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Cookies Crush $10 Billion in Sales

KANSAS CITY — The cookie category reached an impressive benchmark, topping $10 billion in annual sales in the 52 weeks ended Aug. 7, according to IRI, a Chicago-based market research company. Dollar sales in the cookie category were $10.8 billion, up 9.4% from the same period a year ago, IRI said. Unit sales dipped 1.6% to 3.5 billion. Leading the category was Nabisco with sales of $3.5 billion in the 52 weeks, up 3.4% from the year-ago period. Private label cookie sales were $890 million, an increase of nearly 15% from the year-ago 52-week period. Pepperidge Farm cookies accounted for $531 million in sales, a 3.8% increase from the same period a year ago, according to IRI. As trends in consumer behavior revealed increased preferences for snacking, innovation in the category displayed an

California’s fast-food industry calls for referendum on new labor legislation

The fast-food industry is seeking to overturn one of the most significant labor wins in recent American history by trying to scrap a new law in California that will establish an industry council for the sector on wage standards and other regulations, including safety. The Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery


Kellogg Company is splitting its business into three parts—plant-based, cereal, and snacks—to focus on growth in each category. Food giant Kellogg Company is transforming into three distinct, yet-to-be-named, businesses that focus on plant-based food, cereals, and snacks. The company decided to divide its business into

Next-gen green progress

Global F&B giant PepsiCo is on the hunt for novel sustainability technology in the food and beverage sector to complement its business within the Middle Eastern region, with plans to look at other markets including Asia Pacific in the future as well.

What makes Belgium a pioneer in food safety?

Whenever people eat meat, they want to be able to trust that it is safe and of good quality. When it comes to food safety and traceability, Belgium is among the world's best. At all times, the Belgian meat suppliers are in full control of food safety, traceability and meat quality. The country’s approach emphasizes the
Ingredients & Additives

Food Acidulants Global Market 2022

Major players in the food acidulants market are ADM, Bartek Ingredients, Caremoli, Cargill, Hawkins Watts, Corbion, FBC Industries, Dairy Chem, Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG, Parry Enterprises India Limited, Purac biochem BV, Suntran Industrial Group Ltd.

Food Preservative Market Size In 2022

Food Preservative Market Size In 2022: 2.8% CAGR with Top Countries Data, Which product segment is expected to garner highest traction within the Food Preservative Industry?

Next-generation snack food bagmakers from Ishida

INSPIRA Series The new Inspira from Ishida is the world’s fastest bagmaker. It delivers up to 250 bags per minute, with the highest levels of efficiency and seal quality via its rotary- and intermittent-motion jaws. And because it incorporates the latest technology, its impressive performance comes with reduced energy and air consumption, and operating noise levels.

Automation in Food Packaging Industry – Trends and Benefits

With evolving technology, new machines are applied in all industries where everything was done manually at one time. Food packaging is one of the most prominent industries which has made full use of the scientific evolution of this day. Every food product you utilize besides fruits and vegetables comes in some sort of

Fresh meat packaging market to double its size in 10 years

PACKAGING The rising demand for flexible packaging over rigid and aesthetic dispensing of food items via transparent packaging is projected to drive the market. The global fresh meat packaging market size is expected to reach $ 4.5 billion by 2030 from $ 2.30 billion in 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate
Food Processing

How Automation Has Improved Dairy Processing

The world of technology and automation has become increasingly useful across numerous industries in recent years and decades, and a great example here is the dairy processing industry. From playing a major role in dairy processing organization through improving sustainability and several other areas, the use of quality automation programs can be highly beneficial among dairy processors when used correctly. At Idaho Milk Products, we’re happy to not only provide a range of dairy proteins, milk permeate and other related products, but also to offer insights into the wide world of dairy production. How has automation impacted several different parts of this realm? Here’s a rundown on a few of the most notable areas. Forms of Automation Usage in Dairy Processing Broadly speaking, there are two
Catering & Hospitality

Are You Destined to Have Your Bar or Restaurant in the Metaverse?

