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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.

Nine most innovative products: Sweets & Snacks 2015 award winners

Retailers have voted for the new U.S candy items that have the best go-to-market potential at the National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo.

Kids are eating junk food before they reach their second birthday, says USDA researcher

More than four out of 10 (43%) American infants aged 12-23 months eat cookies, cakes or pastries on any given day; almost a third (32%) eat chips, popcorn or pretzels;...

Dispatches: Campden BRI Snacks Technology Conference

Diet expert: Low-GI, energy dense snacks should be the future

Low-GI snacks that still deliver on energy are hugely promising in the context of how overall dietary habits have evolved, says a dietary health expert.

Nuts 101: From green machines to nutritional dynamos, 10 surprising facts about peanuts

30 years ago, nuts were perceived as the nutritional equivalent of candy. Today, they are widely recognized as a nutrient powerhouse. But why are peanuts – which have unique health...

Gala Awards night at Vitafoods Europe, Geneva, Switzerland

NutraIngredients Awards shine spotlight on nutrition stars

200 people from the European and international food and nutrition sectors helped 20 finalists and seven winners celebrate at the inaugural NutraIngredients Awards last night at Vitafoods Europe.

Which new breakfast products have the highest purchase intent scores?

New data from Instantly’s Product Watch tool - a "live, crowd-sourced insights engine" which gathers insights from an army of consumers via their mobile phones as they shop – reveals fairly...

People who snack multiple times a day tend to be younger and to reach for sweets, finds poll

A whopping 80% of U.S. consumers snack at least once per day, with the vast majority favoring unhealthy but convenient foods, according to a new poll conducted by CivicScience. 

Start-ups better positioned to follow new playbook for snacks, expert suggests

Start-ups and small brands are better suited than most large CPG firms to take advantage of consumers’ increased interest in snacking because they are unfettered by outdated expectations and assumptions,...

Vitafoods investment hunt: 14 start-ups on menu

14 nutrition start-ups are formally seeking investment and partners the day before Vitafoods Europe officially opens next week in Geneva.

'We should be the leader and considered as the expert:' Holland & Barrett’s pledge for 50 free-from stores

Health food store Holland & Barrett is making free-from food a priority, improving availability and convenience with the opening of 50 dedicated stores in the UK.

5 strategies to maximize snack sales

Sales of snacks are poised for significant growth in the U.S. in the next five years, but for the category to reach its full potential, manufacturers need to go beyond...

What do 36 countries say about folate and folic acid pre-conception?

Five countries recommend folate and folic acid consumption around conception above and beyond World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, while five others dismiss supplementation as unnecessary, report finds. 

How to bolster bread: Focus on fresh and target diversified retail, says ABA

Bakers can bolster growth with fresher varieties and listings in innovative retail channels, says the CEO of the American Bakers Association (ABA).

ABA chief: We’re going to fight bread bashing with strong, pro-grains science

The health value of grains must be quantified with solid science to create a tool industry can use against widespread bread bashing, says the CEO of the American Bakers Association...

Local brands add heat to Germany’s €70m hot cereal sector

‘Prolific’ flavor innovation, fortification and packaging adaptations from local brands has bolstered sales of hot cereal in Germany over the past few years, says a Mintel analyst.

60-second interview: Mark Singleton, outgoing chairman of the Snack Food Association; vice president of sales & marketing, Rudolph Foods

SFA outgoing chairman: The lines between meals & snacks are blurring; we’ve seen remarkable changes in consumption patterns

According to the March 2015 report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, most Americans now consume two or three snacks a day - news that came as no surprise to...

Dispatches: Snaxpo 2015

Euromonitor: Savory snacks make up 10% of US packaged food spend

$1 out of every $10 spent on packaged food in the US is spent on savory snacks, says Euromonitor International.

Dispatches: Snaxpo 2015

Why millennials are your most important snackers…

With close to 44 million in the US and a combined spending power of around $1.1 trillion dollars, millennials are a consumer group snack makers must not miss out on,...

Manufacturers, consumers, retailers or government: Whose responsibility is gluten-free?

A gluten-free diet is the only possible treatment for those with coeliac disease – so whose responsibility is it to increase affordability, availability and awareness? FoodNavigator asked experts for their views....

Crisis, what crisis? Brazil’s biscuit and industrialized cakes industry reports double-digit growth in 2014

Brazil’s biscuit, pasta and industrial cake and bread industry has seen annual sales increase 11.5% to BRL 32.20bn ($10.56bn), up from BRL 28.88bn in 2013, announced the leading trade association...

Move over fruit, it’s time for dairy! Yazoo sees yogurt smoothies soar as snackification strikes

FrieslandCampina’s milk drink and smoothie brand Yazoo is expanding availability of its on-the-go yogurt smoothies this month, seeing great potential for a ‘snack that provides sustenance.’

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