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A report by a coalition of leading retailers has found both positive and disappointing progress in the cocoa sector. Pic: GettyImages

Just how ready is the cocoa sector for EUDR?

By Gill Hyslop

Despite a deadline that is still seven months away, the incoming EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) is already driving efforts on the traceability of cocoa supplies. Conversely, the same study found a distinct lack of progress on other critical issues...

How the EU elections are expected to impact snack producers

How the EU elections are expected to impact snack producers

By Gill Hyslop

We catch up with Sebastian Emig, director general of the European Snacks Association (ESA) to find out why he is excited about the upcoming elections for the new European Parliament. He also talks about the Green Deal and SNACKEX 2024: an event not to...

What every snack producers needs to know. Pic: GettyImages

How to be snack-savvy: Key insights for 2024

By Gill Hyslop

SNAC International has released its 2024 State of the Industry Report, which highlights category dollar and unit sales, the top performing brands and the influences that continue to shape consumer behavior and preferences.

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The end to forever chemicals in snack packaging?

By Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

As the US prohibits PFAS chemicals in new food products’ grease-proofing packaging materials and Europe identifies a gap in testing data, calls louden for a total ban on the harmful substances.

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Should bread be tarnished with the derogatory UPF brush?

By Gill Hyslop

Ultra processed foods (UPFs) are a hot topic, especially on Capitol Hill, which is following the popular stance that they are typically low in nutritional quality, more prevalent in low income societies and associated with a slightly higher mortality...

Adverse weather conditions in the UK has hampered wheat crops, which could drive up the bread price. Pic: Getty/Natalya Zankina

UK millers warn of rising bread prices

By Gill Hyslop

Months of torrential rain has left UK millers in a soggy situation, with a waterlogged wheat harvest predicted to be down by 30%, which could force millers to rely on imports and ultimately spike the price of bread.

Consumers do not want to compromise on the quality or health benefits of the products they are eating, but they do want to reduce their carbon footprint. Pic: GettyImages/mrPliskin

RegAg and bakery: A match made in heaven?

By Gill Hyslop

This groundswell movement has been gaining popularity, not only with farmers, but also with policymakers, scientists and the public as the consequences of over-farming have become apparent and the need to be more sustainable come to light. What does it...

Puratos is encouraging bakers and their suppliers to source power ingredients gained through RegAg practices. Pic: Puratos

Is it possible for the bakery sector to reach net zero?

By Gill Hyslop

The food industry is – unsurprisingly – responsible for 26% of the global CO2-eq emissions [Poore & Nemecek 2018: UN FAO; UN AQUASTAT; Bar-On, et al]. However, compared to other processed food, bread and bakery products have a relatively low impact...

ABA's 2024-26 Board of Directors is comprised of industry leaders. Pic: GettyImages/Annasmithphoto

The heavyweight industry veterans who make up the ABA’s new Board

By Gill Hyslop

The American Baking Association’s (ABA) new Board of Directors is comprised of industry veterans from the many facets of the baking business – including BBU, Flower Foods, Richmond Baking, H-E-B and others – positioning it in a strength of power to grow,...

Pic: PepsiCo Frito-Lay

Lay’s angles up to score with Lionel Messi

By Gill Hyslop

The PepsiCo megabrand continues to celebrate soccer by tapping the ‘Chip Shot’ legend for a new spot, a sweepstakes and collectible-worthy Lay’s bags.

Pic: Confetti Snacks

Upcycled snacks clinch top spot in SNAC Tank Pitch Competition

By Gill Hyslop

Confetti Snacks wowed the judges at the coveted event held at SNAC International’s SNX 2024 in Dallas, Texas, last week. This is just the beginning of an exciting journey, which sees Mickey Mouse, a featurette in an Emmy-award doccie and a dip on the...

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