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Kind founder Lubetzky backs snack brand Quevos in Shark Tank deal

25 Jan 2021

Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of US better-for you snack brand Kind, has invested in a local crisps business using egg whites as a main ingredient.

2020 – The year in food industry M&A

22 Dec 2020

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during a year like no other.

Portfolio shake-up likely in US food sector, says Credit Suisse

7 Dec 2020

Investment bank Credit Suisse has considered whether a period of portfolio re-shaping is likely amongst US food groups.

Kind strikes deal to buy snack-bar firm Nature's Bakery

2 Dec 2020

Snack bar firm Kind has announced an agreement to acquire a fellow better-for-you snacks business in the US.

Mars snaps up remainder of US snacks maker Kind

18 Nov 2020

The confectionery giant, which acquired a minority stake in Kind three years ago, has lifted its interest in the US snack-bar firm.

New products – Bio-tiful launches kefir 'shots'; Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods chills out; Popchips dialling down on healthier snacks in US

30 Oct 2020

This week's batch of new products that caught the eye include home-made yogurt kits from Danone and General Mills launching a version of its Fibre One Protein bars in the US.

"We are preparing ourselves for a long, slow, trek out of Covid" – UK food groups and their latest thoughts on Covid-19

1 Sep 2020

Covid-19 is still presenting challenges to the industry and just-food spoke to a number of packaged-food manufacturers operating in the UK for their latest views on trading.

New products - Unilever takes Pot Noodle into block format; Higgidy moves into ready meals; Take Two Foods barley milk alternative; Emmi launches Beleaf in UK

12 Jun 2020

This week's selection of new products includes snacks firm Pip & Lekker's seed-based products being sold at Sainsbury's and Emmi launching its plant-based range Beleaf in the UK.

China shoppers' focus on wellbeing to drive healthy snacks – deep dive, part two

27 Mar 2020

In part two of our deep dive into healthy snack segments in China, Wang Fangqing outlines how the markets for yogurt, nut snacks and snack bars could develop.

New products - Biotiful branches into cheese; Nestle rolls out dairy-free Drumstick cones; Kind breaks into breakfast snacks; Lotus Bakeries takes Urban Fruit in new direction

19 Mar 2020

Our coverage of new products this week includes Kind branching out into the breakfast snacks segment and Nestle's dairy-free Drumstick launch.

Kind founder Daniel Lubetzky backs Greek-style yogurt firm Ellenos

25 Feb 2020

Food business entrepreneur Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of US snacks brand Kind, has invested in a local Greek yogurt firm.

New products - Mars launches vegan Dolmio; Kellogg adds to MorningStar Farms' Incogmeato plant-based range; Germany's Frosta debuts Fish from the Field vegan line-up

14 Feb 2020

This week's batch of new products includes a vegan bolognese sauce from Mars' Dolmio brand and additions by Kellogg to its Incogmeato plant-based range.

US snacks maker Kind plans lay-offs

29 Oct 2019

Kind is to lay off dozens of staff in what the US-based snacks maker said is due to changes in its "go-to-market approach".

Kind eyes new segments through Creative Snacks acquisition

15 Oct 2019

Mars-backed, US snacks business Kind has made its first acquisition, buying a local peer for an undisclosed sum.

Kind takes sideswipe at synthetic dye use as it discontinues Fruit Bites

25 Sep 2019

US healthy snack brand Kind is to discontinue a product aimed at children, blaming American kids' preference for foods coloured with artificial dyes.

Mike Barkley new CEO at US snacks firm Kind as founder Daniel Lubetzky moves upstairs

11 Sep 2019

New York-based snacks business Kind has carried out a leadership level shake-up that sees the appointment of a new CEO.

New products - Hershey unveils new Reese's Ice Cream Cake; Kind healthy snacks brand branches out into frozen; Blue Diamond almond-based 'yogurt'; The Meatless Farm widens stable

17 May 2019

This week's batch of new products includes UK meat-free veteran Quorn making its debut in ambient foods and a new snacks range from Graze.

Mike Barkley to replace John Leahy as Kind president, COO

24 Jan 2019

Kind, the US-based snacks business in which confectionery giant Mars holds a minority stake, announced its president and COO is to retire.

New Products - Nomadic unveils on-the-go Lovely Live Yogurt range; Nestle launches Nesquik Alphabet cereal in Spain; Kellogg introduces Hi Happy Inside cereal; Conagra Brands rolls out on-the-go Evol meal bowls

16 Nov 2018

This week's news includes new products from companies including Nestle, Kellogg, Saputo and Hormel, taking in markets in North America, Europe and Asia.

New Products: Hormel Foods unveils Skippy P.B. Fruit Bites; Kind makes sports nutrition debut with protein bars launch; Pioneer Food Group's Lizi's moves into breakfast drinks; Chobani targets savoury with squeezy Greek yogurt product

9 Aug 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.

New Products - Mondelez launches Joyfills biscuits; Unilever's Hellmann's links up with Tabasco; Kind rolls out granola bars for children; Nestle unveils A+ milk in Sri Lanka

3 Aug 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.

US snacks firm Kind in UK foodservice push

9 Jul 2018

Kind, the US-based snacks supplier, has secured a deal to supply Costa Coffee outlets in the UK operator's domestic market.

Wessanen plant-based desserts; Asda vegan products; Aldi vegan range in US; Kind protein bars

19 Jan 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.

2017 - the year in food industry M&A

15 Dec 2017

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during 2017.

Mars takes minority stake in healthy snack bar company Kind 

30 Nov 2017

Confectionery giant Mars has taken a minority stake in US snacks group Kind.

US snack maker Kind coy on stake sale "rumours"

7 Jul 2017

Kind, the US snacks group, has refused to be drawn on a report that claimed it has hired banks to advise it on the sale of a minority stake in the business.

Trump pulls out of Paris climate deal - industry and NGO reaction

2 Jun 2017

President Trump yesterday (1 June) fulfilled one of his campaign pledges by withdrawing the US from the 2015 Paris climate accord. The deal commits signatories to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them to 1.5C. However, Trump believes the agreement would hit the US economy. Some of the biggest names in the food sector have hit out at the decision.

US snack maker Kind reveals added-sugar content

9 Aug 2016

Kind LLC, the US snacks maker, has published the amount of sugar it adds to its products on sale in the company's domestic market.

How Kind aims to continue growth - CEO Daniel Lubetzky on US, international plans - interview

9 Jun 2016

Kind LLC, the US snacks maker, is seen as one of the more successful challenger brands in the US, having out-maneouvred some larger rivals to grab a chunk of the market since its formation in 2004. But how does founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky believe the company can continue to grow? He discusses his plans with Dean Best.

"I couldn't let that issue go" - Kind CEO Daniel Lubetzky reflects on FDA's labelling U-turn - interview

31 May 2016

US snacks maker Kind LLC has been one of the country's most successful challenger brands in recent years, with its products eating into the sales of larger, more-established competitors amid growing demand for simpler, less processed foods. Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration claimed Kind was breaching rules on content claims by putting the word 'healthy' on its bars, as the products contained higher-than-permitted levels of saturated fat, principally due to the nuts in the recipes. Kind changed its packaging but started work on challenging the FDA's decision. Earlier this month, after discussions with Kind, the FDA relented. Dean Best spoke to Kind CEO Lubetzky about the episode.


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