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The key bread trends for 2021 and beyond

The key bread trends for 2021 and beyond

By Gill Hyslop

Délifrance partnered with trend consultants Harris & Hayes and commission Nielsen to conduct a UK-wide retail study to find out what Brits want from bread and pastry, both at home and out of the home, when they want it and what will encourage them...

Lily's expanded line of bars, baking chips and other confections can be found across the US at key retailers. Pic: Lily's

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Hershey buys Lily’s confectionery brand for $425m

By Anthony Myers

The Hershey Company has completed its acquisition of Lily's, the high-growth maker of low-sugar, better-for-you (BFY) confectionery products, for a purchase price of $425m.

Pic: National Honey Board

Beyond sweetness: The functionality of formulating with honey

By Gill Hyslop

The complex nature of honey provides countless benefits to bakeries in the form of functionalities such as binding and natural shelf life extension. But more importantly to today’s consumers, all of this functionality comes from an ingredient made by...

Nutrition bars can deliver on today's demands to help fuel consumers in the game of life. Pic: GettyImages/MurzikNata

Guest article

The low-down on great action-packed snacks for the everyday athlete

By Gill Hyslop

Nutrition bars offer the portable, ready-to-eat convenience and a high level of personalisation – like sustained energy, weight management and immune function support – that consumers are looking for, says Mike Medina, category marketing director, Specialised...

American two-time Paralympic triathlete, swimmer and former US Army officer Melissa Stockwell has teamed up with Nabisco to celebrate the upcoming Olympics.

Oreos, Chips Ahoy! and Ritz get into a sporting mood

By Gill Hyslop

With the Olympic Games around the corner, Nabisco – the official cookie and cracker sponsor of Team USA – is streaking towards the winning line with the release of limited edition products and the launch of the Togetherness Games sweepstakes.

Kamut Brand khorasan wheat is an ancient and organic grain that has proven to add functional properties to baked goods. Pic: GettyImages/R. Tsubin

Kamut pushes the beach body-ready message

By Gill Hyslop

With the pandemic resulting in weight gain for many, Kamut International is taking the opportunity to highlight the benefits that its khorasan wheat can add.

Pic: Glanbia Nutritionals

Guest article

Snacking trends and beyond

By Gill Hyslop

The pandemic has impacted where individuals snack, but the occasion has continued to thrive at home, with many reverting to it more often. Tara Bane, EMEA marketing manager at Glanbia Nutritionals looks at the cultural shift throughout 2021.

The future of beauty is ... beige. Pic: AHDB

AHDB drills home the beauty of beige whole grains

By Gill Hyslop

The UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has launched a consumer marketing campaign that features a striking piece of art made entirely from whole grains that run the gamut from 'brown' to 'ecru'.

Silver Hills sprouted bread is plant-based, non-GMO and glyphosate-free. Pic: Silver Hills

Silver Hills moves into D2C space with The Oven Door

By Gill Hyslop

The acclaimed Canadian sprouted whole grains bakery has launched a direct-to-consumer ecommerce platform that will deliver its ‘healthier living’ plant-based, non-GMO products across the US.

Freeze-dried ingredients meet consumers’ expectations for healthier, clean label ingredients, while adding flavour and colour. Pic: GettyImages/krblokhin

Guest article

The three trends shaping clean label innovation

By Gill Hyslop

Lizi Rickett, regional sales manager, UK & Ireland, Chaucer Foods, looks at how freeze-dried ingredients can help bakery and snack producers capitalise on the key trends shaping clean label innovation today.

Délifrance has a product portfolio that is either classed as ‘clean’ or ‘cleaner’. Pic: Délifrance

Clean label

Clean label is fast becoming the expectation, not the exception

By Gill Hyslop

Consumers are increasingly reading product labels and searching out ‘clean’ ingredients lists that are shorter and feature recognisable ingredients that are sourced from nature. Artificial or chemical ingredients are the main undesirables, while there...

Ancient grains and seeds are a wholesome clean addition to breads. Pic: GettyImages/Proformabooks

Guest article

Powering the hunt for better-for-you clean label snacks

By Gill Hyslop

Today’s consumers are proactively seeking foods that are good for them and good for the world. Clean label is more than a trend; it’s becoming a mainstream expectation in all areas of the food industry. John Powers, marketing director, Snacking &...

Paradise Fruits by Jahncke are inviting producers to take a big slice of the clean label category. Pic: Paradise Fruits by Jahncke

Clean label

Freeze dried fruits ramp up clean eating trend

By Gill Hyslop

Freeze dried fruits are helping manufacturers meet consumer demand for clean label baked goods and snacks, says Claus Christiansen, sales manager at natural ingredients supplier Paradise Fruits by Jahncke.

With the growth in at home baking, there is a growing appreciation for the craft of artisan baking and this is expected to continue to spark demand in elevated breads, especially as life gets back to normal. Pic: GettyImages/Choreograph

Growing demand for ‘better-for-you’ bakery

By Gill Hyslop

Weston Foods’ first ever Bakeology Report reveals what we all know by now – that the pandemic has triggered a re-evaluation of food choices among consumers – but it also highlights the relevance that bakery continues to play in Americans’ lives.

Laird Superfood has snapped up fellow athlete-focused snack producer Picky Bars. Pic: Laird Superfood

Laird Superfood picks up Picky Bars for $12m

By Gill Hyslop

Danone-backed Laird Superfood – which was founded in 2015 by the world’s most prolific big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton – has acquired fellow Oregon-based and athlete-founded Picky Bars, producer of nutritionally enhanced products that target sportspeople...

PepsiCo Positive Agriculture agenda will improve the livelihoods of more than 250,000 people in its agricultural supply chain, including empowering women. Pic: PepsiCo

PepsiCo’s ambitious agriculture plan

By Gill Hyslop

The snack giant has laid out its impressive Positive Agriculture agenda, designed to significantly shrink its carbon footprint, provide readily-available access to food for global population and improve the livelihoods for more people.

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