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State of the Industry Report—Snacks: Flavorful Fanfare, Crackers and Crisps

Crackers and crisps are benefitting from new production techniques, better-for-you ingredients, cleaner labels and innovative flavors as manufacturers deal with consumers having less discretionary income.
July 17, 2012
Crunch and flavor have always been gold and silver medalists in the cracker and crisp game, but because consumers are looking for more healthful snacks, there have been interesting developments with these products.
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State of the Industry Report—Snacks: Game Changers,Tortilla Chips

Tortilla chip manufacturers are using innovative shapes, zesty flavors and healthy ingredients to turn consumers’ everyday snacking occasions into mini fiestas.
July 17, 2012
Harris Interactive recently released the results of its 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend study, which analyzed the responses of more than 38,500 consumers on key measures of brand health for more than 1,500 lifestyle, product and service brands. When questioned about the brands they are likely to reach for when craving a salty snack, respondents chose Lay’s Potato Chips—the top-ranked salty snack for the past eight years—followed by two other Frito-Lay North America brands, Doritos and Tostitos.
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State of the Industry Report—July Snacks: Champion Chips

While simple and uncomplicated ingredients are still favored, today’s consumers have sophisticated tastes when it comes to potato chips.
July 16, 2012
Be they kettle-cooked, baked, fried, formed and even puffed, potato chips are still gold medal winners in the snack race.
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State of the Industry - An Overview of the Snack Market

Snacking is really evolving this year, taking on a more important role as a meal substitute in daily eating. For the opening ceremonies, we offer a peek at the many updates in snacks.
July 13, 2012
Snacks are hanging tough despite the foot-dragging economy, as nearly one-quarter of consumers struggle to make ends meet. But snackers are snacking more frequently, and the products they’re eating play a more important role in wellness- and indulgent-related eating occasions.
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State of the Industry Report—Frozen Baked Goods—Versatile Players

Recent frozen baked goods introductions fit consumers’ lifestyles and budgets to a tee: They’re easy to prepare, versatile and affordable.
June 21, 2012
Busy lifestyles and affordability aren’t the only reasons why consumers add frozen baked goods to their shopping cart each week. Today’s grocery store refrigerator cases boast innovative, flavorful new rolls to jazz up meals; easy-to-prepare, warm goods that serve as snacks or meals; and sumptuous, ready-to-eat desserts for special family occasions…or a well-deserved treat. In fact, consumers have so many enticing new frozen baked products from which to choose today, they need a scorecard to keep track of all of their options.
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State of the Industry Report—Frozen Pizza—A Nice Slice

While times have been rough for some bakery categories, frozen pizza manufacturers continue to find their sweet spot by introducing products with creative flavors, premium toppings and affordable prices.
June 21, 2012
Nearly four years after the economic downturn, many Americans are still keeping a tight rein on their expenditures, monitoring how much they spend on essentials, including groceries, and nonessentials, such as eating out. Not surprisingly, many food manufacturers and restaurants have been impacted by this new-found consumer frugality, prompting the former to trim unprofitable items from their product lines and the latter to add more specials to their menus.
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State of the Industry Report—Bars—On Par with Bars

Innovative, better-for-you ingredients, cleaner labels and smaller sizes hit a hole in one in today’s bar category, which is growing faster than Phil Mikelson’s swing.
June 20, 2012
Consider this: Some 59% of Americans report making changes to their diet to improve their health, and 69% are trying to lose or maintain their weight, according to a 2011 International Food Informational Council Foundation study. Nine out of 10 Americans, or about 88%, believe that fortified foods and foods with added benefits have at least some impact on overall health.
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State of the Industry: Tortillas—Teeing Up Tortillas

Fore! Tortilla manufacturers are driving down the fairway with their unique varieties of wraps in hopes that the next time you’re craving a sandwich, you’ll toss aside the bread and use a tortilla instead
June 19, 2012
Like most products within the bakery segment, tortillas are evolving to appeal to consumers’ demand for a healthier product that provides new and unique ingredient combinations.
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State of the Industry Overview: Teeing up in the Bakery Market

The bakery market isn’t just putting around. Bakers are listening to consumers and customers, and are developing healthy products, bolstering nutrition, lowering fat, sugar and sodium, and adding more functional ingredients.
June 18, 2012
While bakery volumes have been experiencing some heavy divots industry-wide, most bakers in the United States are benefiting from their products in key categories, as well as from their innovations and the strength of their brands.
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State of the Industry: Bread, Buns, Rolls—A Clubhouse of Bakery Offerings

Though the bread market is a bit on the downswing, bakers are still on course with a bevy of new products, healthful ingredients, quality touches, artisan processes and more.
June 18, 2012
It’s golf season, and that means it’s State of the Industry time. Have things changed much since last year? The sluggish economy is still bearish and has had an effect on bakers, though they continue to iron out new products and spin old favorites.
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