Walking the floor to root out the top trends

This year, the mega trade show celebrates 25 years of innovation and trendsetting at Chicago’s McCormick Place from 23-26 May. “For 25 years, the Sweets & Snacks Expo has been the most significant driver of candy and snack flavor and product trends in North America, and 2022 is no different.”​ said John Downs, president & … Read more

‘It’s encouraging to see the government listening’

The regulations ban volume-based promotions (buy one get one free, 50% extra and so forth) – now viewed as a lifesaver by many – on foods deemed high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS), and place limits on the advertising of the so-called junk food. These restraints have now been shelved for a year, but … Read more

The psychology of colour in baking

Color has the power to influence perceptions that are not obvious, such as the taste of food; It also plays a role in creating certain emotions. It’s an essential tool in marketing and branding – for example, red typically evokes desire, excitement and energy, and some research even suggests it whets the appetite and attracts … Read more

Beneo hails the WHO’s World Health Day message linking Our Planet, Our Health

World Health Day was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) to draw attention to a specific health topic that impacts people around the world. The date marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. According to Beneo, one in four consumers today consider themselves flexitarian – versus only 7% identifying as vegan, … Read more

How the craft bakery sector can capitalise in trending consumer behaviours in 2022

The past two years have been a rollercoaster, and the craft baking industry has felt the impact as much as the rest of society – however, in many instances, this has had a positive spin. “Our regular member surveys suggest the craft bakery sector is enjoying a generally upward trend, despite the challenges of the … Read more

US chocolate and candy sector in good health as sales soar over 11% in 2021

Released this week at the organisation’s State of the Industry Conference in Florida, the report is eagerly awaited by companies operating in the US market as it is the definitive source for confectionery category performance data and provides a deeper understanding of shifting consumer attitudes and behaviors in a disrupted marketplace. The report reveals that … Read more

US chocolate and candy sector in good health as sales soar over 11% in 2020

Released this week at the organisation’s State of the Industry Conference in Florida, the report is eagerly awaited by companies operating in the US market as it is the definitive source for confectionery category performance data and provides a deeper understanding of shifting consumer attitudes and behaviors in a disrupted marketplace. The report reveals that … Read more

Women-driven partnership spearheads ‘food system renaissance’ with upcycled vegan cookies

Debuting at Natural Product Expo West (9-12 March), Renewal Mill’s Salted Peanut Butter Cookies are made with upcycled Miyoko’s Creamery European Style Cultured Vegan Butter and Renewal Mill’s flagship okara flour, a gluten-free flour made from pulp leftover from soymilk production. True to its mission to reduce food waste and create a circular food economy, … Read more

Fresh Start accelerator targets clean label, plant-based disruptors

According to the mission-driven company, the accelerator will help scale up brands by leveraging its farm-to-shelf, vertically integrated platform. The Fresh Factory has helped dozens of companies build their brands, becoming a growth partner in everything from crafting go-to-market strategies to e-commerce capabilities. The Chicago, US-based agency provides guidance, actionable information and introductions across formulation, … Read more