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McDonald’s and KFC big challengers in kids’ snacking

Single-item menus from popular quick-serve restaurants (QSRs) have created hot competition in the kids’ snacking category across the globe, says Canadean.

Global savory snacks to hit $166.6bn by 2020

The savory snack market will grow 7.1% each year, driven by the increasing purchasing power of developing countries, says P&S Market Research.

The gluten-free search: 61% of sales are salty snacks

More than half of consumers seek out gluten-free items at the grocery store and salty snacks are pulling in a large percentage of these sales, according to Packaged Facts.

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EU grants protected status to UK Bramley apple pie filling

‘Traditional Bramley Apple Pie Filling’ has been added to the European register of Traditional Specialties Guaranteed (TSGs), says the European Commission.

Food-on-the-go helps Greggs to strong first half

Strong food-on-the-go sales helped high street baker Greggs to a 6.4% rise in total sales to £398M in first half results for the 26 weeks to July 4.

'There’s going to be little tweaks in the direction of better-for-you because it isn’t just a niche group like granola people, it’s everybody'

Trendy snacks: Will seaweed, hummus and cassava spell the death of the potato chip?

The alternative chip craze has exploded with a flurry of root veg and plant products on shelf, but can they compete with or even kill off the infamous potato chip?

US consumers are pretty clueless about gluten, reveals new survey from NSF

While celiacs – by necessity – are pretty clued up about gluten, most Americans are less well-informed, with a sizable number erroneously believing rice and potatoes contain gluten, according to a...

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Kraft Heinz moving Illinois location to downtown Chicago

Just two weeks after Kraft and Heinz officially announced they were merging into The Kraft Heinz Company, it has announced it will move from its Northfield, Illinois, offices to downtown...

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Boredom and energy cravings the key drivers for Millenial snackers, says Mintel

Research from Mintel suggests Millenials snack around four times a day, mostly for an energy boost, because they are bored or want to reduce stress levels.

Organic food production ‘needs direction’ to be sustainable, warns US study

An increasing number of commercial organic operations could be contributing to higher levels of greenhouse gases coming from each acre of farm land, say researchers who warn that organic food...

What do protected origin labels mean to consumers?

EU quality labelling schemes showing product origin do not always connect with shoppers, says research.

Asda loses £500,000 a week as bread sales fall

Asda is losing £500,000 a week in plant bread sales, as consumers continue to turn away from the traditional sliced loaf, according to the retailer’s senior category buying manager Emily...

Are millennials the most important snackers? Not necessarily… says IRI

Millennials are in the spotlight as a formidable snacking force, but boomers across the US are the bigger snack spenders, says IRI.

Artificial-free cereals: Will Kellogg follow General Mills?

General Mills has set the bar high with a pledge to remove all artificial ingredients from its cereals by 2017 and Kellogg will likely follow suit, says a Euromonitor International analyst.


Fitness food is not mainstream, so stop selling it like it is

We’ve all been there – reached for a high protein, fiber dense, fatty acid-rich snack as a healthier option. But did we all hit the gym that day to compensate?...

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.


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.

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