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Innovation round-up February 2016

New Product Round-up February 2016: Atkins relaunch, Doritos mixes it up, Walkers Sunbites Popcorn

Each month, Bakery And Snacks presents a round-up of product launches, relaunches and innovations that have caught our eye. Here’s the selection for February 2016

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Second time lucky? General Mills takes Annie's back into cereals market

General Mills is extending its Annie’s range into the cereals market – four years after the brand ended its first foray into the highly competitive category.

Chips are down: how development of potato snacking products has slowed

Development of potato-based snacking products has slowed in the UK as Brits turn to alternatives such as popcorn and tortilla chips.


New Product Round-up January 2016: hot cross bun popcorn, breakfast bagels, gluten-free Quaker oats and more

Each month, Bakery and Snacks presents a round-up of product launches, relaunches and innovations that have caught our eye: Here’s the selection for January 2016:

General Mills gives Lärabar first TV advertising push

General Mills has launched the first TV advertising for the Lärabar snack brand it acquired in 2008.

PepsiCo rolling out gluten-free Quaker oatmeal range across US retail

PepsiCo is rolling out gluten-free Quaker oatmeal across the US from this month.

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Winter Storm Jonas: how bakery and cereals suppliers weathered the blizzard

Many major East Coast US bakery, snacks and cereals operations were back in operation on Monday morning in the wake of the Winter Storm Jonas blizzard.

General Mills to close Berwick Jus-Rol dough factory this autumn

General Mills has announced it will close its chilled and frozen dough factory in Berwick, UK, this autumn.

C-stores and snacking: General Mills poll reveals shoppers' salty snacks habits

Seven out of ten US convenience store shoppers buy salty snacks to boost their mood, according to new research by General Mills.

How General Mills' in-store product testing could drive faster, smarter NPD

A new approach to product development by General Mills – testing foods directly with consumers in store - reflects how important the ‘voice of the crowd’ has become, according to a leading...


Epic Provisions: Analysts and brand fans react to acquisition by General Mills

General Mills is tapping key snacking trends – and entering a category tipped to be worth $1.3bn by 2017 - with its acquisition of Epic Provisions, according to analysts Mintel.

General Mills acquires ethical meat snacks brand Epic Provisions

General Mills has acquired Texas-based meat snacks manufacturer Epic Provisions less than three years after it was founded.

General Mills unveils key snacking and cereals lines for winter 2016

General Mills is tapping key consumer trends – including simpler ingredient lists and sweet & spicy flavors – with a raft of upcoming and recently launched products. Here we round up...


The year that was: 10 of our most-read bakery and snacks stories of 2015

Below are 10 of the stories that most captured the attention and imagination of BakeryandSnacks readers over the past 12 months. In many ways, the list is a microcosm of...

Force to be reckoned with: Star Wars snacks and cereals make mark in store

As long-awaited Star Wars sequel The Force Awakens is released across the globe, we look at some of the licensed bakery, snacks and cereal products that will be contributing to...

Clif Bar joins Connect the Drops initiative to protect California water supply

California-based snacking and nutrition brand Clif Bar has joined a campaign to help conserve the state’s water supply.

General Mills takes $500m Fiber One brand into UK

General Mills has rolled out its $500m higher-fiber brand Fiber One to retailers in the UK for the first time.

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Cost cutting drives General Mills to shut NZ manufacturing plant

General Mills will close its East Tamaki plant by the end of the year as part of an international restructuring process in the face of the company's dwindling international performance.  ...

Unhealthy snacks heavily advertised to children: UConn study

A study claims that while snacks in schools are getting healthier, snack companies are still targeting children with unhealthy snacks.

General Mills sued over protein content of Cheerios

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against General Mills, alleging that high-protein Cheerios are falsely marketed.

And now the lawsuits… General Mills sued over recalled gluten-free Cheerios

A month after telling shoppers it was “embarrassed and truly sorry” after an undeclared allergen (wheat) was detected in selected boxes of gluten-free Cheerios, General Mills has been hit with...

General Mills factory closure plan threatens 265 jobs

The planned closure of a General Mills factory, threatening 265 jobs, has been described as a “devastating blow” for Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Small packs for developing world to help global breakfast cereal top $40bn: Technavio

The global breakfast cereal market’s revenue is expected to balloon from $34.8bn in 2014 to $40.3bn in 2019, according to a research from Technavio.

Two minute test: Portable sensor tells consumers if product is gluten-free

A San Francisco-based company has developed a portable sensor that will alert users whether their food contains gluten within two minutes.

General Mills will thrive despite gluten-free recall: Packaged Facts report

Despite a recent recall of nearly 2m boxes of gluten-free Cheerios, Packaged Facts reports that General Mills is poised to see a huge return from their investment in the gluten-free...

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