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Convenience

Time-tight consumers are searching the aisles for convenient products. Portability and easy-handling is a priority for snacking on the go, simple and easier mixes for baking and fast cereal and bar options for breakfast. Consumers have no time to waste and industry cannot waste time in catering to this fast-lane lifestyle.

Class-action baked bread lawsuit dismissed against Whole Foods and other grocers

Three class-action lawsuits claiming grocers fooled shoppers into believing bread was freshly made in stores were dismissed by a United States District Court judge last week.

Cereal’s ‘Great Depression’ erodes the center aisles, Euromonitor analyst says

Changing the consumer mindset is essential to bringing shoppers back into the center aisles, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

Health-conscious consumers swap sweet for savory in UK biscuits and cake market: Report

Consumers are moving toward healthier options such as breakfast biscuits and away from sweet in the UK biscuits and cake market, according to a report from Key Note.

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.

Thins, late-night indulgence and ethnic: 8 snack trends to watch from Datamonitor

The global savory snacks market pulled in $93bn in 2014 alone, but what is trending and where is the market potential for future growth?

McDonald’s and KFC big challengers in kids’ snacking

Single-item menus from popular quick-serve restaurants (QSRs) have created hot competition in the kids’ snacking category across the globe, says Canadean.

The gluten-free search: 61% of sales are salty snacks

More than half of consumers seek out gluten-free items at the grocery store and salty snacks are pulling in a large percentage of these sales, according to Packaged Facts.

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.

General Mills: ‘Less is more’ with snack bars

Consumers want simple and wholesome snack bars so ingredients and packaging must reflect this, says the category development head at General Mills Convenience.

Sahale Snacks moves beyond nut mixes with snack bars

Sahale Snacks wants to develop an entire snacking platform beyond nut blends under JM Smucker ownership, says its associate brand manager. 

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.

Love With Food acquires Taste Guru as consolidation in subscription food services continues

Snack box delivery service Love With Food’s acquisition of competitor Taste Guru, a leader in the gluten-free food delivery sub-category, signals the burgeoning online food subscription category already is consolidating...

Euromonitor: Liquid breakfasts are overhyped - snack bars are the future

Liquid breakfasts are not truly catching on with consumers as an alternative to cereal-based breakfast options, says Euromonitor International.

NPD EXCLUSIVE: 'We're going to deliver more protein with a third of the sugar,' says CEO

KRAVE Jerky to launch low-sugar protein bars

Hershey-owned KRAVE Jerky will go head-to-head with Clif Bar, Kind and Lärabar as it readies to launch protein bars with one-third of the sugar towards the end of this year....

Fruit snack industry: The future has to be ‘less is more’

Fruit snacking has many forms but industry collectively agrees the future must be about stripping back ingredients and giving consumers fruit in its purest form.

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.

Snyder’s-Lance teams up with hummus maker: ‘The next frontier is meal solutions’

Snyder’s-Lance has joined forces with Mediterranean Snacks to create a co-branded snack pack containing hummus and pretzels as part of its drive towards meal solutions, its marketing head says.

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.

How can industry warm the Western palate to eating insects?

To sell insects to Western consumers, food manufacturers must create products that align ethical motivations with sensory expectations – meaning cricket-flour cookies will fare better than chocolate-coated crickets. 

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2015

Hershey to become ‘further engrained’ in snacks

The Hershey Company will not rule out additional M&A activity to strengthen traction in snacks and innovate beyond core confections, its brand head says.

'We should be the leader and considered as the expert:' Holland & Barrett’s pledge for 50 free-from stores

Health food store Holland & Barrett is making free-from food a priority, improving availability and convenience with the opening of 50 dedicated stores in the UK.

Sales brokers, distributors helped startup SuperEats reach major retailers nationwide quickly

Outsourcing sales and partnering with large distributors from the beginning helped propel the two-man startup SuperEats’ Kale + Chia Chips into large retailers nationwide within two years of the snack’s...

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.

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Theatrical bakery: Retailers should take in-store baking front-of-house

The future of in-store bakery is about being closer to the consumer, says Mono Equipment who has developed an easier rack system for baking front-of-house.

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