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Dispatches from IPPE 2015

Bemis makes packaging pop with interactive and sensory technologies

At the recent International Production and Processing Expo, Bemis North America extended a 4D hand to brand owners seeking packaging to help differentiate their products.

SPECIAL FOCUS: HEALTHY BAKING

General Mills packs wholegrain punch, Kellogg files micro-bran patent

What could be more fun on a Friday than a healthy baking special edition?! Here’s our 2015 cream of the crop to date – as General Mills packs a punch...

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NuGo Nutrition acquires Gnu Foods FiberLove

Healthy snack specialist NuGo Nutrition will edge into the high-fiber snacking space after acquiring Gnu Foods FiberLove.

Not so sweet: ‘Surprising’ sugar spike in UK breakfast cereals, mostly in own label

Sugar content has risen in a fifth of UK ready-to-eat breakfast cereals since 2012 with the largest spikes coming from retail own brands, finds Action on Sugar research....

Oatmeal for breakfast may increase satiety and mean a lower calorie lunch

Consumption of oatmeal, rather than ready-to-eat-cereal, at breakfast may result in greater feelings of fullness and lower calorie intake at lunch, especially in overweight people, says research backed by PepsiCo...

‘Right move, right price, right category!’ Post Holdings swallows MOM Brands for $1.15bn

Post Holdings CEO Rob Vitale said today that his firm’s $1.15bn move to buy smaller ready-to-eat cereal rival MOM Brands for $1.15bn was the “right move, at the right price,...

High omega-3 linseed flour enables bakery health claims, says developer

Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) has developed a linseed-based flour omega-3 levels that enables blood cholesterol health claims to be made on the end product.

Durum shortage drives German firm to find pasta alternatives

Massive predicted durum wheat losses have driven German firm to research alternative formulation options for pasta manufacturers.

Nutrition and health bars expand market share by tying into wellness, athleticism

Nutrition and health bars are stealing market share from the category leading snack and cereal bars in part because they tie into the health and wellness trend dominating many consumers’...

If Bright Food takes over Weetabix...

Bright Food will need to protect Weetabix’s UK brand heritage should speculation of a full buyout come true, says a China-based analyst.

The start-up era? Curious consumers and online shoppers help, says Mintel

The start-up explosion in bakery, cereal and snacks will continue as online shopping booms and consumers seek out the extraordinary, says Mintel.

EFSA health claim opinion

Prebiotic inulin wins EFSA bowel health claim

European prebiotic giant Beneo is celebrating today after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) backed inulin to better bowel function.

News in brief

Personality of the Year 2014 countdown

Company executives, research experts and industry advocates are among those in our top 10 battling to be crowned BakeryandSnacks’ 2014 ‘Personality of the Year’.

Kellogg’s BiscoMisr buy a vehicle to Middle East & Africa: Analyst

Kellogg has secured a gateway to introduce its own brands in the promising MEA region by acquiring a controlling stake in Egyptian biscuit maker BiscoMisr, says an analyst.

Kellogg: Shoppers expect gluten-free in the free-from aisle

Kellogg will launch its gluten-free corn puffs into free-from sections of major UK retailers this month to align with shopper expectations, it says.

‘Just add water’ - Nestlé files patent for instant congee

Nestlé has filed a patent on a method to manufacture shelf stable, instant congee made adding hot water to target busier consumers.

Kellogg files patent for versatile micro-bran

Kellogg has developed a process that micro-grinds bran to create a more versatile and palatable powder.

Honey Monster cereal slammed for ‘goodness’ claim

Halo Foods has breached advertising codes with ‘goodness’ claims on the honey content of Honey Monster cereal, the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.

Good carbs, bad carbs to play into 2015

The steer away from carbs will continue into 2015 but if industry is clever, the shift presents plenty of opportunities, says a healthy foods expert.

Top 12 stories of 2014: Frito-Lay marketing, snacking and wheat science

Marketing insight from Frito-Lay, snacking trends for the future and wheat science were just a handful of the best-read stories on BakeryandSnacks for 2014.

General Mills net profit plummets 37% amid continued cereal woes

General Mills has reported a significant slump in profits for its second quarter, pulled down by a tough environment in North America, particularly across breakfast cereals.

NPD watch: Green tea cereal, meat bars and bread for women

Antioxidant-rich cereals, protein-packed snack bars and bread tailored to women’s nutritional needs were just some of the product innovations identified by Datamonitor Consumer during 2014.

Special Edition: Smart Packaging

The smaller, the smarter: Small-sized packs hit on convenience and price

Light-weight, smaller bakery and snack packages are more affordable and convenient for consumers, says Euromonitor International.

Glanbia Nutritionals: US bakery lab will fast-track NPD

Glanbia Nutritionals says its US bakery lab will enable manufacturers to shorten new product development times, particularly in the area of ancient grains. 

Healthy quinoa bars in Bristol NHS Trust vending trial

A healthy quinoa bar concept developed by a team of final year culinary arts management students has picked up the award in the ‘culinary product development challenge’, run by the...

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