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Indulgence, health, shopping more locally and purchasing foods with real provenance will drive the bakery sector in 2021, says the CBA.

Snacking trends

Coronavirus blues expected to continue propelling snacking movement in 2021

By Gill Hyslop

Snacking – both in and out of the home – is a category that did very well in 2020 and the movement looks set to continue in 2021 as consumers look for inexpensive sweet treats to cheer themselves up, writes Karen Dear, director of operations for the Craft...

William Reed's UK Food & Drink Shows will now go ahead in July in Birmingham. Pic: WRBM

Trade

William Reed announces new dates for its UK Food & Drink Shows

By Anthony Myers

The UK Food & Drink Shows comprising Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show, The Ingredients Show, Foodex, National Convenience Show and The Forecourt Show have been postponed until 5-7 July 2021, said organisers William Reed.

NCA president and CEO John Downs with last year's Future Leaders intake. Pic: NCA

NCA

NCA announces its 2021 Future Leadership Class

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the five confectionery industry professionals selected for its 2021 Future Leadership Program, which is dedicated to helping young professionals in the US the confectionery industry access networking...

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Study: Consumers see craft chocolate as ‘novel and exciting’

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Premium packaging and label design, unique brand backstories, and products that evoke novelty and excitement are highly-sought-after product attributes for craft chocolate consumers, according to research conducted by food scientists in Penn State’s College...

Consumers are increasingly looking for smaller packs of snacks. Pic: GettyImages/FotoDuets

Guest article

Capitalising on the small pack trend

By Gill Hyslop

Lifestyle changes are redefining the packaging sector. Along with the increased lean towards the snackification of mealtimes – ‘grazing’ on snacks throughout the day – consumers are also demanding more convenient, timely and portable solutions. Mike Pipe,...

Pectin is a natural component of plants, abundant in fruits such as apples and citric fruits. Pic: Cargill

Clean label special feature

The hunt for the ‘holy grail’ of clean label palatability

By Anthony Myers

New technology and food science are helping food ingredient manufacturers provide innovative solutions to meet the consumer-fuelled clean-label megatrend. From hunting for the ‘holy grail’ of clean-label bakery mould inhibitors to freeze-drying fruit...

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Clean label special feature

Clean and clear labelling appeals to consumers, new research finds

By Anthony Myers

Many food and beverage products do not offer the clear labelling that consumers want, according to new research (September 2020), in the UK and USA, commissioned by Ingredient Communications and conducted by SurveyGoo.

NCA hires Steve McCroddan (left) and Kyle Jordan. Pic: NCA

Industry

NCA beefs up its team with a new CFO and Membership & Meetings VP

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has added two more senior-members to its Washington-based team with the announcement that Steve McCroddan joins as chief financial officer, and Kyle Jordan joins as vice president of membership & meetings.

The NCA has announced a new location and dates for the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: NCA

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2021

Sweets & Snacks Expo confirmed for June 2021, moves from Chicago

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo will be held from June 22 to 25, 2021, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, moving from Chicago for the first time in the show’s history.

Halloween excitement across America is building. Pic: GettyImages

Halloween2020

‘Americans are ready for Halloween’

By Anthony Myers

New survey says consumers may choose to celebrate at home and on virtual Zoom parties, as leading paediatrician calls on country to ‘let kids have Halloween’.

Bazooka Candy Brands Lollipop Variety Pack is ideal for Halloween trick or treating. Pic: Bazooka Candy Brands

Halloween 2020

Bazooka Candy offers up tricks and treats for a safe Halloween

By Anthony Myers

Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of the Topps Company, Inc, says this Halloween will be all about quality over quantity and has released its portfolio of iconic brands including Ring Pop, Push Pop, Baby Bottle Pop, Bazooka Bubble Gum, to satisfy all the...

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