Demand for innovative breakfast snack foods on the rise

A new report from New Nutrition Business has found that the demand for on-the-go breakfast snack alternatives is continuing to rise across the globe.

The report titled, The snackification of breakfast: How changing consumer habits are creating new opportunities, states that US$300m was wiped off breakfast cereal sales this year in the US due to the increasing popularity of breakfast snack alternatives.

“Breakfast has become one of the most fought-over battlegrounds in food and health, a battle fuelled by consumers’ need for easy and quick meals in the morning – and by two massively successful disruptive innovations, Belvita’s breakfast biscuit and Up & Go’s liquid breakfast,” says Julian Mellentin, author of the new report.

The report outlined that time precious consumers are increasingly skipping breakfast across the globe. The report found that 66 percent of professional workers in Asia ate breakfast away from home three or more times in a two-week period, and 20 percent consumed breakfast away from home every single day. A study of 500 young Americans found that 27 percent skipped breakfast, and of those who did not, 25 percent ate breakfast away from home.

According to Mellentin, these changing habits provide a wealth of new opportunities for companies in every food category.

“Every type of food or beverage company, in every category, either is looking at what they can do to get their own slice of the breakfast market or is in the process of launching or building up products,” says Mellentin. “And what the successes so far – including Belvita, Up & Go, and Quaker’s single-serve oat pot Oat So Simple – have in common is a focus on the five factors that add up to success in the changing breakfast category”.

“By delivering on the five factors, Oat So Simple has gone from niche to mass despite super-premium pricing of over 950% compared to other breakfast oats,” he continues.

Mellentin adds that companies with ambitions in the breakfast category should not rule out any new product idea because it is too unfamiliar to consumers or too innovative, as it is these products that have paved the way for success thus far.


Top five trends to impact the food industry in 2015

From “From Clean to Clear Label” and “Convenience for Foodies”, here’s the top five trends likely to impact the food industry in 2015 and beyond.

Top food and beverage trends for 2015, as identified by Innova Market Insights:

  1. From Clean to Clear Label. Clean label claims are tracked on nearly a quarter of all food and beverage launches, with manufacturers increasingly highlighting the naturalness and origin of their products. With growing concerns over the lack of a definition of “natural,” however, there is a need for more clarity and specific details. Consumers, retailers, industry and regulators are all driving more transparency in labelling.
  2. Convenience for Foodies. Continued interest in home cooking has been driven by cooking shows on TV and by blogging foodies. It is seen as fashionable, fun and social, as well as healthy and cost-effective. It has driven demand for a greater choice of fresh foods, ingredients for cooking from scratch and a wider use of recipe suggestions by manufacturers and retailers.
  3. Marketing to Millennials. The so-called Millennial generation, generally aged between 15 and 35, now accounts for about one-third of the global population and is tech savvy and socially engaged. They are well informed, want to try something different and are generally less brand loyal than older consumers. They want to connect with products and brands and know the story behind them.
  4. Snacks Rise to the Occasion. Formal mealtimes are continuing to decline in popularity and growing numbers of foods and drinks are now considered to be snacks. Quick healthy foods are tending to replace traditional meal occasions and more snacks are targeted at specific moments of consumption, with different demand influences at different times of day.
  5. Good Fats, Good Carbs. With concerns over obesity there is a growing emphasis on unsaturated and natural fats and oils that has seen rising interest in omega 3 fatty acid content as well as the return of butter to favour as a natural, tasty alternative to artificial margarines that may be high in trans-fats. In the same way, naturally-occurring sugar is being favoured at the expense of added sugars and artificial sweeteners.

“The move from ‘clean’ to ‘clear’ labeling is a key trend for 2015, reflecting a move to clearer and simpler claims and packaging for maximum transparency,” said Lu Ann Williams, director of innovation at Innova Market Insights. “Meeting the needs of the Millennial consumer has also become a key focus, as has targeting the demands of the gourmet consumer at home, re-engineering the snacks market for today’s lifestyles and combating obesity with a focus on positive nutrition.”


