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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.

UK popcorn sales booming, Key Note snack report finds

UK consumers are increasingly choosing popcorn over potato chips for the improved nutritional value, according to a report from Key Note.

Cereal’s ‘Great Depression’ erodes the center aisles, Euromonitor analyst says

Changing the consumer mindset is essential to bringing shoppers back into the center aisles, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

Bread dips on health concerns but pastries and cakes offer silver lining, Euromonitor analyst says

Bread has seen a drop in popularity across developed countries due to health concerns, but pastries and cakes offer manufacturers a silver lining, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

Health-conscious consumers swap sweet for savory in UK biscuits and cake market: Report

Consumers are moving toward healthier options such as breakfast biscuits and away from sweet in the UK biscuits and cake market, according to a report from Key Note.

Lotus Bakeries takes majority slice of Nakd and Trek bar maker

Belgium-based Lotus Bakeries has seen its share price jump to a near 52-week high after it acquired two-thirds of UK-based snack firm Natural Balance Foods on Monday for about £60m...

Oldways Whole Grains Council begins crafting standards for sprouted grains

Oldways Whole Grains Council is spearheading an effort to set standards for increasingly popular sprouted grains, which are popping up exponentially in more products as manufacturers try to catch consumers’...

Kashi develops 'overnight oats' cup and sweet potato cereal

Kashi's muesli to soak overnight and sweet potato cereal hit on important consumer trends and could take off, says one innovation expert.

Refined grains, added sugars increase depression risk in postmenopausal women, study finds

Consumption of refined carbohydrates, like refined grains and added sugars, significantly increases the odds of depression among postmenopausal women, researchers claim.

Shrimp-corn snacks for higher protein, reduced fish waste: Study

Shrimp-fortified corn snacks contain 70% more protein and make good use of an underused local fish source, say Iranian researchers.

Thins, late-night indulgence and ethnic: 8 snack trends to watch from Datamonitor

The global savory snacks market pulled in $93bn in 2014 alone, but what is trending and where is the market potential for future growth?

Sat fats in the clear? Study links trans fats, but not sat fats, to heart disease and death

Saturated fats are not associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes, says a new study published in the BMJ.

SunOpta acquires fruit snack firm Niagara Natural for $6.7m

Organic food specialist SunOpta will stretch its fruit snacking capabilities with the acquisition of Canada-based Niagara Natural Fruit Snack Company.

Competition remains fierce in cholesterol-lowering niche

Benecol buy-back boosts Raisio Q2 results

Sales and profits were up in Q2 at Raisio, with CEO of the €500m Finnish agro-food player Matti Rihko content its re-housing of key brand Benecol was paying off.

Chia extract can slash cake fat by 25%, finds study

Chia mucilage gel can be used to directly replace vegetable fat in pound cakes without impacting texture or color, researchers have found.

Kellogg and General Mills artificial-free pledge won’t reverse cereal decline, says expert

Kellogg and General Mills’ pledges to remove artificial ingredients from their cereals in the coming years will not be enough to help cereal rebound but could spark an R&D trend,...

Global savory snacks to hit $166.6bn by 2020

The savory snack market will grow 7.1% each year, driven by the increasing purchasing power of developing countries, says P&S Market Research.

Sugar-free marzipan with added fiber: ‘It’s not all about sugar, sugar, sugar,’ says developer

Swedish ingredients firm Bayn Europe has packed dietary fibers into its marzipan sugar replacer to add a valuable health twist, its developer says.

The gluten-free search: 61% of sales are salty snacks

More than half of consumers seek out gluten-free items at the grocery store and salty snacks are pulling in a large percentage of these sales, according to Packaged Facts.

Commission urged to stop delaying trans fat report

The European Commission should stop dragging its feet over its awaited trans fat report – and explain why it is already over six months overdue, says Socialist MEP.

'There’s going to be little tweaks in the direction of better-for-you because it isn’t just a niche group like granola people, it’s everybody'

Trendy snacks: Will seaweed, hummus and cassava spell the death of the potato chip?

The alternative chip craze has exploded with a flurry of root veg and plant products on shelf, but can they compete with or even kill off the infamous potato chip?

Wholegrain consumption may prevent early death

A high wholegrain intake may lower the mortality rate regardless of wholegrain type or cause of death, say researchers in a 120,000-strong Scandinavian cohort study.

Breakthrough discovery for lowering arsenic in rice

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have made a breakthrough discovery in lowering levels of arsenic in rice.

‘Antiquated’ national flour fortification laws must be updated to meet WHO recommendations: Researcher

If iron flour fortification is to work sources and levels approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are required and actual consumption must be considered, says food fortification expert.

Renaissance Bioscience files patent for non-GMO, acrylamide-reducing baker’s yeast

Renaissance BioScience has filed a provisional application for patent for a non-GMO baker’s yeast which claims as much as a 95% reduction of acrylamide in the end product.

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Bunge claims 'push forward' in shelf life and trans-fat elimination with tortilla tech

St. Louis-based Bunge says its Silos De Oro Specialty Tortilla Shortening is a huge step forward for better shelf life and improved health benefits.

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