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Spain’s Natursnacks To Use Kale Leaves To Make Snacks

December 29, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Valladolid, Spain-based brand, known for snacks made from dehydrated fruit and vegetables, is planning to use the waste of kale leaves for the production of cookies and crackers. The company is working with another Spanish firm, Itacyl, which has been exploring the possibilities of using the by-products generated in the transformation process of kale. The company has developed a flour from the leaves of kale, an important source of bioactive compounds, to make biscuits and crackers. “With a small percentage of this flour, the antioxidant properties of the final product are doubled and even tripled, without altering its sensory characteristics,” the company says. “In this way, a waste with a limited use as a by-product for animal feed, recovers all its value and is reintegrated into the production chain.”
"The Valladolid company Natursnacks will make cookies and crackers using the waste of the kale leaf.", The News 24, December 29, 2021, via CE Noticias Financieras English, © The News 24 - All Daily News Here!
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Europe’s Food Regulators Are Warming Up To Foods That Contain Insects

December 28, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The European Food Safety Authority (Parma, Italy) has approved a Dutch-based insect company’s application to market food products made from migratory locusts. The approval of locusts for human was included as part of the “novel food” category. Fair Insects provides a range of products, including insect-based crisps and insect-based falafel mix. This follows a similar approval for dried yellow mealworms in January 2021 submitted by French insect producer, SAS EAP Group Agronutris, which also produces insect-based snacks and food ingredients. According to BMI, the latest approval is a sign of the regulatory framework speeding up and highlights the opportunities within the edible insect market. As of mid-October 2021, the EU has received 20 insect food applications for food products that contain house crickets, banded crickets, black fly soldiers, and honey bee drone brood species.


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"Quick View: Increasing Regulatory Approvals For Edible Insects", BMI Western Europe Food and Drink Insights, December 28, 2021, via Via Lexis Nexis, © EFSA/European Union
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Three Startups Focus On Climate-Friendly Foods And Snacks

December 27, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
During 2022, as more consumers voice a desire to eat more sustainably, three companies – Airly and Moonshot in the U.S., and WhatIf in Singapore – are bringing products to market in the hopes of satisfying that appetite. St Louis, Mo.-based Airly, for example, is making and marketing foods – mostly snacks – using regenerative agriculture practices and in some cases are carbon-neutral. The first product from Airly Foods, a company launched through Post Holdings‘ subsidiary Bright Future Foods, is Oat Clouds, an oat-based cracker that comes in cheddar, sea salt, chocolate, and salted caramel flavors. PlanetFWD’s Moonshot crackers brand is another climate-friendly snacking option that is carbon-neutral, sourced from regeneratively-grown heirloom wheat. And Singapore’s WhatIf Foods created a lineup of nutrient-dense instant foods – primarily noodles and soups – sourced from ingredients grown by regenerative farming.
Jennifer Marston, "Airly, WhatIf Foods & Moonshot aim to make climate-friendly snacks the main course for 2022", AgFunderNews, December 27, 2021, © AgFunderNews
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Cereal Sales Were Rejuvenated During Pandemic, But Seem To Be Slowing

December 27, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
With consumers confined to their homes during the pandemic, they turned back to an old breakfast staple: cereals. As a result, U.S. cereal sales bounced back above $9 billion in 2020, good news for General Mills and Post Consumer Brands that together sell half of all of the ready-to-eat cereal in the U.S. However, as lockdown stockpiling eased, cereal sales slipped this year to $8.66 billion, according to market researcher IRI. Kellogg says the performance of key brands in the U.S. was also impacted by supply complications in North America, though international growth has been healthy. Despite slippage here and there, the sales outlook for cereal has been revived somewhat by the lasting effects of pandemic-era grocery shopping and a permanent shift to more people working from home.
Brooks Johnson , "Cereal was a winner in the pandemic. How does your favorite kind rank?", Star Tribune, December 27, 2021, © Star Tribune
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Sunflower Seeds Expected To Soar In Popularity in 2022

December 27, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Eating sunflower seeds, either as a snack or as an ingredient in other foods, is expected to become very popular in 2022, mainly because the seeds are a plant-based source of protein, fats, and other nutrients. The seeds are becoming a staple ingredient in many grocery items, including crackers, milk alternatives, nut butters, ice creams, and more. One medical expert says sunflower seeds are high in healthy fats, plant compounds, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and contain some plant protein. They may help to decrease inflammation, and chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Other health benefits include reduction in cardiovascular disease, anxiety and depression, the risk of stroke and cancer, and improvement in bone health.
Sarah Berman , "This Grocery Item Is Expected to Fly Off Shelves in 2022", Eat This, Not That!, December 27, 2021, © Galvanized Media
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Potato Cultivation Kits From Japan’s Calbee

December 23, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
In an effort to raise awareness of potatoes, Tokyo-based potato chip-maker Calbee is selling kits that make it easy for people of all ages to grow their own potatoes. Two products that work together to grow potatoes were released by Calbee in December to home and garden retailers in the Kyushu area of Japan. The Poroshiri kit, named for Calbee’s in-house potato variety, contains two seed potatoes – not “potato seeds” – to get a garden started. Potato Bag, meanwhile, is a 10-kilo sack full of coconut peat, palm mulch, and fertilizer. Just plant the seed potatoes, water as necessary, and “behold as the miracle of life takes place before your very eyes.”
"Japanese potato chip maker releases potato-growing kits", Japan Today, December 23, 2021, via SoraNews24, © GPlusMedia Inc./ SoraNews24 -Japan News- / SOCIO CORPORATION
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Private Equity Firm Buys Controlling Stake In Organic Cracker Brand

