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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.

UK government committee backs halving free sugars limit to 5%

The UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has ditched a 10% upper limit on sugar intake instead recommending that less than 5% of daily energy should come from...

Birmingham backs Mondelez over BelVita energy health claims

Mondelez has been backed by the Birmingham City Council (BCC) over slow energy claims made for its BelVita breakfast biscuits after they were challenged in the UK.

Primrose’s Kitchen gains Holland & Barrett UK listing

Dorset ‘superfood’ company Primrose’s Kitchen has secured a listing with health food chain Holland & Barrett for its raw vegetable mueslis.

Me and my factory

Why United Biscuits had to invest £50M

United Biscuits has pumped millions into its flagship Harlesden site. Kevin McGurk tells Nicholas Robinson why the investment had to be made

EU wheat to maintain competitive edge over US

More bakers could source more EU wheat as a strengthening dollar and uncertain weather conditions in the US make prices more competitive, says a grains expert.

General Mills CEO: Retailers want cereal innovation – think gluten-free, protein and granola

US cereal sales continue to decline, but retailers know the category is still important and want innovation around prevalent consumer trends, says the CEO of General Mills.

Ultra-fast-growing aquatic plant promises year-round supply of sustainable vegetable protein

A novel source of vegetable protein that promises to give rivals a run for their money in the nutrition and sustainability stakes, will make its debut at the IFT show...

FAPAS expands reference material range to support analysis demand

An expanded range of reference materials to meet increasing global demand have been launched by FAPAS, the proficiency testing division of Fera.

Kellogg unveils simpler ingredients NPD to spur breakfast category

Kellogg has developed a range of breakfast products focused on simpler ingredients, positive nutrition and better portability.

Healthier RTE cereals exist but consumers aren’t eating them: Study

Consumers are gravitating towards less healthy ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal products and it has nothing to do with price or availability, find researchers.

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