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Rhodes Food Group finalizes Ma Baker pie acquisition amid strong domestic results

South African Rhodes Food Group Holdings has recently purchased pie producer Ma Baker for R193m ($14.97m) and reported good growth in its domestic markets, although it did not fare as...

Sweets & Snacks 2017

Meat snacks continue explosive growth with new flavors and portability

Meat snack manufacturers come to the fore with new flavors and on-the-go packaging as the category continues to gain momentum among US consumers.

Amplify Snacks sees positive Q1 results due to solid SkinnyPop performance

Amplify Snack Brands reported its performance “exceeded expectations and continued to gain momentum” for the 13 weeks ended April 1, according to Tom Ennis, president and CEO.

Bakery China 2017

AB Mauri caters to China’s taste for European artisanal-style products

Demand for Western-style artisanal products is on the rise in China, says AB Mauri China’s VP Graham Martin.

Bakery China 2017

China to familiarize Western market with ‘pinyin’ baked treats

China’s diverse bakery industry – encompassing bakers of traditional ‘pinyin’ (literally translated as ‘Chinese style cakes and snacks’) and producers of modern items like croissants and waffles – is growing...

Sugar reduction, not Brexit, might cause UK bakery price increase: IRI analyst

Brexit has not had a “serious effect” on grocery prices in the UK, including the bakery and snack categories, according to strategic insight director at IRI UK, Tim Eales.

Against the Grain: Food Waste

Too good to throw away

Innovative snack start-ups are proving there’s no reason for the world to continue wasting 1.6bn tons of food valued at almost $1 trillion yearly.

IFE 2017

Manning Impex ups Asian offering for UK market with seaweed snacks

UK-based importer and distributor Manning Impex has added Tao Kae Noi seaweed snacks to its Asian snack portfolio.

Pecan Deluxe Candy adds cheesecake bits to its inclusions portfolio

Inclusions supplier Pecan Deluxe Candy has developed cheesecake pieces that can be added in bakery applications, such as brownies, muffins and cookies.

Taste, habits, price and availability: Why young Singaporean adults aren’t eating whole grains

Food manufacturers and health officials have to overcome significant barriers to encourage the consumption of disease-fighting whole grains among young Singaporean adults, a new study has found.

This week Down Under

Australia finds 1/2m new weekly bread shoppers in a year

Australia’s ultra-competitive bread market has picked up nearly half a million new customers in the last year, with almost 11m shoppers now spending an average of A$8.20 (US$6.16) each on...

News in brief

Emerging markets continue to drive growth for Nestlé and Unilever

Industry giants Nestlé and Unilever report steady sales growth driven by emerging markets for first quarter of 2017 and predict continued growth throughout the year.

Soaring packaged food sales gives industry three healthier options: Euromonitor

In some European countries, calorie intake from packaged food is four times greater than for fresh - a golden opportunity for industry to make processed food healthier in one of...

Post Holdings prevails in bidding war for Weetabix; appoints new MD

There will be a management shuffle once US cereal giant Post Holdings has concluded the £1.4bn ($1.76bn) deal for the UK’s 84-year-old cereal business the Weetabix Food Company.

30 biscuit brands up for sale by Metis Partners

Montana triple chocolate wafer and Trophy milk chocolate wafer by Rivington Biscuits will be sold as part of a commercial intellectual property (IP) sale by Metis Partners.

Mr Trotter: British pride secures listings on high street

Matthew Fort and Tom Parker Bowles received “an overwhelmingly positive response” from the moment they launched Mr Trotter’s Great British Pork Crackling onto the UK market in 2011.

Pladis plans health focus for British biscuit market

At the launch of its second annual biscuit review, the manufacturer of McVitie’s (the UK’s largest selling biscuit brand) said it will make Britons’ much-loved snack even healthier.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts owner JAB Holding buys Panera Bread in $7.5bn deal

US bakery-café chain Panera Bread Company has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Luxembourg investment fund JAB Holding, squashing speculation that Starbucks would succeed in attaining the acquisition.

South African Vital Health Foods evolves into healthy snacking

Nutritional supplements manufacturer Vital Health Foods has launched a line of grab-and-go nutritional snacking options for the South African market.

Battle Oats earns first major high street listing with Holland and Barrett

Battle Oats flapjacks will be distributed through 300 Holland and Barret stores across the UK and Ireland by the end of the month.

Pastinos takes on the premium snack market with better-for-you pasta snack

UK brand Pastinos is targeting health-conscious snackers with a crunchy pasta snack as sales of regular pasta falls victim to the health kick.

Gourmet breads on trend, says Bridor

French artisan bakery maker Bridor says consumers are eating less bread, but are demanding higher quality when they do indulge.

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...

‘Something other than sliced bread’: Signature Flatbreads eyes gluten-free after international expansion on convenience trend

UK firm Signature Flatbreads is considering gluten-free NPD after evolving into a multinational $100m enterprise.

US bakery and snacks market report

Future of US bakery and snacks driven by healthy indulgence, say analysts

Wholesome, convenient extravagance, gluten-free and ethnic breads are forecast to be the biggest drivers of US bakery and snacks NPD in 2017.

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