Pinnacle Foods plans to add to its roster of health-focused brands with the acquisition of Boulder Brands in a deal valued at about $975 million, including debt, the companies announced today. Boulder produces brands including Evol Foods and Udi's Gluten Free.
The Kellogg Co. plans to renew its Kashi brand, positioning it as a leader in the natural foods category, according to Kashi CEO David Denholm, who hopes innovations will turn Kashi into a $1 billion brand. New products will play on current trends, including reduced-sugar options and a line of plant-based powders for use in smoothies, Denholm said.
To meet the needs of millennial consumers with more adventurous and sophisticated palates, bakery brands are launching unique flavors such as global twists on nostalgic favorites and sweet and spicy combinations with chili peppers, according to industry experts. "Today's consumers are looking for excitement and unique twists on nostalgic Americana favorites. The current overarching flavor trends are authentic Filipino/Southeast Asian, regional Mexican and Peruvian/Brazilian," said Aaron Rasmussen of Bell Flavors & Fragrances.
Chief executives of 78 large companies including PepsiCo, Nestle and Unilever have formed an alliance urging global leaders to influence carbon pricing, as well as pledging their own commitment toward reducing carbon emissions, ahead of a summit on climate change in Paris next week. "We believe that effective climate policies have to include explicit or implicit prices on carbon achieved via market mechanisms or coherent legislative measures according to national preferences," they wrote in an open letter.
A two-year process has culminated in Alaska's first Nestle Toll House Cafe. The cafe is located in South Anchorage and offers not only the brand's famous cookies, but other desserts, paninis, flatbreads, coffee and other items. "It has everything," said John Fox, the franchise's owner. "It’s like a coffee shop on steroids."
Russian chocolatier Goldberg will build its second factory, in the United Arab Emirates, according to Goldberg Worldwide Director Suranga De Silva. "This factory will have more capacity, because we will have more automation — there's less automation in the Russian factory," said De Silva. The new factory will allow Goldberg to offer shorter shelf-life products in the region.
A study that measured impacts on skin quality using female Korean volunteers between the ages of 43 and 86 determined that cocoa flavanols may help improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. "In moderately photo-aged women, regular cocoa flavanol consumption had positive effects on facial wrinkles and elasticity," wrote researchers from Seoul National University. "Cocoa flavanol supplementation may contribute to the prevention of the progression of photo-aging."
Dairy is among the three food categories that consumers are most concerned about, and dairy firms can address concerns by increasing their transparency, said Charlie Arnot of the Center for Food Integrity, which released its 2015 Consumer Trust Research report. "If dairy processors want consumers to trust their products, it's essential," Arnot said. "We know from research that an increase in transparency is a great way to make that happen."
Perry's Ice Cream is offering limited-edition Gingerbread Cookie ice cream this holiday season. The new flavor, which includes pieces of gingerbread cookie dough and swirls of white icing, is available in New England and parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
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