s. At first, they were welcomed, garnering favorable mentions in travel guides and magazines. But local opinions changed. The vendors and their food were eventually viewed as potentially perilous to one’s health. Politicians regulated the chili queens out of business by the 1940s. And you can hear echoes of this history in a word that’s still used in the name of at least one tortilla business: “sanitary.”
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PepsiCo’s North American incubator programme awards top spot to upcycling snack startup
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Spudsy – which is on a mission to save one million imperfect sweet potatoes by 2021 – has been awarded the $100,000 grant from PepsiCo’s second annual North America Greenhouse Accelerator Programme.
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Lawyers fight dismissal request of Frito-Lay in case over cheddar and sour cream chips

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Class action lawyers have fired back at Frito-Lay’s allegation that their case over potato chips lacks any evidence.
The Desai Law Firm filed its response to Frito-Lay’s motion to dismiss on Aug. 21 in California federal court in a case that alleges bags of cheddar and sour cream-flavored Ruffles should have the words “artificially flavored” on their fronts.
“The Products’ label makes representations to noe of its ‘distinguishable characterizing flavors,’ cheddar cheese, through the orange colored chips, the block of cheese, the word ‘Cheddar’ and orange label,” the response says.

Class action lawyers are fighting to keep a case against Frito-Lay alive despite allegations their cases lack key evidence. The Desai Law Firm alleged the company's cheddar and sour-cream flavored Ruffles chips should have an "artificially flavored" claim, reported Legal Newsline.
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Mister Bee receives federal funds for project improvements
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PARKERSBURG — West Virginia’s only potato chip maker has received a federal loan financing for renewable energy systems and other improvements.
On Tuesday, officials announced the West Virginia Potato Chip Co. LLC, makers of Mister Bee potato chips, has received $250,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.
The project includes a new warehouse, a water recycler, a new energy-efficient fryer and potato washer, energy-efficient lighting and other energy-efficient equipment, said Mary Anne Ketelsen, owner of the potato chip company. The savings in energy and other costs will be more than $31,000 a year, she said.
The long-term viability of the company also is enhanced, Ketelsen said. Installations so far have already improved operations and resulted in additional employees, she said.
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You’ll Love These New ‘YAHS! - As In TORTIYAHS!®

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC., who repeatedly brings unique and flavorful innovation to its diverse snack food portfolio, is excited to announce its newest creation, Guacamole flavored TORTIYAHS!® tortilla chips.

Inspired by growing demand for avocado flavored foods, the Kitchen Specialists at Utz Quality Foods created something unique and different with Guacamole flavored TORTIYAHS!® tortilla chips. These Guacamole flavored ‘YAHS! can be eaten alone or dipped in salsa, they’re unforgettably tasty!
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Put It on Our Tab: Lay's Celebrates New Flavor Icons Chips with Cash Giveaway and $125,000 Donation to Beloved American Restaurants

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July 27, 2020

PLANO, Texas, July 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In these uncertain times, America can always count on Lay's to up the ante on flavor – now introducing Lay's Flavor Icons, perfectly recreating the taste of iconic restaurant dishes in potato chip form. To "return the flavor" and acknowledge the economic impact of COVID-19, Lay's has enacted a $25,000 Gratitude Fund for each restaurant as a thank you for their inspiration in the kitchen and ongoing support of their local communities.

Beginning today, fans can find Lay's Flavor Icons at retailers nationwide – and have a chance to win some cash of their own. Simply visit www.LaysFlavorIcons.com and enter the code from any marked bag (including other favorite Lay's flavors) now through September 10 for a chance to win $1,000.

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Cheetos releases official Mac n' Cheese as Kraft goes after breakfast market

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Mac and cheese is having a moment.
Earlier this week, Kraft
launched a contest for fans to win limited-edition boxes of the classic dish rebranded for breakfast, after it was revealed that parents have been serving mac and cheese to their children for breakfast during the pandemic.
Now parents can have more interesting flavors to choose from for their kids' first meal of the day.
On Wednesday, Cheetos -- owned by PepsiCo -- announced it was releasing its own flavors of mac and cheese.
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Premier Lacrosse League Team with Utz Quality Foods
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LOS ANGELES, CA (July 16, 2020) - The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced today a partnership with Utz Quality Foods, LLC ahead of the upcoming PLL Championship Series, starting on July 25th.
During the PLL Championship, PLL and Utz
® will launch the #PLLWatchParty, where fans will be able to submit unlimited personalized photos while watching the Championship Series matchups to be featured on both PLL and Utz social channels. Fans will also have a chance to win exclusive Utz® merchandise and Utz® snack packs. Utz will be selecting 52 winners throughout this summer’s Championship Series so the 52 second shot clock starts now!
Fans can enter unlimited personalized photos while watching the Championship Series and fans have a chance to win Utz® & PLL merchandise and 52 Utz® & PLL snack packs. To enter, visit
www.utzsnacks.com/pll.  No purchase necessary.  Must be 18+.  Entry ends on 08/09/2020.  View official rules and alternative means of entry at www.utzsnacks.com/pll.  Void where prohibited.
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Campbell's Late July brand takes over 'Summer on Spotify' playlists
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Brief:
  • Campbell Soups snack brand Late July this month is taking over "Summer on Spotify" playlists as part of its first national advertising campaign, per information shared with Mobile Marketer. The campaign on the streaming platform includes an audio spot.
  • Expanding on its "Bring Out the Good Chips" campaign, Late July's advertising will appear among the "Summer Party," "Summer BBQ," "Your Summer Rewind" and "New Music Friday" playlists. Summer-themed playlists have seen a 245% surge in recent weeks.
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PEACASA Protein-Packed Chickpea Chips

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Peacasa, a Canadian snack company announced the next phase of growth to bring an all new healthy snack option to the market in 2020. Founded by Canadian youth entrepreneurs and recent University of Ottawa graduates, Peacasa is preparing for an official launch of its 100% Chickpea based chips in Sea Salt and Mediterranean Herb flavors.
Made from five simple ingredients including chickpea flour, high-oleic sunflower oil, extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper, Peacasa Chickpea Chips have 8 grams of protein; 2x more than potato or corn chips, as well as 4g of fibre, and are grain-free, gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO.
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New Lay’s chips feature flavors of five US restaurant dishes
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07.14.2020
By
Rebekah Schouten

PLANO, TEXAS — In a time where restaurant visits and travel are infrequent at best, PepsiCo, Inc.’s Frito-Lay North America business unit is allowing consumers to experience the flavors of five US restaurant dishes from the comfort of home.
Lay’s is launching Flavor Icons, a new line of limited-batch potato chips inspired by dishes served at restaurants across the United States: Lay’s Nashville Hot Chicken, inspired by Party Fowl in Nashville; Lay’s Kettle Cooked New York Style Pizza, inspired by Grimaldi’s in New York City; Lay’s Philly Cheesesteak, inspired by Geno’s Steaks in Philadelphia; Lay’s Wavy Carnitas Street Taco, inspired by El Torito in Los Angeles; and Lay’s Chile Relleno, inspired by Cocina Azul in Albuquerque, NM.
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Doritos Seeking Fans To Create Ad For Chance To Air During Return Of NFL Kickoff Weekend
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PLANO, Texas, July 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- For a decade, Doritos' "Crash the Super Bowl" gave consumers the opportunity to create Doritos Super Bowl commercials — which opened doors and elevated careers for countless aspiring filmmakers. Doritos is today reviving that same spirit with "Crash from Home," an opportunity for consumers to be part of the highly anticipated NFL Kickoff weekend during Week 1 games on Sunday, September 13… with $150,000 on the line.
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SnackMagic brings small brands directly to consumers
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As more snack-loving consumers turn to quick bites in place of a meal, a direct-to-consumer start up launched this spring is hoping to help shoppers uncover hidden brands in a space where there is no shortage of products from which to choose.
The website, SnackMagic, offers hundreds of different options across 14 different categories with brands that change weekly. Some come from established companies, like sparkling water Topo Chico from Coca-Cola or Tate's Bake Shop sold by Mondelez International, but much of what the site peddles are "off-the-beaten path" brands new to the marketplace, Shaunak Amin, founder and CEO of SnackMagic, told Food Dive. The idea is to give these largely unknown brands a chance to tell their story and introduce themselves to customers, he said.
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PepsiCo's results beat as lockdowns boost snack sales
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(Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc PEP.O beat analysts' estimates for quarterly revenue and profit on Monday, as people stocked up on its snacks including Tostitos, Cheetos and Doritos before hunkering down in their homes due to coronavirus-related restrictions.
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Exclusive interview: Q&A with Orbital Insight, on the potato chip industry during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery was recently able to talk to Dr. James "Jimi" Crawford, founder and CEO of Orbital Insight, Palo Alto, CA, about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the potato chip industry.
 
