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Bakers blast 'flawed' FDA trans-fat crackdown: 'It's unlawful, unnecessary and will have unintended consequences'

Revoking the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to crack down on artificial trans fats is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, says the...

Kellogg on Memphis lockout: The union has refused to meet since October

Federal charges have been filed against Kellogg and numerous letters sent calling for an end to the Memphis lockout, but the company says a resolution is impossible because the BCTGM...

Bread and cereal highest contributors to children’s salt intake: Study

A professor of cardiovascular medicine has said industry must get their act together after his UK study found bread and cereal to collectively be the highest contributors to salt consumption...

US senators demand Kellogg act fast to end Memphis lockout

Five US senators have called on Kellogg to ‘act swiftly’ and resolve its Memphis lockout, which has seen more than 200 employees unable to work at the ready-to-eat cereal plant...

General Mills hopes comic books will invigorate cereal

General Mills hopes to influence purchase decisions in the cereal aisle with a limited edition comic book series across selected Big G brands.

Kellogg muesli launch taps into ‘superfood’ trend

Kellogg Australia’s new Fibrelicious muesli expands the brand beyond its traditional flake format and taps into the ‘superfood’ seed trend, according to a Datamonitor analyst.

Allergens survey highlights risks in industry practice

Nearly a third of food businesses have no corporate allergen management systems in place, an SGS survey has found.

Functional bakery: Could ‘edible films’ be a new strategy for probiotic delivery?

The use of edible films could be a new approach to the production of functional cereals and bakery products with added probiotics, according to new research.

Indonesia to become a top 3 wheat importer in next five years

With wheat consumption is on the rise in Indonesia, the country might soon be in a position to resolve its self-sufficiency target for rice, according to a new report by...

Who is the gluten-free consumer? Find out at the FoodNavigator-USA Forum: Gluten-free in Perspective

Are consumers who say they’re avoiding gluten really just avoiding wheat? Can we trust survey data about the number of people following ‘gluten-free diets’? Are market researchers' (wildly differing) estimates...

Oxfam sustainability scorecard reveals ‘leaders and laggards’

Leading food and drink makers including Nestlé, Unilever and Coca-Cola have made good progress in the year since Oxfam released its first Behind the Brands sustainability scorecard – and only...

Convenience trend hurts both cereal and baked breakfast goods: Analyst

The US trend of skipping breakfast or eating it on the go hurts both cereal and packaged breakfast baked goods, according to an analyst behind a Packaged Facts report. 

Daily breakfast consumption linked to lower obesity risk in girls

Girls who eat breakfast every day are less likely to be overweight than those who skip breakfast, according to a study published in The International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition....

Goodbye GMOs (and vitamin B12, D, A, and Riboflavin): New non-GMO Grape Nuts and Original Cheerios are ‘certainly less nutritious’, claims professor

The new non-GMO formulations of Original Cheerios and Grape Nuts might be made without ingredients from genetically engineered crops, but they also come with fewer vitamins - although brand owners...

General Mills CEO: Cereal slowdown is industry's fault

The sales slowdown in the US cereal category has nothing to do with consumers and everything to do with manufacturers, says the chairman and CEO of General Mills.

Special K Australia eyes ‘healthier direction’ after slashing salt

Kellogg Australia has reduced the sodium content of its Special K cereals by 15% in a recipe overhaul and says it will take a new, healthier direction in 2014.

Carob flours: The novel antioxidant option for cereal?

Mediterranean carob seed flours hold potential as a novel, antioxidant ingredient for cereal products, according to scientists.

Kellogg revamps palm oil policy after months of protests

The Kellogg Company has pledged to source fully traceable palm oil by the end of next year, a move that has been welcomed by NGOs that have been fighting for...

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Green tea cereal: The next big nutritional punch at breakfast

Green tea has migrated from hot drinks into other foods over the years but has particular promise in breakfast cereal where manufacturers can pack nutritional punch into weight-loss products, says a...

Corn-based protein targets veggie health boom, says Penford R&D head

Penford Ingredients has developed a corn-based protein to tap into a surge in health and wellness, vegetarianism and gluten-free, its R&D head says.

Are 3D printed insect snacks the taste of the future?

Hurdles in food safety, taste and consumer acceptance await on the London South Bank University’s quest to join two big food innovations: 3D printing and insect-based ingredients.

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”.

Kellogg cereal woes: Q4 net sales dip amid full year profits

The Kellogg Company has reported lower-than-expected fourth quarter sales due to continued weakness in cereal but its president and CEO says the company can still win at the breakfast occasion. ...

Can Weetabix-Weight Watchers tie-up help tough out difficult times?

Weetabix and Weight Watchers have joined forces to develop a high fiber cereal - a good example of how weight loss firms and breakfast brands can become more resilient in...

News in brief

Nestle sells PowerBar and Musashi to Post Holdings

Nestlé SA is selling its sports nutrition business under the Powerbar and Musashi brands to US group Post Holdings Inc. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.

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