Better for U! Wild Berries & Yoghurt bars

Product name: Better for U! Wild Berries & Yoghurt bars

Product manufacturer: Goodness Superfoods

Ingredients: Wholegrains (46%) [Rolled Oats, BARLEYmax (15%), Puffed Rice, Wheat Flakes], Chicory Root Fibre, Berries (10%) [Cranberries (Cranberries, Sugar, Sunflower Oil), Blueberries], Yoghurt Pieces (4.8%) (Yoghurt Powder (1%), Contains Milk and Soy), Cashews, Brown Sugar, Canola Oil, Humectant (Glycerol), Psyllium Husk, Spices, Natural Flavour, Acidity Regulator (Lactic Acid).    

Shelf life: One year

Product manager: Suzanne van Leeuwen

Brand website:

What the company says
Healthy snacking has been made easier with Goodness Superfoods’ new Better for U! Wild Berries & Yoghurt Bars available on supermarket shelves in time for summer.

These nutritious bars contain the CSIRO developed, non-genetically modified wholegrain, BARLEYmax which, can help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and bowel cancer.

The Better for U! Wild Berries & Yoghurt bars are an excellent source of fibre and contain a high level of wholegrain goodness granting them a 4.5 out of 5 Health Star rating, a system developed by the Department of Health. The Barley Wraps were granted a 5 out 5 Health Star rating.

The Better for U! Wild Berries & Yoghurt Bars will be available at Woolworths and Independent supermarkets from 22nd October 2014.


Global snack food sales exceed $370 billion, Nielsen

According to a new report from market research company Nielsen, consumers across the globe spent around US$374 billion on snack foods between 2013 and 2014, representing a two percent increase year-over-year.

The report states that Europe at US$167 billion, and North America at $124 billion, make up for the majority of snack food sales worldwide, however the Asia-Pacific ($46 billion) and Latin American ($30 billion) have experienced fast growth at an increase of four percent and nine percent respectively. The Middle East and Africa has also experienced a five percent increase to represent $7 billion.

Executive vice president, global professional services, Nielsen, Susan Dunn, says that while the competitive landscape of the snacking industry is ‘fierce’, there are still plenty of opportunities for food manufacturers to innovate.

“Demand is driven primarily by taste and health considerations and consumers are not willing to compromise on either. The right balance is ultimately decided by the consumer at the point of purchase. Understanding the 'why before the buy' provides the foresight necessary to deliver the right product to the right consumer at the right time.”

The research found that consumers are demanding snacks that contain natural ingredients, with 45 percent of respondents rating natural ingredients as ‘very important’ and 33 percent rating them as ‘moderately important’. These two figures represent the highest percentages out of the 20 health attributes included in the study.

The absence of artificial colours (44 percent), genetically modified organisms (43 percent) and artificial flavours (42 percent) are also rated very important. Caffeine-free (23 percent) and gluten-free (19 percent) snacks are also rated as very important for about one-fourth and one-fifth of global respondents, respectively.

In terms of the fastest growing snack categories, the research points towards sales of savoury snacks, including crackers, rice cakes and pita chips, which increased 21 percent in the last year in Latin America. Meat snacks, which include jerky and dried meat, grew 25 percent in the Middle East/Africa and 15 percent in North America. Refrigerated snacks, which include yogurt, cheese snacks and pudding, rose 6.4 percent in Asia-Pacific, while dips and spreads, which include salsa and hummus, increased 6.8 percent in Europe.

“Non-sugary snacks closely aligned with meal-replacement foods are showing strong growth, which signals a shift in a consumer mindset to one focused on health,” said Dunn. “While conventional cookies, cakes and confections categories still hold the majority of snack sales, more innovation in the healthy snacking and portable food space is necessary to adjust to this changing dynamic.”

More than three-quarters of global respondents (76 perent) say that they eat snacks often, or sometimes to satisfy their hunger between meals or to satisfy a craving. 45 percent of global respondents consume snacks as a meal alternative—52 percent for breakfast, 43 percent for lunch and 40 percent for dinner.

“There is a perception that snacks are intended more for in-between meals than for actual meal replacements,” said Dunn. “But busy, on-the-go lifestyles often dictate a need for quick meals, and many opt for fast food options that can be high in calories and low in health benefits. There is a massive untapped opportunity to gain market share in the nutritious, portable and easy-to-eat meal alternative market that snack manufacturers could fill.”

