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Although an unprecedented summer approaches, snacks still rule, says US Snack Index

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The majority of Americans anticipate a very different summer compared to last year due to the coronavirus pandemic – but snacking will remain a constant.
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Snacks pre- and post-COVID must focus on value, taste
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Moving into the second half of 2020 and beyond, everything will be different. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted almost every global market. For consumer trends, there’s now a pre- and post-pandemic caveat with March as the turning point, especially when it comes to snacking.
Overall, recent data from IRI indicates that snacks are no longer assigned to a specific day part, and consumers have been increasing their snacking occasions. On the average, US consumers are eating 2.6 snacks a day, with 42% reporting they consume more than three per day. Additionally, 44% of consumers said they often ate snacks instead of meals at home and at work. That was pre-COVID-19.
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Campbell Announces New Sustainable Packaging Goals
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Campbell Soup Company has set new packaging sustainability goals to reduce packaging waste by increasing circularity—keeping materials in use and out of landfills. The four goals are designed to address all phases of the packaging lifecycle, from sourcing to end-of-life, including recycling or composting.
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Utz Quality Foods to Combine with Collier Creek Holdings to Form Utz Brands, Inc.

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Choosing a bag of chips for a picky household can be tough. Herr's is changing the game, though, and is mixing it's popular flavors together into one bag on chips. Next time you're at the store, you might as well bring home one of each.
Herr's flavor mix bags come in three combinations: cheddar and sour cream and onion, barbecue and salt and vinegar, and red hot with honey BBQ. In each bag, the seasonings are combined and then added to all of the chips so each handful will be packed with both flavors.
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Utz Quality Foods to Combine with Collier Creek Holdings to Form Utz Brands, Inc.

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HANOVER, Pa., June 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 entered into a definitive agreement (the "Business Combination Agreement") to combine and form Utz Brands, Inc. ("Utz Brands"). Utz Brands will be a leading pure-play snack food platform in the U.S. Upon the closing of the transaction, it is expected that Utz Brands will trade under the ticker symbol "UTZ" on the New York Stock Exchange.
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Herr's Flavor Mix

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Herr’s Foods recently introduced Herr's Flavor Mix. Three varieties of innovative Herr’s Flavor Mix are available for a limited time. The brand's' new concept takes flavor to a new level by combining Herr's potato chip flavors into a single chip.
The three new potato chip flavors are Cheddar and Sour Cream & Onion Barbecue and Salt & Vinegar Red Hot and Honey BBQ. The chips are available in 9oz bags for a suggested retail price of $4.29.
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Snack index: snacking remains important, but COVID-19 changes buying habits

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Americans continue to cherish their snacks during the COVID-19 pandemic as the summer begins, but online buying has become more widespread. 
The majority of Americans — 86% — anticipate their summers will be different compared to last year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the U.S. Snack Index sponsored by Frito Lay Inc. Many consumers are trying new snacks during the pandemic, with variety and convenience helping in how they make their snack choices.
The poll was conducted by Morning Consult between May 1-4, 2020 among a national sample of 2,200 adults. The interviews were conducted online, and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on age, educational attainment, gender, race and region. 
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Bare Snacks Simply Pineapple Chips

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Bare Snacks®, creator of Snacks Gone Simple®, announced the debut of Simply Pineapple Chips. The newest addition to bare’s fruit chip portfolio, Simply Pineapple Chips are real pineapples baked into crunchy chips with no added oil, sugar* or preservatives.
 
Remaining true to its philosophy of “less is more,” bare’s new Simply Pineapple Chips are made with one simple ingredient – pineapple. While the brand debuted Pineapple Chips & Coconut Chips Medleys last year, this is bare’s first-ever standalone baked Pineapple Chip, hitting shelves nationwide this summer.
 
Bare Pineapple Chips are perfect for snacking straight from the bag or as a topper to smoothies, yogurt, breakfast bowls and beyond. A convenient, resealable bag also makes it easy to eat real anywhere – perfect for on-the-go snacking, lunchboxes and more. Simply Pineapple Chips have no added oil, no added sugar*, and no preservatives.
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Greensboro-made Wicked Crisps burst onto the snack scene
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When you walk down the snack aisle at the grocery store, you’ll find plenty of choices. 
Lots of customers just buy whatever is on sale that week.  But some of those folks are now discovering a new taste that stands out from the rest. 
Brad Jones found out more about Wicked Crisps. They’re different from a chip, and they’re Made in North Carolina.   
You can find Wicked Crisps in local Food Lion and Publix stores or check out the
Wicked Crisps website.
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How to See the World's Reflection From a Bag of Chips
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MIRRORS HELP YOU see objects outside of your line of sight, whether it’s a car passing you on the highway or an unfortunate rash on your face. And as it turns out, with some extra computer processing, almost any old shiny object can serve as a decent mirror. In new research, computer scientists at the University of Washington have exploited the light reflected from the metallic lining of a bag of snacks to create a relatively faithful reconstruction of its surroundings.
Read The Article
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Chips, Chips, Chips - Smart Stocks in The Age of Coronavirus
PLEASANTON, CA / ACCESSWIRE / March 23, 2020 / At Valentine Research we have been advising people to look at chips, chips and chips. Three very different kinds of chips. But all three have stocks are great buys now because they will outperform the market for very different reasons.
All this week we will be talking about the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the economy and on stock prices. As of Friday's, close, the Dow and the S&P 500 have both dropped a third in just over a month. Political leaders and central bankers worldwide are racing to reassure the markets.
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PepsiCo hires 6,000 employees, provides additional compensation to workers on frontline of pandemic
23-Mar-2020 By Mary Ellen Shoup
PepsiCo is hiring 6,000 new, full-time employees over the next month and is providing additional compensation to the more than 90,000 frontline employees – those who “make, move, and sell” PepsiCo products – at both PepsiCo Beverages North America and PepsiCo Foods North America.
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Kenneth A. Potter
1939 - 2020
Kenneth A. Potter

York - Kenneth A. Potter, 81, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 at UPMC-West Shore. He was the husband of Sandra A. (Shultz) Potter to whom he was married for 61 years.
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Kellogg snack brands back Overwatch League sweepstakes
Dive Brief:
  • The Kellogg Company's Cheez-It and Pringles snack brands this month launched a sweepstakes for fans of Overwatch League, the first professional esports group started by a unit of video game giant Activision Blizzard. The packaged foods company set up a microsite for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2020 Overwatch Grand Finals, per an announcement.
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Fellow Pa. potato chip maker Utz has deal to buy Berlin-based Snyder
BERLIN – Snyder of Berlin, Somerset County's snack-making mainstay, is in line for a new owner.
Through a definitive agreement last week, Snyder of Berlin and five other potato chip brands will be shifted from $7.8 billion Chicago-based packaged foods conglomerate Conagra Brands to Utz Quality Foods, a fellow Pennsylvania potato chip-maker with a nearly century-old snacking legacy.
"We are excited about the opportunity to add these important brands and capabilities to our portfolio," said Dylan Lissette, CEO of Utz. "These brands bring a strong consumer following and unique craft heritage. Their distribution and manufacturing capabilities, along with their customer relationships, enhance our ability to further grow our brand portfolio further west."
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Fellow Pa. potato chip maker Utz has deal to buy Berlin-based Snyder
BERLIN – Snyder of Berlin, Somerset County's snack-making mainstay, is in line for a new owner.
Through a definitive agreement last week, Snyder of Berlin and five other potato chip brands will be shifted from $7.8 billion Chicago-based packaged foods conglomerate Conagra Brands to Utz Quality Foods, a fellow Pennsylvania potato chip-maker with a nearly century-old snacking legacy.
"We are excited about the opportunity to add these important brands and capabilities to our portfolio," said Dylan Lissette, CEO of Utz. "These brands bring a strong consumer following and unique craft heritage. Their distribution and manufacturing capabilities, along with their customer relationships, enhance our ability to further grow our brand portfolio further west."
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Fellow Pa. potato chip maker Utz has deal to buy Berlin-based Snyder
BERLIN – Snyder of Berlin, Somerset County's snack-making mainstay, is in line for a new owner.
Through a definitive agreement last week, Snyder of Berlin and five other potato chip brands will be shifted from $7.8 billion Chicago-based packaged foods conglomerate Conagra Brands to Utz Quality Foods, a fellow Pennsylvania potato chip-maker with a nearly century-old snacking legacy.
"We are excited about the opportunity to add these important brands and capabilities to our portfolio," said Dylan Lissette, CEO of Utz. "These brands bring a strong consumer following and unique craft heritage. Their distribution and manufacturing capabilities, along with their customer relationships, enhance our ability to further grow our brand portfolio further west."
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New Michigan-made purple potato chips sell out fast
Munching on low-fat potato chips might reduce the guilt compared with full-fat versions, but many people don't find the texture as appealing. Now, researchers have developed a technique to analyze potato chips' physical characteristics from simulated first bite to swallow, which they say could be used to help formulate a tastier low-fat snack. They report their results in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
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Designing a better low-fat potato chip
Munching on low-fat potato chips might reduce the guilt compared with full-fat versions, but many people don't find the texture as appealing. Now, researchers have developed a technique to analyze potato chips' physical characteristics from simulated first bite to swallow, which they say could be used to help formulate a tastier low-fat snack. They report their results in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
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Lay's Is Starting The Year Off Right With 3 New Chips That Sound Crazy Flavorful
One of my resolutions for 2020 was to try new things and, let me tell ya, the food industry is making that really easy for me. The latest brand to start off the decade with new products and flavors is none other than Lay's; they'll be releasing three brand new kinds of chips this month.
All three chips are totally different not only in flavor, but also in texture and crunch. The new products are Cheddar Jalapeño, Poppables Sea Salt & Vinegar, and
Kettle Cooked Flamin’ Hot. Asking me which one of these is likely to be my favorite is like asking a mother to choose her favorite child. They all sound that good.
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PopCorners Spicy Queso chips

Company: PopCorners

Website: Popcorners.com

Introduced: January 2018

Distribution: National

Suggested Retail Price: $3.29 (7 oz. bag)

Product Snapshot: PopCorners, a family of non-GMO corn popped snacks that prove health and taste can coexist, is introducing bold and colorful new packaging at the 2018 Winter Fancy Food Show. Adding to the excitement, the popped chip innovator is also launching new Spicy Queso PopCorners at the show—a delectable, fiery take on the classic tex-mex flavor made better with the same wholesome ingredients and crunchy texture PopCorners fans know and love. The vibrant new look and flavor will begin shipping to retailers nationwide in January, and attendees of the Winter Fancy Food Show will be among the first to experience them at the PopCorners booth #1053 between Jan. 21-23.
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PopCorners Spicy Queso chips

Company: PopCorners

Website: Popcorners.com

Introduced: January 2018

Distribution: National

Suggested Retail Price: $3.29 (7 oz. bag)

Product Snapshot: PopCorners, a family of non-GMO corn popped snacks that prove health and taste can coexist, is introducing bold and colorful new packaging at the 2018 Winter Fancy Food Show. Adding to the excitement, the popped chip innovator is also launching new Spicy Queso PopCorners at the show—a delectable, fiery take on the classic tex-mex flavor made better with the same wholesome ingredients and crunchy texture PopCorners fans know and love. The vibrant new look and flavor will begin shipping to retailers nationwide in January, and attendees of the Winter Fancy Food Show will be among the first to experience them at the PopCorners booth #1053 between Jan. 21-23.
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Utz owner sells back stake in the chip company

Dive Brief:

Private-equity firm Metropoulos & Co has sold its equity stake in Utz Quality Foods, roughly doubling its money 15 months after investing close to $150 million in the salty snack company, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Metropoulos is not fully divested from Utz. It helped the chip and pretzel maker refinance a portion of its $650 million in debt in December.
This is the latest success story for Metropoulos, which has a proven track record of investing in underperforming brands and helping them grow. The firm has previously backed Hostess Brands, Pabst Brewing, Ghirardelli Chocolate and Chef Boyardee.
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SNACK FOOD SALES SPIKE DURING SUPER BOWL WEEK

Americans eat enough snacks on Super Bowl Sunday to fill 17 Olympic-sized swimming pools
(Arlington, VA, January 23, 2020) Snack food sales jumped 10.3% to $404 million during Super Bowl week 2019, according to new data from IRI, commissioned by SNAC International (SNAC), the trade association of the snacking industry. The biggest sales increases by category for Super Bowl week are tortilla chips, pretzels, potato chips and dips.

“The Super Bowl and America’s favorite snack foods are synonymous,” said Elizabeth Avery, President and CEO of SNAC. “They are part of the fabric of America, bringing family and friends together for football, fun and their favorite foods.”

The new snacking data, provided by IRI, compared 2019 shopping data from Super Bowl week compared to the prior week. It shows a significant increase in the following snack categories during Super Bowl Week:

Tortilla Chips: 24.3%
Pretzels: 14.5%
Potato Chips: 11.8%
Refrigerated Dips: 33.0%
Dry Dip Mixes: 53.0%
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Consumer Trends in Convenience: What Americans Are Getting Delivered in 2020

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--goPuff, the world’s fastest-growing digital convenience retailer, today announced the results of its first-ever Off The Shelf Report, which analyzed data from millions of orders over the past 12 months (November 2018 to November 2019). Due to goPuff’s direct-to-consumer relationship, the company is able to not only understand and predict order patterns, but also identify changing consumer habits, preferences and shopping behaviors as the world of e-commerce continues to evolve. Highlights of the report include: Flamin’ Hot Cheetos was the country’s favorite snack in 2019
Snacks 
  • Even as consumers eat healthier, they won’t abandon more traditional snacks: Many of goPuff’s healthier items have been trending nationwide, with increasing demand for products like Harvest Snaps Green Pea Crisps, Oatly Original Oat Milk and Good Health Veggie Stix. However, 24% of customers who ordered a health food item this year also had a traditional snack in their basket. This indicates that a dedicated subset of consumers is willing to shift their habits in some areas while not compromising on old favorite snacks.
Steadfast Behaviors
Snacks
American favorites are about flavor and experience: For the third year in a row, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos was the number one snack ordered on goPuff. However, over the past three months, demand for Gushers has skyrocketed; as a result, goPuff anticipates Gushers to overtake Flamin’ Hot Cheetos as the #1 snack in 2020.
Regional Snacking Trends
  • Southeast - Salty Snacks. Customers in the Southeastern region of the U.S. showed a tendency towards saltier items. Among the top indexing items in this region were Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Slim Jims.
  • Saltiest cities: Kansas City KS, South Bend IN and Dallas TX ordered the most salty snacks this year.
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Nightfood/Harris Poll Study Shows 54% of U.S. Consumers Who Snack at Night Often Feel Guilty About Their Nighttime Snack Choices; Nightfood Management Estimates Over Seven Hundred Million Nighttime Snack Occasions Weekly
83% of consumers report snacking at least one night a week, and 20% of consumers report snacking every night
TARRYTOWN, NY, Dec. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- Nightfood, Inc. (OTCQB: NGTF), the award-winning ice cream company addressing America’s $50 billion-dollar nighttime snacking problem, today released findings from a new Harris Poll online survey, conducted on their behalf among over 2,000 U.S. adults, on consumer night snacking and sleep quality.
83% of U.S. consumers report snacking at least one night a week, and 20% of consumers report snacking every night. The most popular nighttime snack choices overall are salty snacks (such as chips, popcorn, and pretzels – 84%), baked goods (such as cookies, cake, donuts – 80%), candy (chocolate, gummies, hard candies – 76%), and ice cream (75%).
“Bringing these percentages into actual numbers projects to hundreds of millions of nighttime snack occasions per week in the United States,” noted Nightfood CEO Sean Folkson.  “Twenty percent of U.S. adult consumers report snacking every night, so that alone would project to more than three hundred fifty million (355,434,701)[1] snacking occasions weekly.  Add to that all the people who snack some or most nights, and then the sporadic people, and you’re potentially going to double that number.   Certainly we have some people under 18 also snacking at night, so we think it’s reasonable that the total likely approaches eight hundred million (800,000,000) nighttime snacks each week or more.  Some nights it’s cookies, some night chips, some nights ice cream…. but we’re talking hundreds of millions of snack occasions every week, and we believe easily over a billion dollars a week.”
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Doritos, Lay's, Tostitos and Cheetos team up in football-themed campaign

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Dive Brief:
  • PepsiCo's Frito-Lay has launched a football-themed campaign promoting several of its brands of chips in the lead up to the Super Bowl, according to details the company shared with Marketing Dive.
  • The "Ready for Crunchtime" campaign aims to remind consumers to buy different kinds of chips as they watch football games. The effort includes digital, radio, out-of-home and two TV spots. The "Group Chat" commercial features former NFL stars Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, Tony Gonzalez and Terry Bradshaw on a video chat discussing which chips they plan to bring to the game. The humorous spot shows Bradshaw getting dressed and wearing Tostitos underwear. The spot will hit the airwaves during college football games on Dec. 26.
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Shoprite Bowl & Basket potato chips, pita chips, and pretzels

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Company: ShopRite
Websiteshop.shoprite.com
Introduced: November/December 2019
Distribution: National
Suggested Retail Price: Varies
Product Snapshot: ShopRite has unveiled two new store brands that debut on store shelves this month with the best assortment of high-quality foods and products at great everyday value.
ShopRite’s launch of Bowl & Basket and Paperbird food and household lines kicks off a transformation of the supermarket’s own brands with newly designed and carefully crafted products, starting with approximately 100 items in November, expanding to 300 by year’s end, and more than 3,500 newly branded products by the end of 2021.
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Pringles Rotisserie Chicken, and Parmesan & Roasted Garlic chips

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Company: Kellogg Co.
Websitewww.pringles.com/us/home.html
Introduced: December 2019
Distribution: National
Suggested Retail Price: $2.69
Product Snapshot: The salty snack crisps come in two new flavors, Rotisserie Chicken and Parmesan & Roasted Garlic, which tap into top culinary trends and open up a whole new world of flavor possibilities through stacking.
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Utz Quality Foods Completes Merger With Kitchen Cooked

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC announced today that it has completed the merger with Kitchen Cooked Inc. The acquisition includes the Kitchen Cooked snack food brand, direct store delivery (aka DSD) operations and its manufacturing operations.
The Kitchen Cooked snack food brand brings with it a range of fan-favorite potato chips, Kettle Kurls, Kettle Pops, popcorn, pretzels and more.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to add this important snack food brand and set of capabilities to our portfolio," said Dylan Lissette, Chief Executive Officer, Utz Quality Foods, LLC. "Since the 1930’s, Kitchen Cooked brings a strong consumer following and unique craft heritage in its core markets. Their distribution and manufacturing capabilities, along with their customer relationships, enhance our ability to grow our Utz brand portfolio further west."
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PepsiCo Exec Reveals 2020's 'Hot' and Boozy Snack Trends

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By Mike Nam
While savory snacking options in 2020 will maintain the classic comfort flavors, snackers might be in for an extra kick when they open a bag of chips, according to research published by Frito-Lay North America, a subsidiary of Pepsico.
"Spicy things continue to be a really 'hot' trend," Denise Lefebvre, SVP, R&D, Global Food at PepsiCo told Cheddar. "[Consumers are] really leaning towards different, broader — jalapeno, habanero, ghost pepper — and really want to understand the depth and the level of spice that might provide them."
Beloved flavors like cheddar and sour cream or sour cream and onion continue to be popular for snack brands like those under PepsiCo's ownership, but globalization is evolving the tastes of consumers, according to Lefebvre.
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When science and snacks converge: Bright purple BFY potato chips emerge
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Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) have collaborated with a US family-owned snack producer to create limited edition potato chips that are packed with antioxidants.
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Chip makers’ experimentation with flavor pays off
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Chip purchases are nearly universal with 94% of respondents to a 2019 Mintel survey saying they bought some kind of chips in the past year. Consumers gravitate to familiar brands and tastes and perceive chips as an indulgence, which may be a challenge to market expansion, but opportunities lie in new flavor combinations, functionality and healthy innovations.
“Taste, craveability and the desire to ‘treat yourself’ are driving consumer choice for more indulgent salty snacks,” said Tom Vierhile, vice-president, strategic insights, North America, Innova Market Insights.
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PepsiCo leaning in on sustainability goals: ‘Companies like us no longer have a choice’
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PepsiCo is stepping up its sustainability goals with the ambition of supporting system-wide change. FoodNavigator spoke to Chris Daly, vice president of sustainability for Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, to find out more.
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Stacy’s limited-edition bags spotlight Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
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Stacy’s Pita Chips has released three designer bags in Kroger’s US stores in honor of the November 19 celebration and PepsiCo's broader WomanMade platform.
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Frito-Lay Releases U.S. Snack Index and No Need to Check Twice: It's Family, Friends and Food that Make the Holidays Nice

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November 20, 2019

PLANO, Texas, Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Forget the "Naughty" or "Nice" lists. This holiday season, Frito-Lay is all about salty vs. sweet with the release of its latest U.S. Snack Index1, revealing the taste preferences driving snack consumption among consumers.

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More nutritious snacking options: PepsiCo to acquire maker of PopCorners snacks, BFY Brands
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03 Dec 2019 --- PepsiCo is set to acquire BFY Brands, the maker of PopCorners snacks. Upon closing, BFY Brands will report into PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division. The acquisition will expand Frito-Lay’s portfolio to offer consumers more nutritious snacking options. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and approvals, including regulatory approvals.
Frito-Lay Leverages eCommerce to Meet Consumer Needs   

By Dale Busstptp


Among the biggest challenges that Frito-Lay faces is making it as easy as possible for shoppers to buy its wares. And that calls for tapping into e-commerce more effectively to ensure that the PepsiCo-owned snacks giant makes a successful transition to an era in which American consumers finally are embracing digital purchase even of routine CPG goods just as they earlier decided to buy books, music, computers, sneakers and nearly everything else online.

The company used to rely only on traditional TV, print and radio marketing and a robust in-store merchandising machine to make sure consumers and shoppers saw and paid attention to Frito-Lay products such as Tostitos and Fritos chips and were presented with various ways to work them into snacking occasions and meal menus. But these days the marketer is focused on reaching consumers and finding ways to get Frito-Lay products to shoppers how and when they want them, and at the prices they want, in the most convenient ways.

“As an innovator in the CPG industry, Frito-Lay maintains its position and competitiveness by continuing to evolve to meet consumer demand,” Mike Del Pozzo of Frito-Lay North America told 
CPGmatters in an interview following his presentation at the GroceryShop trade show in Las Vegas.  “We are unique as we are involved in every piece of operations from seed to shelf, and we have teams dedicated to tracking trends and best practices across every aspect of the business. Our goal is to be accessible and relevant to the consumer regardless of how they shop,” said the senior vice president of sales and chief customer officer.

The company best known for snack chips such as Fritos and Tostitos actually has a growing portfolio of more than 1,200 products and more than 30 brands, offering snacks for every type of consumer, for every type of occasion, and even for every dietary regimen including organic, gluten, dairy-free, Kosher and Non-GMO Project Verified. Even in an era of popularity of Atkins, keto and other low-carb diets, Frito-Lay has relevant offerings including nuts, seeds and beef jerky.

Frito-Lay defines access and relevance broadly and focuses on four areas to achieve more of it, Del Pozzo explained. They are snacking frequency and packaging, loyalty, impulse shopping – and e-commerce. To encourage more frequency of purchase of its products, for example, Frito-Lay has been introducing new flavor options in its multipacks, which are on-the-go size. And, in general, the company is exploring how its favorite products can show up in different ways in various new sizes and types of packaging on store shelves. 

“You’d say, ‘Well, that’s great for a company like Frito-Lay,” Del Pozzo said during a recent presentation. “But it also puts a lot of pressure on us to make sure we have the right relevant offerings.”

The other three venues for boosting sales and relevance are more closely tied together, Del Pozzo explained. For instance, to build loyalty, Frito-Lay has “a constant two-way dialogue with consumers,” which in part depends on communicating online and via social media in various ways. A key example for connecting with consumers is the Tasty Rewards program, which offers exclusive deals, sweepstakes, coupons and other sweeteners. The company also recently launched PepCoin, which encourages consumers to buy specially marked, single-serve PepsiCo beverages and Frito-Lay snacks together – for cash rewards via refunds of up to 10 percent when people use PayPal or Venmo digital accounts. 

