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Dispatches from IFT 2014: 8-minute insight from Mintel innovation directors

Crunch time: Is breakfast cereal doomed to sink?

The global breakfast cereal market faces increasing competition as consumers turn to convenient alternatives, so how can manufacturers step up to compete and stimulate often dwindling sales?

Acrylamide may increase cancer risk, says EFSA opinion

A draft EFSA opinion has “confirmed previous evaluations” that dietary intake of acrylamide may increase the risk of developing cancer for consumers. 

Almonds may reduce heart disease risk: Study

Eating almonds may reduce the risk of heart disease by increasing levels of the antioxidant alpha-tocopherol in the blood stream, reducing blood pressure and improving blood flow, according to UK researchers....

Fortified foods vs naturally functional: Consumers consider both ‘worthwhile’, says IFIC

Consumers are open to fortified foods just as much as those that contain naturally occurring functional ingredients, according to the International Food Information Council (IFIC).

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Gluten-free: A ‘perfect storm’ fueled by food skepticism and fad diets

Processed food skepticism and fad dieting played a big part in the gluten-free boom, says the research director of Packaged Facts.

Can a $40m cost-cutting program bolster General Mills?

Amid “disappointing” fiscal 2014 results, General Mills has kick-started a cost-cutting plan to boost efficiency and support growth – a move that can’t be faulted but isn’t necessarily a ticket...

Brands should eye up children’s gluten-free: Mintel

The market for gluten-free children’s food will be a big area for growth, predicts market research firm Mintel – but mainstream brands are yet to capitalize on the opportunity. 

Dispatches from IFT 2014

DSM: Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could discourage fortification

Proposals to shift focus to vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium on the US FDA’s Nutrition Facts Panel make sense, but could remove incentives to fortify with other essential micronutrients,...

News in brief

Cereal manufacturer faces $40k fine for worker safety violations

California Cereal Products has been cited for nine serious safety and health violations and hit with a $40,600 penalty.

Insights from IFT 2014

Is your product ready for nutrition label changes?

Food and beverage manufacturers are holding their collective breath in anticipation of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel put forth by the Food and Drug Administration and likely...

Yeast industry faces raw material challenges as sugar quota abolishment looms

It is vital that the yeast industry is not forgotten in European sugar and energy policies if Euro-firms are to remain competitive on an increasingly international stage, according to the...

Kellogg, Nestlé, Mondelēz et al. promise to stop certain kids' ads by 2018

Over 20 major food firms have signed up to health and wellness pledges on advertisement to children, consistent product information, open access to formulation policies and employee wellbeing as part...

Euromonitor: Health concerns could slow breakfast biscuit boom

Breakfast biscuit makers should reduce sugar and calorie content and develop healthier variants if they want to secure continued growth, says Euromonitor International.

PepsiCo to drive ‘better-for-you’ NPD with Mexico baking innovation center

PepsiCo has inaugurated its first R&D facility in Mexico – a baking innovation center that will be dedicated to strengthening its better-for-you portfolio across brands like Quaker, Lay’s and Sabritas....

News in brief

Glanbia Nutritionals pushes textured ancient grains in Europe

Glanbia Nutritionals has introduced its full line of ancient grains into Europe, targeting the bakery, snack and cereal sectors.

"Environment Council has just broken the deadlock on the GMO cultivation proposal": Commission

European Commission reaches ‘political agreement’ on GM cultivation proposal

The European Commission’s Environmental Council has “broken the deadlock” on GM crop cultivation proposals with a political agreement around how member states can restrict or ban such crop production on their...

Kellogg Memphis lockout: Injunction to allow workers to return awaits federal court date

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is waiting for a federal court hearing date to address its injunction calling on Kellogg to end the Memphis lockout and allow employees to...

FMI Connect 2014

Do-it-yourself foods: the next consumer trend?

A German cereal start-up is seeing booming sales of its personalized muesli cereal, thanks to growing demand for consumer-customized packaged foods.

‘The unique characteristics of oatmeal’: Quaker Oats-funded study shows that instant oatmeal keeps hunger at bay from breakfast until lunch

Eating instant oatmeal for breakfast may help to manage hunger better than the leading oat-based, cold cereal, says a new study funded by Quaker Oats with implications for weight management.

ASA: Chia and flax ad should be ‘super-seeded’

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has upheld four complaints about the implied health claims of Bioglan ‘superfood’ chia and flax seeds.

What can the US learn from Europe? Clean label and subtle nutrition, says Mintel

US bakery, snack and cereal manufacturers should look to Europe for lessons on clean label and better-for-you products that don’t scream health, says Mintel’s innovation head.

Granola: A sophisticated breakfast win in Japan

Granola has boomed in Japan because of its health promise and versatility and Western cereal firms could cash in further by playing up the trendy aspect, says a Datamonitor Consumer...

Ball, Coke, and General Mills rank on ‘green’ list

Newsweek’s list of the US’s most sustainable companies names packaging firms like Ball, beverage producers like Coca-Cola, and food manufacturers such as General Mills rank among the green giants....

ABF buys Dorset Cereals

Associated British Foods (ABF) has bought UK premium cereal maker Dorset Cereals in a deal rumoured to be worth £50m ($83.7m) - taking its cereal brand tally up to two.

“We believe that the sugar confectionery category and our brands within it are the 'most honest' category in store": Chewits owner

What are you playing at? Kellogg, Coca-Cola and Cloetta accused of ‘sneaky’ advertising to kids

Food and drink firms are using so called ‘advergames’ and social media to get around laws governing advertising to children, a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary has claimed.

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