As the gluten-free market grows and competition - from both specialists and interested conventional manufacturers - intensifies, innovation...
For some in the industry, gluten free is a "tipping point" in the US foodservice channel. For others, operators have caught up with the tren...
As the gluten-free market grows and competition - from both specialists and interested conventional manufacturers - intensifies, innovation will be vital. The rate of product development is increasing - Mintel says one in ten products launched in the entire food sector last year was gluten free, up from 2% in 2005. However, as one industry watcher puts it, there is a lot of "spray and pray" to NPD in the category. What trends can manufacturers harness for success? Dean Best reports.
For some in the industry, gluten free is a "tipping point" in the US foodservice channel. For others, operators have caught up with the trend, with many feeling their menus cater for the current level of demand. Dean Best takes the foodservice temperature of what has been a hot category in US retail.
Continued evidence of the global slowdown has meant that food companies faced a year of weak consumer sentiment in 2013. This impacted demand across global markets. The food industry responded by increasingly looking to pockets of growth to maintain sales momentum. Katy Askew takes a look at which categories presented the greatest opportunities to expand the top line in mature markets.
Gluten free is a category growing rapidly in a number of markets, including the UK, where mainstream companies like Warburtons, as well as overseas firms like US group Boulder Brands, have moved into the sector. Italy-based Dr Schar is the world's largest gluten-free specialist. Bob Trice, the MD of Dr Schär's UK arm, spoke to Dean Best about the growing competition in and the outlook for the industry.
Dr Schar, the Italy-based gluten-free group, has announced plans to invest EUR11.5m (US$12.9m) in sweet bread and rolls production at a plant in Spain.
Manufacturers and retailers including Dr Schar and Tesco have been caught up in a salmonella scare linked to wafer products made and distributed from the Netherlands.
Dr Schar, the German gluten-free specialist, is launching two gluten-free sweet treats – choco cake and bisco panna – in Spain.
Dr Schar has announced a rebranding of its DS Gluten Free portfolio in the UK and added products to its local portfolio.
Gluten-free foods manufacturer Dr Schar has launched a cookie and candy bar in Spain.
Dr Schar has expanded its gluten-free offering in the UK with the launch of chicken kievs.
Free-from specialist Dr. Schär is launching Mini Os gluten- and wheat-free biscuits as part of its DS-Gluten Free brand in the UK.
Tesco's bid to try again to revitalise its UK sales grabbed the headlines this week and we looked at the retailer's moves to build a multichannel business. just-food also reported from the Gulfood trade fair in Dubai, where we met a series of senior executives including Mondelez International's regional boss. Our interview pages this week also featured the boss of gluten-free firm Dr Schär's UK arm and the CFO of Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods.
This week saw some significant news come out of the US, with Post Holdings announcing yet more acquisitions, WhiteWave Foods striking a deal to buy organic produce group Earthbound Farm - and the first results of Kellogg's efficiency drive emerging with plans to close plants overseas.
The first impact of Kellogg's "efficiency and effectiveness programme" emerged this week with news the US food group will close plants in Australia and Canada. Elsewhere, initial findings from a Government-backed report into the UK food supply chain were announced and the EU's food watchdog announced rules on aspartame were "safe".
Gluten-free firm Dr Schar has set out plans for a "five-fold increase" in product launches in the UK in 2014.
Dr Schär, the gluten-free specialist, is introducing an "authentic" line of Italian gluten-free pasta products across a number of European markets.
Two UK-based firms were the subject of takeovers this week: R&R Ice Cream, Europe's largest own-label ice cream firm, changed hands after PAI Partners struck a deal to buy the business; and Hain Celestial snapped up UK organic baby food brand Ella's Kitchen.
Italy-based gluten-free firm Dr Schär has launched a quiche product in the UK, a first, it claimed, for the category in the country.
European gluten-free food manufacturer Dr Schar plans to grow its business in the US by increasing availability and introducing new products to the market.
Gluten-free food manufacturer Dr Schar has opened its first manufacturing facility in the US.
This week, Kraft announced plans to split the company in two, while speculation continued that Unilever might sell-off its food division. Meanwhile, Premier Foods booked what it described as a "poor" first-half and Smart Balance acquired gluten-free manufacturer Glutino. Here's the best of what was said this week:
Gluten-free food manufacturer Dr. Schar has partnered with Asda to offer its first Italian breadstick in the retailer's UK stores.
Dr. Schar announced today (28 March) that it has teamed up with the Co-operative Group to launch a range of branded frozen gluten and wheat-free foods in the retailer's UK stores.
Gluten-free food manufacturers have likely rejoiced at news the number of people diagnosed in the UK with coeliac disease increased fourfold between 1990 and 2011. Obviously it's not good news people have the condition. But it does mean awareness of the condition is growing and therefore demand for gluten-free foodstuffs is on the up.
Global Gluten-Free Packaged Food Market 2015-2019
Technavio's market research analyst predicts the gluten-free packaged food market to grow at a CAGR of around 6% during the forecast period....
Gluten-Free Products Market by Type, Source, & by Region - G
Gluten-free products are categorized by type—bakery products, pizzas & pastas, cereals & snacks, and savories—which have been attaining a considerable position alongside soy-free and lactose-free prod...
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