December 23, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
San Francisco Equity Partners (SFEP) has acquired a majority stake in Rustic Bakery, a pioneer and market leader in organic and specialty foods, and “one of the highest-velocity specialty cracker brands in the market.” Founded in 2005, Rustic Bakery markets a growing portfolio of artisanal products, including crackers, crisps, cookies, and biscuits. The company manufactures its organic, non-GMO products with locally sourced ingredients at its California production facility, where it controls a proprietary production process. Rustic Bakery’s products are sold in more than 5,000 stores in North America across multiple distribution channels, including conventional and natural grocery, club, ecommerce, specialty, and foodservice. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"San Francisco Equity Partners Acquired Majority Stake in Specialty Foods Leader Rustic Bakery", BUSINESS WIRE, December 23, 2021, © BUSINESS WIRE
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Nestlé Develops Optimum Ratio Formula For Ceereal Carbs, Fiber, Sugar

December 22, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Collaborating with scientists from Australia, Singapore, and Tufts University (Boston, Mass.), Nestlé has developed and validated a new nutritional concept for carbohydrate quality in a porridge or cereal format. The Grainsmart balance concept is a defined ratio between carbohydrates, fibers, and sugars that aims to limit the number of free sugars and increase the number of fibers, which helps to shift to healthier products and balanced products diets. This ratio is 10:1:2 and indicates that for every 10 g of total carbohydrates, there should be a minimum of one gram of fiber and no more than two g of free sugars when developing certain products such as cereals. Products that meet the 10:1:2 ratio can include the Grainsmart balance logo on pack. Nestlé has launched the first products based on Grainsmart balance, consisting of an oatmeal cereal product range with Nutri-Score A rating in Europe.
"Nestlé unveils Grainsmart concept that support carbs, fiber and sugar levels in porridge", foodingredientsfirst.com, December 22, 2021, © CNS Media
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IRI Tells Snack Makers That At-Home Snacking Trend Is Here To Stay

December 21, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Snack companies should anticipate ongoing demand for on-the-go items – including snack bars and single-serve packaging – combined with continued snacking at home, an IRI exec told The Food Institute recently. VP Joan Driggs said consumption of snacks at home will remain higher than pre-pandemic levels, with a growing focus on better-for-you offerings. This outlook is largely due to Americans increasing their screen time throughout the pandemic. Trends to monitor include consumer interest in snacks that deliver health benefits (healthier oils, baked vs. fried, high protein, gut health ingredients, and vitamins); flavor innovations; and sustainability messaging (e.g., packaging and carbon labeling).
Grace Garwood, "IRI: Snacking at Home Trend Destined to Continue", The Food Institute, December 21, 2021, © The Food Institute
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Flavorchem Highlights Four Food Flavor Trends

December 21, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Downers Grove, Ill.-based flavor and ingredient supplier said it gleaned four key trends for 2022 from monitoring new product releases, market intelligence reports, data sources, and social media buzz. They are: the further rise of citrus fruit flavors and ingredients – yuzu, blood orange, kumquat, tangerine – as consumer interest in immune-boosting food and beverage products grows; more keto diet products, including snacks, cereals, bars, breads, and cookies; more pre, pro, and post-biotic ingredients supporting gut health in nutritional drinks, juices, snacks, and dairy; and continued consumer interest in ethically and environmentally conscious practices (transparency, the environmental impact of packaging, upcycled ingredients, and the next generation of proteins.
Jim Cornall, "Flavorchem issues 2022 flavor and trend forecast", The Dairy Reporter, December 21, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Private Equity Firm Invests In Contract Manufacturer Of BFY Granola

December 20, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Chicago-based Entrepreneurial Equity Partners has invested in Organic Milling Inc., a San Dimas, California contract manufacturer of better-for-you cereal, granola, snacks, and ingredients for leading brands and private label customers. The 61-year-old company provides customers a range of processing and packaging options with a focus on organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free. Product offerings include a variety of granolas and extruded items such as rice crisps, high-fiber twigs, flakes, and coated puffs. No financial terms were disclosed.
"Entrepreneurial Equity Partners Invests In Organic Milling", Entrepreneurial Equity Partners, December 20, 2021, © Entrepreneurial Equity Partners
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U.K. Free-From Snack Brand Launches Two New Products

December 20, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Crave’s free-from snacks range has two new vegan-friendly additions: Pickled Onion Monster Feet and Smokey Flavoured Streakers. Both are free of corn, gluten, corn, eggs and lactose. The January 2022 launch is just in time for Veganuary and are available at the TheVeganKind online supermarket. The new products are a departure from its two luxury chocolate bar products, Rocky Road and Kitchen Sink. Founder Rob Brice said: “Instead of bland and boring we set out to create some snacks which are tongue-in-cheek, fun, and full of flavour.”
"Crave Launches Vegan Smokey Bacon & Pickled Onion Monster Feet Snacks", vegconomist , December 20, 2021, © vegconomist - a brand of vegconom GmbH
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Startup’s Allergen-Free Crackers Attract Grocery Chains, Investors

