Deep Foods gains halal certification for frozen chicken, lamb dishes
UNION, N.J. — A maker of frozen Indian cuisine has gained halal certification for all of its chicken and lamb dishes through the Islamic Society of North America.
Deep Foods said it obtained halal certification to reach a wider range of consumers. The certification will be called out on the packaging of its chicken and lamb dishes, Deep Foods said.
"Deep Foods is a company that respects the preferences of all consumers, including those that follow a halal, vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free diet," Deep Foods VP marketing Mike Ryan said. "We mark each product so that the consumer has all information and control over which Indian food products they buy, including our ISNA halal and American Vegetarian Association dishes."
Nielsen acquires Perishables Group
NEW YORK — Nielsen is looking to boost its position as a leader in total store reporting and analytics by acquiring a provider of customized information for the fresh food business environment.
Nielsen said it has acquired all assets of Chicago-based Perishables Group — a company founded in 2000 — including data, advanced analytic IP tools and ongoing client work, which will be integrated Nielsen’s retail measurement operation and provide a larger spectrum of insights across total store. Perishables Group’s employees will join Nielsen’s North America Consumer Analytics team.
"Nielsen acquired the Perishables Group to drive increased value for our clients," Nielsen Consumer North America president and CEO John Lewis said. "With Perishables Group now fully part of the Nielsen organization, we can accelerate our work to integrate total-store information, thus providing a holistic picture of wall-to-wall activity within the store. This complete view across all fresh departments — produce, deli, meat, seafood and bakery — provides a distinct advantage for all our clients, including retailers, packaged goods manufacturers and fresh food suppliers."
Hostess files for Chapter 11
NEW YORK — The maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
Irving, Texas-based Hostess Brands carried $860 million in debt and also faced high labor costs and rising prices for sugar and other ingredients that exceeded its annual sales of about $2.5 billion, according to published reports. Hostess previously filed for bankruptcy protection in 2004 and emerged in 2009.
The company has about 19,000 employees at 36 bakeries and 570 outlets nationwide, as well as 5,500 delivery routes and 565 distribution centers, according to its website.