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Breaking down the US packaging market for bakery and snacks

Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI, sheds light on the trends and challenges affecting the US processing and packaging industries.

Ardent Mills’ commitment to boost growth and stability of North American grown quinoa

The US flour miller has announced its support of the growing network of North American quinoa farmers with the roll-out of its new Great Plains Quinoa line.

IFST updates Information Statement on Acrylamide ahead of EU Commission regulation

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has updated its Information Statement on Acrylamide as the EU Commission moves to a decision on the regulation of acrylamide.

CSM Bakery Solutions introduces Cadbury muffin and doughnut range in UK

Mondelēz International has collaborated with CMS Bakery Solutions for Cadbury branded doughnuts and muffins.

Expo West 2017

Meat snack brand Duke’s won’t rule out veggies, CEO said

Duke’s Jerky is currently ranked as one of the leading US meat snack brands, but CEO Justin Havlick said the company might develop veggie options to capitalize on the growing...

Reformulation success: UK says planned sugar tax revenues to fall by €160m

Thanks to drink manufacturers reformulating sugar out of their products, the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) now predicts significantly less revenue from the sugar tax - but does this...

ISM/ProSweets 2017

Verdiujns extends portfolio of BRC-certified wafers

Verduijns Fine Biscuits launched three savory variants to its portfolio of organic wafers at ISM/ProSweets, held in Cologne, Germany, in February.

Champagne crisps and Tabasco popcorn: Innovations at ife 2017

UK exhibitors will be showcasing novel products at ife 2017, the international food & drink event in London from March 19 to 22.

NCA State of the Industry Conference 2017

E-commerce the ticket to Millennial candy and snack sales: Analysts

Confectionery and snack companies should up the focus on e-commerce sales in 2017, even though the online channel represents 1% of overall CPG sales volumes, say analysts at IRI and Barkley.

Bosch to unveil bar packaging solutions at interpack 2017

Bosch is to roll out bar production technology for enhanced flexibility and shorter changeover times.

Africa and Middle East love sweet bakes, but want sugar reduction: DuPont

South African, Egyptian and Saudi Arabian women see the appeal of healthier snacking options, but sweet baked snacks remain more popular.

MEPs call on EU to create food quality agency

Food products sold under the same label continually show inconsistent standards of quality, particularly in Eastern Europe, prompting calls for a new regulatory body in the EU.

Businesses make €14 for every €1 spent on reducing food waste: Study

The average company investing in food waste reduction will see a fourteen fold return on their investments and half will see substantially more, says a new report. 

Gluten-free reports reiterate enormous opportunities, say market researchers

New research has underscored the potential for bakers and cereals processors to boost their gluten-free sales.

Synergy to launch dairy-based, natural sugar replacers

UK flavour house Synergy will launch a range of dairy-based, natural flavours to replace sugar in biscuits and cookies next month.

Nonni’s Foods competes with Oreo with seasonal biscotti

Artisan bakery, Nonni’s Foods, has launched limited batch spring biscotti to boost market share in the growing snack category. 

Somerville Brewing Company spoons in Cap’n Crunch cereal into latest beer recipe

Somerville Brewing Company of Massachusetts is set to release its new Belgian-style ale featuring an unexpected ingredient: Cap’n Crunch Berries breakfast cereal. 

Stevia & fibre blend promises to slash sugar by 100% with no loss in taste or bulk

Food tech start-up Unavoo has launched a natural, stevia- and prebiotic fibre-based sweetener that can replace sugar like-for-like in dairy, bakery and beverage products.

Six industry giants to launch UK-style traffic light labels in Europe

Coca-Cola, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever will add nutrition logos modelled on the UK’s traffic light label to their European portfolios. However, critics have slammed the use of portion...

General Mills’ Cascadian Farm invests in eco-friendly grain Kernza

General Mills plans to use a sweet, nutty-tasting grain that it claims is more environmentally friendly than conventional wheat in its  Cascadian Farm organic brand.

Grupo Bimbo to close bakery in Canada Bread reshuffle

Canada Bread plans to close its St-Côme-Linière bakery and to transfer roll production from Beauport to Vincent-Massey.

Kerry Group wins BakingTech 2017 Innovation Award

The global food ingredients company won the American Society of Baking’s 2017 Innovation Award for Operational Excellence at BakingTech 2017, held in Chicago, US, last month.

FDF sends urgent requests to UK government as confidence in the industry falls by almost half

British businesses are almost half as confident about the British business environment as they were last year, a survey has shown. The UK’s Food and Drink Federation has appealed the...

PureCircle cleared of 'forced prison labour' accusations

Stevia maker PureCircle today (Tuesday) said it would “leave all the options open” as to whether it would seek compensation after it was “cleared” following a dispute with the US...

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General Mills makes big push in plant-based category, D’s Naturals CEO said

Plant-based protein snack maker D’s Naturals has received a boost from 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners and General Mills’ 301 Inc. to aggressively grow its footprint this year. 

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