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China leads the global boom for probiotics

China leads the global boom for probiotics

30 Mar 2022

Probiotics are experiencing a boom in global demand - particularly in China - as consumers look for functional ingredients in food and drink products that can improve their health. 

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EU exports evolve in face of burgeoning bioeconomy

EU exports evolve in face of burgeoning bioeconomy

29 Mar 2022

Delivering food and drink via a robust supply chain, accessing global trade routes, and investing in research and development (R&D) lead food and drink investment and market evolution in the European Union.

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Consumers seek ashwagandha-fueled relaxation in beverages

Consumers seek ashwagandha-fueled relaxation in beverages

28 Mar 2022

Ashwagandha has been used in India for centuries, and it is only in recent years that consumers in the US and now Europe are realising its health benefits, with manufacturers starting to add this adaptogen to beverage formulations.

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War in Ukraine pushes up commodity prices

War in Ukraine pushes up commodity prices

25 Mar 2022

Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a leading producer of many staple commodities such as wheat and sunflower oil, has put an abrupt stop to global exports and sent prices skyrocketing.

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What trends are driving the European food and drink industry?

What trends are driving the European food and drink industry?

24 Mar 2022

Five evolving consumer trends are influencing food and drink development in the EU, spurring new formulation discoveries, product launches and communication campaigns, according to trade association, FoodDrinkEurope.

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Global consumers continue to purchase frozen food as segment thaws

Global consumers continue to purchase frozen food as segment thaws

23 Mar 2022

Across the globe, frozen food is increasingly growing its market share and beginning to make headway as a viable alternative for dinner when, for many years, it was viewed as a lesser alternative to fresh food.

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EU consumer group praises Unilever’s recent healthy food targets

EU consumer group praises Unilever’s recent healthy food targets

22 Mar 2022

European Consumer Organisation, BEUC, welcomed Unilever’s recent pledge to publicly measure its product portfolio’s nutrition scores against at least six key health targets and hopes more companies will “follow suit,” said Nelleke Polderman, the group’...

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Despite pushes for alternatives, plastic packaging to remain a future solution

Despite pushes for alternatives, plastic packaging to remain a future solution

21 Mar 2022

As governments move to reduce the use of plastic (both single-use and packaging) through legislation and consumers push for fewer options that harm the environment, companies have progressively moved away from this versatile, flexible packaging op...

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CJ CheilJedang capitalises on Korean culture boom with new European StartLife partnership

CJ CheilJedang capitalises on Korean culture boom with new European StartLife partnership

17 Mar 2022

Seizing on growing demand for Korean cultural exports including “Squid Game, kimchi and Korean barbeque,” Korean food and bio company CJ CheilJedang has partnered Europe’s agrifoodtech accelerator StartLife to expand the worldwide presence of Korean fo...

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Why the future of alternative protein is fermented fungi

Why the future of alternative protein is fermented fungi

16 Mar 2022

Fungi fermentation has stepped into the ring in a big way in recent years, and the number of companies that are looking to mycoprotein as a method to manufacture plant-based alternatives has proliferated.

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Does the home baking boom have longevity?

Does the home baking boom have longevity?

15 Mar 2022

After years of decline, home baking mixes experienced a boom during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the right positioning and claims, such as clean label and plant-based, brands can continue to leverage the trend for home baking.

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French government survey reveals cases of vanilla fraud

French government survey reveals cases of vanilla fraud

14 Mar 2022

Vanilla is a prized flavouring whose high price has prompted the production of fraudulent substitutes throughout the supply chain. Recently, a French investigation revealed examples of retailers and manufacturers using artificial vanillin and frau...

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