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Seeking a definition: What makes whole grains whole?

Whole grain foods should be promoted for health – but the term needs a standard definition to encourage innovation among food companies, say nutrition researchers.

NPD EXCLUSIVE: 'We're going to deliver more protein with a third of the sugar,' says CEO

KRAVE Jerky to launch low-sugar protein bars

Hershey-owned KRAVE Jerky will go head-to-head with Clif Bar, Kind and Lärabar as it readies to launch protein bars with one-third of the sugar towards the end of this year....

Green tea extract promising for low-GI bread: Study

Green tea compounds could be used to develop low glycemic index (GI) baked and steamed breads, claim researchers.

Snack trends: Could organic be as big as gluten-free?

Organic packaged snacks remain fairly niche but resonate well with health-conscious consumers and retailers, says Euromonitor International.

Industry backs 3-year PHOs phase-out but criticizes GRAS revoke

Bakery and snack makers have welcomed the FDA’s three-year period to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) but have criticized its strategy to revoke GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status.

Fazer secures license for oat extraction technology

Finnish firm Fazer has secured a license for oat processing that enables extraction of beta-glucans, protein and oil for use in functional foods.

Reacting to allergies: Is self-diagnosis leading to malnutrition?

Inaccurate home testing and self-diagnosis is leading to unnecessarily restrictive diets and malnutrition, says a report claiming to make sense of allergies. 

Fruit snack industry: The future has to be ‘less is more’

Fruit snacking has many forms but industry collectively agrees the future must be about stripping back ingredients and giving consumers fruit in its purest form.

M&S vit D bread is a good public health move, says Leatherhead Food Research

Marks & Spencer’s move to fortify its entire bakery range with vitamin D is a good public health move given the population is deficient, says the nutrition and innovation head...

Patent Watch

General Mills tackles sodium reduction with leavening method

General Mills has filed a patent on a method to regulate the reaction rate of leavening agents in packaged dough using ions, enabling bakers to use less leaveners which are...

EFSA stands by acrylamide cancer concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its final opinion on acrylamide in food, reconfirming previous evaluations that it increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers in all...

Mushroom mycelium could breathe new life into declining cereals category, claims MycoTechnology

Grain companies are working with Denver-based MycoTechnology to explore how mushrooms’ filament-like roots or ‘mycelium’ could help create new value-added opportunities in the cereals market by transforming the nutritional profile of...

Campden BRI: Reduced-sugar oat bars possible thanks to beta-glucan

Sugar binders in oat bars can be removed completely if certain process adjustments are made to leverage beta-glucan as the binding agent, says the bakery science manager at Campden BRI.

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Nutrition promise via extrusion ‘potentially huge’, says food technologist

Extrusion can be used to break down raw materials to extract functional compounds for use in final snack products, suggests a food technologist.

Kids’ fruit snacks criticised for high sugar content

Many fruit snacks aimed at children contain more sugar than confectionery – but could be misconstrued as ‘healthy’ because of their association with real fruit, according to pressure group Action...

Big baking: The trends, challenges and opportunities

Where are the opportunities for bakers in retail? How important will grain research be for the future? And what kind of policy hurdles are industry truly up against?

Grains research ‘imperative’ for bakers, says Grain Foods Foundation

Nutritional research on grains is imperative because it will help overturn misperceptions among consumers, says the executive director of the Grain Foods Foundation (GFF).

EU Council change to create ‘perfect storm’ for snacks, says ESA

Snack makers are gearing up for renewed nutrition focus in the EU when the Netherlands takes presidency of the Council in 2016, says the director-general of the European Snacks Association (ESA).

Premium promise: Indian bread market to hit $0.81bn by 2020

Sliced white bread remains king in India but there is huge promise in premium as consumers become more experimental and health conscious, says a ValueNotes analyst.

Bakery sets out on satiating mission with new products

Five new weight management concepts from DuPont Nutrition and Health focus on the bakery sector, including breads, cakes and cereal bars.

Novozymes promotes enzymes for ‘gentle’ omega-3 processing

Danish enzymes specialist Novozymes is seeing growth in its nascent omega-3 business that is utilising its core enzyme specialisation in a relatively new area.

Patent Watch

General Mills files patent for oil removal in snacks

General Mills has developed a method to remove residue oil from fried snacks using an air flow chamber.

News in brief

ITS expands into Spain, Italy and Portugal

UK-headquartered bakery ingredients specialist International Taste Solutions (ITS) has expanded its team into Spain, Italy and Portugal, the company has said.

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Diet expert: Low-GI, energy dense snacks should be the future

Low-GI snacks that still deliver on energy are hugely promising in the context of how overall dietary habits have evolved, says a dietary health expert.

‘Consumers are more than ready for pulse bread’, says supplier

Consumers are familiar enough with pulses for bakers to seriously consider incorporating the ingredient into industrial breads, says Best Cooking Pulses.

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