Liz Parker: How has the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the potato chip supply chain, including product focus and worker shifts?
James Crawford: In times of uncertainty and crisis, many people turn to comfort foods, whether they be nostalgic treats from childhood or something that provides a satisfying crunch. During the pandemic, consumers have also stocked up on cheaper staples that have a long shelf life. As a result, COVID-19 has boosted Americans’ snack consumption: sales of Frito-Lay’s are up 30 percent, and polls show 42 percent of people are eating more snack foods since the pandemic began.
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PepsiCo revenue falls 3% as pandemic hits beverage sales but boosts snacks business
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  • PepsiCo’s net sales fell 3.1% during the second quarter.
  • Excluding items, the company earned $1.32 per share.
  • Pepsi reported falling organic sales for its North American beverage unit, but Frito-Lay and Quaker Oats saw organic revenue growth.
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Frito-Lay Announces $200 Million Expansion, 120 New Jobs
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  • Governor Brian Kemp recently announced that Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo and a leading snack manufacturer, will expand its operations in the City of Perry, town of Kathleen, creating 120 new jobs and investing $200 million in the Houston County project
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Doritos Joins the Movement to Amplify Black Voices

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Doritos said it is working in partnership with the Black Lives Matter movement to identify Black artists in the fight against racial injustice.
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Frito-Lay gears up for the biggest week of the year for salty snack sales

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The lead-up to the Fourth of July is historically the biggest week of the year for salty snacks in the States and PepsiCo's Frito-Lay anticipates sales to be on a par with previous years, despite the challenges around the coronavirus outbreak.
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Utz® and Zapp’s® Add a New Twist on Classic Snack Food Flavors!

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Monogram Foods has entered into a licensing agreement with Utz® and Zapp’s® brands to launch a line of unique and different take-home hot appetizers. Consumers can now enjoy their favorite flavors in hot appetizers, available in the frozen appetizer section of leading retailers.
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Campbell’s Late July Snack Brand Debuts First National Campaign
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The company's snack division has grown 9% during the pandemic
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Potato Chips Industry Report 2020: Increasing Expenditure on Savoury Snacks Worldwide

DUBLIN, May 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Potato Chips Market Growth, Trends and Forecast (2020-2025)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
The global potato chips market is forecast to witness a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period, 2020-2025.
Product variety, a mix of regional snacks flavors, changing consumer lifestyles and growth in distribution channels are major factors contributing to increasing sales of potato chips across the globe.
The introduction of healthier alternatives, like the low-fat and low-sodium chips, in the emerging markets also influencing the growth of the potato chips market.
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Chifles unveils better-for-you potato chip alternative

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MIAMI — A new better-for-you, plant-based potato and tortilla chip alternative is arriving in the snack aisle.
Chifles, a maker of plantain chips, is introducing Plantain Shells, containing 30% less fat than traditional potato chips, the company said. The certified kosher snack is vegan, gluten-free and features a golden hue and crisped curvatures that allow for dipping and topping.
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ParmCrisps Launches Protein-Packed Snack Mix

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MONTCLAIR, NJ
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
Those of us who snack, we snack hard. And that means the snacking-conscious consumer is after the best of the best. Following our collective instincts, we find ParmCrisps, which recently unveiled its latest snacking innovation: ParmCrisps Snack Mix. The Snack Mix contains Original ParmCrisps, almonds, pistachios, and cashews and will be available in Ranch and Smoky Barbeque flavors.
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Bushnell plant closing as Kitchen Cooked merges with Utz

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BUSHNELL — Kitchen Cooked Chips is planning to close its Bushnell facility after more than 40 years in the city.
According to Paul Blackhurst, a representative at Kitchen Cooked, the closure is part of an acquisition by Utz Quality Foods, a large, independent snack food brand based in Pennsylvania.
He said the decision to merge with the larger brand was in part to help the company become “more competitive in the marketplace.”
The shuttering of the Bushnell plant will not take place immediately, but over several months as production moves out of the facility. The transition is expected to affect about five employees. Blackhurst said the company plans to transfer the workers to another facility.
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Taco Bell expands potato chip line with keto-friendly cheddar snacks

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IRVINE, California (WABC) -- Attention cheese and keto-friendly fans!

Taco Bell is launching a new line of potato chips called cheddar crisps.


The company says the snacks are keto-friendly, gluten-free and vegetarian. They come in three flavors inspired by Taco Bell's sauces: Nacho, Mild Sauce and Fire Sauce.

They are currently sold at participating 7-Eleven stores and Kroger locations.


Taco Bell says they plan to expand via Amazon as well.
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Chifles unveils better-for-you potato chip alternative

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Chifles products are sourced from plantains “that look ugly and taste delicious. This helps divert perfectly good produce away from landfills and into our pantries,” the company said.
Each 28-gram serving of Chifles Plantain Shells contains 150 calories, 3 grams of saturated fat, 125 mg of sodium and 0 grams of sugar. The chips come in 8.5-oz bags.
“The launch of this product is the perfect synthesis of chip and function, and the perfect bridge between cultures,” said Antonio Rivas Jr., president of Chifles. “The new plantain shells offer much more than just another option in snacking. It’s a fan-favorite selection that you can enjoy in brand new ways.”

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NBA All-Star Endorses Ruffles In Frito-Lay ‘Chip Deal’

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Plano, Texas-based Frito-Lay started the year with a rush of news, announcing new products as well as, for the first time, a new product created in partnership with an athlete.
The “Chip Deal” Frito-Lay announced last summer with six-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis to endorse Ruffles has yielded a new chip flavor: Lime & Jalapeño. Davis joined Ruffles recently in Los Angeles at an exclusive gathering where more than 300 guests were among the first to taste the new product.
“The Chip Deal is transcending the notion of traditional athlete endorsement deals: pairing Anthony Davis’ commitment to impact beyond the court and bringing fans something unprecedented from a potato chip brand,” said Sadira Furlow, VP of marketing for Frito-Lay North America. “With the launch of Ruffles Lime & Jalapeño, we translated Davis’ energy and originality into an incredible potato chip flavor that is undoubtedly one of the most innovative flavors in Ruffles history.”
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Calling All Cheese Lovers! Introducing New Taco Bell® Cheddar Crisps

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IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Cheesy, crunchy and craveable isn't just limited to Taco Bell restaurant menus – the brand's newest item is hitting shelves at participating U.S. 7-Eleven and Kroger locations and will soon be available through online retailer, Amazon. Building on the success of hot sauce inspired Tortilla Chips launched in 2018, Taco Bell's new Cheddar Crisps are sure to shake up snacking with the bold Taco Bell flavors fans know and love.
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Lay's Partners With NBC'S "The Voice" And Coach John Legend To Debut Team Of Flavors Sure To Make Chairs Turn
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PLANO, Texas, Feb. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- When fans tune into Season 18 of NBC's "The Voice" this spring to discover the newest talent to hit the stage, they'll also discover an assortment of delicious new chip flavors from the Lay's® brand. Lay's Cheddar Jalapeño, Lay's Poppables® Sea Salt & Vinegar, and Lay's Kettle Cooked Flamin' Hot® all joined Team Lay's earlier this year – and to celebrate Lay's partnership with "The Voice," the brand is also re-introducing Lay's Crispy Taco and Lay's Wavy Fried Green Tomato chip flavors, available for a limited time only.
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Meet the Purpose-Driven Brands in PepsiCo's Second Annual North America Greenhouse Program
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PURCHASE, N.Y., Feb. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo announced today the ten emerging food and beverage brands that will join its second annual North America Greenhouse program. Each of the participating startups will receive $20,000 in grant funding and participate in a six-month business program designed to accelerate their growth through personalized mentorship.  
The 2020 PepsiCo North America Greenhouse program is designed to support emerging entrepreneurs and brands in the food and beverage industry. PepsiCo mentors from brands including KeVita, Stacy's and IMAG!NE will address marketing, distribution, manufacturing, supply chain, packaging, label claims, fundraising, and overall challenges related to growing a business.
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Zapp’s® Potato Chips Dare You - Tempt Your Fate and Your Taste Buds!


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GRAMERCY, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Born in the spirit of New Orleans and Voodoo healer Marie Laveau, Zapp’s® Evil Eye™ potato chips peer into your soul with the reverie of a mysterious, intense stare. In the 1800s, Laveau’s evil eye cast fear, mystery, and hexes into the hearts of the nefarious and noble of New Orleans. And in that spirit of awe comes Zapp’s® Evil Eye™ potato chips. A mild heat underlies the punch found in Evil Eye™, with a flavor and hearty crunch that makes you wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. But don’t worry—the evil eye legend is just that, a legend.
And yet what you’ll find in Zapp’s® Evil Eye™ potato chips are what you also find in Zapp’s® Voodoo™ potato chips: a conundrum of flavors that lives up to the sights, sounds and soul of New Orleans.
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PepsiCo earnings top estimates, but 2020 outlook below Wall Street expectations

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PepsiCo on Thursday reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped analysts’ expectations after strong performances by its North American beverage and snack divisions.
But investors focused on the company’s forecast for 2020, which was weaker than analysts had expected, and shares rose less than 1% in premarket trading.

