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Food Business Insight Alert Archive

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November 13, 2022, to November 27, 2022

Research Reveals Gen Z Believe Breakfast Is The Healthiest Meal

Research commissioned by milk alternative brand, Wunda, has revealed generational differences when it comes to eating habits. The research surveyed 2,000 British adults and found that almost half of Gen Z (46 percent) believe breakfast is their healthiest meal of the day, compared to 35 percent of adults overall. In addition, 62 percent of Gen Z consider themselves to be “health conscious”, compared with just 43 percent of adults overall. The top breakfast choices for Gen Z contain plenty of calcium (46 percent) and protein (44 percent) – such as porridge (39 percent), overnight oats (33 percent), avocado (9 percent) and smoothies (8 percent).

Kent Crisps Wins Best Savory Snack Award At The Great British Food Awards 2022

Kent Crisps’ Lamb Rosemary potato chips have won the Best Savory Snack title at the Great British Food Awards 2022. Having launched in late 2021, Lamb and Rosemary is the newest addition to the range of Kent Crisps. The chips are made using grass-fed Romney Lamb from Kent Shepherd farm, a nod to Kent's quality produce and emphasis on British heritage.

B&G Foods Looking To Sell Back To Nature Brand

B&G Foods, Inc. is actively seeking to sell its Back to Nature business, which the company said is no longer core to its overall business or long-term strategy. The company has also initiated a strategic review to identify other potential divestitures following its recent restructuring into four business units, which include spices and seasonings, meals, frozen and vegetables and specialty.

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September 18, 2022, to November 13, 2022

Experts Cast Doubts On Plant-Based Jerky Market

Industry experts are questioning whether plant-based jerky can break out of the niche market. According to SPINS data, plant-based jerky sales doubled to more than $20 million last year in the U.S., excluding e-commerce. However, the category is still unlikely to challenge the beef jerky industry, which is estimated to be worth $5 billion. Nicholas Fereday, an executive director for food and consumer trends at Dutch investment bank Rabobank, argues price and taste are essential to the success of plant-based jerky, adding that plant-based jerky should be at a discount to meat-based products to recognize it as a substitute product. However, even if the plant-based option manages to be cheaper and palatable, it will often still not contain the same protein levels as meat jerky, reducing its functionality. John Baumgartner, a managing director at Japanese investment bank Mizuho Securities, points to Beyond Meat’s jerky as an example. While Beyond Meat has strong distribution through PepsiCo and is selling its product at a 20-30 percent discount to meat jerky, the product is still experiencing slow growth and low repeat sales. 

Montreal Insectarium Offers Free Weekly Tastings Of Insect-Based Gourmet Snacks

Montreal museum The Insectarium is holding free weekly tastings of insect-based gourmet snacks to raise awareness amongst consumers. Snacks include spicy cricket powder-covered almonds, sun-dried tomato tapenade with mealworms, and cricket pecan shortbreads. For the holiday season, The Insectarium is offering a ‘discovery box’ of five insect-based gourmet products for $50. 

10 Acre Introduces Carbon-Neutral, Vegan Chips

Chip producer 10 Acre, based in the East Anglia region of England, is relaunching into retail with a new range of carbon-neutral and HFSS-compliant potato chips. Using potatoes grown on its farm and fried on site, the new range offers five vegan flavors: Cheese & Onion, Fried Chicken, BBQ Beef, Sea Salt and Cheesy Chilli. 10 Acre will be supporting the launch with a marketing mix that covers earned and owned support, in addition to a PR, social media and influencer campaign that will be timed alongside an in-store launch.

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September 11, 2022, to September 18, 2022

New Study Points To Mushroom Boost For Functional Foods

A new study by Grand View Research forecasts the global functional mushroom category to reach almost $25 billion this year, and $47 billion by 2028. Zoey Henderson, from low-alcohol mushroom beer brand Fungtn, said the pandemic kickstarted the boom as consumers sought natural immunity booster. Mushrooms have been used in medicine for thousands of years. Henderson sees opportunities in offering supplements in more fun ways, such as in beer, as they can be seen as a bit boring. London Nootropics launched an adaptogenic coffee blend in 2020 using lion's mane and cordyceps mushrooms. The brand secured a listing at Harrod’s this year and also has a pop-up café near Piccadilly Circus that sells mushroom chocolates and products from other mushroom brands. Price is the main obstacle to mass adoption, but being able to convert their umami flavours into great-tasting functional products is also a challenge. However, the health benefits could begin to outweigh any reluctance caused by taste. Puresport founder Grayson Hart sees mushrooms developing along the lines of CBD. 

