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Seed and nut sales soar in health boom

Healthy snacks are poised for significant growth, especially in the niche seeds sector with sales expected to almost double over the next five years to hit £39m (€58m) according to...

Report slams cereal bars' healthy image

Cereal companies may need to re-examine the health platform from which they market cereal bars following a damning report from consumer watchdog Which?

Limagrain, GRDC to bring GM healthy wheat to market

A genetically modified wheat variety that has significantly more resistant starch than regular wheat could reach the market in five years, say Australian scientists who have won financial backing to...

Walnut's healthy snack image boosted by study

Health conscious snackers could soon be driving up walnut sales following more research into the nut's role in protecting against heart disease.

Oatcakes hit health niche

Scottish snack company Paterson's has become the latest business to target the growing trend towards healthier and more traditional snacking with a new addition to its own-brand range of flavoured...

Health and convenience drive snack growth, report

Growth in the snacking industry is being driven by health concerns coupled with the need for convenience, according to new reports into both the fruit and hot snacks sectors.

Health boom drives cereal snacks, report

On the back of growing demand for healthier snacking products, cereal snacks are luring consumers away from traditional indulgences such as crisps and confectionery - prompting snack makers to diversify...

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Is a trans fat ban a healthy solution?

Sometimes I just love eating fatty, greasy, unquestionably hazardous foods. But I don't like trans fats, that come as a by-product in some processed foods, and have been linked to...

Finsbury tackles healthy bakery market

A year of acquisition and investment has proved profitable for UK bakery company Finsbury Foods but now the group plans to further build sales by targeting the growing health sector.

Organic snacking proves healthy for Glisten

The market for healthy, convenience snacking is going from strength to strength, according to UK snack group Glisten who posted encouraging preliminary results today.

'Healthy' crisps aim to improve Walkers image

Following a £15m (€22.2m) investment in research and development at the company, UK crisp giant Walkers has launched a new 'healthier' range to attract snack-loving consumers worried about their waistlines.

Weetabix acts on rising demand for healthy oats

The iconic UK cereal brand Weetabix has added a new oat variety to its portfolio in a bid to attract health-conscious consumers seeking to benefit from its cholesterol-lowering properties.

Danisco Sweeteners targets health-focused consumers

Danisco Sweeteners has developed a range of ingredients designed to help food makers create snacks with less than 100 calories.

Greggs hit by heat, health and high energy prices

UK bakery group Greggs has blamed a combination of hot weather, healthier eating and rising energy costs for a drop in first half profits.

RHM invest in 'healthy' Hovis

Hovis bread, produced by the UK bakers RHM, is to get an expensive facelift in a bid to strengthen its position as Britain's healthiest brand.

Cognis launches healthier aerating agent

Cognis has launched a new aerating agent that it claims has the potential to improve the health value of baked goods.

Zetar profits healthy after snack purchase

Following its recent acquisition of snack manufacturing companies, Humdinger and Readifoods, food buyout company Zetar has announced growing profits for its second year of business.

Health trend will hit sales, says business forum

The UK-based International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) has warned snack food manufacturers that reluctance to address the growing obesity epidemic could hit them where it hurts - their sales figures.

Healthy snacks grow at expense of less healthy options, report

The general trend towards healthier eating has resulted in American consumers turning away from carefree snacks, and opting instead for healthier products, according to Snack Food Trends in the US,...

Kids' snacks try for healthier option

In the wake of UK government concerns over childhood obesity and pressure from health watchdogs, crisp manufacturers have been pursuing healthier alternatives to kid-friendly brands.

Hovis healthy range contribute to RHM profit

UK food manufacturer RHM remains undeterred by last year's slump in Mr Kipling cake sales - their financial second half results show business is improving with the aid of healthy...

Med diet better than low-fat for heart health says "landmark" trial

Eating a Mediterranean diet with extra nuts or olive oil is significantly better for heart health than a low-fat diet, says a "landmark" clinical trial from Spain.

ESA affirms commitment to healthy, nutritious snacks

Europe's savoury snacks industry last week pledged its commitment to nutrition and health and tackling obesity - but switching off advertising is not seen as an effective solution to driving...

Could hemp be the hot new healthy ingredient?

The health-enhancing properties of hemp have come under the spotlight this month with the launch of a drink containing hemp-blossom syrup (Cannabis sativa) in the UK, which is also being...

ADM wheat protein ingredient to bind health bars

ADM is targetting the burgeoning healthy snacks market, launching a wheat protein isolate that mimics the properties of sugar as a binder in reduced sugar applications.

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