“That’s really helped us think more about the macro,” Del Pozzo told Business Insider. “Think about what we can do together now – the ability to leverage digital to drive that snack and beverage occasion as one company has really been a huge benefit.”

Similarly, Frito-Lay has been mixing its physical-world assets with its increasing online presence to encourage even more impulse shopping, which of course long has been a key reason for purchase of its products. 

“Sometimes that’s creating snack and beverage bundles for specific occasions that are easy to find at the grocery store or online,” Del Pozzo said. “Or offering the ability to have snacks automatically delivered at home every two or four weeks, or at the frequency needed.”

The company’s growing e-commerce focus requires constant and continuing pressure and innovation. In one recent initiative, for instance, Frito-Lay saw that buying gift packages for students, military members or even road trips was a big phenomenon. So, the company created customized, thoughtful packages with a curated assortment of Frito-Lay salty snacks, crackers, nuts and seeds, Del Pozzo said – and the packs are among its best sellers.

“We believe e-commerce can continue to fuel our business outside of traditional growth spaces, and we utilize this channel to customize the way we meet consumer needs,” Del Pozzo said.
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PepsiCo Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire BFY Brands Expanding Better-For-You Portfolio and Production Capabilities
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PURCHASE, N.Y., Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BFY Brands, the maker of PopCorners snacks. Upon closing, BFY Brands will report into PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division. 
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PepsiCo to Acquire New York-Based BFY Brands
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PepsiCo plans to acquire BFY Brands, home to the brand PopCorners. The deal, announced for an undisclosed sum, will see PepsiCo "further deliver" on its "vision to offer consumers more positive nutritious options".

Owned by private-equity firm Permira since 2015, BFY Brands has two manufacturing facilities in New York state. The company's product portfolio includes snacks sold under PopCorners sub-brands such as Flex Protein Crisps and Flourish Veggie Crisps. Employing around 750 staff, BFY Brands is also a contract manufacturer of popped snacks.
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Snacking is rising to all occasions, report finds
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Dive Brief:
  • Snacking is now an all-day practice in the U.S., with salty snacks becoming particularly popular between meals and as a meal replacement, a new Innova Market Insights report found.
  • The global market research company said 46% of consumers have salty snacks between meals in the afternoon and 37% of them do so in the evening. More people are also replacing meals with salty snacks, Innova said, with 23% consuming them at lunch, 17% at dinner and 8% at breakfast.
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America Intensifies its Snacking Habits
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Americans are willing to go above and beyond for their snacks.
A poll conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Moonstruck Chocolate Co. found 18% of consumers would forgo all of their electronic devices for one month to snag a lifetime supply of snacks, reported New York Post (Dec. 3). A sixth would even completely shave their heads.
Spending an average of $9.22 a week, Americans' snack purchases total $479.44 a year, meaning the average respondent will spend $28,766.40 on snacks alone during their lifetime.
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CONAGRA BRANDS COMPLETES DIVESTITURE OF DIRECT-STORE-DELIVERY MODEL SNACKS BUSINESS TO UTZ QUALITY FOODS, LLC
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Chicago, October 21, 2019 — Today Conagra Brands, Inc. (CAG) announced that it has completed the divestiture of the portion of its snacks business that operates under a Direct-Store-Delivery (DSD) model to Utz Quality Foods, LLC. The brands included in the sale are Tim’s® Cascade Snacks, Hawaiian® Snacks, Erin’s®, El Restaurante®, Snyder® of Berlin, Pop-N-Thin® and Husman’s®. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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Lay's Giveaway Offers Year of Free Chips for Selfies with New Packaging

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Lay's first global packaging update in 12 years takes an Insta-worthy approach to flavor. Snap a selfie with Lay's new chip packaging and you could win one year of free chips.
Between now and November 29, simply snap a photo of yourself with any one of the new Lay's bag designs and upload the image to
www.GottaHaveLays.com for a chance to be one of five winners per day in the "Gotta Have Lay's" giveaway, which at 200 winners total adds up to 10,000 free bags of Lay's potato chips to share.
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PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay cracks three of the top five snack brands among American teens
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The snack market is being defined by the tastes of Gen Zs, who are cutting back on fashion to channel pocket money towards eating on-the-go and snacks like Lay’s, Doritos and Cheeto’s.
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Targeted innovation and apt marketing help PepsiCo’s snack portfolio
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PepsiCo's net revenue increased more than 4% in the third quarter, with big-name snack brands, Quaker and smaller premium brands boosting sales and profits.
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If You Like Eating Hot Cheetos, These Are Probably All The Reasons Why
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I swear the crinkliness of the bags has been optimized for pleasure.
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Frito-Lay Shares This Summer's U.S. Snack Index
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The summer season is packed with snacks. To explore just where, when and how Americans will snack this summer, Frito-Lay today unveiled the next installment of its U.S. Snack Index. 
Snacks play an integral role in the summertime experience. As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day historically starts a spike and then snacking hits its highest point during the week of July 4. In fact, according to retail sales data, the week of July 4 represents the biggest snacking week of the entire year for Frito-Lay. 
"Delighting consumers with a wide variety of snack options has always been our first priority, and it's helped us earn our spot in 94 percent of America's pantries,
1" said Mike Del Pozzo, senior vice president of sales, chief customer officer, Frito-Lay North America. "As snacking heats up in the summer months, so do our efforts to make sure that we are delivering the perfect side to any summer occasion."
The broad majority of Americans – nearly nine out of 10 – see snacking as important to summer occasions or can't imagine summer without their favorite snacks. And when it comes to summertime events, there are quite literally millions of them.
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PepsiCo boosts precision agri tech for Walkers, Lay’s and Doritos brands
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The snacks and drink giant has built up its iCrop precision agriculture tool to better support potato, corn, oats and peanut farmers make in-field decisions, PepsiCo Europe’s head of agricultural procurement tells FoodNavigator.
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Utz Quality Foods Supports Technology Learning at Local School Districts

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC, announced today a combined $200,000 donation for the Hanover Public School District and Conewago Valley School District.

The $100,000 donation for the Hanover Public School District will fund equipment and training to enhance its high school mechatronics program and increase exposure with an expansion to include middle school students. The $100,000 donation for the Conewago Valley School District will be used for mechatronics equipment for the new Colonial Career and Technology Center at New Oxford High School, which will support manufacturing and trades education. Each mechatronics programs help students learn more about the engineering of electrical and mechanical systems and are used with a combination of supportive computers, robotics, telecommunications and other learning methods.
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Cheetos-themed apparel arrives at Forever 21
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Dive Brief:
  • PepsiCo Frito-Lay snack brand Cheetos will "bring the 'Cheetos Look' to life" via a new partnership with fashion retailer Forever 21, according to information shared with Marketing Dive. Starting June 6, a new limited-edition apparel collection is available from the chain that includes swimsuits, sweatshirts, T-shirts, dresses and other gear printed with images, colors and logos connected to Cheetos Crunchy and Cheetos Flamin' Hot snacks.
  • Designed for men and women, the collection is available online and at Forever 21 stores across the U.S., with prices ranging from $5 to $30 per item.
  • Frito-Lay says that Cheetos is about more than snacks, and that it's become "a lifestyle brand among our fans."
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Frito-Lay Poll Reveals Summer Snacking Habits
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Convenience is the most important snacking factor for summer travel snackers, with more than half of Americans picking up single-serve packaging options.

Frito-Lay published a new edition of its U.S. Snack Index, a national survey that reveals how different generations, regions and cities snack during the summer season.
The company partnered with Morning Consult for the poll, which was conducted between May 1-5 among a national sample of 2,200 adults.
“Delighting consumers with a wide variety of snack options has always been our first priority, and it’s helped us earn our spot in 94% of America’s pantries,” said Mike Del Pozzo, senior vice president of sales, chief customer officer, Frito-Lay North America. “As snacking heats up in the summer months, so do our efforts to make sure that we are delivering the perfect side to any summer occasion.”
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ParmCrisps Launches Explosion of Innovation as it Surges into Snacking
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ParmCrisps Launches Explosion of Innovation as it Surges into Snacking
The Keto-friendly Cracker Establishes Dominance in Rapid-Growing Category by Continuing to Push Flavors and Formats.
FAIRFIELD, NJ (May 13, 2019)ParmCrisps, the nutritionally on-trend snack brand, has launched two game-changing flavors and two new formats that solidify ParmCrisps as the leading millennial snack. Adding Sour Cream & Onion and Cheddar to their repertoire, along with Family Sizes and Multipacks, ParmCrisps is bringing traditional Chip and Cracker flavors and formats to the 100% Cheese Crisp category. 
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Utz snack company reveals new Little Utz Girl design, announces animated short stories
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By Sean Adams | sadams@pennlive.com
If you’ve tried Utz potato chips, you’re probably familiar with the Little Utz Girl logo.
Well, that familiar face is getting a new look.
The Hanover-based snack food company posted an image of a new design for the Little Utz Girl on their Facebook page, as well as a brief animated video. Take a look:
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Cape Cod & Samuel Adams Brewery launch ‘first-of-its-kind’ limited edition chips
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MARION, OHIO — There are trend watchers, and there are trendsetters. Then there are the game changers. After more than 80 years in business, Wyandot Snacks has honed its skills at all three.
Who would have guessed that a family-owned company in rural Marion was once one of the largest exporters of raw popcorn? That was, at one point in history, the distinction that Wyandot Snacks hung its hat on. But for this company — and the Brown family, which founded and still owns Wyandot — success does not end with a crowning achievement. It’s only the beginning.
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How Wyandot accelerated growth through better-for-you snacks
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MARION, OHIO — There are trend watchers, and there are trendsetters. Then there are the game changers. After more than 80 years in business, Wyandot Snacks has honed its skills at all three.
Who would have guessed that a family-owned company in rural Marion was once one of the largest exporters of raw popcorn? That was, at one point in history, the distinction that Wyandot Snacks hung its hat on. But for this company — and the Brown family, which founded and still owns Wyandot — success does not end with a crowning achievement. It’s only the beginning.
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Fritos® Partners With Carry The Load To Salute Our Nation's Heroes
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PLANO, Texas, May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Fritos®, the flagship brand of PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, is teaming up with Carry The Load, a non-profit dedicated to providing active, meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation's heroes, to produce nearly 22 million specially marked bags to honor past and present heroes. The number of bags is symbolic in that it represents the total members who have served in the American military throughout history (including active-duty). To further its commitment, the brand will also donate $100,000 to Carry The Load to support its ongoing efforts to provide healing services via non-profit partners for the mind, body and soul of our warriors.
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When The Sun Is Back, It's Time To Pack The Snacks: Frito-Lay Reveals Its Next U.S. Snack Index Just In Time For Summer
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PLANO, Texas, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- It's official. The summer season is packed with snacks. To explore just where, when and how Americans will snack this summer, Frito-Lay today unveiled the next installment of its U.S. Snack Index.
Snacks play an integral role in the summertime experience. As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day historically starts a spike and then snacking hits its highest point during the week of July 4. In fact, according to retail sales data, the week of July 4 represents the biggest snacking week of the entire year for Frito-Lay. 
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New Michigan-made purple potato chips sell out fast
Munching on low-fat potato chips might reduce the guilt compared with full-fat versions, but many people don't find the texture as appealing. Now, researchers have developed a technique to analyze potato chips' physical characteristics from simulated first bite to swallow, which they say could be used to help formulate a tastier low-fat snack. They report their results in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
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Designing a better low-fat potato chip
Munching on low-fat potato chips might reduce the guilt compared with full-fat versions, but many people don't find the texture as appealing. Now, researchers have developed a technique to analyze potato chips' physical characteristics from simulated first bite to swallow, which they say could be used to help formulate a tastier low-fat snack. They report their results in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
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Lay's Is Starting The Year Off Right With 3 New Chips That Sound Crazy Flavorful
One of my resolutions for 2020 was to try new things and, let me tell ya, the food industry is making that really easy for me. The latest brand to start off the decade with new products and flavors is none other than Lay's; they'll be releasing three brand new kinds of chips this month.
All three chips are totally different not only in flavor, but also in texture and crunch. The new products are Cheddar Jalapeño, Poppables Sea Salt & Vinegar, and
Kettle Cooked Flamin’ Hot. Asking me which one of these is likely to be my favorite is like asking a mother to choose her favorite child. They all sound that good.
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PopCorners Spicy Queso chips

Company: PopCorners

Website: Popcorners.com

Introduced: January 2018

Distribution: National

Suggested Retail Price: $3.29 (7 oz. bag)

Product Snapshot: PopCorners, a family of non-GMO corn popped snacks that prove health and taste can coexist, is introducing bold and colorful new packaging at the 2018 Winter Fancy Food Show. Adding to the excitement, the popped chip innovator is also launching new Spicy Queso PopCorners at the show—a delectable, fiery take on the classic tex-mex flavor made better with the same wholesome ingredients and crunchy texture PopCorners fans know and love. The vibrant new look and flavor will begin shipping to retailers nationwide in January, and attendees of the Winter Fancy Food Show will be among the first to experience them at the PopCorners booth #1053 between Jan. 21-23.
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PopCorners Spicy Queso chips

Company: PopCorners

Website: Popcorners.com

Introduced: January 2018

Distribution: National

Suggested Retail Price: $3.29 (7 oz. bag)

Product Snapshot: PopCorners, a family of non-GMO corn popped snacks that prove health and taste can coexist, is introducing bold and colorful new packaging at the 2018 Winter Fancy Food Show. Adding to the excitement, the popped chip innovator is also launching new Spicy Queso PopCorners at the show—a delectable, fiery take on the classic tex-mex flavor made better with the same wholesome ingredients and crunchy texture PopCorners fans know and love. The vibrant new look and flavor will begin shipping to retailers nationwide in January, and attendees of the Winter Fancy Food Show will be among the first to experience them at the PopCorners booth #1053 between Jan. 21-23.
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Utz owner sells back stake in the chip company

Dive Brief:

Private-equity firm Metropoulos & Co has sold its equity stake in Utz Quality Foods, roughly doubling its money 15 months after investing close to $150 million in the salty snack company, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Metropoulos is not fully divested from Utz. It helped the chip and pretzel maker refinance a portion of its $650 million in debt in December.
This is the latest success story for Metropoulos, which has a proven track record of investing in underperforming brands and helping them grow. The firm has previously backed Hostess Brands, Pabst Brewing, Ghirardelli Chocolate and Chef Boyardee.
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SNACK FOOD SALES SPIKE DURING SUPER BOWL WEEK

Americans eat enough snacks on Super Bowl Sunday to fill 17 Olympic-sized swimming pools
(Arlington, VA, January 23, 2020) Snack food sales jumped 10.3% to $404 million during Super Bowl week 2019, according to new data from IRI, commissioned by SNAC International (SNAC), the trade association of the snacking industry. The biggest sales increases by category for Super Bowl week are tortilla chips, pretzels, potato chips and dips.

“The Super Bowl and America’s favorite snack foods are synonymous,” said Elizabeth Avery, President and CEO of SNAC. “They are part of the fabric of America, bringing family and friends together for football, fun and their favorite foods.”

The new snacking data, provided by IRI, compared 2019 shopping data from Super Bowl week compared to the prior week. It shows a significant increase in the following snack categories during Super Bowl Week:

Tortilla Chips: 24.3%
Pretzels: 14.5%
Potato Chips: 11.8%
Refrigerated Dips: 33.0%
Dry Dip Mixes: 53.0%
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Consumer Trends in Convenience: What Americans Are Getting Delivered in 2020

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--goPuff, the world’s fastest-growing digital convenience retailer, today announced the results of its first-ever Off The Shelf Report, which analyzed data from millions of orders over the past 12 months (November 2018 to November 2019). Due to goPuff’s direct-to-consumer relationship, the company is able to not only understand and predict order patterns, but also identify changing consumer habits, preferences and shopping behaviors as the world of e-commerce continues to evolve. Highlights of the report include: Flamin’ Hot Cheetos was the country’s favorite snack in 2019
Snacks 
  • Even as consumers eat healthier, they won’t abandon more traditional snacks: Many of goPuff’s healthier items have been trending nationwide, with increasing demand for products like Harvest Snaps Green Pea Crisps, Oatly Original Oat Milk and Good Health Veggie Stix. However, 24% of customers who ordered a health food item this year also had a traditional snack in their basket. This indicates that a dedicated subset of consumers is willing to shift their habits in some areas while not compromising on old favorite snacks.
Steadfast Behaviors
Snacks
American favorites are about flavor and experience: For the third year in a row, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos was the number one snack ordered on goPuff. However, over the past three months, demand for Gushers has skyrocketed; as a result, goPuff anticipates Gushers to overtake Flamin’ Hot Cheetos as the #1 snack in 2020.
Regional Snacking Trends
  • Southeast - Salty Snacks. Customers in the Southeastern region of the U.S. showed a tendency towards saltier items. Among the top indexing items in this region were Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Slim Jims.
  • Saltiest cities: Kansas City KS, South Bend IN and Dallas TX ordered the most salty snacks this year.
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Nightfood/Harris Poll Study Shows 54% of U.S. Consumers Who Snack at Night Often Feel Guilty About Their Nighttime Snack Choices; Nightfood Management Estimates Over Seven Hundred Million Nighttime Snack Occasions Weekly
83% of consumers report snacking at least one night a week, and 20% of consumers report snacking every night
TARRYTOWN, NY, Dec. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- Nightfood, Inc. (OTCQB: NGTF), the award-winning ice cream company addressing America’s $50 billion-dollar nighttime snacking problem, today released findings from a new Harris Poll online survey, conducted on their behalf among over 2,000 U.S. adults, on consumer night snacking and sleep quality.
83% of U.S. consumers report snacking at least one night a week, and 20% of consumers report snacking every night. The most popular nighttime snack choices overall are salty snacks (such as chips, popcorn, and pretzels – 84%), baked goods (such as cookies, cake, donuts – 80%), candy (chocolate, gummies, hard candies – 76%), and ice cream (75%).
“Bringing these percentages into actual numbers projects to hundreds of millions of nighttime snack occasions per week in the United States,” noted Nightfood CEO Sean Folkson.  “Twenty percent of U.S. adult consumers report snacking every night, so that alone would project to more than three hundred fifty million (355,434,701)[1] snacking occasions weekly.  Add to that all the people who snack some or most nights, and then the sporadic people, and you’re potentially going to double that number.   Certainly we have some people under 18 also snacking at night, so we think it’s reasonable that the total likely approaches eight hundred million (800,000,000) nighttime snacks each week or more.  Some nights it’s cookies, some night chips, some nights ice cream…. but we’re talking hundreds of millions of snack occasions every week, and we believe easily over a billion dollars a week.”
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Doritos, Lay's, Tostitos and Cheetos team up in football-themed campaign

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Dive Brief:
  • PepsiCo's Frito-Lay has launched a football-themed campaign promoting several of its brands of chips in the lead up to the Super Bowl, according to details the company shared with Marketing Dive.
  • The "Ready for Crunchtime" campaign aims to remind consumers to buy different kinds of chips as they watch football games. The effort includes digital, radio, out-of-home and two TV spots. The "Group Chat" commercial features former NFL stars Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, Tony Gonzalez and Terry Bradshaw on a video chat discussing which chips they plan to bring to the game. The humorous spot shows Bradshaw getting dressed and wearing Tostitos underwear. The spot will hit the airwaves during college football games on Dec. 26.
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Shoprite Bowl & Basket potato chips, pita chips, and pretzels

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Company: ShopRite
Websiteshop.shoprite.com
Introduced: November/December 2019
Distribution: National
Suggested Retail Price: Varies
Product Snapshot: ShopRite has unveiled two new store brands that debut on store shelves this month with the best assortment of high-quality foods and products at great everyday value.
ShopRite’s launch of Bowl & Basket and Paperbird food and household lines kicks off a transformation of the supermarket’s own brands with newly designed and carefully crafted products, starting with approximately 100 items in November, expanding to 300 by year’s end, and more than 3,500 newly branded products by the end of 2021.
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Pringles Rotisserie Chicken, and Parmesan & Roasted Garlic chips

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Company: Kellogg Co.
Websitewww.pringles.com/us/home.html
Introduced: December 2019
Distribution: National
Suggested Retail Price: $2.69
Product Snapshot: The salty snack crisps come in two new flavors, Rotisserie Chicken and Parmesan & Roasted Garlic, which tap into top culinary trends and open up a whole new world of flavor possibilities through stacking.
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Utz Quality Foods Completes Merger With Kitchen Cooked

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC announced today that it has completed the merger with Kitchen Cooked Inc. The acquisition includes the Kitchen Cooked snack food brand, direct store delivery (aka DSD) operations and its manufacturing operations.
The Kitchen Cooked snack food brand brings with it a range of fan-favorite potato chips, Kettle Kurls, Kettle Pops, popcorn, pretzels and more.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to add this important snack food brand and set of capabilities to our portfolio," said Dylan Lissette, Chief Executive Officer, Utz Quality Foods, LLC. "Since the 1930’s, Kitchen Cooked brings a strong consumer following and unique craft heritage in its core markets. Their distribution and manufacturing capabilities, along with their customer relationships, enhance our ability to grow our Utz brand portfolio further west."
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PepsiCo Exec Reveals 2020's 'Hot' and Boozy Snack Trends

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By Mike Nam
While savory snacking options in 2020 will maintain the classic comfort flavors, snackers might be in for an extra kick when they open a bag of chips, according to research published by Frito-Lay North America, a subsidiary of Pepsico.
"Spicy things continue to be a really 'hot' trend," Denise Lefebvre, SVP, R&D, Global Food at PepsiCo told Cheddar. "[Consumers are] really leaning towards different, broader — jalapeno, habanero, ghost pepper — and really want to understand the depth and the level of spice that might provide them."
Beloved flavors like cheddar and sour cream or sour cream and onion continue to be popular for snack brands like those under PepsiCo's ownership, but globalization is evolving the tastes of consumers, according to Lefebvre.
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When science and snacks converge: Bright purple BFY potato chips emerge
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Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) have collaborated with a US family-owned snack producer to create limited edition potato chips that are packed with antioxidants.
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Chip makers’ experimentation with flavor pays off
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Chip purchases are nearly universal with 94% of respondents to a 2019 Mintel survey saying they bought some kind of chips in the past year. Consumers gravitate to familiar brands and tastes and perceive chips as an indulgence, which may be a challenge to market expansion, but opportunities lie in new flavor combinations, functionality and healthy innovations.
“Taste, craveability and the desire to ‘treat yourself’ are driving consumer choice for more indulgent salty snacks,” said Tom Vierhile, vice-president, strategic insights, North America, Innova Market Insights.
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PepsiCo leaning in on sustainability goals: ‘Companies like us no longer have a choice’
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PepsiCo is stepping up its sustainability goals with the ambition of supporting system-wide change. FoodNavigator spoke to Chris Daly, vice president of sustainability for Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, to find out more.
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Stacy’s limited-edition bags spotlight Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
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Stacy’s Pita Chips has released three designer bags in Kroger’s US stores in honor of the November 19 celebration and PepsiCo's broader WomanMade platform.
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Frito-Lay Releases U.S. Snack Index and No Need to Check Twice: It's Family, Friends and Food that Make the Holidays Nice

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November 20, 2019

PLANO, Texas, Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Forget the "Naughty" or "Nice" lists. This holiday season, Frito-Lay is all about salty vs. sweet with the release of its latest U.S. Snack Index1, revealing the taste preferences driving snack consumption among consumers.

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More nutritious snacking options: PepsiCo to acquire maker of PopCorners snacks, BFY Brands
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03 Dec 2019 --- PepsiCo is set to acquire BFY Brands, the maker of PopCorners snacks. Upon closing, BFY Brands will report into PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division. The acquisition will expand Frito-Lay’s portfolio to offer consumers more nutritious snacking options. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and approvals, including regulatory approvals.
Frito-Lay Leverages eCommerce to Meet Consumer Needs   

By Dale Busstptp


Among the biggest challenges that Frito-Lay faces is making it as easy as possible for shoppers to buy its wares. And that calls for tapping into e-commerce more effectively to ensure that the PepsiCo-owned snacks giant makes a successful transition to an era in which American consumers finally are embracing digital purchase even of routine CPG goods just as they earlier decided to buy books, music, computers, sneakers and nearly everything else online.

