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ADM predicts ramped up colours and flavours for 2024. Pic: ADM

Defiant consumer choice drives flavour and colour trends in 2024

By Gill Hyslop

The flavours and colours that ADM forecasts to trend in 2024 break with tradition and represent the consumer resolve to boldly choose products that appeal to their personal values - with an unapologetic abandon for the flavours they deem tasty and the...

Fedima looks at its achievements over the past year in the bakery ingredients market in Europe.

Fedima releases Baking Europe Ingredients Market Report 2023

By Gill Hyslop

The report - the third annual collab between the association and Media Energy - includes Fedima’s Annual Industry Update, with pieces on Front-of-Pack nutrition labelling, responsible sourcing and communication trends.

Exploring how consumers define ‘healthy’ through dietary patterns

Futureproofing the Food System

Exploring how consumers define ‘healthy’ through dietary patterns

By Deniz Ataman

Consumers’ relationship with food continues to evolve through diets that target more specific needs while simultaneously shifting how they define healthy, according to results from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Food and Health survey.

Prioritising mental health, personalised nutrition and clean labels are some of the leading consumer trends expected for 2024. Pic: GettyImages

FMCG Gurus’ top trends for 2024

By Gill Hyslop

Markets have been shaped by a prevailing theme of uncertainty and worry - war, pandemic, price inflation and growing pressures on food systems - resulting in a sharper consumer focus on protecting their physical and emotional wellbeing.

JNCK Bakery's non-HFSS protein chocolate cookies replace sugar with a unique sweetness technology. Pic: JNCK Bakery

Bringing free from into the light

By Gill Hyslop

It has been 20 years since Tesco launched its free from brand - pioneering the way UK supermarkets cater for customers with food allergies - and the food landscape has dramatically changed since then.

Creating contextually relevant retail media with Cooler Screens at NACS

National Association for Convenience Stores

Creating contextually relevant retail media with Cooler Screens at NACS

By Deniz Ataman

Cooler Screens is hoping to transform retail media through its AI-enabled smart screen solutions. Arsen Avakian, CEO of Cooler Screens, spoke with FoodNavigator-USA at the National Association for Convenience Stores show about how brands can use the technology...

Consumers are increasingly opting for cashews and hazelnuts for their taste and perceived nutritional benefits, yet the farmers producing these nuts don’t always have the means to meet their own health and nutrition needs. Pic: ofi

ofi ticks up the milestones in first Nuts Trails impact report

By Gill Hyslop

The global ingredients supplier provided health and nutrition support for 105,000 people in its cashew and hazelnut supply chains last year - one of several achievements listed in its impact report that looks back over the past 12 months.

A masculine framing does not have an affect on men liking vegan dishes. Image Source: Daria Kulkova/Getty Images

The effect of masculine marketing on vegan diets

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

One of the most pervasive cultural perceptions around food consumption in general is that eating meat is for men and that, conversely, veganism is feminine. A new study explores whether reframing vegan dishes through masculine marketing alters men’s conception,...

The Sweets & Snacks Expo 2024 will be held in Indiana. Pic: NCA

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2024

NCA puts call-out for speakers for 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) Sweets & Snacks Expo is accepting education curriculum proposals for its 2024 event, which takes place at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 13 to 16 May.

The Federation of Bakers has been working to advocate the UK's bread and bakery sectors since 1942. Pic: GettyImages

Allied Bakeries and Grupo Bimbo UK join Federation of Bakers

By Gill Hyslop

Two of the UK’s largest bakery manufacturers have joined the Federation of Bakers (FOB), the trade association representing the UK bread and bakery industry that offers professional services to members from advice in health & safety and technical...

For the love of bread. Pic: GettyImages

Mad about better-for-you bread

By Gill Hyslop

The UK Government backs the Superloaf entrepreneur to help tackle obesity problem; Equii expands its portfolio to allow consumers to have ‘the best of both worlds’; Sourhouse encourages home bakers ‘to sourdough’; Real Bread Campaign wants to put some...

South Africa has been labelled the worst place to be gluten- or lactose-free. Pic: GettyImages

The high price of dietary intolerance

By Gill Hyslop

New research by Compare the Market Australia has revealed that gluten-free products across seven prominent markets are more than triple the unit price of the original products on average.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends salt reduction as one of the ‘Best Buys’ to reduce the risk of heart disease. Pic: GettyImages

Action on Salt denunciates UK government for failing consumers

By Gill Hyslop

The health watchdog has pointed a finger of blame at politicians for failing to reduce population salt intakes since 2014, the year the food industry was voluntarily encouraged to follow the Government’s previously successful salt reduction programme.

Snackex 2024 will bring together stakeholders from the savoury snacks and nuts sectors in Sweden in June. Pic: GettyImages

Snackex gears up for Stockholm in 2024

By Gill Hyslop

Held biannually for the past 50+ years, Snackex is considered the ultimate event on the savoury snacks and nuts sector’s annual calendar to showcase new ideas and success stories, to catch up with other industry professionals and to learn from the experts.

Generation Africa's agripreneurs are a testament to Africa’s innovative vision in action. Pic: Generation Africa

The groundbreaking innovations coming out of Africa

By Gill Hyslop

The ‘Kraken’ - the world’s most advanced palm nut de-sheller; scaling up Madagascar’s spice and herb value chains to benefit poor households; and a disease-free potato strain to combat Africa’s potato shortage are among the winners of Generation Africa’s...

Scientists have, for the first time, identified the key taste and aroma compounds of rye sourdough bread crumb using the sensomics approach. Pic: GettyImages

Scientists decode the 10 key tastes and 11 odours of sourdough

By Gill Hyslop

Using the genomics concepts, a combination of instrumental-analytical techniques and sensory analyses, scientists have decoded the secrets of sourdough - which they believe can be used as ‘a kind of blueprint’ for the replication of sourdough breads in...

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