Conagra to lay off employees at Pinnacle Foods plant

Conagra Brands, Inc. has announced plans to lay off approximately 100 employees at its Pinnacle Foods, Inc. office in Boulder as part of a planned shutdown of the facility.

“In October, Conagra Brands acquired Pinnacle Foods and, as a part of that transaction, committed to undergoing a thorough evaluation process of the Boulder Brands business,” said Michael Cummins, vice-president of communications at Conagra. “Conagra recently completed a data-based analysis based on capabilities and determined it was best to integrate and build the Boulder-based brands into Conagra the way of innovation, development, brand building and business process. This requires everyone being in the same location so teams can work fast and efficiently, share ideas for innovation in real time and build our brands with each other. As a result, the Boulder office location will close by the end of 2019, though many employees will be offered jobs in other Conagra locations.”

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A new course for Hain Celestial — smaller, simpler and profitable

 Mark L. Schiller, the new president and chief executive officer of the Hain Celestial Group, Inc., envisions a “fundamentally different approach” for the business. Going forward, he said, Hain Celestial will become a smaller, more focused company with higher margins and profits.

“In the past, we added tremendous complexity and drained profit in pursuit of growth at any cost,” Mr. Schiller told investment analysts during a Feb. 7 earnings call to discuss second-quarter results.

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Ben & Jerry’s expands non-dairy lineup

Ben & Jerry’s has expanded its line of dairy-free frozen desserts with a vegan version of its popular chocolate chip cookie dough variety. Another dairy-free option, chocolate caramel cluster, also joins the lineup.

“Ever since we introduced non-dairy in 2016, our fans have been clamoring for more,” said Sarah Fidler, a research and development specialist and “flavor guru” at Ben & Jerry’s. “The biggest challenge this time was creating a chocolate chip cookie dough flavor that stood up to the original. I think we nailed it.”

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Kellogg Co. Rolls Out Instant Smoothie Bowls

Kellogg Co. is entering the increasingly popular smoothie bowl category with joyböl. This shelf-stable product features a collapsible spoon and a cup of wholesome ingredients to which the consumer adds cold water, milk or a non-dairy beverage, then stirs to make a creamy, satiating portable breakfast or snack. The initial launch is in five varieties. Four of them — chocolate hazelnut, matcha berry, strawberry almond quinoa, and superberries and acai — come with granola clusters.

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Absolutely Gluten Free Takes on Energy Bar Category

Absolutely Gluten Free, maker of all-natural crackers, flatbreads and pizza, is taking on the energy bar category with the launch of TahiniBar, a grab-and-go sesame seed snack that weighs in at only 100 calories. The dairy-free, gluten-free bar complements many of today’s hottest food trends, according to the company.

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