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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.

Special edition: Gluten-free

Weston Bakeries: I’m not sure there is a ceiling on the gluten-free market; if there is, we haven’t reached it yet

If there is a natural ceiling to the gluten-free market, we’re nowhere near hitting it yet, according to Weston Bakeries, which is rolling out its new All But Gluten fresh...

Corn-based protein targets veggie health boom, says Penford R&D head

Penford Ingredients has developed a corn-based protein to tap into a surge in health and wellness, vegetarianism and gluten-free, its R&D head says.

Special edition: Gluten-free

Four gluten-free myths debunked

Few topics can spark a more spirited debate these days than gluten, and yet, as the Whole Grains Council/Oldways points out, misconceptions abound when it comes to gluten—especially within the...

Special edition: Gluten-free

The lowdown on celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and celebrity wheat-bashing: In conversation with Dr Alessio Fasano

We know that almost a third of the population has a genetic predisposition to celiac disease, in that they have particular versions (DQ2 or DQ8) of a cellular receptor called...

No, wheat does not make people fat and sick: Scientists

The idea that wheat causes obesity or sickness has been rubbished by scientists conducting a review.

Genius ‘suitably busy’ amid global expansion

Gluten-free major Genuis is suitably busy with an ambitious international expansion plan as it moves into the United Arab Emirates (UAE), its commercial director says.

Gluten-free rice bread: Best quality compromises GI levels

Optimizing volume and crumb texture in rice-based gluten-free bread leads to higher glycaemic index levels, finds research.

EU labelling overhaul to affect (nearly) all food companies: What’s in store?

The Food Information for Consumers regulation (FIC) is set to come into effect this time next year. FoodNavigator spoke with Campden BRI’s principal food law advisor David Leeks to find...

Should the definition of ‘whole grains’ be expanded to include whole seeds, beans and legumes?

As the FDA prepares to conduct consumer research into whole grain labeling statements before it issues finalized guidance for industry, the debate over precisely what should constitute a ‘whole grain’,...

Special Edition: Ancient Grains

Sorghum has bright future with formulation flexibility, drought tolerance

Sorghum is an ancient grain whose natural genetic diversity leaves it well positioned to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, experts say.

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.

Penford broadens fiber portfolio with corn variant

Penford Food Ingredients has developed a corn-based fiber that it says has a cleaner flavor than other corn fibers – opening up broader application opportunities.

Boulder Brands: 5-10% of US wheat-based categories are going to be gluten-free in 3-5 years

While many grocery brands are struggling to generate any growth right now, top gluten-free brands Udi's and Glutino notched up combined net sales growth of 53% in the latest quarter,...

Protein source crucial to quality of gluten-free sweet baked goods: Study

The proteins in a formulation can drastically impact the quality and texture of gluten-free baked goods and therefore must be selected wisely, suggest researchers.

Soluble fiber plugs gluten-free challenges, says Penford

Shelf life is the biggest challenge in gluten-free baked goods and Penford’s potato-based soluble fiber will help retain moisture, its senior applications scientist says.

Health/weight-conscious consumers are driving the gluten-free market, not celiacs, says Mintel

A new Mintel report provides further evidence that the gluten-free market is being propelled by consumers avoiding gluten for perceived health benefits or as a weight management strategy rather than those...

IBIE 2013: EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

Fiber, whole grains and seeds: Packing nutritional punch into gluten-free

Bakers have a vast choice of grains and seeds that can nutritionally improve gluten-free products, including fibers, ancient grains and seeds, according to scientists.

News in brief

Walkers recalls poppadoms after packaging error

Walkers Snack Foods has withdrawn a batch of its crisps because the product contains egg and shrimp that are not declared on the label.

IBIE teaser: You’re never too old, or big, to learn…

IBIE 2013 has a fantastic educational program lined up from tips for gluten-free and whole grain use, to insight on food safety regulations and labeling laws. BakeryandSnacks takes a look...

New-generation snacks boom: Think pulses, beans, rice and seaweed…

The traditional snacks category has veered off course with pulses, beans and veg being favored over potato and corn. But what does this mean for old favorites? 

Sweet findings: Prebiotic sugar replacers pack nutrition, improve gluten-free bread

The incorporation of prebiotic sugar substitutes can optimize nutrition and improve the eating quality and consumer acceptance of gluten-free bread, research finds.

Think you know your celiac consumer? Think again… value for money is their top priority

Celiac consumers care first and foremost about value for money; significantly ahead of sensory properties like taste and texture, finds new Leatherhead research.

HARTBEAT VISTA VIDEO: We thought gluten-free was a fad... We were wrong

Aside from people with celiac disease, which is estimated to affect less than 1% of the US population, why do so many other Americans buy gluten-free products, and will they...

B&G Foods builds up natural snacks empire, sees “huge upside” for True North and Pirate’s Booty

Natural snack brands including Pirate’s Booty (gluten-free rice and corn puffs) and True North (premium nut clusters) have huge untapped growth potential, bosses at B&G Foods told delegates at the...

Canada’s gluten-free market surges: Packaged Facts

Riding the wave of continued strong consumer demand for gluten-free food options, Canada’s gluten-free market reached $458.9 million in 2012, according to a recent report from Packaged Facts entitled 'Gluten-Free...

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