Despite strong growth in the savoury category, confectionery comprises the biggest sales contribution to the overall snack category in Europe ($46.5 billion) and the Middle East/Africa ($1.9 billion). Salty snacks contribute more than one-fifth of snack sales in North America ($27.7 billion), refrigerated snacks comprise almost one-third of snacks in Asia-Pacific ($13.7 billion), and cookies and snack cakes make up more than one-fourth of total snacks in Latin America ($8.6 billion).

The Nielsen Global Survey of Snacking was conducted between 17 February and 7 March, 2014, and polled more than 30,000 consumers in 60 countries throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and North America.


Apple and Strawberry Fruit Pieces

Product name: Apple and Strawberry Fruit Pieces

Product manufacturer: J.C.'s Quality Foods

Ingredients: Fruit (98.7%) [Concentrated Apple Puree (44%), Concentrated Apple Juice (32%), Strawberry Puree (22%), Concentrated Aronia Juice (0.7%)], Citrus Fibre, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Natural Flavour.

Shelf life: 12 months

Packaging: 25g/unit, 18 units/CTN

Product manager: Louis Cannatelli

Brand website:

What the company says
Another innovative product is J.C.’s new Apple & Strawberry Fruit Pieces pack, which is a 100 percent fruit derived ‘confectionery’ snack with no added sugar.

The bite-sized jelly-like pieces are free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sulphites and come in an attractive 25g pack.

Following on from our very successful five Snack Pack varieties that include the Original Delicious Energy Mix, Healthy Mix, Outback Mix and Jackaroo Mix, we are confident we have another winning formula with these two new products.


Maxwell Foods launches children’s Peppa Pig range in Australia

Australian food brand, Maxwell Foods is launching the Peppa Pig brand in Australia and the UK across its range of children's fruit and nut products.

Peppa Pig, which is the star of an internationally successful animated children’s show, will appear on the product packaging of Maxwell Foods’ childrens fruit and nut products including high quality sultanas, apricots, and mixed fruit and nuts.

Maxwell Foods managing director, Chris Spratt says that the manufacturer’s Peppa Pig snack foods provide children with a tasty snack that also boasts a great nutritional profile.

“Giving our kids a special treat with a nutritious fruit and nut base that satisfies their taste buds as well as being branded with one of their favourite characters is a surefire way to encourage kids to eat healthier,” said Spratt.

Established in 1984, Maxwell Foods sources premium fruit and nut products from around the world. The company recently entered into a joint-venture in Turkey to source premium apricots, in addition to its many other existing produce suppliers who deliver quality  almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pinenuts, peanuts, pistachios and walnuts

Products are presented in single serve boxes, pillow pack bags, zipped day pack bags, snack tubs and “on the go” cups.


J.C.’s Quality Foods celebrates 20 years and 1000 products

This month J.C.’s Quality Foods celebrates its 20th anniversary and the milestone of having more than 1000 different products in its catalogue.

J.C.’s is an Australian-owned company manufacturing and packing nuts, dried fruit and other ingredients in Australia for independent retailers, with products are available in more than 6,000 outlets around Australia and exported to six Asian countries including China.

Managing director and founder of J.C.’s Quality Foods, Joseph Cannatelli, is passionate about supplying independent businesses. He said all J.C.’s branded products are sold through greengrocers and independent supermarkets, service stations and convenience stores, Officeworks, vending machines and provided on Australian domestic airlines.

“Underpinning every aspect in our business is loyalty. To our customers firstly, who are small business owners, to Australian growers who supply nuts and dried fruits and thirdly to the consumers who are loyal to the brand.”

Cannatelli started the business in 1994 with one product — a fruit bar — and his parents’ 1980 Commodore as a delivery vehicle, but now employs 125 people who work from two facilities.

“Innovation is a keystone to business success with new products introduced on a regular basis. Our most recent new product range, J.C.’s Snack Packs, has been really well accepted by our retailers and their customers. We are continually innovating with new product categories and line extensions.”

J.C.’s has stuck with the old-fashioned way of selling, with sales representatives who visit each shop or store and do an audit of stock, see what needs ordering, talk to the owner about new products and recommend any changes.

