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Limited time spans and short contracts means co-manufacturers have to run a variety of products on the same line, says KW

Pack Expo 2014

Co-manufacturing boom sparks design challenge

By Kacey Culliney

The explosive shift towards co-manufacturing in bakery and snacks presents challenges for equipment suppliers because of a greater need for interchangeable lines, says Kliklok-Woodman (KW).

Start-ups aren't the biggest part of our business but they're important, says PAC Machinery Group marketing head

Pack Expo 2014 post-show round up

Start-up boom sparks budget packaging demand

By Kacey Culliney

The flurry of start-up companies in baking and bars has sparked business demand for entry-level packaging machines, says the marketing head of PAC Machinery Group.

Nutrition Facts panel: Snack impact?

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

How will Nutrition Facts panel changes hit snacks?

By Kacey Culliney

Snack makers and suppliers will be under pressure to make fast changes across all packs once the FDA finalizes its ruling on the nutrition facts panel, but can suppliers keep up?

'Particularly in snack foods, that regular slotted carton box is not necessarily going away,' says DDR Communications president

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

Corrugated packaging not going away in snacks

By Kacey Culliney

Snack makers need to protect fragile product and meet increasing e-commerce and promotional demands – good reasons to increase the use of corrugate in secondary packaging, says a business strategy expert.

Lance Snacks senior brand director: 'Radio is the perfect fit because it hits [consumers] at a time where they’re looking for something to snack on'

Lance Snacks bets big on radio

By Kacey Culliney

Snyder’s-Lance is using radio rather than TV for its latest Lance Snacks marketing campaign to target consumers effectively – while on the go, the senior brand director says.

Hot cereals represented 13.2% of the UK category and was worth £211m ($341m) in 2013

UK breakfast boom? Hot cereals up 17.9% in 2013

By Kacey Culliney

The demand for hot cereals like porridge has continued to experience a dramatic resurgence and will continue an upward trajectory for the next four years, according to a Key Note report.

Special K sales slump: 'Obviously there’s a concern… They need to do something to keep people interesting in the brand, says Mintel innovation head

Special K US annual sales slump 9.7%

By Kacey Culliney

US total sales for Special K dropped $56m for the year; a slump that could be rescued with lifestyle-focused NPD, says the head of innovation at Mintel.

Lynn Dornblaser & David Jago - directors of innovation and insight, Mintel

Dispatches from IFT 2014: 8-minute insight from Mintel innovation directors

Crunch time: Is breakfast cereal doomed to sink?

By Kacey Culliney

The global breakfast cereal market faces increasing competition as consumers turn to convenient alternatives, so how can manufacturers step up to compete and stimulate often dwindling sales?

Saatchi & Saatchi X VP of shopper psychology: 'There are so many great, positive emotional engagements when it comes to snacks. What I see though, is that disappears when the shopper gets into the shopping experience.'

Picking through ideas with Saatchi & Saatchi X on shopper behavior: Part II

Snacks: Too much health, not enough joy? Saatchi & Saatchi X says maybe…

By Kacey Culliney

Snacks have the power to drive positive emotional shopping behavior, but too much focus on health and a lack of in-store innovation could kill the joy factor, says the VP of shopper psychology at Saatchi & Saatchi X.

pacXpert

Interpack 2014

Dow to launch pacXpert across EMEA

By Jenny Eagle

Dow Packaging has launched pacXpert at Interpack with plans to roll the product out across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) this month. 

Kellogg's flexible packaging.

Aplix Easy-Lock wins Kellogg’s deal

By Jenny Eagle

Aplix has won a deal to supply Kellogg’s Special K Muesli and Crunchy Nut packs with its Easy-Lock polyethylene reclosable design across Europe.

Snack competition ramped up a notch in 2013 with quick-serve mega chains like McDonald's wanting a piece of snacking action, says IRI snack expert

Snacking on ideas with Sally Lyons Wyatt: Part I

IRI executive: Snacks faced a competitive shark tank last year

By Kacey Culliney

Snack makers survived a difficult 2013 with increased competition forming a much larger battleground that included quick-serve, online and even airlines, says a leading sector analyst.

United Biscuits has reformulated its classic baked Mini Cheddars and developed a new chili beef variant

United Biscuits R&D targets impulse channel

 United Biscuits has revamped the cheese flavor of its baked Mini Cheddars snack, developed a new chili beef flavor and added more price marked packs to target impulse buys.

Image of Welsh nationalist poet accidentally selected for Tyrrells English Crisps competition

Tyrrells uses poetic license with writer’s image

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Tyrrells Crisps has apologized for inadvertently using an image of a Nobel Prize nominated poet to illustrate a "fleeting look of contempt" for its on-pack competition.

Germany is a “hot bed of concern” with regards to cereal box contamination, says packaging company

Cereal contamination: Improved 'bag-in-box' defense

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Amcor Flexibles has optimized its ‘bag-in-box’ technology to offer greater protection against contamination of products like cereals from carton board, inks or the environment, it says.

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