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Frito-Lay files fruit snack patent

Frito-Lay's method relies on mixed fruit and cereal ingredients vacuum cooked

Frito-Lay has filed a global patent to make snacks with high fruit content that combine crunch with a melt-in-the-mouth sensation.

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Commodity Reports: AHDB

Wheat supply up but ‘quality issue emerging’

Wheat supplies have hit record levels across the globe, but for France and some other European markets quality concerns are emerging, warns an analyst.

General Mills profits plunge 25% but 2015 growth targets will be kept

A tough operating environment with softer retail trends saw General Mills’ net profit plunge for the first quarter of financial year 2015, but its CEO remains certain growth targets will be met.

FDA survey shows excellent compliance for gluten-free labeled foods, but what about non-labeled gluten-free?

Almost 99% of foods labeled as gluten-free in the US are in compliance, with 1.1% mislabeled/misbranded because of the presence of gluten above an acceptable threshold. But the numbers are far higher for non-labeled ‘gluten-free’ foods, says a new survey from the FDA.

Cognition & colours among DSM targets at 2-day Swiss open innovation event

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) wants to engage with commercial, government and academic entities at a 2-day open innovation (OI) summit with selected participants in December.

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Australia

Australia’s manufacturers still not fully on board with salt reduction from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

A review of the Food and Health Dialogue, the Australian Government’s flagship initiative to improve the healthiness of the country’s food supply, has showed mixed results in efforts to reduce salt content.

Splice up your life! TNA launches auto-splice packaging system from FoodProductionDaily.com

Australian food processing and packaging company TNA has launched an automatic splicing system for use with its Robag range of vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) bagging machines.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier.

Saturated fats may not cause heart disease: Researcher from FoodNavigator.com

Saturated fatty acids shouldn’t be avoided as they don't cause cardiovascular disease - but 'excess' is the important word, says a human nutrition expert.

Gene activators: Veggie micronutrients join the fight against diabetes and heart disease from NutraIngredients.com

Supplements containing the phytochemicals sulforaphane and quercetin are being trialled for their potential to decrease the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, on the back of new in vitro research at the University of Warwick.

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Frito-Lay supply chain, productivity focus drives profit

Frito-Lay president: 'We’re laser-focused on productivity’

Improved supply chain productivity using automation and better go-to-market delivery systems has driven core operating profit up...

Weetabix Alpen bars for Chinese market

Weetabix unveils Alpen bars for Chinese market

Alpen bars targeting busy professionals are the first Weetabix products to be formulated specifically for the Chinese...

Cereal pot concept must stretch further, Datamonitor Consumer
DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Cereal makers must think outside the pot: Think spoons and fruit sachets

Cereal pots appeal to consumers seeking faster, easier ways of eating breakfast, but manufacturers must go beyond...

UK breakfast boom: Hot cereals up 17.9% in 2013

UK breakfast boom? Hot cereals up 17.9% in 2013

The demand for hot cereals like porridge has continued to experience a dramatic resurgence and will continue...

Asda gluten-free: Pledges to Coeliac UK project nationwide

Asda commits to Coeliac UK’s gluten-free guarantee across all stores

Asda has pledged to stock eight staple gluten-free products across all of its UK stores; a commitment...

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