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UK leads Western European savory snacks market, says Euromonitor

Savory snacks in Western Europe posted a total retail value of around $26bn in 2016, but the category has only grown grew by 1.8% since 2011, falling behind the global average, a new report from Euromonitor shows.

Purity protocol standardization may drive gluten-free snacks price down: says association

The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) has teamed up with several major North American oat processors to standardize the gluten-free screening process, commonly known as the purity protocol. 

Our Little Rebellion targets better-for-you market with protein crisps and popped bean snack

Gluten-free snack firm Our Little Rebellion is debuting a line of bean snacks in the UK and Europe, and protein crisps in the US.

Mondelēz’s new baked Ritz chips contain more fat than its Lay’s counterpart

Mondelēz has introduced a line of better-for-you potato chip products under its power cracker brand Ritz to the US market. But is it healthy?

Synthetic yeast creations pave way for improved food industry applications

Five new synthetic yeast chromosomes have been created could signal the advent of more nutritious food, less waste and improved processing efficiency, according to the team heading up the project. 

M&A

Tea Squares faces possible acquisition after securing Whole Foods shelf space

Natural snack startup, Tea Squares said it could be the next acquisition target by a major US CPG company, after the company recently secured listing at a Whole Foods store in Chicago. 

M&A

Thanasi boss expects more acquisitions in meat snacks space after ConAgra deal

Thanasi Foods' CEO Justin Havlick expects further M&A activity in the meat snacks category after ConAgra snapped up the Duke's maker last week. 

M&A

Ferrero USA outlook positive with Fannie May Confections acquisition - analyst

Ferrero is to acquire all the equity of Fannie May Confections brands, including its subsidiaries Fannie May Confections and Harry London Candies from 1-800-Flowers.com for $115m.

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Customized pizza presents ‘huge’ white space among US Millennials and Gen Z, Pieology CEO said

US pizza brand Pieology has added the PieRise Thick Crust to its extensive menu of personalized pizzas to capitalize on the demand from Millenials and Gen Z diners.

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Meat snack brand Duke’s won’t rule out veggies, CEO said

Duke’s Jerky is currently ranked as one of the leading US meat snack brands, but CEO Justin Havlick said the company might develop veggie options to capitalize on the growing popularity of the plant-based category.

Champagne crisps and Tabasco popcorn: Innovations at ife 2017

UK exhibitors will be showcasing novel products at ife 2017, the international food & drink event in London from March 19 to 22.

Africa and Middle East love sweet bakes, but want sugar reduction: DuPont

South African, Egyptian and Saudi Arabian women see the appeal of healthier snacking options, but sweet baked snacks remain more popular.

Nonni’s Foods competes with Oreo with seasonal biscotti

Artisan bakery, Nonni’s Foods, has launched limited batch spring biscotti to boost market share in the growing snack category. 

Kerry Group wins BakingTech 2017 Innovation Award

The global food ingredients company won the American Society of Baking’s 2017 Innovation Award for Operational Excellence at BakingTech 2017, held in Chicago, US, last month.

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General Mills makes big push in plant-based category, D’s Naturals CEO said

Plant-based protein snack maker D’s Naturals has received a boost from 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners and General Mills’ 301 Inc. to aggressively grow its footprint this year. 

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Hershey looks to upgrade chocolate confectionery lab upon visiting AAK’s new innovation center

AAK has opened an innovation center in Edison, New Jersey, during which it highlighted some of the most up-to-date product making technologies to partners, including Hershey, Mondelēz and Barry Callebaut.

Sluggish growth forecast for global cereal sector to 2025, says analyst

IndexBox market researchers expect slow rise in demand for cereals due to protracted macroeconomic and climate challenges.

Dutch cereal giants Meneba and Codrico Rotterdam team up

Meneba BV and Codrico Rotterdam BV have formed a joint venture to offer customers a wider portfolio of products.

Nestlé ramps up gluten-free production with new Auckland facility

KitKat maker Nestlé has expanded its South Auckland factory in New Zealand with a new $2m gluten-free facility, according to a recent release.

Class Action Lawsuit

Frito-Lay asks federal judge to dismiss health claims-related lawsuit

PepsiCo-owned snack brand, Frito-Lay, recently filed a request to the US District Court for the Northern District of California to reject a proposed class action over alleged misleading health claims.

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