The baking and snack food industries have been rife with acquisitions, mergers, spinoffs and other activities this year. So much so, that it’s sometimes difficult to tell who the major players are. Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery’s Top Bakers and Top Snack Manufacturers lists help put it all into perspective.
The number of product launches tracked by Innova Market Insights so far in 2012 containing one or more natural sweeteners including agave syrup/nectar, palm sugar, Stevia and monk fruit has more than tripled compared to the same time frame in 2009.
More peanut butter manufacturers are recalling products. The recalls started with a salmonella-linked product sold at Trader Joe’s and have been expanded to dozens of peanut, cashew and almond butters, according to producer Sunland Inc.
Tortilla Industry Association, Arlington, Va., names Helen Chavez-Hansen of La Tapatia Tortilleria and Eugene Suarez Sr. of Abuelita Mexican Foods to its 2012 Hall of Fame at its 23rd Annual Convention & Trade Exposition at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Sept. 10-11.
For four full days, PACK EXPO International 2012 brings together more than 46,000 buyers from all over the globe and 1,800-plus leading suppliers, showcasing state-of-the art materials, machinery and methods for packaging and processing in every market.
The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) releases its 2012 report on industry converters, suppliers, investors and analysts with insight into the performance of the U.S. flexible packaging industry over the past year. The information also examines materials and processes, end uses, structure and consolidation, imports, trends and more.
Brazil is a sizzling-hot topic these days, especially where consumer packaged goods (CPG) are concerned. CPG companies are eyeing Brazil as a key portal for future growth opportunities. But to tap into market opportunities, what will it take to launch successful food and beverage products there?
Like Olympic triathletes, snack nuts are able to compete with other edible treats on several levels and come out on top. They’re nutritious (good sources of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals), versatile (usable in endless applications or consumed by themselves) and flavorful (plain or seasoned). No wonder more consumers are incorporating them into their diets.