Emerging Markets

India's snack market will hit $4bn by 2018

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Heat and Control awaits go-ahead for India mega plant

By Kacey Culliney

Heat and Control plans to open a large-scale manufacturing facility in India to serve a rapidly growing snacks market and bolster business in the country, its sales head says.

If Bright Food does acquire Weetabix in full it will inherit a 'stable of established international brands' and branding knowledge, says China Market Research (CMR) analyst

If Bright Food takes over Weetabix...

By Kacey Culliney

Bright Food will need to protect Weetabix’s UK brand heritage should speculation of a full buyout come true, says a China-based analyst.

'We can expect a strong reception among mothers who cannot afford imported baby foods,' says market expert Photo Credit: Greenpeace

Heinz opens infant cereal plant in China

By Kacey Culliney

Heinz has opened a major production plant in southern China for its infant cereal and snacks business, keeping a paramount focus on safety and quality.

BEMA Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 Dubai

BEMA networking event Gulfood Manufacturing 2014

By Jenny Eagle

BEMA (Baking Equipment Manufacturers and Allieds) brought together its exhibiting members at the inaugural Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai, recently.

Al Rashed

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 special edition

Mecatherm wins Al Rashed bakery partnership

By Jenny Eagle

Mecatherm has installed two production lines for Al Rashed bakery, which supplies products to McDonald's, Burger King and Hardees, as well as having its own retail brand, Yaumi.

Tomra ,Genius 640 sorter, dates, MENA

Live from Gulfood Manufacturing 2014

Tomra modifies its camera tech and software for sorting dates in MENA

By Jenny Eagle

Tomra has developed its camera technology and software to modify its Genius 640 3-way sorter with two rejector streams for dates in MENA because ‘the industry wants different sizes, below and above a certain size so they all look the same in a package’. 

For the first time ever 55% of the British public say they now prefer brown bread to white

Boring bread? Ditch bland ads and bite into the revolution

By Nick Mustoe, CEO of Kindred

Bread and milk have always been natural indicators for what is happening inside the average household. Both are reliable dietary staples and both have the ability to inspire passion and excitement on a marketable level.

Nielsen: Global snacks consumer data

Who is the global snacker?

By Kacey Culliney

Close to $400bn is spent annually on snacks worldwide, but who is the global snacker and what are the purchase motivators?

PepsiCo to double investment in Indian snacks

India

PepsiCo to double investment in Indian snacks

By RJ Whitehead

PepsiCo chairman Indra Nooyi has pledged to double the company’s investment in its Indian food processing operation to add to the sizeable sums it has already spent in the country.

“Women are not a niche market. Manufacturers should think about what nutrition they need and how to market it,” says Datamonitor new product analyst.

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

What do women want (from bread)?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Manufacturers should look to develop breads tailored to women’s nutritional needs, according to a Datamonitor researcher.

Chia clear: Andean Grain Products positive after EU novel foods approval. Image credit: Stacy Spensley

Andean Grain gears up for chia cheer after EU approval

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Andean Grain Products has received a positive draft novel food opinion from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) for its chia seeds – deeming them sufficiently ‘equivalent’ to those already approved for market in the EU.

General Mills opens Shanghai development centre to boost China market

China

General Mills spends big on Asian product development

By RJ Whitehead

In a move to channel more investment into its growing Chinese market, food major General Mills has opened its first major technical centre outside of its Minneapolis headquarters. 

“This acquisition will reinforce AAK’s speciality oils and fats strategy and offers a strong foothold in Colombia, the third largest GDP in Latin America.

AAK acquires Colombian bakery fats firm FANAGRA

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Swedish-Danish oils and fats giant AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) has acquired Colombian company Fabrica Nacional de Grasas (FANAGRA), which specializes in vegetable oils and fats for the bakery segment.