December 20, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Two Chicago-based entrepreneurs with personal and family experiences with autoimmune disease and food intolerances have created a snack brand that's free from the 14 most common allergens, as well as corn and sugar. Despite unfortunate timing – launching at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic – Every Body Eat’s crackers are now sold in more 700 U.S. stores, including Whole Foods Market, Wegman's, and Mariano's. The company makes snack thins and "crispbreads," which are long crackers that hold toppings or spreads. Its "Cheese-less" snack thin is like a Cheez-It without the cheese. In November, Every Body Eat won first place and $1 million at Grow-NY, a food innovation and agriculture competition in New York. Investors include Cleveland Avenue, the VC fund from former McDonald's CEO Don Thompson, and Kansas City-based 1248 Holdings. 
Jim Dallke, "An allergen-free snack that tastes good? Every Body Eat thinks it's cracked the code", Chicago Business Journal, December 20, 2021, © American City Business Journals
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RIND Introduces “Island Inspired” Snacks

December 19, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The New York-based company known for its upcycled dried fruit peel snacks is introducing a limited-edition, island-inspired rind blend made with made with rescued, overripe, and slightly imperfect skin-on fruits. The new Island variety includes sweet honeydew melon, mandarin orange, and banana bites. The Island snacks have no added sugar or sulfites, contain 100 calories per serving, four grams of fiber per bag, and are vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO verified. Island Blend will be available on RINDSnacks.com for a limited time while supplies last.
"RIND Sends Snackers Summer Packing with Limited-Edition Launch of Luscious ISLAND Blend", PR Newswire, December 19, 2021, © Cision US Inc
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Instagram Influencer Launches Granola Brand

December 18, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
New York-based “advertising executive, granola connoisseur, and Instagram influencer” Tom Bannister has relaunched his Tom’s Granola brand as Tom’s Perfect 10. The popular Ginger Zing flavor, available for purchase on Instagram Checkout and Shopify, will be followed by more flavors every quarter. Bannister launched a subscription-based flavor-of-the-month granola club which instantly had a waitlist of ten thousand-plus. 
"Tom's Perfect 10: The Subscription-Based Granola", Packaging Strategies, December 18, 2021, © BNP Media
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Price Increases Inflate Value Of U.K.’s Bagged Snack Sales

December 17, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Higher production costs and fewer promotions are driving up the price of snacks in the U.K. The bagged snacks category made an extra $174 million over the past 12 months – a four percent increase – but volumes rose by just 1.8 percent. That means the 2.2 percent rise in average price was the main driver of that gain. The average price of Pringles, for example, is up by 10.3 percent. One factor behind these changes is higher production costs: the price of packaging, energy, deliveries – and ingredients such as oil and potatoes – is moving upwards. At KP Snacks, the price of its nuts brand is up an average four percent. KP seems to be bucking a trend, though: despite price increases, volumes are up 7.8 percent.
Daniel Woolfson, Daniel Selwood, "Bagged snacks 2021: big nights in getting pricier - and healthier", thegrocer.co.uk, December 17, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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As Supply Costs Rise, Snack Maker Monitors Frito-Lay’s Pricing Tactics

December 17, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Like many businesses in the U.S., Better Made Snack Foods of Detroit feels the pinch of supply chain disruptions and inflated prices for potatoes, oil, and other ingredients during the pandemic. The company knows it has to hike prices at some point, but it is waiting to see how much Texas-based, market leader Frito-Lay raises prices on Ruffles and Lay's potato chips. "If you raise your price over what the major national brand is selling for, you're not going to be in a very good marketplace," said company President David Jones. "So we've got to see what the national leader is doing and then we follow right behind them." Better Made, which distributes snacks in 20 states, says prices have increased 20 percent for potatoes, 30 percent for seasonings, 20 to 30 percent for corrugated cardboard, and 158 percent per pound for cotton seed oil.
"Why We'll Pay More For Detroit's Better Made Chips", Deadline Detroit, December 17, 2021, © Deadline Detroit, Inc.
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Belgian Baking Company Buys Stake In Good Crisp Company

December 17, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Boulder, Colo.-based better-for-you snacks startup, has sold a minority stake to Belgium’s Lotus Bakeries as part of a Series A funding round. Lotus, which makes waffles, biscuits, and snacks, invested in the business via its venture capital arm FF2032. The financing round included a returning investment from San Francisco-based VC firm CircleUp Capital Partners. Good Crisp, founded originally in Australia in 2015 and moved to the U.S. two years later, produces gluten- and allergen-free, clean-label potato chips without any artificial flavors; it recently added cheese balls to its portfolio. The products can be found in Walmart, Whole Foods Market, Kroger, and Wegmans.
Simon Harvey, "U.S. start-up Good Crisp attracts Lotus Bakeries minority interest", just-food global news, December 17, 2021, © Verdict Media Limited
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Breaking Through India’s Snack Product Clutter Is No Easy Task For Start-Ups