“I’m very appreciative of our customers’ support and we say to them: you worry about your core business, let us look after the nuts and dried fruits. Our goal is to make sure they don’t have to worry about them. We provide them with products that their customers love and we help them increase sales,” Cannatelli said.

The company has expanded to offer to “grab and go” snack packs in convenience stores, service stations, Officeworks, airlines and vending machines.

 “People are spending more on health food, so we are growing our brand and products in this market. We’ve had LSA mix and cranberries for years, but have now added chia seeds, quinoa, goji berries, incaberries and other healthy ingredients,” Cannatelli said.


Self-regulation of junk food marketing called into question

Regulations monitoring the marketing of food to children have been called into question, following news that products including Kit Kats and Coco Pops are being classified as healthy.

According to SMH, A NSW Cancer Council analysis has found that 63 percent of foods in television advertisements are classified as unhealthy according to Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

The researchers found that food companies which had signed up to an industry-regulated marketing code were still advertising products deemed by government standards as being unhealthy. Surprisingly, the companies that had not signed up to the voluntary code were more likely to promote healthy food than those that were signatories.

Food companies aren’t allowed to market unhealthy products to children between 7am and 8.30 an and 4pm to 8.30pm on weekdays, and between 7am and 8.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Researchers analysed advertisements that aired between 6am and 9pm over a two week period.

In addition to the industry-regulated marketing code, many manufacturers also subscribe to the voluntary Responsible Children’s Marketing Initiative, which allows them to determine their own nutritional criteria and decide which products are suitable for marketing to children.

According to Clare Hughes, author of the study, companies have set their criteria so low that products including Smarties, Tiny Teddies and Kit Kats were deemed appropriate for marketing to children. Thirty-nine percent of food advertisements that met the food brand’s criteria failed the government’s criteria, she said.

Mandatory regulation in accordance with government standards would be a more effective means of reducing the marketing of unhealthy foods to children, Hughes said.

James Mathews, spokesman for the Australian Food and Grocery Council said restricting the marketing of foods to children has been ineffective in reducing childhood obesity overseas.

''The research considers advertising during all shows between 6am to 9am, covering crime programs like Law and Order and movies featuring sex and violence, programs which are hardly targeting children,'' Mathews said. ''This is not a useful basis to consider advertising to children.''

Another voluntary system aimed at promoting healthy foods and providing transparency to consumers is the Health Star food rating system, which got government sign-off in June. However, the industry has questioned its effectiveness, with Terry O’Brien, managing director at Simplot claiming the system is flawed.

"At Simplot, we've run our products through the suggested system and we've got anomalies all over the place, where things like products with no salt are not getting a better rating than the same product with salt.

"So if these sort of anomalies in our hands, then how the heck are they going to help the consumer?” he said.

Campbell’s boss says biscuit makers need to innovate

According to Luca Mignini, president of Campbell International, the Australian grocery sector needs to concentrate on innovation in favour of price promotions in order to remain competitive.

“We all know Australia is a market where promotion is having a key role,'' Mignini told Fairfax. ''We have just launched some innovation in terms of flavouring and there must be more than one currency with which you delight your consumer and promotion is just one of those. There are many others.''

According to Mignini, it was through innovation that the Arnott’s Tim Tam brand (which is owned by Campbell International) was able to reclaim customers that it lost to the sales of rival brands and cut-price private-label biscuits.

The Tim Tam brand launched its portion controlled Adriano Zumbo range earlier this year, which helped Arnott’s to reclaim customers and boost its share of the sweet biscuit category to 59 percent, as well as increase its majority share of the chocolate biscuit category to 80.9 percent.

Together with a renewed strategy locally, Arnott’s plans to launch its savoury biscuit range, Shapes, into the Indonesian market this year. It will also be looking to launch its Tim Tam range into other South East Asian countries.

“The launch of Shapes in Indonesia this year will be the biggest launch since the inception of Arnott's and actually I do see personally Asia as a big playground for both Arnott's and Tim Tams in particular,' Mignini said.

Cereal snackers demand on-the-go products

A new report from Canadean has found that consumers in the UK want a cereal that they can graze on throughout the day and on the go, not just at breakfast time.

