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How social media is raising the artisanal bakery game

By Rachel Truman

The renewed appreciation for slower, traditional bread-making and bakery techniques is a rapidly rising trend. However, it’s the use of social media by savvy bakers that is really bolstering the segment.

Comet predicts gut health will play a major role in consumer behaviour in 2024. Pic: GettyImages/Tijana87

Ozempic makes an impact on the gut health trends for 2024

By Gill Hyslop

Prebiotic dietary fibre maker Comet believes that offering an Ozempic alternative, bringing Gen Zers onboard, giving woman a bigger focus and driving home the value of a product are the most robust opportunities for microbiome-enhancing snacks in the...

Increased food and drink costs are a challenging but accepted outcome of high overall inflation rates. Yet when overall inflation reduces, but food inflation remains elevated, this brings with it confusion and questions. GettyImages/LordHenriVoton

‘Greedflation’ muddies the food industry’s financial landscape

By Natasha Spencer-Joilliffe

Latest figures show that although inflation in Europe’s euro-using countries has slowed, real food inflation remains higher and seemingly undeterred, raising questions about whether unfair profiteering and competition are to blame.

Business conditions remained challenging in 2023. Pic: GettyImages

The impact the cost-of-living crisis is having on bakers

By Gill Hyslop

Research by Baker & Baker reveals 59% of UK foodservice providers – bakeries, coffee shops, pubs, convenience stores and higher education caterers – report a decrease in trading on the previous 12 months.

Fedima looks at its achievements over the past year in the bakery ingredients market in Europe.

Fedima releases Baking Europe Ingredients Market Report 2023

By Gill Hyslop

The report - the third annual collab between the association and Media Energy - includes Fedima’s Annual Industry Update, with pieces on Front-of-Pack nutrition labelling, responsible sourcing and communication trends.

Prioritising mental health, personalised nutrition and clean labels are some of the leading consumer trends expected for 2024. Pic: GettyImages

FMCG Gurus’ top trends for 2024

By Gill Hyslop

Markets have been shaped by a prevailing theme of uncertainty and worry - war, pandemic, price inflation and growing pressures on food systems - resulting in a sharper consumer focus on protecting their physical and emotional wellbeing.

JNCK Bakery's non-HFSS protein chocolate cookies replace sugar with a unique sweetness technology. Pic: JNCK Bakery

Bringing free from into the light

By Gill Hyslop

It has been 20 years since Tesco launched its free from brand - pioneering the way UK supermarkets cater for customers with food allergies - and the food landscape has dramatically changed since then.

Snacks sales have experienced highs and lows over the past two years. Pic: GettyImages/John Gollop/PM Images

The highs and lows of US snacking sales

By Gill Hyslop

To help drive sales during National Snack Food Month (February), Cincinnati-based retail data science, insights and media company 84.51° has shared an assortment of snacking takeaways for retailers.

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Could reframing ‘shrinkflation’ as portion-control boost sales?

By Elizabeth Crawford

Many packaged food and beverage manufacturers that have trimmed serving sizes without lowering cost in recent years to mitigate inflation have tried to do so in stealth mode for fear of losing value-seeking shoppers, but new research suggests if they...

What’s hot and what’s not trends forecast for 2023

What’s hot and what’s not trends forecast for 2023

By Gill Hyslop

How is the food industry stacked up for 2023? Will the inflationary environment cripple the sector? Is supply chain back up and running or will we still see shortages? What is trending and what will hit shelves?

Industry has expressed disappointment in the UK's Autumn Statement, which failed to raise hope for a brighter future. Pic: GettyImages/andresr

UK's Autumn Statement fails to raise industry enthusiasm

By Gill Hyslop

While the government’s plans to further support businesses have been welcomed, the Craft Bakers Association is disappointed by the lack of clarity, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and FDF Scotland would have liked to have seen more measures and Scottish...

The UK artisanal bakery sector is facing a barrage of challenges, but many owners are confident of their ability to survive the storm. Pic: GettyImages/Todor Tsvetkov

Report: State of the UK’s artisan bakery sector

By Gill Hyslop

A new report by the Open University Business School reveals the number of small bakery businesses in the UK has increased in recent years, rising to the COVID challenge, but now facing an uncertain future.

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