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Smaller size trend accelerates volume growth for flexible packaging

Portion control through smaller pack sizes is increasingly apparent across confectionery and snacks, according to Euromonitor International.

Cereal movement: General Mills regroups on Tiny Toast as Post Holdings revives Oreo O’s

The US breakfast cereals market has witnessed the return of Post Holdings Oreo O’s and the departure of General Mills’ Tiny Toast.

Kellogg’s begins its mass workforce trim

The breakfast food giant is beginning its restructuring plan in closing a large number of distribution centers across the US, resulting in mass layoffs.

New product roundup May 2017: candy-flavoured pop tarts, hemp-infused snack bars and no funky stuff

A round-up of product launches, relaunches and innovations that caught our attention this month.

Bosch: Bar manufacturers turn to leaner more efficient processes to increase OEE

Chocolate products are a ‘real winner’ with consumers in the US, accounting for around a third of all confectionery sales on average per year, according to Bosch Packaging Technology.

Orkla snaps up distribution deal for acrylamide-reducing yeast

Orkla Food Ingredients has inked a deal with Canada's Renaissance BioScience to exclusively produce and sell its patent-pending, acrylamide-reducing yeast Acrylow in Nordic and Baltic countries.

General Mills releases 10,000 boxes of Lucky Charms branded marshmallows

Consumers who purchase General Mills' Lucky Charms could win a box of limited edition marshmallows.

Interpack 2017

‘Cows head’ sliced cheese packs, small pouch formats and paper packaging take centre stage at Mondi

Mondi has expanded its packaging portfolio based on current trends, differentiating its products at the point of sale.

News in brief

General Mills appoints new CEO

The Cheerios and Annie’s maker has announced it will be promoting COO Jeffrey Harmening to CEO, effective from June 1.

Calbee extends granola production to capture growing health conscious market in Asia

Japanese cereal giant Calbee is increasing its granola production capacity by 40% to capitalize on the growing health trend in Asia.

Hemp for human food consumption finally gets the green light in Australia and New Zealand

Hemp foods are finally set to hit Australian plates after regulators approved legislation legalising low-THC hemp for human consumption as a food.

SGS appointed Certification Body to audit gluten-free standard

US certification company SGS has been engaged as the Certification Body to audit against the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) standards.

Handcrafted granola brand Just Live a Little enters France through Mediascore Food

Northern Ireland granola maker, Just Live a Little, will be released onto the French market on May 8, 2017.

Orkla cuts palm oil from 98% of its Nordic sweets and snack brands

Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Sweden has removed palm oil from 98% of its products, meaning 1,500 fewer tons of saturated fat in consumers' food. But what were the technical challenges and...

Post Holdings prevails in bidding war for Weetabix; appoints new MD

There will be a management shuffle once US cereal giant Post Holdings has concluded the £1.4bn ($1.76bn) deal for the UK’s 84-year-old cereal business the Weetabix Food Company.

Countdown to Interpack 2017

Bühler demonstrates its renewed competence for countlines, coated items and cereal bars at Interpack

Bühler’s 1,700m2 stand at the trade show will comprise a bistro and a Solutions Space, showcasing the company’s innovative offerings for making chocolate products, biscuits and cereal bars....

E-commerce expert calms retailers’ fear of Amazon driving away their Oreo and Cheerios customers

Traditional brick-and-mortar stores still have an opportunity to compete with Amazon in an era when online shopping is becoming increasingly popular among consumers, according to e-commerce consultant Mark Walker. 

General Mills-owned Annie’s vows to save Ron Finley's urban garden

US natural foods company, Annie’s, and President John Foraker along with his wife have donated $100,000 to an urban farmland in Los Angeles, California, called "The Ron Finley Project." ...

'Fibre is the only option to turn our comfort foods from toxic to therapeutic,' says FiberFlour founder

What made a practicing doctor give up medicine to create and supply a high-fibre flour? “I saw an opportunity to be infinitely more effective in preventing disease in the first place. Fibre...

Scientists have developed a wheat that could aid the world’s malnourished millions

Test results found the wheat increases the digestibility of phosphorus, calcium and other minerals in poultry.

News in brief

Rob Scoines appointed GM of Sanitarium NZ

Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing operation has named Rob Scoines as its general manager in New Zealand.

Purity protocol standardization may drive gluten-free snacks price down: says association

The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) has teamed up with several major North American oat processors to standardize the gluten-free screening process, commonly known as the purity protocol. 

General Mills’ earnings take a plunge amid price war

The Cheerios maker reported its seventh straight decline in quarterly sales, with a 5% decline in sales for Q3, due to gaps in pricing and increased promotional activity.

FDF offers manufacturers guidelines on how to optimize their packaging systems

From organic food to eco-labels, sustainable sourced ingredients and traceability, the UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published a set of manufacturer guidelines to optimize their packaging systems to...

General Mills’ pledge to counteract the world’s bee crisis with wildflowers

The Annie’s and Nature Valley maker has been selling its Honey Nut Cheerios’ boxes throughout the US this spring without the recognizable mascot.

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