Here’s what the company reported compared with what Wall Street was expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:
  • Earnings per share: $1.45, adjusted, vs. $1.44 expected
  • Revenue: $20.64 billion, vs. $20.27 billion expected
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BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS RECEIVES TESTIMONIAL RESOLUTION FROM THE DETROIT CITY COUNCIL FOR ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY

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DETROIT, MI – Better Made Snack Foods has received a “Testimonial Resolution” from the Detroit City Council for 90 years of “Better Chips in the City of Detroit”. The resolution praises Better Made for the company’s 90-year commitment to the City of Detroit, using potatoes sourced from Michigan farmers as much as possible, global shipping of snack foods from one facility located in Detroit, and the company’s charitable endeavors.
“It is truly an honor to receive this Testimonial Resolution from the City Council,” says Sam Cipriano, CEO of Better Made Snack Foods. “Our family made a commitment to Detroit 90 years ago and we’ve honored that commitment by keeping our roots here and growing our facility as needed. Many of our employees are from Detroit, and are the heart and soul of our company.”
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Frito-Lay U.S. Snack Index Reveals Nearly All Super Bowl LIV Viewers Expect Snacks for the Big Game
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PLANO, Texas, Jan. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As fans prep their platters for the Super Bowl, Frito-Lay today announced findings from its latest U.S. Snack Index, a poll focused on Super Bowl snacking habits, and the results are clear – snacking is an essential part of the game day experience as nearly eight in 10 Americans expect snacks, such as chips and pretzels, to be available at a Super Bowl event.
Retail sales data shows Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest day of the year for salty snacks, generating approximately $520 million in one day. Historically, Frito-Lay produces approximately 600 million pounds of snacks in the six weeks leading up to the game – nearly 20 percent of its annual snack production – and more than 67 million pounds of snacks the week of Super Bowl.
Potato chips and tortilla chips are the most sought-after snacks with 70 percent of Super Bowl watchers – up four points from the 2019
U.S. Snack Index – expecting potato chips to be available at a Super Bowl event, followed by tortilla chips (54 percent vs. 52 percent in 2019).
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PepsiCo To Achieve 100% Renewable Electricity In The U.S.
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PURCHASE, N.Y., Jan. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Some of America's favorite snacks and beverages – from Lay's and SunChips to bubly, Gatorade and Pepsi – will soon be made using electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) today announced plans to achieve 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. direct operations this year. The U.S. is the food and beverage company's largest market and accounts for nearly half of its total global electricity consumption.
PepsiCo's efforts in the U.S. build upon its global progress in switching to renewable electricity around the world. For example, nine countries in PepsiCo's European direct operations already meet 100% of their electricity demand from renewable sources. Additionally, in 2018, 76% of the electricity needs of the PepsiCo Mexico Foods business were delivered via wind energy.  
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PepsiCo introduces new snacking combo with Cheetos Popcorn
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PepsiCo’s convenient foods division Frito-Lay North America has launched Cheetos Popcorn, with the aim of creating a new snacking experience.  
The launch marks the first time that popcorn has been infused with ‘cheetle’, a term trademarked by Frito-Lay to describe the orange cheese dust.
Available in stores nationwide, PepsiCo has combined the “iconic Cheetos seasoning with one of America’s snacking favourites, swapping the butter and salt for the cheesy and spicy flavours fans know and love”.
The ready-to-eat bags are available in two flavours: cheddar and flamin’ hot.
According to Frito-Lay, Cheetos Popcorn “creates a new snacking experience that pairs the classic taste of popcorn with an added boost of cheesy, spicy and flavourful fun from Cheetos”.
“We’ve seen the way Cheetos lovers don their red- and orange-dusted fingers like a badge of honour, and we’re always looking for ways to help them step up their snacking game,” said Brandi Ray, senior director of marketing at Frito-Lay North America.
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Campbell’s Goes Veggie, Gluten-Free and No-Grain With New Products
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In recent weeks, the Campbell Soup Company has introduced several on-trend, health-conscious versions of its most popular snacks, a sign of continuing pressure in the CPG industry to keep up with consumer demand for more nutritious options.
The latest is Campbell-owned Late July, unveiling a grain-free tortilla chip made with tigernut flour. The product comes in two flavors: sea salt, and sea salt and lime. The brand is also debuting a line of organic potato chips offered in sea salt, BBQ, and salt and vinegar varieties. All products are scheduled to appear on shelves nationwide later this March.
“In food, expectations are higher than ever,” Janda Lukin, CMO of Campbell’s Snacks division, told Adweek. “We want food that has simple, clean ingredients, but zero taste trade-off.”
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Retailers could lose out on billions in online alcohol sales, report says
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Dive Brief:
  • Online alcohol sales from grocery stores grew from $87 million in 2017 to $295 million in 2019, according to a report by Rabobank. Last year, online beer sales in the channel grew 120%, while wine grew just under 100% and spirits grew by nearly 150%.
  • However, the financial firm estimates grocers could have sold as much as $1.8 billion in online wine, beer and spirits if sales share in the channel matched that of in-store.  According to Rabobank, alcohol accounts for less than 1% of online sales versus between 5% and 6% of store sales.
  • Rabobank forecasts grocers could lose up to $3.7 billion in online alcohol sales over the next three years if they don’t improve merchandising and availability.
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Flamin’ Hot Limon, ‘Cooler’ Ranch Doritos Debut
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Plano, TX — Frito-Lay North America, Inc. is extending its Doritos line with Flamin’ Hot Limon and enhanced Cool Ranch varieties, according to the snack maker.
Both flavors come in 9.75-ounce- and 2.75-ounce bags, which have SRPs of $4.29 and $1.89, respectively.
The new spicy Doritos leverage the signature heat of Frito’s Flamin’ Hot line but with a tangy twist, while the new Cool Ranch chips feature “even more cool ranch flavor,” according to the company.
“Doritos is known for making bold, innovative moves — whether it’s new movie partnerships, e-sports tournaments, an ad without logos, and of course new flavors,” says Leslie Vesper, senior director of marketing, Frito-Lay North America. “The release of Doritos Flamin’ Hot Limon and the revamped Doritos Cool Ranch are two entirely new ways for fans to enjoy our beloved legacy flavors.”
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Premier Protein Co-Founder Launches New Delicious Keto Diet Snacks
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SAN DIEGO, Jan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Lance Rankin, one of the original co-founders of Premier Protein, announced today the launch of Genius Gourmet, a Keto snack company with a delicious line of Keto shakes, Keto chips and Keto bars.
"We saw an opportunity in the Keto space that wasn't being addressed. Consumers are looking for snack products that provide true Keto nutritionals and deliver a world-class taste," commented CEO, Lance Rankin. "We partnered with one of the top manufacturing facilities in the world and came up with a line of Keto snacks that are increasing in popularity among the Keto community."
These new on-the-go snacks provide high-quality fats rather than sugar while focusing on moderate protein. "The initial response to the Genius Gourmet brand has been overwhelming. Consumers and industry executives have been impressed with the overall brand look and appealing taste."
The Genius Gourmet Keto Bars have already started shipping to consumers and retail chains and the much-anticipated Keto protein chips and Keto shakes will be available Q1, 2020. The Genius Gourmet Keto Bars are now available on Amazon.com and will be available at the following retailers in 2020: GNC.com, Bodybuilding.com, Vitacost.com, Netrition.com; HEB and over 300 Maverik's locations.
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Boulder Canyon Thin & Crispy Chips Are Cooked In Avocado Oil

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Utz Brands, Inc.’s Boulder Canyon brand is debuting Thin & Crispy chips cooked in avocado oil, according to the company.
Featuring a buttery flavor and extra-crispy bite, the chips are available in classic sea salt and cheddar sour cream varieties.
“As a trailblazer in better-for-you snacking, Boulder Canyon looks to the great outdoors for inspiration. We seek paths that will take us to new taste adventures and to snacks you can feel good about. We’re thrilled to share something so new and refreshing with our loyal fans and adventure snackers alike,” says Mickey Burnett, vice-president, marketing craft & BFY brands at Utz.
Available in six-ounce bags, the new chips have a SRP of $3.49 and ship 12 packs per case.
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Ka-Pop! Snacks Unveils New Updated Look and Packaging

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ERIE, Colo., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ka-Pop! Snacks, the makers of sorghum-based chips and puffs, is pleased to announce fresh new packaging. The new-look reflects the company's continued commitment to healthy eating, a clean label, and the joy of snacking for all.  This bold, heroic new look is sure to pop off shelves – a critical part of the design strategy considering new COVID-19 shopping behaviors.
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Stacy's Pita Chips Help Female Founders Get Found: New Limited-Edition Stacy's Bags Feature QR Code with Geotargeted Women-Owned Business Directory

