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IRI: C-stores ideal for snack NPD

Snack makers should seriously consider trialing new products in c-stores because consumers are happy to invest dollars into first-time buys, says IRI.

Euromonitor: Liquid breakfasts are overhyped - snack bars are the future

Liquid breakfasts are not truly catching on with consumers as an alternative to cereal-based breakfast options, says Euromonitor International.

Snack trends: Could organic be as big as gluten-free?

Organic packaged snacks remain fairly niche but resonate well with health-conscious consumers and retailers, says Euromonitor International.

Rising packaged food sales make Turkey top export destination

Turkey is an attractive destination for European food exports with niche opportunities in dairy, bakery, health and wellness, say market analysts.

Mobile payments, matching snacks and facial recognition: Douwe Egberts on coffee vending revolution

Coffee vending machines are evolving: mobile payments, the offer of complementing snacks, and even machines with facial recognition software are innovations helping boost consumer confidence, according to Douwe Egberts Professional.

Fruit snack industry: The future has to be ‘less is more’

Fruit snacking has many forms but industry collectively agrees the future must be about stripping back ingredients and giving consumers fruit in its purest form.

Is organic the best way to start the day?

Organic breakfast products are an easy and affordable way to dip a toe in organic, the Soil Association says.

M&S vit D bread is a good public health move, says Leatherhead Food Research

Marks & Spencer’s move to fortify its entire bakery range with vitamin D is a good public health move given the population is deficient, says the nutrition and innovation head...

Kellogg 'most reputable' US consumer firm thanks to vocal sustainability efforts, says expert

Kellogg invested in impressive sustainability initiatives last year and communicated efforts well, helping it secure the top spot in the consumer reputation charts, says a research expert.

Japan

Poor returns blamed on increased VAT after vending machine sales drop

Japan’s vending machine stockers have been seeing sluggish fortunes over the last year as overall sales dropped by 5% last year, down from 2013’s US$42.9bn.

Hostess Brands Sale Rumors: Part II

Hostess Brands sale could see global bakery titan emerge

Hostess Brands could see global expansion of Twinkies, Donnettes et al. and an extremely strong bakery player emerge if a buyout transpires, analysts say.

Hostess Brands sale rumors: Part I

Twinkies takeover: Who could buy Hostess?

Grupo Bimbo, Flowers Foods, Post and Aryzta have all been touted as suitors in the rumored $2bn Hostess Brands sell-out, but who is best-suited to take on the infamous Twinkie?

Snacks and candy blur: ‘Competition makes us better,’ says SFA

A raft of candy makers are moving into snacks and this influx of innovation will serve the category and consumers well, says the CEO of the Snack Food Association (SFA).

Feature: Understanding the millennial shopper

Retail expert on millennials: ‘Being liked does not link to purchase as much as being shared’

Snack makers must stay relevant and share worthy if they want millennials to spend dollars, says the president of retail marketing consultancy firm FCB RED.

Bread is ‘price war casualty’ – FoB director

Bread is one of the biggest casualties of the supermarket price war, as retailers keep dropping its price to rock bottom levels in a bid to entice shoppers, according to...

Highest-paid female CEOs: Snacks and grain execs in top 10

PepsiCo, ADM, Mondelez and DuPont have some of the highest-paid female CEOs in the world, according to a joint study by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press.

Kids’ fruit snacks criticised for high sugar content

Many fruit snacks aimed at children contain more sugar than confectionery – but could be misconstrued as ‘healthy’ because of their association with real fruit, according to pressure group Action...

Big baking: The trends, challenges and opportunities

Where are the opportunities for bakers in retail? How important will grain research be for the future? And what kind of policy hurdles are industry truly up against?

C-store, club or grocery? Bakers need to decide where to play, says retail expert

Bakers must adapt products and merchandizing according to target retail channels because shopper behavior is very different in each, says a retail expert.

Premium promise: Indian bread market to hit $0.81bn by 2020

Sliced white bread remains king in India but there is huge promise in premium as consumers become more experimental and health conscious, says a ValueNotes analyst.

New data reveals winners in the US snacks aisle: RTE popcorn, bean chips & dried meat snacks

Potato chips, tortilla chips and cheese snacks are performing strongly in the US retail market, despite growing demand for healthier snacking options. However, the big winners in the snacks aisle...

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2015

Snack product pairing: Think fresh grapes and dairy cheese

Snack makers can boost sales and secure stronger retail relations with data-driven product pairing rather than guesswork, says Nielsen Perishables Group.

How can industry warm the Western palate to eating insects?

To sell insects to Western consumers, food manufacturers must create products that align ethical motivations with sensory expectations – meaning cricket-flour cookies will fare better than chocolate-coated crickets. 

Culinary trend spotting

Millennials are driving snack sales growth & reshaping how Americans eat, Euromonitor says

Sales of snacks account for a whopping 40% of the $370 billion U.S. packaged food market and are set to grow 2% annually through 2019, thanks in large part to...

Celiac woes: Price and product choice top concerns in free-from, finds survey

Some 98% of diagnosed celiacs believe free-from products are too expensive and 84% say choice is limited, according to a survey from Cambridge Market Research.

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