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INNOVATION ROUND-UP JANUARY 2016

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:

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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.

EquipNet opens office in Brazil after surge of international firms moving to the region buying pre-owned equipment

EquipNet has opened an office in Sao Paulo because it says it has seen an increase in the use of pre-owned F&B manufacturing equipment, due to an increasing number of...

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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...

DISPATCHES FROM 2015 AACC INTERNATIONAL

Clean label: Is it worth it?

“Clean label” and “clear label” have been industry buzz terms in the bakery and snacks industries over the last few years, but is the commitment to going “clean” worth the...

Treofan to expand in the US as it sees growing market for five layer labels

Treofan has spent €60m in the past two years upgrading its plants in Germany, Italy and Mexico. It also has a sales office in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US.

Treofan makes its biggest investment in 10 years with €30m five-layer label and packaging film plant

Trefoan invited guests including Bosch, Nestlé, Mars and Danone, to see what it claims to be one of the largest production lines in Europe for five-layer label and packaging film...

Nestlé USA accuses FIT CRUNCH bar maker of trademark infringement over ‘confusingly similar’ logo and packaging

FIT CRUNCH - baked protein bars developed by celebrity chef Robert Irvine and FortiFX founder Sean Perich – are sold in “packages nearly identical” to Nestlé’s CRUNCH chocolate bars, alleges...

Lawsuit against Nestlé USA

Gerber Graduates Puffs fruit images 'mislead parents', class-action suit claims

Nestlé USA plans to defends what it calls a 'frivolous' class-action complaint filed against its Gerber subsidiary that alleges fruit images on its snacks line for toddlers is misleading for...

Nestlé to open Digital Innovation Office in Silicon Valley in 2016

Nestlé: ‘Technology is fundamentally changing the way consumers buy our products and engage with our brands’

Nestlé is setting up a digital innovation team with staff drawn from the company’s marketing and technology groups, moving into an office in Silicon Valley co-located with swissnex, in 2016.

Patent Watch

Nestlé files patent for ‘light’ but sturdy oven-puffed snack

Nestlé has developed a method that combines cold extrusion and oven baking to manufacture puffed, hollow snacks that are light to eat but resistant to breakage.

Serial consumption: Nutritionists promote cereal-based beverages in Nestlé-backed e-book

The Portuguese Association of Nutritionists (APN) and Nestlé joined forces this month to unveil a new e-book promoting the benefits of cereal-based beverages in Portugal.

EVT launches 3D Robotguidance for gingerbread

‘China is still one of the biggest markets for vision systems’

China is still one of the biggest markets for vision systems, says EVT (Eye Vision Technology) as it launches the EyeScan 3D for its image processing software.

India

Maggi: Regulator to test other brands' noodles as outrage grows

India’s food regulator will test all brands of instant noodles, pasta and macaroni that contain Tastemaker masala in the wake of what has been labelled by observers as the highest...

Industry not meeting needs of coeliac sufferers, says analyst

Industry should be more pro-active in encouraging consumers to seek a diagnosis of coeliac disease before switching to a gluten-free diet, says Euromonitor contributing analyst Simone Baroke.

Nestlé slashes sugar level by 30% in Fitness cereal revamp

Nestlé said today it will relaunch fortified adult cereal Fitness in Europe this month, after reformulating the brand to cut sugar levels by 30%.

Patent Watch

Nestlé crisps up China’s ‘monotonous’ Sachima

Nestlé has filed a patent on a recipe and process to increase crispiness in China’s traditional sweet pastry Sachima to draw in younger consumers.

Timing is ‘absolutely right’ for low-sugar Cheerios, says expert

Cheerios has timed its low-sugar launch in the UK well because sugar is top of the agenda for consumers, says Mintel’s innovation head.

‘Just add water’ - Nestlé files patent for instant congee

Nestlé has filed a patent on a method to manufacture shelf stable, instant congee made adding hot water to target busier consumers.

Nestlé gluten-free cornflakes hit Europe

Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) has developed Nestlé gluten-free cornflakes for select European countries to capture increasing interest from non-celiac dieters.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 special edition

Nestlé: ‘In a market like Nigeria you have to take leaps of faith and enjoy the adventure’

‘Nestlé is the least biggest risk taker because it is a Swiss organization. It is very controlled and calculated in what it does, but it had the faith to enter...

Yildiz still lacks 'power brands' after United Biscuits buy: Analyst

Yildiz Holding's acquisition of UK United Biscuits makes it the world's third largest biscuit player, but now it will have to work hard to find its 'power brand' answer to Mondelēz's...

News in brief

Nestlé recalls panini over mustard allergy fears

Nestlé Canada is recalling one flavour of Stouffer's Bistro Panini because it contains mustard which is not declared on the label.

Nestlé and Kellogg acknowledge risks of carbon pollution from power plants

Nestlé and Kellogg have partnered with companies including General Mills and Unilever by joining Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).

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