California Milk Advisory Board seeking dairy innovators ‘to create a meaningful difference’

Created in partnership with VentureFuel, this year’s Real California Milk Excelerator, has a ‘new, expansive focus’ on accelerating innovation and dairy-based products – from traditional consumer food and beverage items to textiles, haircare, and beyond. The open innovation challenge hopes to engage innovation across product categories, leveraging the ‘versatility’ of the dairy ecosystem. CMAB said … Read more

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 art of caution and why invoking science in the marketing of chocolate chip cookies could backfire

While consumers view the scientific process as competent, they also perceive it as cold, so confirmed the researchers who – over a series of 10 experimental studies – analyzed consumers’ reaction to marketers touting the science behind their brand.​​ This could ultimately backfire when touting products that are associated with invoking pleasure, like chocolate chip … Read more

Whole cacao snack reaps SNAC Tank approval for its people and planet-friendly pedigree

According to SNAC, the caliber of finalists in this year’s ‘pitch’ competition bowled over the judges with their disruptive ideas and solid brand pitches. Candid was awarded the $10,000 grand prize for its better-for-people-and-planet cocoa bites, which are made from the whole cacao pod (both seeds and fruit). This method makes Candid the first company … 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

Insights into latest wellness trends in chocolate

Delicate and rich in flavour, it is no surprise that chocolate is one of the world’s most favored treats. Here at Luker Chocolate, we believe that when done right, chocolate can create indulgent moments that fit into the trend of wellness. As a B4B chocolate manufacturer working with some of the UK’s top chocolatiers, Luker … 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

BENEO invests €7.7m in new warehouse for improved efficiency

The new high-bay warehouse allows for increased storage of BENEO’s crystalline functional carbohydrates Isomalt, Palatinose and galenIQ. The €7.7m ($8.5m) fully-automated facility, allows BENEO to further improve its supply chain robustness and reduces transport. The new 25m-high warehouse has a storage capacity of more than 8,500 Euro pallets and is located close to both the … Read more