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Snack bars chart double-digit foodservice growth: NPD

The broad appeal of snack bars has more and more on-the-go Americans reaching for them as snacks and meal replacers, according to new data from research firm NPD Group.

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American Institute of Baking buys Chinese certification body

The American Institute of Baking has entered into an agreement to acquire Beijing Sino-Swiss ADC, an officially approved certification body in Beijing, China. 


Smoke signals: Sugar industry needs to embrace moderation (like the rest of us)

Sugar is not like tobacco. So why does the sugar industry keep borrowing tobacco industry terms?

Global bread launches shift away from functional claims to general health: Innova

Bread product launches have continued to rise globally in recent years, though amid tightening health claim regulations in the EU and North America, growth in the functional bread sector has...

Hain Celestial predicts ‘pricing actions across the industry based on the California drought’ - especially for almonds

Natural and organic products giant Hain Celestial says it expects to “see pricing actions across the industry based on the California drought”.

Euromonitor: Middle East diabetes surge spells healthy bread prospects

The Middle East has some of the fastest rising levels of diabetes in the world, presenting opportunities for bakery manufacturers to develop healthier bread products, says a Euromonitor analyst.

Downsized baked goods spell sweet profits: Packaged Facts

Bakery manufacturers can drive growth of packaged sweet baked goods by downsizing to smaller and single-serve packs for higher per unit profits, says the research director of Packaged Facts.

The end of the meal as we know it? Half of eating occasions now snacks, says Hartman

No idea what, when or where you’re likely to be eating later? Eating on the go half the time? Grazing throughout the day? You’re not alone. 

Bakers need to think like CPG firms, says Nielsen

Bakers need to start thinking about concepts, packaging and branding ahead of formulation – like consumer packaged goods firms, says Nielsen’s bakery expert.

56% of US shoppers say they are cutting back on white bread, says Packaged Facts

More than half (56%) of US shoppers say they are cutting back on white bread - but not necessarily because wheat or gluten are the enemy, says Packaged Facts.


Everything is a snack: Time to re-invent the potato chip

Noodle pots, bagels, pizza slices, yogurts, soups – you name it – have muscled into the snack space. So what hope do old-fashioned potato chip, popcorn and nut makers really have?

Special edition: Polyphenols

Polyphenol use rises 69% in 5 years (but do people get it?)

Polyphenol use in functional food and drink marketing has shot up 69% since 2009 even as consumer understanding remains low and approved global health claims extremely limited. But can it continue?

Super Bowl 2014: It’s not all about Frito-Lay…

Super Bowl parties are communal snacking events where consumers are open to trying new products, giving smaller brands a fighting chance, says Euromonitor.

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Bakery top category for ancient grain boom

The use of ancient grains in new products continues to boom in Western Europe, and the top category last year was bakery, according to Innova Market Insights.

Brazil: You won't be fighting over the same consumer group

Brazil from other markets as opportunities lie across all age groups for snacks, cereal and bakery, although motivators remain different, says Canadean.

Euromonitor: All eyes now on Kellogg as Gen Mills and Post Foods throw down Non-GMO gauntlet

Many big brands are “playing a waiting game” right now to see whether moves by General Mills and Post Foods to axe GMOs from iconic brands (Cheerios and Grape Nuts)...

Comment versus Nibblr: Let’s bet peanuts…

It takes no genius to realize that if you deliver ready-made, healthy, portion-controlled snacks to the millennial snacker they’ll gobble the concept right up. What it does take a genius to...

Slow-energy and sweeteners to feed bakery growth, says Leatherhead

Bakery products that promise satiety and contain natural sweeteners have huge growth potential as consumers consider healthy eating more holistically, says Leatherhead Food Research.

Japan’s $10.6bn snack market is an R&D playground: Euromonitor

Japan's ultra-developed snack market could be a hotbed for research and development (R&D) in the sector, says Euromonitor.

Nestlé’s Asia chief admits errors in India

The head of Nestlé’s business in Asia has admitted the company has made mistakes in the way it has approached the India market by ignoring consumers in the country’s massive...

Uneasy bedfellows: Salt and health in US snacking

Americans prefer salty snacks but they're also looking for health - can these two co-exist?

US in-store bakery market worth $13 bn

Despite that they account for a relatively small percentage of perishable dollar sales at most retailers, in-store bakeries are thriving, according to recent data from Packaged Facts. 

BakeryandSnacks: What’s on our 2014 editorial calendar?

From innovations in gluten-free, fat replacement and fiber, to fast-paced, flexible line and packaging developments, BakeryandSnacks’ 2014 editorial calendar of special editions covers hot button topics impacting the global bakery,...

Original Cheerios going GMO-free

General Mills says original Cheerios will now be made without genetically modified ingredients, citing consumers' growing preference for non-GMO food products. The change doesn’t apply to the other 11 varieties...

The future of snacks: Health halos, pouch formats and semi-liquid treats

Snacking as we know it will evolve, driven by an unruly consumer desire to try new and exciting concepts and companies must buck up and innovate to profit, says a...

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