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Nestlé defends 'lunchbox friendly' claims after nut allergen rebuke

Nestlé has defended itself and its allergy charity consort against criticism of the marketing of its ''lunchbox friendly'' muesli bars to schools despite them being unsuitable for nut allergy sufferers. ...

No, wheat does not make people fat and sick: Scientists

The idea that wheat causes obesity or sickness has been rubbished by scientists conducting a review.

Tree nut consumption may cut obesity risk: Study

High tree nut consumption is strongly associated with lower risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.

Increased fibre may prevent obesity by controlling intestinal glucose: Study

The metabolic benefits associated with increased an increased dietary intake of fermentable fibres may be due to the way in which our bacteria in use them to control levels of...

Dietary fibres may protect against asthma: Mouse data

A lack of fermentable fibres in people's diet may pave the way for allergic inflammatory reactions such as asthma - and increasing intake of these fibres could help battle asthma,...

Pre-treated fiber can improve quality of enriched bread: Study

Enzymatic treatment of fiber could help develop better quality high-fiber breads, finds research.

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Cascadian Farm plugs alternative protein trend with organic pea bars

General Mills-owned Cascadian Farm says its organic pea-based protein bars plug consumer desire for alternative protein sources.

The Premium Snack Company: Consumers need education on freeze-dried concept

The success of The Premium Snack Company’s freeze-dried veggie snack line depends on consumer understanding of the production process, says its sales and marketing director. ready to gobble up US market prospects

Snacking subscription service has pumped nearly $5m into US expansion - a market that has very, very big potential, CEO says.

Uneasy bedfellows: Salt and health in US snacking

Americans prefer salty snacks but they're also looking for health - can these two co-exist?

General Mills: Next generation growth is in subscription snacking

General Mills says its subscription snacking service Nibblr will feed next generation business growth as convenience booms.

Gluten-free rice bread: Best quality compromises GI levels

Optimizing volume and crumb texture in rice-based gluten-free bread leads to higher glycaemic index levels, finds research.

The future of snacks: Health halos, pouch formats and semi-liquid treats

Snacking as we know it will evolve, driven by an unruly consumer desire to try new and exciting concepts and companies must buck up and innovate to profit, says a...

Skinny bread: Warburtons to invest £20m in sandwich alternatives

UK bread major Warburtons will pump £20m ($32.8m) into a new production plant dedicated to sandwich alternatives as demand in the segment booms.

Food firms parry criticism as healthy promotions launch

Nestlé, Kellogg and Asda are among those criticised by consumer group Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) for not doing enough to promote healthy eating as a government-backed scheme designed to do...

Back to Nature Foods acquires SnackWell’s from Mondelez

Back to Nature Foods plans to increase its scale in the ‘important’ cookie and cracker categories with newly acquired SnackWell’s business.

Consultant: ‘Traditional cereal companies fooled themselves for years’

People don’t eat cereal from a bowl every morning – they go to Starbucks, drink smoothies and eat breakfast biscuits. Cereal makers need to play catch up, says a healthy...

General Mills: ‘We are not waiting on industry trends to improve’

General Mills reported lower-than-expected earnings for Q2, fiscal 2014 but said it plans to reinvigorate business in the second half with NPD.

Trans fat crackdown: ‘The ship has already sailed’

Trans fats have been discussed for nearly two decades rendering the FDA’s extended comment period trivial in the grand scheme of things, says the innovation insights director at Datamonitor Consumer....

Junk food can junk your memory in a week, suggests new study

A new study has suggested that even a short-term diet of junk food can have a detrimental and damaging effect on the brain’s cognitive ability.

Study: Breakfast cereal improves mood, but brain performance?

Adolescents who consume breakfast cereal in the morning are more alert, content and in some instances show improved cognitive performance, according to Kellogg-funded research.

Natural antimicrobials for Listeria? Yes, we (Pe)can

Organic pecan shells have antimicrobial properties against Listeria and can meet the demand for natural alternatives for use in organic meat processing.

Polyols promising for sugar-free muffins: Study

Maltitol, isomalt and sorbitol can successfully replace sugar in muffins without any drastic changes to batter properties, finds research.

Global snack trends 2013: ‘It was a spicy year’

Fiery flavors, popped chips and retail-ready pack designs were some of the biggest trends for snack makers this year, according to trade heads in Europe and the US.

Choice is important when snacking is a way of life, says SFA CEO

A broad and mixed range of healthy and traditional snacks is important as snacking becomes a way of life for Americans, the CEO of the Snack Food Association (SFA) says.

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