Bakers wary over salt reduction technical feasibility
25-May-2009 By Neil Merrett
Ongoing amendments to salt reduction targets across European markets like the UK are throwing up unknown challenges for bakers beyond just affecting taste, with fears over the possible wider impacts for product quality, according to industry leaders.
Folic acid may boost baby’s heart health: Study
14-May-2009 By Stephen Daniells
Increased intakes of folic acid by mandatory fortification of grain products to reduce neural tube defects may also reduce a baby’s risk of severe congenital heart defects, says a new study.
Dried plums for healthy, satiating snack: Study
04-May-2009 By Lindsey Partos
Snacking on dried plums could be more effective as an appetite suppressant than a low-fat snack, say researchers.
What does health taste like? As a kid, I was encouraged to hold my nose and swallow down broad beans and cod-liver oil. If they tasted bad, it was only ‘cos they were good for me.
Post-melamine, interest grows in healthy snacks
Interest in health-positioned snacks is on the rise in Asia as fall-out from the food contamination melamine crisis in China continues.
“If you don’t plan to plant a garden in Lake Wobegon in the spring, it means you plan to be planted yourself.”
Quaker Oats repositions brand in health focus
10-Mar-2009 By Lindsey Partos
Quaker Oats fully embraces the health and wellness message behind its hallmark ingredient - wholegrain oats - re-positioning all of its products under one umbrella for the first time in its 130 year history.
Salt replacers improve heart health: Study
09-Mar-2009 By Stephen Daniells
The use of salt replacers in the diet, as a means of reducing sodium intake, may improve blood pressure and artery health, says a new study from China.
Lupin-enriched bakery may slash blood pressure, boost heart health
Bread enriched with lupin kernel flour at the expense of wheat flour may reduce blood pressure and boost heart health, says new research from Australia.
ICC president talks health and cereal science
20-Feb-2009 By Lindsey Partos
In the second part of the BakeryandSnacks.com interview with award-winning scientist Prof. Dr. John Taylor, the 2009-2010 president of the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) discusses why health will continue to be a central...
UK's health secretary challenges snack makers 'to cut portion sizes'
05-Feb-2009 By Lindsey Partos
Pressure continues on snack makers to reduce portion sizes as the UK's health secretary Alan Johnson challenges the industry to design healthy snacks in smaller portions.
Cargill’s ‘Healthy Cookie Base’ targets wholegrain demand
29-Jan-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Cargill has released a high fiber vitamin and mineral-enriched base for cookies and bars designed for manufacturers to customize with their own ingredients.
Healthy packed lunch trend drives development
28-Jan-2009 By Sarah Hills
New standards for food in schools is driving innovation in lunchbox-friendly products as parents heed official messages about healthy eating, according to the latest research from Mintel.
New puffed fruit range driven by demand for healthy snacks
US-based Explorer’s Bounty has released a range of puffed fruit snacks, which it says taps into consumer demand for organic, healthy snack foods.
12-Jan-2009 By Sarah Hills
There are fears that in the economic crisis consumers will put on “recession pounds” by eating unhealthily. Rightly or wrongly, food manufacturers may suffer the blame but “unhealthy” and “recession proof” do not necessarily go hand-in-hand.
Coping with health claim hurt
One of the most fiercely debated and amended pieces of European Union food law history is playing out before our eyes, and its effects are beginning to be felt.
Could heart-healthy pistachios be the new pomegranate?
29-Oct-2008 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Pistachio growers in the US are hoping that as another study emerges highlighting the health benefits of pistachios, the nuts may gain the kind of consumer recognition pomegranates have achieved in recent years.
Soy milk by-product targets healthy bakery sector
27-Oct-2008 By Jess Halliday
A new fibre and protein ingredient from okara, a by-product of soy milk production, is to make its debut on the European stage at HIE next week, targeting healthy bakery and flour-based products.
Impulse snack buys contradict healthy intentions, study
15-Sep-2008 By Lindsey Partos
New product design for health-profiled snacks demands a clear message, as a new study demonstrates consumers may opt to ignore the healthy snack, despite what they say.
Healthy snack bar market boosts profit at Glisten
08-Sep-2008 By Lindsey Partos
UK cereal and fruit bar maker Glisten delivers an 18 per cent rise in annual pre-tax profit, asserting that its drive into the blossoming healthy and premium snacks sector would continue to bring gains, despite a challenging climate.
Stress and hunger are obstacles to healthy diet
21-Aug-2008 By Sarah Hills
Good intentions when it comes to a healthy food go out of the window if people are stressed or hungry, increasing demand for products that offer instant gratification, according to a new study from the US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research...
FDA finalizes betafiber heart health claim
19-Aug-2008 By Lorraine Heller
Cargill’s barley beta concentrate has received a heart health claim go-ahead, following the publication last week of a final ruling from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Healthy brands boost the bottom line for bakers
29-Jul-2008 By Neil Merrett
Bakers and snack makers with healthy brands in their portfolio will boost consumer loyalty, confirms fresh figures from the latest league table of 500 UK superbrands.
Kellogg brand extension targets heart health for women
21-Jul-2008 By Lindsey Partos
US cereal maker Kellogg targets the mushrooming heart healthy market with a new line extension – specifically aimed at women - to its Smart Start range.
Icing reformulated to meet health and wellness demand
17-Jul-2008 By Jane Byrne
A product reformulation provides naturally derived icing for use in toppings and eye-catching decoration on baked goods, according to supplier BakeMark.
