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Frito-Lay CEO: We went very, very deep on snack occasions

Frito-Lay has looked deeply into consumer snacking occasions to get a better understanding on how to sway business, its CEO says.

Kettle Foods takes 70% reduced-fat baked line to UK

Kettle Foods is tackling new ground in the UK with small pack, better-for-you baked potato chips and says the new line plugs a market gap.

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Everything is a snack: Time to re-invent the potato chip

Noodle pots, bagels, pizza slices, yogurts, soups – you name it – have muscled into the snack space. So what hope do old-fashioned potato chip, popcorn and nut makers really have?

Ambient bakery is ‘devoid of innovation’, says Bright Blue Foods CEO

The ambient bakery sector in the UK has been devoid of any innovation over the past few years and Bright Blue Foods is eager to change that, its CEO says.

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Graze.com versus Nibblr: Let’s bet peanuts…

It takes no genius to realize that if you deliver ready-made, healthy, portion-controlled snacks to the millennial snacker they’ll gobble the concept right up. What it does take a genius to...

Nestlé defends 'lunchbox friendly' claims after nut allergen rebuke

Nestlé has defended itself and its allergy charity consort against criticism of the marketing of its ''lunchbox friendly'' muesli bars to schools despite them being unsuitable for nut allergy sufferers. ...

Graze.com ready to gobble up US market prospects

Snacking subscription service Graze.com has pumped nearly $5m into US expansion - a market that has very, very big potential, CEO says.

Uneasy bedfellows: Salt and health in US snacking

Americans prefer salty snacks but they're also looking for health - can these two co-exist?

General Mills: Next generation growth is in subscription snacking

General Mills says its subscription snacking service Nibblr will feed next generation business growth as convenience booms.

The future of snacks: Health halos, pouch formats and semi-liquid treats

Snacking as we know it will evolve, driven by an unruly consumer desire to try new and exciting concepts and companies must buck up and innovate to profit, says a...

Festive video insights: Mintel experts offer up highlights and predictions

With 2013 fast drawing to a close and 2014 just around the corner, we took the chance to catch up with analysts and experts at Mintel to ask them what...

Consultant: ‘Traditional cereal companies fooled themselves for years’

People don’t eat cereal from a bowl every morning – they go to Starbucks, drink smoothies and eat breakfast biscuits. Cereal makers need to play catch up, says a healthy...

General Mills: ‘We are not waiting on industry trends to improve’

General Mills reported lower-than-expected earnings for Q2, fiscal 2014 but said it plans to reinvigorate business in the second half with NPD.

Emerging markets hold sweet hope for dessert mixes

Tunisia, Iran, Serbia and Indonesia hold great promise for dry dessert mixes given that these markets have less chilled and frozen storage, an analyst says.

Kellogg NPD: Mess-free frozen breakfasts target morning rush

Kellogg’s new frozen breakfast products are mess-free, on-the-go options that will attract today’s busy consumer, an analyst says. 

Toastable pastry: Grupo Bimbo files US patent

Grupo Bimbo has developed a process that uses flavored fats to laminate pastry layers, enabling the end product to be toasted without flavor loss.

Global snack trends 2013: ‘It was a spicy year’

Fiery flavors, popped chips and retail-ready pack designs were some of the biggest trends for snack makers this year, according to trade heads in Europe and the US.

Choice is important when snacking is a way of life, says SFA CEO

A broad and mixed range of healthy and traditional snacks is important as snacking becomes a way of life for Americans, the CEO of the Snack Food Association (SFA) says.

‘Buzzworthy’ superfood ingredients invigorate US hot cereal market

Ingredients like chia and quinoa have scored manufacturers points in the thriving hot cereal segment, a Mintel analyst says.

Dessert mixes: How to target a generation who can't bake

Use of functional ingredients and co-branding is needed if dessert mixes are to serve a “lost generation” who want to bake but can’t, says an analyst.

ADM on transatlantic differences: “American sweet” protein bar

Europe is still behind America on the nutrition bar trend and European perceptions of sweetness levels are different, says ADM marketing boss.

General Mills cereal tactics: Fan bases, adult fun, gluten-free and protein

General Mills has developed gluten-free cereal lines, added protein, targeted adults and re-launched old favorites in a bid to boost cereal business in the US over the past year.

Calm down about cronuts – they’re not the next big thing…

The hybrid bakery boom has been spearheaded by the now infamous cross-bred cronut, but the hype will soon settle and imitations will fall flat within a year, says Datamonitor Consumer.

BREAD KNOWLEDGE: NIELSEN INSIGHTS PART I

Nielsen: Fresh bakery is in fashion and par-baked loaves are hitting runways

Bakery is like fashion – fresh bakery is in and ‘fresh at your convenience’ is the latest trend hitting runways, says Nielsen’s bakery expert.

Baker Perkins tackles challenges of a cookie boom

Interchangeable frozen dough machines for the cookie sector enable manufacturers to cater to booming demands for fresh-baked cookies, Baker Perkins says.

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