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Gluten-free & Allergens

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.

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Gluten-free: A ‘perfect storm’ fueled by food skepticism and fad diets

Processed food skepticism and fad dieting played a big part in the gluten-free boom, says the research director of Packaged Facts.

Brands should eye up children’s gluten-free: Mintel

The market for gluten-free children’s food will be a big area for growth, predicts market research firm Mintel – but mainstream brands are yet to capitalize on the opportunity. 

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Food allergies remain 'major' public health issue

Peanuts, wheat and egg are among several allergens that continue to be a global public health issue, and so industry must act with caution when developing allergen-free products, warns a...

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo 2014

Snyder’s-Lance: ‘Snack solutions’ will be gigantic as grazing grabs America

The future of snacks will be positioning them as part of a 'meal bridge' solution that hits on convenience, value, taste and health, says the marketing head at Snyder’s-Lance.

Cereal entrepreneurs seek to engage kids in effort to improve category's nutrition

The founders of Bitsy’s Brainfood, which has launched a new line of childrens’ breakfast cereals to go with its cookies, used their experience as mothers and working with kids in...

Allergen-bound flour may offer new food allergy hope

The development of a new type of flour containing small amounts of allergen proteins bound to polyphenols could help to desensitise allergic people using 'food therapy', say researchers.

Maternal gluten-free linked to lower diabetes risk: Mouse study

Consumption of a gluten-free diet during pregnancy may be correlated to the health of offspring, and in particular their risk of developing type 1 diabetes, according to new research in mice.

SPECIAL EDITION: CLOSING THE FIBER GAP

Fiber and beyond: Technical promise outshines nutritional value

Fortifying cereal-based products with fiber is less about nutrition and more about technical, formulation functions that align with mega-trends like sugar reduction and gluten-free, claim suppliers.

SPECIAL EDITION: CLOSING THE FIBER GAP

Fiber-rich bakery: What does the science say?

In this special edition article BakeryandSnacks.com takes a look at some of the key suggested benefits of fiber, and how manufacturers can utilize it to benefit consumers.

UK celiac diagnosis rises fourfold in 20 years: Industry needs to step up, says Coeliac UK

The gluten-free industry must improve availability, quality and cost of products in light of a fourfold increase in UK celiac diagnosis over the past two decades, says the CEO of...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

‘Boring’ bread needs clever labeling and flavor excitement: Mintel

Packaged bread is typically boring and lifeless but clever labeling and flavor innovation should reinvigorate the category, says a Mintel analyst.

GM wheat presents ‘attractive’ gluten-free opportunity: Review

Genetic modification (GM) of wheat genes to ‘silence’ protein fractions toxic to those with celiac disease holds promise for cereal development, researchers say.

Unilever withdraws Slimfast bars

Unilever has withdrawn three varieties of its Slimfast bars due to a packaging mix-up.

Warburtons guns for UK gluten-free supremacy

UK bakery business Warburtons has ambitions to boost the gluten-free category and grow its market share as it rolls out gluten-free thins.

Breaking news

Hain Celestial buys Rudi's Organic Bakery in $61.3m deal

Organic and natural products giant Hain Celestial has acquired Rudi's Organic Bakery from Charterhouse Equity Partners in a $61.3m deal. 

Two weeks to go! Register for FoodNavigator-USA’s Gluten-free in Perspective Forum

There are just two weeks to go until FoodNavigator’s live (and hopefully very lively) online debate on one of the hottest trends in food development: gluten-free.

Elafin for gluten toxicity faces GMO hurdle, says chief scientist

A protein that could help fight celiac disease gut symptoms may struggle to overcome strict EU rules on genetically modified organisms, says the research director of the institute behind the...

News in brief

Pidy launches gluten-free pastry cups

Pidy has developed a line of gluten-free and dairy-free pastry cups for UK bakery manufacturers.

Celiac Disease breakthrough?

Natural protein elafin ‘promising’ in battle against gluten toxicity: Study

The human protein elafin could be delivered into the gut using a probiotic bacterium to reduce the inflammatory reaction typical of celiac disease, researchers suggest.

Middle East: The next gluten-free boom?

 The Middle East gluten-free market is nascent but brimming with potential thanks to a young and wealthy consumer base increasingly interested in health and wellness, market experts say.

Systech Illinois wins first gluten free deal

Systech Illinois, which makes gas analysis instruments, has partnered with Ultrapharm gluten-free bakery to monitor its modified atmosphere packs (MAP).

Fria hungry for free-from expansion in UK

Scandinavian frozen free-from major Fria will ramp up its UK presence over 2014, focusing on major retailers in particular, its export manager says.

News in brief

Cape Cod targets ‘guilt-free’ snacking with popcorn line

Snyder’s-Lance has re-introduced its Cape Cod White Cheddar popcorn and developed Sea Salt and Kettle Corn varieties, targeting the guilt-free snacking sector.

Middle East’s bakers get ready for free-from demand

Gluten-free and dairy-free are the new buzzwords in the Middle East’s bakery market, as consumers look for ‘healthier’ bakery products, industry sources have said.

Professor: Gluten-free baking must not forget starch

Manufacturers working to develop high quality gluten-free bakery products must not forget how important starch is in the formulation and its reaction during baking, warns a professor.

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