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Brazilian biscuit and bread associations merge in ‘basic basket’ tax hope

Brazil’s National Biscuit Industry Association (ANIB) is merging with the country’s Association of Pasta Manufacturers (ABIMA), which also represents the processed bread and industrial cakes sector, to form a new...

FAO World Food Day 2014: Family Farming

Family farm produce: An important ingredient in global snacks?

Local, family farms play a huge role in the global snacks sector – offering solid relationships and a keen focus on the environment, say industry association heads.

Ebola outbreak threatens West African food security with severe inflation and labour shortages: FAO

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched an appeal for $30m (€23,72m) to support food supply resilience and recovery in the three African countries most affected by the Ebola...

Frito-Lay Japan develops flurry of limited edition snacks

Frito-Lay Japan has developed an array of limited edition snacks for October, from avocado and cheese tortilla chips to burdock and soy flavored extruded snacks.

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FDF director general stands down

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) director general Melanie Leech has announced her decision to stand down from her role in the New Year, to lead the British Property Federation....

Gluten-free foods set to get much healthier

Consumer demand for healthier products will push the UK's gluten-free (GF) food manufacturers to make further reductions to the fat, sugar and salt content of their foods, industry experts have...

Dispatches: AACCI ANNUAL MEETING 2014

Panera Bread calls on bakers to stand strong against ‘bad bread’ messaging

Bakers cannot sit back and be bombarded by negative messaging around bread anymore because there’s actually a huge consumer group who wants it, says the VP of Panera Bread bakery...

Special edition: Snacking Trends

WOATS founder says he's taking oats into new snacking category

The founder of a company marketing a product called WOATS Oatsnack says he has a found a new niche for oats in the healthy indulgent snacks category.

Latin America: Savory soars in fastest-growing snack region

Sales of savory snacks including crackers, rice cakes and pita chips climbed 21% in the last year across Latin America – a region with the fastest-growing global snacks sector, according to Nielsen.

Who is the US gluten-free consumer?

Who buys gluten-free and what motivates purchases in the sector?  

Emerging markets, infant formula drive H&W over €600bn

Ongoing bullish emerging markets and a strong infant formula sector have helped drive the global health wellness sector to $774bn (€614bn) this year, according to Euromonitor International.

Annie’s appeal? It’s recession-proof for General Mills, says consultant

General Mills will succeed with Annie’s because the kids’ organic sector is brimming with promise and recession-proof, says a consultant.

From ancient grains to 'industrial artisanal' production: Rabobank unlocks the growth opportunities in baked goods

Sales of packaged bakery products have been sluggish for years as shoppers have shifted their focus from the center of the store to the perimeter, but there are pockets of...

Barnana co-founder talks guerrilla (and gorilla) marketing, and standing out from the crowd in healthy snacks

You’d be surprised with what you can achieve with a limited budget, a giant inflatable banana, a gorilla suit, and a product that no one else is selling, says the...

Mooncakes and China: Think cosmopolitan, fat-free and green

Young Chinese consumers have adopted global ideals around health and sustainability, driving a cosmopolitan edge to the country’s traditional Mooncake Festival, Euromonitor says.

Kellogg and J.M. Smucker top NPD likeability charts with carbs

Kellogg and J.M. Smucker have topped the consumer likeability charts in the US with Eggo waffles and Pillsbury bread mix – indicating a love of carbs, according to insights specialist...

UK breakfast boom? Hot cereals up 17.9% in 2013

The demand for hot cereals like porridge has continued to experience a dramatic resurgence and will continue an upward trajectory for the next four years, according to a Key Note...

Gluten-free packaged foods benefit newly diagnosed coeliacs: Study

Increased availability of gluten-free packaged foods is helping coeliac teenagers keep many of their old food habits as they embark on a gluten-free diet, according to a Swedish study.

Asda commits to Coeliac UK’s gluten-free guarantee across all stores

Asda has pledged to stock eight staple gluten-free products across all of its UK stores; a commitment that should spark innovation and encourage new players into the market, says Coeliac...

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EFSA extends consultation on ‘Open EFSA’

The European Food Safety Authority has extended the period of public consultation on its discussion paper ‘Transformation to an Open EFSA’ by a month.

India

New committee meets in bid to reform 'wasteful' food corporation

A high-level committee has met for the first time to investigate a restructure of the often-beleaguered Food Corporation of India (FCI) as the food-grains authority looks to strengthen and integrate...

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Cereal makers must think outside the pot: Think spoons and fruit sachets

Cereal pots appeal to consumers seeking faster, easier ways of eating breakfast, but manufacturers must go beyond simple, on-the-go pot packaging, says Datamonitor Consumer.

Can ‘thins’ save a dwindling packaged bread sector?

‘Thins’ have taken off in the US and Canada with bread, bagel and even tortilla varieties offering less calories for the health-conscious consumer, and it’s an area that holds great...

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Arsenal FC scores speaking slot at Sports Nutrition 2014

Sports Nutrition 2014 explores the market and future opportunities for the sports nutrition industry, valued at more than $30bn globally, and you can join the action for free!

Consumers want organic versions of their favourite food, say sector specialists

Organic seeds, spicy ingredients as well as organic versions of everyday meals are key trends, according to the company EHL Ingredients and a food marketing expert.

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