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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.
By Romy Schafer
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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.
By Romy Schafer
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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.
By Lisa White
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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
By Jen Roth
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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.
By Lauren R. Hartman
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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.
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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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State of the Industry: Cookies—Rookie Cookies

Watch out, golfing pros! Rookie cookie companies are charging down the green with unique ingredients and varieties, while classic brands are finding new ways to stay relevant within the market.
By Jen Roth
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Cookies are a robust segment within the bakery industry. There are brands that have been around for decades and have become household names, but there are also many up-and-coming brands that offer unique flavors for niche markets and are set to become the next class of pros.
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State of the Industry: Sweet Goods—Caddy Shack of Sweet Goods

In today’s sweet goods market, products face a sand trap of consumers who forego sweet products.
By Lauren R. Hartman
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It can be rather tough for sweet goods products these days. The huge movement to better-for-you items hasn’t exactly been good news and a smooth fairway for this category. But bakers and manufacturers of sweet goods, snack cakes and other delectable treats are watching the demands just as closely as producers in other bakery market segments, and heeding the calls.
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State of the Industry: Bagels, Muffins, Pies—Three Under Par

As consumers continue to look for affordable baked goods that are better-for-you but still tasty, bakers are rising to the challenge.
By Romy Schafer
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Baked goods have been a part of peoples’ diet for thousands of years, far longer than golfers have been hitting a little ball across a grassy surface with a long stick. As ingredients, production methods, distribution and a host of other factors have evolved, consumers at all income levels have been able to enjoy staples like breads and rolls, as well as sweet treats like cookies and pies.
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IFT Pre-Show Coverage: Food Science and Technology Unite

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In our rapidly changing business climate, it’s easy to fall behind. That’s particularly true when it comes to the food industry. Staying on top of new food science innovations, applications and trends can be tricky, but with the IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) 2012 Annual Meeting & Food Expo, June 25-28, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, you get a one-stop experience where food science and technology come together. 


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