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Peanuts are ticking a lot of consumer boxes. Pic: GettyImages

Why US peanut consumption has hit record highs

By Gill Hyslop

Peanut consumption in the US has hit record levels for the second year in a row – rising to an all-time high of 7.9 pounds (3.5kg) per American in 2021. However, the National Peanut Board (NPB) said the consistent rise of the nut’s popularity is not surprising,...

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Top 10 tips for female entrepreneurs

By Gill Hyslop

PepsiCo-backed Stacy’s Pita Chips is ramping up its support for female business owners on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (19 November), following the kickoff of the 2021 Stacy’s Rise Project, a grant and mentorship programme dedicated to helping women grow...

Fedima is hoping to stimulate conversation over the importance of incorporating wholegrains in bakery items. Pic: GettyImages/olgakr

Fedima sets its sights on wholegrains

By Gill Hyslop

To celebrate International Wholegrain Day (16 November), the Federation of European Manufacturers and Suppliers of Ingredients to the Bakery, Confectionary and Patisserie Industries (Fedima) has launched an interactive online campaign to promote the uptake...

BFF Limited produces around 150 million Christmas mince pies annually. Pic: BFF

The Christmas mince pie trends of 2021

By Gill Hyslop

While the rest of the UK enjoyed the summer, ambient cake and dessert manufacturer BBF Limited (BBF) were gearing up and preparing around 150 million mince pies for the upcoming festivities.

Chickpeas not only appeal to the plant-based trend, but also provides a high level of proteins that health-conscious consumers are looking for. Pic: GettyImages

Plant-based proteins high on the priority list for 2022

By Gill Hyslop

Research commissioned by Atura Proteins reveals the majority of UK brand owners and producers surveyed are ‘most likely’ to plough their NPD budget into investigating the plant-based space next year.

All the winners of the BIA 2021 awards. Pic: British Baker

Bakery Oscars: The BIA winners of 2021

By Gill Hyslop

From the UK’s best bakes, we reveal the winners that took the cake at the dazzling events ceremony hosted by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood at the Royal Lancaster in London on 21 October.

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Whole Foods reveals top 10 food trends to watch next year

By Mary Ellen Shoup

What will be trending in 2022? According to Whole Foods' annual food trends report, consumers are seeking products that contribute to their personal definition of wellbeing, whether it be less-boozy beverages, leafy greens grown locally, or ice cream...

The HGV driver shortage in the UK is attracting a vast pool of job hopefuls. Pic: GettyImages/Ariel Skelley

Global interest in truck driver jobs in the UK skyrockets

By Gill Hyslop

Analysis of Google search data reveals that online searches across the globe for ‘truck driver UK’ exploded by 1,300% from 26 September, when petrol and HGV driver shortages in the UK became a widespread phenomenon.

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How packaging influences shopper's perception of health

By Nikki Hancocks

New research provides insights into which elements of packaging have the biggest impact on the consumer's perception of product healthiness, and how the demographics of the consumer will impact these perceptions.

Scottish Bakers is calling for entries to the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2022. Pic: GettyImages/Szakaly

The search is on for the world’s best Scotch Pie

By Gill Hyslop

Scottish Bakers has confirmed the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards is back in full swing after its COVID-impacted hiatus, and is calling for entries to root out pie perfection.