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What will happen to food prices in 2014?

What will happen to food prices in 2014?

By Elaine WATSON

While the consumer price index (all food) rose a modest 1.4% in 2013, it is likely to rise 2.5-3.5% in 2014, predict USDA economists, who believe food price inflation will “return to a range closer to the historical norm”.

Healthy snackers driving growth in US cracker market

Healthy snackers driving growth in US cracker market

By Maggie Hennessy

As Americans continue to trade traditional meals for smaller eating occasions throughout the day, the $7 billion market for US crackers (as of 2013) is benefiting from this shift in eating habits, especially those touting healthy ingredients in their...

Beyond bread: Gluten-free potential in beer and pizza

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Gluten-free bakery still offers plenty of opportunity in Europe, but beer, pizza and prepared meals are the most untapped segment of the cereal-containing products, according to a Mintel analyst.

“As soon as you make an item on the nutrition label bold, you are venturing into public policy, which was the challenge with the design initially,” said Burkey Belser, who designed the original nutrition label.

Nutrition label update: A tweak or an overhaul?

By Maggie Hennessy

On Thursday the Obama administration unveiled the changes that the Food and Drug Administration drafted to the nutrition facts panel (see what the FDA is proposing here). In anticipation of the announcement, the Center for Science in the Public Interest...

If gluten-free bakery moves into mainstream retail space, careful considerations must be made, warn experts

Special Edition: Gluten-free

Riches in niches? The retail future of gluten-free

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Should manufacturers look to move gluten-free products into the retail mainstream or does the segment’s future lie in its niche positioning?

Growth of kids food and beverage sales is actually outpacing that of the total market, up 4.4% from 2012-2013 compared to 2.9% overall in the same categories, according to sales data from IRI-tracked FDMx channels.

Navigating the $23bn children’s food & beverage market

By Maggie Hennessy

It’s no secret that children are an important target group for food and beverage manufacturers, as this $23bn segment accounts for roughly 4% of the overall US food and beverage market (worth $639bn), according to Packaged Facts. 

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