Canadean surveyed 2,000 UK adults and found that 33 percent of UK consumers snack on cereal without milk throughout the day, and that 5 percent of respondents snack on dry cereal daily.

The report found that those aged between 20-24 years old are the most likely to graze on cereal throughout the day (59 percent), while those aged 25-29 years old are most likely to graze on cereal daily (18 percent). Canadean say that these figures highlight a huge opportunity for cereal manufacturers to develop on-the-go options that look beyond the cereal bowl.

A successful example of this was rolled out by Kellogg’s in the US with launch of snack pouches that feature some of the company’s most popular cereal lines including; Fruit Loops, Krave, Apple Jacks and Corn Pops.

Analyst at Canadean, Kirsty Nolan said that a total of 46 percent of respondents who snack on cereal during the day would like to see the launch of such products.

“The concept really is win-win for the manufacturers as with little capital investment a huge number of new snacking occasions can be created,” she said.

“Moreover, consumers are willing to pay a premium for convenient products which can easily be consumed while working or commuting.”


SPC Ardmona unveils new logo

SPC Ardmona has released a new-design logo to reflect the changes the business is undergoing.

The logo, designed by Leo Burnett in collaboration with SPC’s marketing team, will be rolled out across all of SPC’s brands like Goulburn Valley, IXL, Taylors, Ardmona and Henry Jones to help transform the company’s image from a cannery to a modern, dynamic and innovative snack food company.

SPC Marketing and Innovation Director Bronwyn Powell said the decision to refresh the brand was initiated by the overwhelming support SPC has received from everyday Australians.

“Australian shoppers have really gotten behind SPC but many consumers are unaware we have so many other great brands that are all part of the SPC family. By featuring the new logo across all our products, we hope all our brands will benefit from the recognition and unprecedented support generated for the core SPC brand.

“Our existing logo has been around in varying forms for 96 years so it was time to evolve the brand to reflect the company’s transition to a modern food company,” Powell said.

“A warmer, lower case font has replaced the old, rigid upper case letters to create a more contemporary feel and the addition of the leaf motif represents growth and SPC’s positive new direction,” she said.

SPC’s new branding will start to appear on products from late this month and feature on the company’s revamped website relaunching on 1 August.


Menora lands “game changer” deal

Menora Foods has landed a deal with Premier Foods in what is being described by the food marketing and distribution company as “an absolute game changer.”

Menora has secured a deal with the London Stock Exchange-listed Premier Foods for its Peckish range of rice snacks, The Australian reports.

The brand, which also distributes Cobram Estate olive oil, Wattle Valley cheeses and dips and Maille mustard, is also in talks with the US and South Africa to take their brands into new markets.

‘’It is an absolute game changer for our business. To have a business such as Premier recognise the value in a brand such as Peckish and to take it into a market which is three times the size of Australia is a great achievement,’’ said Menora chief executive, Sam Schachna.

The Peckish and Wattle Valley brands entered the New Zealand market three years ago as the first stage in Menora’s international expansion plans, and the New Zealand business is now has a turnover of more than $20 million with more than 40 percent market share.

Menora markets more than 1,500 products and half of its revenue comes from supplying independent grocery stores. The company has also moved into chilled meals and the beverage market through a deal with Saxby’s soft drinks.

Established in Melbourne in 1967 as Menora Gourmet Products, three years ago Menora Foods invested in a state-of-the-art head office facility in Noble Park, containing warehousing for dry, chilled, frozen and confectionery products,


Symington’s Mug Shot

Product name: Mug Shot

Product manufacturer: Symington's

Ingredients: Dried Pasta (65%) [Durum Wheat Semolina], Tomato Powder (11%), Sugar, Potato Starch, Dried Glucose Syrup, Palm Oil, Salt, Flavourings, Onion Powder, Dried Herbs (0.2%) (Basil, Parsley), Milk Protein, Colour (Paprika Extract), Emulsifiers (Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono- and Di-glycerides of Fatty Acids), Acid (Citric Acid).

Shelf life: 12 months

Packaging: 65g individual serve sachets

Product manager: Allen Hunt

Brand website:

What the company says
Symington’s has expanded its portfolio in Australia with the launch of its Mug Shot range of instant snacks that is set to revolutionise Australia’s $317 million snack-in-a-mug convenience category.