December 15, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Food industry analysts in India say sustained profitability is tough for snack start-ups, but there is a demand-supply gap that new companies can leverage. There are plenty of packaged and healthy snacks on the market, so new brands try to rise above the clutter by straddling the indulgence-versus-health marketing message: “no chemicals or preservatives,” “baked instead of fried.” and “no added sugars” have become the buzzwords that attract buyers. Entry-level pricing also plays a role in luring consumers. “We want to democratize the better-for-you category with healthier snacking at an affordable premium positioning,” says Anuj Krishan, co-founder of Forbidden Foods. Other marketing ploys include free sampling at stores and alternate consumer outreach channels, like partnering with local sports, cultural, and lifestyle events.
Ratna Bhushan, "Snacking more during WFH? You're not alone", Economic Times (E-Paper Edition) , December 15, 2021, © Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd
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ADM Spotlights “Snackification,” Other Snack Trends

December 15, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Chicago-based food ingredients company says the “snackification” movement (snacking vs. specific meals), which emerged before COVID-19, continues to grow as consumers focus on making better-for-you snack choices for themselves and their children. That means snacks that deliver nutrition and satiety with ingredients like whole grains, fiber, and protein. The company’s research arm found that 64 percent of households with children under the age of 18 revert to snacks to ensure sustained energy throughout the day. The vegan, vegetarian – or at least flexitarian – approach to eating has also taken hold, and plant-based will continue to be a major buzzword in 2022. Alternative proteins will account for 11 percent of the total protein market by 2035.
Gill Hyslop, "Plant-based eating is trending in snacks for kids", Bakery and Snacks, December 15, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Investment Firm Sells Pretzels, Inc., To Hershey

December 15, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Pennsylvania-based Hershey Company has acquired the 40-year-old snack maker (Bluffton, Ind.) from an affiliate of Peak Rock Capital, a private investment firm. Pretzels, Inc., has an extensive portfolio of salty snacks that includes traditional, peanut-butter-filled, almond-butter-filled, flavored, seasonal, and gluten-free pretzels, as well as extruded snack products. The company serves a blue-chip customer base that includes grocery chains and national brands. An affiliate of Peak Rock acquired Pretzels in 2018 from the founding families. During Peak Rock's ownership, Pretzels expanded its Plymouth, Indiana, factory and built a new facility in Lawrence, Kansas. The company also invested heavily in new product development, introducing several successful products, including almond-butter-filled pretzels.
"Peak Rock Capital Affiliate Sells Pretzels, Inc. To The Hershey Company", PR Newswire, December 15, 2021, © Cision US Inc
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Sapientia Technologies Debuts Plant-Based Snack

December 14, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The company, a subsidiary of Eat Well Investment Group (Vancouver, Canada), has launched its better-for-you plant-based twists in 350 Federated Co-operatives Limited stores under the COOP Pure Brand. The plant-based snacks were created by Sapientia founder Eugenio Bortone, the inventor of the Twisted Cheeto. Sapientia says it created the plant-based twisted curls for consumers seeking healthier snack foods with increased protein and nutritional credentials. They are baked rather than fried, so they contain 30 percent less calories, as well as three-to four-times more protein, and four- to five-times fiber. The initial launch consists of Ketchup and Cheese flavors. Chili Lime and Mediterranean flavors will be available shortly.
"Eat Well Group Wholly-Owned Portfolio Company Sapientia Technologies, LLC Launches Plant-Based Snacks Developed by the Inventor of Twisted Cheeto's, with Federated Co-op Stores Across Western Canada", Business Wire, December 14, 2021, © Business Wire
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Clif Bar & Co. Creates In-House Product Incubator

December 14, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Emeryville, Calif.-based energy foods and drinks company’s Trailblazers Incubator is tasked with developing growth avenues. Its first venture, a line of plant-based, clean-label jerky for dogs set to launch nationally in early 2022, will form the basis of a Clif Pet portfolio of products. The incubator will also build a pipeline of products for humans, including "completely disruptive" snacks set to launch soon. CEO Sally Grimes has said she plans to double the company’s sales to $2 billion and expand its "fit for movement" portfolio.
Samantha Oller , "Clif Bar launches incubator to pursue disruptive innovation", Food Dive, December 14, 2021, © Industry Dive
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Hain Celestial Group Acquires Parmcrisps Maker In $259M Deal

December 14, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Lake Success, N.Y.-based maker of organic and natural products paid $259 million to Clearlake Capital Group (Santa Monica, Calif.) for Proven Brands, Inc. and KTB Foods, Inc. (That's How We Roll, Montclair, N.J.), the makers of the Parmcrisps crisps and Thinsters crunchy cookies brands. The purchase will be financed with loans. Clearlake acquired the company in 2014 and subsequently acquired Kitchen Table Bakers, the makers of ParmCrisps, in 2016.  
Keith Nunes, "U.S. Hain Celestial snaps up Parmcrisps, Thinsters snacking brands", Food Business News, December 14, 2021, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Thailand’s "Ganja Appetit" Initiative Informs People About Edible Pot

December 13, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Food entrepreneurs in the Southeast Asian country are rapidly developing pot-infused food products, now that the government has removed most of the marijuana plant from the list of banned narcotics.  Leaves, stalks, stems, and roots – but not flowers and seeds – can now be used to make medicine, health products, food, and cosmetics. To help educate citizens about THC food products, a school in Bangkok known as TCDC Commons Seacon Square recently organized an exhibition titled "Ganja Appetit." One of the administrators of the school said “’Ganja Appetit' informed visitors about the legalization of cannabis in Thailand, how to make cannabis-infused food products, and the first steps entrepreneurs have to know." Among the new edibles are jelly, ice cream, sun-dried bananas, cookies, grilled fish chill paste, and fermented fish sauce. 
Suwitcha Chaiyong , "A growing business ", Bangkok Post, December 13, 2021, © Bangkok Post Public Company Limited
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Solina: Beneficial Snacking Is Replacing “Mindless Munching”

