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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.

Nutrition Facts Panel could help bakers with sodium-nutrient ‘balancing act’

The Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could fuel more micronutrient fortification in baked goods, helping the balancing act between sodium and nutrients, says the American Bakers Association (ABA).

Russian all-natural snack start-up: 'We’re catching the wave, not chasing it'

The Marc Bakery aims to transform its $1m Russian snack business into $45m in just three years – a possible goal in a country where all-natural remains nascent, its founder says.

Garuda International: We’ll ride the coattails of bigger oat beta-glucan players

The oat beta-glucan industry is tough as prices remain too high for most manufacturers, but as bigger players jump aboard Garuda International says business should be bolstered.

Dietetic products an ‘easily attainable’ goal for bakers: Review

Baked goods that meet specific nutrient needs, food intolerances or strict diets and still taste good are easy to develop, a review suggests.

Folates not folic acid for flour fortification, urge researchers

New findings that the body is less efficient at metabolising folic acid than natural folates could inform policy-making decisions as the UK government considers mandatory fortification of flour with folic...

Functional flours will ride on the gluten-free wave, says food consultant

The gluten-free boom has sparked incentive to innovate in functional flours, says the president of food consultancy firm Best Vantage.

Grain Millers working on fully-sprouted oats

Grain Millers is developing fully-sprouted oats but says industry needs to clarify the definition of ‘sprouted’ to differentiate between fully and partially-sprouted grains.

Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Packaged bread innovation has been complicated by a consumer backlash on additives and carbohydrates, but manufacturers can still generate interest with healthy, artisan ingredients, says Mintel.

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

What do women want (from bread)?

Manufacturers should look to develop breads tailored to women’s nutritional needs, according to a Datamonitor researcher.

Cracked? Preventing Salmonella in nuts focus for research

Michigan State University (MSU) has been awarded almost $400,000 by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reduce the Salmonella risk of low-moisture foods.

News in brief

Corbion Caravan introduces dough conditioner without ADA

Corbion Caravan offers ‘Im-Prove 200 No ADA’ dough conditioner for bakeries looking to eliminate Azodicarbonamide (ADA) from their dough.

Half of new product sales in gluten-free are from snacks, but are we close to saturation point?

US retail sales of gluten-free products surged 47% in 2013, with a significant chunk of the growth coming from snacks, according to flour milling giant Ardent Mills.

Andean Grain gears up for chia cheer after EU approval

Andean Grain Products has received a positive draft novel food opinion from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) for its chia seeds – deeming them sufficiently ‘equivalent’ to those already...

Salty snacks may increase metabolic syndrome risk by 56%: Study

Higher consumption of salty energy-dense snacks may be a factor in the development of metabolic syndrome, according to Iranian researchers.

Action on Sugar removes bread from high-sugar hit list: 'We acknowledge it was not accurate'

Anti-sugar lobby group Action on Sugar has removed bread from its initial list of products containing ‘large amounts of sugar’.

‘Stand-still’ cereal segment should consider milk-less snack bags: Canadean

Cereal makers should consider moving NPD away from the breakfast table and introducing milk-free snack bags to be eaten like crisps, according to Canadean.

Chia seed, tartary buckwheat gluten-free bread ticks nutritional boxes: Research

Gluten-free bread made with omega-3 and flavonoid-rich chia seed and tartary buckwheat flour has 12 times greater alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) content and 75% greater total antioxidant capacity than wheat bread,...

Nine o’clock threshold for junk food ads among policy proposals

A nine o’clock watershed for junk food adverts could become part of Labour Party policy in the run-up to the UK general election next year.

DIGGING INTO WHEAT TRENDS WITH ARDENT MILLS: PART II

Protein rush: Grain-based products must catch up, says Ardent Mills

The grain-based industry is late to the protein game and they need to catch up because opportunities are vast, says Ardent Mills’ director of consumer insights.

ESA on acrylamide safety concerns: 'We’ll be seeking clarity and clear categorization'

The European Snack Association (ESA) says it welcomes EFSA’s recent draft opinion on acrylamide in food, but will push for greater clarity on safe levels and product categorization in the...

Children’s TV promotes bad diets, says study

Unhealthy foods are being promoted to children in everyday children’s television programmes, new research published in the British Medical Journal suggests.

EU pledge: Amica Chips and ICA Foods to stop ads to kids

Amica Chips and ICA Foods have pledged to stop advertising to under 12s and communication with primary schools unless asked as part of a voluntary EU scheme.

Health for breakfast; indulgence for lunch - Instant porridge blossoms in Russia

Instant hot cereal is rising in Russia as urban consumers seek healthy, convenient options, but beware - indulgence remains top of mind, says an analyst from Canadean.

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Sweet Leaf science chief: Baking with stevia needs much more R&D

Stevia in bakery faces huge technical hurdles given baking temperatures and duration and it’s an area that warrants hefty R&D efforts, says the chief scientific officer of Stevia Leaf....

Acrylamide may increase cancer risk, says EFSA opinion

A draft EFSA opinion has “confirmed previous evaluations” that dietary intake of acrylamide may increase the risk of developing cancer for consumers. 

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