Barley has the highest fiber content of all the whole grains, is high in beta-glucan, antioxidants, protein, vitamins and minerals, but it is often overlooked in favor of grains that are either trendier or more mainstream. Barley can be found on many nutritional labels, but is relegated to the middle and often not highlighted on labels. Playing up its history as the first domesticated grain could elevate its status. "It'd be great to see barley elevated to 'cool' status," said Elizabeth Arndt, director of R&D at ConAgra Foods.
Hostess-owned Drake snack cake brand, which produces Ring Dings, Yodels and Devil Dogs, is being purchased by McKee Foods. It is the last of the major cake and bread brands to be sold by the bankrupt Hostess Brands.
Mondelez International said chocolate sales in France grew 4% in 2012, with 96% coming from 12 product launches. The company said French consumers are more willing to pay higher prices for quality chocolate, and almost one third of the French market is made up of premium chocolate, compared to 19% in Europe.
Faerch Plast has developed Re-lock, a packaging tray for chilled foods and snacks that can be re-closed by clicking a tab attached to the film or slipping a tab into a pre-cut opening. The new product is a part of the company's increased efforts to focus on the chilled food and snacks segment.
Candy Industry editor Bernie Pacyniak says sugar reform is more viable now than at any other time since he's been editor. "While I recognize that our current Congress is grappling with various serious issues as we speak -- everything from gun control to immigration reform -- ending our sugar welfare program should also be a key priority," he writes. "After all, in the end, we’re talking jobs."