December 13, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The French company that specializes in customization of food ingredients for manufacturers says that consumer demand for more healthy and tasty snacks – and less “mindless munching” – requires food companies to do things much differently. That often means reformulation of current product lines to remove or lower fat, sugar and salt content, and development of better-for-you snacks that contain natural ingredients and deliver functional benefits. Solina says it is helping manufacturers accomplish this with a “four-pillar” approach: a chef approach for developing unique flavors; a technical approach to assure processability and minimum waste; a local approach that considers taste preferences and agility in sourcing; and a nutritional approach informed by knowledge of ingredients with nutritional or functional properties.
"Unlocking pathways to healthier snacks", Food Navigator, December 13, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Former Vita Coco Execs Launch Sugar-Free Cereal

December 11, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Noting that the new sugar free, non-HFSS cereal brand is "closer nutritionally and price aligned to protein supplements," former Vita Coco brand and sales managers Kit Gammell and Jac Chetland named their brainchild Surreal. The product will debut in the U.K. with four flavors: Cocoa, Peanut Butter, Frosted, and Cinnamon, all with 13 grams of protein and five grams of net carbs per bowl (rsp: £6/210g) and made with such as tapioca starch and inulin, but no cereal grains. The brand plans to give out 30,000 bowls in a sampling campaign, and will begin filling orders by the end of December, with Amazon and a DTC launch in January. The cereal has attracted the attention of investors such as Proper founder Ryan Kohn, former Sir Kensington's CEO Mark Ramadan and entrepreneur Mervyn Davies.
Daniel Woolfson, "Vita Coco duo add non-HFSS cereal brand", The Grocer, December 11, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Post Stresses Flavor, Healthy Ingredients In Great Grains Ad Campaign

December 9, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Lakeville, Minn.-based company says its new media campaign is designed to hold onto all of the Great Grains customers it acquired during the pandemic. The healthy and flavorful theme is one that Post Consumer Brands will evolve during 2022 under the “Recipe For Great” platform, the first major Great Grains campaign since 2016. According to the company, during the pandemic consumers were willing to pay more for premium cereals. Brand manager Joe Christenson said, “We had lots of people who reached out to us for the first time.” The first creative iteration of “Recipe For Great” is a 15-second video from the Barkley agency titled “The Beauty of the Harvest.” Post said dollar sales of Great Gains rose 8.7 percent in 2020 versus the previous year. From October of 2020 to October 2021, the brand was up 2.6 percent.
Steve Ellwanger , "Great Grains Cereal Tailoring Creative To Flavor Varieties", MediaPost, Marketing Daily, December 09, 2021, © MediaPost Communications
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Food Companies Rush To Meet Demand For Snacks Serving A Variety Of Trends

December 8, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
New snacks are being created to meet consumer demand for health, indulgence, sustainability, and freshness. Trend watchers expect the category to continue accelerating and fragmenting into 2022. Nestlé SA, for example, has introduced chilled Rallies Nut Butter Bombs for consumers seeking an indulgent treat with no preservatives. TH Foods, Inc., owner of the Crunchmaster brand, recently introduced Bistro Crisps, a cassava-based grain-free, paleo, vegan, and gluten-free snack containing 120 calories in 63 crisps.
Keith Nunes, "Slideshow: Snack innovation is surging", Food Business News, December 08, 2021, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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New Products From Whisps Snacks Move Beyond Crisps

December 7, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The New York, N.Y.-based cheese crisps company has introduced Whisps Cheese Crumbs and Whisps Cheese Crisps & Nuts, both featuring parmesan and cheddar cheeses exclusively made for the company. Cheese Crumbs ($6.99/3 oz bag, $8.99/8 oz bag), available in Buffalo and Italian Herb flavors, uses 100 percent real cheese and spices, and is low-carb, gluten-free, high-protein, and keto friendly. A serving of Whisps Cheese Crisps & Nuts ($7.99/5.75 oz bag) has 8-9 grams of protein, three grams of net carbs, less than one gram of sugar, and is a good source of calcium. Both new products are available at Kroger and/or select Costco stores, and on Amazon.
"Whisps Introduces Cheese Crumbs, a Cheesy Alternative to Breadcrumbs, Alongside New Innovations", PRNewswire, December 07, 2021, © Cision US Inc
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Ecuadorean Snack Maker Benefits From Cash Infusion

December 7, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Series A funding round, led by Grupo Bimbo with participation from SOSV and Amadeo, benefits Quito, Ecuador-based LiveKuna, a vertically integrated supplier of gluten-free snacks and staples made from sustainably produced quinoa and chia sourced from farmers in Ecuador. In addition to the financial boost, Grupo Bimbo will work with LiveKuna to develop further better-for-you products, expand distribution in North America, and broaden the network of farmers. LiveKuna’s product portfolio includes breakfast cereal, pasta, flour, seeds, and grains, along with a line of puffed superfood snacks called KunaPops. Financial details of the funding round, along with Bimbo’s contribution, were not revealed. 
Gill Hyslop , "‘No brainer’: Ecuadorian superfood snack producer set for trajectory ride with boost from Grupo Bimbo", BakeryAndSnacks.com, December 07, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Sagacious IP Expects Patents For Healthy Snacks To Increase In 2022

