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Extruded snack innovation: In-lab trials, healthier NPD and 3D shaping

Extruded snack makers are using low output machines to run R&D tests in-house and many are working to develop healthier variants and inventive shapes, say equipment suppliers.

Isomalt protects vitamin C status of baked apple snacks, finds study

Isomalt can be used to protect the ascorbic acid content of apple snacks during baking, say researchers.

Move over fruit, it’s time for dairy! Yazoo sees yogurt smoothies soar as snackification strikes

FrieslandCampina’s milk drink and smoothie brand Yazoo is expanding availability of its on-the-go yogurt smoothies this month, seeing great potential for a ‘snack that provides sustenance.’

Snack identity crisis? ‘We’ve had a hard time getting our story told’, says SFA

The Snack Food Association (SFA) is determined to correct misperceptions held among consumers, government and regulators about the nature of the snack category and its role in health, its CEO...

Cereal survivor: Fiber could be a protective part of our diets, say researchers

Cereal fiber has a ‘potentially protective’ role, say US researchers, after a study showed that people with the highest intake of cereal fiber had a 19% lower risk of death.

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Bühler and APRES evaluate industrial peanut dry roasting parameters in Salmonella reduction

Bühler has carried out tests with the American Peanut Research & Education Society (APRES) to evaluate the effectiveness of industrial peanut dry roasting parameters in Salmonella reduction using Salmonella surrogate,...

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Food technologist: Global interest in sourdough is growing

Sourdough is becoming increasingly popular in baking because of its versatility and ability to enhance flavor and texture as well as lengthen shelf life, says a food technologist.

Nutritionist: store reply on junk food ‘disappointing’

Pleas to ditch ‘unhealthy’ snacks at tills have met with “disappointing” responses from Marks & Spencer (M&S) and WHSmith, according to the nutritionist driving the campaign.

Use price policies to promote healthier diets, says WHO

Price policies could encourage healthier diets, according to a new publication by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe.

Onion waste: The anti-cancer kick for wheat bread?

White bread fortified with antioxidant-rich onion skins presents promise in preventing onset and spread of gastric cancer cells, researchers claim.

Snacking Trends Forum highlights: ‘Packaged food doesn’t have to be junk food’

From all-day grazing to the 20% YoY growth in meat-based snacks, the merits of cricket flour, when and how to raise capital, nutrient density and guerrilla marketing, the FoodNavigator-USA Snacking Trends...

Kellogg Australia: ‘We’re closely looking at health star ratings’

Kellogg is exploring Australia’s voluntary front-of-pack health star rating scheme following public attacks from consumer advocacy group Choice.

Dispatches: ISM/ProSweets 2015

Menken Orlando to drive Asian rice snack brand Mitsuba into UK

The UK is the prime focus for Menken Orlando’s expansion of its Asian rice snack brand Mitsuba as consumers increasingly look for unusual snacking flavors, says its sales director.

Savory bars ‘reinventing’ sports nutrition

America’s sports nutrition market has been re-shaped by a clear shift towards savory flavors and meat in the bar category, says Packaged Facts.

Sugary cereal bars better suited to candy aisle, says Which?

Most leading UK cereal bars and breakfast biscuits contain between 30 and 40% sugar and would be better suited in confectionery aisles, Which? says.

‘It’s breakfast Jim, but not as we know it!’ – BakeryandSnacks breakfast bites

A ‘perfect storm’ of cultural, culinary and demographic trends has led to a stubborn weakness in breakfast cereal sales in countries like America, with all-day snacking replacing sit-down meals and...

News in brief

Bunge buys Heartland Harvest to service ‘better for you snacks’ demand

Bunge North America has bought Illinois-based Heartland Harvest to bolster its expertise in extruded foods and serve consumer demand for better-for-you snacks.

Savory flavors gain traction in nutrition bars

Savory flavors are gaining momentum in the traditionally sugar-saturated nutrition bar category with the entrance of two more companies. 

SERIAL PROTEIN FORTIFICATION RISKS COMMODIFYING CATEGORY, ANALYST WARNS

What happens after protein? Canadean suggests we may need a new 'super ingredient'

Protein fortification is here to stay, says Canadean - but analyst Kirsty Nolan warns that brands should resist the impulse to simply add it to everything and commoditize the ingredient.

PATENT WATCH: FAT PARTICLES DISTRIBUTE SODIUM IN 'LOCALIZED CONCENTRATIONS'

General Mills files patent to protect ‘fat particle’ invention and slash salt in dough, bakery products

General Mills has filed an international patent application to protect an invention that uses ‘fat particles’ to distribute sodium in localized concentrations in dough or bakery products, allowing it to...

'Simple Truth has been our most successful brand launch ever'

Simple Truth generated sales of $1.2bn in 2014, says Kroger: ‘Natural foods are becoming more and more mainstream for many people’

Kroger’s natural and organics brand Simple Truth notched up sales of $1.2bn in 2014, and continues to generate double digit growth, said CEO and chairman Rodney McMullen at the company’s...

Pressure group praises Dunkin’ Donuts for removing ‘potentially harmful’ titanium dioxide

Dunkin’ Donuts parent company Dunkin’ Brands says it is phasing out its use of whitening agent titanium dioxide, commonly regarded as a source of nanomaterials, from all powdered sugar used...

Jerky mix (meat + nuts + dried fruit) is the hot new category in high-protein snacking, says Dick Stevens

North Carolina-based brand Dick Stevens is looking for a slice of the action in the burgeoning high-protein-snacks market with a novel ‘jerky mix’ product combining meat, nuts and fruits in...

‘Snack to the future!’ 3D printing concept promises ‘fully edible ecosystem’, including the soil…

A food and concept designer who designed a snack concept as a ‘fully edible ecosystem’ using 3D printing says she wants to show that lab-produced food can be natural, healthy...

Snyder’s-Lance: ‘Industry first gluten-free sandwich cracker is major innovation’

Snack giant Snyder’s-Lance insists the US sandwich cracker category has a bright future going forward but requires innovation, as the company launches the first gluten-free product in this space.

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