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Does snacking have a place in dietary guidelines?

'Developing national recommendations regarding snacking is extremely problematic for numerous reasons. One size does not fit all...' says researcher

Yes, 'snacking’ has its place in health promotion campaigns but there are communication barriers to overcome and recommendations must consider age and meal behavior, a review finds.

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Paleo boom or bust? The Primal Kitchen hungry for US expansion

Expanding into the US snack sector needs to happen now or never and CrossFit could be the way in, says the founder of UK Paleo bar start-up The Primal Kitchen.

All-natural snacking trend is starting to falter, says Datamonitor

The all-natural snack phenomenon has peaked in developed markets, faltering under a raft of lawsuits, says a Datamonitor Consumer analyst.

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Heinz recalls batches of infant cereal found to contain excess lead

Heinz's China operation has recalled four batches of one of its infant food lines after local food safety regulators said they had found “excessive amounts of lead” during an inspection. 

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Kind Vs Clif Bar: 5 tips to make your food product packaging protectable

‘One would be hard-pressed to find a marketing professional who did not believe in the uniqueness of his or her product branding portfolio. Indeed, store shelves are crowded with an ever-increasing variety of eye-catching and interesting product packaging, all in an attempt to lure a customer bewildered by choice.

Tree nuts can improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetics: review

A review of 12 clinical trials found that daily intake of tree nuts improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. 

Chia kill step crucial, says Glanbia: Raw seed benefits don’t mean anything if it's not safe

Given the recent concerns surrounding safe supply of chia seed coupled with rising consumer demand for minimally processed ingredients, Anne Brown, general manager of Glanbia Nutritionals’ Next Generation Grains processor, says manufacturers can’t underestimate the importance of the kill step when processing increasingly popular raw ingredients like ancient grains and...

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The small guy can still win in the snacks aisle, says Jim Schneider

Saratoga Chips head back to the future: Second time lucky for America’s first kettle chip? from FoodNavigator-USA.com

The ‘Saratoga chip’ - a snack food sensation first cooked up in 1853 by George Crum in Saratoga Springs, NY - was ultimately overwhelmed by the might of Herman Lay’s potato chip. 160+ years later, however, America’s original kettle chip is staging a comeback, and is now making solid gains...

Fruitful collaboration: Snack packaging wins recognition from FoodProductionDaily.com

A single-serve fresh fruit cup has landed a design award from the National Association of Container Distributors (NACD).

Protein microparticles could aid fat replacement and calorie reduction from FoodNavigator.com

The use of whey protein microparticles and dietary fibre could help manufacturers replace fat in reduced calorie emulsion-based foods, say researchers.

Polish confectionery exports blossom and should continue without Russia: KPMG from ConfectioneryNews.com

Export value of the Polish confectionery market almost doubled in the last five years and shouldn’t stop growing even in case of a potential Russian embargo on confectionery, according to an expert. 

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Veggie bread: Yellow pepper boosts nutrition, lowers GI

Veggie bread: Yellow pepper boosts nutrition, lowers GI

Yellow pepper flour can boost the antioxidant content and slow glucose release in bread, find researchers.

FIC regulations EU help move gluten-free mainstream: Coeliac UK

FIC helps drive gluten-free mainstream, says Coeliac UK

Gluten-free EU labeling laws now fall under the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) regulation – a shift...

Honey Nut Shredded Wheat no added sugar complaint

ASA upholds Honey Nut Shredded Wheat 'no added sugar' complaint

Cereal Partner UK's advert for Honey Nut Shredded Wheat is misleading in its use of a 'no...

Datassential menutrends: Time important at breakfast

Datassential: Time focus needed in ‘dynamic’ breakfast landscape

Packaged, eat-at-home breakfasts remain the US favorite, but as restaurant competition rises manufacturers must make options easier...

Honeytop denies Channel 4 health and safety allegations

Honeytop denies Channel 4 health and safety allegations

Honeytop Speciality Foods denies Channel 4 health and safety allegations of blocked exits and unruly conditions describing...

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