December 6, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Seattle, Wash.-based intellectual property specialist says the number of patents granted and published globally for healthy snacks should increase in 2021, compared to the past four years. By November of this year, 507 patents related to healthy snacks had been granted and published. There were 509 in 2020, 497 in 2019, 509 in 2018, 477 in 2017, and 653 in 2016. Nestlé SA (Vevey, Switzerland) filed the highest number of patents (115) from 2016-2021, followed by Roquette Group (Lestrem, France), Mondelez International (Chicago), and PepsiCo (Purchase, N.Y.). China was the leading country with 12,876 patents filed from 2016-21, followed by Korea at 718 and the U.S. at 443.
Jeff Gelski, "Patents for healthy snacks on an upward trajectory", Supermarket Perimeter, December 06, 2021, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Utz Brands Completes $56M Acquisition Of R.W. Garcia

December 6, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of salty snacks said its subsidiaries have completed the acquisition of R.W. Garcia Holdings, LLC, using balance sheet cash and a revolving credit facility. R.W. Garcia (Scott's Valley, Calif.), founded in 1982, is a family-owned and operated artisan maker of organic tortilla chips, crackers, and corn chips. All R.W. Garcia products are non-GMO verified, certified gluten-free, low-sodium, kosher, and free of artificial additives or preservatives. With factories in Nevada and North Carolina, the company said it has the production capacity to support the continued growth of the Utz portfolio of brands. R.W. Garcia is complementary to Utz's June 2021 acquisition of Michigan-based Festida Foods.
"Utz Brands Completes Acquisition of RW Garcia", Business Wire, December 06, 2021, © Business Wire, Inc
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KP Snacks Cultivates Green Farming Methods

December 6, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The scale-up of regenerative farming practices is part of a partnership with agricultural sustainability experts Future Food Solutions. The Hayes, U.K.-based producer of the McCoy’s and Tyrrells potato chip brands is working with a number of potato growers in the country. They will grow cover crops between food crops in the farm rotation to sequester atmospheric CO2 and improve soil health by increasing soil organic matter. The project also has two pilot farms where Sustainable Futures will partner with growers to demonstrate additional regenerative practices, as well as collect data to share with the whole supply chain.
Michele Perrett, "KP Snacks develops green farming practices", FoodManufacture.co.uk, December 06, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Kellogg's Tests New Packaging Technology For Corn Flakes Brand

December 4, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Battle Creek, Mich.-based cereals maker is testing Corn Flakes packs lined with paper in a "small number" of Tesco stores in the U.K. in January, with the results "helping to shape Kellogg's future packaging plans." According to the company, its scientists "worked to create paper-based inner packaging for its cereal that can survive the process of filling and sealing millions of bags in boxes of cereal produced in its factory and transporting them to retailers." Plastic inner liners are not widely accepted in curbside recycling. The move is in line with its “Wellbeing Manifesto” seeking to improve its food and packaging "so that it's better for people, the planet, and the community."
Daniel Woolfson, "Kellogg's trials paper liners for Corn Flakes", The Grocer, December 04, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Nestlé Plans To Double Ecommerce Sales Over Next Three Years

December 3, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Ecommerce, including direct-to-consumer and business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) online sales, today accounts for about $12 billion of Nestlé’s total annual sales ($92 billion). But the company has ambitious plans for the next three years: it expects ecommerce will represent about 25 percent of all sales. To generate more business and sales from ecommerce Nestlé is investing more in digital marketing and data analysis. “We will continue to enhance our ecommerce offerings and increase our spend in digital marketing,” said the head of strategic business units Bernard Meunier, who noted that the company will focus on capturing more valuable consumer data points to better understand customers.
Mark Brohan, "Nestlé cooks up plans to make ecommerce 25 percent of sales by 2025", Digital Commerce 360, December 03, 2021, © Digital Commerce 360 | Vertical Web Media LLC
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TSUMo Snacks Launches Low-Dose Pot-Infused Treats

December 3, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Los Angeles, Calif.-based cannabis snack brand says its new line of low-dose cannabis-infused salty snacks “fills a large void in the current sweet-centric edibles market.” TSUMo’s snacks contain premium THC low-dosed at 10 mg per bag. The line includes Classic Cheese Puffs, Fiery Hot Cheese Crunchers, Zesty Ranch Mini Tortilla Rounds, Hint of Lime Mini Tortilla Rounds, and Salsa Verde Mini Tortilla Rounds. Priced at $5/unit, TSUMo Snacks will initially be available for purchase and delivery in select parts of California through the company’s website. 
"Cannabis Brand TSUMo Snacks Debuts Line Of Savory Snacks Into The California Market", The Weed Blog, December 03, 2021, © The Weed Blog
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Sustainability Of Peanut Farming Plays Big Role In Record Consumption Levels

