Processing & Packaging

The pathway to health through food will take on a different narrative in 2023. Pic: SVZ

Hottest snack trends for 2023

The new snacking landscape: 3 alternative routes to guilt-free indulgence in 2023

By Gill Hyslop

For producers of traditionally indulgent snacks, New Year’s Resolutions raise the perennial challenge – how to keep health-conscious consumers engaged when they are at their most vigilant and discerning. Fortunately, the narratives around ‘guilt’, ‘indulgence’...

Flour is one of the world’s most important staples as the defining ingredient in most types of breads. Pic: GettyImages/Chris Ted

Flour advancements in 2023

By Gill Hyslop

German flour treatment specialist Mühlenchemie is placing a spotlight on scientific work into wheat flour alternatives, while US biotech firm Energis has garnered the green light for its pathogen reduction tech.

Is your product ready to rock the world stage? Pic: GettyImages/victorplusb/loops7

Great Taste bursary tailored to root out disruptive UK startups

By Gill Hyslop

The Guild of Fine Food has launched a new bursary that will see 50 micro F&B producers – including the world’s most innovative bakery and snack startups – punt their products to an expert panel of judges for Great Taste 2023 for free.

The UK bakery sector is on the brink of crumbling under the pressure of rising energy costs, among other challenges. Pic: GettyImages/Maren Caruso

UK bakery coalition voices concern over possible closures

By Gill Hyslop

Scottish Bakers, Federation of Bakers, Craft Bakers Association, ABIM and UKAPY have sent a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt, urging him to review his ‘new’ Energy Bills Discount Scheme.

Calling all bread bakers, loaf lovers and artisan aficionados! Showcase your skills and grab a slice of fame. Enter Britain's Best Loaf 2023 and see how far your loaf can take you. Pic: GettyImages/Douglas Waters

The search for Britain’s Best Loaf 2023 is on

By Gill Hyslop

Do you believe your cob is a crust above others? Do your English muffins move people to tears? Ready to laud about your lardy cake? Time to find out in the search for Britain’s Best Loaf.

With changes to the acrylamide regulations expected this year, bakery and snack producers need to be on their toes to avoid edicts. Pic: GettyImages/Aleksey Gulyaev

Preparing for acrylamide regulation updates in 2023

By Natasha Spencer

Changes to acrylamide regulations (European Commission Regulation 2017/2158) are expected to be introduced this year, with tougher directives on BMLs (benchmark levels) and new maximum levels. Here, we bring you the latest on what you can expect in 2023.

Bakery and snack producers will be mainly concerned with the new EU packaging requirements regarding recyclability, recycled content in plastic packaging and the new labelling rules. Pic: New Africa

The EU prepares to overhaul packaging and waste rules

By Natasha Spencer

With new European Union (EU) packaging rules on the horizon, the bakery and snacks sectors are gearing up to address packaging requirements and waste management policies that better reflect market and environmental needs.

Bertinet's range of everyday sourdough, with next-gen recipe and pack refresh. Pic: Bertinet Bakery

Bertinet Bakery champions Real Bread Campaign Sourdough mark

By Gill Hyslop

As part of a brand refresh, Bertinet Bakery has become the first major US bread brand to feature the mark on its packaging, which guarantees the nutrition and processing credentials of its range of sliced sourdough.

PepsiCo entered the Romanian market in 2004. Pic: GettyImages/omersukrugoksu

PepsiCo ramps up snacks capacity in Romania

By Gill Hyslop

PepsiCo is investing another $100m – on top of the $320m over the past decade – into Romania, to double the production capacity of its Popești-Leordeni snack plant.

Are you the next snacking superhero? Pic: GettyImages/drante

Mondelēz on the hunt for ‘disruptively delicious’ startups

By Gill Hyslop

SnackFutures – the innovation and venture hub of the Oreo maker – has opened applications for CoLab 2023, a start-up engagement programme created to unearth trailblazers that are ‘pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in making a snack delicious’.

Campbell Snacks is recruiting 100 full time and temp hourly positions at its Willard bakery. Pic: Campbell Snacks

Campbell Snacks is hiring at Goldfish capital

By Gill Hyslop

The Pepperidge Farm brand owner has opened applications for 100 positions at its Willard site, affectionately dubbed the ‘Goldfish capital’, producing 50 million of the iconic cheddar-flavoured crackers daily.

The raft of recipients of IBIE's 2022 Best in Baking Awards will be showcasing their innovations at the non-profit bakery trade show in Las Vegas in September. Pic: GettyImages/doomu

The 2022 Best in Baking recipients pioneering the bakery of the future

By Gill Hyslop

Grupo Bimbo’s sustainably baked Supán & OroWeat 100% Whole Grain Organic Bread, Dawn Foods’ Women’s Leadership Development Programme and Apex Motion Control’s Baker-Bot are among the raft of recipients to receive the coveted Best in Baking Awards...

The Cama-kitted bakery. Pic: Cama

Cama gets to terms with AR packaging at IBIE

By Gill Hyslop

Cama North America is debuting its next evolution of its augmented reality (AR) tech at this year’s IBIE (International Baking Industry Exposition), to be held in Las Vegas, US, from 17-21 September.