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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.

Giving bakers a fighting chance as the flour price continues to soar

Giving bakers a fighting chance as the flour price continues to soar

By Gill Hyslop

The runaway flour price – caused by the atrocious weather in North American wheat-growing areas in 2021, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and rising fuel costs – is expected to have a long-lasting impact on the bakery industry – meaning bakers need to...

How Finsbury has defied crippling headwinds to remain buoyant

How Finsbury has defied crippling headwinds to remain buoyant

By Gill Hyslop

The UK bakery group’s FY2021 record results defied what was then considered one of the toughest markets in living history, and has continued to demonstrate ‘resilience and a strategic focus’ despite an even rougher environment this year.

FDF UK and Scotland extend vital helping hands to the food and beverage sector. Pic: GettyImages/Kelvin Murray

FDF UK and Scotland rally to improve food affordability and health

By Gill Hyslop

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) UK has published a cross-government approach to ensure the sector continues to deliver consumer choice, affordability and tangible gains for the economy, while FDF Scotland applauds the sector's steps towards health.

Despite the rising economic woes, people still crave small pops of pleasure from snacks. Pic: pfb1

Are snacks recession proof?

By Gill Hyslop

US retail data science, insights and media company 84.51° polled shoppers about their buying intentions ahead of the 25th edition of Sweets & Snacks Expo, held in Chicago in late May.

'After all we are navigating through what I think you would all agree continues to be an extremely challenging operating environment,' said Steve Cahillane, CEO of Kellogg Company. Pic: GettyImages/BBuilder/Kellogg

Kellogg CEO hints at inevitable price increases

By Gill Hyslop

Steve Cahillane said the breakfast cereal giant – which so far has essentially avoided hiking prices – is finally expecting to crumple amid worsening inflation, lingering supply chain disruptions, a workers’ strike, a plant fire and the war in Ukraine.

Sustainability trend takes back seat as cost of living crisis bites

Sustainability trend takes back seat as cost of living crisis bites

By Oliver Morrison

The sustainability trend, characterised by consumers seeking food and beverage products perceived as having a lesser impact on the environment, is waning as shopper concern shifts to saving money in the face of significant inflationary pressures.