Kameda Seika Aims To Grow Sales Outside Japan

Rice snack manufacturer Kameda Seika aims to leverage growing interest in gluten-free and meat-free options to expand its business beyond its domestic market in Japan. The company’s goal is overseas revenue of 50 billion yen by the end of the decade, from 9.2 billion in fiscal 2021. CEO Lekh Raj Juneja says there’s been an increase in rice snack sales in Asia and in the U.S., where it sells gluten-free crackers through subsidiaries. Juneja also wants to enter Europe and South America. The company’s flagship rice cracker, Kaki-no-tane, is popular in India, where it’s called Kari Kari. Juneja added that as the company deals with higher costs, it can reduce production costs by structural changes or by adding value to its products so it can raise prices.

Nairn’s Launches New Gluten-Free Oats With Maple Syrup

Scotland-based porridge oats maker Nairn’s announced the addition of Scottish Porridge Oats with Maple Syrup to its gluten-free line-up. It is made with wholegrain oats and real maple syrup. It’s approved to carry the Crossed Grain logo by Coeliac UK.

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September 04, 2022, to September 11, 2022

Indian Government Capitalizes On Millet Popularity

As millet is growing in popularity due to its nutritional benefits, the Indian government is enacting plans to promote its consumption and production. Syncing its idea with the UN's declaration of 2023 as 'International Year of Millets', the country has planned 19 events at global venues in countries like Germany, Belgium, USA, Japan, UAE, South Korea, South Africa, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, U.K. and France beginning next year to promote millets and millet-based products. The government is also running promotional activities within the country. In 2023, four cities, including Mumbai and Kolkata, will have millet expos, while 19 districts across 10 states will see multiple activities including 'millet villages targeting tourism'. The government has also planned an international conference on millet processing in January and food events with special focus on millets in October next year. Despite the increased demand for millet and its favorable production conditions, Indian farmers primarily grow rice and wheat crops. The government is now creating incentives for farmers who transition to millet and raising awareness on the crop’s short duration and low production costs. There is also a plan to set up the International School of Millet Processing (ISMP) in Thanjavur.

Step One Foods Aims To Revolutionize Heart Health Without Medication

Minnesota-based cardiologist Elizabeth Klodas, MD, founded Step One Foods to challenge the medical system’s approach to heart health. Instead of taking medication, users are to consume two servings of Step One products daily. Step One’s products deliver four “heart health building blocks” – fiber, plant sterols, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids - in convenient formats like oatmeal, smoothies, pancakes and snack bars. The products have been put to the test with a double-blind study conducted at Mayo Clinic and the University of Manitoba. After 30 days of taking the Step One program, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad cholesterol,” was reduced in participants by an average of 9 percent, with overall cholesterol declining 5 percent. The company claims it has seen a 250 percent increase in sales last year. 

Simply Protein Expands From Regional To National Costco Distribution

Wellness Natural USA Inc. announced its SimplyProtein Crispy Bars have expanded from regional to national Costco distribution. SimplyProtein Crispy Bars first entered 50 regional Costco warehouses in January 2022, with this national expansion bringing distribution to over 600 warehouses nationwide. The plant-based Crispy Bars are available in a Costco-exclusive 15 bar multipack featuring the Peanut Butter Chocolate, Lemon Coconut, and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt flavors. Beyond Costco, SimplyProtein sells other snacks, including Energy Bites, Snack Bars, Cookie Bars, and Kids Bars online on its website and on Amazon, and in-store at retailers including Kroger, Mwijer and HyVee. 

