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Snacks & health conscious consumers: Fortification, natural ingredients, & free-from claims

'People don’t pick up crisps and think: I wish these had more vit C!' Analysts on snacks and nutrition

There’s no doubt that consumers want healthier snacks: but fortification is not necessarily the answer, say industry analysts. 

Powered up and packing nutritional punch

Protein, fiber and antioxidants are just a handful of common nutrients packed into bakery, snacks and cereals, but where are the true opportunities and what do consumers really want?

Special Edition: Powered up and packing nutritional punch 

Health claims and indulgence can go 'hand in hand' for breakfast cereals: Mintel

Cereal is "playing catch up" with breakfast alternatives that have mastered the pairing of health claims and indulgence, says Mintel.

Special Edition: Powered up and packing nutritional punch

Fortification future? Fiber will rise, protein will fall...

High-protein foods have evolved into a mainstream category with snacks standing strong, but the trend will start to lose its muscle to high-fiber so industry will have to be clever,...

UK energy bar sales triple and set to rise

Sales in the energy bar and nutrition market in the UK have been growing at a faster rate than the US tripling in the past five years to reach €137m,...

Beauty and Traditional Chinese Medicine bars could be 'instant wins' in China

Snack bar makers can create instant wins in China with beauty bars or products containing Traditional Chinese Medicine ingredients, say Chinese consumer experts.

VIDEOS EXPLORE KOREAN AND US ATTITUDES TO OTHER NATION'S SNACKS

‘Ah! The smell of artificiality...’ South Korean girls sample US snacks for the first time

Pop Tarts, Lay’s and Cheez-Its... How do young South Korean women tasting these US staple snacks for the first time rate them? The reactions in the recent videos below are...

What's for breakfast? Reinventing the first meal of the day

Consumers prefer homemade breakfast to ready-to-eat packaged goods, Datassential found

When it comes to breakfast, the vast majority of Americans want something quick and easy at home, but surprisingly most people prefer to make their first meal of the day...

Meet the CEOs of KRAVE, Health Warrior, Fruigees, HUMAN and Barnana

What are the hottest snacking trends – and companies - to watch in 2015?

With the percentage of energy derived from snacks in the American diet doubling since the late 1970s, the pressure is on to make those snacking calories count. But what is...

Popcorn packaging: Innovations to draw in snackers…

Popcorn is increasingly competitive and manufacturers are battling for shelf space and consumers with a variety of handy packaging tricks. 

What's for breakfast? Re-inventing the first meal of the day

Healthy cereals could help industry grow modestly in 5 years, IBISWorld predicts

After years of steady decline, the cereal industry could see modest growth in the next five years thanks to consumer interest in healthier, high-end cereals, product process updates, improved commodity...

‘Stuck in the middle with you, our confused shoppers?’ Analyst attacks Aussie budget bread

As Australian grocery duopoly Coles and Woolworths escalate their cut-priced bread battle, one analyst warns that they risk eroding consumer loyalty in an unprofitable ‘race to the bottom’.

Sales of sprouted grains to reach $250 million in five years, expert predicts

The niche market for sprouted grains and seeds is primed to shoot up in the next five years with sales in the U.S. increasing eight times the current level as...

Dispatches: ISM/ProSweets 2015

Olive oil, craft brands and quad bags: European chips are more interesting than ever…

The European chip sector is being shaped by complex and premium flavor blends, innovative craft players and convenient packaging, says Innova Market Insights.

SPECIAL FOCUS: HEALTHY BAKING

General Mills packs wholegrain punch, Kellogg files micro-bran patent

What could be more fun on a Friday than a healthy baking special edition?! Here’s our 2015 cream of the crop to date – as General Mills packs a punch...

Not so sweet: ‘Surprising’ sugar spike in UK breakfast cereals, mostly in own label

Sugar content has risen in a fifth of UK ready-to-eat breakfast cereals since 2012 with the largest spikes coming from retail own brands, finds Action on Sugar research....

Exclusive with Personality of the Year 2014 runner-up

General Mills: The c-store challenge is to capture consumers in three minutes

Consumers are in and out of convenience stores in less than three minutes, so it’s a big challenge to develop and place products that meet their needs, says the category...

New products gallery: Chobani woos tots, Hain lives the coconut dream, Boom Chicka Pop goes into puffs

From Hain Celestial’s coconut dream desserts to Field Roast’s innovative vegan cheese slices, this month’s new products gallery is packed with innovative new food and beverage products.

Sales of gluten-free products continue to grow double digits on quality, selection

Improving the quality and selection of gluten-free foods available in mainstream channels will help sales in the category grow nearly 1.5 times through 2019, according to market analysis by Packaged Facts. 

Personality of the Year 2014: 'When you’re working for the EU it has to be innovative'

Jan-Willem Van der Kamp from TNO has been voted as BakeryandSnacks’ Personality of the Year 2014 for his leadership on HealthBread - an EU project to develop healthier breads.

Lights, camera, action! Snacking trends at the Winter Fancy Food Show

What are the hottest trends in snacks? Sprouted grains? Baked popcorn? Gourmet jerky? Join Elaine Watson from FoodNavigator-USA on a snacking odyssey at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San...

Cool café culture? Kids’ cereal and crisp sandwiches are on-trend, says Euromonitor

The UK’s Cereal Killer Café and Simply Crispy Crisp Sandwich Café spark nostalgia among adults but also appeal to a bubbling backlash against national health obsessions, says Euromonitor International.

US sales of ready to eat popcorn grew 25% to an estimated $750m in 2014

The 'astounding' reinvention of popcorn as "Millennial friendly, cool and healthy”

“Tired brands and off-trend categories should take inspiration from the astonishing turnaround in the fortunes of popcorn,” according to a new report from Rabobank International, which reveals that US sales of...

If Bright Food takes over Weetabix...

Bright Food will need to protect Weetabix’s UK brand heritage should speculation of a full buyout come true, says a China-based analyst.

Increased snacking reshapes marketing strategies

Consumers’ shifting preference for snacks as meals are changing how retailers, restaurants and packaged food manufacturers market food, according to data from Packaged Facts and Dupont Nutrition & Health.

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