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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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Nestlé slashes sugar level by 30% in Fitness cereal revamp

Nestlé said today it will relaunch fortified adult cereal Fitness in Europe this month, after reformulating the brand to cut sugar levels by 30%.

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Dole develops ‘wearable banana’ snack gadget for Tokyo Marathon

Dole Japan has developed a 'wearable banana' for the Tokyo Marathon that tells runners their time, tweets, heart rate, and doubles as a nutritious in-race snack.

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Target to double Made to Matter natural & organic collection as part of food 'reinvention' plan

Target will double the size of its 'Made to Matter' range of natural, organic, and sustainable products this year as part of a plan to "reinvent" its grocery offering and...

General Mills launches new Nature Valley, Chex Mix Popped, Bugle Ranch lines at AWMA 2015

General Mills has whipped the covers off four new bakery and snack products for C-store retailers at AWMA 2015 in Las Vegas.

‘OLè!’ Scientists claim big confectionery interest in heart healthy Spanish peanut

A US government scientist who developed a new peanut cultivar high in oleic acid that offers a longer shelf life and heart healthy properties says it has attracted interest from...

Snacks & health conscious consumers: Fortification, natural ingredients, & free-from claims

'People don’t pick up crisps and think: 'I wish these had more Vit C!'' Analysts on snacks and nutrition

There’s no doubt that consumers want healthier snacks, but fortification is not necessarily the answer, say Euromonitor and Datamonitor analysts.

Cereal study urges US focus on oats to cut risk from ‘potent renal carcinogen’

Scientists researching the presence of a mycotoxin considered a 'potent renal carcinogen' in US cereals have found levels above EU maximum limits in 8% of oat based cereals tested, and...

Skipping breakfast may lead to diabetes and heart disease

Skipping breakfast may typically be associated with obesity but a recent study on young women suggested it could also lead to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and...

Food firms should step up sugar cuts, say shoppers

Food firms should work harder to cut and communicate sugar content in their products, according to seven in 10 consumers responding to a survey by market analyst Mintel.

Special Edition: Powered up and packing nutritional punch 

Health claims and indulgence can go 'hand in hand' for breakfast cereals: Mintel

Cereal is "playing catch up" with breakfast alternatives that have mastered the pairing of health claims and indulgence, says Mintel.

Special Edition: Powered up and packing nutritional punch

DSM: Just because a product is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it is nutrient rich

Consumers may be interested in natural products but fortification remains vital given nutrient shortfalls in the US, says DSM.

SPECIAL EDITION: POWERED UP AND PACKING NUTRITION PUNCH

Slow-burning energy...Novel baked apple snack with isomalt shows satiety potential

Argentinian researchers say a snack they have developed using green apples and novel carbohydrate isomalt may be useful for weight control due to its sustained energy release.

Special Edition: Powered up and packing nutritional punch

Bakers missing a trick by not labeling micronutrients, says consultant

Bakery manufacturers should list existing micronutrients such as iron and potassium on pack for an easy health win, says a bakery consultant.

Special Edition: Powered up and packing nutritional punch

IFIC consumer findings suggest industry could profit by fortifying healthful products

Manufacturers could profit by fortifying products with innate healthy properties, because consumers expect and accept fortification from them, research findings from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) suggest.

UK energy bar sales triple and set to rise

Sales in the energy bar and nutrition market in the UK have been growing at a faster rate than the US tripling in the past five years to reach €137m,...

Meat Chips founder: ‘Chips with meat don’t happen overnight’

Developing potato chips that contain high levels of real chicken has been complex and taken eight years of NPD, but the concept is poised for success, says the founder of...

Beauty and Traditional Chinese Medicine bars could be 'instant wins' in China

Snack bar makers can create instant wins in China with beauty bars or products containing Traditional Chinese Medicine ingredients, say Chinese consumer experts.

VIDEOS EXPLORE KOREAN AND US ATTITUDES TO OTHER NATION'S SNACKS

‘Ah! The smell of artificiality...’ South Korean girls sample US snacks for the first time

Pop Tarts, Lay’s and Cheez-Its... How do young South Korean women tasting these US staple snacks for the first time rate them? The reactions in the recent videos below are...

WHO unveils nutrient profiling to restrict marketing to kids

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has unveiled its nutrient profiling tool to restrict the marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks to children.

Kellogg’s readies ‘real food prepared simply’: Origins cereal range primed for US launch

Kellogg’s chief growth officer Paul Norman says the company plans to launch a new healthy cereal, muesli and granola range in the US this summer called Origins, and describes it...

What's for breakfast? Re-inventing the first meal of the day

Healthy cereals could help industry grow modestly in 5 years, IBISWorld predicts

After years of steady decline, the cereal industry could see modest growth in the next five years thanks to consumer interest in healthier, high-end cereals, product process updates, improved commodity...

Ingredion targets flexitarians with high-protein pulse flours

Pulse flours could provide a plant-based protein boost for baked goods, snacks and pasta – tapping into growing demand for non-animal-derived protein, says Ingredion.

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Angelic Bakehouse develops sprouted grains wrap

The US sprouted grains specialist will launch a wrap product seven-grain wrap across the US in the coming months.

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Glanbia Nutritionals launches vegan proteins from ancient grains, flax, & chia

Glanbia Nutritionals is launching a new line of non-GMO, gluten-free plant-based protein crisps and powders derived from ancient grains, flax and chia that can be used in everything from beverages...

Timing is ‘absolutely right’ for low-sugar Cheerios, says expert

Cheerios has timed its low-sugar launch in the UK well because sugar is top of the agenda for consumers, says Mintel’s innovation head.

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