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Australia’s manufacturers still not fully on board with salt reduction

A review of the Food and Health Dialogue, the Australian Government’s flagship initiative to improve the healthiness of the country’s food supply, has showed mixed results in efforts to reduce...

General Mills profits plunge 25% but 2015 growth targets will be kept

A tough operating environment with softer retail trends saw General Mills’ net profit plunge for the first quarter of financial year 2015, but its CEO remains certain growth targets will...

FDA survey shows excellent compliance for gluten-free labeled foods, but what about non-labeled gluten-free?

Almost 99% of foods labeled as gluten-free in the US are in compliance, with 1.1% mislabeled/misbranded because of the presence of gluten above an acceptable threshold. But the numbers are...

Can General Mills overcome the Annie’s acquisition backlash?

General Mills has defended the future of Annie’s natural and organic snacks under its ownership, but two experts say the company will have to work hard to beat the critics....

Ancient Harvest CEO: ‘Entry into the hot cereal category was an obvious choice’

Ancient Harvest’s hot cereal range plays to a consumer focus on protein, gluten-free and nutrition at breakfast, says the firm's CEO.

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...

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...

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.

'It’s taken a year to explain our chondroitin doesn’t come from carcasses left out in the sun': Danish supplier

Danish firm ZPD has won EU food approval for its chondroitin sulfate – a process that has been riddled by misapprehension and prejudice, the company says.

More ‘all-natural’ blues for Kashi as Florida judge allows GMO/all-natural class action to proceed

Just months after Kashi agreed to settle a California class action lawsuit accusing it of deceptively advertising its wares as ‘all-natural’, a judge has allowed most claims in a similar...

General Mills to acquire Annie’s in $820m deal to expand natural & organics portfolio

General Mills has made a bold move to expand its presence in the fast-growing natural and organics market with an $820m deal to acquire Annie's.

Breaking News

Jordan brothers in major breakfast cereal deal

David and Bill Jordan, the brothers who launched the Jordans cereals brand, have taken over ownership of European Oat Millers (EOM), a major supplier of breakfast cereal ingredients and own-label breakfast cereals....

No great change to acrylamide and furan levels, says FSA safety report

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) detects ‘no significant change or discernible trends’ across many food categories for process contaminants acrylamide and furan.

FAO warning: Ebola outbreak threatens cereal production in West Africa

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak has threatened upcoming cereal harvests across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, says the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as it issues a ‘grave food...

Kellogg’s interest in Egyptian snack maker BiscoMisr ‘makes sense’

Kellogg has bid for a 51% stake in Egyptian biscuit and breakfast cereal firm BiscoMisr, according to a filing in Egypt’s stock exchange – a move which would makes sense,...

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.

Grupo Bimbo & General Mills make Forbes ‘most innovative’ list

Mexican bread titan Grupo Bimbo and US cereal major General Mills have ranked on Forbes’ annual top 100 ‘most innovative’ companies list.

Special K US annual sales slump 9.7%

US total sales for Special K dropped $56m for the year; a slump that could be rescued with lifestyle-focused NPD, says the head of innovation at Mintel.

Kellogg: Including ‘added sugars’ on Nutrition Facts panel will just confuse shoppers

Almost a quarter of primary grocery shoppers are unable to correctly identify the total amount of sugar in products featuring the FDA’s ‘new-look’ Nutrition Facts labels, which require manufacturers to...

Study backs fibre-based satiety ingredient to reduce food intake

A novel composite satiety ingredient from made up of a viscous fibre and whole-grain corn flour can help to boost satiety responses in men and women, say researchers.

News in brief

Funley’s Delicious launches on-the-go packaging

Funley’s Delicious health snacks is re-launching its Wholly Granolly and Super Crackers to appeal to on-the-go consumers in September.

Cereal chartbusters 2014: America’s top 10 best-selling brands

BakeryandSnacks has dug into fresh IRI data to dish up the latest list of top 10 best-selling cereal brands in the US for 2014.

Kids’ cereal in New Zealand needs regulatory overhaul, say researchers

Policies governing nutrient and health claims, labeling and use of mascots on breakfast cereals in New Zealand need a serious re-think, researchers say.

Woman finds dead mouse in Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut

The Kellogg Company has been forced to launch an investigation after a Portsmouth woman found a dead mouse in a box of Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut cereal.

The US breakfast shift – think deli sandwiches, says Nielsen

Deli breakfasts have boomed in the US as consumers seek faster, fresher alternatives to traditional ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal category, according to Nielsen.

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