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Top Trends for 2014

Top Trends for 2014

3 Dec 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, thoughts turn to what 2014 might hold. Market research companies look into their crystal balls to make predictions for the coming year. Within the Strategic Insight team here at Leatherhead Food Research, we have also been won...

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Top Trends in Foods, Beverages and Ingredients

Top Trends in Foods, Beverages and Ingredients

3 Dec 2013

The food and drink industry produces a very wide range of products; however, trends do inevitably emerge as the industry is quick to respond to changing consumer demands and other external pressures and drivers. In particular, European consumers are be...

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What is Smart Packaging?

What is Smart Packaging?

12 Nov 2013

Smart packaging has been a trending topic for years now. It comes with many names – it can also be called intelligent packaging, interactive packaging or active packaging – or combinations of these. Smart packaging is about clever ways to package...

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Broadening Our Taste Buds, One Ingredient at a Time

Broadening Our Taste Buds, One Ingredient at a Time

5 Nov 2013

Our taste buds are programmed to favour and reject certain tastes almost instinctively. Sweet tastes are well-accepted, as traditionally they indicate a natural and safe source of energy – whereas bitter tastes tend to warn against toxic foods, a...

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Trends in The Beverage Market

Trends in The Beverage Market

29 Oct 2013

Long gone are the days when beverages simply provided hydration. Beverage manufacturers are now jostling for a market edge in a crowded and vibrant market-place, which includes cold drinks, hot drinks, carbonated drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, f...

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Dairy: Protein, Flavour and Blurring Category Lines

Dairy: Protein, Flavour and Blurring Category Lines

29 Oct 2013

The pace of change and real innovation in dairy keeps us on our toes here at FoodBev Media and makes for interesting reading on FoodBev.com and in Dairy Innovation magazine. Protein has stolen many of the headlines in the past year and while much atten...

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The Next Generation of Sodium and Calorie Reduction Innovations

The Next Generation of Sodium and Calorie Reduction Innovations

29 Oct 2013

There is no doubt that health and wellness has been a macro trend of the last 10 years, if not longer, and it is now routine activity for a product developer to consider. In 2012, Leatherhead Food Research undertook an industry survey as part of our on...

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Better-For-You Food and Drink – Where is it All Going?

Better-For-You Food and Drink – Where is it All Going?

22 Oct 2013

Far from being a tired concept of yesteryear, better-for-you (BFY) foods and beverages are maintaining a steady growth trajectory. Euromonitor International’s latest data show that BFY products are heading for global value sales of almost US$161 billio...

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Spotlight on Salt, Fat and Sugar Reduction

Spotlight on Salt, Fat and Sugar Reduction

22 Oct 2013

Watching the obesity rate tick slowly upward year by year, it becomes apparent that consumers struggle with controlling their weight. The health consequences of obesity, and the direct impact it has on health care costs, has seen government and health ...

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Sweetness From Nature – Megatrend Versus Mainstream Business

Sweetness From Nature – Megatrend Versus Mainstream Business

22 Oct 2013

“All natural” is a megatrend in the ingredient industry these days. Many new innovations are taking place throughout the whole ingredient value chain – from farming and manufacturing through to the product formulators and the FMCG marketers. The trend ...

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Protein Fever Continues to Spread

Protein Fever Continues to Spread

15 Oct 2013

Protein appears to be well established in the US and is very much poised for global growth as manufacturers educate consumers on the many nutritional benefits this macronutrient has to offer. Protein is increasingly sought out by American consumers as ...

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Why the Dairy Protein Boom is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Why the Dairy Protein Boom is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

15 Oct 2013

Demand for high quality dairy proteins is rising dramatically. Manufacturers and consumers are beginning to realise their full potential and, as a result, the appeal of protein as an ingredient has broadened significantly. Once the domain of hardcore s...

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