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Whole Earth Brands carves out its sweet spot in alternative sweeteners

As consumers gravitate toward better-for-you-offerings and sugar alternatives, a small Chicago-based sweetener company stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries. While Whole Earth Brands is largely unknown to shoppers, the company’s expanding portfolio of…


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Voyage Foods gets $36M investment to scale up

Dive Brief: Voyage Foods, the California-based company that has reverse-engineered chocolate, peanut butter and coffee, closed a $36 million Series A investment round. It was co-led by UBS O’Connor and Level One Fund. Horizons Ventures,…


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Conagra names McDonald’s exec to head grocery and snacks business

Dive Brief: Conagra Brands has named Lucy Brady president of its grocery and snacks operations starting June 15, the company said in a statement. Brady will lead the ongoing modernization and growth of brands such as…


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What the stalled Sanderson and Wayne Farms merger says about its potential for closing

The closing of Cargill and Continental Grain’s $4.53 billion planned purchase of poultry giant Sanderson Farms seemed promising when the deal was first announced last summer. Once Sanderson was combined with Continental Grain subsidiary Wayne…


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Turning threats into opportunities: Can food companies successfully attack in all directions?

The following is a guest post from Sean McBride, founder of DSM Strategic Communications, and the former executive vice president of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (now the Consumer Brands Association) and former director of communications…


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Lost and found: Brands neglected by large CPGs thrive under new ownership

When Hershey made the decision to divest its premium jerky offering Krave two years ago, the first call executives made was to an entrepreneur intimately familiar with the brand: its founder.  It took only 60…


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Celebrity-created RTD cocktails hit shelves with new Thomas Ashbourne brand

Dive Brief: Thomas Ashbourne Craft Spirits, a celebrity-branded ready-to-drink cocktail brand, is launching nationally this summer. The brand features Sarah Jessica Parker’s Perfect Cosmo; John Cena’s Classic Old Fashioned; Ashley Benson, Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens’ Margalicious…


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Coca-Cola and others agree to $21M settlement for Fairlife animal abuse lawsuits

Dive Brief: Coca-Cola and other parties agreed to pay $21 million to settle lawsuits for falsely advertising their Fairlife ultra-filtered milk came from humanely treated cows. The settlement received preliminary approval by an Illinois federal…


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Consumers likely to ‘trade down’ to chicken as beef prices soar: report

Dive Brief: Consumer demand for meat has continued to rise throughout the pandemic, despite higher prices, according to a recent analysis from CoBank. Beef consumption has grown 1.4% from 2019 to 2021 even as combined retail…

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