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2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Leaders of the pack at 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

The 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo showcased thousands of product launches, and old favorites, in standout packaging. Here are a number of bags, pouches, and other containers that captured attention.

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo 2014

Euromonitor: Popcorn and thins epitomize ‘indulgence without the guilt’

Popcorn has exploded and thins have sliced into action in snacking – both riding on the wave of being indulgent with a healthy slant, according to Euromonitor International.

Kraft: Meat has been largely absent from healthy-protein snacking

Kraft Foods has developed a high-protein snack with a meat component to tap into a space in healthy-protein snacking that it says has been missed.

Mary’s Gone Crackers founder: We realized we were more than a cracker company

Mary’s Gone Crackers has become much more than a cracker company and it needed a brand revamp to better reflect that, says founder.

High throughput is top call for extruded snacks, says Clextral

Extruded snack lines that enable high throughput to cut costs are in demand, says extrusion specialist Clextral.

The future of snacks? Popped, ancient grains and the rise of craft brands

Craft snack brands will lead innovation because of their fresh take on an old market, and balancing health and indulgence will be top of the agenda, says Innova Market Insights.

Health properties of cinnamon drive demand

Increasing interest in cinnamon’s health properties has led to its use in more foods, but heavy rainfall in producer countries has affected supply, a leading ingredients company has warned.

Sustainability woes: Ingredients firms aren’t doing enough, claims expert

Ingredients suppliers are uniquely placed in the supply chain to up their game in sustainable sourcing and must push the agenda further, says a market analyst from Invenire.

The ‘right’ snacking has nutritional value for kids, say researchers

The ‘right’ type of snack can improve diet quality in children under the age of 11, according to researchers looking into how snack and meal frequencies affect total energy intake and diet...

Snacks stretch PepsiCo’s global reach 3%: Kantar Worldpanel

PepsiCo gobbled up more global interest last year, fueled by three ‘star’ brands – Lay’s, Doritos and Cheetos, according to Kantar Worldpanel's Brand Footprint report.

SPECIAL EDITION: CLOSING THE FIBER GAP

Fiber-rich bakery: What does the science say?

In this special edition article BakeryandSnacks.com takes a look at some of the key suggested benefits of fiber, and how manufacturers can utilize it to benefit consumers.

Star Snacks Co. fined for exposing workers to carbon monoxide

Star Snacks Co. has been fined $180,000 for wilfully exposing employees to carbon monoxide and dangerous noise levels.

Special edition: Closing the fiber gap

Cereal gets to the heart of fiber deficiency, but is fortification the way to go?

High cereal fiber intake after a heart attack may improve long-term survival rates, research suggests, but these benefits could be achieved with a balanced, healthy diet, rather than through fortified...

Obesity buzzword now a part of the food processing language

‘Consumers seek healthier products but it’s difficult when you cook snacks in fat’

Future food processing trends will focus on convenience, which in turn will see healthier options for snacks on-the-go in terms of the variety of flavour and texture, according to tna.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Ingredia: Chia oil to boil bigger storm in Europe thanks to claims

Europe's rubber stamp on Ingredia’s Benexia chia oil, expected in June, will heat up appeal even more, claims its global director.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Nutritional snacks? Manufacturers misread consumers, says Datamonitor Consumer

Nutritious snacks have not boomed because manufacturers overwhelmed consumers in a category where indulgence remains more important, says the head of food and drink at Datamonitor Consumer.

News in brief

BakeryandSnacks attending Sweets & Snacks Expo

BakeryandSnacks will be at Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago next week to bring you all the latest on product innovation and trends from some of the biggest snack players...

Big interview: Craig Lieberman, founder & CEO, 34 Degrees

34° Crisps founder: We want to reinvent what people think about crackers

When Craig Lieberman flew to Sydney to study for a Master’s Degree in International Relations in the mid-1990s, his goal was to be a diplomat. But not long after he...

Bay State Milling: White flour backlash continues

Taste, performance and nutrition will always be the biggest drivers in flour innovation, says Bay State Milling’s director of product marketing. 

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Laboratoire PYC eyes Asia with high-protein soya crisps

Laboratoire PYC wants to expand its high-protein soya crisps into Asia and has started flavor development for the market, its marketing head says.

Hain Celestial: Rudi’s Organic Bakery will be our next $100m brand

There are significant opportunities to grow the Rudi’s Organic Bakery brand, both through increasing distribution and taking it into new categories, says its new owner, Hain Celestial. 

Kashi agrees $5m ‘all-natural’ lawsuit settlement; Bear Naked to pay $325,000 to settle related suit

Kellogg subsidiary Kashi has joined a growing list of big food companies that have agreed to stop using the term ‘all-natural’ to describe certain products in response to a tidal...

News in brief

Snyder's-Lance buys Baptista's Bakery, sells private brands business

Snack giant Snyder's-Lance is to buy Wisconsin-based Baptista's Bakery and sell its private brands business as its re-shapes its portfolio to focus on branded products and expand its capabilities in...

tna to open Asia office

tna is celebrating the acquisition of FOODesign, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last month, and has announced plans to open an office in Asia in June.

Man dies in fortune-cookie dough mixer

An accident at an Asian foods processing facility has taken the life of a 26-year-old plant worker.

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