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Coca-Cola expands into coffee drink market | Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Coke Coffee to launch in 25 markets this year

Atlanta, Georgia-based Coca-Cola continues to innovate the food and beverage landscape, now announcing the debut of its Coke Coffee, which will launch in 25 markets this year. According to the company, the product was tested in several Asian markets last year.
General Mills enters wind power agreement | Wednesday, April 24, 2019

200 megawatts of wind energy from Roaring Fork

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based General Mills has entered a 15-year wind power purchase agreement for 200 megawatts of Roaring Fork’s Maverick Creek project, which is the largest wind power agreement for General Mills, and the second in the past two years.
Entrepreneurship opportunities in the food industry | Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mapping the entrepreneurial space

Contributions from the food sector are significant to economies across the globe, in 2017, the three largest food markets (United States, China and India) generated combined revenues of USD $1,274,239.68 million. The question becomes, what challenges are food industry players facing, and how do these challenges present opportunities?
Cacique acquires El Sol Foods | Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Expanding into the salsa category

Los Angeles, California-based Cacique, a producer of Mexican-style cheese, chorizos and cremas, is expanding into the salsa category by acquiring Gilbert, Arizona-based El Sol Foods, maker of homestyle salsas.
Kraft Heinz appoints new Chief Executive Officer | Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Miguel Patricio will assume the position

Chicago, Illinois-based Kraft Heinz has appointed Miguel Patricio as new Chief Executive Officer, effective on July 1, 2019. Patricio succeeds Bernardo Hees, who held the position since the company’s inception in 2015.
Poultry processing facility opens for Mountaire Farms | Tuesday, April 23, 2019

$170M plant will employ 1,250 people in North Carolina

Millsboro, Delaware-based Mountaire Farms has opened its new poultry processing facility, located in Siler City, North Carolina. The $170 million facility is the company’s second facility in North Carolina and will employ 1,250 people when fully staffed.
Canada’s first white truffle beer has been released | Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Northern Maverick Brewing launches its White Truffle Pilsner

Toronto, Ontario-based Northern Maverick Brewing has released Canada’s first White Truffle Pilsner, created by brew-master’s Andrew Crowder and Jason Kaptyn. The Czech-style pilsner is brewed with Italian white truffle, which gives the beverage an earthy aroma.
Mondelez International invests in New York snack company | Monday, April 22, 2019

A minority stake has been taken in Hu

Deerfield, Illinois-based Mondelez International has invested a minority stake in Hu Products and Hu Kitchen, a New York snack company which focuses on clean label, paleo-inspired products. Financial terms of the investment have not been released.
New leadership team at Hershey | Monday, April 22, 2019

4 executives have been named

Hershey, Pennsylvania-based Hershey Company has added four new executives to its leadership team, Steve Voskuil as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Rohit Grover as President, Terrance O’Day as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Data Officer and Jason Reiman as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations.
Unilever North America acquires snack company | Monday, April 22, 2019

OLLY Nutrition has been sold

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey-based Unilever North America has entered an agreement to acquire OLLY Nutrition, a producer of bars, protein powders, gummy vitamins, supplements and multi-vitamins, which distributes to locations across the United States, as well as direct online.
McCain Foods celebrates 40th anniversary with expansion | Monday, April 22, 2019

Manitoba facility receives new potato receiving area

Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick-based McCain Foods celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Portage La Prairie, Manitoba potato processing facility with an expansion of its newly opened potato receiving area.
Jerry Wolfe to lead Supply Chain at Hain Celestial | Thursday, April 18, 2019

Wolfe will be heading up the supply chain division, from planning to logistics, improvements, plant operations and procurement.

Jerry Wolfe has recently joined the executive leadership team at The Hain Celestial Group as chief supply chain officer, directly reporting to Mark L. Schiller, president and CEO.
Canadian Government Funding gives Foodarom the Opportunity to Expand | Thursday, April 18, 2019

New opportunity for Foodarom to expand into international markets

Foodarom has received $220,000 in funding from the Canada Economic Development, Quebec Regions, providing them the opportunity to expand into new markets. With this funding, Foodarom is able to finance a portion of its marketing efforts and bring on a dedicated resource to head up market development in Europe.
Seneca Foods to acquire fruit business | Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Paradise sells business unit for approximately $9.3M

Marion, New York-based Seneca Foods has entered an agreement to acquire Paradise’s fruit business, for approximately $9,388,000. Paradise is based out of Plant City, Florida, and owns several brands which include, Paradise, Sunripe, Mor-fruit, Pennant, White Swan and Dixie Brand.
Ice cream maker, Fieldbrook Foods has been acquired | Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wells Enterprises purchased the company

Le Mars, Iowa-based Wells Enterprises has acquired ice cream maker, Fieldbrook Foods, from Arbor Investments. Wells Enterprises is the third-largest ice cream manufacturer in the Unites States, and the largest family-owned and managed ice cream manufacturer across the nation.
Sysco acquires two California distributors | Wednesday, April 17, 2019

J&M Wholesale Meats and Imperio Foods have been purchased

Houston, Texas-based Sysco Corporation has acquired two Modesto, California-based distributors, J&M Wholesale Meats and Imperio Foods. Operating throughout California and Oregon, these two distributors are sister companies with annual combined sales of $44 million.
Maple Syrup Producers of Quebec receives $2.2M government grant | Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Funds to assist tapping into international markets

The Maple Syrup Producers of Quebec have received a $2.2 million grant from the AgriMarketing Program of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. This government investment will allow Quebec producers to expand market opportunities for Canadian maple syrup in the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and China.
Perdue Farms expands its South Carolina operations | Tuesday, April 16, 2019

$25M expansion project to create 100 new jobs

Salisbury, Maryland-based Perdue Farms has finished a $25 million expansion to its operations in Dillon County, South Carolina. According to the company, the project is expected to create an additional 100 jobs.
Carl’s Jr parent company appoints new Chief Executive Officer | Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ned Lyerly assumes the role

Franklin, Tennessee-based CKE Holdings, parent company of Carl’s Jr, has appointed Ned Lyerly as Chief Executive Officer. Effective immediately, Lyerly succeeds Jason Marker, who served as C.E.O for two years.
New Chief Executive Officer named at Pretzels | Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Greg Pearson will assume the position

Bluffton, Indiana-based Pretzels, Inc. has named Greg Pearson as new Chief Executive Officer, succeeding William A. Mann II, who will serve as Executive Vice President of Sales and as a member of the company’s board of directors.


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