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Are gluten-free products healthier?

You may look at this question and think the answer is simple, but as an increasing number of consumers buy into the gluten-free trend, new research suggests that gluten-free products are not always a healthy alternative to regular ones.

Posted 9 August 2017

Feeling nostalgic

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting the founders of commercial artisan confectionery manufacturer Champion & Reeves, who have recreated a product no longer in production.

Posted 2 August 2017

Changing face of chocolate

It was the end of last year when consumers started to notice the size of their favourite chocolate bars shrinking, and a new study by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) has finally confirmed what many of us already knew.

Posted 26 July 2017

Price takes priority

Although the UK’s inflation rate unexpectedly slowed to 2.6% in June, it’s still rising faster than wages, prompting many consumers to tighten their purse strings even further.

Posted 19 July 2017

Wafer Wednesdays

Having recently returned from Austria for the biennial Snackex exhibition and conference, I’m flying there again today – this time to drive across the border to northern Italy to visit wafer company Loacker.

Posted 12 July 2017

The fight against sugar continues

A ban on advertisements promoting food and drinks that are high in fat, sugar and salt on social media and gaming channels that are aimed at children in the UK came into force over the weekend.

Posted 5 July 2017

Deadlines

With colder, wetter weather hitting the UK this week, it seems our summer was short-lived.

Posted 28 June 2017

No one size fits all

‘No one size fits all’ is one of the key messages coming out of the Snackex exhibition and conference currently taking place in Vienna, Austria.

Posted 22 June 2017

A snacking revolution

The number one reason US consumers snack is to treat themselves (50%), new research shows, and more than one quarter (28%) says taste is more important than health when choosing a snack.

Posted 14 June 2017

Nuts about nuts

Nuts account for a rising share of new product launches in the ever-evolving global snacks category, new research suggests.

Posted 7 June 2017

Functional confectionery opportunities

China’s sugar confectionery market is declining while health concerns are boosting the country’s functional candy sector, according to new research.

Posted 31 May 2017

Nestlé loses UK trademark appeal

Last week came the news that Nestlé had lost the latest round in a long-running trademark dispute with Mondelēz International over its KitKat chocolate bars.

Posted 24 May 2017

Does size really matter?

Yet again sugar is hitting the headlines. Over the last week, we’ve reported on a series of announcements from pledges to offer smaller packages and clear calorie labelling to calls for the UK soft drinks levy to be extended to confectionery.

Posted 17 May 2017

Interpack trends

Having just returned from Interpack in Germany, I’m taking stock of everything showcased at the somewhat large processing and packaging fair.

Posted 10 May 2017