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IRI F&B DATA: Part I on bread

White bread chomps into UK top 20 F&B but sales plummet

Three major white bread brands have made it into the UK’s top 20 best-selling food and beverage list, according to IRI data, but every single one has seen sales plummet.

IRI F&B DATA: Part II on snacks

Snacks scatter UK top 20 F&B showing sturdy growth

Two major snack brands have made it into the UK’s top 20 best-selling food and beverage list with above-market growth, according to IRI data.

Secret snacking: Most Brits feel guilty, finds Canadean

Many British consumers feel guilty about snacking and even more associate it with ‘breaking’ a diet plan, research finds.

PerkinElmer expands presence in food testing

PerkinElmer has acquired Perten Instruments for $266m to ‘significantly expand’ its presence in the food testing.

Oldways Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers conference

Sprouted flours are ‘the next big thing,” baker Peter Reinhart predicts

Sprouted grain flour is gaining traction with food manufacturers and consumers alike thanks to its sweeter taste, longer shelf life, increased nutrient bioavailability and overall better baking experience, claims Peter...

Does the high-protein craze make sense from a nutritional perspective?

Protein is hot - and big brands are piling more of it into everything from breakfast cereal to ice cream. Yet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans say “inadequate protein intake in...

US belt manufacturer hires UK sales manager to expand bakery and snacks sector

Cambridge Engineered Solutions, a US metal conveyor belt manufacturer, has hired its first sales manager to support the company’s business growth in the UK and Ireland.

Oldways Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers conference

Schools need manufacturers’ help to meet new whole grain requirements

The higher cost and lack of familiarity with whole grains are complicating some schools’ efforts to comply with requirements to serve 100% whole grains that went into effect last July,...

Dispatches from Food Matters Live, London

Gluten-free health benefits? For those without an intolerance there's no proof, claim experts

Choosing gluten-free food is a lifestyle choice, but there is no evidence that it’s a healthier option for those not suffering from gluten intolerance, say experts.

Oldways Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers Conference

Pseudoscience, taste & cost hinder sales of whole grain products

Consumers’ perception of whole grains have come a long way, but with most Americans consuming only 15% of the recommended daily intake of them, whole grains still have several barriers...

Celebrating brilliance in baking: BakeryandSnacks opens entries for Personality of the Year 2014

The bakery, snack and cereal sector is vast - driven by millions of dynamic individuals across the globe. But do you or a colleague have what it takes to be...

The gluten-free diet “fad” may be unsustainable

The increasing number of U.S. adults reducing or eliminating gluten from their diet who are not diagnosed with celiac disease likely is an unsustainable fad, clinical researchers argued at the...

The least desirable job? Being a breakfast cereal exec, says consultant

Executives in cereal firms will need to tackle R&D with an entrepreneurial spirit to tough out the next five years, warns consultant.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 special edition

BEMA: ‘This is the place to be and we want to grow in this market’

The Middle East is like ‘The Wild West’, expanding at an incredible rate, according to BEMA, (Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds).

Guest article

Boring bread? Ditch bland ads and bite into the revolution

Bread and milk have always been natural indicators for what is happening inside the average household. Both are reliable dietary staples and both have the ability to inspire passion and...

Popping trends of the popcorn industry: FONA

The popcorn category saw a 94% increase in product launches from 2010 to 2014 with 422 of these coming from North America, says a trend report from FONA International.

Food Security Index update

World's most obese nation? Kuwait (and the next four are Middle Eastern)

Kuwait has the world’s highest percentage of obese people – 42.8% of its population is obese – and the next four fattest countries are also from the Middle East region,...

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

Stuck in the innovation mud? There's a way out...

To successfully innovate you need a strong process underpinned by capacity, capability and capital, says an R&D expert.

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Yogurt muffins: A protein punch with a twist

Baking muffins with yogurt can add a functional and nutritional punch while tapping into an explosive global trend, says a Datamonitor researcher.

Special edition: Snacking trends

‘Snack’ is in the eye of the beholder

In a nation of consumers who like their names on their Cokes and the chance to have a say in the next Lay’s potato chip flavor or create the next...

Researchers urge retailers to replace kids’ ‘eye level’ junk food

Policies aimed at encouraging families and children to eat healthier could be aided by retailers that place healthier food options at the eye level of children, say researchers.

60-second interview, Megan DeStefano, DuPont Nutrition & Health

DuPont: Snacking accounts for up to a quarter of American kids’ daily calories, so we need to make them count

The percentage of energy derived from snacks in the American diet has increased from 12% in the late 1970s to 24% in 2009/10, according to analysis of National Health and...

Who is the global snacker?

Close to $400bn is spent annually on snacks worldwide, but who is the global snacker and what are the purchase motivators?

Exclusive talk with HealthBread project leader

HealthBread plans association to commercialize concepts

The EU HealthBread project wants to form an association by the end of the year to drive commercialization of its healthy bread technologies and concepts across Europe.

Comment

Why America chose Wasabi Ginger Lay’s – and why snack makers need to run to the lab…

America has voted: they want wasabi ginger Lay’s chips. No big surprise, but a vote that should see snack makers running back to the lab to dream up ‘new’.

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