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Demands on packaging are mounting. Shelf-life, sustainability, usability, consumer appeal are a handful of many demands on manufacturers. Technologies and new materials are constantly coming to the fore as R&D efforts step up to make 'smart' packaging.

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.

General Mills cereal tactics: Fan bases, adult fun, gluten-free and protein

General Mills has developed gluten-free cereal lines, added protein, targeted adults and re-launched old favorites in a bid to boost cereal business in the US over the past year.

Cereal contamination: Improved 'bag-in-box' defense

Amcor Flexibles has optimized its ‘bag-in-box’ technology to offer greater protection against contamination of products like cereals from carton board, inks or the environment, it says.

Annies' $6 million plant acquisition will drive growth in all-important snack category, CEO says

Annies Inc. has announced the $6 million acquisition of a cracker and cookie plant in Joplin, MO that will more than triple the company’s volume in the important snacks segment.

Insignia Technologies hits $1m for global trials

Insignia Technologies will go ahead with trials in the US, UK and Europe after renewed interest with a sizeable cash investment.

Kellogg’s Live Nation music app is just a novelty, says analyst

Kellogg has developed an interactive music mobile app with entertainment major Live Nation but the move will only be semi-interesting for consumers and considered a novelty, says an analyst.

Green baking: NASA coatings, heat recovery, recycled plastics, water reuse and much more…

Investments in green technology, waste recovery and sustainable supply can be seen across the baking sector, but what companies are pioneering and leading the way? BakeryandSnacks caught up with the...

ABA & BEMA: Frank talk about bakery challenges

Regulation, consumers, retailers: Dealing with change in the bakery sector

There is a flurry of regulation and sustainability pressures facing bakers along with changing consumer tastes and retail demands – but how are bakers and equipment suppliers coping with these challenges?

Trick or treat: Frito-Lay ‘on point’ with Halloween Cheetos

Frito-Lay has made a smart move with its limited edition glow in the dark Cheetos pack for the Halloween season, an innovation expert says.

IBIE teaser: You’re never too old, or big, to learn…

IBIE 2013 has a fantastic educational program lined up from tips for gluten-free and whole grain use, to insight on food safety regulations and labeling laws. BakeryandSnacks takes a look...

‘It’s a classic’: Flowers goes retro with Wonder bread roll-out

Flowers Foods is bringing Wonder bread back to shelves with retro pack designs in a bid to spark consumer nostalgia in the US, its vice president of marketing says.

Small snack makers create better personal connections, says Packaged Facts

The healthy snacking boom has created a storm that small, boutique snack makers are benefiting from as their personal, niche products connect with the enthusiasm of consumers, Packaged Facts finds.

Cascadian Farm: Further innovation needed for 100% plant-based cereal liner

It is not currently possible to make a package completely from plant-based materials, says Cascadian Farms, as it launches a bio-based cereal liner for its Cinnamon Crunch line.

The market for after school snacks is untapped, says Mintel

UK food makers have been focused on the lunchbox trend but have failed to notice a gaping hole full of promise – the after school snacking occasion, a Mintel analyst says.

Coming unstuck: Gentle and precise handling for granola bars is crucial, says Bosch

The biggest challenge facing granola bar makers is the stickiness and product build-up on packaging lines, but this can be overcome with gentle handling and clever belt timing, says Bosch.

'More needs to be done to drive imaginative packaging'

Manufacturers need to be aware of the advances science and the imagination can bring together for innovative food packaging.

Europe no.1 in the global bakery innovation race

Europe is driving global bakery innovation ahead of the US, representing over half of all product launches for 2012. But what are some of the ‘most innovative’ products?

Europe no.1 in the global bakery innovation race

Europe is driving global bakery innovation ahead of the US, representing over half of all new product launches for 2012. But what are some of the ‘most innovative’ products? 

News in brief

KP Snacks uses Printpack for snack re-launch

Printpack has created stand-out designs for the re-launch of KP Snacks’ Phileas Fogg potato chip range in the UK.

Sparking nostalgia: Kellogg goes retro with limited edition packs

Kellogg Australia will launch limited edition retro packaging across a handful of its iconic cereal and bar brands for the month of August.

SPECIAL EDITION: GOING GREEN - THE SNACK PACKAGING QUEST

Do consumers care about sustainable snack packaging?

Sustainable snack packaging may be on the top brand owners’ agendas, but do consumers appreciate the efforts and how do these green materials affect their snacking experience?

SPECIAL EDITION: GOING GREEN - THE SNACK PACKAGING QUEST

Sexy, cheap and eco-friendly: What retailers snack on

Retailer demands are tough. They want quality, competitive prices and now, more than ever, to work with eco-friendly brands.

Polymer technology should deter bakery tray theft, says developer

Traceable polymer additives and those that create subtle defects in plastic bakery trays should clamp down on the huge and costly issue of theft, their developer says.

‘Al-desko’ breakfast: Consumers want packaging innovation, says Mintel

The ‘al-desko’ breakfast trend has hit Britain and prompted consumer demands for re-sealable, easy to open cereal packs, says a Mintel analyst.

Gluten-free app could drive nutrition innovation, says research fellow

A gluten-free scanning app in Australia could prompt industry to improve nutritional content and label on-pack, says a research fellow from the George Institute for Global Health.

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