The company used to rely only on traditional TV, print and radio marketing and a robust in-store merchandising machine to make sure consumers and shoppers saw and paid attention to Frito-Lay products such as Tostitos and Fritos chips and were presented with various ways to work them into snacking occasions and meal menus. But these days the marketer is focused on reaching consumers and finding ways to get Frito-Lay products to shoppers how and when they want them, and at the prices they want, in the most convenient ways.

“As an innovator in the CPG industry, Frito-Lay maintains its position and competitiveness by continuing to evolve to meet consumer demand,” Mike Del Pozzo of Frito-Lay North America told 
CPGmatters in an interview following his presentation at the GroceryShop trade show in Las Vegas.  “We are unique as we are involved in every piece of operations from seed to shelf, and we have teams dedicated to tracking trends and best practices across every aspect of the business. Our goal is to be accessible and relevant to the consumer regardless of how they shop,” said the senior vice president of sales and chief customer officer.

The company best known for snack chips such as Fritos and Tostitos actually has a growing portfolio of more than 1,200 products and more than 30 brands, offering snacks for every type of consumer, for every type of occasion, and even for every dietary regimen including organic, gluten, dairy-free, Kosher and Non-GMO Project Verified. Even in an era of popularity of Atkins, keto and other low-carb diets, Frito-Lay has relevant offerings including nuts, seeds and beef jerky.

Frito-Lay defines access and relevance broadly and focuses on four areas to achieve more of it, Del Pozzo explained. They are snacking frequency and packaging, loyalty, impulse shopping – and e-commerce. To encourage more frequency of purchase of its products, for example, Frito-Lay has been introducing new flavor options in its multipacks, which are on-the-go size. And, in general, the company is exploring how its favorite products can show up in different ways in various new sizes and types of packaging on store shelves. 

“You’d say, ‘Well, that’s great for a company like Frito-Lay,” Del Pozzo said during a recent presentation. “But it also puts a lot of pressure on us to make sure we have the right relevant offerings.”

The other three venues for boosting sales and relevance are more closely tied together, Del Pozzo explained. For instance, to build loyalty, Frito-Lay has “a constant two-way dialogue with consumers,” which in part depends on communicating online and via social media in various ways. A key example for connecting with consumers is the Tasty Rewards program, which offers exclusive deals, sweepstakes, coupons and other sweeteners. The company also recently launched PepCoin, which encourages consumers to buy specially marked, single-serve PepsiCo beverages and Frito-Lay snacks together – for cash rewards via refunds of up to 10 percent when people use PayPal or Venmo digital accounts. 

“That’s really helped us think more about the macro,” Del Pozzo told Business Insider. “Think about what we can do together now – the ability to leverage digital to drive that snack and beverage occasion as one company has really been a huge benefit.”

Similarly, Frito-Lay has been mixing its physical-world assets with its increasing online presence to encourage even more impulse shopping, which of course long has been a key reason for purchase of its products. 

“Sometimes that’s creating snack and beverage bundles for specific occasions that are easy to find at the grocery store or online,” Del Pozzo said. “Or offering the ability to have snacks automatically delivered at home every two or four weeks, or at the frequency needed.”

The company’s growing e-commerce focus requires constant and continuing pressure and innovation. In one recent initiative, for instance, Frito-Lay saw that buying gift packages for students, military members or even road trips was a big phenomenon. So, the company created customized, thoughtful packages with a curated assortment of Frito-Lay salty snacks, crackers, nuts and seeds, Del Pozzo said – and the packs are among its best sellers.

“We believe e-commerce can continue to fuel our business outside of traditional growth spaces, and we utilize this channel to customize the way we meet consumer needs,” Del Pozzo said.
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PepsiCo Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire BFY Brands Expanding Better-For-You Portfolio and Production Capabilities
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PURCHASE, N.Y., Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BFY Brands, the maker of PopCorners snacks. Upon closing, BFY Brands will report into PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division. 
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PepsiCo to Acquire New York-Based BFY Brands
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PepsiCo plans to acquire BFY Brands, home to the brand PopCorners. The deal, announced for an undisclosed sum, will see PepsiCo "further deliver" on its "vision to offer consumers more positive nutritious options".

Owned by private-equity firm Permira since 2015, BFY Brands has two manufacturing facilities in New York state. The company's product portfolio includes snacks sold under PopCorners sub-brands such as Flex Protein Crisps and Flourish Veggie Crisps. Employing around 750 staff, BFY Brands is also a contract manufacturer of popped snacks.
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Snacking is rising to all occasions, report finds
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Dive Brief:
  • Snacking is now an all-day practice in the U.S., with salty snacks becoming particularly popular between meals and as a meal replacement, a new Innova Market Insights report found.
  • The global market research company said 46% of consumers have salty snacks between meals in the afternoon and 37% of them do so in the evening. More people are also replacing meals with salty snacks, Innova said, with 23% consuming them at lunch, 17% at dinner and 8% at breakfast.
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America Intensifies its Snacking Habits
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Americans are willing to go above and beyond for their snacks.
A poll conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Moonstruck Chocolate Co. found 18% of consumers would forgo all of their electronic devices for one month to snag a lifetime supply of snacks, reported New York Post (Dec. 3). A sixth would even completely shave their heads.
Spending an average of $9.22 a week, Americans' snack purchases total $479.44 a year, meaning the average respondent will spend $28,766.40 on snacks alone during their lifetime.
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CONAGRA BRANDS COMPLETES DIVESTITURE OF DIRECT-STORE-DELIVERY MODEL SNACKS BUSINESS TO UTZ QUALITY FOODS, LLC
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Chicago, October 21, 2019 — Today Conagra Brands, Inc. (CAG) announced that it has completed the divestiture of the portion of its snacks business that operates under a Direct-Store-Delivery (DSD) model to Utz Quality Foods, LLC. The brands included in the sale are Tim’s® Cascade Snacks, Hawaiian® Snacks, Erin’s®, El Restaurante®, Snyder® of Berlin, Pop-N-Thin® and Husman’s®. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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Lay's Giveaway Offers Year of Free Chips for Selfies with New Packaging

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Lay's first global packaging update in 12 years takes an Insta-worthy approach to flavor. Snap a selfie with Lay's new chip packaging and you could win one year of free chips.
Between now and November 29, simply snap a photo of yourself with any one of the new Lay's bag designs and upload the image to
www.GottaHaveLays.com for a chance to be one of five winners per day in the "Gotta Have Lay's" giveaway, which at 200 winners total adds up to 10,000 free bags of Lay's potato chips to share.
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PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay cracks three of the top five snack brands among American teens
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The snack market is being defined by the tastes of Gen Zs, who are cutting back on fashion to channel pocket money towards eating on-the-go and snacks like Lay’s, Doritos and Cheeto’s.
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Targeted innovation and apt marketing help PepsiCo’s snack portfolio
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PepsiCo's net revenue increased more than 4% in the third quarter, with big-name snack brands, Quaker and smaller premium brands boosting sales and profits.
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If You Like Eating Hot Cheetos, These Are Probably All The Reasons Why
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I swear the crinkliness of the bags has been optimized for pleasure.
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Frito-Lay Shares This Summer's U.S. Snack Index
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The summer season is packed with snacks. To explore just where, when and how Americans will snack this summer, Frito-Lay today unveiled the next installment of its U.S. Snack Index. 
Snacks play an integral role in the summertime experience. As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day historically starts a spike and then snacking hits its highest point during the week of July 4. In fact, according to retail sales data, the week of July 4 represents the biggest snacking week of the entire year for Frito-Lay. 
"Delighting consumers with a wide variety of snack options has always been our first priority, and it's helped us earn our spot in 94 percent of America's pantries,
1" said Mike Del Pozzo, senior vice president of sales, chief customer officer, Frito-Lay North America. "As snacking heats up in the summer months, so do our efforts to make sure that we are delivering the perfect side to any summer occasion."
The broad majority of Americans – nearly nine out of 10 – see snacking as important to summer occasions or can't imagine summer without their favorite snacks. And when it comes to summertime events, there are quite literally millions of them.
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PepsiCo boosts precision agri tech for Walkers, Lay’s and Doritos brands
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The snacks and drink giant has built up its iCrop precision agriculture tool to better support potato, corn, oats and peanut farmers make in-field decisions, PepsiCo Europe’s head of agricultural procurement tells FoodNavigator.
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Utz Quality Foods Supports Technology Learning at Local School Districts

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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC, announced today a combined $200,000 donation for the Hanover Public School District and Conewago Valley School District.

The $100,000 donation for the Hanover Public School District will fund equipment and training to enhance its high school mechatronics program and increase exposure with an expansion to include middle school students. The $100,000 donation for the Conewago Valley School District will be used for mechatronics equipment for the new Colonial Career and Technology Center at New Oxford High School, which will support manufacturing and trades education. Each mechatronics programs help students learn more about the engineering of electrical and mechanical systems and are used with a combination of supportive computers, robotics, telecommunications and other learning methods.
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Cheetos-themed apparel arrives at Forever 21
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Dive Brief:
  • PepsiCo Frito-Lay snack brand Cheetos will "bring the 'Cheetos Look' to life" via a new partnership with fashion retailer Forever 21, according to information shared with Marketing Dive. Starting June 6, a new limited-edition apparel collection is available from the chain that includes swimsuits, sweatshirts, T-shirts, dresses and other gear printed with images, colors and logos connected to Cheetos Crunchy and Cheetos Flamin' Hot snacks.
  • Designed for men and women, the collection is available online and at Forever 21 stores across the U.S., with prices ranging from $5 to $30 per item.
  • Frito-Lay says that Cheetos is about more than snacks, and that it's become "a lifestyle brand among our fans."
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Frito-Lay Poll Reveals Summer Snacking Habits
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Convenience is the most important snacking factor for summer travel snackers, with more than half of Americans picking up single-serve packaging options.

Frito-Lay published a new edition of its U.S. Snack Index, a national survey that reveals how different generations, regions and cities snack during the summer season.
The company partnered with Morning Consult for the poll, which was conducted between May 1-5 among a national sample of 2,200 adults.
“Delighting consumers with a wide variety of snack options has always been our first priority, and it’s helped us earn our spot in 94% of America’s pantries,” said Mike Del Pozzo, senior vice president of sales, chief customer officer, Frito-Lay North America. “As snacking heats up in the summer months, so do our efforts to make sure that we are delivering the perfect side to any summer occasion.”
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ParmCrisps Launches Explosion of Innovation as it Surges into Snacking
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ParmCrisps Launches Explosion of Innovation as it Surges into Snacking
The Keto-friendly Cracker Establishes Dominance in Rapid-Growing Category by Continuing to Push Flavors and Formats.
FAIRFIELD, NJ (May 13, 2019)ParmCrisps, the nutritionally on-trend snack brand, has launched two game-changing flavors and two new formats that solidify ParmCrisps as the leading millennial snack. Adding Sour Cream & Onion and Cheddar to their repertoire, along with Family Sizes and Multipacks, ParmCrisps is bringing traditional Chip and Cracker flavors and formats to the 100% Cheese Crisp category. 
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Utz snack company reveals new Little Utz Girl design, announces animated short stories
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By Sean Adams | sadams@pennlive.com
If you’ve tried Utz potato chips, you’re probably familiar with the Little Utz Girl logo.
Well, that familiar face is getting a new look.
The Hanover-based snack food company posted an image of a new design for the Little Utz Girl on their Facebook page, as well as a brief animated video. Take a look:
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Cape Cod & Samuel Adams Brewery launch ‘first-of-its-kind’ limited edition chips
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MARION, OHIO — There are trend watchers, and there are trendsetters. Then there are the game changers. After more than 80 years in business, Wyandot Snacks has honed its skills at all three.
Who would have guessed that a family-owned company in rural Marion was once one of the largest exporters of raw popcorn? That was, at one point in history, the distinction that Wyandot Snacks hung its hat on. But for this company — and the Brown family, which founded and still owns Wyandot — success does not end with a crowning achievement. It’s only the beginning.
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How Wyandot accelerated growth through better-for-you snacks
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MARION, OHIO — There are trend watchers, and there are trendsetters. Then there are the game changers. After more than 80 years in business, Wyandot Snacks has honed its skills at all three.
Who would have guessed that a family-owned company in rural Marion was once one of the largest exporters of raw popcorn? That was, at one point in history, the distinction that Wyandot Snacks hung its hat on. But for this company — and the Brown family, which founded and still owns Wyandot — success does not end with a crowning achievement. It’s only the beginning.
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Fritos® Partners With Carry The Load To Salute Our Nation's Heroes
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PLANO, Texas, May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Fritos®, the flagship brand of PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, is teaming up with Carry The Load, a non-profit dedicated to providing active, meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation's heroes, to produce nearly 22 million specially marked bags to honor past and present heroes. The number of bags is symbolic in that it represents the total members who have served in the American military throughout history (including active-duty). To further its commitment, the brand will also donate $100,000 to Carry The Load to support its ongoing efforts to provide healing services via non-profit partners for the mind, body and soul of our warriors.
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When The Sun Is Back, It's Time To Pack The Snacks: Frito-Lay Reveals Its Next U.S. Snack Index Just In Time For Summer
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PLANO, Texas, May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- It's official. The summer season is packed with snacks. To explore just where, when and how Americans will snack this summer, Frito-Lay today unveiled the next installment of its U.S. Snack Index.
Snacks play an integral role in the summertime experience. As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day historically starts a spike and then snacking hits its highest point during the week of July 4. In fact, according to retail sales data, the week of July 4 represents the biggest snacking week of the entire year for Frito-Lay. 
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Bubba's Fine Foods Garlic Parm 'Nana Chips
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Company: Bubba's Fine Foods
Websitebubbasfoods.com
Introduced: April 2019
Distribution: National
Suggested Retail Price: $12.99 (8-pack)
Product Snapshot: Bubba's Fine Foods will showcase their new snack food release Garlic Parm 'Nana Chips - Single Serve, at The Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago on May 21-23. They will be offering taste tests and product samples throughout the event as well as fresh and flavorful new recipes featuring clean ingredients and savory flavors.
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Stacy's Brand Extends Commitment To Helping Female Founders Rise
PLANO, Texas, May 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Stacy's Pita Chips is dedicated to helping female entrepreneurs grow their food and beverage businesses. After all, the brand's success story starts with being founded by a strong female entrepreneur – Stacy Madison. The funding gap Stacy Madison faced when working to grow her pita chip business remains as staggering today as it was 20 years ago. In 2018, female founders in America received only two percent of all venture capital funding in North America – with women of color receiving 0.2 percent. The Stacy's brand created The Stacy's Rise Project to help female founders grow their businesses at the same pace as their male counterparts.
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PepsiCo to invest $4 billion in Mexico
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MEXICO CITY — PepsiCo, Inc. has announced plans to invest $4 billion in Mexico between 2019 and 2020 as part of a broad growth initiative focused on four strategic pillars.
“We are proud of our more than 110 years of history in Mexico, and we are excited for the next 100,” said Ramon Laguarta, chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo. “Mexico is our largest operation in Latin America and the second worldwide. It is an honor for us to have a positive impact at all levels of the country’s economy, from the countryside to the corner stores in each location.”
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Burts Potato Chips expands capacity to cope with supersonic growth
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The UK snack brand is upping the size of its workforce at its recently upgraded site in Leicestershire to cope with the rising demand around the world for its snacks.
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Kettle crisps owner Campbell eyes sale of posh snack maker
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Posh crisp maker Kettle could be sold after its US food giant owner Campbell hired advisers to assess the future of the snack brand.
The Press Association understands that Barclays has been hired by Campbell to explore a sale of the crisp business, as it looks to generate cash following recent profit warnings.
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Utz® Rolls Out Fan-Favorite White Cheddar Cheeseball Baseballs!
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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2019--Utz Quality Foods, the Official Salty Snack of Major League Baseball, today announced the roll out of Utz® 12 oz White Cheddar Cheeseball “Baseballs”. These limited edition white cheddar cheeseballs are a deliciously irresistible and simply crunch-able snack. Highlighting all 30 MLB Clubs on the package, fans will enjoy a household favorite while also supporting their favorite team. They’re sure to please in any home or dugout!
This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190502005456/en/
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Utz Quality Foods Settles 2015 Lawsuit Related to Product Labeling
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May 03, 2019 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time
HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC. today announced that it has reached an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit brought in 2015 by three plaintiffs. The lawsuit solely related to certain labeling claims on select Utz® and Bachman® brand packages. The settlement resolves all claims and is without any admission of liability or company wrongdoing.
The Court has authorized that notice of the settlement be disseminated to the class. Thereafter, and upon completion of the steps related to the settlement process, the settlement will be submitted to the Court for final approval.
One Of 2019's Most Innovative Food Products So Far
Low-carb, vacuum-fried pickle chips.
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PepsiCo sues four Indian farmers for using its patented Lay's potatoes
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AHMEDABAD/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc has sued four Indian farmers for cultivating a potato variety that the snack food and drinks maker claims infringes its patent, the company and the growers said on Friday.
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Gibble's Celebrates 60th Anniversary
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Gibble's Foods announced that 2019 will represent 60 years of Gibble's branded products still being produced and sold to millions of consumers. Gibble's plans several new products, including a new look to the brand packaging, new website, and marketing and social media campaigns as a part of the 60th Anniversary celebration. Updates to these activities will be posted to the website as well as social media.
Visit the website
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Spider-Man™: Far From Home And Doritos® Team-Up For A Global Action-Packed Promotional Partnership
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PURCHASE, N.Y., April 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Doritos®, one of PepsiCo's fastest growing global snacks brands, is putting the power of the "Spidey-Sense" in the palm of consumers' hands through a global promotional partnership with Columbia Pictures' upcoming summer release, in association with Marvel Studios, Spider-Man: Far From Home. In more than 35 markets around the world, Doritos will launch a global marketing campaign offering fans a chance to boldly embrace their inner superhero.
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Nora seaweed chips expect to compete against potato chips in salty snacks aisle
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After achieving dynamite success in Thailand where it competes with Lay’s potato chips, Thai entrepreneur Itthipat “Tob” Peeradechapan wanted to bring his seaweed snack chips to the US market and enlisted the help of Tim Minges whom he had met during Minges’ tenure as president of PepsiCo Asia.
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Myth buster: Savoury snacks are low contributors of salt and saturated fats to the average daily diet, says DG of ESA
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Snack chat is BakeryandSnacks’ new online series profiling influential people working in the bakery and snacks industries. Our first guest is Sabastian Emig, director general of the European Snacks Association (ESA).
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Pepsi rushes into football season with experiential Tailgate Tour, video push
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Dive Brief:
  • For the start of pro football season, Pepsi is launching a multi-city Tailgate Tour, the company announced in a press release. The tour will feature performances by country music duo Locash; an area where attendees can play games like cornhole, ladder ball and giant Jenga; opportunities to win Pepsi merchandise, game tickets and other prizes; free Pepsi and Frito-Lay products; and meet-and-greet events with NFL players and cheerleaders.
  • Pepsi is also rolling out two new national TV spots, "Theme Song," which debuted Sept. 4 and stars Antonio Brown, Terry Bradshaw, Luke Kuechly and Dak Prescott, and "Ice the Kicker," which features Ron Rivera and Devin Funchess and will be released widely mid-September. The Pepsi brand is additionally integrated into the opening theme of "NBC Sunday Night Football" with Carrie Underwood this year. 
  • To support the campaign, Pepsi is also releasing limited-edition packaging that displays NFL teams and new football-themed gear for its Pepsi Stuff line of rewards merchandise, including bobble heads. The brand teamed up with convenience chain Circle K on a commercial, "Unreal Rookie Deal," that stars NFL newcomer Saquon Barkley and includes a special promotion. 
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Cheetos whips up Flamin' Hot-inspired menu for second pop-up restaurant
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Dive Brief:
  • Frito-Lay brand Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is opening The Flamin’ Hot Spot, a pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles with chef Roy Choi and a menu full of items inspired by the snack, according to a news release
  • The menu will feature appetizers, main courses and desserts inspired by Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, including elotes, chipotle ranch wings, sweet and spicy meatballs, hot Cheetos burritos, Flamin’ Hot fries, XXTRA Flamin’ Hot rice bowls, steak, Sweetos hot cakes and “hot” chocolate shakes. The three-course menu will be be priced between $11 and $32. 
  • Diners can book at table at the restaurant, which will be open Sept. 18-20, via CheetosFlaminHotSpot.com using OpenTable. Cheetos is releasing the recipes from the event online. And, Los Angeles-based Walmart online grocery consumers can nab a gift box filled with Cheetos items, recipes and ingredients for the Flamin’ Hot menu items. Additionally, ingredients for select dishes can be ordered for delivery from AmazonFresh and Walmart Grocery. 
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Snack attack: Better-for-you, healthy, spicy and savory NPD drivers
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18 Sep 2018 --- More consumers frequently snack throughout the day. Salty snacks are competing not only with each other but also with a myriad of other categories as more food and drink products have become “snackable.” Also, busy lifestyles, concerns about long-term health and the desire to get health-boosting benefits from daily food and drinks have also affected the snack aisle.
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Uncle Ray's inks deal to remain 'Official Potato Chip of Minor League Baseball'
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DETROIT - Michigan will continue to be the home of the "Official Potato Chip of Minor League Baseball."
Minor League Baseball has renewed its partnership with Detroit-based Uncle Ray's in a multi-year extension, MiLB announced on Thursday, Aug. 30.
The deal marks the continuation of a relationship that began before the start of the 2016 season when the MiLB logo began appearing on more than 100 million Uncle Ray's potato chip bags sold at retailers across the country.
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PepsiCo unveils Imagine snacks made with yogurt and cheese
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PepsiCo has launched a new range of yogurt- and cheese-based snacks which, it says, provides “a good source of nutrients like protein or calcium”.
Called Imagine, the children’s line consists of Yogurt Crisps and Cheese Stars, which both contain no artificial colours or flavours and are packaged in resealable bags.
Launching in the US through PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division, the snack range is designed for on-the-go families and features “kid-friendly” flavours.
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What’s new on shelf? Snacks that pack a punch in the fight against breast cancer and food allergies, vitamin-boosted bread and a nod to a popular Mexican street food
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Health and wellness are definitely at the top of the list of today's round-up of new products on the shelf - from snacks that donate some of their proceeds to research into breast cancer and to find a cure for people with allergies, to clean label morsels, and energy boosters that pump.
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Pipers Crisps doubles effort to reduce waste
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The UK premium potato chip manufacturer has reduced waste with the installation of a high-speed packaging solution.
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Ka-Pop! founder and CEO, Dustin Finkel, joins
the Movember® movement!
 
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Dustin is growing his Mo Bro for the month of November to make an everlasting impact on the face of men's health. The Movember® movement is about working together to make a difference in men's health with a focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Together we can start by having a conversation, listening, and giving your time – these simple acts can be life-saving. At Ka-Pop we're committed to helping men live happier, healthier, and longer lives.
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PepsiCo launches bid for Pipers Crisps
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PepsiCo is taking another step into the UK snack market by launching a bid to acquire Lincolnshire crisp company Pipers Crisps.
PepsiCo already owns Leicester-based Walkers Crisps and American firm Doritos and wants to grow Pipers in the UK and develop its exports.
The international food and drink company's bid is subject to approval by the Competition and Markets Authority.
Farmers Alex Albone, Simon Herring and James Sweeting founded Pipers in 2004.
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Walkers crisp packets recycling scheme announced
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Snack firm Walkers has announced a recycling scheme - after Royal Mail begged campaigners not to post empty crisp packets without envelopes.
From December, snack fans will be able to post used bags - in envelopes, for free - directly to a recycling company.
Campaigner Geraint Ashcroft, who launched the petition against Walkers, said it was "a great first step".
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Kellogg likely to increase product prices next year to offset higher costs of US single-pack snacks
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Kellogg is likely to increase the price of its single-pack snacks next year, such as Pringles and Cheez-It, to offset their high operational costs.
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Pringles can needs redesign not “fudge” recycling scheme, says UK Recycling Association exec
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06 Nov 2018 --- The UK Recycling Association has criticized Kellogg’s Pringles can recycling scheme, referring to it as a “fudge that doesn’t solve any issues.” Kellogg’s announced last month that it had entered an agreement with recycling company TerraCycle, enabling consumers to recycle Pringles cans using Freepost labels, with the sender rewarded with a charitable donation for each can which can be redeemed at a school, charity or non-profit of choice. The cans are then recycled and the resulting pellets used to create new products such as benches and fence posts.

