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Gluten-free & Allergens

Demand for gluten-free and non-allergenic bakery, snack and cereal products is continuing to surge. This is being fueled by consumers with celiac disease, other allergies and intolerances and also a consumer sentiment that free-from is healthier for you. There is a pressing need for industry to step up the challenge of providing safe foods that also taste good.

New guidance to prevent free-from faux pas

Concern over misuse of the term ‘free-from’ in relation to allergens in food products and a need for greater standardisation of manufacturing practices has led the British Retail Consortium (BRC)...

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Eurofins approved as gluten-free third party auditing company

Eurofins has been inducted into the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) as a newly trained and approved third party auditing and certification company.

Exo launches new line of savory cricket bars

Exo will launch three new savory cricket bars this year, the company has announced.

DuPont launches PowerMill enzyme for efficient baking

DuPont has launched a new enzyme, which the company said will help millers improve extraction rates, as well as save time and money.

Kellogg cereal ‘building momentum’ with adult varieties, but still down in Q3

Although Kellogg’s CEO was positive during the company’s Q3 2015 earnings call, cereal sales and net sales were both down.

And now the lawsuits… General Mills sued over recalled gluten-free Cheerios

A month after telling shoppers it was “embarrassed and truly sorry” after an undeclared allergen (wheat) was detected in selected boxes of gluten-free Cheerios, General Mills has been hit with...

Porridge's prebiotic potential previewed by Nordic researchers

Eating a bowl of porridge oats a day could alter gut microbial functions, according to Scandinavian researchers who have tipped the ingredient as a possible prebiotic.

Small packs for developing world to help global breakfast cereal top $40bn: Technavio

The global breakfast cereal market’s revenue is expected to balloon from $34.8bn in 2014 to $40.3bn in 2019, according to a research from Technavio.


Old products with a new twist: How to get consumers to experiment with new baked products

Consumers want to experiment with what they eat, one bakery executive said, but they want to do it within the confines of familiarity. 


Customization essential to innovation in bakery

Customization is the key to giving consumers what they want to see from the bakery industry, according to one industry consultant.

It's a real dough! Milk proteins make gluten-free bread easier to handle, claims Arla

Bakers can create better-tasting gluten-free breads that handle like wheat-based doughs by adding milk proteins, claims Arla's ingredients division.

Two minute test: Portable sensor tells consumers if product is gluten-free

A San Francisco-based company has developed a portable sensor that will alert users whether their food contains gluten within two minutes.

The cricket bar: A healthy alternative to steak?

Christine Spliid was looking for a new healthy food business. On a trip to Asia, she found an off-kilter ingredient that worked perfectly: Crickets.

Strong seaweed growth in snacking, nutrition expert says

Seaweed has seen a big growth in sales in the past year and one nutrition expert believes the snack industry will help this ingredient rise even further.

US snack bars Kind Snacks to launch in the UK this month

After seeing a quick rise in the US snacks market, Kind Snacks will launch its bars in the UK this month.

General Mills will thrive despite gluten-free recall: Packaged Facts report

Despite a recent recall of nearly 2m boxes of gluten-free Cheerios, Packaged Facts reports that General Mills is poised to see a huge return from their investment in the gluten-free...

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Trader Joe's in Coconut Cranberry Granola recall after packaging error

New England Natural Bakers of Greenfield, Massachusetts, US, has allegedly issued a voluntary recall for Trader Joe's Coconut Cranberry Granola because Pecan Praline Granola containing milk, wheat and pecans was...

General Mills announces recall of 1.8m boxes of Cheerios

General Mills announced late Monday afternoon that it will voluntarily recall 1.8m boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios after undeclared wheat was detected in gluten-free cereals.

Could pecans be the next big ‘better for you’ ingredient in snacking?

Pecans could become a mainstay ingredient across the bakery and snacks industry as consumers look for more versatility in their products, says the Center for Pecan Innovation.

Gluten-free bread firm Schär revamps with ancient grains

Global gluten free bread market leader Schär has reformulated its line of breads to include ancient grains and has relaunched across the US.

General Mills champions its gluten-free Cheerios - but will the launch help its cereal business?

It’s been a rough couple of years for the cereal market, but General Mills said it is outpacing net sales expectations for Q1 2016 thanks in large part to products...

Which ancient grains are gaining the most traction in the US food & beverage market?

Ancient grains continue to gain traction in the US food retail and foodservice market, with quinoa leading the pack. However, lesser-known grains such as teff, amaranth and freekeh are starting...


Even a small bit of peanut can cause a recall: Why you must fight allergens in baking

There’s no one size fits all approach to stopping allergens from making their way into baked goods, but one researcher says manufacturers must put many safeguards, including training, in place...

Fixing what’s wrong in cereal: General Mills and Kellogg discuss their plans

The cereal market has been trending downward in recent years. At this year’s Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference, two of the country’s biggest cereal companies, The Kellogg Company and General...

‘Free-from’ may become industry standard in snacking, Mintel analyst says

“Free-from” snack products are closer to becoming an industry standard, according to a report from Mintel.

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