This week’s research round-up includes a clutch of reports looking at innovation in the global confectionery and savoury snacks industries.

GENERAL INDUSTRY

Plunkett’s Food Industry: Food Industry Market Research, Statistics, Trends & Leading Companies
A complete market research report, including forecasts and market estimates, technologies analysis and developments at innovative firms. You will gain vital insights that can help you shape your own strategy for business development, product development and investments.

Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturing from Cacao Beans Industry in the U.S. and its International Trade [2012 Q2 Release]
This report contains the latest information on the industry’s key financial data, competitive landscape, cost and pricing, and trends during the current environment, including the output and shipment changes over the past months.

NPD AND INNOVATION

Innovation in Savory Snack Formats
Modern society presents a multitude of occasions which suit the principle of snacking, and people are typically open to trying new products. It is therefore not surprising that the industry is one of the most competitive, with manufacturers perpetually attempting to innovate and differentiate. This report investigates.

Innovations in the Global Confectionery Market
The report reviews the global confectionery market, as well as profiling the industry’s main suppliers and reviewing their respective market positions. The report also discusses trends in NPD, analysing areas such as health, natural/additive-free, flavour, packaging and seasonal innovations.

SWEETENERS

Sweetener Analysis (March 2012 issue)
This analysis describes how national sugar prices have evolved in recent years relative to world market values, and contrasts the premiums/discounts in national markets vs. the world price over the past three years and the three years before that.

Sweetener Analysis (annual subscription)
LMC’s monthly online Sweetener Analysis provides an in-depth examination of issues related to sugar and sweeteners. It covers a broad range of issues that are topical and are of direct commercial relevance to industry participants.

TRENDS

Future Directions for the Global Functional Foods Market
This report reviews sales of functional foods in the world’s key markets in areas such as anti-ageing and heart, gut and bone health, as well as discussing consumer attitudes. The report also discusses recent regulatory developments, industry structure and trends in new product activity.

Current and Future Trends in Food Preservatives: Market and Technical Insights
The latest insights on the technological and market trends in the use of food preservatives is provided in this report. It discusses the key research drivers and knowledge gaps as well as identifying key challenges faced by the food and drinks industry and analyses the factors affecting demand for food preservatives.