However, the TerraCycle scheme is not sufficient, according to the UK Recycling Association Chief Executive, Simon Ellin, who instead advocates for a new Pringles can with recyclability designed-in.
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Kellogg Company Sharpens Focus, Aligns Resources Around Biggest Opportunities for Growth
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Kellogg Company announced today two significant changes to its North American business designed to ensure it has the right operating model and portfolio to deliver profitable growth in the future.
First, beginning in January 2019, Kellogg's North American (KNA) organizational structure will be redesigned to better enable the company to win in the marketplace and deliver top-line growth. Second, Kellogg is exploring the sale of its cookies and fruit snacks businesses to enable the company to bring a sharper focus to its core businesses.

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Campbell’s Q1 results bolstered by strong snacks sales
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A 77% rise in sales across Campbell’s Global Biscuits and Snacks unit lead to the embattled company posting a 25% increase in revenue for its first-quarter.

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Campbell Zeroes In on Ex-Pinnacle Foods Chief Mark Clouse for CEO Job
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Soup maker has said it would name a new chief by end of year
By Annie Gasparro and Cara Lombardo
Nov. 27, 2018 6:23 p.m. ET
Campbell Soup Co. is zeroing in on food-industry veteran Mark Clouse as the leading candidate to be its next chief executive, according to people familiar with the search.

Mr. Clouse, who was CEO of Pinnacle Foods Inc. until its acquisition by Conagra Brands Inc. last month, is the company’s top choice for the job, the people said. The soup maker could reach an agreement with Mr. Clouse in the next few weeks if he is receptive to taking the job.

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10 key snack trends to watch
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There is no doubt that healthy snacking is trending, with emphasis on clean label, protein and vegan launches. According to Innova Market Insights, as snacks become healthier, more wholesome and satisfying, they are increasingly fulfilling the role of mini meals.
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Washington-based potato chip company sued for using ‘Hawaiian’ name

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Consumers of “Hawaiian” brand potato chips have filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming the name is misleading because the chips are made in Washington state.
MCDONALD'S CUSTOMERS’ $5M LAWSUIT OVER UNWANTED QUARTER POUNDER CHEESE DISMISSED BY JUDGE

Michael Maeda of Honolulu and Iliana Sanchez of Los Angeles filed the suit against Pinnacle Foods Inc. last month, accusing the parent company of false and deceptive advertising, the Honolulu State-Advertiser reported.
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15 international potato chip flavors we long to try
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You say “po-tay-to,” I say “poh-tah-to.” Or maybe: We Americans say “potato chips,” and those across the pond say “crisps.” On a recent trip abroad, I found myself just as fascinated with the snack aisles in convenience and grocery stores as I was with the artwork in some museums. And why not? The snack flavors with which countries such as England, France, Iceland and Wales stock their shelves are crazily creative. Take a tasty trip around the world with us and ogle at these 15 international potato chip flavors we long to try. (This story originally appeared on The Daily Meal.)
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Kellogg's® Launches New Snacks From Cheez-It, Pringles And Rice Krispies Treats
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Dec. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Kellogg's® is launching three delicious snack innovations packed with even more flavor and texture than ever before. Made to satisfy your craving no matter the occasion, the new offerings from some of Kellogg's most popular brands are Cheez-It Snap'd®, Pringles Wavy® and Rice Krispies Treats Snap Crackle Poppers®.
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Peatos ™ Becomes the Fastest Growing Snack in the Produce Section


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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Within a year since its launch, Los Angeles-based First-ever Frito-Lay U.S. Snack Index Reveals Super Bowl Snacking Picks
Potato chips, tortilla chips and salsa win on game day, while spicy and cheesy snacks are MVPs with younger consumers

Just as Americans are finalizing game day plans for Super Bowl Sunday, Frito-Lay North America today announced its inaugural U.S. Snack Index – a poll asking consumers what they plan to snack on during this year's big game.  
According to retail sales data, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the single-largest retail sales days for snacks at many supermarkets. So, Frito-Lay, the division of PepsiCo producing Doritos, Cheetos, Tostitos and more, is listening so it can continue to delight consumers with many snacking options.  
A2+Brand+Peatos&index=1&md5=4cb74c233abdfb376ddf213302845434">World Peas™ Brand Peatos™ has become a national sensation, winning over taste buds across the country. For decades, corn and potato snacks have ruled the salty snack industry, but in 2018, World Peas introduced Peatos and provided “junk food without the junk.” Peatos is driving growth in plant-based snacking and has become the fastest-growing snack brand in the produce section in thousands of stores across the country, according to retailer data. The brand has quickly become a top-ranking category leader in several markets nationwide, including Southern California, the largest and most competitive grocery market and is expanding its footprint on the East Coast with the addition of Stop & Shop.
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Walkers partners with TerraCyle to recycle packaging
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PepsiCo U.K. brand Walkers has launched what it calls the first nationwide recycling scheme for crisp packets. Working with TerraCycle, which is headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey, the scheme will tap into an established network of recycling collection points around the U.K. and is free to consumers. All brands of crisp packets will be accepted and will ultimately be turned into other basic plastic items, the partners say.
Consumers can collect their empty crisp packets and take them to the nearest recycling drop-off point, which can be found at http://walkers.co.uk/recycle.  
If a drop-off point is not nearby, consumers can download a label from the TerraCycle website and arrange to have the packets collected from their homes, by courier, for free.
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CAMPBELL NAMES MARK A. CLOUSE PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND A DIRECTOR OF THE BOARD
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Clouse to Become 14th Leader in Campbell’s 150-year History
CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 20, 2018–
Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) today announced that its Board
of Directors has elected Mark A. Clouse, 50, as President and CEO of
Campbell effective Jan. 22, 2019. Clouse, who previously served as CEO
of Pinnacle Foods, Inc., will succeed Campbell’s interim President and
CEO Keith McLoughlin, who will remain a Director of the company and will
work closely with Clouse to ensure a seamless transition. Clouse also
has been elected a Director.
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PepsiCo Announces Leadership Appointments
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PURCHASE, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) ("PepsiCo") announced today that Albert P. Carey, Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo North America, will retire at the end of March 2019 after nearly four decades at PepsiCo. Vivek Sankaran, who currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Frito-Lay North America, will now become its CEO, and Kirk Tanner, who currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of North America Beverages, will become its CEO. 
"Al has been an invaluable leader, colleague, advisor and friend, and will be missed by all of us at PepsiCo and all of the customers and partners he worked with over his exemplary career," said Ramon Laguarta, PepsiCo Chief Executive Officer. "Al's unique combination of style, skill, entrepreneurial spirit and executional excellence, has helped make PepsiCo one of the most admired businesses in the world, and raised the bar for our current and future associates. We wish him all the best in his next chapter. While Al leaves big shoes to fill, I have every confidence in our North America businesses under the skilled leadership of Vivek and Kirk in these critical roles."
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Doritos® | Chance the Rapper x Backstreet Boys Super Bowl Commercial
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Beanfields Builds A Bigger Family Of Bean-Based Chip Flavors
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Beanfields was a family business begun by food broker Reed Glidden, his wife Liza Braude-Glidden, and his brother Roy Glidden in 2010, to turn the family’s twin passions for beans and tortilla chips into a new breed of snack food.
“They were tinkering in the kitchen and came up with the basic chip, and then they were thinking about retirement dreams and their idea of bliss, which was walking in a field of beans,” said CEO Arnulfo Ventura.
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Frito-Lay Reveals U.S. Snack Trends for National Snack Day
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PLANO, Texas, March 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- For National Snack Day today, Frito-Lay, the snack division of PepsiCo, is celebrating America's love of snacks by revealing the most common snack "profiles" across America. And, when asked the simple question "what snacks would you bring to a party?" Americans showed their snack preferences differ greatly depending on where they're from and their age.
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Frito-Lay Reveals U.S. Snack Trends for National Snack Day
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PLANO, Texas, March 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- For National Snack Day today, Frito-Lay, the snack division of PepsiCo, is celebrating America's love of snacks by revealing the most common snack "profiles" across America. And, when asked the simple question "what snacks would you bring to a party?" Americans showed their snack preferences differ greatly depending on where they're from and their age.
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Boulder Canyon® Debuts New Branding Inspired By Its Colorado Roots
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HANOVER, Pa., March 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Boulder Canyon®, a pioneer in the better-for-you snack movement, is proud to share its bold new look rooted in its founding legacy in Boulder, Colorado – the heart of the natural food evolution in 1994. Drawing inspiration from the Flatiron Mountains, Boulder Canyon's new packaging celebrates the authentic "Boulder" flavor difference borrowed from the vibrancy of the outdoors.
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Frito-Lay Debuts Flavor Shots in Stores

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PLANO, Texas — Frito-Lay has listened loud and clear to consumer demands for portable snacks. The brand has debuted its newest product, Flavor Shots—bite-sized, poppable snacks—at retailers nationwide.
Frito-Lay has channeled two of its most successful brands in convenience stores for the new Flavor Shots Line. Cheetos and Doritos garnered more than $625 million and $668 million, respectively, in convenience-store sales in 2018—good for the top-selling cheese snack and tortilla chips in the market—according to Chicago-based IRI. Doritos even grew by double digits on a same-store basis in Maverik convenience stores, mainly in single-serve and large, take-home package sizes, Ryan Morton, snacks category manager for the Salt Lake City-based chain, told CSP Daily News.
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Bud Light-Maker Sees Another Life for Recycled Grain: Salty Snacks
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The maker of Budweiser and Stella Artois is looking to get extra mileage from its brewing operations in an unconventional way: using recycled protein to help make snacks.


Anheuser-Busch InBev’s ZX Ventures innovation arm has been backing a snacking startup called Protes that’s working to develop a way to turn the protein in spent grain from the beer giant’s brewing process into salty treats. Protes, which already makes pea protein-infused chips and popcorn, aims to have a product using the beer byproduct on the market early next year, according to co-founder Krik Angacian.
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Plant-based snacks with exotic, spicy flavors stole the show at Expo West
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The snacks industry continues down a plant-based path, evident in the number of brands - old and new - that showed off their takes at the Natural Products Expo West show held in Anaheim, California last week (March 5-9).
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Campbell Soup sales boosted by acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance

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Campbell Soup recorded a 24.5% increase in second-quarter net sales, as the company benefitted from the acquisitions of Snyder’s-Lance and Pacific Foods.
For the three months to 27 January 2019, the company posted net sales of $2.71 billion, while organic sales were flat.
However, the firm recorded a net loss of $59 million, largely attributable to $346 million of impairment charges on its Campbell Fresh business, which the company plans to sell.
Indeed, yesterday Campbell’s entered into an agreement to offload Garden Fresh Gourmet – a salsa and hummus brand that forms is part of the fresh division.
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Impulse snack purchases decline as shopping goes online
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Dive Brief:
  • Research from Euromonitor International reported by Food Navigator found consumers are making fewer unplanned, impulse snack purchases in the last five years because of the shift to e-commerce.
  • E-commerce has promoted less frequent shopping trips. When consumers do physically walk into a brick and mortar store, the growing prepared foods section is squarely placed to capture their attention from snack zones like the center aisle and checkout displays. 
  • The research from Euromonitor shows millennials and Generation Z are the most likely to shop online, making the future of impulse snacking uncertain.
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8 Grain-Free Chips, Because Paleo Eaters Deserve Great Snacks, Too!
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When it comes to salty snacks, few things are better than crunchy chips. If you've decided to cut grains from your diet, we've found something you're going to lose your mind over: grain-free chips! Yes, that's right. From tortilla chips to cheese puffs, these eight grain-free chips will satisfy any craving. Plus, they're all on Amazon! Happy snacking!
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Nintendo Switch and Frito-Lay Variety Packs Make Snack Time a Little More Super (Mario)
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REDMOND, Wash. & PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 21, 2019--Nintendo is teaming up with Frito-Lay to add superstar characters from some of its hit Nintendo Switch games to the in-store packaging of various Frito-Lay Variety Packs. Starting on March 25 and running through May 19, the spring promotion will include package art featuring the three characters Mario, Luigi and Yoshi from various Nintendo Switch games like New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Super Mario Party, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces and Yoshi’s Crafted World. Like Frito-Lay Variety Packs, all of these Nintendo Switch games are fun for families to enjoy together.
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Campbell's Launches Campaigns To Support Multiple Snack Brands
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Campbell's is making what the company calls a "sizable" investment to support recently acquired and newly launched snack brands including, Cape Cod Chips, Kettle Brand Potato Chips, Snyder’s of Hanover, and Goldfish Epic Crunch. The new campaigns come one year after the company's acquisition of Snyder's-Lance's roster of brand's.   
However, while Campbell's is opening up its pocketbook to advertise and hopefully sell more snacks, the company is also relying on synergies across all brand's in its snack portfolio to both save money and leverage creative and product development. 

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Snyder’s Lance ad campaign touches nostalgia, whimsy and transparency
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Campell Snacks is flexing its muscles with fresh advertising for key brands – Cape Cod, Kettle Chips, Snyder’s of Hanover and Goldfish – a year after acquiring Snyder’s Lance for an estimated $1.6bn.
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Utz® Rolls Out Specially-Marked Original and Ripple Potato Chip Packages!
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HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, the Official Salty Snack of Major League Baseball, today announced the roll out of specially-marked Utz® Original and Ripple Potato Chip packages. Highlighting all 30 MLB Clubs on the package, fans will enjoy a household favorite while supporting their favorite team. The packages include Utz® 7.75 oz Original, Utz® 9.5 oz Original and Utz® 9.5 oz Ripple Potato Chips.
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SNAC Announces "SNAC Tank" Finalists
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This Tuesday, April 2 in Orlando, FL, SNAC International's SNAXPO, the world’s premier supply chain trade show for the snack industry, will feature the inaugural "SNAC Tank,” a pitch competition for innovative start-up snack brands.  
Five finalists will pitch their products and business models to a panel of expert industry judges for the chance to take home a $20,000 grand prize, as well as valuable connection opportunities to industry mentors to help the winning business scale-up.
 
Barbara Corcoran, investor, entrepreneur, and judge on the hit show Shark Tank will emcee the competition. Corcoran has invested in over 15 food related companies throughout her time as a ‘Shark’, including a few new snack brands.
 
The five finalists include:
 
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Chirps Chips, a producer of tortilla chips made using sustainable cricket protein, with flavors including BBQ, Cheddar, and Sriracha. 
 
-Legally Addictive Foodsa producer of sweet and savory "part cracker, all cookie" hybrid snacks, with flavors including Everything, O.G, and the recently launched Surprise Party.
 
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Nora Seaweed Snacks, whose founders are on a mission to bring the popular Asian snack food to theU.S. with varieties like Spicy Tempura, Tempura and Crispy. 
 
-Shrewd Food, a producer of low carb, high protein cookies and crisps with flavors including Baked Cheddar, Brickoven Pizza, Sriracha Cheddar, and Cookies & Cream. 
 
-Squeaky Pops, a producer of popped chickpea chips geared toward helping children snack healthier. Flavors include Cheddar Cheese, Cinnamon and White Cheddar. 
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Globally inspired snack and bakery flavor trends

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Taste remains a key driver in consumer food purchases. According to the 2018 IFIC “Food and Health Survey,” taste was rated the No. 1 factor, with 81 percent of consumers stating taste impacts their decisions. Consumers still seek nostalgic, familiar flavors—but also flavors that appeal to their adventurous side.
“As millennials continue to drive a lot of the innovation behind new flavor launches, palates are becoming worldlier,” says Victoria Ward, senior marketing manager, IFF, Philadelphia.
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PepsiCo Announces Senior Leadership Appointment at PepsiCo Foods North America

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Steven Williams, currently senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Frito-Lay's U.S. operations, has been appointed to the role of chief executive officer of PepsiCo Foods North America (PFNA), which includes Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) and Quaker Foods North America (QFNA), effective immediately.  Williams replaces Vivek Sankaran who will depart the company on April 12, 2019 to become president and chief executive officer of Albertsons Companies, Inc.
PURCHASE, N.Y., March 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:  PEP) today announced that 
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Past, Present and Future:  Wyandot Snacks Built on a Legacy to Take Company Forward
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How does a family-owned company go from being one of the largest exporters of raw popcorn to a successful co-manufacturer of healthy extruded snacks and corn and tortilla chips?
 
That was the task for Rob Sarlls when he took his post as president and CEO of Marion, OH-based Wyandot Snacks in late 2015.
 
"Wyandot had all the elements of a fantastic business," said Mr. Sarlls, a plant-based snack industry veteran whose experience spans decades in the food industry. "It's always had a reputation of being the smart people in the snack food space. They're the brainpower, and the focus on technical expertise has always been well-known and respected."
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New SNAXPO Feature Showcases Innovative Start-Ups
Chirps Chips Wins Inaugural 'SNAC Tank' Pitch Competition
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Five finalists pitched their brands to a panel of judges, including special guest judge Barbara Corcoran, investor, entrepreneur, and star on the hit show Shark Tank. 
 
Chirps Chips, a producer of tortilla chips made using sustainable cricket protein, won the audience vote and impressed the panel of judges, taking home the $20,000 grand prize. 
(Arlington, VA) — On April 2 in Orlando, FL, SNAC International's SNAXPO19, the world's premier supply chain trade show for the snack industry, featured the inaugural "SNAC Tank,” a pitch competition for innovative start-up snack brands.  
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Frito-Lay awarded Fleet of the Year
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The 2nd largest private fleet in the U.S. receives Fleet Owner Private Fleet of the Year Award Sponsored by Great Dane for its commitment to sustainability, new technology and charity.
Josh Fisher | Apr 17, 2019

CINCINNATI. Frito-Lay was awarded the Fleet Owner Private Fleet of the Year Award Sponsored by Great Dane during a Tuesday luncheon at the National Private Truck Council's annual conference and exhibition.
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All taste, no salt? Research explores potential alternatives to sodium chloride
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16 Apr 2019 --- Washington State University (WSU) researchers have found a new way to make food taste salty with less sodium chloride, the consumption of which has been tied to adverse health outcomes. In a paper published in the Journal of Food Science, Professor Carolyn Ross from the School of Food Science at WSU and her colleagues looked at salt blends that use less sodium chloride and include other salts like calcium chloride and potassium chloride. Industry, they say, should be aiming for reformulations that will reduce sodium content while slowly helping consumers adjust their palates to less salty flavors.
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The Fascinating Ways PepsiCo Uses Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning To Deliver Success
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One business who realized that using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is a business need, no longer a competitive advantage is PepsiCo. The food-and-beverage company behind brands such as Pepsi, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Frito-Lay, and Quaker sells products in more than 200 countries and brought in $64.7 billion in annual revenue last year. From robots to machine learning, PepsiCo uses AI and machine learning throughout the organization in many ways.
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Lay's Is Releasing 3 New Chip Flavors Inspired By Different Genres Of Music
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Last summer, Lay's released eight new potato chip flavors inspired by regional favorites from across the country with its "Taste Of America" program. Now, the beloved potato chip brand is using music to influence its latest release called "Turn Up The Flavor."
Each of the three limited-time flavors are paired with a specific music genre: Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock. To bring the flavors to life, Lay's teamed up with music artist Bebe Rexha to create an original song remixed in the three genres. "I've never done anything like [this]," Bebe told us. The music, which you can listen to above, "aims to evoke the same emotions as the flavors do." Here's the rundown:
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Biena Baked Chickpea Puffs
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Biena launched a line of Baked Chickpea Puffs that aims to bring a protein-packed and lower-carb option to the category for those seeking better-for-you snack. Biena will release three flavors of puffed snacks this April – Aged White Cheddar, Vegan Ranch and Blazin' Hot™. 
Made from a simple, nutritious list of ingredients including chickpeas and lentils, Biena Chickpea Puffs are made with 7g plant protein and offer up to 40% fewer carbs than other leading puffed snacks per serving. The Chickpea Puffs contain no rice or corn. The brand is also launching a 90-calorie single-serve right out of the gate, which is keto-friendly with 6g net carbs.
The three flavors (SRP $3.99, 3.2-ounce; $1.79, 0.6-ounce) rival other puffed snacks on the market, but use real fruits and vegetables for color and wholesome ingredients, making it easier to tackle nutritional goals, even during snack time.
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PigOut Chips from Los Angeles
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“Bacon” chips made without bacon? “Bacon” chips that don’t involve pigs? Yes. These new chips from PigOut really do taste like bacon, but (surprise) they’re made from mushrooms, not pork. We tried the Original flavor - it’s just straight up “bacon.” If you didn’t know, you’d think real bacon was involved. Coming soon are cheddar, Kansas City BBQ and chipotle varieties. These are perfect for those worried about cholesterol (because these chips have none), but who still love the flavor of bacon. Even those of us who don’t mind the real thing will find these delicious. You can serve them to everyone - vegans and carnivores alike. For the moment, we’re just whetting your appetite. You can preorder PigOut chips now for delivery in October, the same month that they’ll start being distributed across the country. Sign up at the website to find out where they’ll be sold in your area.
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Joe Beef's “All-dressed” potato chip butter is an idea so wacky it just might work
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The restaurant Joe Beef in Montreal is the one that came up with the foie gras Double Down a few years back. They didn’t come up with that dish to be ironic or as some sort of statement on gastronomy. They did it because they think it’d be friggin’ delicious.

[Editor’s note: A commenter pointed out the restaurant has said in interviews there’s some irony and humor involved in their creations.]



Dining at Joe Beef was one of the most magical experiences of my life. There are no norms, no artifice, no vying for Instagram attention. The chefs and figureheads, David McMillan and Fred Morin, seems to have but one goal for customers: Pack as much deliciously dense properties onto a plate as physically possible, at all cost.

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Prospective buyer hopes to bring back Peerless Potato Chips
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Region residents snacked on Peerless Potato Chips for 89 years before the Gary snack maker went out of business in 2017.
But the iconic potato chip beloved by Region residents could be coming back.
A buyer is interested in purchasing the assets of the potato chip company, which was founded by a steelworker who lost a finger at Carnegie Steel just before the Great Depression in 1928.

"There hasn’t been a closing on any sale," said Patrick Kepchar, an accountant who represents Peerless in the sale of its assets, as well as the potential buyer. "We do, however, have a buyer that we are going through the process with currently, and it looks promising, but again, nothing has been finalized just yet."

If the deal does go through, Kepchar said it would be a "rise from the ashes story of one of the Region’s most favored snack food companies."
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People in states where marijuana is legal are eating more cookies and ice cream
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Here’s something getting a nice high from recreational marijuana: snack food sales.
Potato chip, cookie and ice cream sales all increased in Colorado, Oregon and Washington as recreational marijuana became legal in those states, according to a new study.
Specifically, chip sales increased 5.3%, while cookie sales climbed 4.1% and ice cream purchases increased 3.1% in the aftermath of legalization, professors from the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University determined using monthly retail scanner data from 2006 to 2016.
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Microwavable potato chips go on sale in Japan
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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

TOKYO
French fries are just the best, aren’t they? Especially when they’re served at room temperature…wait, no, I’ve got that wrong. It’s baked potatoes that taste best when they’re served without even a trace of warmth, right?
Of course not. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure that preferring either of those foods lukewarm is one of the tests they use to catch robots that are masquerading as human beings. So why, then, are we supposed to eat potato chips that aren’t warm?
Japanese snack maker Calbee asked itself that question, and was apparently unable to find a good answer. Instead, it’s come up with an awesome solution: potato chips sold in special bags that you pop into the microwave and heat up before eating.
Calbee’s new Renji de (“In the Microwave”) series went on sale Feb 19, with the first offering being Renji de Poterich Rich Butter Soy Sauce Flavor, made with butter from Japan’s northern dairy island of Hokkaido.
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Avocado Chips Are Here to Make Every Other Snack Your Plan B
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Avocados are the most versatile food. Seriously, name one other ingredient that can be made into a pizza topping, ice cream, and beer. (Not to mention their impact on footwear.) And the spin-offs don't stop there—the fruit can also be transformed into a chip.
Yep, a company called AvoLov is selling the crunchy avocado snack you've been missing.