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PLANO, Texas, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the biggest challenges for female founders? Being found. According to the Rise of the Female Founder survey conducted earlier this year by Stacy's Pita Chips, 67 percent of consumers wish it were easier to find products and services from female-founded businesses and 79 percent think it is important to see more female-founded businesses in their communities. That's why Stacy's is launching its newest packaging innovation featuring a QR code that, once scanned with a mobile phone, will direct consumers to nearby female-founded businesses – making it easier than ever to support female entrepreneurs.
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Discovery Science - Super Factory at Frito-Lay’s Perry, Ga. Plant

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September 29, 2020

In May 2019, Discovery Science filmed at our Perry, Ga., site and highlighted the rigor that goes into making our iconic Lay’s potato chips. PFNA SVP of Supply Chain, Laura Maxwell, spent the entire day with a film crew from Discovery Science / Science Channel in Perry where she was able to tell our seed-to-shelf story and demonstrate what makes Frito-Lay such a snacking powerhouse. The Perry site team was outstanding in helping coordinate the shoot and ensuring Frito-Lay’s operational excellence and product quality could be fully highlighted for this exciting media opportunity.
Discovery Science has just released the episode as part of a five-part series called “Super Factories.” You can watch it here:  https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/super-factories/

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Tesco and Kellogg’s launch carton recycling trial

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Pepsico Russia has officially started construction of a savory snacks plant in Novosibirsk
PepsiCo has laid the 'first stone' for the future plant for the production of savory snacks in the Industrial and Logistics Park of the Novosibirsk Region.
The ceremony was attended by the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Andrei Travnikov and the President of PepsiCo Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Neil Sturrock unveil the first stone of Pepsico's Novosibirsk plant.
The plant in Novosibirsk will become PepsiCo's third plant for the production of salty snacks in Russia. In total, there are more than 20 subsidiaries of the company in Russia. PepsiCo has invested over USD10 billion in Russia. 
The agreement on the construction of a new enterprise was signed between PepsiCo, the Novosibirsk Region and the Investment Development Agency of the Novosibirsk Region in 2019 at the Sochi Investment Forum. The investments will total about 12 billion rubles (USD 160 million).
PepsiCo will also launch an agricultural program in the region so the plant can process local potatoes. All Lay's chipsin Russia are made exclusively from potatoes grown in the country. Pepsico Russia cooperates with more than 50 agricultural enterprises in 15 regions and processes about 400 thousand tons of potatoes each year. 
The first two lines of the plant will start production at the end of 2021. The new plant will have a production capacity of more than 60 thousand tons will produce Lay's ® chips and croutons of the 'CrunchTeam' brand.
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Tesco and Kellogg’s have announced a new trial to collect cartons at the supermarket’s stores.
Working with the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK), the five-month trial across England and Wales at 11 stores will see recycling points set up to test how prepared customers are to return the packaging to stores for recycling.
Cartons used to pack products such as fruit juice, lunchbox-sized drinks, soups, passata and custard will be included, with the companies highlighting the fact that only 68% of councils collect the packaging at kerbside.
This trial is part of Tesco’s ‘4 Rs’ plan for packaging – Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and builds on ACE UK’s national carton Bring Bank network.
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Morton Salt Pours Out Modern New Look On Packaging

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CHICAGO, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Morton Salt, one of America's favorite and most enduring brands, has debuted a fresh new look on packaging to bring more flavor to its entire line-up of retail products. The eye-catchingly bold and contemporary design refreshes the iconic brand that consumers have known and loved for generations, while making its products more shoppable in today's dynamic digital and in-store environment.
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Mikesell's Snack Food Company adds new flavors to their lineup

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DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- Two new flavors are being added to Mikesell's Snack Food Company's potato chip line up: Salt & Lime and Pepperoni Pizza Puffcorn.
“At Mikesell’s it’s all about bringing fans something innovative that’s deliciousand still fits into what they expect from a well-loved product like Mikesell’s Snacks,” said President, Luke Mapp. “We are really excited to have our fans taste these new products and share them with those they care about.”
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BOULDER CANYON® DEBUTS NEW THIN & CRISPY POTATO CHIPS MADE WITH
AVOCADO OIL!

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HANOVER, PA (BUSINESS WIRE) – Thin chip lovers, look no further: BOULDER CANYON® brings adventurous, flavorful snack food innovation to those seeking a better-for-you experience with their new Thin & Crispy potato chips.
These classically thin-cut potato chips are cooked in avocado oil and feature a unique buttery flavor with an extra-crispy bite. In a sea of kettle-chip options, BOULDER CANYON rises above the rest, offering their audience a choice of kettle and non-kettle chips cooked in better-for-you oils. BOULDER CANYON Thin & Crispy potato chips are available in Classic Sea Salt or rich Cheddar Sour Cream.
As the leader of potato chips cooked in better-for-you oils, BOULDER CANYON continues its impressive track record of providing simple and healthier snack foods options. BOULDER CANYON has risen to be a fast-growing salty snack brand with the number one potato chip SKU in the natural channel, BOULDER CANYON Avocado Oil Sea Salt Potato Chip.*
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Kellogg’s aids visually impaired consumers with smartphone playback cereal boxes

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New Salty Snacks from Frito-Lay
New chip varieties include Tostitos Hint of Guac, Baked Ruffles Flamin’ Hot and Rold Gold Recipe No. 4 Zesty Buffalo

Frito-Lay launched three new products to take game day to the next level. Introducing Tostitos Hint of Guac, Baked Ruffles Flamin’ Hot and Rold Gold Recipe No. 4 Zesty Buffalo—all available now.
Product details:
• Tostitos Hint of Guac: These tortilla chips are lightly seasoned with an amount of guacamole flavor and spice in every bite. Made for dipping with a TOSTITOS salsa. SRP: $4.29 (12oz)
• Baked Ruffles Flamin’ Hot: The newest Flamin’ Hot variety with 65% less fat. With ridges made for any dip or occasion, these are a combination of crunch and heat. SRP: $3.29 (9.75oz), $1.89 (2.75oz)
• Rold Gold Recipe No. 4 Zesty Buffalo: Rold Gold’s three-braided pretzel twists that bring consumers a zesty buffalo kick. Pretzel twists are seasoned for a maximum flavor experience. SRP: $5.99 (16oz)

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Kellogg’s aids visually impaired consumers with smartphone playback cereal boxes

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12 Oct 2020 --- Kellogg’s is partnering with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Co-op supermarket to launch a trial of cereal boxes featuring UK-first technology for blind and partially sighted people. The cereal boxes allow a smartphone to detect and playback labeling and allergen information to the user.

Kellogg’s introduced the technology on Coco Pops boxes in almost 60 Co-op stores across the UK to mark World Sight Day.
The trial comes after research from RNIB revealed 9 in 10 blind and partially sighted people feel that information on food packaging is difficult or impossible to read.


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Cape Cod Potato Chips brings back limited edition pink himalayan salt & red wine vinegar flavor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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We’re proud to partner with the Campbell Soup Foundation to create parks for people in Camden, New Jersey. Campbell Soup Company has been based in Camden for over 150 years and has been an active partner in the community since the beginning. Campbell’s Vice President of Community Affairs and President of The Campbell Soup Foundation, Kim Fortunato, shares why they’re supporting our work in their hometown.
In 1869, Joseph Campbell and Abraham Anderson went into business together in Camden, and our company has been headquartered here ever since.  In 1953, The Campbell Soup Foundation was founded and today the Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three strategic areas: increasing access to healthy food, encouraging healthy living, and nurturing Campbell neighborhoods by transforming the physical spaces where people live, learn and play. At Campbell, we believe in the power of collaboration to address our communities’ most pressing needs. That’s why we support The Trust for Public Land, an organization that is building and expanding parks and green spaces to connect and strengthen Camden’s neighborhoods. We are excited to share the
great work we’re doing together.


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Cape Cod Potato Chips brings back limited edition pink himalayan salt & red wine vinegar flavor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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  • Cape Cod Potato Chip is bringing back a limited edition flavor in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The flavor is the pink himalayan salt & red wine vinegar and is only available in October.
It’s the fourth year in a row the company has partner with the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to bring the chips to shelves and provides a donation to the organization. Five percent of proceeds, or 12 cents of every purchase, benefits cancer research, the company said.


