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DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

What do women want (from bread)?

“Women are not a niche market. Manufacturers should think about what nutrition they need and how to market it,” says Datamonitor new product analyst.

Manufacturers should look to develop breads tailored to women’s nutritional needs, according to a Datamonitor researcher.

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Nearly 2/3 UK bread contain pesticide residues, report claims

A report from lobby group Pesticide Action Network (PAN UK) claims nearly two thirds of UK bread tested between 2000 and 2013 contained pesticide residues, but DEFRA says there is no threat to human health.

Grupo Bimbo acquires Ecuadorian firm Supan

Mexican bakery giant Grupo Bimbo is set to acquire Ecuadorian company Supan – its first buy in the region.

Hope for cheaper, more accessible wheat as genetic blueprint of bread wheat genome unveiled

There is hope for cheaper and more accessible wheat as a draft genetic blueprint of bread wheat genome is unveiled by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium.

Half of new product sales in gluten-free are from snacks, but are we close to saturation point?

US retail sales of gluten-free products surged 47% in 2013, with a significant chunk of the growth coming from snacks, according to flour milling giant Ardent Mills.

A family affair: Genesis Crafty set to grow throughout the UK

Genesis Crafty, a Northern Irish bakery business owned by six brothers, is set to grow by 25% over the next year, according to its CEO Brian McErlain.

Finsbury Food Group to post profit rise

Cake, bread and bakery goods manufacturer Finsbury Food Group expects to post full-year profit ahead of market expectations, thanks to market promotions and cost cutting, according to its pre-close trading statement for the year to June 28.

General Mills certifies food safety laboratory

The consumer packaged food giant has approved ABC Research Laboratories as one of its certified food safety testing providers.

Global Industry News

Insecticides are a bigger threat to the natural food chain than thought, warns study from FoodNavigator.com

Legislation needs to take into account the harmful effects some insecticides have on insect-eating birds as the risk is greater than previously thought, according to a new study.

US, EU can reach compromise on geographical indications: EDA from DairyReporter.com

The European Dairy Association (EDA) is confident EU and US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiators can reach a compromise on the "lingering issue" of geographical indications (GIs).

News in brief

Ferrero acquires hazelnut supplier Oltan from ConfectioneryNews.com

The world’s biggest hazelnut buyer Ferrero has purchased the world’s largest hazelnut processor The Oltan Group for an undisclosed sum.

SACN REPORT

Drinks manufacturers must reduce sugars: PHE from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Drinks manufacturers must work to reduce the amount of sugars in their products to lower the nation’s calorie intake, according to Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England’s (PHE) chief nutritionist.

Cloetta still window shopping after sales gains from ConfectioneryNews.com

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has recorded sales and profit growth in the second quarter driven by acquisitions and says it is eyeing further buys.

Blueberry powder shows immune and cardiovascular benefits: Human data from NutraIngredients-USA.com

Supplements containing blueberry powder may boost the levels of the immune system’s natural killer cells and lowers blood pressure in sedentary men and women, says a new study.

‘Confusion and fear’ underpin beverage naturalness trend: Mintel from BeverageDaily.com

Confusion and fear of the unknown continue to drive interest in simplified product labels and natural ingredients, Mintel says.

Dairy co-op’s £8.5M boost to jobs and production from FoodManufacture.co.uk

South Caernarfon Creameries is investing £8.5M in a new cheese production facility at its site in Chwilog, north Wales.

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Acrylamide opinion ESA to seek clearer categorization

ESA on acrylamide safety concerns: 'We’ll be seeking clarity and clear categorization'

The European Snack Association (ESA) says it welcomes EFSA’s recent draft opinion on acrylamide in food, but...

Fazer closes Hyvinkää and Ulvila bakeries

Fazer closes 2 factories in industrial to in-store shift

Finnish firm Fazer has announced the closure of two of its bakeries – a move it said...

Protein: Bakery, snacks need to catch up, says Ardent Mills
DIGGING INTO WHEAT TRENDS WITH ARDENT MILLS: PART II

Protein rush: Grain-based products must catch up, says Ardent Mills

The grain-based industry is late to the protein game and they need to catch up because opportunities...

Chia seed, tartary buckwheat gluten-free bread ticks nutritional boxes

Chia seed, tartary buckwheat gluten-free bread ticks nutritional boxes: Research

Gluten-free bread made with omega-3 and flavonoid-rich chia seed and tartary buckwheat flour has 12 times greater...

Cereal snacks without milk: Canadean

‘Stand-still’ cereal segment should consider milk-less snack bags: Canadean

Cereal makers should consider moving NPD away from the breakfast table and introducing milk-free snack bags to...

Home baking for kids: Innova Market Insights flags promise

Healthy home baking for kids could boom, says Innova Market Insights

The market for home baking has a gaping hole for healthier mixes that target kids, says the...

Metabolic syndrome may be caused by energy-dense snacks

Salty snacks may increase metabolic syndrome risk by 56%: Study

Higher consumption of salty energy-dense snacks may be a factor in the development of metabolic syndrome, according...

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