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Diversification

Companies are increasingly moving into new market areas in a bid to drive and grow business. It's a risk, particularly if knowledge in the new sector isn't as strong as competition, but it seems to be one worth taking...

SPECIAL EDITION: FLEXIBLE BAKERY & SNACK PRODUCTION

Artificial Intelligence: Baking with algorithms for 'infinite' flexibility

Baking with algorithmic software can help minimize mistakes as busy bakers work to broaden portfolios, according to developer PreciBake.

SNACKING ON IDEAS WITH SALLY LYONS WYATT: PART II

IRI on snacks 2014: ‘Consider this your transition year’

Snack firms should brace for a transition year shaped by new competition but brimming with opportunities in digital brand building and expansion, says a leading sector analyst.

Food Service Specialties: Snacks can scoop up sales with co-branded dips

Co-branded dips can load up tasty sales for snack makers, says Food Service Specialties.

Fuchs North America to launch 10 ethnic snack seasonings

Fuchs North America will launch a line of snack seasonings that draw inspiration from Asia, South America and the Mediterranean region to differentiate amid the ethnic flavor boom.

Europain 2014

Dawn Foods: Bakery convenience concept differs in US and Europe

American bakers either bake from scratch or buy pre-prepared, but in Europe there’s more demand for a convenience middle ground, says Dawn Foods.

Spherical snacks, upscale nuggets, and healthfulness: Snacking category broadens as consumers consume more

A consumer’s definition of ‘snack’ is broadening to encompass beverages and foodservice items, and snacking at least twice a day is up, according to new research from foodservice research and...

Europain 2014

Philibert Savours CEO: Organic cuts my world in two

Philibert Savours CEO said a new organic variety in the firm’s Campasine bread mix line may offer value-added possibilities and be closer to his own ethos, but the firm must provide something...

Snacking on ideas with Sally Lyons Wyatt: Part I

IRI executive: Snacks faced a competitive shark tank last year

Snack makers survived a difficult 2013 with increased competition forming a much larger battleground that included quick-serve, online and even airlines, says a leading sector analyst.

Dispatches from Europain 2014

World Cup Brazil: Good for Brazilian bakers?

The World Cup may well place Brazil in a global spotlight, but the world should see that the country has more to offer than football, carnivals and samba, according to...

Kellogg muesli launch taps into ‘superfood’ trend

Kellogg Australia’s new Fibrelicious muesli expands the brand beyond its traditional flake format and taps into the ‘superfood’ seed trend, according to a Datamonitor analyst.

Dispatches from Snaxpo 2014: Frito-Lay marketing executive insight, part I

Frito-Lay: ‘These days of mass marketing are limited…’

Mass marketing no longer resonates with today's consumer and it must be replaced by one-on-one marketing with dedicated focus on pre-shop behavior, says Frito-Lay’s senior vice president and chief marketing...

Special Edition: Gluten-free

Riches in niches? The retail future of gluten-free

Should manufacturers look to move gluten-free products into the retail mainstream or does the segment’s future lie in its niche positioning?

Convenience trend hurts both cereal and baked breakfast goods: Analyst

The US trend of skipping breakfast or eating it on the go hurts both cereal and packaged breakfast baked goods, according to an analyst behind a Packaged Facts report. 

Euromonitor: Grupo Bimbo could face disappointment with Canada Bread

Grupo Bimbo will have its work cut out baking up success in Canada and could be disappointed if it expects too much, says analyst. 

Can Weetabix-Weight Watchers tie-up help tough out difficult times?

Weetabix and Weight Watchers have joined forces to develop a high fiber cereal - a good example of how weight loss firms and breakfast brands can become more resilient in...

Alternative snack protein: “Hybrid” meat wins over insects, lentils and seaweed

Locusts, lentils, seaweed or “hybrid” meat? Researchers have found that consumers prefer the thought of non-specified meat substitute snacks over those containing insects or seaweed. 

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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?

Adult fun: Nestlé extends Toffee Crisp chocolate bar into cereal

Nestlé has made another chocolate brand extension, this time into breakfast, with adult-targeted Toffee Crisp cereal – set to be a win with older consumers, says innovation director at Mintel.

New year, new waistline, new market? Kellogg slashes snack bar prices by 29%

Kellogg has cut prices of its single-serve cereal bars in the UK by 29% which could make them competitive amid waistline woes and catapult the brand out of the breakfast...

Japan’s $10.6bn snack market is an R&D playground: Euromonitor

Japan's ultra-developed snack market could be a hotbed for research and development (R&D) in the sector, says Euromonitor.

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Mountain Dew flavored Cheetos in Japan

PepsiCo has developed another beverage-inspired flavor for its Cheetos brand in Japan – this time, Mountain Dew.

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...

Skinny bread: Warburtons to invest £20m in sandwich alternatives

UK bread major Warburtons will pump £20m ($32.8m) into a new production plant dedicated to sandwich alternatives as demand in the segment booms.

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.

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