Jennie-O Puts a New Twist on Turkey

With consumer demand growing for diverse and global flavors, Hormel Foods’ Jennie-O brand is getting creative with its turkey bacon, which the company says satisfies that crispy bacon craving with 60 percent less fat than pork bacon. The two new flavored options are blueberry and jalapeno, both of which contain real identifiable pieces of berries and peppers, respectively.

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Morrison Suddenly Retires from Campbell Soup

After a rocky, seven-year stint as CEO, in which sales slipped as she turned the company away from its namesake product, Denise Morrison has suddenly retired as CEO of Campbell Soup Co. She’s 64.

The company made the announcement today (May 18), saying Morrison “has chosen to retire effective today,” and installed a director of two years, Keith McLoughlin, as interim CEO. In the announcement, there were hints but no explicit statement that a formal search for a replacement would begin.

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Lassonde to Purchase Old Orchard Brands

Lassonde Industries, Inc., a Rougemont, Que., developer and manufacturer of fruit and vegetable juices, has agreed to acquire Old Orchard Brands, LLC, a family-owned juice and beverage company based in Sparta, Mich., for $146 million in cash. Lassonde also has agreed to purchase the company’s property, which includes land and the manufacturing plant, for $4 million. The transaction is expected to close in May. Via additional consideration, a further amount of up to $10 million may be payable over the next two years subject to specified financial milestones.

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PepsiCo gets More Naked with Expanded Line of Snack Bars

PepsiCo is expanding its Naked brand beyond the fresh premium juice and smoothie case and into the bar aisle with Naked Fruit, Nut & Veggie Bars. Committed to giving everyone easy access to fruits and veggies in innovative forms, the chilled snack bars come in three varieties: Blue Machine (almonds, blueberries, apples, cranberries, carrots and sweet potatoes), Green Machine (almonds, apples, dates, mangoes, kale and broccoli) and Red Machine (almonds, cherries, cranberries, apples, carrots and spinach). All three contain no preservatives, are Non-GMO Project verified and are excellent sources of vitamins A, C, E and iron.

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Birch Benders Launches Frozen Toaster Waffles

Birch Benders, a pancake and waffle mix brand in the natural foods channel, is launching a line of frozen toaster waffles. Varieties are Buttermilk, Homestyle, Protein and, first-of-its-kind, Paleo, which is made with tiger nut, cassava and coconut flours. Paleo contains no gluten, dairy, grains or added sugar, while the protein variety packs in 11g of protein (from whey protein concentrate) per two-waffle serving. The waffles are made in Belgium with high-quality ingredients using recipes passed down by Belgian waffle makers.

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