Team Horiz
Product Development

2023 R&D Teams of the Year: Ripple Foods

Sept. 3, 2023
Our third and final R&D Team of the Year created a great product, then overcame wartime shortages to keep it on grocers’ shelves during a critical point for the company.
People on the Move

Frozen Foods Co-Packer, Supplier Harvest Food Group Names New President and CEO

Nov. 28, 2023
Former Popchips CEO Amit Pandhi takes the reins of the Naperville, Ill.-based co-packer, supplier of frozen foods.

What Do Consumers Prefer in their Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwiches?

Nov. 22, 2023
Stephanie Powell, director of marketing for Alpha Baking Co., discusses the results of a survey Alpha Baking commissioned to determine how consumers construct sandwiches using...
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Packaging Materials

Cookie, Brownie Maker Homefree Wins Google Single-Use Plastics Challenge

Nov. 22, 2023
Processor has focused on reuse of foodgrade materials for snack packaging and environmentally friendly cookie boxes.
Legal Issues

U.S. Senator Reintroduces Real MEAT Act to Label Alternative Proteins as ‘Imitation’

Nov. 17, 2023
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) originally introduced the Real MEAT Act in 2019 to clearly differentiate alternative proteins from animal proteins on product labels.
Chocolate Reviews
"Hotel Chocolat Rabot Estate 70% Dash of Milk Mould"
Mergers & Acquisitions

Mars Inc. to Purchase UK’s Hotel Chocolat for $662 million

Nov. 16, 2023
Specialty chocolatier has been looking to expand internationally and believes Mars can help drive that growth.
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Business Strategies

Nestlé to Shutter Freehold, N.J., Instant Coffee Plant

Nov. 16, 2023
75-year-old plant will shut down and be decommissioned over the next few months, Nestlé confirms.
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Canada’s Blender Bites Acquires Sports Nutrition Company, Clinical Trial on CBD and Athletic Recovery

Nov. 6, 2023
Makers of frozen smoothie, frappe beverage products looks to expand into CBD wellness and athletic drink markets with acquisition of Advanced Sports Nutrition Inc.
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Plant Expansion

Detroit’s Metropolitan Baking Co. to Expand Hamtramck, Michigan, Facility

Nov. 3, 2023
30,000-square-foot addition will add 30-40% production capacity on new bun and roll lines.
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Plant Protein

Beyond Meat to Lay Off 19% of Non-Production Workforce

Nov. 2, 2023
Citing a weaker-than-expected third quarter, the plant-based meat company will drop 65 employees and consider additional changes to improve results.
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People on the Move

Former Swift Prepared Foods Exec Named New President, CEO of West Madison Foods

Nov. 2, 2023
Tom Lopez, who led Swift Prepared Foods as well as two separate divisions at Kraft Foods/Kraft Heinz in his career, joins the processor of dressings and dips out of Chicago.