Food Business News - October 9, 2012 - (Page 16)

ConAgra to expand frozen meals production Alpina opens yogurt facility in New York While the company has sold its dairy products in American markets for several years, the facility is the company’s first to open in the United States. The plant already employs 30, and the company expects to hire 20 more in the coming months. During the past year, Alpina Foods has launched several products for U.S. consumers, including Alpina Revive Greek yogurt, Alpina Restart traditional yogurt, Alpina Renew oat smoothie, Bon Yurt by Alpina low-vat vanilla yogurts and Juan Valdez Café Latte by Alpina. FBN BATAVIA, N.Y. — Alpina Foods, the U.S. arm of Colombia-based Alpina, is entering the U.S. yogurt manufacturing market with the opening of a yogurt facility in Batavia. Chris Solly to c.e.o. of Ehrmann USA BRATTLEBORO, VT. — Chris Solly has joined Ehrmann USA, L.L.C. as chief executive officer. Headquartered in Germany and established by the Ehrmann family, Ehrmann is a manufacturer of Bavarian-style yogurts. The company entered the United States market last year. “I am thrilled and honored to be asked to lead the Ehrmann USA team on its continued expansion into the U.S. market,” Mr. Solly said. Mr. Solly will manage the brand presence in the United States and seek to build brand awareness and grow product distribution. He has nearly 25 years of experience in brand management and sales in the food industry, most recently as vice-president of licensed brands at Greencore USA. FBN OMAHA, NEB. — ConAgra Foods, Inc. is expanding its facility in Russellville, Ark., to manufacture Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s frozen meals. “ConAgra Foods has a long history in Russellville, and we are pleased to grow our presence in the area,” said Mike Tracy, senior vice-president of consumer foods supply chain for ConAgra. The expansion represents a $100 million investment and is expected to create more than 80 jobs. ConAgra acquired the Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s Home Menu frozen meal businesses earlier this year from Unilever North America for $265 million. The agreement included a license for the use of the Bertolli brand name on the frozen meals and the transfer of Unilever’s license with P.F. Chang’s for the use of the P.F. Chang’s Home Menu brand. The transaction did not include the Owensboro, Ky., facility where Unilever manufactured the products. FBN Think aturally REDN Progress to the all-natural coloring based on Lycopene. Tomat-O-Red® is based on natural tomato Lycopene. Ready-to-use, extremely stable, high quality natural Color. Creating innovative nutrition w w w . l y c o r e d . c o m Available in powder and liquid formulations for food and beverage applications. October 9, 2012 16 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ®

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Food Business News - October 9, 2012
Unilever may put Skippy brand up for sale
Fruit prices on the rise
Bio-engineering on the ballot in California
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Editorial - Instant noodles as single food product success
Snyder’s-Lance expands distribution in southwest U.S.
American Sugar buys majority of Belize Sugar Industries
F.A.O. Food Price Index rises in September
Sunland peanut butter recall expands
RAND study shows rapid rise of morbid obesity
Dean puts Morningstar Foods on the trading block
Chiquita Brands names Edward Lonergan as c.e.o.
Smart Balance unveils new name, new structure
Clarkson Grain acquires US Soy
Alpina opens yogurt facility in New York
Chris Solly to c.e.o. of Ehrmann USA
ConAgra to expand frozen meals production
Campbell Soup closing two facilities
Jack Link’s acquiring Nebraska facility
New Kraft seeks to unlock ‘true potential'
Mondelez establishes global ambitions
August Restaurant Performance Index rises
Hershey to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020
Kroger introducing ‘Simple’ brands
Environmental claims to face greater scrutiny
Health and Wellness - Sodium reduction remains a priority
Ingredient Innovations - GRAS for probiotics seen as step toward market acceptance
Studies focus on probiotic benefits
New Food Products
Ingredient Market Trends
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
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Food Business News - October 9, 2012