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Young people eating snacks to ‘round out’ meals, says NPD Group

Younger consumers are reaching for snacks to accompany and round out meals, and the better-for-you category is set to benefit most, finds The NPD Group.

India

PepsiCo to double investment in Indian snacks

PepsiCo chairman Indra Nooyi has pledged to double the company’s investment in its Indian food processing operation to add to the sizeable sums it has already spent in the country....

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GMA awards PepsiCo for ‘Do Us a Flavor’ campaign

The Grocery Manufacturers Association awarded PepsiCo for its Do Us A Flavor campaign.

What new gluten-free product launches, market analysis tell us

The gluten-free definition has been standardized; now what?

Aug. 5 marked the deadline for manufacturers making voluntary gluten-free label claims to ensure they meet the FDA’s definition of a gluten-free food (less than 20 parts per million of...

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Hygiena unveils gluten test kit

Hygiena has introduced a specific allergen test kit for the detection of gluten residue on surfaces.

Patent Watch

General Mills files patent for sodium-reduction via enhanced saltiness

General Mills has developed a method to enhance perceived saltiness using taste-modulating bioactive compounds, thus enabling sodium reduction.

Actioning environmental pledges: Strategic engagement with suppliers critical, says procurement expert

Strategic partnerships with ingredients suppliers, not simple vendor contracts, will prove critical to the success of environmental programs like carbon emission reductions and sustainable sourcing, says a procurement expert....

Does snacking have a place in dietary guidelines?

Yes, 'snacking’ has its place in health promotion campaigns but there are communication barriers to overcome and recommendations must consider age and meal behavior, a review finds.

Guest article

Kind Vs Clif Bar: 5 tips to make your food product packaging protectable

‘One would be hard-pressed to find a marketing professional who did not believe in the uniqueness of his or her product branding portfolio. Indeed, store shelves are crowded with an...

All-natural snacking trend is starting to falter, says Datamonitor

The all-natural snack phenomenon has peaked in developed markets, faltering under a raft of lawsuits, says a Datamonitor Consumer analyst.

The small guy can still win in the snacks aisle, says Jim Schneider

Saratoga Chips head back to the future: Second time lucky for America’s first kettle chip?

The ‘Saratoga chip’ - a snack food sensation first cooked up in 1853 by George Crum in Saratoga Springs, NY - was ultimately overwhelmed by the might of Herman Lay’s...

Paleo boom or bust? The Primal Kitchen hungry for US expansion

Expanding into the US snack sector needs to happen now or never and CrossFit could be the way in, says the founder of UK Paleo bar start-up The Primal Kitchen.

Tree nuts can improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetics: review

A review of 12 clinical trials found that daily intake of tree nuts improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. 

COMMODITY REPORTS: USDA

USDA forecasts record global wheat crop

The USDA has said global wheat supplies for 2014/15 will hit record highs, which is good news for stability but quality will be critical for industry, says an analyst.

Oxfam: Kellogg rises above General Mills on climate change

Kellogg has become the second food major to respond to a damning Oxfam report with a climate change revamp that pledges to disclose global greenhouse gas emission targets by December 2015.

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False positive results prompt CFIA U-turn

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has backtracked on a recall notice as additional testing has confirmed original findings were false positives.

Nut roaster cracks safety certification

Hickory Harvest Foods, a producer that makes roasted nut and dried fruit products, has attained SQF Level 2 safety certification.

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78% of new US popcorn launches are on a 'health' platform of some kind, says Innova

Almost eight out of 10 popcorn products launched in the US in the 12 months to June 2014 were on a 'health' platform of some kind, according to Innova Market Insights.

Kettle’s ‘reduced fat’ chip lawsuit to continue

Diamond Foods has been granted partial dismissal on claims made against its use of ‘reduced fat’ messaging on Kettle chips, but the complainant has been given time to amend his...

UB acquisition by Kellogg makes sense, says expert

Kellogg buying United Biscuits would make sense, according to an expert with prior senior history at UB, as media speculation over the possibility of such a deal intensified.

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JM Smucker acquires Sahale Snacks

JM Smucker has acquired premium nut and fruit snack firm Sahale Snacks.

EFSA rejects French move to ban GM crop in Europe

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said French documentation supporting the country's attempt to ban Monsanto's MON810 genetically modified maize in Europe contains no new information or scientific basis...

Kellogg provided over 500,000 Nutri-Grain bars to the Commonwealth Games

Kellogg was one of the last companies to join the sponsors’ family of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It supported the Games by providing over 500,000 Nutri-Grain bars to the...

The bigger picture: Dietary fibre measurement method adopted globally

A test method pioneered by Irish diagnostic technology company Megazyme International has become the global method of choice for ensuring dietary fibre content is not 'double counted' on nutritional labels. ...

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FDA gluten-free deadline approaches

Manufacturers have just under a week to ensure gluten-free products comply with FDA regulation.

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