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Commodities Affecting General Mills

General Mills Inc.'s profit took a hit over the summer as efforts by the food company to protect against rising commodity costs ended up backfiring amid price swings.

October 2006 New Food Rollout

Grip-n-Dip Chicken Strips for kids from ConAgra; Coca-Cola's Dasani and Powerade go grape; Oscar Mayer Fast Franks from Kraft Food; "pure" juices from Tropicana; stand-up taco shells from General Mills; and Corelli brand pasta sauce in a box from The Kroger Co.

General Mills sells Pop Secret brand for $190 million

General Mills Inc. is selling its Pop Secret microwave popcorn business to Diamond Foods Inc. for about $190 million cash.

Kettle Foods Opens First LEED Gold Food Plant

Kettle Foods Inc., which has built a reputation on environmental consciousness, in September held the ribbon cutting on its second U.S. facility. The Beloit, Wis., plant is the first food plant to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green ...

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Jays Foods

A bankruptcy court judge approved the $24.8 million sale of most of the firm’s assets to Jay’s Acquisition Inc., believed to be pretzel-maker Snyders of Hanover Inc., as part of Jays Foods’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Davisco Foods to invest in South Dakota’s dairy industry

As part of the recent cheese plant expansion project, Davisco Foods International, Inc. begins the anticipated “Phase II” plan with a capitol investment of $10 million.

Rollout: New Food Products for December 2008

New food products guaranteed to whet the appetite.

Three Food Processing Plants Earn EPA Energy Star; Increase Energy Efficiency

The EPA recognized J.R. Simplot Company’s Aberdeen, Idaho plant; J.R. Simplot Company’s Othelllo, Wash. plant; and ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston Inc.’s Quincy, Wash. plant as earning the Energy Star for superior energy performance.

Healthy Food Holdings to acquire Van's Waffles

Healthy Food Holdings, a portfolio company of private equity firm Catterton Partners, is set to acquire Van’s International Foods, Inc., the maker and marketer of Van’s Waffles. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Snacking Could Be The Future Of Eating

Consumer time and health push snack foods to the forefront for many packaged-food companies.

Food Biz Kids: Are Frosted Flakes Gold A New Gold Standard?

Our 8th grade food reviewers thought Kellogg Co.'s Frosted Flakes Gold were ‘A honey, crunchy, grainy combination.’

Food Industry Merger and Acquisition Activity Remained Steady in 2013

The Food Institute recorded 311 mergers in the food industry in 2013; a total that is roughly the same as 2012.

Greek investors buy Nonni's biscotti

Marfin Investment Group of Athens, Greece, said March 6 its investment arm in the food and beverage sector, Vivartia SA, has an agreement to buy U.S. snack producer Nonni’s Food Co., from majority owner Wind Point Partners, a private equity firm, for $320 million.

Giant Food Set to Sell Dairy Plant to Co-op

Giant Food LLC is selling its dairy operation and processing plant in Landover to the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative for an undisclosed amount, the grocery chain said yesterday.

ConAgra to shutter five plants en route to 12 closings

In its most sweeping rationalization so far, ConAgra Foods Inc., announced plans in mid-September to close five manufacturing plants, although the toll could rise to 12 before completion of a reorganization plan.

Altria to spin off its stake in Kraft this month

Following a year or more of speculation, Altria Group Inc., the New York-based holding company that owns both Kraft Foods Inc. and cigarette-maker Philip Morris, said it would spin off its 89 percent stake in Kraft to its shareholders on March 30.

2005 "Top 100" corporate profiles (1-25)

This article provides background information on the companies comprising Food Processing's Top 100. Our ranking reflects the 100 largest value-added food and beverage processors in the U.S. and Canada, the top producers (not necessarily marketers) of grocery store-ready packaged food products.

Process Expo to co-locate with IFT next year

IFT Food Expo and FPSA Process Expo to Co-Locate Events in 2010

Plant Closings for Tyson and Dean Foods

Closings eliminate nearly 190 jobs

Tyson Files Suit Against USDA On Chicken Label

Tyson Foods Inc. has sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the company's antibiotic-free chicken label

Food Business Mergers And Acquisitions Up In 2011, But Slow In Second Half

The Food Institute recorded a total of 381 mergers in the larger food and beverage industry in 2011, an increase of about 20 percent over the 317 deals in 2010.

Yet Another Walmart Initiative: Affordable, Healthy Food

Walmart Stores Inc., on Jan. 20, unveiled a five-point initiative to improve Americans' nutrition, including stocking foods with fewer negative ingredients and lowering the prices of healthier foods.

Tyson unveils new R&D 'discovery' center

Tyson Foods, Inc. officially unveiled its new “Discovery Center,” a research and development facility designed to enhance the company’s ability to create new foods and bring them to market more quickly.

Top Food and Beverage Companies for 2007: Kraft Returns to the Top

Following a tough year for animal protein companies, Kraft Foods returns to the No. 1 position on our annual list of the 100 largest food and beverage processors in the U.S. and Canada.

Holden Stepping Down at Kraft

Kraft Foods Inc. said Friday that former co-Chief Executive Betsy Holden, now global marketing chief, has resigned, effective June 30. Kraft said Holden also has quit the company's board of directors.

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