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Umpqua Oats founders on building a brand, and learning to say NO: 'Not all business is good business'

If sales of cold cereal are not setting the world on fire, the hot cereal market is faring much better, say the founders of super-premium oatmeal cup brand Umpqua Oats,...

Beauty and Traditional Chinese Medicine bars could be 'instant wins' in China

Snack bar makers can create instant wins in China with beauty bars or products containing Traditional Chinese Medicine ingredients, say Chinese consumer experts.

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‘What a difference a year makes!’ General Mills stops Yoplait yogurt rot and targets snackers

General Mills says US sales of Yoplait are booming, just a year after analysts expressed worries over the yogurt brand’s future – with the rebound driven by Greek and stripping...

Popcorn packaging: Innovations to draw in snackers…

Popcorn is increasingly competitive and manufacturers are battling for shelf space and consumers with a variety of handy packaging tricks. 

The plant-based approach to paleo is here to stay, Wholly Bites CEO says

The plant-based, grain- and sugar-free approach to the trendy paleo diet is the future of eating, according to the CEO of Wholly Bites, who wants to make sticking to the...

Dispatches: ISM/ProSweets 2015

Olive oil, craft brands and quad bags: European chips are more interesting than ever…

The European chip sector is being shaped by complex and premium flavor blends, innovative craft players and convenient packaging, says Innova Market Insights.

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General Mills: The c-store challenge is to capture consumers in three minutes

Consumers are in and out of convenience stores in less than three minutes, so it’s a big challenge to develop and place products that meet their needs, says the category...

Zeelandia eyes Indian market share in Western-style breads and pastries

Dutch baking ingredient supplier Zeelandia says its new joint venture with Fine Organics in India will primarily target the nation's growing market for Western-style breads and pastries.

Oatmeal for breakfast may increase satiety and mean a lower calorie lunch

Consumption of oatmeal, rather than ready-to-eat-cereal, at breakfast may result in greater feelings of fullness and lower calorie intake at lunch, especially in overweight people, says research backed by PepsiCo...

New products gallery: Chobani woos tots, Hain lives the coconut dream, Boom Chicka Pop goes into puffs

From Hain Celestial’s coconut dream desserts to Field Roast’s innovative vegan cheese slices, this month’s new products gallery is packed with innovative new food and beverage products.

Lights, camera, action! Snacking trends at the Winter Fancy Food Show

What are the hottest trends in snacks? Sprouted grains? Baked popcorn? Gourmet jerky? Join Elaine Watson from FoodNavigator-USA on a snacking odyssey at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San...

Cool café culture? Kids’ cereal and crisp sandwiches are on-trend, says Euromonitor

The UK’s Cereal Killer Café and Simply Crispy Crisp Sandwich Café spark nostalgia among adults but also appeal to a bubbling backlash against national health obsessions, says Euromonitor International.

Increased snacking reshapes marketing strategies

Consumers’ shifting preference for snacks as meals are changing how retailers, restaurants and packaged food manufacturers market food, according to data from Packaged Facts and Dupont Nutrition & Health.

Tesco sweet-free checkouts: Can 'healthy snacks' fill the void?

Tesco UK has rolled-out its sweet-free checkout policy across convenience stores leaving space for snack makers to gobble up share, but some listing rules have been touted ‘deplorable’ by industry.

‘Just add water’ - Nestlé files patent for instant congee

Nestlé has filed a patent on a method to manufacture shelf stable, instant congee made adding hot water to target busier consumers.

BelVita hopes to take a bite out of breakfast market share with new mini-biscuits

Consumers increasingly are turning away from cereal for breakfast in favor of nutrition-dense, on-the-go foods, creating a growth opportunity for consumer packaged foods companies that can offer fast solutions to...

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...

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.

Graze CEO: We have to better localize our US portfolio

Graze underestimated the level of localization needed with snacks for the US market but will evolve its portfolio rapidly in the coming months, its CEO says.

News in brief

Balance Foods rolls out vending size tortilla chips

Balance Foods has developed vending size snacks under its Poptillas brand.

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.

IRI F&B DATA: Part I on bread

White bread chomps into UK top 20 F&B but sales plummet

Three major white bread brands have made it into the UK’s top 20 best-selling food and beverage list, according to IRI data, but every single one has seen sales plummet.

IRI F&B DATA: Part II on snacks

Snacks scatter UK top 20 F&B showing sturdy growth

Two major snack brands have made it into the UK’s top 20 best-selling food and beverage list with above-market growth, according to IRI data.

The least desirable job? Being a breakfast cereal exec, says consultant

Executives in cereal firms will need to tackle R&D with an entrepreneurial spirit to tough out the next five years, warns consultant.

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