Chobani’s Secret Ingredient for Backing New Food Companies

March 29, 2019 BEN PAYNTER, Fast Company

Starting in April, Chobani’s Spring 2019 program will offers three representatives from each of eight companies four weeks of master classes and brand auditing at Chobani’s SoHo office in New York City, along with $25,000 in equity-free funding.

American Bakers Association Efforts Lead to Expanded List of Approved Dietary Fibers

On March 27, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in response to pressure from ABA, announced that it intends to expand the list of approved dietary fibers. Specifically, FDA will propose that “cross-linked phosphorylated RS4”–regardless of source–be added to the definition of dietary fiber.

Barry Callebaut Expands its Cocoa Processing Capacities in Côte d’Ivoire

March 29, 2019 Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut inaugurated March 29, 2019, its new state-of-the-art processing unit at its Zone 4C Société Africaine de Cacao (SACO) plant in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.The new grinding unit, part of a CHF 55 million (FCFA 30 billion) investment, will increase SACO’s cocoa bean processing capacity with over +40.0% by 2022. Once the processing unit is fully operational, Barry Callebaut will employ an additional workforce of 45 people and create 120 indirect jobs.

Middleby Bakery Innovation Center Seminars

March 29, 2019 Hinds-Bock Corporation

America’s Test Bakery, the Middleby Bakery Innovation Center — is a 30,000 sq. ft. center featuring equipment from Hinds-Bock, Auto-Bake, Burford, Stewart Systems, Sveba Dahlen, Spooner-Vicars, Baker Thermal Solutions, Glimek, Varimixer and Scanico.

Albertsons Companies Appoints Vivek Sankaran President and Chief Executive Officer

March 29, 2019 Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies announced today that Vivek Sankaran, Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Foods North America, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Albertsons Companies, effective April 25, 2019. Jim Donald, currently the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, will continue as Co-Chairman of the Board, with Leonard Laufer serving as the other Co-Chairman. The company’s longtime leader Robert Miller has been named Chairman Emeritus and will continue to serve as a member of the board of directors.