By adding hot water, the Mug Shot range of six noodles and pasta flavours are ready in minutes, delivering either a convenient and satisfying meal option, or snack in between meals without the guilt. Mug Shots are suitable for vegetarians, contain no artificial colours or preservatives, and are baked, not fried, meaning they are low in fat and calories.

The Mug Shot range (RRP $1.39) is available nationally from Coles in six flavours: Sweet & Sour (noodle); Chicken & Sweet Corn (pasta); Creamy Cheese (pasta); Tomato & Herb (pasta); Thai Style (noodle); and, Chinese (noodle).

Innovation within snack food industry will help combat stagnant market, IBISWorld

According to an updated report from market research company, IBISWorld, changes in consumer trends coupled with volatile input prices and a saturated market are factors that are driving a number of changes within the Australian snack food industry.

IBISWorld industry analyst, Ryan Lin said that the push toward healthier eating choices was a major factor in the industry’s stagnant performance.

“While the industry has shown glimpses of promise in the five years through 2013-14, it has been plagued with rising commodity prices, turbulent economic conditions and increasingly health-conscious consumers that have ditched snacking in favour of healthier alternatives,” said Lin. 

According to the report, the five years through 2013-14 is expected to see industry revenue increase by an annualised 2.2 percent to total $3.0 billion. In 2013-14, revenue is expected to increase by only 0.5 percent.

The report states that the industry’s major players, including Frito-Lay Australia Holdings Pty Limited and Snack Foods Limited, have been faced with lower profit margins, increased competition from private labels and stagnating domestic demand. This has been particularly evident within the salty-snacks segment, which has historically been the most profitable.

“Changing consumer tastes and lifestyles have led to an increase in health awareness, making it one of the most important factors driving consumption choices,” said Lin.

Lin says that it is these changing consumer preferences that are driving the need for innovation and new product introductions, however the Australian market is somewhat inhibited by high production costs, opening up the market to cheaper product alternatives from other nations.

According to IBISWorld, snack food imports are at a higher value than exports, accounting for an estimated 8.2 percent of industry revenue in 2013-2014.

The report also states that despite significant consolidation within the snack food industry, enterprise numbers have not declined as smaller niche producers are continuing to enter the market.


Stickys snack bars

Product name: Stickys

Product manufacturer: Stick to Health

Ingredients: [StickyBanana example]  Banana (50%), Walnuts, Agave Nectar, Almond Meal, Coconut Flakes and Cinnamon.

Shelf life: Six months

Packaging: Six coloured plastic wrappers

Product manager: Jack Anning

Brand website:

What the company says
Stickys are organic snack bars ideal for a healthy mid-morning or afternoon snack. They are sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and are all round guilt-free fruit and nut bars that will boost your energy and satisfy your sugar craving without any of the preservatives commonly found in processed snack bars.

Stickys are available in six flavours each of which is uniquely blended and textured to provide you with the opportunity to select from a variety and fully relish in the fact that you are treating yourselves to a healthy, yet satisfying snack.


Business has never been better: Mrs Mac’s Pies

Business is booming at Mrs Mac’s Pies which is currently trialling a new robotic production line, and is also hopeful of entering the Russian market, with a shipment of pies currently on its way to Moscow.

Director of the family business, Rob Macgregor, said the rise of healthy snack foods like wraps and sushi – especially for football fans – has forced the company to innovate.

"Twenty years ago, the only food one would buy at half-time was a pie. But the competition has been good. We now produce pies with less fat and salt and with pastry made from vegetable margarines and shortenings, not animal fats, as was the case for most of last century,” he said.

Since the death of Iain Macgregor in February 2012, Mrs Mac’s has been overseen by Rob and his sister Kate, and their mother Pennie, driving $20 million of capital works and improvement programs including the robotic production line which can pack and stack thousands of pies and sausage rolls in an hour.

"The robots are incredible. This is a labour-intensive business, and it probably always will be, but the speed and precision of our robots takes the pressure off an already busy workforce,” Rob told The West Australian.

