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number of platforms, from peanut butter to pet food. "We now have a new line of Jif bars, which are actually outstanding," said Richard Smucker, chief executive officer. "So we're pushing on all those areas ... and healthy innovation is really key to us." Like many other leading food manufacturers, Smucker has hopped on the clean label trend. This past year, the company introduced Pillsbury Purely Simple baking mixes, which contain no colors, preservatives or artificial flavors. Smucker also recently launched a line of fruit spreads sweetened with honey. "So actually you see a lot of our innovations throughout being driven by better ingredients, simpler ingredients..." Mr. Oakland said. "And we're trying to do that in our main line, too, and most of our main line, whether it's c ee or peanut butter, are pretty good coff pproducts for you. In fact, coffee has got a nnew halo, and the more coffee you drink, itit's better for your health, and we like to se see those reports that come out and those me medical studies. ""So we feel really good about our portfolio, and those products that we can improve in te terms of simplifying ingredients, we are. But w we're pushing in those areas." FBN for the quarter, reflecting a decrease in volume and higher marketing expenses. "We were pleased with the 2015 performance of our consumer foods segment, which achieved record profit performance," Mr. Smucker said. "Volume performance in the segment was led by Jif, Crisco and Smucker's Uncrustables brands with Uncrustables achieving its third consecutive year of double-digit volume growth in U.S. retail. "New product launches across our consumer foods portfolio also contributed to 2015 results. In addition, during the year we completed the acquisition of the Sahale Snack brand providing a new snacking platform that we look to leverage throughout our businesses." Net sales for the International, Foodservice and Natural Foods segment were flat at $1,272.7 million for the year and rose 6% to $311.9 million for the quarter. Segment profit fell 1% to $166.7 million for the year but advanced 10% to $38.1 million for the quarter. Results were affected by foreign currency translation and Smucker's planned rationalizations within the food service business. FBN Campbell to acquire fresh salsa maker CAMDEN, N.J. - Campbell Soup Co. is expanding its presence in the growing packaged fresh food category with the acquisition of Garden Fresh Gourmet for $231 million. Generating $100 million in net sales last year, Garden Fresh Gourmet manufactures the leading branded refrigerated salsa in the United States as well as hummus, dips and tortilla chips. The business will become part of the Campbell Fresh division, formerly called Packaged Fresh, which also includes Bolthouse Farms juices, carrots, salad dressings and children's snacks; the recently launched 1915 brand of cold-pressed organic juices; and Campbell's retail refrigerated soups. Under the new enterprise structure, the division will focus on building Campbell's scale and accelerating growth in the $19 billion packaged fresh foods category. "The acquisition of Garden Fresh Gourmet is another milestone in reshaping our portfolio toward faster-growing categories, 24 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® including packaged fresh and organic foods," said Denise Morrison, president and chief executive officer of Campbell. "Garden Fresh Gourmet's on-trend products will provide Campbell with another growth engine to help us continue to shift our center of gravity." With headquarters in Ferndale, Mich., Garden Fresh Gourmet was founded in 1998 by Jack and Annette Aronson, who began packaging salsa made in-house at their restaurant at the request of a local upscale grocery chain. Mr. Aronson will stay on as an adviser to the business. The company has approximately 500 employees with operations in Grand Rapids, Inkster, and Detroit, Mich. Garden Fresh Gourmet will continue to operate out of Ferndale and will be led by Todd Putman, general manager of Garden Fresh, within the Campbell Fresh Division. "Garden Fresh Gourmet will allow the Campbell Fresh division to expand in the deli section of the grocery store perimeter and will complement our strong presence in the produce section," said Jeff Dunn, president of Campbell Fresh. "It is a logical extension of our fresh food and beverage platform that resonates with today's consumers. This is a critical next step in our journey to becoming the leader in the fast-growing packaged fresh category." Campbell has been building its footprint in the fresh foods category since 2012, when the company acquired Bolthouse Farms for $1.55 billion. The company followed that transaction with the acquisition of Plum Organics, a maker of foods and snacks for babies, toddlers and children, for an undisclosed amount in 2013. "Garden Fresh Gourmet is an American success story, whose leadership has built a vibrant brand with a loyal following in faster-growing categories like refrigerated salsas and hummus," Mr. Dunn said. "We will leverage our packaged fresh production and distribution, sales and brand-building capabilities to help Garden Fresh Gourmet become a national brand." Campbell expects to complete the transaction in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. The company said the transaction will not affect its previously announced fiscal 2015 guidance and will be slightly accretive beginning in fiscal 2016. FBN June 16, 2015

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Food Business News - June 16, 2015
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WhiteWave to acquire Vega Foods
Dairy Business News - Making salty cheese with less sodium
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Web Contents
Editorial - Expo Milano focuses on food science
The leading natural food trends of 2015
Wal-Mart building an ‘omnichannel’ presence
B&G Foods has big plans for Bear Creek soup brand
With charges, Smucker swings to loss
Smucker seeks growth with healthy innovation
Campbell to acquire fresh salsa maker
Hughes out as Boulder Brands c.e.o.
Private equity firm buys PopCorners brand
Subway commits to ingredient improvements
Washington - Resistance is futile
Health and Wellness - Clean label and the 'trust factor'
Ingredient Innovations - Pace picks up for pea protein power
Pick your plant-based protein
I.F.F. to stress flavors for protein sources
New Food Products
Ingredient Market Trends - House votes to repeal COOL
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

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