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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.

Healthy bread: The promise and challenges of maize, oat, barley, sorghum and millet

Non-wheat cereals have huge potential for nutritional breads, but further in-depth research is needed to overcome dough difficulties and nutrient retention concerns, say researchers.

ASA: Chia and flax ad should be ‘super-seeded’

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has upheld four complaints about the implied health claims of Bioglan ‘superfood’ chia and flax seeds.

Patent watch

Nestlé files patent for bite-size sports snacks

Nestlé has filed a patent for high-carb and high-protein bite-size dough snacks for athletes and health-conscious consumers looking to manage nutritional intake before and during exercise.

What can the US learn from Europe? Clean label and subtle nutrition, says Mintel

US bakery, snack and cereal manufacturers should look to Europe for lessons on clean label and better-for-you products that don’t scream health, says Mintel’s innovation head.

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Meat bars: The next beef jerky?

Meat snack bars take beef jerky to a new level, appealing to busy and health-conscious Americans, says a Datamonitor researcher.

Booting up breakfast: Federation of Bakers pushes toast for kids

The Federation of Bakers has designed ‘breakfast boots’ to hold toast as part of an on-going campaign to promote bread as part of a healthy, balanced diet, its director says.

General Mills: Soy protein Cheerios hold mainstream appeal

General Mills has developed a high-protein variant of its flagship cereal brand Cheerios using soy – a product it says will sit comfortably in the mainstream breakfast aisle.

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo 2014

Snyder’s-Lance: ‘Snack solutions’ will be gigantic as grazing grabs America

The future of snacks will be positioning them as part of a 'meal bridge' solution that hits on convenience, value, taste and health, says the marketing head at Snyder’s-Lance.

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo

Bare Snacks chases the coconut craze

Bare Snacks’ coconut chip line rides in the wake of a mega trend, its marketing head says, but not all future R&D will be reactive to market skews.

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo 2014

Euromonitor: Popcorn and thins epitomize ‘indulgence without the guilt’

Popcorn has exploded and thins have sliced into action in snacking – both riding on the wave of being indulgent with a healthy slant, according to Euromonitor International.

Kraft: Meat has been largely absent from healthy-protein snacking

Kraft Foods has developed a high-protein snack with a meat component to tap into a space in healthy-protein snacking that it says has been missed.

High-fiber bioactive breads ‘could become mainstream’, says TNO

The next generation of bioactive wholegrain breads with ‘desirable sensory properties’ will be commercialized soon following taste tests, says TNO.

Bagel Thins will boom in the UK, says Allied Bakeries

Healthy sandwich alternatives are trending and Kingsmill ‘bagel thins’ will tap into this in the UK, says Allied Bakeries’ category director.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Mango metabolic promise: Vital Solutions wants to advance human trials

Vital Solutions Swiss will publish in vitro research that shows its mango powder Careless mimics caloric restriction but the company is keen to invest in human trials, its CEO says....

The future of snacks? Popped, ancient grains and the rise of craft brands

Craft snack brands will lead innovation because of their fresh take on an old market, and balancing health and indulgence will be top of the agenda, says Innova Market Insights.

Health properties of cinnamon drive demand

Increasing interest in cinnamon’s health properties has led to its use in more foods, but heavy rainfall in producer countries has affected supply, a leading ingredients company has warned.

Special edition: Closing the fiber gap

Bread still rules high-fiber realm; Latin America rising fast

When it comes to fiber, baked goods are king. That might sound obvious, but in a world where the nutrient, its source and end application are often separated, it is...

The ‘right’ snacking has nutritional value for kids, say researchers

The ‘right’ type of snack can improve diet quality in children under the age of 11, according to researchers looking into how snack and meal frequencies affect total energy intake and diet...

SPECIAL EDITION: CLOSING THE FIBER GAP

Fiber and beyond: Technical promise outshines nutritional value

Fortifying cereal-based products with fiber is less about nutrition and more about technical, formulation functions that align with mega-trends like sugar reduction and gluten-free, claim suppliers.

SPECIAL EDITION: CLOSING THE FIBER GAP

Fiber-rich bakery: What does the science say?

In this special edition article BakeryandSnacks.com takes a look at some of the key suggested benefits of fiber, and how manufacturers can utilize it to benefit consumers.

SPECIAL EDITION: CLOSING THE FIBER GAP

Clever fiber blends offer weight management hope, says Professor

Fiber composite blends used in healthy food matrixes hold weight management promise, according to a professor from the University of Liverpool.

Special edition: Closing the fiber gap

Cereal gets to the heart of fiber deficiency, but is fortification the way to go?

High cereal fiber intake after a heart attack may improve long-term survival rates, research suggests, but these benefits could be achieved with a balanced, healthy diet, rather than through fortified...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Ingredia: Chia oil to boil bigger storm in Europe thanks to claims

Europe's rubber stamp on Ingredia’s Benexia chia oil, expected in June, will heat up appeal even more, claims its global director.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Nutritional snacks? Manufacturers misread consumers, says Datamonitor Consumer

Nutritious snacks have not boomed because manufacturers overwhelmed consumers in a category where indulgence remains more important, says the head of food and drink at Datamonitor Consumer.

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Brown algae: The future of fat-busting salt replacement?

Norwegian brown algae is an attractive natural salt replacer for bakery because of its fat-busting punch, says developer Valagro.

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