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Perseverance and Perspective: Jackson’s Lasting Impact

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In This Episode:
Megan Reamer never imagined she would own and operate a snack company, especially after taking 12 years off from working to care for her four children. Reamer’s brand, Jackson’s Honest, was born out of the necessity for nutritional changes that her eldest son required to cope with his rare autoimmune disease. After intense trial and error of different diets, Reamer and her husband found Jackson’s condition responded well to “healthy fats” — a discovery that lead to the first-ever coconut oil based chip brand. This innovation filled a gap in the snack industry sought after by health enthusiasts and other equally desperate parents. With no CPG experience and a sick child, Reamer used this promise of positive change for others to fuel the mission and growth of Jackson’s Honest — encouraging health and happiness through great tasting snacks. Through channeling her authentic vulnerability and leaning on a supportive community of customers, farmers and other snack industry leaders, Jackson’s Honest grew from the Reamer’s small kitchen in Denver, Colorado to multiple manufacturing facilities. For women looking to chase their passions and to make a lasting positive difference in the world, Reamer emphasizes the importance of being comfortable being uncomfortable and channeling  perpetual optimism in the face of an unrelenting reality.
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Lawsuits Abound Over Misleading Food Labels

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MONTCLAIR, N.J., Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ParmCrisps, the nutritionally on-trend snack brand, has once again broken through the confines of the cracker category. The brand is eager to announce its newest line, Plant-Based ParmCrisps, made from 100% dairy-free cheese. Plant-Based ParmCrisps will come in two timeless flavors: Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, and will be a first-of-its kind product that caters to the plant-based lifestyle.
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Lawsuits Abound Over Misleading Food Labels

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Food companies have been in hot water recently over their product labels either misleading consumers or not providing enough product information.
Frito-Lay
Frito-Lay faces at least two lawsuits over the flavor of its chips. After West Coast lawyers recently sued Ruffles over its cheddar and sour cream-flavored chips, a New York firm has filed a suit over its baked version with an identical theory, reported Legal Newsline (Sept. 23).
The latest suit, filed Sept. 11, says the company shouldn’t refer to the chips as cheddar and sour cream flavored and shouldn’t put a dollop of sour cream and a wedge of cheese on the bag.
“Consumers are misled by the Product’s representation as ‘Flavored’ because this gives them the impression that actual sour cream is the source of the flavor,” the lawsuit says. “However, the Product’s sour cream flavor is provided by artificial flavor, in the form of synthetic diacetyl.”
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Good Health Introduces New Organic Cheese Snacks

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Good Health, a member of the Utz Quality Foods family of brands, is launching Good Health® Organic with the introduction of Baked Cheese Puffs and Baked Cheese Fries! They’re made with real cheese, the key ingredient from Organic Valley®, the nation’s largest farmer-owned organic cooperative, and one of the world’s largest organic consumer brands.
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New Lay’s snack bags feature inspiring D-FW community members in support of Operation Smile

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The thing about a genuine smile is that when you see one, you can’t help but join in. Lay’s understands that now, more than ever, celebrating each other and sharing joy is vital. And that’s where their 2020 collaboration with Operation Smile comes in.
In its mission to spark joy and bring smiles to people across the country, Lay’s has a series of new potato chip bags that features the stories — and smiles — of incredible people, all to benefit an extremely worthwhile cause. The 70 unique designs showcase 30 “Everyday Smilers” who were nominated by their peers for the extraordinary work they do in their communities benefiting the homeless, veterans, youth, elderly and more.

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STATEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN AND CEO RAMON L. LAGUARTA

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All of us at PepsiCo are devastated by the passing of Don Kendall. Don was the architect of the PepsiCo family. He was relentless about growing our business, a fearless leader, and the ultimate salesman. He believed in business as a way to build bridges between cultures, laying the foundation of our commitment to Winning with Purpose and defining the values that we refer to today as The PepsiCo Way. In many ways, he was the man who made PepsiCo, PepsiCo.
Don was an inspiration to all of us leaders at PepsiCo, from his endless passion to live and make a difference in the world; to his creativity and entrepreneurship; his belief in building bridges between cultures through business; his capacity to connect people and build relationships; his respect for diversity; and his support for the less privileged.


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Pringles® Trial New Recyclable Paper Tube in UK via Partnership with Tesco

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The famous Pringles can is set for a environmentally friendly makeover as the company has revealed it is currently trialling a new recyclable version.
The new can is made of recycled paper and has been launched in partnership with Tesco.
It is currently available to buy across supermarkets in East Anglia.

It’s the first time that Pringles has made any changes to its famous tin can, which has been used since the brand was launched in 1967 in the US.
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Pringles® Introduces First Ever Interdimensional Stack With Trifecta Of Collectible Rick And Morty-Inspired Flavors
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pringles® is continuing its partnership with Adult Swim's award-winning series, Rick and Morty™, with an expanded collection of limited-edition flavors inspired by the hit show.  In addition to the coveted Pickle Rick crisps, the two newest flavors, Honey Mustard Morty and Look at Me! I'm Cheddar & Sour Cream, are rooted in the show's cosmic absurdity captured by the quirky cast of characters.
After two years of budding popularity, the Flavor Stacking craze pushes fans to find new, creative ways to enjoy their favorite Pringles crisps, unlocking endless dimensions of flavor. To add a little Rick and Morty flair to any stack, all fans need to do is combine with their favorite Pringles flavor, stack them and take a bite. And if you're bold enough, pair all three flavors for the ultimate Rick and Morty sandwich stack.
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Pepsico Russia has officially started construction of a savory snacks plant in Novosibirsk
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PepsiCo has laid the 'first stone' for the future plant for the production of savory snacks in the Industrial and Logistics Park of the Novosibirsk Region.
The ceremony was attended by the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Andrei Travnikov and the President of PepsiCo Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Neil Sturrock unveil the first stone of Pepsico's Novosibirsk plant.
The plant in Novosibirsk will become PepsiCo's third plant for the production of salty snacks in Russia. In total, there are more than 20 subsidiaries of the company in Russia. PepsiCo has invested over USD10 billion in Russia. 
The agreement on the construction of a new enterprise was signed between PepsiCo, the Novosibirsk Region and the Investment Development Agency of the Novosibirsk Region in 2019 at the Sochi Investment Forum. The investments will total about 12 billion rubles (USD 160 million).
PepsiCo will also launch an agricultural program in the region so the plant can process local potatoes. All Lay's chipsin Russia are made exclusively from potatoes grown in the country. Pepsico Russia cooperates with more than 50 agricultural enterprises in 15 regions and processes about 400 thousand tons of potatoes each year. 
The first two lines of the plant will start production at the end of 2021. The new plant will have a production capacity of more than 60 thousand tons will produce Lay's ® chips and croutons of the 'CrunchTeam' brand.
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Lay's 'Smiles' packaging returns as counterpoint to masked and unhappy faces
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Dive Brief:
  • Lay's potato chips, which is PepsiCo's Frito-Lay unit, is bringing back its limited-run "Smiles" packaging with more than 70 new designs of its chip bags that show the smiles of 30 people who are helping their communities, according to details shared with Marketing Dive. These "Everyday Smilers" include people who have helped others facing homelessness, hunger or limited access to healthcare services, among other causes.
  • Because the pandemic disrupted a planned photo shoot with the "Everyday Smilers," Lay's asked them to take selfies on their smartphones and submit them digitally. Lay's used computer-generated imagery (CGI) technology to enhance the amateur selfies and transfer them to its packaging.
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Utz Brands Appoints Shannan Redcay to Senior Vice President of Innovation and Value Creation as It Looks to Accelerate Product Innovation and Growth

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seeking to further accelerate innovation as consumer snacking continues to rise, Utz Brands, Inc. (NYSE: UTZ) announced it has appointed Shannan Redcay to the role of Senior Vice President of Innovation and Value Creation. She is charged with advancing the brand’s innovation initiatives including Utz’s entry into new potential categories, forms and formats and ultimately delivering consumer-led innovation that capitalizes on emerging trends.
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Rice and Lissette Families Deepen Contribution to Hanover, PA Community Following Public Listing of Utz Brands

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Following the transition of Utz from a privately held to a publicly traded company in August, the Rice and Lissette families – part of the third and fourth generations of the Utz family legacy – have announced their intent to make a significant philanthropic contribution of part of the family’s interest in Utz to The Rice Family Foundation, with a commitment to making additional donations in the future as well.
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PeaTos Closes $7M in Funding
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Snack brand PeaTos yesterday announced the close of a $7 million funding round, which included a $3 million convertible note from 2019. The round was led by financial services firm Jackson Springs Management Partners (JSMP) and venture capital firm Connetic Ventures
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Frito-Lay Headlines Return To NFL Kickoff With Star-Studded Commercial Featuring Tom Brady, Ezekiel Elliott, Rob Gronkowski, Dak Prescott And Many More
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To that end, Frito-Lay North America is rolling out its 2020 NFL Kickoff campaigns, anchored by a star-studded TV commercial creatively themed "'Twas the Night Before Kickoff," relating the sense of wonder and excitement of the night before Christmas from the original iconic poem to the night before NFL Kickoff. Think Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in pajamas giddy with glee. The portfolio campaign leads Frito-Lay's return to NFL Kickoff that also includes programming from Tostitos, the Official Chip & Dip of the NFL.
Frito-Lay's headlining portfolio campaign features a who's who of current and former NFL stars, including Brady and Gronkowski, Tony Romo, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Katie Sowers and Marshawn Lynch, who provides a one-of-a-kind narration to the newly created classic. In support of Tostitos, Doritos, Cheetos and Lay's under Frito-Lay, the $17 billion snacks division of PepsiCo, the spot is created by Frito-Lay's internal creative agency and directed by Peter Berg, renown Hollywood director with a personal passion for football with credits such as "Friday Night Lights."
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Utz Quality Foods and Collier Creek Holdings Complete Business Combination to Form Utz Brands, Inc.