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August 21, 2022, to September 04, 2022

Pescavore Hopes To Transform The Jerky Market With Ahi Tuna Jerky Strips

California start-up Pescavore aims to transform the jerky market with its Ahi Tuna Jerky Strips. Pescavore developed proprietary technology and a technique of small batch, natural wood smoking to keep the product shelf stable and maintain the fish’s flavor, texture and nutrients. The snack contains 15 grams of protein per package and is high in vitamins, minerals and omega-3s, with less salt and sugar than conventional jerky. Pescavore sustainably and locally sources its fish, and is currently in the process of obtaining certification from the Marine Stewardship Council, a non-profit that certifies seafood products for sustainable sourcing. Pescavore’s Ahi Tuna Jerky Strips are sold at retailers nationwide in three flavors: Caribbean Jerk, Island Teriyaki, and Smoke Poke. The company is testing new products with a variety of fish species, including salmon, groundfish and petrale sole, and is looking to launch its next seafood snack in late summer. 

Kind Launches OOH Campaign In Partnership With Refugee Charity

Snack bar brand Kind has launched its first out-of-home campaign in support of its partnership with refugee support organization Choose Love. The campaign sees Kind highlight acts of kindness from local people in their communities on digital and print posters in London, Manchester, Bristol,and Edinburgh. It is part of a wider strategy that includes limited-edition on-pack designs by Iranian artist Majid Adin, as well as digital and influencer marketing.

Belvita Launches Three Non-HFSS Fruit Bars

Breakfast biscuit brand Belvita is launching three new non-HFSS Fruit Crunch bars in the UK. The bars are lower in saturated fat and come in Raisin & Currant, Apple & Pear and Soft Bakes Filled Apricot.

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August 14, 2022, to August 21, 2022

Sea Moss And Jellyfish Chips Grow In Popularity

Alternative seafood ingredients such as jellyfish and sea moss are gaining popularity due to their nutritional value and low environmental impact. Sea moss, or Irish moss, is a reddish algae which grows abundantly on rocks of the coast of Britain, Ireland and North America. The food has become popular on social media and by celebrity endorsers due to its benefits for the gut, brain and heart. Sea moss is rich in phytochemicals, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and is sold in dried, gel and capsule form. Sea moss-infused products are also coming to retailers; Selfridges’ new Feel Good Bar currently sells a sea moss chocolate shake and Tesco sells a vanilla-flavored sea moss canned drink. Jellyfish chips have been pioneered by scientists at the University of Southern Denmark, who compare the snack to pork rinds. They make jellyfish chips by soaking jellyfish in pure alcohol, drying them out and then adding salt and vinegar. The snack is zero calorie and high in protein, magnesium, iron, choline and vitamin B12. It has been endorsed by Sainsbury’s, which highlighted it in a recent future foods report. In addition to being nutritious, both sea moss and jellyfish are highly sustainable as they grow abundantly in the ocean and require no fresh water, land or fertiliser to produce. 

Ecuadorian Snack Company The Inca Trail Expands To USA

Premium Ecuadorian food company The Inca Trail has announced its launch in the US. The Inca Trail offers a variety of products including Dried Crunchy Shrimp Snacks, Dried Andean Cheese Snacks, and Cured Beef Sirloin. Its products use quality ingredients that are sourced from the rainforests of South America. 

SHORE Expands Its Seaweed Chips Into Holland & Barrett And Booths Stores

Scottish seaweed snack brand SHORE will expand its Seaweed Chips into 450 Holland & Barrett and 24 Booths stores from August 15. SHORE’s Seaweed Chips are plant based and non-HFSS and are made from a mixture of seaweed, quinoa, corn, yellow pea and potato. The chips come in three flavors: Lightly Salted, Sweet Sriracha and Peking Duck.  

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July 31, 2022, to August 14, 2022

Rollagranola Buys Assets Of Liquidated U.K. Cereal Brand Primrose’s Kitchen

Handmade granola company Rollagranola has bought Primrose’s Kitchen, the U.K.-based breakfast cereal business that went into liquidation last year. Dorset-based Primrose’s Kitchen sold organic, vegan and gluten-free muesli to suppliers including Waitrose, Whole Foods Market, Ocado and Amazon. Rollagranola will focus on re-engaging the Primrose’s Kitchen customer base with plans to activate fresh marketing communications that re-acquaint them with the brand. Primrose’s Kitchen will relaunch online this month and will be available in retailers shortly after. 