Mrs Mac’s makes one million pies a week and more than half a million sausage rolls, and the company has recently developed a BYO line of pies, which aims to take advantage of the rise in on-premise cooking. The pies are sold frozen to petrol stations, pubs and sports clubs, and while this means Mrs Mac’s misses out on a branding opportunity, it’s allowed the company to enter a new market.

As well as its BYO line, Mrs Mac's also offers more than 100 varieties of pies and sausage rolls, a gourmet steak line and a line of low fat pies for school canteens.


tna launches new automated continuous slurry mixing system

Food seasoning and packaging solutions company, tna has announced the launch of its latest innovation for the snacking industry, the tna intelli-flav CLS 3  automated continuous slurry mixing and application system.

The system is designed for salty snacks, baked snacks and extruded products that require slurry flavouring in a tumble drum.

The system’s unique spraying technology and control ensures consistency of application to the snacks, and the 3 closed-loop slurry (CLS) seasoning system enhances the homogeneity of the slurry mix.

The system is fully automated, reducing the need for dedicated labour while also simplifying the production process.

“Our new tna intelli-flav CLS 3 delivers on seasoning performance and design simplicity for ease of use. Plus, as it can alter both liquid and dry powder proportions for specific recipe variations, it offers the flexibility and control that manufacturers need,” said David Woollard, seasoning group sales manager – tna.

“For the best results, the new CLS system should be combined with our main line seasoning system, the tna intelli-flav MLS, to ensure snack products are delivered into the tumbling seasoning bed with minimum waste and product damage.”


It’s The Duck’s Nuts

Product name: It's The Duck's Nuts

Product manufacturer: Duck Creek Macadamias

Ingredients: Australian macadamias, chocolate, honey, savoury spcies

Shelf life: 12 months

Packaging: Vacuum sealed packs, card outer satchel

Product manager: Jane Duff

Brand website:

What the company says
The ultimate guilt-free and great value 80g treat, It's The Duck's Nuts are made with the same high quality and attention to detail you’d expect from Duck Creek in the perfect size and price for snacking. Grown in the pristine Byron Bay hinterland, crafted from natural ingredients and hand packed with care on their plantation located in historic Newrybar.

Available in eight flavours: Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Honey Roasted, Wasabi, Hickory, Abalone, Roast Garlic and Roasted & Salted.


Qantas asks Kez’s Kitchen to develop exclusive new cookie

Snack and cereal manufacturer, Kez’s Kitchen has developed a new biscuit exclusively for Qantas.

Part of the brand’s Baked by Kez’s range, the Roasted Macadamia, Fig and Ginger Cookie will be launched on Qantas flights in March.

“We’ve developed a cookie that, when eaten mid-flight, tastes café fresh. The brief required us to develop a product that was both delicious and fulfilling, which is exactly what we’ve achieved. The more passengers that sample our brand, the more consumers will realise the difference that premium ingredients can make to a snack.

As we are all about Food, Passion and Family this is fantastic marketing for our family business,” said Kez’s Kitchen owner, Michael Carp.

Having been in development for the past six months, the new cookie comprises blended oats and wholemeal flour, chopped figs, crystallised ginger and large roasted macadamia pieces.

Rawbles by Rawsome

Product name: Rawbles

Product manufacturer: Rawsome

Ingredients: Each Rawble varies: can include almonds, cashews, coconut, dates, agave, cacao, coconut oil, pistachio, cherries, rose essence, macadamia, lemon essence, lemons, orange essence, oranges, nibs, cacao butter, raspberry, figs, rose essence, walnuts

Shelf life: 4-6 weeks

Packaging: Packaged in dozens in cardboard

Product manager: Laila Gampfer

Brand website:

What the company says
The rawbles range – raw balls – features five different types, all named after women:

  • Rosie: inspired by traditional Turkish delight, it features pistachio nuts and rose flavours.
  • Florence: with a Greek-Mediterranean feel, the rawble has a fresh flavour with a hint of fig and fennel.
  • Jemima: described by the Rawsome team as “just divine”, it is an ideal combination of zesty orange and chocolate.
  • Wanda: has the decadent taste of raw white chocolate and raspberry rolled in a coating of coconut and raspberry dust.
  • Lola: lemon and macadamia come together to give tastes reminiscent of limoncello, Bounty chocolate and lemon pie.