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC (“Utz” or the “Company”), a leading U.S. manufacturer of branded salty snacks, and Collier Creek Holdings (“Collier Creek”) (NYSE: CCH, CCH.U, CCH WS), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced that they have completed their business combination. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of Collier Creek and was approved at a special meeting of Collier Creek shareholders on August 27, 2020. Per the terms of the business combination agreement, Collier Creek and Utz have combined to form Utz Brands, Inc. (“Utz Brands”), a leading pure-play snack food platform in the U.S. The common stock of Utz Brands will trade under the ticker symbol “UTZ” on the New York Stock Exchange beginning August 31, 2020.
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The Dirty Reason Why a San Antonio Tortilla Company Has “Sanitary” in its Name
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Mexican cuisine, though broadly popular in Texas today, has long been the target of denigrating epithets and imagery. Think “Montezuma’s revenge.” Or descriptions of, say, an enchilada platter as a heavy, greasy “gut bomb.” And let’s not forget Taco Bell’s talking chihuahua. A personal favorite is the wildly sensationalistic accusation in a 1910 El Paso Herald op-ed article that “Death Lurks In Tortillas.” For centuries, travelogues, newspaper dispatches, and government regulations associated Mexicans and their dishes with danger. Among the best documented victims were San Antonio’s chili queens. These women set up food stalls in the city’s plazas, including near the Alamo, as far back as the 1880s. At first, they were welcomed, garnering favorable mentions in travel guides and magazines. But local opinions changed. The vendors and their food were eventually viewed as potentially perilous to one’s health. Politicians regulated the chili queens out of business by the 1940s. And you can hear echoes of this history in a word that’s still used in the name of at least one tortilla business: “sanitary.”
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PepsiCo’s North American incubator programme awards top spot to upcycling snack startup
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Spudsy – which is on a mission to save one million imperfect sweet potatoes by 2021 – has been awarded the $100,000 grant from PepsiCo’s second annual North America Greenhouse Accelerator Programme.
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Lawyers fight dismissal request of Frito-Lay in case over cheddar and sour cream chips

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Class action lawyers have fired back at Frito-Lay’s allegation that their case over potato chips lacks any evidence.
The Desai Law Firm filed its response to Frito-Lay’s motion to dismiss on Aug. 21 in California federal court in a case that alleges bags of cheddar and sour cream-flavored Ruffles should have the words “artificially flavored” on their fronts.
“The Products’ label makes representations to noe of its ‘distinguishable characterizing flavors,’ cheddar cheese, through the orange colored chips, the block of cheese, the word ‘Cheddar’ and orange label,” the response says.

Class action lawyers are fighting to keep a case against Frito-Lay alive despite allegations their cases lack key evidence. The Desai Law Firm alleged the company's cheddar and sour-cream flavored Ruffles chips should have an "artificially flavored" claim, reported Legal Newsline.
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Mister Bee receives federal funds for project improvements
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PARKERSBURG — West Virginia’s only potato chip maker has received a federal loan financing for renewable energy systems and other improvements.
On Tuesday, officials announced the West Virginia Potato Chip Co. LLC, makers of Mister Bee potato chips, has received $250,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.
The project includes a new warehouse, a water recycler, a new energy-efficient fryer and potato washer, energy-efficient lighting and other energy-efficient equipment, said Mary Anne Ketelsen, owner of the potato chip company. The savings in energy and other costs will be more than $31,000 a year, she said.
The long-term viability of the company also is enhanced, Ketelsen said. Installations so far have already improved operations and resulted in additional employees, she said.
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You’ll Love These New ‘YAHS! - As In TORTIYAHS!®

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC., who repeatedly brings unique and flavorful innovation to its diverse snack food portfolio, is excited to announce its newest creation, Guacamole flavored TORTIYAHS!® tortilla chips.

Inspired by growing demand for avocado flavored foods, the Kitchen Specialists at Utz Quality Foods created something unique and different with Guacamole flavored TORTIYAHS!® tortilla chips. These Guacamole flavored ‘YAHS! can be eaten alone or dipped in salsa, they’re unforgettably tasty!
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Put It on Our Tab: Lay's Celebrates New Flavor Icons Chips with Cash Giveaway and $125,000 Donation to Beloved American Restaurants

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July 27, 2020

PLANO, Texas, July 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In these uncertain times, America can always count on Lay's to up the ante on flavor – now introducing Lay's Flavor Icons, perfectly recreating the taste of iconic restaurant dishes in potato chip form. To "return the flavor" and acknowledge the economic impact of COVID-19, Lay's has enacted a $25,000 Gratitude Fund for each restaurant as a thank you for their inspiration in the kitchen and ongoing support of their local communities.

Beginning today, fans can find Lay's Flavor Icons at retailers nationwide – and have a chance to win some cash of their own. Simply visit www.LaysFlavorIcons.com and enter the code from any marked bag (including other favorite Lay's flavors) now through September 10 for a chance to win $1,000.

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Cheetos releases official Mac n' Cheese as Kraft goes after breakfast market

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Mac and cheese is having a moment.
Earlier this week, Kraft
launched a contest for fans to win limited-edition boxes of the classic dish rebranded for breakfast, after it was revealed that parents have been serving mac and cheese to their children for breakfast during the pandemic.
Now parents can have more interesting flavors to choose from for their kids' first meal of the day.
On Wednesday, Cheetos -- owned by PepsiCo -- announced it was releasing its own flavors of mac and cheese.
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Premier Lacrosse League Team with Utz Quality Foods
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LOS ANGELES, CA (July 16, 2020) - The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced today a partnership with Utz Quality Foods, LLC ahead of the upcoming PLL Championship Series, starting on July 25th.
During the PLL Championship, PLL and Utz
® will launch the #PLLWatchParty, where fans will be able to submit unlimited personalized photos while watching the Championship Series matchups to be featured on both PLL and Utz social channels. Fans will also have a chance to win exclusive Utz® merchandise and Utz® snack packs. Utz will be selecting 52 winners throughout this summer’s Championship Series so the 52 second shot clock starts now!
Fans can enter unlimited personalized photos while watching the Championship Series and fans have a chance to win Utz® & PLL merchandise and 52 Utz® & PLL snack packs. To enter, visit
www.utzsnacks.com/pll.  No purchase necessary.  Must be 18+.  Entry ends on 08/09/2020.  View official rules and alternative means of entry at www.utzsnacks.com/pll.  Void where prohibited.
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Campbell's Late July brand takes over 'Summer on Spotify' playlists
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Brief:
  • Campbell Soups snack brand Late July this month is taking over "Summer on Spotify" playlists as part of its first national advertising campaign, per information shared with Mobile Marketer. The campaign on the streaming platform includes an audio spot.
  • Expanding on its "Bring Out the Good Chips" campaign, Late July's advertising will appear among the "Summer Party," "Summer BBQ," "Your Summer Rewind" and "New Music Friday" playlists. Summer-themed playlists have seen a 245% surge in recent weeks.
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PEACASA Protein-Packed Chickpea Chips

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Peacasa, a Canadian snack company announced the next phase of growth to bring an all new healthy snack option to the market in 2020. Founded by Canadian youth entrepreneurs and recent University of Ottawa graduates, Peacasa is preparing for an official launch of its 100% Chickpea based chips in Sea Salt and Mediterranean Herb flavors.
Made from five simple ingredients including chickpea flour, high-oleic sunflower oil, extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper, Peacasa Chickpea Chips have 8 grams of protein; 2x more than potato or corn chips, as well as 4g of fibre, and are grain-free, gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO.
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New Lay’s chips feature flavors of five US restaurant dishes
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07.14.2020
By
Rebekah Schouten

