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Lotte Confectionery found guilty of copying Japanese packaging design

Lotte Confectionery, part of Lotte Group, South Korea, has allegedly been found guilty of copying a Japanese snack maker's package design, according to a hearing at Seoul Central District Court.

Prolamina Corporation and Ampac Holdings merged

Wellspring Capital Management has officially announced the creation of a flexible packaging company through the merger of Prolamina Corporation and Ampac Holdings.

Kashi develops 'overnight oats' cup and sweet potato cereal

Kashi's muesli to soak overnight and sweet potato cereal hit on important consumer trends and could take off, says one innovation expert.

Patent Watch

Hot chips! Frito-Lay files European patent for microwaveable snack packs

Frito-Lay has developed a microwaveable snack pack that enables consumers to heat chips before eating.

Kellogg unveils simpler ingredients NPD to spur breakfast category

Kellogg has developed a range of breakfast products focused on simpler ingredients, positive nutrition and better portability.

“Shhh!” seaweed swell could tackle UK iodine deficiency

Edible algae could help tackle iodine insufficiency in the UK, but very few manufacturers are bragging about this nutrient content on pack, research finds.  

Kellogg 'most reputable' US consumer firm thanks to vocal sustainability efforts, says expert

Kellogg invested in impressive sustainability initiatives last year and communicated efforts well, helping it secure the top spot in the consumer reputation charts, says a research expert.

ConAgra: The meat snack category is pretty complicated

Flavor NPD and category management is vital in meat snacks amid increased competition and variety, says the brand director at ConAgra Foods.

Big baking: The trends, challenges and opportunities

Where are the opportunities for bakers in retail? How important will grain research be for the future? And what kind of policy hurdles are industry truly up against?

C-store, club or grocery? Bakers need to decide where to play, says retail expert

Bakers must adapt products and merchandizing according to target retail channels because shopper behavior is very different in each, says a retail expert.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2015

Superseedz: Start-ups must never underestimate packaging power

Start-up snack makers must invest in packaging from the get-go because it’s a powerful consumer draw, says Superseedz.

Snack packs: Re-sealable features hold premium promise

Re-sealable zippers have a strong future in the premium snack aisle, claim suppliers.

Dispatches from Hispack 2015

Dairy, meat and bakery SMEs come face-to-face with technology providers to develop alternative packaging for future success

European Project, TRADEIT, hosted a Food Packaging Brokerage event during Hispack 2015 and BTA, (Barcelona Tecnologias de la Alimentacion), food technology fair, in Barcelona last week (April 23-24).

Clondalkin creates packaging to stop migration of mineral oil – but is it enough?

Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Wentus has developed two barrier films WSL 343040 and WSL 143031, for dry food products that it claims stops the migration of mineral oils from the outer packaging into food. 

Patent Watch

Quaker files patent on expandable microwave oatmeal pot

Quaker has developed a pot that can be expanded ahead of microwaving, improving convenience for consumers and saving shipping costs for manufacturers.

News in brief

Ampac launches Select Harvest almond pouch with QuickZip/Aplix closure

Ampac has launched its first commercial stand-up pouch with Select Harvest, using a QuickZip closure and Aplix fastener.

Cardboard tray system slashes bakers' costs and could reduce retail bread prices

Replacing plastic trays with a cardboard system could allow US retailers to slash US bread prices while maintaining profit margins and lowering costs for manufacturers, says the maker of the new method Out of the Box.

"New ideas need to be nurtured"

Critic-free innovation: What snack makers should learn from students

Snack manufacturers can follow in the footsteps of design students – innovating positively, without a critical mind, says a market expert.

General Mills profits drop 16%: ‘We can learn a lot from entrepreneurs’, says CEO

General Mills’ net profits have continued to slide despite improvements in US cereal and snacks, but its CEO says the company can learn plenty from start-up competition.

Snacking Trends Forum highlights: ‘Packaged food doesn’t have to be junk food’

From all-day grazing to the 20% YoY growth in meat-based snacks, the merits of cricket flour, when and how to raise capital, nutrient density and guerrilla marketing, the FoodNavigator-USA Snacking Trends Forum  covered a lot of ground. Here are some of the highlights from the 60-minute session, which is now available on demand.

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