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US: Hostess launches Chocodile Twinkies nationwide

8 Jul 2014

US baker Hostess Brands LLC is reintroducing Chocodile Twinkies, with a national roll-out planned to start this week.

US: Shares in Flowers Foods dip on Q1 profit drop

15 May 2014

US bakery group Flowers Foods has reported lower first-quarter profits as costs linked to its acquisition of assets from the former Hostess Brands weighed on its bottom line.

US: Hostess Brands to expand capacity

13 Dec 2013

The recently-revived US baker Hostess Brands is to increase capacity at a plant in Kansas.

UK/EGYPT: PE firm Actis invests in snack firm Edita

27 Jun 2013

UK private-equity firm Actis has acquired a 30% stake in Egypt-based snack food group Edita Food Industries.

The week ahead - Wal-Mart Q1s, Post Holdings H1, ProTerra conference

13 May 2013

US breakfast cereal group Post Holdings kicks off a relatively quieter week of results with its half-year numbers on Monday. On Tuesday, meat giants Marfig and JBS will report on how it fared in the first three months of the year - as will Wal-Mart on Thursday. The week also includes an international conference in the Netherlands looking at the sustainable cultivation of soy.

US: Hostess Brands to open more plants as returns to production

29 Apr 2013

The new Hostess Brands has announced plans to re-open plants in Indiana and Illinois as the US baker looks to rebuild its production network.

US: Hostess to start auction for batch of bread brands

15 Mar 2013

US baker Hostess Brands, which is selling off its assets, will start an auction for brands including Sweetheart and Standish Farms after getting a series of offers.

US: McKee Foods to buy Hostess cake brand Drake's

15 Mar 2013

Privately-owned US group McKee Foods looks set to be the latest buyer of assets from bakery giant Hostess Brands.

On the money: Flowers sees gains from Hostess demise

8 Feb 2013

US baker Flowers Foods has expanded its market share in the wake of Hostess Brands' move to wind down its operations.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

21 Jan 2013

News that Flowers Food has emerged as the "stalking horse" bidder for various Hostess Brands bread brands in the US caught our attention last week. Meanwhile, an entirely different kind of horse got tongues wagging on this side of the pond when food safety officials found horse meat had been used in the production of burgers in the UK and Ireland. There has also been a flurry of news from the confectionery sector, with Barry Callebaut, Lindt and Thorntons hitting the headlines. We can expect more from this category in the coming weeks as the industry gears up for ISM, one of the calendar's biggest trade shows. just-food will be reporting live (and possibly even indulging our sweet tooth).

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

4 Jan 2013

It may have been just-food's first week back after the Christmas break, but we hit the group running with the news that Unilever has sold its Skippy peanut butter brand to Hormel.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

19 Nov 2012

The apparent end of US baker Hostess Brands grabbed the headlines last week after a nationwide strike prompted management to move to wind up the business. On a positive note, UK food manufacturers visited China to try to tap into the country's second-largest economy. Click on the headlines for more on our coverage of the major stories this week.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

19 Nov 2012

Hostess Brands, one of the largest bakery groups in the US, last week moved to wound down the company, blaming striking workers. Elsewhere, Diamond Foods' CEO, once the boss of Hostess, insisted the Kettle Chips firm was heading in the right direction after a year of turmoil. In Europe, food giants insisted their move to harmonise nutrition labels would benefit consumers, while in the UK, exporters were urged to target China.

US: Hostess Brands eyes bankruptcy exit despite jobs warning

10 May 2012

US baker Hostess Brands, which filed for Chapter 11 protection earlier this year, has said it is still eyeing an exit from bankruptcy despite warning employees jobs could go if the company is sold or closed.

US: Ex-Hostess Brands chief Driscoll named Diamond Foods CEO

8 May 2012

Brian Driscoll, the former CEO of US baker Hostess Brands, which is in bankruptcy protection, has joined Diamond Foods as its chief executive.

US: Turnaround veteran Rayburn to lead ailing baker Hostess

12 Mar 2012

Turnaround veteran Greg Rayburn has been named president and CEO of US baker Hostess Brands, which moved into bankruptcy protection in January.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

27 Jan 2012

The UK government this week launched a series of measures, drawn up with industry, to drive the food sector's growth overseas. The so-called export action plan came in the week that food and drink giant Princes announced a venture in Italy and UK confectioner Zetar opened its first sales office in Europe. Zetar's CEO outlined the company's Continental sales target to just-food and, in a further interview with a top executive, Spar International MD Dr Gordon Campbell told us about the symbol retailer's expansion plans in India.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

27 Jan 2012

Carrefour again grabbed the headlines this week, with speculation intensifying that there could be change of leadership at the company. just-food understands an announcement is due in days. Elsewhere in retail, Asda outlined its expansion plans in the UK and we spoke to the CEO of Spar International about the symbol group's ambitions in India. Meanwhile, Premier Foods admitted more jobs could be lost at the company, we took a look at why US baker Hostess Brands filed for Chapter 11 and, in our latest Sustainability Watch, we discussed HJ Heinz's CSR strategy.

Editor's choice: highlights on just-food this week

13 Jan 2012

The performance of the UK food retail sector over Christmas came under scrutiny this week and there were some clear winners and losers. Elsewhere, the M&A rumour mill continued to turn, with German yoghurt giant Müller in talks to buy UK milk supplier Robert Wiseman Dairies. In the US, baker Hostess Brands applied for Chapter 11 protection for a second time, Cargill reported its worst quarter in a decade and Archer Daniels Midland announced a swathe of job cuts. On just-food's insight pages, we looked at Bi-Lo's plan to buy fellow UK retailer Winn-Dixie and at the importance of price optimisation.

Quote unquote: just-food's week in words

13 Jan 2012

Major UK retailers reported a bit of a mixed Christmas, with Tesco's shares sliding following a trading announcement, while Sainsbury's claimed a "record-breaking" festive period. The fortunes of US baker Hostess Brands are more clear cut. The company this week entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for a second time.

US: Hostess Brands to extend Donettes range

25 Jul 2011

Hostess Brands has announced plans to extend its Donettes range of mini-donuts with a frosted devil's food cake variety.

US: Hostess Brands launches Wonder Smartwheat bread

7 Mar 2011

US baker Hostess Brands has launched a whole wheat bread under its flagship white bread brand, Wonder.

US: Hostess Brands to lower salt in breads

24 Nov 2010

US bakery group Hostess Brands has pledged to cut the level of sodium in its brands by 20% and promised any new breads launched would be with less salt.

US: Hostess launches Breakfast Classics line

22 Jul 2010

US baker and snack maker Hostess has extended its range to include a breakfast range.

US: Low demand leads Hostess to close Ohio bread site

26 Apr 2010

Falling local demand for bread has led US baker Hostess Brands to decide to close a site in Ohio.


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