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‘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...

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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.

Less color means more? DDW ‘surprised’ by bakery color retention study

D.D. Williamson tells BakeryAndSnacks.com that it was surprised by the results of company research exploring the color retention qualities of different natural colors in baked goods.

General Mills launches new Nature Valley, Chex Mix Popped, Bugles Ranch lines at AWMA 2015

General Mills has whipped the covers off four new bakery and snack products for C-store retailers at AWMA 2015 in Las Vegas.

Nestlé slashes sugar level by 30% in Fitness cereal revamp

Nestlé said today it will relaunch fortified adult cereal Fitness in Europe this month, after reformulating the brand to cut sugar levels by 30%.

We recognize we have to change the in-store experience

Target to double Made to Matter natural & organic collection as part of food 'reinvention' plan

Target will double the size of its 'Made to Matter' range of natural, organic, and sustainable products this year as part of a plan to "reinvent" its grocery offering and...

MULTINATIONAL CLAIMS WORLD'S FIRST 'EDIBLE WEARABLE'

Dole develops ‘wearable banana’ snack gadget for Tokyo Marathon

Dole Japan has developed a 'wearable banana' for the Tokyo Marathon that tells runners their time, tweets, heart rate, and doubles as a nutritious in-race snack.

‘OLè!’ Scientists claim big confectionery interest in heart healthy Spanish peanut

A US government scientist who developed a new peanut cultivar high in oleic acid that offers a longer shelf life and heart healthy properties says it has attracted interest from...

Skipping breakfast may lead to diabetes and heart disease

Skipping breakfast may typically be associated with obesity but a recent study on young women suggested it could also lead to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and...

Snacks & health conscious consumers: Fortification, natural ingredients, & free-from claims

'People don’t pick up crisps and think: 'I wish these had more Vit C!'' Analysts on snacks and nutrition

There’s no doubt that consumers want healthier snacks, but fortification is not necessarily the answer, say Euromonitor and Datamonitor analysts.

Cereal study urges US focus on oats to cut risk from ‘potent renal carcinogen’

Scientists researching the presence of a mycotoxin considered a 'potent renal carcinogen' in US cereals have found levels above EU maximum limits in 8% of oat based cereals tested, and...

Food firms should step up sugar cuts, say shoppers

Food firms should work harder to cut and communicate sugar content in their products, according to seven in 10 consumers responding to a survey by market analyst Mintel.

Special Edition: Powered up and packing nutritional punch 

Health claims and indulgence can go 'hand in hand' for breakfast cereals: Mintel

Cereal is "playing catch up" with breakfast alternatives that have mastered the pairing of health claims and indulgence, says Mintel.

Special Edition: Powered up and packing nutritional punch

DSM: Just because a product is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it is nutrient rich

Consumers may be interested in natural products but fortification remains vital given nutrient shortfalls in the US, says DSM.

SPECIAL EDITION: POWERED UP AND PACKING NUTRITION PUNCH

Slow-burning energy...Novel baked apple snack with isomalt shows satiety potential

Argentinian researchers say a snack they have developed using green apples and novel carbohydrate isomalt may be useful for weight control due to its sustained energy release.

Special Edition: Powered up and packing nutritional punch

Bakers missing a trick by not labeling micronutrients, says consultant

Bakery manufacturers should list existing micronutrients such as iron and potassium on pack for an easy health win, says a bakery consultant.

Special Edition: Powered up and packing nutritional punch

IFIC consumer findings suggest industry could profit by fortifying healthful products

Manufacturers could profit by fortifying products with innate healthy properties, because consumers expect and accept fortification from them, research findings from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) suggest.

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