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PepsiCo sales boosted by pricier ‘guilt-free’ premium snacks

PepsiCo’s chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi says price hikes and a focus on premium products like Lay’s Poppables and Quaker Overnight Oats helped increase 2017 Q2 sales, despite flat volume...

IFT 2017

Bread makers could still target health-focused consumers despite carb fears: Mintel

Bread makers should use nutritional add-ons like protein and fiber to appeal to health and fitness-conscious consumers who shy away from buying bread because of carbs, says Mintel.

General Mills summer 2017 line-up meets global demand for simplicity

The Minneapolis-based food manufacturer has released its line-up of products to be launched around the world.

Snack makers moving beyond pure indulgence to functionality, says European Snacks Association

The sensible snacking concept is evolving at a rapid rate, said Sebastian Emig, director general of the European Snacks Association (ESA).

Flour outbreak was first time non-O157 STEC infections identified in Canada

The outbreak of E. coli O121 in flour was the first time non-O157 Shiga toxin–producing E. coli (STEC) infections had been identified nationally in Canada.

IFT 2017

Arla extends protein bar shelf life with clean label ingredients

Arla Foods Ingredients showcased a clean label protein bar prototype made with milk from grass-fed cows without any added hormones at IFT held in Las Vegas last month.

Nestlé pledges to cut sugar by 10% in UK breakfast cereals

Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture between General Mills and Nestlé, has announced it will further reduce the sugar content in its Nestlé-branded cereals in the UK over the next...

IFT 2017

Kraft Heinz Ingredients extends clean-label cream cheese to biscuits

Kraft Heinz Ingredients (KHI) showcased biscuits flavored with its clean-label cream cheese powder at IFT held in Las Vegas last month.

Patriotic Product Round-up: Matzo crackers, key lime cookies and poutine donuts

This month, we take a look at some proudly American products released in time for Independence Day celebrations this weekend.

Quarterly earnings

Acquisition of Thanasi Foods contributes to ConAgra’s Q4 growth, despite sales decline

The Thanasi Foods acquisition provided traction for ConAgra's growth in 2017, despite a sales decline across the board.

Biofortification one of many factors in tackling iron and zinc deficiencies: Study

Biofortification alone is not enough to enhance bread with optimum iron and zinc levels to fight deficiencies, a study says as it cites other production methods that should factor in...

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Biscuits are capitalizing on the health trend, especially among seniors, says pladis

The biscuit category changed in Britain in 2016 amid consumer demand for healthier indulgences, Steve Gladwell, CMI director of pladis tells BakeryandSnacks.

Del Monte Pacific and Fresh Del Monte Produce unite to target US

Del Monte Pacific Ltd (DMPL) and Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. have announced a series of joint ventures to offer expanded refrigerated offerings across the US.

Nuts, seeds and trail mixes set to outperform savory biscuits in the US

Euromonitor projects value sales in the nuts, seeds and trail mixes category will outperform savory biscuits in the US for the first time in 2017. 

Bridor launches clean-label program for bakery products

European baked goods manufacturer Bridor has launched a clean-label program for its bakery products to win consumer trust.

Snyder’s-Lance to trim snacks portfolio to drive sales growth

Snyder’s-Lance will discontinue some of its snack varieties that are expected to only drive a small percentage of the company’s revenues in 2018, CFO Alex Pease said. 

New variant of Queen’s favoured crispbread Ryvita could be top three bestseller

Ryvita is rolling out Three Cheese Thins throughout the UK in July, with Estefania Boerr, senior brand manager at the crispbread producer, expecting it to become a top three selling...

News in brief

American Bakers Association applauds FDA for delaying nutrition facts label rule

Robb MacKie, president of American Bakers Association (ABA), said a “more reasonable” timeline for the implementation of the FDA’s nutrition facts label will help bakers.

Healthy snacks continue to dominate in the US, shows Mintel research

Health remains a in snacking with 32% of US consumers reporting the majority of snacks they eat are healthy, while 28% are snacking on healthier foods this year than in...

Proposed “benchmark” acrylamide levels set to impose further food firm limits

Measures to reduce acrylamide levels in food took a step forward as new draft proposals outline "benchmark" mandatory levels for the industry.

Powerful protein: Edible insects packing a punch

Michi Abe, founder of Abundance Food, launched the ProPro energy bar last year in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. 

Bakery China 2017

Penchant for Western products supports China’s bakery boom, says analyst

China's bakery sector is a thunderous market, spurred on by consumers who have a great desire to develop their knowledge of Western products.

Puratos takes a novel look at reducing fat in baked goods with virtual reality campaign

The Brussels-based speciality ingredients developer took a different look at bread through a virtual reality campaign to reiterate the benefits of its Puraslim range of bread mixes and improvers.

Kellogg’s sues tennis champ for Special K copyright infringement

Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis is facing another battle on court: not to play tennis though, but to face off against the breakfast cereal giant.

Sourdough or white? Trust in gut reaction to provide the answer

The gut microbiome has a major say in whether ordinary white bread or an artisanal sourdough loaf is “healthier,” a study claims. 

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