While there will always be a place for snacks in the diet, there is a lot of attention and a lot of research to improve nutrition — lower sodium and fat — while maintaining taste and texture. Ingredient innovations and equipment designs bring answers to these challenges.

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Hostess' technology transplant

Company Profiles
Hostess Brands’ Twinkie and CupCake operations at Emporia, KS, go through an important and comprehensive revamping.

Meeting the "must haves"

New product development that satisfies consumer demands takes coordinated thinking and actions.

Hot button issue: healthy vending

The push for more wholesome eating makes its way to the vending machine.

Moderation vs abstinence

More and more consumers are trading in restrictive diets for occasional indulgences.

Snyder’s-Lance to acquire Diamond Foods

The acquisition will add several well-known brands to the Snyder's-Lance portfolio, including Emerald, Diamond and Pop Secret.