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Tesco sweet-free checkouts: Can 'healthy snacks' fill the void?

Tesco UK has rolled-out its sweet-free checkout policy across convenience stores leaving space for snack makers to gobble up share, but some listing rules have been touted ‘deplorable’ by industry.

Kellogg files patent for versatile micro-bran

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

BelVita hopes to take a bite out of breakfast market share with new mini-biscuits

Consumers increasingly are turning away from cereal for breakfast in favor of nutrition-dense, on-the-go foods, creating a growth opportunity for consumer packaged foods companies that can offer fast solutions to...

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.

Un-savoury contest? Pork pies merger brings UK competition concerns

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled that Pork Farms’ acquisition of Kerry Foods’ chilled savoury pastry (CSP) business may substantially lessen competition in the sector.

FIC regulation was a big fish to fry, says European Snacks Association

The EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation has been the biggest challenge for snack makers during 2014 and difficulties aren’t over yet, says the European Snacks Association (ESA).

New Zealand

High-fibre diet improves lung health in smokers

Auckland University researchers have found that a diet that is high in fibre helps reduce harmful inflammation in the lungs of smokers.

No clear benefit of low GI diet for heart health, say 'surprised' researchers

Using glycemic index (GI) as a guide to healthy food choices may not help improve cardiovascular risk factors or insulin resistance, researchers warn.

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.

Budelpack expands in chocolate, confectionary and snack markets with Bosch vffs

Budelpack Poortvliet is installing a Bosch vertical form-fill-seal machine (vffs) to package loose items such as chocolates, confectionery, nuts and snacks, to start operations in January 2015.

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. 

Special Edition: Smart Packaging

Pouches and beyond: Snacks and cereals have made ‘smart’ progress

Snack and cereal makers have stepped into smart packaging territory with stand-out, portable pouch formats but they can still stretch further, says a packaging expert.

Comment

Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

New technologies are vital to the future growth of the food and nutrition industry, but their future success depends on much more than the science behind them.

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Bakery for diabetics: How to storm into China

Developing baked goods for diabetics has heaps of potential in China given the rates of diabetes and mounting concern in the country, says Datamonitor Consumer.

Pack Expo 2014

Co-manufacturing boom sparks design challenge

The explosive shift towards co-manufacturing in bakery and snacks presents challenges for equipment suppliers because of a greater need for interchangeable lines, says Kliklok-Woodman (KW).

News in brief

Nairns Oatcakes installs second Loma system

Nairns Oatcakes has installed a second combined checkweigher and metal detector from Loma Systems.

Commodity reports: DEFRA

DEFRA: We’ll see a gradual switch back to UK wheat

UK wheat production had a strong year that should spark a gradual shift back to local sourcing, says the Department for Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as it published its...

Glebe Farm Foods eyes Europe for gluten-free oat expansion

Gluten-free oat specialist Glebe Farm Foods is investing £5-10m ($8-15m) in a second oat mill to keep up with UK demand and assist expansion into European markets.

Graze CEO: We have to better localize our US portfolio

Graze underestimated the level of localization needed with snacks for the US market but will evolve its portfolio rapidly in the coming months, its CEO says.

Australia

Australian snackers opt for savoury, though most top brands are sweet

When it comes to Australia’s most popular snacks, it seems that tastes tend more towards savoury than sweet, market research has found. 

News in brief

Balance Foods rolls out vending size tortilla chips

Balance Foods has developed vending size snacks under its Poptillas brand.

What drives unhealthy snacking?

Enjoying a special occasion, opportunistic eating and social pressures are just some of the drivers behind unhealthy snacking – factors that could be used to drive change, researchers claim.

EU labelling law adds impetus to the sustainable palm drive

Changes to European labelling laws meaning the specific source of vegetable oil must be declared on pack could drive more food manufacturers to certified sustainable palm oil, according to one...

General Mills: Protecting vulnerable watersheds critical to water policy

Most water used by General Mills happens outside direct operations in agriculture and improvements must be made in at-risk watershed areas, says the company’s chief sustainability officer.

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