Snack House Foods Expands Into The Vitamin Shoppe

Snack House Foods has launched four of its six Keto Puff flavors in The Vitamin Shoppe stores nationwide. The gluten-free puffs are made with milk protein and have 15 grams of protein per serving. Snack House’s Cheeseburger, BBQ, Flaming Red Hot, and Loaded Nacho flavors will be featured around the cash wrap in The Vitamin Shoppe stores. In addition to The Vitamin Shoppe, the company is sold online at Amazon along with over 500 independent retailers nationwide. 

Arva Flour Mills Acquires Red River Cereal Brand From The J.M. Smucker Co.

Arva Flour Mills announced its acquisition of the Red River Cereal Brand from Smucker Foods of Canada Corp., a subsidiary of The J.M. Smucker Co. In 2011, the Red River Cereal recipe was slightly altered to include steel cut wheat and rye. Arva Flour Mills plans to revert back to the original recipe, which includes cracked wheat and rye for a creamier texture. The Mill is currently in the process of acquiring a hammer mill to crack the wheat, rye and flax ingredients for the updated recipe. Red River is now available at Arva Flour Mills’ onsite retail store and website, with plans to expand into retailers later this year. 

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July 17, 2022, to July 31, 2022

UK-Based Start-Up ELEAT Launches With High Protein Cereal

UK-based start-up ELEAT cereal is now sending orders out to the more than 1,000 people who signed up for pre-launch access. ELEAT was founded by two university sportsmen who wanted to create a nutrient-dense cereal for an active lifestyle. The pair developed the cereal in their student kitchen and received start-up funding and mentoring from the University of Bristol’s Careers Service. ELEAT’s cereal is vegan, gluten-free, low in sugar, and high in protein and fibre, including gut friendly prebiotics. ELEAT’S four flavors are: Chocolate Triumph, Cinnamon Sensation, Strawberry Blitz and Vanilla Thriller. The cereal will be delivered to customers on a subscription model in two packaging options: a large resealable 250g pouch and a 50g single-serve pack, designed for on-the-go. The subscription model allows customers to tailor the flavor and quantity to their needs. Over the coming year, ELEAT plans to extend from its direct-to-consumer business to retailers and diversify its product portfolio.

European Consumer Insights On Protein-Fortified Snacks

Glanbia Nutritionals' European Healthy Snacking Innovation Team conducted new research that discovered fortified protein snacks are popular with European consumers, who are generally turning to perceived healthier snacks over more traditional options. Its research found 16 percent of respondents are eating protein-fortified snacks, such as protein bars, powders, cereals and pancakes, at least once a week. This jumps significantly to 29 percent for active lifestyle consumers, and 40 percent for sports performance consumers. Another finding is that taste is non-negotiable for consumers. It’s the number one requirement for protein products, followed by being high in protein, low in sugar, and filling. European protein bar users are showing an interest in protein cookies (50 percent) and brownies (47 percent), while 34 percent say protein crisps sound appealing. Baked goods such as protein-fortified pastries and donuts (30 percent) are also rated highly, as well as small, bite-sized formats like protein bites (30 percent) and balls (24 percent).

Opopop’s Innovations In The Popcorn Market

Premium popcorn brand Opopop was founded in 2018 with the aim of innovating in the stagnant popcorn market. Opopop aims to differentiate itself from competitors such as Pop Secret and Orville Redenbacher’s through reimagining formats, flavors, and design. In 2021, Opopop launched its Flavor Wrapped Popcorn Kernels, which the company claims are the world’s first pre-flavored popcorn kernels. Each individual kernel is coated with flavoring, allowing the popcorn to be seasoned as it pops. This past January, Opopop launched its Peel + Pour cups, single-serve packages that contain popcorn kernels with a solid chunk of flavoring inside. The cups are meant to be used in Opopop’s collapsible silicone popper. Opopop also takes an experimental approach with its flavors, with varieties like Cinnalicious, Chedapeño, Salted Caramel and Maui Heat. In April, Opopop debuted its Wasabi flavor and last month launched its dill pickle flavor Pickle Monster. Opopop’s colorful branding and play on words attracts a younger audience. Opopop is available online on its website and in retailers such as Williams Sonoma and Foxtrot Market. The company is currently planning a wider retail launch at grocery stores to reach new consumers. 