AvoLov avocado chips come in three flavors: pink Himalayan sea salt, chili and lime, and sriracha. While you've probably already come across potato chips made with avocado oil, these are different: They're made of dehydrated avocado and tapioca flour, which make them on the fluffier side (for chips). Plus, they're gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly, and vegan according to AvoLov's website. And at $4.99 a bag, they might even be cheaper than buying an avocado itself. (Related: Is It Possible to Eat Too Much Avocado?)
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RAP SNACKS POTATO CHIPS REVEAL FOUR NEW CARDI B FLAVORS
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With her recent, historic win at this year’s Grammy Awards, potato chip company Rap Snacks knows that Cardi B, the award-winning femcee from the BX, is all that and a bag of chips!
Rap Snacks, the company that uses rappers to promote the brand’s different flavors, has now boosted its inventory by putting out four different flavors of Cardi B chips. The “Bodak Yellow” rapstress is the first rapper to get four different flavor choices from the company.
“Cardi B being featured on Rap Snacks is truly a great fit for what our brand stands for. Rap Snacks is a brand that embraces the evolving Hip Hop culture and promotes authenticity which mirrors what Cardi B represents. Just like Rap Snacks, Cardi B will always remain true to who she is,” says James Lindsay, Rap Snacks CEO.
Bardi’s chip flavors include Cheddar Bar-B-Que Flavored Potato Chips, Jerk BBQ Wavy Potato Chips, Honey Drip Butter Popcorn, and Habanero Hot Cheese Popcorn.
Her hubby and crew Migos will also be receiving their own new flavors complete with the dabs; Bar-B-Quin’ With My Honey With A Dab of Ranch Wavy Potato Chips and White Cheddar With A Dab of Ranch Cheese Puffs.
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We Live In A World Where Wasabi Ranch-Flavored Potato Chips Exist
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Have you cycled your way through all of Pringles' 21 crazy flavors? Great. You ready for something even wilder? Excellent. Kettle recently rolled out a new Wasabi Ranch Krinkle Cut potato chip, and they're nuts.
The chips, which have seemingly been on shelves since November and are just now going viral, are available nationwide. Each chip carries a "cool-yet-spicy" combination of flavors that's meant to fulfill every...wasabi- and ranch-loving human's wildest dreams, I suppose? Each bag is going for around $3.89.
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'Drinkable' potato chips: the products keeping your phone grease-free
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Pre-smashed One Hand Chips are far from the first to tailor the dining experience around our phone-centric lifestyles

Among the concerns facing today’s social media maven: how can one scroll through Instagram and enjoy a bag of potato chips without getting their phone all greasy?

It’s a dilemma Steve Jobs was never able to solve, but that hasn’t stopped today’s innovators. A Japanese snack company is offering chips that require only a single hand to consume – and you don’t have to touch the chips at all. The Tokyo company Koike-ya is behind One Hand Chips, which come pre-smashed so that you can essentially drink them, according to the Wall Street Journal. Now you can swipe with clean hands, and while the calories pile up, you don’t have to waste valuable energy chewing. As one enthusiast tells the paper: “I can just take it and chug it.”
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Lay’s Adds Beer Cheese, Flamin' Hot Dill Pickle, and Lime & Sea Salt Potato Chip Flavors
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And all three flavors are accompanied by their own remix of an exclusive Bebe Rexha song.
MIKE POMRANZ March 01, 2019
When you think of rock music, is the first flavor that comes to mind… beer cheese? Uh, maybe in retrospect? But regardless, Lay’s has just unleashed Kettle Cooked Classic Beer Cheese potato chips on the world, so let’s not get in the weeds as to why.
Potato chip giant Lay’s has announced its releasing three limited-edition flavors as part of its new “Turn Up the Flavor” campaign. The flavors themselves are pretty fun: the aforementioned Kettle Cooked Classic Beer Cheese, which offers a bit of a cheddar and sour cream vibe; Wavy Electric Lime and Sea Salt, giving the classic tortilla chip seasoning an enjoyable potato counterpoint; and Flamin’ Hot and Dill Pickle, which actually packs some heat while delivering a nice sour balance.
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We Tried 3 New Lay's Flavors. One of Them Is Beer Cheese.
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If the snack aisle was a high school giving out superlatives, Lay's would definitely be immortalized in the year book under "Biggest Overachiever." In addition to the nearly 30 core flavors that dominate shelves, the brand puts out limited-time only releases with alarming regularity, among them the annual Do Us a Flavor roster that most recently included Lobster Roll and Deep Dish Pizza

Now, a scant two days after we launched our definitive ranking of the 29 core flavors, the teacher's pet of the chip world has unleashed a limited "Turn Up the Flavor" trio of flavors, an apparent collaboration with pop star Bebe Rexha. Available through April, the flavors include Wavy Lime and Sea Salt, Flamin' Hot Dill Pickle, and Kettle Cooked Beer Cheese. As Thrillist's designated garbage disposal, I dusted off my Lay's tasting boots (look, everybody has a process) and chomped in. Here's how they stacked up. 
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Mumford’s potato chips to be sold again following discontinue scare
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Customers in Clark and Champaign counties can once again purchase kettle-cooked potato chips from a historic Urbana deli.

Mumford’s Potato Chips and Deli announced last week that it will sell Mumford’s Old-Fashioned Kettle Cooked Potato Chips again, following reports from last year that the brand may be discontinued.
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Lay's 'Turn-Up the Flavor': Music inspired Potato Chip Flavors
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March 2, 2019
Pop, Hip Hop, Rock: the popular music genres that have inspired fashion, culture and once-in-a-lifetime moments that transcend generations are now the inspiration for Lay's latest potato chip flavors.

Lay's – one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division – is known for delivering exciting flavor experiences to fans in unexpected ways and today the brand is announcing a flavor-meets-music experience like never before.

Lay's "Turn Up the Flavor" program is releasing three delicious limited-time flavors inspired by three beloved music genres – Pop, Hip Hop and Rock.

Each flavor will exclusively unlock a new song from one of the most musically-diverse artists in the music industry, Bebe Rexha.
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Meet the Second Springboard Incubator Program Class

Kraft Heinz Springboard Bets on Five More Companies to Shape the Future of Food and Opens Applications for Third Class

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PITTSBURGH & CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Springboard, a platform launched by Kraft Heinz in 2016 to nurture, scale, and accelerate growth of disruptive brands, announced its second Incubator Program class. The program was created to help nurture and develop the next generation of food & beverage brands, while staying close to entrepreneurs, new ideas and consumer trends. The second Incubator class continues the vision and includes Blake’s Seed Based, BRAMI, Ka-Pop! Ancient inGRAINed Snack Co™, Origin Almond®, and Tiny Giants.
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Actually, Salt Is the Only Flavor Potato Chips Need

Why can’t we just be happy with what we have, especially when what we have is so damn good?
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Welcome to Actually, a safe space for us to share our deeply-held but likely-unpopular opinions about food and drinks.
The potato chip is in peril, and it’s all your fault. You asked for prawn cocktail-flavored chips, for turkey stuffing, for mushroom soup. You asked for kettle-cooked, oven-baked, crinkle-cut. You asked for kale chips. Kale chips? Kale. Chips.
You sullied perfection, and now the only thing to do is to go back to the beginning.
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Utz Awarded 'Best New Snack Product of 2018' by Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery
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Pringles sues Tennessee, claims it overpaid state taxes by $2M
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NASHVILLE — Pringles says it erroneously overpaid its Tennessee taxes by $2.1 million and the company known for its potato chips is suing the state to recoup the money.
Pringles Manufacturing Company sued state Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano late last month in Davidson County Chancery Court. The Michigan-based company has a Jackson, Tennessee manufacturing facility.
Court filings say Pringles erroneously overpaid sales and use taxes from 2012 through 2015 on purchases that were actually tax exempt.
The lawsuit says Pringles filed a refund claim in December 2016, but Tennessee's Department of Revenue didn't determine the claim during the required six-month window, so it was deemed denied.

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Amazon To Expand Whole Foods: Is AmazonFresh Strategic? Will Amazon Acquire A Grocery Distributor?
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According to the Wall Street JournalAmazon is planning to build and expand Whole Foods stores across the U.S. to put more customers within range of the e-commerce giant’s two-hour delivery service. The push would bring Whole Foods to more suburbs and other areas where the natural grocer is quickly adding customers since the merger according to the WSJ. 
The report by the WSJ contains information similar to what I have written in multiple articles for Forbes related to Amazon and it's grocery ambitions.

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"From-the-farm": Beanitos launches high fiber, protein bean chip line
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11 Jan 2019 --- US-based healthy snacks producer Beanitos has launched a new bean chip line that is touted as delivering high on nutrition, fiber and plant-based protein. The Beanitos range delivers 5g of plant-based protein as well as 4g of fiber per serving. The company further positions the snack as sustainable and local, highlighting that the new recipe is based on whole beans sourced directly from American farmers.
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Hickory Farms introduced new branding
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CHICAGO, Jan. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the past 68 years, Hickory Farms has been a staple in the food gifting industry, known for its award-winning meats and cheeses. 2019 marks a transformational step in its growth and innovation as the company introduces entirely new branding to include a new logo, website and refreshed packaging for the brand's hundreds of gift boxes, baskets and crates.
“At Hickory Farms, we’re in the business of connecting people. We aspire to make food gifting effortless because we know that making connections through food is a meaningful intersection in our busy, fast-paced lives,” said Diane Pearse, CEO of Hickory Farms. “2019 marks an important year for Hickory Farms as our brand evolves with a modern look and feel that appeals to a broader audience with choices for every occasion.”
The new branding is the most recent manifestation of the ongoing transformation taking place at the company, tracing back to when Pearse joined as CEO in March 2016. Since then, the company has relocated its corporate headquarters to Chicago, invested in new technology platforms, and focused on rapidly growing its digital  marketing program. In addition, Pearse has focused on building a talented team committed to the company’s vision of “Being the Best Retailer in the Food Gifting Space.”  More than 50% of the team has joined the company since March 2016.
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Harvest Snaps - Updated Packaging, Flavors
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Product Snapshot: New Southern Style BBQ Black Bean Snack Crisps and White Cheddar Green Pea Snack Crisps will join the Original Lightly Salted Green Pea Snack Crisps in updated 10 oz packaging. Made with farm-direct vegetables as the first ingredient, each flavor features the same baked (never fried!) crunch and irresistible taste consumers love—just more of it! With 30-60 percent less fat than regular potato chips and only 130 calories per 22 crisps, these veggie-first snacks are made with high-quality ingredients and completely free of artificial flavors, colors, cholesterol, and the common allergens soy, nuts, wheat and eggs.
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Lay's Creamy Jalapeno Poppables are a New Spicy Snack with a Crispy Crunch
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When it comes to the sweet versus salty debate, I'm always team salt. Don't get me wrong — I love a good bowl of ice cream or a fudgy brownie. But when it comes to everyday snacks, I'm always going to reach for a bag of chips before I go for a cookie. So, when I found out that Lay's Creamy Jalapeño Poppables are hitting store shelves in early February, I knew I had to learn more about them. Any snack that combines heat, salt, and a good crunch is A-OK in my book.

Lay's new Creamy Jalapeño Poppables are coming soon and are going to be a permanent addition to the snack aisle, according to Lay's. The company took to Instagram to announce the launch of the new flavor. According to Jan. 16 post, Lay's plans to roll out the new Creamy Jalapeño Poppables starting on Monday, Feb. 4. Mondays are always such a drag, but this gives my palate something to look forward to. My guess is that you should be able to find this flavor anywhere Lay's products are sold such as Target, Walmart, and your favorite local grocery store. This flavor of Poppables will be sold in 2-ounce and 5-ounce bags, according to Lay's.
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First-ever Frito-Lay U.S. Snack Index Reveals Super Bowl Snacking Picks
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Potato chips, tortilla chips and salsa win on game day, while spicy and cheesy snacks are MVPs with younger consumers

Just as Americans are finalizing game day plans for Super Bowl Sunday, Frito-Lay North America today announced its inaugural U.S. Snack Index – a poll asking consumers what they plan to snack on during this year's big game.  
According to retail sales data, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the single-largest retail sales days for snacks at many supermarkets. So, Frito-Lay, the division of PepsiCo producing Doritos, Cheetos, Tostitos and more, is listening so it can continue to delight consumers with many snacking options.  
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First-ever Frito-Lay U.S. Snack Index Reveals Super Bowl Snacking Picks
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Potato chips, tortilla chips and salsa win on game day, while spicy and cheesy snacks are MVPs with younger consumers

Just as Americans are finalizing game day plans for Super Bowl Sunday, Frito-Lay North America today announced its inaugural U.S. Snack Index – a poll asking consumers what they plan to snack on during this year's big game.  
According to retail sales data, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the single-largest retail sales days for snacks at many supermarkets. So, Frito-Lay, the division of PepsiCo producing Doritos, Cheetos, Tostitos and more, is listening so it can continue to delight consumers with many snacking options.  
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First-Ever Frito-Lay U.S. Snack Index Reveals Super Bowl Snacking Picks
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Potato Chips, Tortilla Chips and Salsa Win on Game Day, while Spicy and Cheesy Snacks are MVPs with Younger Consumers

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PLANO, Texas, Jan. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as Americans are finalizing game day plans for Super Bowl Sunday, Frito-Lay North America today announced its inaugural U.S. Snack Index – a poll asking consumers what they plan to snack on during this year's big game.  
According to retail sales data, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the single-largest retail sales days for snacks at many supermarkets. So, Frito-Lay, the division of PepsiCo producing Doritos, Cheetos, Tostitos and more, is listening so it can continue to delight consumers with many snacking options.  
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Doritos Debuts Super Bowl Collaboration Between Chance The Rapper and The Backstreet Boys
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PLANO, Texas, Jan. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Doritos, one of the flagship brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, today unveiled its campaign and advertisement for Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3. Titled "Now It's Hot," the creative (watch here) showcases a never-before-heard remix by Chance The Rapper of the Backstreet Boys' massive hit "I Want It That Way," the first time the pop group has ever collaborated to remake a hip-hop version of their legendary music video. A :30 version will air during the CBS broadcast of the game.
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Indra Nooyi Completes Retirement; Laguarta Named PepsiCo Chairman
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PepsiCo's board of directors in January elected Ramon Laguarta, CEO and a member of the board, to serve as chairman of the board effective Feb. 1. That will relieve Indra Nooyi of her final role with the company.
Last August, PepsiCo revealed Nooyi's plans to retire from the company she's worked at for 24 years,12 as CEO. At that time, Laguarta was named to replace her as CEO, a title he formally got Oct. 3, while Nooyi would continue as chairman into early 2019.
Laguarta has 22 years at the company. He will become just the sixth CEO and/or chairman in PepsiCo's 53-year history. Prior to Nooyi, chairman/CEOs were Steven Reinemund, Roger Enrico and Wayne Calloway. After the merger that created PepsiCo from Frito-Lay Co. and Pepsi Cola Co., Herman Lay was the first chairman while Donald Kendall was CEO.
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Doritos Flamin' Hot Nacho
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Doritos, a brand from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, released its latest bold flavor — Doritos Flamin' Hot Nacho. For the first time on a tortilla chip nationwide, the new flavor offers a combination of the popular hot and spicy flavor of flamin' hot and the flavor of original nacho cheese.
"Doritos Flamin' Hot Nacho is a new, unique flavor that gives fans the essence of the original Doritos Nacho Cheese with a flamin' hot kick we know snackers love," said Leslie Vesper, senior director of marketing, Frito-Lay North America. "We're excited to bring together two of our most popular flavors just in time to spice up the snack aisle for the new year."
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Flamin' Hot Nacho is Doritos' latest push into the hot & spicy food category, one of the fastest-growing segments in the food industry. Flamin' Hot Nacho's taste experience starts with the original nacho cheese flavor fans know and love, followed by a kick of heat that continues to build.
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Clancy’s Dill Pickle Potato Chips, $1.79
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Aldi Just Leaked Info on Dozens of New Items That Are Coming Soon
Aldi gave us a sneak peek at the special Aldi Finds that will be rolling in and out of stores next month. Among them:

Clancy’s Dill Pickle Potato Chips, $1.79

If you like pickles and you like potato chips, you probably can’t go wrong with these. They’re part of Aldi’s snack sampling for basketball-viewing parties, and given that we love other Clancy’s chips, we have high hopes for them.
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PopCorners FLEX Protein Crisps and Flourish Veggie Crisps
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The makers of PopCorners®, BFY Brands, announced the launch of two never-fried, gluten-free, air-popped crisps that combine function with flavor. Designed for people who want their snacks to work as hard as they do, PopCorners FLEX™ Protein Crisps pack 10g of protein per serving and are available in bold flavors including Buffalo and Barbeque. PopCorners Flourish™ Veggie Crisps are made with farm fresh vegetables like kale, beets, and cauliflower and come in four light and tasty flavors including Greens & Beans, Roasted Beets, Toasted Cauliflower, and Harvest Kale.
The healthy new snacks are inspired by PopCorners' mantra which is found at the top of every brightly colored bag: Do One Better™. This mantra demonstrates the brand's commitment to providing high-quality products made with the best ingredients that help their fans take small steps toward living their best life - whether that's running a little farther, laughing a little louder, or snacking a little healthier.
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Pringles snacks on 6.4% engagement jump with Super Bowl connected TV push
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Dive Brief:
  • Kellogg chip brand Pringles ran an interactive, livestreaming connected TV (CTV) campaign during the Super Bowl, created with CBS Interactive and Innovid, according to details shared with Marketing Dive. The campaign served two versions of shoppable experiences, allowing viewers to interact with them via the CBS Sports app on Apple TV.
  • One version of the campaign, which changed a city name based on a user's geography and revealed different Pringles chip combinations upon swiping, generated over 6.4% engagement, four times higher than Innovid's benchmark. Households swiped the ad an average of six times each time they saw it.
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Doritos towel bag makes snacking tidier
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Orange you glad about this new Dorito bag?
While most packaging innovations focus on things like sustainability or freshness, Strauss Frito Lay has introduced one to the market to help consumers with a real problem: Dorito fingers.
The Israel-based joint venture with PepsiCo's snacking division has introduced a bag for the bright orange chips
made out of a terry cloth towel. Consumers can put a bag of Doritos inside the towel bag, munch on the chips, then wipe their hands on the bag to avoid leaving greasy orange dust on everything they touch. The bag is reusable and machine washable — making it de facto sustainable packaging.
So far, the towel bag has been popular with gamers. It's not yet widely available, and there's no word on whether it will be coming to the U.S. market.
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Bare Snacks® To Debut New Medleys at 2019 Natural Products Expo West
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San Francisco, Calif. – Bare Snacks®, creator of delicious Snacks Gone Simple®, has announced that it will debut a line of baked, never fried fruit and coconut chip blends at Natural Products Expo West: NEW bare® Medleys. Available in two varieties, bare® Medley Pineapple Chips & Coconut Chips and bare® Medley Apple Chips & Strawberry Chips, these new snacks unite two fan-favorite flavors in each bag for a deliciously baked, never fried crunchy snack mix. Attendees of Expo West are invited to visit the Bare Snacks booth #5220 for samples and more information.
Remaining true to its philosophy of “less is more,” bare’s new Medleys are made with simple ingredients and no preservatives. As bare’s first-ever baked fruit and coconut chip mixes, the line offers consumers a Baked Crunchy™ upgrade to mundane fruit snacks. The two new mixes will begin shipping to retailers nationwide this summer.

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Finally! Doritos makes a chip bag that cleans your dusty fingers
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We’ve all been there. Elbow deep in a bag of Doritos, with the sudden need to touch something other than yet another fistful of dust-drenched chips. A quick look left, right, up, down. That’s the moment you decide to wipe those filthy munchie mitts on your shirt, your pants, the couch, anything so you can answer the phone, grab the game controller, find the TV remote–whatever  is demanding that the snacking cease.
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Fungi snacks: Shrooms launches “adventurous” mushroom snack lineup
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12 Feb 2019 --- South Mill Champs, one of the US’ largest mushroom growers, has launched a new snack food venture, Shrooms Snacks. The brand aims to provide adventurous tasting, better-for-you snacks using mushrooms grown and handpicked at the South Mill farms in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, US, also known as the “mushroom capital of the world.” The launch comes as plant-based snacking continues to make waves in the food industry, showing large-scale opportunities for growth.
Consumer awareness regarding the health benefits and versatility of mushrooms are some of the key factors influencing the growth of the mushroom market at present. The growing interest in plant-based products and the fact that many consumers are looking to reduce their meat consumption by swapping meat dishes for alternatives is driving mushroom innovation. 
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Cereal demand isn't 'Grrreat,' but Kellogg says it 'can live with' that
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Kellogg Co. is at peace with cereal’s diminished status in America’s pantries, acknowledging that it’s unlikely to undergo a renaissance as consumers branch out to other kinds of breakfast food.
In 10 years, demand for the company’s signature product “is not going to be dramatically different,” CEO Steve Cahillane said in an interview. But he said cereal, even without dynamic growth, will always have a place in U.S. kitchens.
Kellogg isn’t putting all its eggs in one basket, however, and sees other areas — like its push into single-serve pack formats of products like Pringles and Cheez-Its — fueling revenue growth.

“If cereal’s flat, we can live with that,” he said.


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Fungi Snacks: Shrooms launches adventurous mushroom snack lineup
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12 Feb 2019 --- South Mill Champs, one of the US’ largest mushroom growers, has launched a new snack food venture, Shrooms Snacks. The brand aims to provide adventurous tasting, better-for-you snacks using mushrooms grown and handpicked at the South Mill farms in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, US, also known as the “mushroom capital of the world.” The launch comes as plant-based snacking continues to make waves in the food industry, showing large-scale opportunities for growth.

Consumer awareness regarding the health benefits and versatility of
mushrooms are some of the key factors influencing the growth of the mushroom market at present. The growing interest in plant-based products and the fact that many consumers are looking to reduce their meat consumption by swapping meat dishes for alternatives is driving mushroom innovation. 
According to Innova Market Insights, the so-called fresh appeal also exists in snacking, with 13 percent average annual growth being reported for fruit and vegetables with snack claims globally (2013-2017).
Sixty-six percent of US consumers say they love to discover new flavors (Consumer Study 2018, Innova Market Insights).
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Beloved Israeli snack prepares to take bigger bite out of American market
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Generations of Israeli kids grew up eating peanut butter-flavored snack Bamba. Now, manufacturer Osem is negotiating a distribution agreement that could make the snack as wildly popular with American kids

By Navit Zomer, Ynet News via The Calcalist

Bamba, a peanut butter-flavored puffed corn snack, is synonymous with Israeli childhood. Generations of Israeli kids grew up eating Bamba—which is considered highly nutritious and is often credited with lowering peanut allergy rates in the country—since it was introduced in the 1960s.

