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Sainsbury recalls bran flakes due to plastic

A production problem, which left bran flake products contaminated with small pieces of plastic, has prompted both Sainsbury and Tesco to issue product recalls.

Corn yields up, price remains uncertain

Corn yields are expected to rise again, seeing record highs in many Midwestern states, for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Cereal’s ‘Great Depression’ erodes the center aisles, Euromonitor analyst says

Changing the consumer mindset is essential to bringing shoppers back into the center aisles, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

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Money talks! Norway withdraws from 4 Asian palm oil firms

The Norwegian national investment fund has cut ties with four major Asian companies, citing the risk of ‘severe environmental damage’ as a result of palm oil plantations.

Health-conscious consumers swap sweet for savory in UK biscuits and cake market: Report

Consumers are moving toward healthier options such as breakfast biscuits and away from sweet in the UK biscuits and cake market, according to a report from Key Note.

Lotus Bakeries takes majority slice of Nakd and Trek bar maker

Belgium-based Lotus Bakeries has seen its share price jump to a near 52-week high after it acquired two-thirds of UK-based snack firm Natural Balance Foods on Monday for about £60m...

Cereal beer? Wheaties and Fulton Beer partner for new craft beer

Wheaties, the popular breakfast cereal from food giant General Mills, has partnered with a Minnesota brewer to create craft beer HefeWheaties.

Oldways Whole Grains Council begins crafting standards for sprouted grains

Oldways Whole Grains Council is spearheading an effort to set standards for increasingly popular sprouted grains, which are popping up exponentially in more products as manufacturers try to catch consumers’...

Kashi develops 'overnight oats' cup and sweet potato cereal

Kashi's muesli to soak overnight and sweet potato cereal hit on important consumer trends and could take off, says one innovation expert.

Thins, late-night indulgence and ethnic: 8 snack trends to watch from Datamonitor

The global savory snacks market pulled in $93bn in 2014 alone, but what is trending and where is the market potential for future growth?

Competition remains fierce in cholesterol-lowering niche

Benecol buy-back boosts Raisio Q2 results

Sales and profits were up in Q2 at Raisio, with CEO of the €500m Finnish agro-food player Matti Rihko content its re-housing of key brand Benecol was paying off.

Olam’s ‘complex’ ADM cocoa deal hits delay

Singapore-based Olam’s $1.3bn acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland’s global cocoa business has hit a bump in the road, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Ackman investment in Mondelēz: ‘Maybe this is the shake up it needs,’ says innovation expert

Activist-investor William Ackman’s 7.5% stake in Mondelēz International should inject life into a sweet and snack major that has been struggling for the past two years, says the innovation head...

Kellogg and General Mills artificial-free pledge won’t reverse cereal decline, says expert

Kellogg and General Mills’ pledges to remove artificial ingredients from their cereals in the coming years will not be enough to help cereal rebound but could spark an R&D trend,...

Keeping sugar same in TPP ‘unsustainable and unacceptable’: NCA

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is pushing for Australia to be allowed to export more sugar to the US under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as it decries plans to...

Crunch-down: America’s top 10 best-selling snack bars

BakeryandSnacks has chewed over IRI data to compile a satisfying list of the top 10 best-selling US snack bars.

Cereal savior? Kellogg to remove artificial ingredients by 2018

Kellogg will remove all artificial colors and flavors across branded cereals, some snack bars and Eggo frozen foods by 2018 as part of wider efforts to rescue cereal.

Deadlock broken: Kellogg and BCTGM agree on labor contract

Kellogg has finalized a five-year contract for employees across four US ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal plants following a difficult year with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union...

Exclusive interview: Dr. Mehmood Khan, vice chairman and chief scientific officer for global R&D at PepsiCo

PepsiCo R&D chief: ‘Over $6bn in net revenue is coming from innovation’

PepsiCo’s research and development used to be focused on brand refreshes but we’re now working with a whole new strategy that is ‘paying off in buckets’, says its global R&D...

Wholegrain consumption may prevent early death

A high wholegrain intake may lower the mortality rate regardless of wholegrain type or cause of death, say researchers in a 120,000-strong Scandinavian cohort study.

‘Antiquated’ national flour fortification laws must be updated to meet WHO recommendations: Researcher

If iron flour fortification is to work sources and levels approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are required and actual consumption must be considered, says food fortification expert.

General Mills: ‘Less is more’ with snack bars

Consumers want simple and wholesome snack bars so ingredients and packaging must reflect this, says the category development head at General Mills Convenience.

Quinoa's protein potential: From healthy whole food to versatile ingredient

After years in the making, quinoa protein concentrate will be the latest plant-based protein to be commercialised, competing with the likes of whey, soy and pea.

Bosch to develop five axis robots for more shelf ready retail packaging

Bosch Packaging Technology has redesigned its Delta robotic (D3) packaging portfolio to give food producers a more simplified platform design, faster changeovers and ease of use.

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