Post Holdings To Buy Bob Evans for $1.5 Billion

Post Holdings Inc., St. Louis, announced today (Sept. 19) an agreement to acquire Bob Evans Farms Inc., New Albany, Ohio, for approximately $1.5 billion. The deal will move the acquirer deeper into the breakfast category, beyond Post’s cereals and eggs, and especially into packaged and prepared breakfast entrees. Post officials called it a “highly complementary combination.”

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Simply Fresh Foods introduces Rojo’s Queso Dips and Rojo’s Salsas

Simply Fresh Foods introduces Rojo’s Queso Dips and Rojo’s Salsas. A first for the company, the 12-oz. queso dips come in two varieties. Salsa Con Queso is tangy sour cream blended with creamy cotija and cream cheeses and mixed with fresh tomatoes, onions and jalapeno peppers. Queso Blanco is Monterey Jack and cotija cheeses combined with zesty green chiles and jalapenos.

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Mondelēz Launches Véa Crackers

Mondelēz International is launching Véa. Designed to drive growth in the savory cracker segment, Véa comes in three formats in a total of six globally inspired recipes that should appeal to those interested in discovering something new. The entire Véa portfolio contains no artificial colors or flavors, and is Non-GMO Project verified.

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Saputo Rolls out Cheeses with Global Flavor Influences

In efforts to appeal to today’s adventurous consumers’ insatiable appetite for bold and ethnic flavors, Saputo Cheese USA Inc. is growing its Great Midwest artisan cheese brand. Hand-crafted in small batches, the three new flavors are ghost pepper cheddar in 7-oz bars, Mediterranean cheddar — which combines sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives and a spice into 7-oz bars — and pesto jack in 8-oz. rounds.

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DiGiorno Introduces Crispy Pan, Ultra Thin, and Stuffed Pizzas

Nestlé USA is getting creative in the frozen pizza category with a number of product rollouts.

New DiGiorno Crispy Pan Pizza is baked in its own pan fresh in the home oven. It is topped with edge-to-edge cheese for a crust that is crispy and caramelized on the outside and soft and tender inside. Made with real cheese, a preservative-free crust and no artificial flavors, the four 12-inch by 8-inch panned varieties–Pepperoni, Four Cheese, Supreme and Three Meat–have a suggested retail price of $8.49.

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Entrepreneur Father Introduces Cold-Pressure Processed Baby Food

Entrepreneur Johnny Kien, founder of the Green Carrot Juice Co., is launching a unique baby food company, Keen Bean Inc., to make its namesake Keen Bean Baby Blends. The father of one with another on the way says after finding store baby food options limited, he decided to make his own. With unique, superfood ingredients like goji and acai, hemp hearts and chickpeas, as well as vegan and gluten-free options, Keen Bean Baby Blends is seeking to change the packaged baby food world.

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