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All-natural snacking trend is starting to falter, says Datamonitor

The all-natural snack phenomenon has peaked in developed markets, faltering under a raft of lawsuits, says a Datamonitor Consumer analyst.

Consumers want fruit & veg servings in hot cereal

US consumers are looking for energy-dense hot cereals that provide a full serving of fruit or veg, according to FONA International.

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78% of new US popcorn launches are on a 'health' platform of some kind, says Innova

Almost eight out of 10 popcorn products launched in the US in the 12 months to June 2014 were on a 'health' platform of some kind, according to Innova Market Insights.

China’s bakery boom: How to have your cake and eat it

China will become the world’s second most valuable bakery and cereals market by 2018, and understanding lifestyles will be key to capitalizing on this growth, says Canadean.

Datassential: Time focus needed in ‘dynamic’ breakfast landscape

Packaged, eat-at-home breakfasts remain the US favorite, but as restaurant competition rises manufacturers must make options easier and quicker, Datassential says.

Sugar scare triggers home baking decline, says Mintel

The number of UK consumers baking at home fell by 8% this year – a drop likely sparked by fears around sugar but one that could be remedied with stevia,...

Cassava bread could tackle food security in Africa

Africa has kick-started projects to improve the nutritional quality and production of cassava to enable better use of the woody shrub in bread.

Bridor to pump $32 million into US operations

Artisan specialist Bridor USA Inc. will expand its Vineland plant to drive more European-style products into the US market, says its CEO.

Ishida Europe recognised by the Queen as Russia now accounts for 20% of sales

Ishida Europe met the Queen at Buckingham Palace recently to celebrate winning this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Packaged bread innovation has been complicated by a consumer backlash on additives and carbohydrates, but manufacturers can still generate interest with healthy, artisan ingredients, says Mintel.

40% of Brits ready to try insects: Canadean report

Canadean asked 2000 UK consumers whether they would be willing to eat on bugs. 803 of them said they would try insects of which 127 said they would be interested...

A family affair: Genesis Crafty set to grow throughout the UK

Genesis Crafty, a Northern Irish bakery business owned by six brothers, is set to grow by 25% over the next year, according to its CEO Brian McErlain.

Half of new product sales in gluten-free are from snacks, but are we close to saturation point?

US retail sales of gluten-free products surged 47% in 2013, with a significant chunk of the growth coming from snacks, according to flour milling giant Ardent Mills.

Obesity quotes chart wide ranging webinar

Nearly 1,300 people registered for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour, independent webinar on the roots of Britain’s obesity crisis and its remedies. Here, we capture a flavour in quotes...

Gender influences savory snacks purchases in Germany: Canadean

In Germany women are more likely to choose indulgent savory snacks, while men are more price-focused, according to Canadean. 

Healthy home baking for kids could boom, says Innova Market Insights

The market for home baking has a gaping hole for healthier mixes that target kids, says the head of innovation at Innova Market Insights.

Crumbs' closure could spell trouble for the cupcake category

The death of the cupcake?

The struggling retail cupcake chain Crumbs Bake Shop closed its doors for good this week as it mulls filing for bankruptcy. Analysts from market research firm NPD Group weigh in...

AAK acquires Colombian bakery fats firm FANAGRA

Swedish-Danish oils and fats giant AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) has acquired Colombian company Fabrica Nacional de Grasas (FANAGRA), which specializes in vegetable oils and fats for the bakery segment.

DIGGING INTO WHEAT TRENDS WITH ARDENT MILLS: PART II

Protein rush: Grain-based products must catch up, says Ardent Mills

The grain-based industry is late to the protein game and they need to catch up because opportunities are vast, says Ardent Mills’ director of consumer insights.

SnackNation office delivery launched solely on market demand, says H.U.M.A.N. CEO

H.U.M.A.N., the company behind better-for-you vending machines and healthy micro markets, has taken its business-to-business healthy snack distribution model into corporate offices with the launch of SnackNation. ...

Children’s TV promotes bad diets, says study

Unhealthy foods are being promoted to children in everyday children’s television programmes, new research published in the British Medical Journal suggests.

Archer Daniels Midland buys WILD Flavors for $3.1bn

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will buy WILD Flavors for €2.3bn citing fast-growing demand for natural food and beverage flavors and ingredients as the rationale.

Warburtons’ offsets difficulties to secure growth

Sales of wraps, sandwich thins and gluten-free products have helped Warburtons offset “difficult” trading conditions to increase turnover and operating profit in the 52 weeks to September 28 2013.

Health for breakfast; indulgence for lunch - Instant porridge blossoms in Russia

Instant hot cereal is rising in Russia as urban consumers seek healthy, convenient options, but beware - indulgence remains top of mind, says an analyst from Canadean.

DIGGING INTO WHEAT TRENDS WITH ARDENT MILLS: PART I

Sluggish grain-based products must diversify into growth areas, says Ardent Mills

Grain-based products must diversify into adjacent, growing categories – particularly those in decline like bread, baking mixes and breakfast cereal, says the head of consumer insights at Ardent Mills.

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