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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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Actioning environmental pledges: Strategic engagement with suppliers critical, says procurement expert

Strategic partnerships with ingredients suppliers, not simple vendor contracts, will prove critical to the success of environmental programs like carbon emission reductions and sustainable sourcing, says a procurement expert.

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.

China

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. 

Guest article

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. 

Global Industry News

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. 

Spotlight

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...

USDA WASDE report: Record global wheat crop
COMMODITY REPORTS: USDA

USDA forecasts record global wheat crop

The USDA has said global wheat supplies for 2014/15 will hit record highs, which is good news...

Hot cereal trends: Fruit & veg and energy

Consumers want fruit & veg servings in hot cereal

US consumers are looking for energy-dense hot cereals that provide a full serving of fruit or veg,...

Fria expands into Ireland

Fria expands into Ireland

Scandinavian frozen free-from player Fria expands into Ireland as part of its ongoing European growth strategy.

Kettle Chips 'reduced fat' lawsuit to continue

Kettle’s ‘reduced fat’ chip lawsuit to continue

Diamond Foods has been granted partial dismissal on claims made against its use of ‘reduced fat’ messaging...

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