A 2017 blog post by the U.S. National Institute of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins discussing the rise in peanut allergy in the U.S. suggests exposing babies to peanut-containing foods as early as four to six months of age as a means of inoculation. The post lists Bamba as one of the foods shown to reduce the occurrence of peanut allergy.
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Pass the Chips and Dip! Snacking and the Super Bowl 
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For the second year, SNAC International, the international trade association for the snack industry, examined just how many snacks Americans purchased for the Super Bowl. 
“The Super Bowl is primetime for the entire snack industry. Our members, including snack producers and their suppliers prepare for this monumental snacking holiday months in advance,” said Elizabeth Avery, President & CEO, SNAC International.  “Across the country each year, Americans gather around a party spread highlighted by their favorite snacks. SNAC member companies are proud to play such an integral part in the fun and celebration.”
The week leading up to the Super Bowl is huge for the snack marketers, with sales spiking as shoppers sprint to the snack aisle.  Snacking is a year-round habit and an increasingly important part of consumers’ lifestyles.  But year after year in terms of snack sales and consumption, only the 4th of July can compete with the Big Game.
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The Good Crisp Announces Investment to Fuel 2019 Expansion
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BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Good Crisp Company, a brand of guilt free stacked chips, today announced the closing of a new round of financing from CircleUp Growth Partners, a leading venture fund for innovative early-stage consumer brands. Spurred by consumer demand for simpler, cleaner ingredients, The Good Crisp Company is taking on the $8 billion potato chip market with its line of stacked chips that are certified gluten and GMO-free, and do not include any artificial flavors, flavor enhancers or colors. The infusion of capital will be used to scale the team, increase brand awareness and continue to grow distribution.
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Quevos On Finding a Niche Market in Better-For-You-Snacks
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Consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands are putting a new spin on old snacking favorites designed to appeal to health-minded consumers — and those with special dietary needs. Among emerging brands following this trend is Quevos, a startup that is making chips with egg whites. Quevos Co-Founder Zack Schreier told PYMNTS.com in an interview that his product is “a crispy crunchy chip about the size of a Wheat Thin in thickness and in the actual shape.”
Schreier, who co-founded the company with Nick Hamburger, said eggs were always good no-carb option for him and suited his dietary needs as someone with diabetes. He particularly liked the crispy flakes of egg whites that coated a pan after he made omelets. That crust, he realized, had a crunch that was similar to that of a chip. And he thought that if he made a chip out of that kind of food, he could have great no-carb or low-carb food that was unlike anything that those who have diabetes can access. But he soon realized that such a product had a larger market that that: It could appeal to people on, say, the Keto diet as well.
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Campbell Soup Co., maker of Cape cod Potato Chips, Names New President/CEO
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CAMDEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Mark A. Clouse, 50, as President and CEO of Campbell effective Jan. 22, 2019. Clouse, who previously served as CEO of Pinnacle Foods, Inc., will succeed Campbell’s interim President and CEO Keith McLoughlin, who will remain a Director of the company and will work closely with Clouse to ensure a seamless transition. Clouse also has been elected a Director.
Clouse brings more than 20 years of experience in the food industry, holding senior management positions at leading companies with iconic center-store brands, including Mondel─ôz International, Inc., Kraft Foods Inc. and Pinnacle Foods. Throughout his career, Clouse has consistently demonstrated an ability to enhance growth and create shareholder value through investments in a company’s existing brands and through acquisitions.
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Dieffenbach's Potato Chips Inc. Partners With VivaKids to Fight Hunger
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WOMELSDORF, Pa., July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dieffenbach's Potato Chips announced today that they will be partnering with VivaKids to help fight hunger around the world by reducing food waste.
"We are extremely excited about partnering with
VivaKids, in conjunction with launching our new brand of kettle chips, called 'UGLIES,'" said Nevin Dieffenbach, CEO of Dieffenbach's Potato Chips.

The "
UGLIES" brand is focused on reducing food waste to fulfill the purpose of feeding the hungry. As reported by National Geographic, "About a third of the planet's food goes to waste, often because of its looks. That's enough to feed two billion people." The partnership with VivaKids aligns the purpose of our new brand with the purpose of VivaKids. "We believe there couldn't be a better match," said Dwight Zimmerman, VP of Sales and Marketing at Dieffenbach's.

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Zapp’s® Mesquite Bar-B-Que Potato Chips Named Grand Champion at The Chip Festival

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Chip Festival, held annually in Saratoga Springs, the birthplace of the potato chip, announces Zapp’s® New Orleans Kettle Style Mesquite Bar-B-Que Potato Chips as the Grand Champion of The Chip Festival’s Contest.
“Our Team could not be more proud of winning The Chip Festival’s Best Overall Chip”
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Sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, The Chip Festival celebrates the birthplace and heritage of potato chips and their connection to Saratoga Springs. Local legend has it that the potato chip was invented in The Spa City in the 1850’s. With chip lovers in mind, The Chip Festival offers visitors samples of all types of potato chips and others snack foods at its annual event. And, with an expert panel of judges, the best potato chips are judged based on a number of categories.

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PepsiCo began making deliveries with self-driving robots
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The chip and beverage maker says it will start making deliveries with self-driving robots on Thursday at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Students will be able to order Baked Lay's, SunChips or Bubly sparkling water on an app, and then meet the six-wheeled robot at more than 50 locations on campus.

Other companies have been using self-driving vehicles to deliver food. Last month, supermarket operator Kroger announced it would start delivering groceries in a driverless vehicle from a store in Scottsdale, Arizona.


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Policies aimed at removing unhealthy snacks from checkouts could lead to a dramatic reduction in consumption
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Policies aimed at removing sweets and crisps from checkouts could lead to a dramatic reduction to the amount of unhealthy food purchased to eat 'on the go' and a significant reduction in that purchased to take home, suggests new research led by the University of Cambridge.
The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, found that 17% fewer small packages of sugary confectionary, chocolate and potato crisps were bought and taken home from supermarkets immediately after introducing a checkout food policy. Even more dramatically, 76% fewer purchases were bought and eaten 'on-the-go' from supermarkets with checkout food policies compared to those without.


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In Japan, Koikeya finally offers a potato chip with LESS flavour: 'barefaced' potato chips
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Ever wished you could get a little less flavor on your chip? Wish no more; now you can experience them as nature intended, lightly fried in oil.

Koikeya is one of the most renowned snack companies in Japan, and has done everything possible to stay abreast of customers’ potato cravings in their illustrious career. Their classic salt and seaweed chips have been satisfying snack urges since 1962 and they’ve jazzed up their flavors and presentations a number of times.


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Salty snacks market continues growth through grab-and-go and flavor diversity
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Thanks to Americans’ increasingly hectic lifestyles, sales of grab-and-go items like salty snacks, including chips, popcorn and pretzels, are increasing, according to the June 2018 “Salty Snacks: U.S. Market Trends and Opportunities” report from Packaged Facts. Convenience is cited as a top purchase driver.

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Campbell Soup, maker of Cape Cod Potato Chips, is reportedly working toward a deal with investor Third Point
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Campbell Soup is working toward a deal with Third Point that would add two of the activist fund’s nominees to its board, former Blue Buffalo CEO Kurt Schmidt and Comscore President Sarah Hofstetter, a person familiar with the situation told CNBC.
Campbell shareholders are set to meet on Thursday.

The potential settlement would mark a muted victory for Dan Loeb’s Third Point, which has a roughly 7 percent stake in Campbell. Third Point pushed for a sale of the soup company before saying it would accept other strategic moves. It went from lobbying to replace Campbell’s entire 12-member board to seeking to add only five directors.
As part of the deal, Campbell would expand the size of its board by at least two board seats, the person said Sunday. Campbell can expand it to 14 with board approval. Its bylaws could be amended to boost the board even more.

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RBC Capital Markets believes Campbell's, maker of Cape Cod Potato Chips,  should cash in on the instant pot craze.
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Campbell Soup Co., which is struggling to grow its iconic soup business, might want to consider jumping on the Instant Pot craze with some of its other products, RBC Capital Markets analysts said Friday.
Campbell CPB, -0.14% reported sales of $1.2 billion in the meals and beverages category for the fiscal first quarter. Organic sales fell 5%, which the company attributed to the U.S. soup business, Prego pasta sauces and the Canada region.
On the earnings call this week, Keith McLoughlin, interim chief executive, said the company’s “top priority is to stabilize and improve the performance of [its] soup business.”
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Pringles' Thanksgiving Dinner chips available for a limited time
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Pringles is releasing a line of chips with Thanksgiving dinner-themed flavors after the success of a test line last year.
Parent company Kellogg announced the news Monday.
In 2017, the company tested eight Thanksgiving-themed flavors: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, creamed corn, green bean casserole, mac and cheese and pumpkin pie. Turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie made the cut.
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Pipers Crisps doubles packaging speeds and reduces waste with installation tna robag FX 3ci VFFS
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Gourmet chips manufacturer, Pipers Crisps Ltd, has doubled its packaging capacity and reduced waste thanks to the installation of high speed packaging solutions from tna.

The new installation has enabled Pipers Crisps to increase productivity, while maintaining the highest level of product quality through enhanced seal integrity.

Based in Brigg, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, Pipers Crisps was established in 2004 by three farmers who joined forces to produce great tasting, quality chips using local potatoes.
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U.S. Potato Chips Market to See 4.4% Sales Gains by 2025
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DUBLIN, Oct. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
The
"U.S. Potato Chips Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Flavor (Flavored, Plain/Salted), By Distribution Channel (Supermarket, Convenience Stores), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
The U.S potato chips market size is expected to reach USD 11.31 billion by 2025, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period.
Rising number of flavors and surging demand for quick snacks are poised to contribute to the market during the forecast period. Moreover, rising disposable income and busy lifestyles of consumers are likely to fuel growth prospects of the market in the U.S.
Plain/Salted emerged as the largest product segment in the U.S potato chips market. The flavored segment is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 5.8% from 2017 to 2025. The flavored segment includes a wide spectrum of chips including barbecue, sour cream & onion, salt & vinegar, hot and spicy, and dill pickle.

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Brussel sprout flavored potato chips
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Chick-fil-A adds 'Waffle Potato Chips,' new catering options
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Chick-fil-A continues to tinker with its offerings, adding five items to its menu and catering options nationwide.
Waffle Potato Chips and a 30-count chicken nugget box are among the additions to the Atlanta-based chain's restaurant menus, while the catering options include a Grilled Chicken Bundle and a Spicy Chilled Grilled Chicken Sub Sandwich. The
new menu items are available starting today.
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Seyfert’s, iconic Indiana maker of potato chips and other snacks, to cease operations
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FORT WAYNE Ind. – Seyfert’s, which has produced snacks for Hoosiers for more than 80 years, will soon cease operations.
According to WPTA, the Fort Wayne-based company is no longer profitable and will be shut down. Sources told the TV station that the company explored several options, including a possible sale, but ultimately decided to close.
THINK PINK
It’s October, which means the colors are changing.

In nature, there are browns, reds, oranges and yellows as autumn takes hold.

Everywhere else, there’s pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means that items ranging from accessories to sporting gear are turning pink. And food is no exception.

Some of the new pink offerings are rose-colored spins on already popular flavors, like Cape Cod Potato Chips Pink Himalayan Salt & Red Wine Vinegar chips. While the bag is perfectly pink, the kettle-cooked chips appear to be normal colored — though 5% of the proceeds from the limited-batch flavor go to the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dippin' Dots and Doc Popcorn are also getting into the pink, but not through their individual products. Each location is collecting funds in-store to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a cause inspired by CEO Scott Fischer's mother's struggles with the disease.

However, Doc Popcorn isn't leaving the unofficial color of the season behind. The shop is selling a pink PopBucket — which holds about eight cups of popcorn — from which $4 from the proceeds will be donated to the foundation.

— Megan Poinski
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Walkers launch UK’s first crisp packet recycling scheme after public call to action

08 Oct 2018 --- PepsiCo's Walkers brand is set to launch the UK’s first nationwide recycling scheme for crisp packets. Consumers will be encouraged to either drop off their packets at one of the hundreds of public access collection points that will be developed all around the country or alternatively post them for free directly to TerraCycle for recycling. The move comes after intense public pressure for Walkers to address the volume of plastic waste generated through its packaging.
Under the scheme, developed in partnership with the recycling company TerraCycle, all crisp packets will be accepted. Once the packets have been collected they will be cleaned, shredded and turned into small plastic pellets which will then be converted into useful plastic items, such as benches and fence posts.

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Local company goes from kitchen to supermarket
SPRINGFIELD — 
In just a few years, a Clark County couple went from making homemade potato chips on their kitchen counter to distributing thousands of bags to some of the largest grocery chains in Ohio.
The success of Rue Farms Rustic Potato Chips is particularly surprising because until December 2012, owners Matt and Jeanne Rue, of Springfield, rarely ever ate potato chips. But they felt bad after their daughter bought them a deep fryer for Christmas that year, and made a small batch just to find some use for the appliance.
Now, the company sells its locally-made, kettle-cooked chips at grocers like Whole Foods, Kroger and Jungle Jim’s, as well as numerous smaller stores statewide, including the gift shop at the Ohio Statehouse.
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Jim Krumel: The ‘potato chip man’ makes a point
Marv Adams will forever be known to me as the “potato chip man.”
The truth is, the Elida resident is more than that.
He’s actually quite a character.
But we’ll get to that in a moment. For now, it’s about potato chips and the telephone conversation with Adams last week.
“I’m 78, and my wife, Sue, is 74. If there’s one thing in life we enjoy, it’s Lay’s potato chips. We always buy the largest size available,” he began.
A fan of the chip myself, he had my attention.
“Recently, we noticed the chips were extra salty, which causes us problems since we both have been cutting salt intake … you know, those cotton-pickin’ doctor’s orders. So I called Lay’s and complained about too much salt. The staffer said she would forward our complaint to the production engineers and that she would also send us several coupons worth $4.29 each for alerting them about the problem.”
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Fans of Mrs. Fisher’s potato chips gobble them up by the bagful
ROCKFORD — The promise of warm, salty Mrs. Fisher’s potato chips served fresh off the line prompted people to line up outside the Fulton Avenue factory Monday morning before the company opened its doors at 8 a.m. for a special sale.
“People were buying them to take to their coworkers,” said Christopher Spiess, vice president of Mrs. Fisher’s Inc.
That’s what happens when the chips are named
one of the five best regional potato chip brands by Rachel Ray’s magazine Rachel Ray Every Day.
The company’s Hot Bag Sale gave fans the chance to purchase one-pound bags of regular chips fresh from the factory.
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Herr’s Old Bay Hot Potato Chips
Herr’s latest offering combines Old Bay Hot seasoning with its classic potato chips. According to Herr’s, it is the only company that provides authentic Old Bay seasoning on potato chips. Herr's also offers Old Bay Cheese Balls and Old Bay Kettle Chips. Herr’s Old Bay Hot Potato Chips have notes of cayenne and black pepper. The product retails for $4.29 for a 9-ounce bag.
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Sterzing’s Potato Chips issues an apology for recent years’ chip taste
BURLINGTON, Iowa -- Sterzing's Potato Chips is a regional staple that has been around since the mid-1930s. The taste was iconic for many loyal customers until 2015. Now, they've issued an apology for their customers, past, present and future.
The company issued a statement yesterday, Sept. 27, in which they apologized for the flavor of their chips as they went through a change in frying oil.
"With this transition, we were working with food scientists and other experts to change and tweak the product almost weekly to bring a quality product that would satisfy our customers," the statement read.
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Lay’s Is Releasing Eight Regionally Specific Potato Chips
Here’s an offbeat reason to take a cross-country road trip this summer (as if you needed another reason): Lay’s is releasing eight new potato chip flavors inspired by distinct regional tastes across the U.S.
Lay’s Cajun Spice (Central Gulf) chips feature the mix of garlic, paprika, onion and oregano associated with Jambalaya and Blackened Cajun dishes. Chile Con Queso (Texoma, Mountain, SoCal) flavor is all about Tex-Mex cheesiness. Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice (Mid-Atlantic) will provide a taste of a crab fest with no mallet necessary. The Deep Dish Pizza (Heartland & Mid-America) flavor was inspired by the recipe used for Chicago pizza chain Giordano’s. Fried Pickles with Ranch (Midwest) is intended to evoke a favorite flavor of Midwestern state fairs.
New England Lobster Roll (Northeast) flavor aims to convey lobster on a grilled, buttered roll. Pimento Cheese (Southeast) chips summon the taste of cheddar cheese with a kick of cayenne pepper. The hot hit of heat in the Thai Sweet Chili (Pacific Northwest) flavor has been inspired by the Pacific Northwest food-truck scene.
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Lobster Roll potato chips: Do they stack up to the real thing?
By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff • August 2, 2018 10:49 am
Updated: August 8, 2018 3:15 pm
If you want an unvarnished opinion, you should ask a Mainer.
If you want an unvarnished opinion about lobster in particular, then you
definitely should ask a Mainer.

When Lay’s Potato Chips announced that one of the eight limited-edition flavors for their annual “Do Us A Flavor” potato chip flavor contest in 2018 would be called “New England Lobster Roll,” the Bangor Daily News naturally decided to ask a few Mainers to try them and share their thoughts.
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Fastest-Growing Potato-Chip Brands in C-Stores
CHICAGO -- Frito-Lay continues to dominate the potato-chip category, especially in convenience stores. Eight of the 20 best-selling chip brands in c-stores during the past year belong to the PepsiCo-owned label, according to data from Chicago-based research firm IRI. And when it came to which brands grew the most during this time frame, the Plano, Texas-based manufacturer took three of the top five spots. Additionally, Frito-Lay controls roughly 60% of today’s U.S. salty-snack retail sales, according to research firm Packaged Facts, Rockville, Md.

But Frito-Lay wasn’t the only chip maker that saw a surge in c-store sales during the past year. Here are the top chip brands with the highest c-store unit-sales increase since August 2017, based on research from IRI …

Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock
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Cape Cod Potato Chips lays off 21 workers from facility in Hyannis
By Tim Jones tjones@masslive.com
Twenty-one people were laid off from the Cape Cod Potato Chips facility in Hyannis following a decision to upgrade old equipment at the site, according to the Cape Cod Times.
The layoffs of more than a quarter of the workers at the Cape Cod Potato Chips facility in Hyannis at a meeting at the Resort and Conference Center Wednesday. Workers who didn't want to be identified told the Cape Cod Times that they expected the layoffs to happen.
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Calbee UK acquires Seabrook's potato chip brand
Calbee UK, the UK subsidiary of the Japanese snack food giant has acquired UK potato chips producer Seabrook Crisps for an undisclosed sum. According to Calbee, Seabrook's 'iconic' brand of potato chips - which includes straight cut, crinkle cut and lattice chips, as well as low-calorie snacks - will make a good addition to its own portfolio.
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Dieffenbach's Potato Chips Adding New Jobs and Expanding Capacity
WOMELSDORF, Pa., Sept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Dieffenbach's Potato Chips Inc. announced today that their latest production facility is officially live. The multi-million dollar project has been in the works for the past year and a half. The project includes both a new distribution center and additional production lines. In total, the new facility is 106,000 square feet and will house the company's DSD (Direct Store Delivery) operations, their national distribution for both company and private label brands, and a new state of the art manufacturing line that is capable of processing more than 15 million lbs of potatoes annually. The future plans for the site would increase that capacity to 200 million lbs. Nevin Dieffenbach, the CEO of Dieffenbach's, said that the new plant was the next logical step in the company's long term growth strategy. He added that with the recent growth of the business, the company is in need of 30-40 additional employees, with jobs available at both our Womelsdorf site and the new Bethel Facility. Dieffenbach's is excited about the growth of their business because they truly enjoy making great snacks, and love being able to add more faces to the Dieffenbach team. Nevin states, "I'm the 3rd generation to run the business over the past 50+ years, and we want everyone that comes to work for us, to feel like they are part of our family."
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Utz expands snack food distribution in Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE — Utz Quality Foods, L.L.C. is partnering with Z.T. Distribution, Inc. to deliver Utz snack foods to Wisconsin retailers via direct-store delivery. Products to be distributed include potato chips, pretzels, cheese balls and tortilla chips.
“The Cheeseheads have spoken, and they want more Utz snacks, especially Utz brand Cheese Balls,” said James Tanking, senior vice-president of sales, Utz Quality Foods. “We are really excited about the reaction our Utz snack foods have received in Wisconsin. And with the help of Z.T. Distribution and retail partners, we now have the means to ensure consumers get the snacks they seek; Utz potato chips and cheese ball barrels are just a few of the many requested.”
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Utz Quality Foods Becomes Penn State® Snack Foods Partner
HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC. today announces a new sponsorship agreement with The Pennsylvania State University in support of Penn State® Athletics. Beginning with this fall’s football season, Utz® will access a range of media and stadium assets across multiple sports along with co-branded, collectable snack food packages.

