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Natural colors and flavors have hit mainstream, according to bakery ingredient importer and distributor ifiGourmet. Pic: Getty Images/invizbk

Bakery can benefit from clean, natural and snack-friendly concepts

By Kristine Sherred

Clean label continues to dominate the entire packaged food industry, but natural flavors/colors pose a unique challenge to bakers. BakeryandSnacks asks two decoration and coloring suppliers what's trending and how bakers can reach new audiences.

Gear up for winter with a great line up of snacks. Pic: GettyImages/Melpomenem

What’s new on shelf? Get set for the season with an Oreo Holiday Chocolate Cookie House, Truffled Cheese & a Splash of English Sparkling Wine Kettle Chips and Pillsbury’s limited-edition winter sugar cookies

By Gill Hyslop

From Kellogg’s Elf on the Shelf Sugar Cookie Cereal – to find out if you’re on Santa’s naughty or Nice list – to Frito-Lay’s cosiest potato chip flavour, Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup, the chilly season is shaping up to be truly bright and cheerful.

Country Archer has given other premium brands like Krave a run for its money in the natural channel, according to SPINS data. Pic: Country Archer

Country Archer not afraid of growing craft jerky category with others

By Kristine Sherred

What started as one man’s roadside jerky has become one of the bestselling premium jerky brands in America. BakeryandSnacks caught up with Country Archer’s new VP of marketing at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) annual expo.

RayZyn lets grapes hang on the vine past the time they would typically be harvested for winemaking, and dries them to create a new 'superfood snack.' Pic: Getty Images/bmdesign

RayZyn draws on otherwise wasted wine grapes for a superfood snack

By Kristine Sherred

The growing snack company – a phoenix rising from the devastating California wildfires in 2017 – dries wine grapes (and sometimes coats them in chocolate) to create a fruit snack with more antioxidants than their traditional counterpart.

Food manufacturers across categories launch hundreds of new products at the annual NACS show, this year in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center.

NACS 2019

Snacks skew functional and flavorful, from brands big and small at NACS

By Kristine Sherred

Established names look to all-in-one snack packs and new categories for c-store growth, while healthier choices make a push for their place in this grab-and-go channel. Sneak a peek at what we’ve seen this week at the National Association of Convenience...

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