With a growing array of healthy snacks, store brands, recipe apps and international flavors, supermarkets will evolve in 2014 to better meet consumers' desires to save money and time, eat healthfully and enjoy their food while doing it, the ‘Supermarket Guru,’ a supermarket expert, predicts.
Demand for converted flexible packaging in the U.S. is projected to grow 3% annually, to $18.8 billion in 2017. The market for converted flexible packaging will benefit from the inherent advantages of lightweight bags and pouches and the convenience they offer. Further market penetration will be influenced by features dedicated to enhancing the consumer experience, leading to higher retail volumes, says a new study.
Wheat farmers are harvesting a record crop for the fourth time in six years, adding to a global grain glut and cutting costs for food makers. Inventories of wheat and feed grains, including corn, will climb to a four-year high of 379 million tons before the start of the 2014 harvest, 12% more than this year.
Stale chips? Think again. Manufacturers are finding interesting ways of keeping the chips category fresh. And flavors are really getting wild, like chocolate and coconut. Just don’t fill the bag half way.
The increasing use of pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and antibiotics in food products is raising health concerns in the U.S. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2013 show that some 1.1 billion lb. of pesticides’ active ingredients are used each year and more than 20,000 pesticide products are marketed annually, adversely impacting the health of consumers and the environment.
Just in time for the holidays, Schwan’s Consumer Brands Inc., Bloomington, Minn., introduces Mrs. Smith’s Original Flaky Crust, an unbaked pie made with real butter. Consumers can choose from six flavors.
The most clever and new bakery and snack products of 2013 will be chosen by you, our online readers! We’re reviewing all the new products published in Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery magazine and on Snackandbakery.com in 2013. From the numerous products, we’ll pick 10 of our favorite snack foods and bakery products, based on originality, packaging and taste.
The "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro, has a new series called Bakery Boss, which will take viewers across the country with Valastro as he brings his blend of business skills and baking expertise to help other bakers struggling to make their dreams come true.
Panera Bread reports that it plans to implement a four-step plan in 2014 to battle slowing sales and fast-paced competition. It includes building catering hubs to move its catering business out of its stores and keep employees focused on customers.