Biscuits

Brands will have 365 healthy opportunities to appeal to consumers in 2023. Pic: GettyImages/anyaivanova

Healthy snacking

What will drive the healthy snack space in 2023?

By Gill Hyslop

While snacking has long been associated with indulgence and fulfilling a guilty craving, a raft of new offers are popping up on the market that more closely align with consumers’ holistic wellness goals.

US black land-grant universities have been underfunded by at least $12.8bn over the past three decades compared to predominantly white counterparts. Pic: GettyImages/Amand Burger

Clif Bar commits $1 million to boost black equity in organic agriculture

By Gill Hyslop

The Californian better-for-you snack producer has made a $1m endowment to Tuskegee University in Alabama – a Historically Black College and University – to support the advancement of organic farming practices through the University’s College of Agriculture,...

Are you the next snacking superhero? Pic: GettyImages/drante

Mondelēz on the hunt for ‘disruptively delicious’ startups

By Gill Hyslop

SnackFutures – the innovation and venture hub of the Oreo maker – has opened applications for CoLab 2023, a start-up engagement programme created to unearth trailblazers that are ‘pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in making a snack delicious’.

Visitors arrive at the ISM event, which went ahead in 2022 despite the pandemic. Pic:Koelnmesse

ISM/ProSweets 2023

ISM 2023 moved to April, organisers look at axing ProSweets

By Anthony Myers

Next year’s ISM sweets and snacks fair, the largest in Europe and which historically is held at the beginning of February each year, is set to be radically overhauled, organisers Koelnmesse said.

Mondelēz  says its on track to use 5% recycled plastic content by 2025. Pic: Mondelēz International

Sustainability

Mondelēz confirms progress in meeting ESG goals

By Anthony Myers

The Oreo and Cadbury owner has published its 2021 Snacking Made Right Report, which highlights progress against its short- and long-term ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) goals.

Fox's and Burton's have merged. Pic: FBC UK

News in brief

FBC UK is the new kid on the biscuit block

By Gill Hyslop

Burton’s Biscuits and Fox’s Biscuits (as of 28 March 2022) have merged to form Fox’s Burton’s Companies (FBC) UK, led by CEO Simon Browne.

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Food and beverage companies suspend operations in Ukraine

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Several international food and beverage companies have temporarily shut down operations in Ukraine following Russia's invasion to ensure the safety of employees while bracing for the long-term economic impact that skyrocketing commodity prices and...

Americans consumed the equivalent of 270 jumbo jets-worth of snacks on Super Bowl Sunday. Pic: GettyImages/Lew Robertson

Super Bowl Sunday snacking was more serious than ever before

By Gill Hyslop

While Americans forked out $30.5bn for snacks in 2021, according to Chicago-based market researcher IRI, the event that really got them tucking in was this year’s Super Bowl Sunday, with SNAC International data showing a whopping 112 million pounds of...

Food Waste Action Week is designed to drive home the message to cut food waste by 50% by 2030. Pic: GettyImages/Mny-Jhee

Ramping up the bakery waste message

By Gill Hyslop

Food Waste Action Week (7-13 March 2022) was created by anti-food waste expert WRAP to help slice global food waste in half by 2030 through actionable change.

Parents want snacks that offer nutrition and satiety - along with the bonus of looking after the planet - for themselves and their kids. Pic: GettyImages/Sinenkiy

Plant-based eating is trending in snacks for kids

By Gill Hyslop

Human nutrition specialist ADM has unveiled the next big consumer trends for 2022, among them the dynamic growth of plant-based snacks that deliver nutrition and satiety for kids.

The  96-year-old biscuit factory in Tollcross, Glasgow, is going ahead, despite fierce intervention to get pladis to reverse its plans. Pic: pladis

pladis to proceed with McVitie’s factory closure in Glasgow

By Gill Hyslop

Despite aggressive opposition, intervention by the Government and the tabling of a ‘compelling’ proposal to save the 472 jobs at stake, pladis is proceeding with the closure of its historic biscuit factory in Tollcross, first communicated to employees...