Britons spends four times as much on snacks as their Spanish
counterparts, eating their way through €17.3 billion a year, finds
a new report highlighting the ongoing opportunities for players in
the snack industry.
Kraft Foods, the world's biggest food company, has announced its US
operation is to provide consumers with more nutritional information
about its products - a precedent already set by its UK division,
Tom Armitage reports.
Part of a global effort to clarify consumer exposure to harmful
chemical identified in starch-rich fried foods two years ago,
findings from a new survey by the UK food watchdog reveal
acrylamide 'consumption' levels at least...
British snack makers will face the most testing period in their
recent history over the next few years as the war on obesity
gathers momentum, threatening to stall growth and devour smaller
manufacturers, reports Chris Mercer.
Brussels addresses the issue of consumer cynicism and fear of
agricultural biotechnology in European citizens, setting up a
thematic network on the safety risk assessment of genetically
modified food crops, the Entransfood project,...
There is little evidence to support the use of many commercial
weight loss programmes, according to a study in the US, which
suggests that the search for new, more effective methods will
continue to preoccupy dieters.
Probiotic chocolate bars and cereals could emerge on the market
next year as strong demand for the gut health ingredient pushes
food makers to invest in the complex processes required to
formulate with live bacteria.
A new 'healthy' café concept, providing branded breakfast cereals
and milk-based drinks all day long, is looking to take off in
Chicago led by a former executive of successful coffee chain
Starbucks, reports Chris Mercer.
Only two out of over 100 'standard' food products in a recent
survey of retailers' own brand foods met with salt slashing targets
set by the UK's food watchdog, suggesting ongoing research into
reducing the content...
Scientists in Ireland claim to have dramatically improved the
quality of gluten-free bread, presenting an opportunity for bakers
as the number of people with a known gluten intolerance grows,
writes Chris Mercer.
A new bakery capable of producing up to 70 million bread loaves per
year is set to be built in Moscow by Swedish firm Cerealia to serve
the growing convenience food industry with cosmopolitan products -
and by-pass customs duties,...
Understanding the genetic make-up of rice will help scientists to
map the genomes of corn and sorghum crops, say US researchers, at a
time when scientists are keen to promote the gluten-free benefits
of sorghum in food formulations.
A combination of increasingly fast-living lifestyles and weird and
wonderful flavours is helping Poland, Hungary and the Czech
Republic to emerge as some of the most dynamic savoury snacks
markets in Europe, writes Chris Mercer.
Falling pasta sales at leading US company American Italian Pasta
reflect an industry-wide problem and demonstrate how a low-carb
legacy may still undermine foods with a higher carbohydrate
content, as Chris Mercerdiscovers.
Traffic light labelling would be a primitive, unworkable and
pointless way of highlighting unhealthy foods according to the UK
food industry, speaking in reaction to the newly published
government policy paper on public health. Chris...
Russian consumers are just as concerned about whether they are
unwittingly eating genetically-modified (GM) foods as their
counterparts in most of the rest of Europe, and companies such as
baker MBKK Kolomenskoe are increasingly seeing...
The drive towards complete supply chain traceability is putting
incredible pressure on food manufacturers, especially private-label
processors. But one industry expert believes that the industry must
view this revolution as a golden...
Rising prices and transport costs are looming for UK millers and
bakers as final results on the rain-drenched UK grain harvest
confirm that yields are up but quality is at its lowest for 10
years in some regions, reports Chris Mercer.
Foods high in trans fats may be damaging consumers' brains more
than other high fat foods, leading to memory loss in old age and
problems performing simple jobs, according to new animal research.
Chris Mercer reports.
Russia is a bread country - it has been a staple part of the diet
there for centuries, and to many people it is as much a part of the
Russian way of life as tea or vodka. But even a product with such
an impressive heritage needs to...
Thin, flexible and easy to handle - that is the major food
packaging trend emerging on the Polish market, helped along by
rising sales of dairy products and new hygiene laws on baked goods
in shops, writes Chris Mercer.
Foods offering consumers a quick-fix way to look fit and healthy
are on the rise in the US market, with bakery and cereals set to
remain at the heart of this trend for at least the next four years,
reports Chris Mercer.
Bread has been highlighted as the biggest single source of excess
salt intake in Ireland, according to the country's Food Safety
Authority, which is now stepping up the pressure on Irish bakers to
act, reports Chris Mercer.
UK family-baker Warburtons is gambling more than most on the growth
of the UK bread market, having doubled output in Scotland and
started building Europe's biggest bakery in Yorkshire - so just how
does the company see itself...
The battle for market share in the growing zero trans fats oil
marketplace has gathered pace after a small US co-operative joined
the large commercial players by rolling out its first batch of
trans fat-free soybean oil.