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Diversification

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...

How to bolster bread: Focus on fresh and target diversified retail, says ABA

Bakers can bolster growth with fresher varieties and listings in innovative retail channels, says the CEO of the American Bakers Association (ABA).

Sweet heat: Rudolph Foods launches spring/summer popcorn

Rudolph Foods’ sweet and spicy Gaslamp popcorn variants should intrigue consumers and stave off fierce start-up competition, says its marketing and innovation head.

Snack identity crisis? ‘We’ve had a hard time getting our story told’, says SFA

The Snack Food Association (SFA) is determined to correct misperceptions held among consumers, government and regulators about the nature of the snack category and its role in health, its CEO...

Dispatches: Snaxpo 2015

Retail expert: Snack makers must get into ‘grocerants’ and e-commerce

Retail-restaurant models and e-commerce are on the rise and snack makers must act fast to secure presence in these spaces, says a retail expert.

Supermarket shake-ups to hit packaged bread hard?

Prepackaged bread could be hit harder as underperformers are squeezed off supermarket shelves, according to Mintel.

Savory bars ‘reinventing’ sports nutrition

America’s sports nutrition market has been re-shaped by a clear shift towards savory flavors and meat in the bar category, says Packaged Facts.

VIP Nuts: We’ve cracked it with beer collaboration

Collaborating with major beer brands like Carlsberg and Cobra has stretched our reach even further, says the co-founder of VIP Nuts.

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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. 

Dispatches: ISM/ProSweets 2015

Keogh’s MD: We won’t take our eye off quality like most luxury crisp makers

Irish premium chip maker Keogh’s has invested heavily in quality control as business booms, but while exports are set to increase the MD wants to remain 'small'.

Dispatches: ISM/ProSweets 2015

Roquette: Animal-print nuts are colorful and have bite

Nut manufacturers can differentiate with starch coatings that add unusual textures and stand-out cracked color effects, says Roquette.

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.

Durum shortage drives German firm to find pasta alternatives

Massive predicted durum wheat losses have driven German firm to research alternative formulation options for pasta manufacturers.

Grupo Bimbo faces strong headwinds with Saputo Bakery

Grupo Bimbo’s acquisition of Saputo Bakery is a surprise because the Canadian packaged cake firm is unprofitable and struggling, says Euromonitor International.

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.

Pack Expo 2014

Co-manufacturing boom sparks design challenge

The explosive shift towards co-manufacturing in bakery and snacks presents challenges for equipment suppliers because of a greater need for interchangeable lines, says Kliklok-Woodman (KW).

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Yogurt muffins: A protein punch with a twist

Baking muffins with yogurt can add a functional and nutritional punch while tapping into an explosive global trend, says a Datamonitor researcher.

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Why America chose Wasabi Ginger Lay’s – and why snack makers need to run to the lab…

America has voted: they want wasabi ginger Lay’s chips. No big surprise, but a vote that should see snack makers running back to the lab to dream up ‘new’.

With vegetarian forms at a 'crossroads,' A&B Ingredients launches new Pisane pea protein for baking applications

A&B Ingredients has introduced a new pea protein isolate to the US market to meet the demands for vegetarian forms with greater functionality, the company said. The new variety, called...

Joe & Seph’s popcorn: Cinema, airlines and duty free give explosive brand exposure

UK gourmet popcorn maker Joe & Seph’s has secured listings with World Duty Free and Cineworld, adding to its airline presence – channels its co-founder says spark unprecedented brand attention.

Graze targets mums with ‘big box’ subscription snacks

Graze realizes subscription snacking opportunities stretch far beyond its desk-friendly concept and is taking a leap into sharing with big box varieties, its CEO says.

Crunchy, chewy, and fizzy? PepsiCo seeks to patent chewy granola snacks with carbonated candy

PepsiCo is seeking to patent a method of making chewy granola bars, bites and other snack products containing carbonated ‘fizzy’ candy. 

Can General Mills overcome the Annie’s acquisition backlash?

General Mills has defended the future of Annie’s natural and organic snacks under its ownership, but two experts say the company will have to work hard to beat the critics....

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Cereal makers must think outside the pot: Think spoons and fruit sachets

Cereal pots appeal to consumers seeking faster, easier ways of eating breakfast, but manufacturers must go beyond simple, on-the-go pot packaging, says Datamonitor Consumer.

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