PLANO, TEXAS — In a time where restaurant visits and travel are infrequent at best, PepsiCo, Inc.’s Frito-Lay North America business unit is allowing consumers to experience the flavors of five US restaurant dishes from the comfort of home.
Lay’s is launching Flavor Icons, a new line of limited-batch potato chips inspired by dishes served at restaurants across the United States: Lay’s Nashville Hot Chicken, inspired by Party Fowl in Nashville; Lay’s Kettle Cooked New York Style Pizza, inspired by Grimaldi’s in New York City; Lay’s Philly Cheesesteak, inspired by Geno’s Steaks in Philadelphia; Lay’s Wavy Carnitas Street Taco, inspired by El Torito in Los Angeles; and Lay’s Chile Relleno, inspired by Cocina Azul in Albuquerque, NM.
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Doritos Seeking Fans To Create Ad For Chance To Air During Return Of NFL Kickoff Weekend
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PLANO, Texas, July 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- For a decade, Doritos' "Crash the Super Bowl" gave consumers the opportunity to create Doritos Super Bowl commercials — which opened doors and elevated careers for countless aspiring filmmakers. Doritos is today reviving that same spirit with "Crash from Home," an opportunity for consumers to be part of the highly anticipated NFL Kickoff weekend during Week 1 games on Sunday, September 13… with $150,000 on the line.
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SnackMagic brings small brands directly to consumers
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As more snack-loving consumers turn to quick bites in place of a meal, a direct-to-consumer start up launched this spring is hoping to help shoppers uncover hidden brands in a space where there is no shortage of products from which to choose.
The website, SnackMagic, offers hundreds of different options across 14 different categories with brands that change weekly. Some come from established companies, like sparkling water Topo Chico from Coca-Cola or Tate's Bake Shop sold by Mondelez International, but much of what the site peddles are "off-the-beaten path" brands new to the marketplace, Shaunak Amin, founder and CEO of SnackMagic, told Food Dive. The idea is to give these largely unknown brands a chance to tell their story and introduce themselves to customers, he said.
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PepsiCo's results beat as lockdowns boost snack sales
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(Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc PEP.O beat analysts' estimates for quarterly revenue and profit on Monday, as people stocked up on its snacks including Tostitos, Cheetos and Doritos before hunkering down in their homes due to coronavirus-related restrictions.
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Exclusive interview: Q&A with Orbital Insight, on the potato chip industry during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery was recently able to talk to Dr. James "Jimi" Crawford, founder and CEO of Orbital Insight, Palo Alto, CA, about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the potato chip industry.
 
Liz Parker: How has the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the potato chip supply chain, including product focus and worker shifts?
James Crawford: In times of uncertainty and crisis, many people turn to comfort foods, whether they be nostalgic treats from childhood or something that provides a satisfying crunch. During the pandemic, consumers have also stocked up on cheaper staples that have a long shelf life. As a result, COVID-19 has boosted Americans’ snack consumption: sales of Frito-Lay’s are up 30 percent, and polls show 42 percent of people are eating more snack foods since the pandemic began.
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PepsiCo revenue falls 3% as pandemic hits beverage sales but boosts snacks business
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  • PepsiCo’s net sales fell 3.1% during the second quarter.
  • Excluding items, the company earned $1.32 per share.
  • Pepsi reported falling organic sales for its North American beverage unit, but Frito-Lay and Quaker Oats saw organic revenue growth.
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Frito-Lay Announces $200 Million Expansion, 120 New Jobs
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  • Governor Brian Kemp recently announced that Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo and a leading snack manufacturer, will expand its operations in the City of Perry, town of Kathleen, creating 120 new jobs and investing $200 million in the Houston County project
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Doritos Joins the Movement to Amplify Black Voices

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Doritos said it is working in partnership with the Black Lives Matter movement to identify Black artists in the fight against racial injustice.
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Frito-Lay gears up for the biggest week of the year for salty snack sales

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The lead-up to the Fourth of July is historically the biggest week of the year for salty snacks in the States and PepsiCo's Frito-Lay anticipates sales to be on a par with previous years, despite the challenges around the coronavirus outbreak.
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Utz® and Zapp’s® Add a New Twist on Classic Snack Food Flavors!

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Monogram Foods has entered into a licensing agreement with Utz® and Zapp’s® brands to launch a line of unique and different take-home hot appetizers. Consumers can now enjoy their favorite flavors in hot appetizers, available in the frozen appetizer section of leading retailers.
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Campbell’s Late July Snack Brand Debuts First National Campaign
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The company's snack division has grown 9% during the pandemic
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Potato Chips Industry Report 2020: Increasing Expenditure on Savoury Snacks Worldwide

DUBLIN, May 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Potato Chips Market Growth, Trends and Forecast (2020-2025)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
The global potato chips market is forecast to witness a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period, 2020-2025.
Product variety, a mix of regional snacks flavors, changing consumer lifestyles and growth in distribution channels are major factors contributing to increasing sales of potato chips across the globe.
The introduction of healthier alternatives, like the low-fat and low-sodium chips, in the emerging markets also influencing the growth of the potato chips market.
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Chifles unveils better-for-you potato chip alternative

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MIAMI — A new better-for-you, plant-based potato and tortilla chip alternative is arriving in the snack aisle.
Chifles, a maker of plantain chips, is introducing Plantain Shells, containing 30% less fat than traditional potato chips, the company said. The certified kosher snack is vegan, gluten-free and features a golden hue and crisped curvatures that allow for dipping and topping.
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ParmCrisps Launches Protein-Packed Snack Mix

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MONTCLAIR, NJ
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
Those of us who snack, we snack hard. And that means the snacking-conscious consumer is after the best of the best. Following our collective instincts, we find ParmCrisps, which recently unveiled its latest snacking innovation: ParmCrisps Snack Mix. The Snack Mix contains Original ParmCrisps, almonds, pistachios, and cashews and will be available in Ranch and Smoky Barbeque flavors.
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Bushnell plant closing as Kitchen Cooked merges with Utz

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BUSHNELL — Kitchen Cooked Chips is planning to close its Bushnell facility after more than 40 years in the city.
According to Paul Blackhurst, a representative at Kitchen Cooked, the closure is part of an acquisition by Utz Quality Foods, a large, independent snack food brand based in Pennsylvania.
He said the decision to merge with the larger brand was in part to help the company become “more competitive in the marketplace.”
The shuttering of the Bushnell plant will not take place immediately, but over several months as production moves out of the facility. The transition is expected to affect about five employees. Blackhurst said the company plans to transfer the workers to another facility.
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Taco Bell expands potato chip line with keto-friendly cheddar snacks

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IRVINE, California (WABC) -- Attention cheese and keto-friendly fans!

Taco Bell is launching a new line of potato chips called cheddar crisps.


The company says the snacks are keto-friendly, gluten-free and vegetarian. They come in three flavors inspired by Taco Bell's sauces: Nacho, Mild Sauce and Fire Sauce.

They are currently sold at participating 7-Eleven stores and Kroger locations.


Taco Bell says they plan to expand via Amazon as well.
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Chifles unveils better-for-you potato chip alternative

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Chifles products are sourced from plantains “that look ugly and taste delicious. This helps divert perfectly good produce away from landfills and into our pantries,” the company said.
Each 28-gram serving of Chifles Plantain Shells contains 150 calories, 3 grams of saturated fat, 125 mg of sodium and 0 grams of sugar. The chips come in 8.5-oz bags.
“The launch of this product is the perfect synthesis of chip and function, and the perfect bridge between cultures,” said Antonio Rivas Jr., president of Chifles. “The new plantain shells offer much more than just another option in snacking. It’s a fan-favorite selection that you can enjoy in brand new ways.”

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NBA All-Star Endorses Ruffles In Frito-Lay ‘Chip Deal’

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Plano, Texas-based Frito-Lay started the year with a rush of news, announcing new products as well as, for the first time, a new product created in partnership with an athlete.
The “Chip Deal” Frito-Lay announced last summer with six-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis to endorse Ruffles has yielded a new chip flavor: Lime & Jalapeño. Davis joined Ruffles recently in Los Angeles at an exclusive gathering where more than 300 guests were among the first to taste the new product.
“The Chip Deal is transcending the notion of traditional athlete endorsement deals: pairing Anthony Davis’ commitment to impact beyond the court and bringing fans something unprecedented from a potato chip brand,” said Sadira Furlow, VP of marketing for Frito-Lay North America. “With the launch of Ruffles Lime & Jalapeño, we translated Davis’ energy and originality into an incredible potato chip flavor that is undoubtedly one of the most innovative flavors in Ruffles history.”
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Calling All Cheese Lovers! Introducing New Taco Bell® Cheddar Crisps

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IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Cheesy, crunchy and craveable isn't just limited to Taco Bell restaurant menus – the brand's newest item is hitting shelves at participating U.S. 7-Eleven and Kroger locations and will soon be available through online retailer, Amazon. Building on the success of hot sauce inspired Tortilla Chips launched in 2018, Taco Bell's new Cheddar Crisps are sure to shake up snacking with the bold Taco Bell flavors fans know and love.
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Lay's Partners With NBC'S "The Voice" And Coach John Legend To Debut Team Of Flavors Sure To Make Chairs Turn
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PLANO, Texas, Feb. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- When fans tune into Season 18 of NBC's "The Voice" this spring to discover the newest talent to hit the stage, they'll also discover an assortment of delicious new chip flavors from the Lay's® brand. Lay's Cheddar Jalapeño, Lay's Poppables® Sea Salt & Vinegar, and Lay's Kettle Cooked Flamin' Hot® all joined Team Lay's earlier this year – and to celebrate Lay's partnership with "The Voice," the brand is also re-introducing Lay's Crispy Taco and Lay's Wavy Fried Green Tomato chip flavors, available for a limited time only.
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Meet the Purpose-Driven Brands in PepsiCo's Second Annual North America Greenhouse Program
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PURCHASE, N.Y., Feb. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo announced today the ten emerging food and beverage brands that will join its second annual North America Greenhouse program. Each of the participating startups will receive $20,000 in grant funding and participate in a six-month business program designed to accelerate their growth through personalized mentorship.  
The 2020 PepsiCo North America Greenhouse program is designed to support emerging entrepreneurs and brands in the food and beverage industry. PepsiCo mentors from brands including KeVita, Stacy's and IMAG!NE will address marketing, distribution, manufacturing, supply chain, packaging, label claims, fundraising, and overall challenges related to growing a business.
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Zapp’s® Potato Chips Dare You - Tempt Your Fate and Your Taste Buds!