Food and beverage businesses are venturing into the metaverse, offering inspiration on what’s to come and illustrating how the metaverse is an exciting marketing opportunity for restaurant and bar operators in the future. What exactly is the metaverse? It’s used to describe a virtual environment in which people can use digital avatars to work, play or shop. Wendy’s recently announced it was teaming up with Horizon Worlds, a virtual reality game from Meta, to open the Wendy verse. Although visitors can’t buy food there, they can play a basketball-themed game located near the digital restaurant. Chipotle also plans to introduce a game and new virtual restaurant in Roblox, the online game platform and storefront, which emulates the company’s original location in Denver. The first 100,000
Country Reports

Cuba's Sugar Industry in 'Crisis'

Cuba has produced only about half the sugar it had projected this season and authorities acknowledge that while they will cover internal demand, they will not be able to meet their international commitments

Switzerland's consumer inflation up 2.9% in May, highest in 14 years

Consumer inflation rises 0.7% on monthly basis KEY POINTS: The safe-haven franc's strength has dampened the impact of inflation in Switzerland by reducing price rises for fuel and food imports. Still, the SNB raised its inflation forecasts for 2022 to 2.8% from the 2.1% it gave in March. It also expects inflation of
Logistics & Supply Chain

Key Technology Introduces High Capacity Veryx B210

Key Technology introduces the highest capacity digital sorter in the food processing industry - the new VERYX B210. With an inspection area over 2 meters wide, the belt-fed VERYX B210 maximizes throughput on high-capacity lines. Like all sorters in the VERYX family, the new B210 features advanced detection technology and an innovative system architecture that improve sorting accuracy. Recognizing objects' color, size, shape and/or structural properties, VERYX sorters remove foreign material (FM) and product defects to improve product quality while virtually eliminating false rejects to increase yields. Featuring a 2100-mm wide inspection zone, VERYX B210 offers a production capacity in excess of 23 metric tons (50,000 lb.) of product per hour, depending on the application. With an

Food Supply Chain Industry

Numerous factors, such as forecasting accuracy, meaningful synthesis of business data, and increasing awareness about the benefits offered by supply chain analytics, are collectively responsible for driving growth of the market. Supply chain analytics solutions facilitate better strategic decision making, and help


Industrial Automation can be defined as the use of computer aided control devices to operate different industrial processes by replacing human involvement. Industrial automation helps to operate multiple processes in controlled manner. It helps for mass production by reducing time and increasing production quality.
Industry Experts


A new year (and a new decade!) is almost upon us. It wouldn’t be December without sharing my thoughts on the tech trends and developments we can anticipate in 2020. Here are eight important, but not obvious, technology trends just over the horizon.

The Consistency Strategy

Chris Gibson is an author, a franchise veteran and a F&B specialist with over 25 years of experience in the industry. After heading up some well-known brands that have restaurants all over the World, he is now based in the Middle East and is developing some exciting new food concepts with a vision to take these to new

Social Media Predicts Food Trends

New food trends are hard to predict. Food trends are strongly connected to different cultural aspects and are highly influenced by social media. Some big influencers in today’s society are the bloggers who have thousands and millions of followers. Bloggers use their platforms to promote different brands and lifestyles,

Private Label & Licensing Middle East

Private Label & Licensing Middle East is MENA’s only event where buyers can get straight to the source for cost-effective customizable products, branding & packaging solutions, bringing together food & and non-food suppliers, private label & contract manufacturers from over 30 countries across the globe, all conveniently located under one roof. Taking place only once a year, the three-day event is endorsed by over 6,000 visitors from over 50 countries worldwide with some of the biggest names in the region; Amazon, Carrefour, Aldi, Nazih Group, Doubletree by Hilton, Lulu Hypermarkets, Emirates Airlines, Landmark Group, Aster Pharmacy, and many more, making it the only event of its kind for Private Labeling and contract manufacturing. The event will see manufacturers on the event floor,


GulfHost is the most influential exhibition for hospitality buyers and one of the largest across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The platform offers a wide range of pre-qualified hospitality equipment and foodservice products, a high visitor turnout, and international visitor profiles. Across 3 days, buyers are

Gulfood Manufacturing

Gulfood Manufacturing is the only annual and most influential F&B manufacturing event in the world. Gulfood Manufacturing 2022 is set to unveil the next era of food manufacturing including new ingredients and advanced technologies that will enable your business to reduce costs, grow and innovate. 1600 F&B manufacturers
Interviews & Profiles

De Groot: We Focus On The Market Of ‘Healthier Indulgence’

foodHQ conducted an interview with Gea de Groot, Product Group Manager Food Ingredients at FrieslandCampina Kievit. The company is a global manufacturer of beverage and food ingredients, and it is trusted by the world’s best loved brands to provide superior ingredient solutions.

The Five Pillars of Sustainability

Dr. Martin Berlekamp/Max Wolfmaier: Under the guiding principle of “rethink”, Schur Flexibles Group is presenting a sustainability program for greater environmental and climate protection. The recent European Plastics Strategy, developed by the EU Commission, is the result of an assessment of the global challenges

Sealing Technology: The Overlooked Backbone of a Successful Production Line

From product quality to output speed, uptime and design, sealing affects vital aspects of brand image and, ultimately, business success. However, the outcome depends on just how well the sealing technology is suited to the individual product, environment, production parameters and materials. The importance of the



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