Scientists decode cereal gene map to tackle climate change

International scientists have decoded the pearl millet genome to understand the crop's coping abilities against extreme heat and drought - crucial as it's the staple food for millions in Africa and India. Pic: ©GettyImages/quickshooting

A group of international scientists has decoded the pearl millet genome to discover how the crop survives high temperatures and drought.

Although still small, the RTE breakfast cereal market in Kenya is growing, driven by consumer demand for convenience and Western products. Pic: ©iStock/m-imagephotography

Proctor East Africa targets bigger breakfast stake with million-dollar factory

Stauffer's Biscuit Co, maker of Animal Crackers since 1871, is closing its New York bakery to consolidate efficiencies. Pic: ©GettyImages/bhofack2

Stauffer’s Biscuit closes NY bakery to consolidate operations

Dorset Cereals has launched its limited edition carrot and apple muesli in the UK. Pic: Dorset Cereals

Dorset Cereals introduces root veg to muesli

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Retail & Shopper Insights

This month, we look at some exciting new products on the market. Pic: ©iStock/locostock

NPD for August 2017: Crunchy crêpes, protein chips and crispy quinoa breakfast cereal

The snackable on-th-go fresh produce sub-category is growing as consumers continue to choose healthy fruit over calorific baked goods. Pic: ©iStock/Duka82

Fruit & veg grab bigger share of on-the-go snack category: Nielsen

Smoked and burnt flavors are trending in the salty snack category, according to Mintel. Pic: ©iStock/AVNphotolab/etiennevoss

‘Smoked’ and ‘burnt’ among flavors driving snacks: Mintel

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Industry Voices

Prof Janis Thiessen has written a book that examines the history of Canada's snacks. Pics: ©istock/delmonte1977/hysayno

Snacks: A Canadian Food History

Ron Shaich, founder, CEO and chairman of Panera Bread has published a letter to his employees on Twitter criticizing President Trump's failure to condum the 'alt-right' groups behind the Charlottesville rally. Pic: Panera Bread

Panera Bread founder takes a stand against hate

PepsiCo has increased its portfolio of everyday-nutrition premium snacks like Lay's Poppables, which has helped increase Q2 2017 sales. Pic: PepsiCo

PepsiCo sales boosted by pricier ‘guilt-free’ premium snacks

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Processing & Packaging

IAG has launched NuBana N200 banana flour that contains a high level of health-beneficial resistant starch. Pic: IAG

Gluten-free green banana flour high in RS2 could cut down waste

Bühler eyes opportunities for Haas equipment in growing Asian biscuits market. Photo: Bühler

Bühler acquires Haas to add biscuit capabilities

Nigerian biscuit producer Sona Agro opened its Ogan State factory to Lagos school children to learn more about biscuit manufacturing. Pic: Sona Agro

Nigeria producer Sona Agro educates its VIP consumers on biscuit production

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Markets

Dried fruit is the fastest growing subcategory driving Amazon.com's Snacks & Sweets sales success in 2017 so far.

Alexa ... what snacks category is driving the record sales for Amazon in 2017 so far?

Nigeria's LASCODA has formulated a bread made from coconuts to enhance food security and add value to its coconut chain. Pic: ©iStock/Solistizia/id-art

Lagos Govt introduces Eko Coconut Bread to boost food security in Nigeria

Ireland's cereal exports are among the most exposed EU products to the UK, and thus the most vulnerable to Brexit, says new report. Pic: ©iStock/vovashevchuk/Fredex8

Brexit update: Irish cereal exports most vulnerable, says new report

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Regulation & Safety

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No justification for China extending potato starch duties, says Starch Europe

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Pontdexter adds pasteurization capacity to help Produce Safety Rule compliance

Lotus Bakeries has withdrawn some of its products from Belgium supermarket shelves, found to contain small traces of fipronil from the use of contaminated eggs. Pic: ©iStock/studioaraminta

Lotus Bakeries takes precautionary measures amid Fipronil scare

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Manufacturers

The TTAB has again ruled 'pretzel crisps' is a generic term and cannot be trademarked. Pic: Snyder's-Lance

Battle of the giants: PepsiCo and Snyder’s-Lance again face off over ‘Pretzel Crisps’ trademark

Bells Professional Pastry, a new arm of Scottish pastry manufacturer Bells Food Group, specializes in a range of bespoke and speciality pastries. Pic: Bells Profesional Pastry

Bells Professional Pastry created to meet growing demand for UK pastry products

Calbee has resumed normal operations following disrupted potato chip production, and is launch range of new flavors denoting a speciality dish from each of Japan's 47 prefectures. Pic: Calbee

Calbee back in full swing as potato supplies recover in Japan

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Ingredients

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Purple chocolate ups the possibilities for healthy indulgent foods: Herza

Ingredion's researchers have created a range of clean-label tapioca flours that it is launching globally. Pic: ©iStock/Boonchuay1970/fototips

Ingredion launches range of clean label tapioca flours

Industry sales of the buns, rolls and croissants category rose by more than 3% in 2016 compared to last year. Pico: Bellarise

Clean-label bread market 'ripe for growth' in US, says president of Pak Group

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R&D

Acrylamide can be found in baked goods, such as biscuits and cookies. © iStock/Nastco

EU injects €1.5m into acrylamide research

CSM Bakery believe its collaboration with 3D Systems could reshape the food industry. Pic: CSM Bakery Solutions

CSM Bakery and 3D Systems to bring 3D printing to food industry

US researchers are now suggesting that Americans should include more grains foods like bread and rolls in their daily diets. Pic: ©iStock/Mfotophile

Public health risk - Americans do not eat enough bread: study finds

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Commodities

Astarta Grain is one of the largest vertically integrated agricultural companies in the Ukraine focusing on grains, among other things. Pic: iStock: ©lakovKalinin

Astarta secures $25m loan from EBRD to develop and modernize Ukraine grain sector

Cargill is spending $18m on upgrading its grain elevator in Gibbon, Nebraska. Pic: Cargill

Cargill ploughs $18m into upgrades at US grain facility

Consumers are going nuts over nut-based snacks, which is partly responsible for driving up the price of the commodity. Pic: ©iStock/Andris Tkachenko

PepsiCo brings Sunbites to nuts amid rising commodity costs

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Popular News

CSM Bakery believe its collaboration with 3D Systems could reshape the food industry. Pic: CSM Bakery Solutions

CSM Bakery and 3D Systems to bring 3D printing to food industry

Dried fruit is the fastest growing subcategory driving Amazon.com's Snacks & Sweets sales success in 2017 so far.

Alexa ... what snacks category is driving the record sales for Amazon in 2017 so far?

Fairfields Farm has developed a new concept in snacks: microwavable crisps, designed to produce hot crisps as if they had been hand-cooked at home. Pic: Fairfields Farm

Fairfields Farm rolls out new microwavable crisps concept in UK

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