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GRAMERCY, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Born in the spirit of New Orleans and Voodoo healer Marie Laveau, Zapp’s® Evil Eye™ potato chips peer into your soul with the reverie of a mysterious, intense stare. In the 1800s, Laveau’s evil eye cast fear, mystery, and hexes into the hearts of the nefarious and noble of New Orleans. And in that spirit of awe comes Zapp’s® Evil Eye™ potato chips. A mild heat underlies the punch found in Evil Eye™, with a flavor and hearty crunch that makes you wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. But don’t worry—the evil eye legend is just that, a legend.
And yet what you’ll find in Zapp’s® Evil Eye™ potato chips are what you also find in Zapp’s® Voodoo™ potato chips: a conundrum of flavors that lives up to the sights, sounds and soul of New Orleans.
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PepsiCo earnings top estimates, but 2020 outlook below Wall Street expectations

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PepsiCo on Thursday reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped analysts’ expectations after strong performances by its North American beverage and snack divisions.
But investors focused on the company’s forecast for 2020, which was weaker than analysts had expected, and shares rose less than 1% in premarket trading.

Here’s what the company reported compared with what Wall Street was expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:
  • Earnings per share: $1.45, adjusted, vs. $1.44 expected
  • Revenue: $20.64 billion, vs. $20.27 billion expected
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BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS RECEIVES TESTIMONIAL RESOLUTION FROM THE DETROIT CITY COUNCIL FOR ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY

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DETROIT, MI – Better Made Snack Foods has received a “Testimonial Resolution” from the Detroit City Council for 90 years of “Better Chips in the City of Detroit”. The resolution praises Better Made for the company’s 90-year commitment to the City of Detroit, using potatoes sourced from Michigan farmers as much as possible, global shipping of snack foods from one facility located in Detroit, and the company’s charitable endeavors.
“It is truly an honor to receive this Testimonial Resolution from the City Council,” says Sam Cipriano, CEO of Better Made Snack Foods. “Our family made a commitment to Detroit 90 years ago and we’ve honored that commitment by keeping our roots here and growing our facility as needed. Many of our employees are from Detroit, and are the heart and soul of our company.”
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Frito-Lay U.S. Snack Index Reveals Nearly All Super Bowl LIV Viewers Expect Snacks for the Big Game
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PLANO, Texas, Jan. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As fans prep their platters for the Super Bowl, Frito-Lay today announced findings from its latest U.S. Snack Index, a poll focused on Super Bowl snacking habits, and the results are clear – snacking is an essential part of the game day experience as nearly eight in 10 Americans expect snacks, such as chips and pretzels, to be available at a Super Bowl event.
Retail sales data shows Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest day of the year for salty snacks, generating approximately $520 million in one day. Historically, Frito-Lay produces approximately 600 million pounds of snacks in the six weeks leading up to the game – nearly 20 percent of its annual snack production – and more than 67 million pounds of snacks the week of Super Bowl.
Potato chips and tortilla chips are the most sought-after snacks with 70 percent of Super Bowl watchers – up four points from the 2019
U.S. Snack Index – expecting potato chips to be available at a Super Bowl event, followed by tortilla chips (54 percent vs. 52 percent in 2019).
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PepsiCo To Achieve 100% Renewable Electricity In The U.S.
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PURCHASE, N.Y., Jan. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Some of America's favorite snacks and beverages – from Lay's and SunChips to bubly, Gatorade and Pepsi – will soon be made using electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) today announced plans to achieve 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. direct operations this year. The U.S. is the food and beverage company's largest market and accounts for nearly half of its total global electricity consumption.
PepsiCo's efforts in the U.S. build upon its global progress in switching to renewable electricity around the world. For example, nine countries in PepsiCo's European direct operations already meet 100% of their electricity demand from renewable sources. Additionally, in 2018, 76% of the electricity needs of the PepsiCo Mexico Foods business were delivered via wind energy.  
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PepsiCo introduces new snacking combo with Cheetos Popcorn
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PepsiCo’s convenient foods division Frito-Lay North America has launched Cheetos Popcorn, with the aim of creating a new snacking experience.  
The launch marks the first time that popcorn has been infused with ‘cheetle’, a term trademarked by Frito-Lay to describe the orange cheese dust.
Available in stores nationwide, PepsiCo has combined the “iconic Cheetos seasoning with one of America’s snacking favourites, swapping the butter and salt for the cheesy and spicy flavours fans know and love”.
The ready-to-eat bags are available in two flavours: cheddar and flamin’ hot.
According to Frito-Lay, Cheetos Popcorn “creates a new snacking experience that pairs the classic taste of popcorn with an added boost of cheesy, spicy and flavourful fun from Cheetos”.
“We’ve seen the way Cheetos lovers don their red- and orange-dusted fingers like a badge of honour, and we’re always looking for ways to help them step up their snacking game,” said Brandi Ray, senior director of marketing at Frito-Lay North America.
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Campbell’s Goes Veggie, Gluten-Free and No-Grain With New Products
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In recent weeks, the Campbell Soup Company has introduced several on-trend, health-conscious versions of its most popular snacks, a sign of continuing pressure in the CPG industry to keep up with consumer demand for more nutritious options.
The latest is Campbell-owned Late July, unveiling a grain-free tortilla chip made with tigernut flour. The product comes in two flavors: sea salt, and sea salt and lime. The brand is also debuting a line of organic potato chips offered in sea salt, BBQ, and salt and vinegar varieties. All products are scheduled to appear on shelves nationwide later this March.
“In food, expectations are higher than ever,” Janda Lukin, CMO of Campbell’s Snacks division, told Adweek. “We want food that has simple, clean ingredients, but zero taste trade-off.”
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Retailers could lose out on billions in online alcohol sales, report says
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Dive Brief:
  • Online alcohol sales from grocery stores grew from $87 million in 2017 to $295 million in 2019, according to a report by Rabobank. Last year, online beer sales in the channel grew 120%, while wine grew just under 100% and spirits grew by nearly 150%.
  • However, the financial firm estimates grocers could have sold as much as $1.8 billion in online wine, beer and spirits if sales share in the channel matched that of in-store.  According to Rabobank, alcohol accounts for less than 1% of online sales versus between 5% and 6% of store sales.
  • Rabobank forecasts grocers could lose up to $3.7 billion in online alcohol sales over the next three years if they don’t improve merchandising and availability.
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Flamin’ Hot Limon, ‘Cooler’ Ranch Doritos Debut
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Plano, TX — Frito-Lay North America, Inc. is extending its Doritos line with Flamin’ Hot Limon and enhanced Cool Ranch varieties, according to the snack maker.
Both flavors come in 9.75-ounce- and 2.75-ounce bags, which have SRPs of $4.29 and $1.89, respectively.
The new spicy Doritos leverage the signature heat of Frito’s Flamin’ Hot line but with a tangy twist, while the new Cool Ranch chips feature “even more cool ranch flavor,” according to the company.
“Doritos is known for making bold, innovative moves — whether it’s new movie partnerships, e-sports tournaments, an ad without logos, and of course new flavors,” says Leslie Vesper, senior director of marketing, Frito-Lay North America. “The release of Doritos Flamin’ Hot Limon and the revamped Doritos Cool Ranch are two entirely new ways for fans to enjoy our beloved legacy flavors.”
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Premier Protein Co-Founder Launches New Delicious Keto Diet Snacks
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SAN DIEGO, Jan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Lance Rankin, one of the original co-founders of Premier Protein, announced today the launch of Genius Gourmet, a Keto snack company with a delicious line of Keto shakes, Keto chips and Keto bars.
"We saw an opportunity in the Keto space that wasn't being addressed. Consumers are looking for snack products that provide true Keto nutritionals and deliver a world-class taste," commented CEO, Lance Rankin. "We partnered with one of the top manufacturing facilities in the world and came up with a line of Keto snacks that are increasing in popularity among the Keto community."
These new on-the-go snacks provide high-quality fats rather than sugar while focusing on moderate protein. "The initial response to the Genius Gourmet brand has been overwhelming. Consumers and industry executives have been impressed with the overall brand look and appealing taste."
The Genius Gourmet Keto Bars have already started shipping to consumers and retail chains and the much-anticipated Keto protein chips and Keto shakes will be available Q1, 2020. The Genius Gourmet Keto Bars are now available on Amazon.com and will be available at the following retailers in 2020: GNC.com, Bodybuilding.com, Vitacost.com, Netrition.com; HEB and over 300 Maverik's locations.