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Federation of Bakers: 2015 will be a fight back on carbs

The UK will publish an extensive report on the role of carbohydrates in the diet next year, presenting opportunities for bread makers to fight back against carb-bashing, says the Federation of Bakers (FOB).

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.

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Nifty packaging: Could data tech be the future for bakery shelf life?

Using data exchange technology like near field communication (NFC) to link bread staling information with color-changing labels is a promising future concept, says Canadean.

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.

SPECIAL EDITION: SMART PACKAGING

Bread packaging is far from ‘smart’ but could be, says expert

Bread needs a shake up because packaging is fixated on protection and cost, meaning opportunities to spark increased consumer engagement are lost, says a packaging expert.

French Toast Crunch in line with ‘current nutritional goals’, says General Mills

General Mills has brought back French Toast Crunch cereal to US shelves but has reformulated the product to align with “current nutritional goals”, it says.

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).

Ravenwood linerless labels expands into fresh produce and bakery sector

Ravenwood Packaging has expanded into the fresh produce and bakery sector, replacing traditional labels that carry backing paper with linerless ones. 

Heinz opens infant cereal plant in China

Heinz has opened a major production plant in southern China for its infant cereal and snacks business, keeping a paramount focus on safety and quality.

Gluten-free mug muffin start-up hungry to invigorate market

Gluten-free microwaveable muffins plug a market gap where major food firms are slow to innovate, claims a start-up looking to upscale its muffin pot concept.

dispatches from Emballage 2014, Paris

Weidenhammer targets biodegradable certification

Weidenhammer is attempting to have its composite cans certified as biodegradable.

Sustainable snacks? Production success but packaging woes, says SFA

Most snack makers convert waste into animal feed or have water reduction programs, but efforts need to be sharpened in the plight to find truly green, consumer-friendly packaging, says the head of the Snack Food Association (SFA).

dispatches from Emballage 2014, Paris

Jindal claims first OPP sealant film for stand-up pouches

Jindal Films has claimed it has introduced the first biaxially orientated polypropylene (OPP)-based sealant film for stand-up pouches.

General Mills to shut and sell US cereal plant

General Mills will shut down and sell its first cereal manufacturing plant under the $40m cost-cutting program announced earlier this year. 

Patent Watch

General Mills files patent for cost-efficient flexible dough pack

General Mills has developed a flexible package for chemically-leavened refrigerated dough that it claims is considerably cheaper than market options and ensures better baking quality.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

Too fast and furious? Ditch speed for efficiency, says CT USA

Snack manufacturers should run slower packaging speeds for improved efficiency, durability and product protection, says the sales director of CT USA.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

How will Nutrition Facts panel changes hit snacks?

Snack makers and suppliers will be under pressure to make fast changes across all packs once the FDA finalizes its ruling on the nutrition facts panel, but can suppliers keep up?

DISPATCHES: PACK EXPO 2014

Bakers are behind the food safety curve, claims tech expert

Food safety is important for bakers but use of technology is behind the curve and more could be done, says a technical expert.

Ilapak to build a production plant in the US following IMA 81% ownership

Ilapak has announced plans to build an 80,000sq ft production facility in North West Arkansas, starting operations in January 2016.

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