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Personality of the Year 2014 countdown

Company executives, research experts and industry advocates are among those in our top 10 battling to be crowned BakeryandSnacks’ 2014 ‘Personality of the Year’.

Infected salesperson contaminated products in Hepatitis A outbreak

An outbreak of Hepatitis A (HA) in Germany was caused by a bakery worker who contaminated products while packing and selling them, according to a report.

Health priorities? Grain-based RTE desserts have not improved sugar, fat and energy

Ready-to-eat grain-based dessert manufacturers in the US must do more to reformulate cakes, donuts, pastries, pies and cookies because there has been little change between 2005 and 2012, researchers warn.

Premier Foods’s skull-crush worker wins payout

A Premier Foods engineer has received a significant amount in compensation after he was left with life-changing injuries following a devastating accident at its Moreton cake factory.

Good carbs, bad carbs to play into 2015

The steer away from carbs will continue into 2015 but if industry is clever, the shift presents plenty of opportunities, says a healthy foods expert.

Top 12 stories of 2014: Frito-Lay marketing, snacking and wheat science

Marketing insight from Frito-Lay, snacking trends for the future and wheat science were just a handful of the best-read stories on BakeryandSnacks for 2014.

News in brief

Grupo Bimbo strengthens Canada footprint with Saputo Bakery buy

Grupo Bimbo has bought Saputo Bakery via its Canadian subsidiary Canada Bread for C$120m ($103m).

Un-savoury contest? Pork pies merger brings UK competition concerns

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled that Pork Farms’ acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry (CSP) business may substantially lessen competition in the sector.

New Zealand

High-fibre diet improves lung health in smokers

Auckland University researchers have found that a diet that is high in fibre helps reduce harmful inflammation in the lungs of smokers.

NPD watch: Green tea cereal, meat bars and bread for women

Antioxidant-rich cereals, protein-packed snack bars and bread tailored to women’s nutritional needs were just some of the product innovations identified by Datamonitor Consumer during 2014.

Special Edition: Smart Packaging

The smaller, the smarter: Small-sized packs hit on convenience and price

Light-weight, smaller bakery and snack packages are more affordable and convenient for consumers, says Euromonitor International.

Comment

Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

New technologies are vital to the future growth of the food and nutrition industry, but their future success depends on much more than the science behind them.

Dispatches from Hi Europe, Amsterdam

GoodMills strips back wheat kernels for fibre enrichment

A decade of EU-funded HealthGrain and HealthBread projects has yielded more bioavailability of grain nutrients, says Good Mills Innovation.

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Bakery for diabetics: How to storm into China

Developing baked goods for diabetics has heaps of potential in China given the rates of diabetes and mounting concern in the country, says Datamonitor Consumer.

Pack Expo 2014

Co-manufacturing boom sparks design challenge

The explosive shift towards co-manufacturing in bakery and snacks presents challenges for equipment suppliers because of a greater need for interchangeable lines, says Kliklok-Woodman (KW).

Commodity reports: DEFRA

DEFRA: We’ll see a gradual switch back to UK wheat

UK wheat production had a strong year that should spark a gradual shift back to local sourcing, says the Department for Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as it published its...

Glebe Farm Foods eyes Europe for gluten-free oat expansion

Gluten-free oat specialist Glebe Farm Foods is investing £5-10m ($8-15m) in a second oat mill to keep up with UK demand and assist expansion into European markets.

Ravenwood linerless labels expands into fresh produce and bakery sector

Ravenwood Packaging has expanded into the fresh produce and bakery sector, replacing traditional labels that carry backing paper with linerless ones. 

Australia

Research finding could help protect global wheat crops from disease

A critical new understanding of the disease cycle of a wheat virus will help farmers around the world protect their wheat crops from a devastating disease and major yield losses.

EU labelling law adds impetus to the sustainable palm drive

Changes to European labelling laws meaning the specific source of vegetable oil must be declared on pack could drive more food manufacturers to certified sustainable palm oil, according to one...

Gluten-free mug muffin start-up hungry to invigorate market

Gluten-free microwaveable muffins plug a market gap where major food firms are slow to innovate, claims a start-up looking to upscale its muffin pot concept.

Finland to provide specific dietary fibre information

The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has introduced a method to better define the constituent parts of dietary fibre in foods.

Benexia chia oil wins EU novel foods approval

The European Commission has approved Benexia chia oil as a novel food for use in food supplements and in place of other plant fats and oils in foods and drink...

High-protein cookies definitely hold mass market appeal, says Lenny & Larry’s

High-protein cookies will continue to soar in the mass market, says the president of Lenny & Larry’s as the company plans more US roll-outs in mass stores.

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...

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