“Given our long-standing roots in Pennsylvania, Utz® snacks go hand-in-hand with Penn State® sporting events, tailgates, and related family gatherings. Fans are going to love our new co-branded and collectible Utz® / Penn State® potato chip and pretzels packages.”
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“As a proud Nittany Lion alum working with numerous other alumni here at Utz®, we are extremely proud to become a partner of Penn State® Athletics; It’s a winning combination,” said Mark Schreiber, EVP and Chief Customer Officer at Utz Quality Foods, LLC. “Given our long-standing roots in Pennsylvania, Utz® snacks go hand-in-hand with Penn State® sporting events, tailgates, and related family gatherings. Fans are going to love our new co-branded and collectible Utz® / Penn State® potato chip and pretzels packages.”
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Utz Quality Foods Extends Partnership with Carolina Basketball
Utz Quality Foods, LLC., a long-standing corporate partner of the University of North Carolina Athletics and Carolina Basketball, today announced a three-year extension of its team sponsorship. As part of its renewed relationship, Utz Quality Foods will become the presenting sponsor of "Late Night with Roy". The Roy Williams-led event, the official tip-off of the basketball season, is an annual event open to alumni and fans alike in celebration of Carolina Basketball.
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PepsiCo India Launches 3D Cheetos in Bid to Double Salty Snack Sales in Four Years
PepsiCo India has rolled out Cheetos Ocean Safari to compete with rival snack products bundled with gifts. Read Douglas Yu's full article in Bakery and Snacks.
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PepsiCo's Pep Worx Data and Analytics Platform Used by Kroger, Dollar General, Others
  • An advanced data platform from PepsiCo is helping supermarkets and other food and beverage retailers get to know their customers better. Called Pep Worx, the cloud-based data and analytics solution assists retailers in making more informed decisions on PepsiCo product assortments, merchandising and other point-of-sale areas by identifying valuable shoppers by location.  Read more in Supermarket News.
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Pepsi rushes into football season with experiential Tailgate Tour, video push
  • Chickpea snack brand Hippeas announced Tuesday that Joe Serventi, who joined the company in 2017 as general manager, is promoted to global CEO, according to a press release from the company.
  • The brand, which launched in July 2016 in Starbucks stores, is currently available in nearly 100,000 retail locations and has seen triple digit growth in the last year. Hippeas can now be found at retailers including Whole Foods, Wegmans and Kroger, and recently it secured distribution in select CVS, Target and Costco stores.
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Is Hippeas trying to see which Big Food player will give peas a chance?
  • Chickpea snack brand Hippeas announced Tuesday that Joe Serventi, who joined the company in 2017 as general manager, is promoted to global CEO, according to a press release from the company.
  • The brand, which launched in July 2016 in Starbucks stores, is currently available in nearly 100,000 retail locations and has seen triple digit growth in the last year. Hippeas can now be found at retailers including Whole Foods, Wegmans and Kroger, and recently it secured distribution in select CVS, Target and Costco stores.
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The Best Tortilla Chips Have No Corn at All
While I have a shockingly controllable sweet tooth, I am a devout lover of crunchy, salty snacks. They are the thing I reach for time and time again when the munchies hit. Of course, not just any salty snack will do. Crackers are totally acceptable now and then, as are potato chips. What I really want, though, all of the time, is tortilla chips. This brand of tortilla chips, specifically.
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PepsiCo India aims to double revenue from snacks business in 4 years
Food and beverages major PepsiCo India is aiming to double revenue from its snacks business in India in the next four years by expanding its product portfolio and reach in the country. Further, the company will start an experimental project on its biodegradable packaging material in one of the cities in North India by the end of this year, said a management official.
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PepsiCo plans to reduce sodium content by 75% in snacks portfolio by 2025
Snacks and beverage maker Pepsico India on Wednesday said it plans to reduce, by 75 per cent, the sodium content in products of its snacks portfolio by 2025.
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PepsiCo spends Rs 20 million to put an end to social media digs at Kurkure
If you are not living under a rock, you must have come across posts, tweets, videos explaining how Kurkure, a popular snack from the stable of PepsiCo India, can catch fire easily, implying it contains plastic.
PepsiCo India has now secured an interim 'John Doe' or ' Ashok Kumar' order from the Delhi High Court, which could put an end to the controversy — at least on social media.
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Inventure Foods Expands TGI Fridays® Snack Line
PHOENIX, April 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Who's ready to party? The TGI Fridays® snack line, known for its bold, restaurant-inspired creations, is encouraging all snack fans to indulge and celebrate in the newest expansion of the Party Bites and Potato Skin product lines.
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Campbell Soup names COO as part of sweeping reorganization
Campbell Soup is restructuring to respond in part to the "rapidly changing food industry landscape." The changes will allow the food manufacturer to improve its focus on its core soup and snacks divisions, and increase its presence in health and well-being.
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Taco Bell to Bring Sauce-flavored Chips to the Snack Aisle
Taco Bell is bringing its brand into the chips aisle with a trio of tortilla chips. "This launch of our first line of sauce packet-inspired chips gives our fans a new way to access a taste of Taco Bell," Chief Brand Officer Marisa Thalberg said in a statement.
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Stacy's Pita Chips Debuts "Rising To The Occasion" Original Art Packaging In Honor Of Women's History Month
With Three Limited-Edition Designs and a Pledge to Non-Profit Step Up, Stacy's Celebrates Female Empowerment and Ingenuity
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Savory Snacks Hold Strong
Category sales of savory snacks are trending up. Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported all channel dollar sales for savory snacks increased 4.7% during the four-week period ending Jan. 27, 2018, according to Nielsen data. 
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With $5B purchase of Snyder's-Lance, Campbell Soup aims to rewrite its story
Executive Carlos Abrams-Rivera said the acquisition will boost its presence in the fast-growing snack space.
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Taco Bell's new rollout adds flavor to the retail chip aisle
Taco Bell is introducing a new line of tortilla chips to grocery and convenience stores nationwide beginning in May, according to the restaurant chain. 
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Campbell's taps into fast-growing snack space
28 Mar 2018 --- Campbell Soup Company recently announced the completion of the acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. for US$50 per share in an all-cash transaction. The acquisition, which represents an enterprise value of approximately $6.1 billion, is a strategic acquisition for Campbell, creating a US$10 billion company with almost half of annual net sales in the fast-growing snacking category, called Campbell’s Snacks.
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Peatos exec: ‘Our mission is to make 90% of people eat 10% better, not 10% of people eat 90% better’
From roasted chickpeas and flash fried mung beans to extruded pea, chickpea, and edamame puffs, pulse-based snacks are gaining traction, says Snack it Forward CEO Nick Desai. But none of them have delivered the sheer sensory pleasure you experience from a bag of Cheetos… until now, he claims.
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Campbell, Snyder’s-Lance acquisition forms new snacking unit
  • After it was previously announced that Campbell Soup was looking to acquire Snyder’s Lance, both companies have revealed that acquisition has now been completed for $50 per share in an all-cash transaction, which represents an enterprise value of approximately $6.1 billion.
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    Millennials Have Nothing on Boomers When It Comes to Snacking
  • Chicago, March 8, 2016 — Millennials are the shining stars of today’s marketplace but when it comes to snacking — which is all the rage in the food industry — it’s Boomers who shine, finds The NPD Group, a leading global information company. Boomers eat ready-to-eat snack food 20 percent more often than Millennials do, according to NPD’s daily tracking of U.S. consumers snacking habits.
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    PepsiCo dares to go Bare
    • Food and beverage giant PepsiCo recently announced plans to acquire Bare Foods, which makes baked fruit and vegetable snacks, for an undisclosed price, according to a news release. The purchase expands Pepsi's healthy snacking portfolio. 
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    Tyson Foods' innovation lab launched a brand of protein crisps that "upcycle" food waste.
    Inside Tyson Foods' effort to adopt the startup mentality

    Tyson's lab has created a protein crisp called ¡Yappah! that incorporates Tyson chicken trim with ingredients that would otherwise be left behind — vegetable puree and pulp from juicing and spent grain donated by beer giant Molson Coors.
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    PepsiCo latest Big Food partner for Chicago incubator project
    PepsiCo North America Nutrition, the company's division that includes nutrition-based brands such as Naked, KeVita, Quaker, Tropicana and Near East, is partnering with The Hatchery Chicago, a nonprofit food and beverage incubator.
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    Kellogg (makers of Pringles) names Chris Hood North American president
    Kellogg Co. named Chris Hood, head of its European operations, as president of Kellogg North America. The change is effective July 1.
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    Shearer's Sells Barrel O' Fun Brand to Old Dutch Affiliate
    Shearer's Snacks has sold the Barrel O' Fun and Rachel's brands to UR Brands — an affiliate of Old Dutch Foods. The moves were recently announced by Shearer's corporate office in Massillon, Ohio.  
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    In northern Maine, a new spud rises
    One thing you should know about Dr. Gregory Porter — the man behind the University of Maine’s well-regarded potato-breeding program — is that he is not just a researcher of potatoes, he is also a fan.
    “Oh, I love ’em,” Porter said recently, during a break from working the 35 acres of potato fields he oversees at the Aroostook Research Farm in Presque Isle, Maine. “I eat ’em all the time. Never get sick of ’em. I like ’em baked, like ’em roasted, like ’em scalloped . . . ”
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    Doritos lets 'Jurassic World' fans adopt giant chips hatched from dinosaur eggs
    Frito-Lay's Doritos partnered with Universal Pictures to create a chip of "dinosauric proportions" in promotion of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," which hits theaters June 22, according to news provided to Marketing Dive. Fans can win one of the foot-long Jurassic Doritos chips by tweeting @Doritos with the hashtags #JurrassicDoritos and #entry.
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    Why PepsiCo's Acquisition of Bare Snacks Makes Sense - Forbes
    PepsiCo believes that healthier products will be key for long-term growth and the company is looking at several ways to make its portfolio of products healthier. According to the company, its "everyday nutrition" products will witness the fastest rate of sales growth by 2025. Read full article on Forbes. 
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    Bare Snacks Introduces Vegetable Chips
    Expanding its portfolio of "snacks gone simple," Bare Snacks has launched Baked Crunchy Veggie Chips in six varieties. The new line takes beets, carrots and sweet potatoes and transforms them into a crunchy, savory snack. Read Anna Wiber's full article at Baking Business.  
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    Four Snack Food Industry Consumer Trends
    According to new research by PMMI Business Intelligence, better-for-you, single-serve, re-sealability, and flavor variety are the most frequently mentioned consumer trends driving snack food SKU proliferation. Read more at PackWorld.
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    Dollar Tree to Expand 'Snack Zone' Initiative
    The introduction of an initiative called the "Snack Zone" in 214 locations has generated incremental sales and additional foot traffic for the Dollar Tree Inc., company executives told analysts during a May 31 conference call. Read Eric Schroeder's full article on Baking Business.
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    Kettle Foods Upgrades Norwich Factory
    The Kettle Chips maker is investing $3.5 million to upgrade the manufacturing capabilities of its Norwich factory as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. Read Gill Hyslop's full article on Bakery and Snacks.
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    Mintel predicts vegan barbecue and low-calorie ice cream will rule summer 2018
    Mintel has leveraged its global new products database to predict four food and drink trends that could catch fire this summer, including vegan barbecue, low-calorie ice cream, bold chips and sparkling water. 
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    Campbell Soup Shares Are Jumping as a Major Activist Investor Buys In and Aims to Put the Company Up for Sale
    Shares of Campbell Soup rose in after-hours U.S. trading on reports that Daniel Loeb’s Third Point has acquired a stake and is pressing for a turnaround at the 149-year-old company.
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    Restoring Order Following Japan's Potato Shortage Boosts Calbee's Bottom Line
    Calbee posted an 8.3% sales increase for Q1 2018, well above analyst expectations. Read Gill Hyslop's full article on Bakery and Snacks.
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    Kellogg Margins Hurt by Cuts to Snack Prices, Higher Costs
    Kellogg Co (K.N) reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit margins on Thursday as the cereal maker spent more on marketing and transportation and had to cut prices on snack foods after it stopped distributing directly to U.S. retailers. Read more on Reuters.
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    PepsiCo to Invest in Frankfort, IN Snacks Facility
    The Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo, Inc. has made plans to improve its manufacturing capabilities in Frankfort, Indiana. The company is investing $159 million into facility enhancements that include adding two new snack production lines and a 210,000-square-foot warehouse expansion.
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    Wyandot Snacks Pledges $100,000 To HARDING 2020
    Wyandot Snacks has pledged $100,000 to support HARDING 2020. The funds are dedicated to restoring the original home of President Warren G. Harding, a long-time Marion resident elected as the nation's 29th President in 1920, as well as constructing a new Presidential Center and seeding an endowment for future site operations.
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    Kraft Heinz reportedly opened exploratory talks with the Campbell Soup Co.
    Regarding a potential sale, according to people familiar with the matter. Sources predict Kraft Heinz would not pay much of a premium for Campbell's over its $22 billion valuation, reported New York Post.
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    PepsiCo powers up its China food presence
    PepsiCo plans to invest $100 million to expand and transform its Songjiang Foods plant in Shanghai, China. The investment will establish new manufacturing lines and introduce advanced packaging and warehouse technologies to boost its potato chip production capacity and modernize the factory, reported China Daily.
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    PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi to leave CEO post after 12 years at the helm
    PepsiCo said Monday that CEO Indra Nooyi will step down after 12 years leading the food and beverage company. She will remain chairman until early 2019.
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    PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi will step down on Oct. 3, after 12 years in the position. The company named Ramon Laguarta to succeed Nooyi, who will remain chairman until early 2019.
    PURCHASE, N.Y., August 6, 2018 – PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) (“PepsiCo”) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Ramon Laguarta, 54, to succeed Indra K. Nooyi, 62, as Chief Executive Officer. Nooyi will step down on October 3rd after 24 years with the company, the last 12 as CEO. She will remain Chairman until early 2019 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Laguarta was also elected to the company’s Board of Directors, effective October 3rd.
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    Colorado-based Paleo Snack Food Company Raises $650K
    Bubba's Fine Foods, which sells products such as "Bourbon Vanilla UnGranola" and "Blazing Buffalo 'Nana Chips," disclosed a new funding in an Aug. 3 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Co-founder and CEO Jeff Schmidgall said he launched Bubba's with his brother-in-law Jared Menzel, a self-taught chef, because he missed Doritos and other junk food classics after he started the paleo diet.
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    New Products: On-the-Go Snacking
    PHOENIX, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In time for back to school, Fresh Cravings, America's fastest growing refrigerated salsa, adds a new grab-and-go product to their line: Salsa and Tortilla Chips snack packs. These bring excitement to kids' school lunches, curb hungry after-school appetites, and also offer a healthier snack option for busy parents who are always on the 'go.'
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    Healthier snacking: PepsiCo Mexico achieves 24 percent sugar and salt reduction
    17 Aug 2018 --- PepsiCo Mexico has cut down on sugar and salt across its snacks portfolio by 24 percent as part of a long-term reformulation strategy designed to reduce added sugars and sodium across products.
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    Campbell Soup reportedly hired Goldman Sachs to look at the possibility of selling
    Campbell Soup reportedly hired Goldman Sachs to look at the possibility of selling some of its businesses to help pay down debt, according to people familiar with the matter. The company is said to be considering the sale of Australian cookie brand Arnotts Biscuits and its fresh food unit, which includes Bolthouse Farms, reported CNBC
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    PepsiCo Inc. plans to build a $130 million high-tech fulfillment center
    PepsiCo Inc. plans to build a $130 million high-tech fulfillment center for its Frito-Lay division in Osceola County, FL. The 286,000-sq. ft. facility is expected to be completed in 2021, reported Orlando Business Journal
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    PepsiCo Inc. sent a cease-and-desist letter to World Peas Brand Peatos
    Claiming the Peatos name, paw-print logo and slogan infringe on the Cheetos trademark. Pepsi argues the Peatos name is "confusingly similar" to and "dilutes" the Cheetos brand. Snack It Forward LLC, which owns World Peas Brand Peatos, denies it is in violation of trademark law, reported The Wall Street Journal
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    Boulder Canyon® Kettle Chips Cooked in Rice Bran Oil Now Available in Two New Varieties
    Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods®, is expanding its line of Rice Bran Oil Kettle Cooked Potato Chips with two new flavors, Buffalo Ranch and Sweet Chipotle, available now at retailers nationwide. The new varieties join existing rice bran oil varieties, Roasted Jalapeno and Pink Himalayan Salt. 
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    Indiana Snack Maker Seyfert's Closing
    An iconic Indiana snack maker will soon shut down after more than 80 years in business. Fort-Wayne based Seyfert's will soon stop its operations, since it's no longer profitable, according to WPTA, in Fort Wayne. The brand got national exposure when Myrtle Young -- "the Potato Chip Lady" -- appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1987, showing off her prized collection of chips that resembled objects or celebrities.
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    PepsiCo’s healthy evolution: Shaking off a salt, sugar and fat laden image
    PepsiCo is making moves to become a more holistic business focusing on high-growth opportunities in the market such as healthy alternatives, well-being and nutrition, shaking off its old image of brands packed with salt, sugar and fat. A big part of this is the type of products PepsiCo wants to sell in the future and the type of business PepsiCo wants to become – much more focused on sustainability with a socially-minded attitude.
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    Wilde Chicken Chips believes it can crack into breakfast time.
    Wilde Chicken Chips – thinly-sliced premium cuts of chicken tossed in tapioca flour, fried in coconut oil, and seasoned in various spices – reached nationwide availability at Whole Foods and Sprouts stores last month and will be debuting a new flavor early next year that founder Jason Wright believes will make chips a breakfast snack item.
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    Snackable Notes: Back to school packaging from Frito-Lay

    27 Aug 2018 --- Frito-Lay has introduced personalized messaging to its variety crisp packets to allow parents to connect with children while away from home. The redesign comes after a Frito-Lay survey found that the majority of US parents want to give words of encouragement to their children while they are apart. As a result, Frito-Lay Variety Packs, one of the flagship brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, is giving parents a simple and convenient way to provide love and encouragement during the school day with the launch of Snackable Notes.

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    Campbell Soup, maker of Cape Cod Potato Chips, to sell international and fresh food businesses
    30 Aug 2018 --- Campbell Soup Company is to sell its international businesses and fresh refrigerated-foods unit, following a several month long strategic review and pressure from hedge fund investors to sell the whole company.
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    STATE OF THE INDUSTRY: TORTILLA CHIPS
    Tortilla chip producers introduce new varieties, including spicy and ethnic flavors, while clean label points to opportunities for growth.
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    Frito-Lay ties Alexa skill to personalized back-to-school packaging
  • Parents can write custom notes on the chip maker's variety packs and submit their best entries online for a chance to win a $1,000 weekly prize.

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    Campbell Soup will divest Fresh division and international brands to focus on soups and snacking
    • according to a company statement. In fiscal year 2018, sales from these segments was about $2.1 billion.
      In order to improve shareholder value and reduce debt, Campbell Soup announced the planned sale of its Fresh division, which includes Bolthouse Farms and Garden Fresh Gourmet, as well as its international brands, including Arnott's and the Kelsen Group,

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    Campbell Soup Co. will pursue divestitures of Campbell International and Campbell Fresh

    Focusing the company on two distinct businesses, Campbell Snacks and Campbell Meals and Beverages, in its core North American market. Campbell International consists of Arnott's and the Kelsen Group, along with the company's manufacturing operations in Indonesia and Malaysia and its businesses in Hong Kong and Japan. Campbell Fresh includes Bolthouse Farms, Garden Fresh Gourmet and the company's refrigerated soup business. 
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    Prataap Snacks to Expand in Western India by Acquiring Majority Share of Avadh Snacks
    Prataap Snacks will acquire 80% share of Avadh Snacks for Rs 148 crores ($2.1M) to expand its footprint in India's westernmost state, Gujarat. Read Douglas Yu's full article in Bakery and Snacks.
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    Serventi Steps Up to Global CEO Role at Hippeas
    Snack brand Hippeas announced a changing of the guard. Founder Livio Bisterzo will move to the role of chairman while Joe Serventi, current U.S. general manager, will assume the role of global CEO. Bisterzo told NOSH that the leadership change was the right move operationally for Hippeas given Serventi's background at Glacéau Vitaminwater, Pirate's Booty and BarkTHINS. Read more at Project NOSH.
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    I am thrilled to announce that I will be attending the 2018 Sweets and Snacks Expo at the McCormick Center in Chicago and greatly look forward to sharing this incredible experience with you.
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    World Peas Peatos™ Named 2018 Best Bite Award Winner for Best Salty Snack by Delicious Living Magazine
    Snack it Forward's World Peas Brand Peatos™ was recently named the winner of the Delicious Living Best Bite Award for the Best Salty Snack. Delicious Living magazine, a trusted health and wellness resource for more than 33 years, this week announced the winners of its sixth annual Best Bite Awards.
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    Kraft interested in buying Campbell Soup
    Just shortly after Campbell's purchased Snyder's Lance including Cape Cod Potato Chips, will Kraft Heinz purchase Campbell's?  
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    Hola Nola® Foods acquires maker of Plocky's® Snack Chips
    Hola Nola Foods has acquired the assets of NatureStar Foods, makers of Plocky's brand Hummus Chips and Tortilla Chips.
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    Kraft Heinz to Reintroduce Planters Cheez Balls and Curls
    A popular '90s snack is about to make a comeback. Kraft Heinz's Planters brand will reintroduce its Cheez Ball and Cheez Curls products for a limited time after a 12-year absence, following a campaign by fans of the products.  Read more on FoodBev.
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    Sneaker Heads and Snack Lovers Have Met Their Match With Ruffles' "Sneaker Stash"
    This summer, Ruffles, will be giving away some of the most coveted, sought-after kicks in the sneaker community. Frito-Lay will be giving away a limited-edition Ruffles-inspired sneaker crafted by custom shoe designer Dominic Chambrone, otherwise known as The Shoe Surgeon
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    Conagra Brands to Acquire Pinnacle Foods for $10.9 Billion in Cash and Stock
    The acquisition will combine two growing portfolios of iconic brands, create a leader in frozen foods with an expanded presence in snacks and deliver $215 million in annual run-rate cost synergies by fiscal 2022.
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    Salty Snacks are Evolving in the Face of the Better-for-you Movement, Packaged Facts Reports
    Sales of salty snacks in the US continue to rise as consumers embrace smaller, more frequent eating occasions over three-square meals a day, but at the same time, rising health and wellness awareness is creating a significant competitive threat from better-for-you options, according to new research from Packaged Facts. Read Elizabeth Crawford's full article on Food Navigator.
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    U.S. Salty Snacks Market Sales Forecast at $29 Billion in 2022
    ROCKVILLE, Md., July 5, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- How Americans eat has evolved to match the frequently hurried, harried, and hectic lifestyles of today's consumers. The shift has been a boon to convenient food options, including salty snacks such as potato chips, popcorn, and pretzels.
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    Salty snack sales are on the rise
    The U.S. salty snacks market is on the upswing, and is forecast to grow from $24 billion to $29 billion by 2022, Food Business News reports.
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    Snacks, not drinks, drive Pepsi's profit
    PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi said the company is "maniacally focused" on getting its beverage business back on track.
    Consumers are turning away from sugary drinks but still crave salty snacks, a trend that drove strong second-quarter sales in PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division that offset sluggish beverage sales.
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    PepsiCo India Pilots Plant-Based Packaging for Frito-Lay and KurKure Snacks to Address Plastic Waste
    PepsiCo India will launch its first plant-based packaging for Frito-Lay and KurKure snack productslater this year in its effort to tackle domestic plastic waste.
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    Say Cheez! '90s favorite Cheez Balls are back
    Dive Brief:
    • Kraft Heinz Co. is bringing back Planters Cheez Balls and Cheez Curls to grocery store shelves nationwide for a limited time following demand from online groups and petitions, according to the company. The snack product was removed from store shelves 12 years ago.
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    Salty snacks growing in popularity even as consumers search for healthy alternatives
    As more American consumers replace meals with snacking, sales of salty chips, pretzels and popcorns have grown. In its new report, “Salty Snacks: U.S. Market Trends and Opportunities,” Packaged Facts estimates retail dollar sales of the U.S. salty snacks industry at $24 billion in 2017, with a compound annual growth rate of almost 4% between 2012 and 2017. The report suggests the U.S. salty snacks market will surpass $29 billion in 2022.
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    Lay's debuts 8 regionally-inspired flavors for 'Tastes of America' tour
    PepsiCo's Lay’s brand is releasing eight new chip flavors inspired by popular foods representing different parts of the country for the “Tastes of America” campaign, per details provided to Marketing Dive. The campaign marks the most new chip flavors that the brand has released at one time.
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    Intersnack’s KP Snacks acquires the Popchips brand in Europe
    Intersnack Group subsidiary KP Snacks has bought Popchips Ltd, which owns and operates the Popchips brand in Europe.
    Popchips Ltd is a subsidiary of parent company Popchips Inc, which will continue to own and operate the brand in North America and other international markets.
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    Better Made Snack Foods Hires David Jones as New President
    Better Made said Friday it has hired David Jones, a 40-year snack foods industry veteran, formerly of Golden Flake Snack Foods and Frito-Lay, as its new president.

    Better Made Expands to 14 States Outside of Michigan

    Better Made recently extended its reach beyond Michigan, according to a news release. The states included are Florida, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Missouri, Louisiana, New York, Connecticut, Nevada, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Mississippi. The distribution increase is attributed to the rise of small distributors who respond to demand from Michiganders who left the state. Read more on Detroit Free Press.
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    Utz Introduces Limited Edition White Cheddar Cheesball Baseballs, Highlighting all 30 MLB Teams
    As part of a new multi-faceted sponsorship between Major League Baseball and Utz Quality Foods LLC., Utz has introduced NEW White Cheddar Cheeseball Baseballs. Utz is the official Salty Snack of Major League Baseball. Read more on BusinessWire.
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    The Hershey Co. sold Chinese candy firm Shanghai Golden Monkey and UK chip business Tyrrells for $1.6 billion.
    The move is part of the company's strategy to refocus on broadening its U.S. snacks business, reported CNBC.
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    We Tried the 8 New Flavors of Lay's Potato Chips and Here's What We Thought
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    Tyrrells unveils prawn cocktail crisps flavoured with brandy
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    Tostitos And Sabra Are Fueling Cinco de Mayo Get-Togethers…One Ride At A Time
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    With Multi-Year Deal, UTZ Becomes 'Official Salty Snack of Major League Baseball'
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    Flamin' Hot Cheetos-Inspired Movie in Works from Fox Searchlight, DeVon Franklin
      

    Fox Searchlight and DeVon Franklin announced last week that they will produce a new film called "Flamin' Hot," which will depict the true story of how the spicy Cheetos came to be, according to Variety. The story will focus on Richard Montanez, the son of an immigrant who grew up on a migrant farm in Southern California before he became a janitor at Frito-Lay. One night at work, the equipment broke down and he took home some of the cheese powder. He messed with it and decided it should be spicy. (source: Variety)
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    Campbell Soup Company Announces CEO Transition Plan

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    New Shearer's CEO plots a steady course to expand sales, profitability

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    CEO of Peatos™ will discuss Crowd Funding at The Reg A Fundraising Conference in New York

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    PREMIUM SNACK BUSINESS BOUGHT BY HULA HOOPS MAKER

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    Former Snyder’s-Lance owners acquire private-label salty snacks company

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    Settlement will reduce carcinogens in potato chips

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    The Complex Code In A Potato Chip: Why We Love The Flavors We Do

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    Cape Cod adds waves to potato chip lineup

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    KP Snacks snaps up Tyrells from Hershey
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    Global Potato Chips Market Overview 2018, Demand by Regions, Share, Growth and Forecast to 2023
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    Pepsi earnings fizz on strong snack sales, better beverage performance
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    Tostitos whips up 42-layer royal wedding cake with dip
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    Kraft Heinz adds egg-white chips, fermented foods to its growth menu
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    Snacking's appetite grows to take a bigger bite of US food consumption
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    Impulse snack purchases threatened by
    e-commerce and cashier-free technology
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    PepsiCo introduces new brand of chips containing rice, chickpeas and black beans
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    PepsiCo introduces new brand of chips containing rice, chickpeas and black beans
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    Going To Pot

    NightFood (NGTF) Securing "Half-Baked" Brand Name for Cannabis and CBD Related Snack Lines

    PRESS RELEASE GlobeNewswire
    Jan. 26, 2018, 08:02 AM

    TARRYTOWN, NY, Jan. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NightFood Holdings, Inc. (OTC: NGTF) the category leading, better-for-you, sleep-friendly nighttime snack company, announced today that MJ Munchies, an NGTF wholly owned subsidiary, has completed the trademark application process to protect the brand name “Half-Baked” for its cannabis and CBD related snack lines. 
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    New Product: Hola Nola Puts the South in New Bean and Rice Tortilla Chip

    New Orleans based tortilla-chip manufacturer Hola Nola Foods launched its Red Beans & Rice Chips snack. The chips' ingredients include Camellia Brand red beans, whole-grain rice and Crystal Hot Sauce, and the chips are packaged in microwavable bags to be eaten warm. View company's product page.