Colour and health driving rise of betalains
11-Jul-2008 By Stephen Daniells
The potent antioxidant activity of pigments from beet and cactus
pears may be the key to their potential, suggests a new review from
Snacks players must embrace health and wellness to beat obesity
01-Jul-2008 By Lindsey Partos
Only a true health and wellness vision can enable global snack
players to tap into the booming market for obesity solutions, claim
High fibre barley provides bakers with health spin
18-Jun-2008 By Lindsey Partos
Bakers designing muffin and bread formulations for the health
conscious consumer can soon access a high-fibre barley grain as
Australia's national science laboratory (CSIRO) signs a deal to
bring large scale commercial crops...
Ryvita and Jordans merger creates leader in healthy snacks and cereals
03-Jun-2008 By Linda Rano
Faster new product development is likely after Associated British
Foods (ABF) announced yesterday the merger of its Ryvita business
with natural food company Jordans to create one of the biggest
player in the healthy snacks and cereals...
Sensible snacking benefits health
30-May-2008 By Linda Rano
Sensible, nutritious, snacking twice a day combined with three
small meals can form a healthy, balanced diet, claims Kellogg's
Smarter Snacking Report published earlier this month.
Healthy new opportunities for US and European bakers
29-May-2008 By Linda Rano
New opportunities are opening for the US bakery industry as
consumers become more health-conscious mirroring trends in Europe,
according to a recent report by consultancy Frost & Sullivan.
Pecan Deluxe targets health and indulgence
23-Apr-2008 By Charlotte Eyre
UK ingredients firm Pecan Deluxe last week pledged to develop
bakery, confectionery and ice-cream ingredients for the health and
Natural rice bran extracts could tap healthy cookie market
17-Apr-2008 By Stephen Daniells
Antioxidant-rich extracts from rice bran may extend the shelf-life
and improve the nutritive profile of cookies, suggests new research
New bread products focus on health
10-Apr-2008 By Annie Launois
Most new bread and bread product launches over the past two years
have been positioned in the health and wellness category, according
to research from Mintel's Global New Product Database (GNPD).
Rice bran offers health benefits over wheat flour
01-Apr-2008 By Laura Crowley
Using stabilised rice bran (SRB) in battered and fried products in
place of wheat flour cuts fat, calories, sodium content and cost,
according to new research.
Health continues to dominate bakery trends
28-Mar-2008 By Charlotte Eyre
The trend for healthy and functional foods will continue to
dominate the bakery market this year, resulting in yet still more
space for innovation in this area, a new report claims.
Healthy snack division slows Zetar profits
22-Jan-2008 By Charlotte Eyre
UK-based confectionery and snack firm Zetar today said that
pretax profit fell to £1.09m for the half year from £1.3m
in the previous year, as losses incurred by the recently
established Baked Snacks group offset improved sales.
Review backs oats' heart health benefits
10-Jan-2008 By staff reporter
An up-to-date review of the recent science behind oatmeal supports
its cardiovascular benefits, and supports the FDA's decade-old
Health benefits of chocolate questioned
07-Jan-2008 By Charlotte Eyre
Dark chocolate risks tumbling from its "good for you" confectionery
pedestal, as a UK medical journal claims that many manufacturers in
fact remove the heart healthy element - the flavanols.
More support for whole grains for healthy hearts
07-Jan-2008 By Stephen Daniells
An increased intake of wholegrain products, in combination with a
reduced calorie diet, led to weight loss and cut levels of a
protein associated with heart disease, says a new study.
Dessert habits reflect healthy trend, report
17-Dec-2007 By Charlotte Eyre
While 85 per cent of US consumers still eat dessert once a month or
more, healthier options such as fruit and yoghurt are an
increasingly popular choice, according to a new consumer trends
Health trends drive bakery industry, report
29-Nov-2007 By Charlotte Eyre
Bakery manufacturers must be responsive to consumer demands for
health and convenient products, or risk losing out in an
increasingly competitive European market, according to a new
Kefir grain sugars eyed as healthy gelling agent
14-Nov-2007 By Stephen Daniells
A polysaccharide from kefir grains, kefiran, is able to form gels
after freeze-drying and may offer a novel gelling agent for
industry, suggests new research from Argentina.
Health products key to bakery success
29-Oct-2007 By Charlotte Eyre
The top three bakery companies in Europe - Barilla, Danone and
Kellogg -dominate the market because of successful sales of
products that tap the trends for health, functionality and
convenience, according to Euromonitor.
Anuga fair focuses on health and convenience
15-Oct-2007 By Charlotte Eyre
Industry eyes will be on the Anuga food fair in Germany this week,
as organisers focus on the growing health and nutrition market and
the desire for novel products, such as fruit salami, chocolate
surimi and sweet pepper baguettes.
Time to get serious on health claims criteria
The European Food Safety Authority's task to assess thousands of
health claims is a headache in anyone's book - and one made
worse through vague instructions to industry.
Study examines benefits of healthy eating in school
24-Sep-2007 By Karen Willmer
A new study by the University of Northumbria will assess how
healthy eating affects children's behaviour and achievement in
Healthy eating boom sweetens Glisten's profits
12-Sep-2007 By Karen Willmer
Sales and profits for UK based confectionery and snacks
manufacturer Glisten have benefited from its focus on the healthy
Kraft reveals its four approaches to health and wellness
31-Aug-2007 By Lorraine Heller
Kraft explains its approach to health and wellness in the second of
a series of FoodNavigator-USA.com articles examining the practices
of major US food firms in the face of a growing need to address
Heinz's healthy food focus leads to fat profits
16-Aug-2007 By Charlotte Eyre and Ahmed ElAmin
Heinz's sales grew by 9 per cent in the quarter ended 2
August, the company said today in a trading statement.