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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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Sainsbury’s removes a number of Houmous products after complaints over the taste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has temporarily removed a number of Houmous products from its stores due to a ‘taste issue’.

Handcrafted granola brand Just Live a Little enters France through Mediascore Food

Northern Ireland granola maker, Just Live a Little, will be released onto the French market on May 8, 2017.

New product roundup: Vegan Bars, Fava Bean Crisps and Ready To Bake Cupcakes

BakeryandSnacks presents a roundup of products that caught our eye this month.

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Ingredient Alliance demystifies hemp seeds with plant-based protein snacks

Plant-based food startup Ingredient Alliance has introduced new savory snacks under its Natura brand to the US market.

Fat chance: Judge again dismisses trans fat action against ConAgra

The putative class action against ConAgra alleging its Crunch ’n Munch popcorn violates California’s unfair competition law by containing artificial trans fat has again been dismissed.

The skinny on looming popcorn war between Amplify Snack Brands and Snyder’s-Lance

Two of the US’ largest snack manufacturers – Amplify Snack Brands and Snyder’s-Lance – are set to meet in court over rival brands of Better-For-You (BFY) popcorn.

Nutritionists dispute relevance of sugar levels in chocolate spreads following report

Chocolate spreads and jams contain huge amounts of sugar, with two slices of bread containing the entire maximum daily intake - but some experts have questioned whether the quantities eaten are...

‘We have a tremendous opportunity to use our global scale to influence positive change’

PepsiCo launches Nutrition Greenhouse incubator: ‘The latest food innovation is coming from both big & small players’

PepsiCo has launched an incubator programme to help nurture the ‘best and brightest’ entrepreneurs in the nutrition, health and wellness sectors. Eight ‘breakthrough brands’ will benefit from a €25,000 ($26,500)...

Mr Trotter: British pride secures listings on high street

Matthew Fort and Tom Parker Bowles received “an overwhelmingly positive response” from the moment they launched Mr Trotter’s Great British Pork Crackling onto the UK market in 2011.

Chinese ‘Mintropolitans’ go nuts over healthy snacking, say researchers

According to Mintel data, 63% of Chinese consumers are eating more fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks; 42% are eating more dairy-based snacks; and one in four is consuming more...

Bellarise introduces cost-saving instant dry yeast for low-sugar bakery

Baking ingredients producer, Bellarise, has developed a new yeast product that can help 'lean' dough increase its gassing power by 30% and cut proof times by up to 15%.

Snaxpo 2017

Ideal Snacks introduces probiotics to air-popped snacks and suggests big CPG brands do the same

A stronger focus on gut health is pushing manufacturers to add probiotics to their snacks, but the larger CPG companies are struggling to keep up with the trend, the company...

Snaxpo 2017

Kraft Food Ingredients ups clean label portfolio with dairy-based snacking prototypes

Kraft Food Ingredients (KFI) said the Kraft Heinz merger is a definite advantage in developing novel clean label snacks.

Pladis plans health focus for British biscuit market

At the launch of its second annual biscuit review, the manufacturer of McVitie’s (the UK’s largest selling biscuit brand) said it will make Britons’ much-loved snack even healthier.

Chaucer Foods UK and Filippo Berio JV to launch Mediterranean crostini

Specialist bread products manufacturer Chaucer Foods UK has formed a partnership with olive oil brand Filippo Berio to develop the range of Filippo Berio Crostini.

South African Vital Health Foods evolves into healthy snacking

Nutritional supplements manufacturer Vital Health Foods has launched a line of grab-and-go nutritional snacking options for the South African market.

UK cricket flour energy bar wins ife 2017 Sustainable Packaging Award

Yumpa, a range of energy bars made with cricket flour, is the first of its kind in Europe to have an EU accredited fully compostable wrapper.

Snaxpo 2017

Clean label doesn’t guarantee healthy snacking, but dairy might help: Kerry

Clean label is a good way for consumers to decide whether a snack and dairy product delivers on transparency, but it is not an indicator of health value, said Kerry’s...

Battle Oats earns first major high street listing with Holland and Barrett

Battle Oats flapjacks will be distributed through 300 Holland and Barret stores across the UK and Ireland by the end of the month.

Health watchdog takes legal action against Kellogg, Weetabix, Walgreens and others for acrylamide in ‘Disney’ animal crackers

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has launched legal action against several US biscuit manufacturers and retailers for allegedly failing to warn consumers about the high levels of acrylamide (AA)...

Smucker Foods linked to E. coli O121 outbreak

E. coli O121 has sickened 25 people in Canada with a link to flour.

Tiny but Mighty Popcorn targets Target, Costco and Publix shelf space with new packaging

Family-owned Tiny but Mighty Popcorn has redesigned the packaging of its entire product line with paintings created by Iowa native artist, Grant Wood. 

Pastinos takes on the premium snack market with better-for-you pasta snack

UK brand Pastinos is targeting health-conscious snackers with a crunchy pasta snack as sales of regular pasta falls victim to the health kick.

'Fibre is the only option to turn our comfort foods from toxic to therapeutic,' says FiberFlour founder

What made a practicing doctor give up medicine to create and supply a high-fibre flour? “I saw an opportunity to be infinitely more effective in preventing disease in the first place. Fibre...

Scientists have developed a wheat that could aid the world’s malnourished millions

Test results found the wheat increases the digestibility of phosphorus, calcium and other minerals in poultry.

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