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July 10, 2022, to July 17, 2022

Once Again’s Graham Cracker Sandwiches Wins Good Housekeeping's 2022 Healthy Snack Award

Once Again’s Sunflower Seed Butter Graham Cracker Sandwiches have been selected as a winner in Good Housekeeping's 2022 Healthy Snack Awards in the Best Crave-Worthy Cookies Category. The organic, gluten-free snack is a vegan and allergy-friendly alternative to the traditional peanut butter filled cracker sandwiches. It is hand-crafted in small batches will ethically sourced, clean ingredients. The plant-based product is also part of Once Again's Honest in Trade program, an initiative that seeks to improve quality of life through environmentally, economically and socially fulfilling partnerships from farm to fork. The product is sold in-store at Whole Foods and Sprouts and online through the brand's website and Amazon. 

BDSI Survey Shows Chips Are The Most Popular Snack In Germany

Results from the latest consumer study from Germany’s BDSI confectionery sector have placed chips as the most popular snacking item for consumers within its national market. The study found that potato chips were favoured by 76 percent of respondents, followed by nuts or nut mixes (69 percent) and salty peanuts (57 percent), peanut flips (57percent), pretzel sticks/pretzels (48 percent) and trail mix (43 percent). As the BDSI noted, there have been recent changes in eating habits, with the enjoyment of snack items increasingly moving to daytime, including between meals and on the go. Furthermore, the BDSI noted the salty snacks category has seen steady growth in Germany for a number of years.

Calbee Group Acquires Majority Stake In Greenday Group

Japanese snack company Calbee Group has acquired a 75 percent stake in Thailand-based healthy snack maker Greenday Group. The acquisition will help Calbee group increase its global reach and production capabilities. Calbee, which supplies North America, the UK, China, Australia, and Southeast Asian markets, said it has positioned the expansion of its overseas business as one of the growth pillars in its 2030 vision, Next Calbee. The company has a focus on North America, Greater China, the U.K. and Indonesia.

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July 03, 2022, to July 10, 2022

Key Trends Within BFY Foods: Functionality & Dietary Requirements

Within the BFY food landscape, two clear trends are emerging in product development: functional and diet-specific foods. Functional foods with claims of specific health benefits and ingredients such as adaptogens and nootropics are gaining traction. In 2021, global functional and fortified food sales reached $292 billion, including $83 billion in the US. A new functional snack start-up is DOH!, which offers vegan, gluten-free cookie dough enhanced with nutrients to target specific needs such as immune support and stress relief. Products promoting digestive health are particularly popular. For example, BelliWelli offers plant-based, gluten-free digestive health bars aimed at consumers suffering from irritable-bowel syndrome. Dalci serves a line of gut-friendly dessert bars formulated with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as avocado oil, coconut sugar and almond flour. Food alternatives are also increasingly popular as more consumers follow specific diets or eating patterns. Snow Days is a brand of organic, grain-free pizza bites made with a cassava flour crust, aimed to rival General Mill’s Totino’s Pizza Rolls. Additionally, Three Wishes Cereal, creates gluten-free, low sugar cereal that is formulated with chickpea, pea protein and tapioca.

Sweet Potato Snack Brand Spudsy Expands Distribution To 4,000 Stores

Sweet potato-based snack brand Spudsy has expanded its retail distribution to more than 4,000 new stores across the US. Spudsy’s Sweet Potato Puffs and Sweet Potato Fries will now be available in stores including H-E-B, Albertsons-Safeway, Hy-Vee, Stater Bros, Hudson News, and CVS. Spudsy makes its vegan, gluten-free snacks out of upcycled, imperfect sweet potatoes to cut down on food waste. 

Cape Town Brand Plato Makes Its Crisps From Recycled Beer Grains

Cape Town-based brand Plato collects spent grain, a by-product from beer production, to create its grain crisps. Each year, Plato's collects approximately 24 tons of left-over malted barley grains from Darling Brew, a beer maker in the Western Cape, and makes it into 6.5 tons of crisps a month. Plato’s crisps are manufactured by canola oil company Southern Oil, which owns the brand in part. The crisps are flash fried, which the company claims makes the fat content of the snack 50% lower than regular potato chips. Plato’s crisps are made to enjoy with beer and are available in three flavors: Jalapeño Chutney, Mature Cheddar, and Smoked BBQ. In the future, Plato is looking to use spent grain to produce crackers, cookies, and fermented drinks. 
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