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Dispatches from IFT 2014: 8-minute insight from Mintel innovation directors

Crunch time: Is breakfast cereal doomed to sink?

The global breakfast cereal market faces increasing competition as consumers turn to convenient alternatives, so how can manufacturers step up to compete and stimulate often dwindling sales?

Snacks and home baking rise up in gluten-free

Snacks - particularly those using ancient grains – and baking mixes have been pushing the gluten-free sector forward, according to market research firm Mintel. 

Fortified foods vs naturally functional: Consumers consider both ‘worthwhile’, says IFIC

Consumers are open to fortified foods just as much as those that contain naturally occurring functional ingredients, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC).

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Gluten-free: A ‘perfect storm’ fueled by food skepticism and fad diets

Processed food skepticism and fad dieting played a big part in the gluten-free boom, says the research director of Packaged Facts.

Brands should eye up children’s gluten-free: Mintel

The market for gluten-free children’s food will be a big area for growth, predicts market research firm Mintel – but mainstream brands are yet to capitalize on the opportunity. 

'Land grabbing' could help feed at least 300 million people, study suggests

Crops grown on "land-grabbed" areas in developing countries have the potential to feed an extra 100 million people worldwide, new research has suggested.

Picking through ideas with Saatchi & Saatchi X on shopper behavior: Part III

Saatchi & Saatchi X: Shopper marketing must marry hard data with human perspective

Successful shopper marketing campaigns must be developed using a breadth of knowledge from data and depth from a human perspective, says the VP of shopper psychology at Saatchi & Saatchi...

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BakeryandSnacks at IFT 2014

The BakeryandSnacks team are at IFT 2014 in New Orleans to bring you the latest food ingredients innovations, trends and educational insights from some of the biggest industry thought-leaders.

Picking through ideas with Saatchi & Saatchi X on shopper behavior: Part II

Snacks: Too much health, not enough joy? Saatchi & Saatchi X says maybe…

Snacks have the power to drive positive emotional shopping behavior, but too much focus on health and a lack of in-store innovation could kill the joy factor, says the VP...

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Food allergies remain 'major' public health issue

Peanuts, wheat and egg are among several allergens that continue to be a global public health issue, and so industry must act with caution when developing allergen-free products, warns a...

Yeast industry faces raw material challenges as sugar quota abolishment looms

It is vital that the yeast industry is not forgotten in European sugar and energy policies if Euro-firms are to remain competitive on an increasingly international stage, according to the...

Picking through ideas with Saatchi & Saatchi on shopper behavior: Part I

Caution! Consumers and shoppers are not the same, warns Saatchi & Saatchi

Manufacturers must understand the difference between consumers and shoppers, tailoring marketing accordingly to secure purchases, says Saatchi & Saatchi X’s VP of shopper psychology.

News in brief

Obesity webinar backed by British Dietetic Association and Nutrition Society

The British Dietetics Association and the Nutrition Society are both backing the Food Manufacture Group’s free one-hour obesity webinar to be broadcast at 11am GMT on Thursday July 3.

Euromonitor: Health concerns could slow breakfast biscuit boom

Breakfast biscuit makers should reduce sugar and calorie content and develop healthier variants if they want to secure continued growth, says Euromonitor International.

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CSM joins Federation of Bakers

Bakery ingredients supplier CSM UK has joined the Federation of Bakers (FoB).

DISPATCHES FROM SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO

Popcorn explosion! But is there room for competitive growth?

Popcorn has exploded over the last few years with start-ups popping up left, right and center, but is there room for more competition? And can growth be sustained? Industry is...

Leatherhead top trends: Holistic R&D, healthy marketing, food safety and the environment

Healthier products remain a top consumer demand, interpreting and communicating health claims is an ongoing challenge, and food safety is top of mind amid eco-friendly advances, according to Leatherhead Food...

World Cup 2014 fever: Nobody else can seriously compete against snacks, says ESA

Savory snacks are a perfect fit for the World Cup and industry has injected huge efforts into flavor development, pack design and marketing campaigns to draw the punters in, says...

FMI Connect 2014

Do-it-yourself foods: the next consumer trend?

A German cereal start-up is seeing booming sales of its personalized muesli cereal, thanks to growing demand for consumer-customized packaged foods.

Massive opportunity in morning snacking

UK food firms must seize the huge business opportunity afforded by the underdeveloped morning snacking market, as chains such as McDonald’s, KFC, Costa and Starbucks lead the way, according to...

What can the US learn from Europe? Clean label and subtle nutrition, says Mintel

US bakery, snack and cereal manufacturers should look to Europe for lessons on clean label and better-for-you products that don’t scream health, says Mintel’s innovation head.

Granola: A sophisticated breakfast win in Japan

Granola has boomed in Japan because of its health promise and versatility and Western cereal firms could cash in further by playing up the trendy aspect, says a Datamonitor Consumer...

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Meat bars: The next beef jerky?

Meat snack bars take beef jerky to a new level, appealing to busy and health-conscious Americans, says a Datamonitor researcher.

World Environment Day - June 5 2014 - Driving action on climate change

Sustainable food: Cut the greenwashing and act now, says Food Tank

Food manufacturers don’t understand the urgency of sustainability and need to act faster, but also communicate actions better with consumers, says the president of global NGO Food Tank.

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