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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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War in Ukraine: Growing number of brands exit Russia in protest

War in Ukraine: Growing number of brands exit Russia in protest

11 Mar 2022

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, many Western multinationals responded by pausing their operations in Russia. However, although the list of major companies exiting the country is growing, not all enterprises have elected to sever ...

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Plant proteins' next evolution: Lupin beans

Plant proteins' next evolution: Lupin beans

7 Mar 2022

Delivering on taste, texture and health benefits, lupin beans are emerging as a viable contender in the race to dominate the plant-based protein industry. We look at some innovative startups using this ingredient.

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Enhanced ingredients: Using biotech to create highly functional food

Enhanced ingredients: Using biotech to create highly functional food

4 Mar 2022

Through acquisitions, investments and internal R&D, ingredient companies are harnessing biotechnology to create healthier ingredients and more functional additives.

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Snacking's zeitgeist: nostalgia and childhood memories

Snacking's zeitgeist: nostalgia and childhood memories

2 Mar 2022

Snack time has become any time. Although the trend toward eating mini-meals has been growing over the last several years, the pandemic accelerated this transformation. Now 64% of consumers say they prefer snacking to consuming traditional meals, with 8...

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Ethnic Hispanic flavours increase in US food and beverage

Ethnic Hispanic flavours increase in US food and beverage

21 Feb 2022

Over the last 30 years, the distribution of buying power in the US has shifted, and the Hispanic population has expanded particularly quickly becoming the largest minority market and influencing food and beverage offerings.

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Support for gene-editing technology growing in the EU

Support for gene-editing technology growing in the EU

18 Feb 2022

Gene-editing technology and the genetically-modified organisms that result therefrom have long been controversial in Europe. However, recently there has been a growing number of voices supporting the targeted modification of organisms' genomes in an ef...

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Top trends to watch at Expo West

Top trends to watch at Expo West

18 Feb 2022

From the foodification of supplements to mission-driven commerce, trendspotters at Natural Products Expo West have identified the top 10 trends shaping the US healthy food industry.

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IRI reports on breakfast trends and winning categories

IRI reports on breakfast trends and winning categories

17 Feb 2022

Breakfast is changing. What was once the domain of bowls of cereal and pancakes came full circle during the pandemic as people once again began consuming breakfast at home. Now, the category is shifting once again toward on-the-go options that shoppers...

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Plant-based and lactose-free drive liquid milk segment growth

Plant-based and lactose-free drive liquid milk segment growth

16 Feb 2022

Liquid milk sales have been on a decade-long decline trajectory, but according to a new report from market research firm IRI, there may be a bright spot for the segment: lactose-reduced milk. Plant-based milk is another segment of the category that is ...

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China announces an agricultural plan that includes cultivated meat

China announces an agricultural plan that includes cultivated meat

15 Feb 2022

China has officially taken a stake in the alternative protein sector, announcing that cultivated meat and ‘future foods’ are sectors in which it will actively participate, according to the country’s recently-released five-year agricultural plan that wa...

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Celebrity Indian couple backs Indian startup Blue Tribe Foods

Celebrity Indian couple backs Indian startup Blue Tribe Foods

14 Feb 2022

A sign of the growing popularity of plant-based foods in India, Bollywood star Anushka Sharma and her cricketer husmand have joined the startup Blue Tribe Foods' board of investors. "Without short-changing our taste buds, there is potential for a plane...

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