The National Confectionery Association (NCA) has announced the Most Innovative Award winners from nine major candy and snack categories, including chocolate, seasonal, gum and mints, at the Sweets & Snacks Expo this year in Chicago.
China’s diverse bakery industry – encompassing bakers of traditional ‘pinyin’ (literally translated as ‘Chinese style cakes and snacks’) and producers of modern items like croissants and waffles – is growing at a rate that far exceeds most other segments.
Clean label is a good way for consumers to decide whether a snack and dairy product delivers on transparency, but it is not an indicator of health value, said Kerry’s business development manager, Carrie Schroeder.
Duke’s Jerky is currently ranked as one of the leading US meat snack brands, but CEO Justin Havlick said the company might develop veggie options to capitalize on the growing popularity of the plant-based category.
AAK has opened an innovation center in Edison, New Jersey, during which it highlighted some of the most up-to-date product making technologies to partners, including Hershey, Mondelēz and Barry Callebaut.
Coffee Flour, a firm that started with an idea to take advantage of discarded coffee cherry fruit, is vying for health and nutrition-focused investment partners after recently being selected by the Launch Food Program as a 2017 innovator.
With food-to-go taking a bigger bite of grocery markets around the world, Gavin Rothwell, senior retail insight manager at grocery research organization IGD, identifies the top five trends he believes will shape this sector in the future.