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Less salt, less fat or rich in added vitamins – great aspirations, but it’s more work to make a product that still tastes good. Although the industry has been making strides towards achieving reformulation targets, big technical challenges remain.

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Know Allergies selects former Hostess Brands chairman as CEO

Allergen-free granola bar producer Know Allergies has appointed Greg Rayburn as its new CEO to meet growing demand.

Freedom Foods launches barley super grain line to revolutionize gut health in US

Australian natural foods company, Freedom Foods Group, is launching a range of cereal and snack products in the US made from a non-GMO Australian barley grain that promotes better gut...

IFT 2017

Palsgaard removes PHOs from baked goods with new emulsifiers

Palsgaard showcased a line of emulsifiers that enable bakeries to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from cake mixes and industrial cakes at IFT held in Las Vegas at the end...

Hershey to ‘truly be a snacking company’ with new popcorn brand

Hershey has developed its first popcorn brand Popwell, which it is rolling out across the US in selected retailers. 

The top 10 US bread suppliers in 2017: Rising sales for Aryzta, Bimbo and Flowers

US fresh bread value sales have flat-lined so far in 2017, but there are some rising stars, IRI data for the 52 weeks, ending June 11, 2017 shows.

Simple ingredients renovation

Next step: Mondelēz to cut sugar, salt, sat fat and artificial ingredients in power brands

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International plans to renovate its power brands with simpler ingredients and improved nutrition after meeting some of its well-being targets early.

Top 10 UK snack bar brands: goodnessKNOWS how Mars’ debut will change the playing field

Mars Chocolate has launched goodnessKNOWS bars in the UK, hitting the nerve of time that could disrupt the UK’s Top 10 snack bar brands, says Euromonitor.

Research links NAFTA to Canada’s increasing obesity and diabetes rates

Research published on Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is associated with a significant rise in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumption in Canada. 

General Mills prioritizes cereal growth for fiscal 2018

General Mills said it will focus on growing its cereal venture with Nestlé, unlocking growth opportunities and investing in NPDs to overturn the company’s historical decline in quarter-on-quarter revenues.

PepsiCo sales boosted by pricier ‘guilt-free’ premium snacks

PepsiCo’s chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi says price hikes and a focus on premium products like Lay’s Poppables and Quaker Overnight Oats helped increase 2017 Q2 sales, despite flat volume...

IFT 2017

Bread makers could still target health-focused consumers despite carb fears: Mintel

Bread makers should use nutritional add-ons like protein and fiber to appeal to health and fitness-conscious consumers who shy away from buying bread because of carbs, says Mintel.

General Mills summer 2017 line-up meets global demand for simplicity

The Minneapolis-based food manufacturer has released its line-up of products to be launched around the world.

Snack makers moving beyond pure indulgence to functionality, says European Snacks Association

The sensible snacking concept is evolving at a rapid rate, said Sebastian Emig, director general of the European Snacks Association (ESA).

Flour outbreak was first time non-O157 STEC infections identified in Canada

The outbreak of E. coli O121 in flour was the first time non-O157 Shiga toxin–producing E. coli (STEC) infections had been identified nationally in Canada.

IFT 2017

Arla extends protein bar shelf life with clean label ingredients

Arla Foods Ingredients showcased a clean label protein bar prototype made with milk from grass-fed cows without any added hormones at IFT held in Las Vegas last month.

Nestlé pledges to cut sugar by 10% in UK breakfast cereals

Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture between General Mills and Nestlé, has announced it will further reduce the sugar content in its Nestlé-branded cereals in the UK over the next...

IFT 2017

Kraft Heinz Ingredients extends clean-label cream cheese to biscuits

Kraft Heinz Ingredients (KHI) showcased biscuits flavored with its clean-label cream cheese powder at IFT held in Las Vegas last month.

Patriotic Product Round-up: Matzo crackers, key lime cookies and poutine donuts

This month, we take a look at some proudly American products released in time for Independence Day celebrations this weekend.

Quarterly earnings

Acquisition of Thanasi Foods contributes to ConAgra’s Q4 growth, despite sales decline

The Thanasi Foods acquisition provided traction for ConAgra's growth in 2017, despite a sales decline across the board.

Biofortification one of many factors in tackling iron and zinc deficiencies: Study

Biofortification alone is not enough to enhance bread with optimum iron and zinc levels to fight deficiencies, a study says as it cites other production methods that should factor in...

Exclusive interview

Biscuits are capitalizing on the health trend, especially among seniors, says pladis

The biscuit category changed in Britain in 2016 amid consumer demand for healthier indulgences, Steve Gladwell, CMI director of pladis tells BakeryandSnacks.

Del Monte Pacific and Fresh Del Monte Produce unite to target US

Del Monte Pacific Ltd (DMPL) and Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. have announced a series of joint ventures to offer expanded refrigerated offerings across the US.

Nuts, seeds and trail mixes set to outperform savory biscuits in the US

Euromonitor projects value sales in the nuts, seeds and trail mixes category will outperform savory biscuits in the US for the first time in 2017. 

Bridor launches clean-label program for bakery products

European baked goods manufacturer Bridor has launched a clean-label program for its bakery products to win consumer trust.

Snyder’s-Lance to trim snacks portfolio to drive sales growth

Snyder’s-Lance will discontinue some of its snack varieties that are expected to only drive a small percentage of the company’s revenues in 2018, CFO Alex Pease said. 

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