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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...

Dan Dye has announced his retirement. Pic: Ardent Mills

What legacy will Ardent Mills CEO Dan Dye leave behind?

By Gill Hyslop

Under Dye’s stewardship, the US’ biggest flour miller has enjoyed significant growth, making numerous acquisitions, expanding its capacity and building out its Emerging Nutrition alternative grains business and regenerative agriculture program.

Artificial intelligence is very quickly finding its space within the bakery industry. Pic: GettyImages

What do bread, romance and cancer have in common?

By Gill Hyslop

The launch of a range of AI-developed breads in flavors that invoke the feelings associated with love prompted an deeper search to find out what impact artificial intelligence is having on the bakery sector.

Bakers need to add another dimension to their business to stay relevant. Pic: GettyImages/George Peters

Better than sliced bread: The evolution of bakery catering

By Gill Hyslop

More affordable than restaurant and most fast-food offerings – and arguably a better quality and healthier option than what’s found in supermarket – the snacking category in the bakery sector is fast becoming a class of its own.

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.

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.

Lasting change comes through building solutions with and for local communities, which is why EIT Food has put co-creation at the heart of the Ample Program. Pic: GettyImages

EIT Food gets massive funding boost to improve food security in Europe

By Gill Hyslop

The world’s largest agrifood community is among the raft of recipients to receive grants from the Citi Foundation’s first-ever Global Innovation Challenge - a new model to identify philanthropic support to community organisations that are developing innovative...

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.

Toast helps bakers to fine tune their digital ordering experience. Pic: GettyImages

Toast makes online ordering a piece of cake for bakers

By Gill Hyslop

The all-in-one tech provider built exclusively for the out-of-home sector has launched the next gen platform to help bakery, café and coffee shop owners add new revenue streams, speed up service with faster workflows, spoil their guests and grow their...

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...

Metal detection systems are crucial in avoid costly product recalls. Pic: GettyImages

Drilling down into metal detection to avoid product recalls

By Gill Hyslop

Any manufacturer worth their (metal-free) salt knows that by installing metal detection systems, they are working their way steadily towards a safer, more productive environment. But what exactly does a metal detector do and how does it effectively protect...

Today's product developers have a range of options to incorporate into their tech-stack to make their product stand out from the competition. Pic: GettyImages

Ramping up the future of food innovation

By Gill Hyslop

The ability to quickly adapt to customer demands and embrace new technologies are what separate global food and beverage leaders from the rest of the pack.

Today's shopper has an entire world of information at their fingertips to find out the history and benefits of the ingredients used within a product in an instant. Pic: GettyImages

The rise of the digital snacker

By Gill Hyslop

Technological advancements have opened seemingly infinite possibilities for innovation within the snack and bakery industry. We’re in a new era of food manufacturing with the ability to create a more connected experience for consumers and more efficient...

Many of the UK's biggest industrial bakery manufacturers are stepping up to achieve net zero status. Pic: GettyImages

The UK bakery manufacturers aiming to hit that net zero target

By Gill Hyslop

UK government data shows that nearly a third of the UK’s largest businesses have pledged to tackle climate change by eliminating their contribution to carbon emissions by 2050, with several bakery operations standing up to be counted among them.