December 2, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The National Peanut Board (NPB) says the consistent rise in the nut’s popularity, even during the pandemic, is largely due to its healthfulness and significant sustainability figures that resonate with consumers. Peanut consumption in the U.S. has hit record levels for the second year in a row: an all-time high of 7.9 pounds (3.5 kg) per American in 2021, topping the previous record level of 7.6 pounds (3.4 kg) in 2020. During the pandemic, peanuts helped people meet their nutritional needs during stressful and hectic times. As to sustainability, peanut farmers long ago began taking extra steps to care for their land because they knew it was key to being able to farm well into the future. Eco-conscious Gen Zers are among the biggest consumers of peanut products, though Millennials, Gen Xers, and Boomers also place the environment on the top of their list of priorities.
Gill Hyslop, "Why U.S. peanut consumption has hit record highs", BakeryAndSnacks.com, December 02, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Opopop Acts To Expand Popcorn Product Availability

December 2, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The Denver, Colo.-based gourmet popcorn brand has partnered with neighborhood café, corner store, and food/beverage delivery service Foxtrot to expand product availability. Opopop developed an exclusive popcorn Discovery Collection for Foxtrot customers, which includes seven pouches of Flavor Wrapped Popcorn Kernels and a microwave popcorn popper that retails at $30.00. The collection, and restock flavor cartons, are available at all fifteen Foxtrot locations in Chicago, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. Customers can shop in-store or order five-minute pickup and 30-minute delivery via the Foxtrot App. Opopop says it is the world's first pre-flavored popcorn kernel brand.
"Opopop, Creator of Flavor Wrapped Popcorn Kernels, Announces Partnership with Foxtrot", PR Newswire, December 02, 2021, © Cision US Inc.
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Lines Blurring Between Functional Foods, OTC Drugs, Supplements

December 1, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
A top exec at SnackFutures, the innovation and venture hub of Mondelēz International, told Fi Europe attendees recently that the lines between functional foods, over-the-counter drugs, and food supplements are getting fuzzier. According to innovations director Gil Horsky, ingredients that were common in the functional space – functional mushrooms, adaptogens, nootropics – are steadily moving into snacks and other foods. SnackFutures has explored the mushroom ingredient category with Millie Gram, a Mondelēz Global (East Hanover, N.J.) brand of nut-based spreads infused with mushroom blends and other ingredients.
Jeff Gelski, "Mondelez executive forecasts snacking trends", Supermarkets Perimeter, December 01, 2021, © SOSLAND PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Taste, Protein Quality Are Top Considerations In Food Purchases

November 30, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
More than three out of every five consumers around the world rank flavor and protein quality as their top priorities when buying food, including snacks, according to the “Protein Mindset” report from Irish taste and nutrition company Kerry. Protein consumers are motivated by health and wellness, with 50 percent of survey respondents associating protein with “healthy diet” and 46 percent with “healthy lifestyle.” Consumers are also willing to pay a premium for protein fortification: 75 percent would pay a higher price for protein fortified food and beverages. On-pack claims of “better for you,” “healthy halo,” and “clean label” were identified as crucial to creating protein-based foods and beverages that will resonate with consumers.
Jim Cornall , "Kerry publishes Protein Mindset report", Dairy Reporter, November 30, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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General Mills Debuts Cereal Mashup

November 29, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Among the eight new breakfast cereals the company is introducing is a mashup of Golden Grahams and Cinnamon Toast Crunch dubbed CinnaGraham Toast Crunch. The cereal, which combines the subtle but sweet taste of graham crackers with the cinnamon-packed flavor of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, will arrive in select stores in mid-December and retailers nationwide in January. General Mills’ other new offerings are Reese's Puffs Cluster Crunch, Strawberry Banana Cheerios, PJ Masks Cereal (purple midnight berry-flavored corn cereal with marshmallows), Ratio Keto Granola Toasted Almond, Ratio Keto Granola Coconut Almond; Plentifull Cereals Peanut Butter, and Plentifull Cereals Cinnamon Almond Butter. 
Caitlyn Hitt, "General Mills Is Introducing CinnaGraham Toast Crunch & 7 Other New Cereals", Thrillist, November 29, 2021, © Group Nine Media Inc
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Louisiana Entrepreneur Grows His Dream Business From South American Seeds

November 29, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Aaron Gailmor’s healthy snacks venture – two-year-old Brass Roots – began when he encountered sacha inchi seeds in the bulk foods aisle of a California grocery store. The South American and Caribbean sacha inchi plant produces fruit with large, edible seeds that can be roasted, ground into powder, or pressed to extract oil, and are rich in protein, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. They are also free of many of the allergens associated with peanuts and tree nuts. After forging a relationship with a Thailand-based grower/supplier, he launched in New Orleans at the end of 2019. The company now makes three butters, three varieties of roasted seeds, and three “puffs,” essentially healthy versions of Cheetos. The company’s first round of investment came from a small venture capital firm in Chicago. A second round came in January 2021 from John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc.
Rich Collins, "N.O.-Based Snacks Startup Bets on South American ‘Superfood’", Biz New Orleans, November 29, 2021, © Biz New Orleans
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Naturya Floods Market With Superfood-Based Snacks And Foods

November 26, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The U.K.-based superfoods specialist’s 20 new products were created to help retailers capitalize on the growth in demand for superfood-based foods for breakfast, lunch, snacking, baking, desserts, and drinks. The new products include Chia+ Pudding, Overnight Oats, Keto Breakfast Porridge, Hot Chocolate, and Cacao Butter Drops. Included as superfood ingredients are acai, cacao, chia, goji, hemp, and maca. Online store Ocado will stock some of the new SKUs beginning in January, along with Holland & Barrett, Superdrug, Tree of Life (serving independent health stores), and Amazon.
"Naturya Rolling New ‘Superfoods’ Range", Kam City, November 26, 2021, © EMR-NAMNEWS Ltd.
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Decathlon Capital Partners Arranges “Revenue-Based Financing” For Riceworks

