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Premium chocolate gets a sustainable innovation boost

Premium chocolate gets a sustainable innovation boost

25 Oct 2019

Unusual ingredients and eco-friendly approaches to NPD have boosted the premium chocolate sector, which continues to grow rapidly while innovation in other chocolate categories has slowed.

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Exploring the future of plant protein in Europe

Exploring the future of plant protein in Europe

25 Oct 2019

Plant protein is one of the biggest food industry trends, but futureproofing the supply of sustainable plant-based protein sources poses big challenges.

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Plant-based foods and drinks spur new ingredient development

Plant-based foods and drinks spur new ingredient development

21 Oct 2019

The growing popularity of plant-based foods and beverages has boosted innovation among ingredient suppliers to meet diverse manufacturer demands, from dairy-free cultures for flavour and food safety, to flavours and emulsifiers for improved taste and t...

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Hybrid drinks add sparkle to a struggling beverage market

Hybrid drinks add sparkle to a struggling beverage market

21 Oct 2019

Consumers love to try new beverages, and a recent trend aims to straddle categories with drinks like tea lattes, carbonated juices, and fruit smoothies with plant milk.

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Climate change fuels ingredient innovation

Climate change fuels ingredient innovation

14 Oct 2019

From cocoa that doesn’t grow beyond a certain altitude, to wheat crops threatened by drought, the world’s changing climate presents many serious concerns for the global food supply. Enterprising crop breeders and ingredient suppliers are working on pot...

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Fermentation targets more eco-friendly ingredients

Fermentation targets more eco-friendly ingredients

14 Oct 2019

Plant extracts like natural sweeteners and antioxidants make up a tiny fraction of the plants from which they are derived, meaning a relatively large land and water footprint. Could producing these compounds via fermentation be more environmentally and...

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Organic foods on the rise among young Europeans

Organic foods on the rise among young Europeans

7 Oct 2019

Young people are now among the biggest consumers of organic foods and beverages in Europe – and manufacturers may need to rethink their organic brands if they want to appeal to the next generation.

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Exploring the enduring appeal of quinoa

Exploring the enduring appeal of quinoa

7 Oct 2019

Quinoa has become increasingly popular for several years, as consumers have turned to ancient grains and pseudo-cereals for their strong nutritional credentials. What does the future hold for quinoa?

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Are plant-based alternatives healthier than meat?

Are plant-based alternatives healthier than meat?

23 Sep 2019

Diets high in red and processed meat have been linked to a range of health problems, leading many consumers to choose more plant-based alternatives. But are fake meat products like burgers, sausages and nuggets really a healthier option?

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The maturing trend for fermented foods

The maturing trend for fermented foods

2 Sep 2019

Fermented foods most commonly appear in the dairy aisle in Europe, but with rising demand for plant-based foods, other areas may be ripe for long term growth.

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Turning the spotlight on titanium dioxide

Turning the spotlight on titanium dioxide

2 Sep 2019

Titanium dioxide has been the main white pigment used in the food industry for years, but consumer groups and regulators have raised questions about its acceptability. What options are available for manufacturers?

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What does the science say about CBD?

What does the science say about CBD?

26 Aug 2019

Research into the effects of CBD oil has been hampered by strict regulation, but a growing number of consumers swear by its efficacy for a wide range of issues including relief from pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression.

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