Manufacturing


  • An orange package of Reese's Big Cups Stuffed with Reese's Puffs on a white background.
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    Leftovers: Reese’s stuffs with Puffs cereal; Jelly Belly quenches thirst with chocolate drink

    The popular Hershey sweet introduces what “might be the most meta mashup ever,” and Nick’s Swedish Ice Cream turns Minecraft into a square meal.

    By Food Dive Staff • Sept. 30, 2022
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    Snacking boom pushes annual cookie sales to $8.6B, IRI says

    Private label and several leading brands in the category saw double-digit percentage point growth year-over-year.

    By Sept. 30, 2022
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    Coca-Cola, Molson Coors expand partnership with RTD cocktail launch

    Topo Chico Spirited, the third drink to be introduced since the companies started working together in 2020, will debut in more than 20 markets across the U.S. in 2023.

    By Sept. 29, 2022
  • Packaging for Kellogg's MorningStar Farms Incogmeato brand.
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    MorningStar Farms plant workers reject union deal

    Employees at an Ohio factory producing plant-based products voted 141 to 82 against unionizing, allowing its owner Kellogg to avoid another labor crisis.

    By Updated Sept. 27, 2022
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    Kerry launches emulsifier made from acacia

    The company is touting Puremul, which would replace sunflower lecithin and mono- and diglycerides, as a more plentiful clean label alternative.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Behind 5 food and beverage sustainability programs receiving USDA funding

    Tyson and Land O’Lakes’ sustainability arm Truterra were among the 70 projects that received grants to facilitate climate-smart agricultural practices.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
  • A dish of powdered egg white made through Onego Bio's precision fermentation sits on a counter, with a dish of whipped egg white and a whisk with whipped egg on it behind.
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    Perfect Day launches biotech-as-a-service business

    The precision fermentation leader’s new venture, nth Bio, will help companies with research and development, scale up and regulatory review. Its first partnership is with animal-free egg protein maker Onego Bio.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    Why Nestlé is confident its portfolio overhaul has primed it for success

    North America CEO Steve Presley said the CPG is in a stronger position despite an unpredictable environment after turning over 40% of its U.S. business to focus on faster-growing, trendier offerings.

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    Beam Suntory to invest $400M in sustainable expansion of Jim Beam distillery

    The project will increase the Kentucky facility’s capacity by 50% while cutting its greenhouse gas emissions in half. 

    By Sept. 16, 2022
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    Potential food crisis averted as rail strike deal is reached

    The agriculture industry warned a shutdown would have overwhelmed grain storage facilities and delayed deliveries, dealing a blow to a food sector already reeling from inflation and supply chain challenges.

    By , Sarah Zimmerman • Sept. 15, 2022
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    Safety issues incubate disaster in food and beverage supply chains

    An Abbott formula recall and a Family Dollar rodent infestation underscore how systematic failures can compromise safety.

    By Jen A. Miller • Sept. 14, 2022
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    Inside Mars Wrigley’s ‘bold ambition’ to create a $1.1B ice cream business

    More than three decades after buying Dove Bar, the candy giant behind Snickers and M&M’s is harnessing innovation and e-commerce to drive its expansion in frozen treats.

    By Sept. 14, 2022
  • An artist's rendering of Darigold's upcoming Pasco, Washington, plant.
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    Darigold breaks ground on $600M butter and powdered milk plant

    The facility in Washington, which should be operational by early 2024, is expected to employ about 200 and process 8 million pounds of milk per day.

    By Sept. 13, 2022
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    How Biden’s biotech executive order helps the food industry

    Bioengineering powers genetically modified items and the animal-free products made through precision fermentation.

    By Sept. 13, 2022
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    Nestlé entering animal-free dairy with milk-like products

    The food and beverage giant is debuting chocolate and plain offerings made with protein from Perfect Day in the U.S. later this year as part of a test-and-learn.

    By Sept. 12, 2022
  • Keurig Dr Pepper, coffee, K-cups
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    Keurig’s new brewer aims to replicate coffeehouse experience at home

    The K-Café Smart machine is Keurig Dr Pepper’s biggest step yet to stoke future demand for the popular coffee platform responsible for more than a third of the company’s annual sales.

    By Sept. 8, 2022
  • Riviana's Minute Rice microwavable cups
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    Riviana invests $80.6M to expand ready-to-serve rice facility

    The Memphis plant will gain 65,000 square feet and production capacity for Minute microwaveable cups, as well as new lines for pouches of its Tilda, Carolina and Mahatma brands.

    By Sept. 8, 2022
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    Seth Goldman’s Eat the Change announces flavors for new tea brand

    Varieties of Just Ice Tea, which are expected to hit shelves later this year, include a few of the most popular extensions under the Honest tea line being discontinued by Coca-Cola.

    By Sept. 7, 2022
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    How Mondelēz boosts impulse buys

    With consumers shopping differently after the pandemic, the snacking giant has retooled its efforts to trigger last-minute purchases on e-commerce and in stores.

    By Sept. 6, 2022
  • Boxes of Simulate's plant-based chicken Nuggs, Tenders, Crispy Cutlet and Strips arranged on a white background.
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    Simulate launches Strips and Cutlets with an eye on foodservice

    The new plant-based chicken products are produced using high moisture extrusion, which can create a fibrous texture more similar to actual meat.

    By Sept. 2, 2022
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    Nestlé launches vegan KitKat in 15 European countries

    The bar, which uses a rice-based substitute in place of dairy, is getting an expanded rollout as products from Hershey and Mondelēz remain in testing or debut in a limited release.

    By Sept. 1, 2022
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    General Mills invests $100M to expand Totino’s pizza plant

    The project will add 30 new jobs to the Southeast Ohio facility, which is one of the CPG’s largest in the United States.

    By Sept. 1, 2022
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    Kraft Heinz opens new California distribution center

    The facility will focus on operational speed and help reduce the CPG’s carbon footprint. 

    By Megan Ruggles • Aug. 31, 2022
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    How CPGs are using M&A to boost manufacturing amid supply disruptions

    While dealmaking often focuses on food or beverage brands, more companies are buying plants to ramp up production, widen an offering’s reach and lessen dependence on outside manufacturers.

    By Aug. 31, 2022
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    Beer industry’s efforts to embrace regenerative agriculture face ‘significant hurdles’

    While most agree action needs to be taken to curb emissions, Rabobank said progress is being slowed by a lack of consensus, limited financial incentives and difficulty measuring progress.

    By Aug. 31, 2022