November 24, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Decathlon’s “highly customized financing solution” for the Long Grove, Ill.-based maker of gluten-free whole grain brown rice crisps will help fuel an aggressive expansion strategy across North America, along with new product lines. The revenue-based finance arrangement means Riceworks is not required to give up equity or ownership for growth capital. Riceworks was founded in 2005 by a family of rice growers and today creates better-for-you, all-natural rice-based snacks, including five variants of chips. Available in more than 7,500 grocery stores, warehouse clubs, and convenience stores in the U.S. and Canada, the new funding will fund further expansion of distribution.
Gill Hyslop, "Seven-figure ‘dilution-free’ boost will fast track gluten-free snack maker’s NA footprint", BakeryAndSnacks.com, November 24, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Zertus Acquires British Snack Maker Sun Valley Nut Company

November 24, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
The German food group Zertus pushes into healthier snacking in the U.K. with the acquisition of Sun Valley from the Hacking family, who founded it in 1949. Zertus’ U.K. market presence includes free-from chocolate brand Nomo, kids' snacking brands The Fruit Factory and Forest of Hope, and a partnership with Diageo to produce Baileys Chocolates. Sun Valley's sales boomed during the pandemic, with revenue in 2020 up 13.9 percent to £45.5 million ($61 million). The increase in own label and retail sales made up for the "almost total" loss of pub sales.
Alec Mattinson, "Sun Valley Nut Co sold to German confectionery group Zertus", The Grocer, November 24, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Cereal-Loving Millennials Want Healthier Breakfasts For Their Kids

November 23, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Thanks to the breakfast preferences of Millennial parents, today’s cereals might come out of a box that promotes social justice, probably contain high protein and less sugar, and might be paired with milk that’s better for the planet. Breakfast cereals have also kept up with social media trends, including pop-ups like KITH Treats, collaborations between Supreme and Wheaties, and cereal milk latte recipes found on TikTok. Popular cereal brands on the market today swap out the sugar for added protein. Magic Spoon frosted snacks, for example, mimic the nutritional composition of a protein bar or keto smoothie, sweetened with monk fruit, stevia, and a rare, non-glycemic sugar called allulose. Three Wishes cereal is made with chickpeas and pea protein. Also available are “nostalgic” cereals like Schoolyard Snacks, which markets “old school,” keto-friendly cereals in vintage packaging. 
Jessica Sulima, "Cereal Brands Are All Grown Up", Thrillist, November 23, 2021, © Group Nine Media Inc.
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Spotlight On The Products That Work Best In Micro Markets

November 22, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
Micro market kiosks are convenient, easy-to-use, and offer an array of payment options, including cash, credit/debit cards, prepaid account, fingerprint reader, etc. But not all products work well in micro markets: those that meet the needs and demands of customers will help kiosk retailers succeed. Single-cup coffees and teas that offer multiple flavor choices are working the best, along with alkaline waters, CBD waters, and non-filtered spring waters. Also working for micro market distributors are healthy brain food snacks, including fresh fruits and granola, energy bars, and meals on-the-go in the form of shakes. And don’t forget the impulse items: energy drinks or other types of caffeinated beverages, gum, mints, candies, etc. Key advice: be on the lookout for the latest market trends.
Joel Goldstein, "Current Trends In Micro Marketing Distribution", Forbes, November 22, 2021, © Forbes Media LLC
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Deceptive Brands Jump On The Healthy Snacks Bandwagon – It’s Called Healthwashing

November 17, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
With obesity and diabetes at an all-time high, consumers in the COVID and post-COVID era are looking for healthier snacks. Because of this, “purposeful’ snacking” – for fuel, focus, or a protein boost, for example – will become even more mainstream. But as the demand for better-for-you snacks grows, so do the number of snacks that claim a “health halo.” Unfortunately, the nutrition in the snacks often doesn’t live up to the health claims, a phenomenon known as healthwashing. Many so-called “healthy” snacks are either packed with sugar – “many refined sugar-free snack bars/balls contain more sugar than a Kit Kat” – or they contain unhealthful ingredients hiding behind “low sugar’ claims.” Some deceptive brands positioned in the health space deliberately obscure warnings they are legally required to carry – a particular problem online. 
Katy Askew, "'Healthwashing’ in snacks: ‘We need to protect and educate the public’", Food Navigator, November 17, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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European Food Community Wants To Make Food Health Claims Comprehensible

November 17, 2021: 12:00 AM EST
To help food product developers communicate, and help consumers better understand, health claims, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has launched the Health Claims Unpacked project. The idea is based on the need for multinational producers to overcome the challenges in communicating health claims to European consumers from differing societies and cultures. Funded by EIT, the project wants to find out how consumers respond to health claims presented on food packages; what is the impact of wording, location on pack, and use of symbols and pictures; and how to help producers cope with regulatory requirements while appealing to consumers,
Gill Hyslop , "Lost in translation: Fortifying snacks with health claims that everyone can understand", Bakery and Snacks, November 17, 2021, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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