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    These Multi-Flavored Potato Chips Aren’t Rainbow-Colored, But They’re Unique
    BY BRITTANY VINCENT 02.24.2018 :: 2:30PM EDT MOLOTOVCUPCAKE
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    Burning Lay’s Potato Chip: Proof Of Plastic Or Bad Science?: A FactCheck
    Don’t believe this viral video. BOOM breaks down the science that explains why Lay’s potato chips catch fire. Read our factcheck.
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    Truco Enterprises Launches New On The Border® Taste of Tajín Clásico Tortilla Chips

    Truco Enterprises announced today the official launch of On The Border® Taste of Tajín Clásico flavored tortilla chips in partnership with TAJÍN. 
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    Stacy's Pita Chips Debuts "Rising To The Occasion" Original Art Packaging in Honor of Women's History Month

    This month, women across the country will be celebrated for their vital role in American history. In honor of Women's History Month, Stacy's Pita Chips is proud to introduce limited-edition "Rising to the Occasion" original art packaging. The commemorative box set features three powerful designs representing Stacy's ongoing commitment to stand with women everywhere.
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    What is Dill Pickle Dip? Heluva Good's New Snack is the Latest Pickle-Flavored Food to Hit the Market
     
    You either love or you hate pickles, but there's no denying it — 
    pickle-flavored snacks are gaining popularity like crazy. Following the release of products like pickle juice, pickle chips, and pickle freeze pops, dip is the latest snack food to get the pickled treatment.
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    Utz® To Be Presenting Sponsor of The National League Division Series
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    HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC, the Official Salty Snack of Major League Baseball, is excited to announce the company will be the presenting sponsor of the 2019 National League Division Series (NLDS). In its second season partnering with MLB, Utz has increased its excitement-building around the sport with advertising, promotions, sampling and a range of co-branded products such as Utz® 12 oz White Cheddar Cheeseballs “Baseballs” as well as signature potato chips.
    “Utz is proud to be partnering with Major League Baseball for a second season and our first post- season sponsorship”
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    The NLDS sponsorship is another major step in the partnership and grants Utz further brand-building exposure to millions of MLB fans in the post season across national broadcasts and MLB-owned channels, as well as integration in ballparks throughout the length of the NLDS series.
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    Healthy snacking: Laboratoire PYC expands range of low-carb, high-protein chips
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    05 Aug 2019 --- French producer of high-protein products Laboratoire PYC, is adding two new flavors of “tomato oregano” and “nacho cheese” to its line of high-protein Tortitos chips. Set to launch in September, the chips are marketed as providing, on average, 70 percent less carbohydrates and 55 percent less fat than traditional potato chips. The launch comes as snacking is increasingly a focus across several market categories. Innova Market Insights data shows that the rise in the so-called “fourth meal” culture has increased demand for quick and convenient yet healthy solutions for busy consumers.
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    Made in Mass: This is how Cape Cod Potato Chips started with one family’s desire to create a healthier chip and transformed into a national brand
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    The Campbell/Snyder’s-Lance chip brand improved the flow of its Hyannis, Massachusetts factory to allow more visitors on its popular public tours.
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    Made in Mass: This is how Cape Cod Potato Chips started with one family’s desire to create a healthier chip and transformed into a national brand
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    By Aviva Luttrell | aluttrell@masslive.com
    Made in Massachusetts is an ongoing feature taking you inside the products made right here in the Bay State and the people who make them.
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    Cape Cod is known for its picturesque beaches, lighthouses and quaint harbors, but the region boasts another major tourist attraction that doesn’t involve sand or sea.
    Cape Cod Potato Chips has been offering tours of its Hyannis factory for the past 35 years, creating a destination that Director of Marketing Aaron Torchio jokingly calls “the Cape’s biggest tourist attraction — when it’s raining.”
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    PepsiCo-funded research opens new avenues for low-fat snack formulators
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    Australian researchers have developed a novel method to measure the sensorial characteristics of potato chips.
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    Utz, MegaMex bringing Mexican snacks to the United States
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    ORANGE, CALIF. — MegaMex Foods, L.L.C. is bringing the flavor of Mexico to American consumers. The company announced it has entered into an agreement with Utz Quality Food, L.L.C. for the distribution of certain Herdez branded snacks to retailers across the United States.
    Through its partnership with Utz, the company will introduce Herdez’s expanded snacking portfolio to the U.S. market, including white, yellow and blue corn tortilla chips and several varieties of pork rinds.

    MegaMex first partnered with Utz last year, when Utz began distributing Chi-Chi’s tortilla chips and Chi-Chi’s and Herdez salsas and dips in the United States. With Hispanic snacks brands outpacing the growth of the snack category, the company is aiming to introduce both authentic Mexican flavors and mainstream staples to the United States.
    Thrive Market Non-GMO Cassava Chips: Sea Salt (US)
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    Non-GMO cassava chips with sea salt flavor, in a plastic packet. The sea salt cassava chips hail from Colombia, where the roots are harvested, sliced, and kettle-cooked in sustainably sourced South American palm oil, and then sprinkled with sea salt. Sturdy with a superior crunch. 
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    What’s the difference between “cheeseburger” and “double cheeseburger” flavored chips?
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    We ask the makers of the upcoming Double Zeppin Cheeseburger chips what the deal is.

    Speaking as a fan of simple burgers, one of the best offerings on the Japanese fast-food landscape is
    the Zeppin Cheeseburger from Lotteria. Simply, beef, gouda, and cheddar cheese on a bun. Granted it’s a lot of cheese, but the Zeppin Cheeseburger foregoes all the flavor and texture distractions of sauces and vegetables to offer pure meat and cheese satisfaction.
    And now this can be enjoyed in chip form, thanks to a collaboration with major chipmaker
    Calbee. However, on 22 July we will won’t be seeing Calbee Potato Chips Lotteria Zeppin Cheeseburger Flavor like we did back in 2015. Instead Calbee Potato Chips Lotteria Double Zeppin Cheeseburger Flavor will hit the shelves.
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    Lay's Potato Chip Bags Show New Designs for Operation Smile
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    Lay's has unveiled its Smiles campaign along with 31 stories across a variety of flavors and varieties — including Traditional, Wavy, Lightly Salted, Poppables, and Kettle Cooked — all featuring the faces of "Everyday Smilers" who are making an impact in their local communities and beyond. 
    Award-winning dancer, actor and singer Derek Hough has joined the campaign to celebrate everyday people sharing joy nationwide.
    The program, which benefits international medical charity, Operation Smile, with a donation of up to $1 million in proceeds, kicks off in New York City with Hough, who is inviting fans to visit the first-ever Lay's Smiles Station in Times Square, where visitors can take home their own limited-edition Lay's Smiles bags and experience the magnetic power of sharing a smile. The Lay's Smiles Station will also pop up near Bryant Park on Wednesday, July 24, open to the public from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on both days.
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    Amazon Shoppers Snatch Up Deals on Potato Chips and Toilet Paper

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    Amazon.com Inc. shoppers are snatching up potato chips, crackers, toilet paper and other non-perishable grocery store items to take advantage of the online retailer’s Prime Day deals, which could be bad news for Costco Wholesale Corp. and Walmart Inc.


    Sales of consumable products on Amazon during the first nine hours of Prime Day -- a two-day sale that began Monday -- are about triple what they are on a typical sales day, according to CommerceIQ, which helps hundreds of consumer brands sell products on the e-commerce site.


    The results show Prime Day’s appeal stretches beyond electronics, appliances and other big-ticket purchases shoppers usually put off until there’s a big promotion. Sales of car seats, appliances and toys were up four to five times a typical day, according to CommerceIQ, which is about the usual rate for a sales event.
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    The official spicy snack power rankings

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    We have a nationwide preoccupation with heat. We’ve gotten far, far away from the actual origins of spiciness in food — to prevent and mask spoilage, impart flavor and even keep rats away. Now, you can’t throw a rock without hitting a hot-chicken place, or a YouTuber posting a video of themselves eating Carolina Reapers and other esophagus-destroying peppers. Spice has become sport.
    But the children. What about the children? Well, the millennials and Gen Z-ers are at the forefront of this red-hot orgy, frankly, and it is in that spirit that I hereby present to you the authoritative, definitive and completely undisputed L.A. Times Spicy Snack Power Rankings. Like strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, their infiltration of our country cannot be stopped, so there’s little point in fighting it.
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    Chip-maker Utz opened a primary-care clinic to help employees in ‘Snack Food Capital’ Hanover, Pa., get healthier

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    There’s a health revolution underway in the Snack Food Capital, Hanover, Pa.
    Utz Quality Foods, one of the largest snack manufacturers in a town known for its concentration of them, has opened an in-house primary-care clinic at its Hanover headquarters for the 2,000 employees and dependents covered by the company’s health plan there.
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    Frito-Lay Shares This Summer's U.S. Snack Index
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    The summer season is packed with snacks. To explore just where, when and how Americans will snack this summer, Frito-Lay today unveiled the next installment of its U.S. Snack Index. 
    Snacks play an integral role in the summertime experience. As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day historically starts a spike and then snacking hits its highest point during the week of July 4. In fact, according to retail sales data, the week of July 4 represents the biggest snacking week of the entire year for Frito-Lay. 
    "Delighting consumers with a wide variety of snack options has always been our first priority, and it's helped us earn our spot in 94 percent of America's pantries,
    1" said Mike Del Pozzo, senior vice president of sales, chief customer officer, Frito-Lay North America. "As snacking heats up in the summer months, so do our efforts to make sure that we are delivering the perfect side to any summer occasion."
    The broad majority of Americans – nearly nine out of 10 – see snacking as important to summer occasions or can't imagine summer without their favorite snacks. And when it comes to summertime events, there are quite literally millions of them.
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    Next Time You're Craving a Crunchy Snack, Try One of These Healthier Chips From Trader Joe's

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    There are times when the only thing that will satisfy your snack craving is a thin, crispy chip — and on that, Trader Joe's delivers. It's well-known that chips aren't exactly nutritional powerhouses, but as indulgent snacks go, these picks are among the healthiest. Some contain unexpected ingredients like beets and beans, while others look like traditional chips but are made with healthier oils or cooking methods. Whatever the case, these not-so-guilty pleasures all have one thing in common: they'll keep you from picking up a snack that really will sabotage your goals. Add them to your shopping list, then stick to one (deeply satisfying) serving.
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    The Best and Worst Trader Joe's Products
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    This article originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com.
    Trader Joe's is one of the most popular grocery store chains in the United States, making more than $13 billion in 2017.
    That's even more impressive when you consider Trader Joe's doesn't have sales, a loyalty program, or even an online store.
    But customers swear by the chain's products, from cheese to tequila to its famous $0.19 bananas.
    Not everything at Trader Joe's is a good buy, however. We consulted food blogs and online reviews to find the best and worst Trader Joe's products for shoppers.
    With that in mind, here are 24 products to buy at Trader Joe's and seven more you should skip every time.
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    Ketchup Chips
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    Canadian kids grow up with ketchup chips as a staple at birthday parties and BBQs, but the salty snacks are a rare sight in the world beyond. Even in the United States, a country where both ketchup and potato chips are incredibly popular, the pairing has not found a fanbase.
    As the name would suggest, the chips are ketchup-flavored, though a bit heavier in vinegar than the standard ketchup that you’d put on your fries. While there’s some debate as to ketchup chips’ origin, many accounts point to Hostess, a Canadian company that has since been purchased by Frito-Lay. The 1970s were a time of some serious experimentation at Hostess, which introduced chips in ketchup, grape, and orange flavors. The sweeter fruits didn’t catch on, but the tangy-salty ketchup variety was a hit.
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    UK postal service to public: Stop mailing potato chip bags
    Campaign urges chipmaker against plastic packing
    (CNN) - The UK's postal service is urging environmental campaigners to stop sending empty potato chip bags without an envelope after the launch of a campaign urging the country's most popular chip producer to ditch its plastic packaging.
    The online campaign, which has been signed by more than 310,000 people, calls on the PepsiCo-owned
    British chip manufacturer Walkers to make its plastic packaging more environmentally friendly.
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    There is a massive Frito-Lay shortage in NYC bodegas

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    Cheetos to Open Pop-Up Restaurant with Celebrity Chef

    Cheetos, the snack chip owned by PepsiCo, is launching a pop-up restaurant in New York City devoted to Cheetos-inspired dishes. The Spotted Cheetah, which opens to the public between August 15 and August 17, is a marriage between Cheetos and celebrity chef Anne Burrell. Burrell has worked at several high-end New York restaurants, is an author of popular cookbooks and host of culinary shows, Chef Wanted, Worst Cooks in America and Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.
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    By now, you probably know that Amazon has acquired Whole Foods.  Amazon has added Whole Foods products to its e-commerce web-site.



    Amazon has added Whole Foods products to its e-commerce website at the same price as the grocer's physical stores. Companies with both physical and online offerings have better results within the online grocery market, compared with those with an online-only service. 
    Read more on Fox Business.
    Amazon Adds Whole Foods Products to Its Core Website to Boost Grocery Sales
    With the power of Amazon behind it, the world's largest snack food manufacturer, Frito-Lay, part of the Pepsi family, is introducing organic versions of some of its top products in order to gain entry into Whole Foods.

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    Amazon.com Inc.'s acquisition of Whole Foods is coming at just the right time for Frito-Lay.  The division of PepsiCo Inc. now has versions of 11 core chip brands without artificial ingredients -- including Lay's, Tostitos and Cheetos -- and it's aiming to break out of the traditional snack aisle and get into organic grocery stores. The lineup, marketed under the name "Simply," meets all the criteria needed to be sold in Whole Foods, according to PepsiCo executive Jonathan McIntyre. Read more on Bloomberg.

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    Frito-Lay, owned by PepsiCo Inc., aims to get into organic grocery stores, with organic Doritos, Tostitos, Cheetos and other snacks, 
    per Bloomberg. "This is quite a smart move by Frito-Lay amid continuously shifting consumer preference toward healthier options..." Read summary at Nasdaq.
     
    Also see: Frito-Lay's Healthy Image Could Help PepsiCo's Expansion in Whole Foods - Frito-Lay has launched a line of organic snacks made without artificial ingredients under its Lays, Doritos, Tostitos, Ruffles and Cheetos brands. Read Douglas Yu's full article on Bakery and Snacks.
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    Michigan potato company to expand, adding plant in Lisco
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    Deep River Snacks Acquired by Parent Company of Wise Snacks
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    Paqui's® Carolina Reaper Madness Chip Is Back And Hotter Than Ever
    NFL Rivals See Who Can Brave the Hottest Chip in The World
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    Oct 11, 2017, 10:00 ET
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    AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Paqui Chips, part of Amplify Snack Brands, just announced the return of the world's hottest tortilla chip, the Paqui Carolina Reaper Madness. Unbelievably, this year's batch of Carolina Reaper Peppers is 25 percent hotter than last year's, meaning that Paqui just smashed its own record for the world's hottest chip.
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    "People went absolutely crazy for the #OneChipChallenge last year, so we knew we needed to bring it back bigger and better for round two," said Jeff Day, Paqui Brand Manager. "Paqui is all about pushing the boundaries of flavor and spice, and we can't wait to see what people do for the second year of Carolina Reaper Madness."
    Paqui is also partnering with some of the NFL's toughest competitors and friendly rivals, Pro Bowl tight ends Travis Kelce and Greg Olsen, to take on the challenge.
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    PepsiCo announces Lay’s next million-dollar potato chip flavor
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    12-Oct-2017 - Last updated on 12-Oct-2017 at 14:06 GMT
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    The US public voted Lay's Crispy Taco chips this year's winner of the Do Us A Flavor competition, followed up by Everything Bagel Cream Cheese and Fried Green Tomato. Pic: Lay's


    Ellen Sarem’s Crispy Taco flavor was voted the winner in the Lay's annual ‘Do Us A Flavor’ campaign, bagging her a $1m prize.


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    US citizens were invited to submit flavor ideas for Lay’s potato chips for PepsiCo’s annual “Do Us A Flavor” campaign and then vote for America’s favorite flavour.
    After three months of voting, Ellen Sarem’s Tex-Mex flavor was crowned the winner, winning the San Antonio, Texas, resident the $1m prize.
    Sarem said the flavor evokes good memories, particularly as tacos were the first meal she cooked for her fiancé, and has commended Lay’s for doing an “amazing job” in recreating the dish.
    "You can taste the crunch of the taco shell, the spiciness of the beef, the sharpness of the cheddar, even the freshness of the lettuce," she said in a press statement.

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    Rap Snacks Chat: The CEO Of Hip-Hop's Favorite Munchies Discusses Business

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    INTERVIEW: We talk with the CEO of Rap Snacks, James Lindsay, about the return of the hip-hop munchies brand, working with artists, and advice for young black entrepreneurs.
    With the decline of blog culture and print magazines, artists are forever looking for new ways to expand their brand and reach new audiences. The rise of social media, Instagram in particular, has slowly transformed artist exposure into more and more of a bite-sized initiative, complete with easily digestible packaging. Somewhere at this juncture between snacking and marketing, stands entrepreneur James Lindsay, the CEO and Founder of Rap Snacks. To briefly provide some of his backstory, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science, specialized in Marketing. He embodies Rick Ross' "buy back the block" ethos, way before the song cemented the statement. After working at an ethnic hair care company, Johnson Products, for a period of time post graduation, he was inspired enough, by both his simple love of snack food and his knack for business, to create Rap Snacks Inc in 1994. He's grown it into a five million dollar business.

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    Snyder's-Lance getting its operating footprint in order
    Oct. 3, 2017 - by Keith Nunes
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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. continues to undergo change. The company is upgrading its operations to bring its performance in line with its peers. Efforts under way include an investment in automation, a sizable stock-keeping unit rationalization plan as well as other programs designed to improve supply chain and trade efficiencies.
    Changes undertaken to date by the company include the hiring of Brian J. Driscoll as president and chief executive officer this past June. Other initiatives include the closing of a manufacturing plant in Perry, Fla., in August and the reduction of the company’s global workforce by approximately 250.
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    Pringles' Stack Shack Pop-Up Will Encourage Customers to Mix the Chips and Create New Flavors

    Why eat Pringles one flavor at a time when you can stack multiple chips together?
    Mike Pomranz October 17, 2017

    Here's how eating Pringles typical goes down: You pop open a tube and proceed to pick out chips with your fingers until you can't fit your hand in any further and resort to pouring the rest out. Conventional logic also dictates that you do this one tube at a time, lest you end up with a bunch of stale, half-eaten Pringles containers in your cupboard. But a new campaign from the snack brand is looking to turn conventional logic on its head—and get you to buy more Pringles along the way—by offering the idea of "flavor stacking." And Pringles will even be running its own New York City pop-up this week to help show chip fans how it's done.
    The Pringles Stack Shack will be open near New York City's Times Square this Wednesday through Friday, showing off six new flavors and then demonstrating how these and other Pringles varieties (19 others to be exact) can be "flavor stacked" together in "recipes" to create an endless possibility of new taste combinations. "Pringles wanted to show fans that there's more than one way to enjoy their uniquely stackable crisps," a Pringles spokesperson said. "What better way than by sampling first hand at a New York pop-up? At the Pringles Stack Shack, fans will learn how to create mind-blowing triple flavored crisp combinations and experience Pringles' varieties like never before."
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    Sweet Potato Is The New Pumpkin! Get Ready To Fall For New Sunchips Sweet Potato And Smartfood Delight Rosemary & Olive Oil
    SunChips® and Smartfood® Brands Celebrate Autumnal Flavors

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    PLANO, Texas, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Fall has officially struck the nation, marking the season when leaves change colors, temperatures cool down and many of our favorite celebrations begin. For snack fans, the absolute best part of fall is the seasonal flavors it brings.  Luckily for them, the SunChips® and Smartfood® brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division are offering unique and new tasty flavors that are sure to delight fans' desire for autumnal offerings – SunChips Sweet Potato and Smartfood Delight Rosemary & Olive Oil.
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    SunChips Sweet Potato is made with real sweet potato, 100 percent whole grains and no artificial flavors or preservatives and delivers a delightful flavor made from veggie ingredients.
    "This is a great time to enjoy those favorite seasonal flavors that bring the warmth and aromas of fall to life," said Fauzia Haq, marketing senior director, Frito-Lay. "We are excited to offer new flavors like Sweet Potato on SunChips and Rosemary and Olive Oil on Smartfood Delight popcorn.  These yummy snacks are made with real and simple ingredients so you have even more reasons to enjoy them this fall season."
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    The Back of the Potato Chip Bag: an Unscientific Register
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    Gobs of cash go into developing dapper chip bag fronts. And rightfully so: In the hyper-competitive snack food aisles, the front of the bag has to make a perfect visual pitch to earn the sale.
    If the front is Married…With Children, the back is Flying Blind or Herman’s Head: rarely viewed, occasionally amusing, mostly forgettable, yet without it something seems off.
    For those that choose the path of creativity, the blank canvas of a bag back gives manufacturers a chance to build their brand or cross-promote products. For others, it’s a complete afterthought.
    The following list covers everything you should encounter on the back of a chip bag. It’s based on the perusal of hundreds of bags we’ve read. The list is broken into four tiers, from most common to least common. If we missed anything, please leave your findings in the comments.
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    Investigating Pennsylvania’s Very Particular Penchant for Potato Chips
    Turns out there is an unusually high concentration of snack-food producers in this state.
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    THE SMALL, CENTRAL-EAST PENNSYLVANIA TOWN of Hanover is, like much of Pennsylvania, very normal on the surface, and incredibly weird just below.
    Hanover, and a few counties surrounding it, is the biggest producer of America’s favorite guilty pleasures. It is tempting to be scornful of any place that calls itself the “capital of the world” of any particular product, but it’s hard to argue with Hanover’s claim on this one: more potato chips (and pretzels, candy, ice cream, and chocolate) are produced over these few counties than anywhere else on Earth.
    Pennsylvania leads the country in production of all of these products, and each individual snack has its own fairly standard story of why it came to be so successful in the Keystone State. Pretzels? Well, Pennsylvania has the highest percentage of German-Americans in the US, so isn’t it just logical that the pretzel, a German import, would take root there? Chocolate, well, Philadelphia was a key port in the slave trade, taking on sugar from the Caribbean and manufacturing it a bit west of the city during its booming economic decades. Dairy was and remains a huge industry in Pennsylvania, and the summers are brutally hot, so, sure, ice cream.
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    Don't you hate when you pull open a fresh bag of chips and you find SO much empty space? Who are potato chip companies trying to fool? No one! In fact, that space is there for a very good reason: to make sure that your chips arrive to you fresh and delicious. That empty space is filled with a secret ingredient: Nitrogen!
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