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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.

Patent Watch

General Mills files patent for sodium-reduction via enhanced saltiness

General Mills has developed a method to enhance perceived saltiness using taste-modulating bioactive compounds, thus enabling sodium reduction.

Actioning environmental pledges: Strategic engagement with suppliers critical, says procurement expert

Strategic partnerships with ingredients suppliers, not simple vendor contracts, will prove critical to the success of environmental programs like carbon emission reductions and sustainable sourcing, says a procurement expert....

News in brief

Cargill Innovation Center offers fast track to new products

Food companies can take a shortcut to innovation at Cargill's fully remodeled research center in Plymouth, MN. 

China

Heinz recalls batches of infant cereal found to contain excess lead

Heinz's China operation has recalled four batches of one of its infant food lines after local food safety regulators said they had found “excessive amounts of lead” during an inspection. ...

Oxfam: Kellogg rises above General Mills on climate change

Kellogg has become the second food major to respond to a damning Oxfam report with a climate change revamp that pledges to disclose global greenhouse gas emission targets by December 2015.

Consumers want fruit & veg servings in hot cereal

US consumers are looking for energy-dense hot cereals that provide a full serving of fruit or veg, according to FONA International.

News in brief

Kellogg launches Special K Nourish in Australia

Kellogg has launched Special K Nourish in Australia – a three-grain cold cereal variety that marks part of its 2014 brand revamp.

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