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Functional Ingredients Offer the Best of Both Worlds

Functional Ingredients Offer the Best of Both Worlds

13 Oct 2014

Over the years Food & Drink International has reported on the industry, the functional ingredients sector has perhaps undergone the greatest change. It used to be the case that consumers would often have to make the choice between taste and functio...

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Is Sugar Natural?

Is Sugar Natural?

29 Sep 2014

One of the key challenges when considering any natural proposition is that it is difficult to actually define ‘natural’ and how it actually differs from other aspects such as ‘clean label’. The clean label proposition is generally considered to be seek...

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Beetles: Love Me Do

Beetles: Love Me Do

23 Sep 2014

The South American beetle has been used as food colorant for centuries, giving bright red colouring to soup, ketchup, sauces, jams and canned fruits. You may have seen recent controversies with coffee outlets starbucking their Frappuccinos with crushed...

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Natural Good Taste

Natural Good Taste

8 Sep 2014

The flavours sector represents one of the largest within the global food additives market and the use of flavouring compounds is widespread as manufacturers continue to search for appealing new taste experiences. Sweet flavours, particularly those that...

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Cleaning up Colours

Cleaning up Colours

4 Sep 2014

The ‘Southampton 6 report’ from McCann et al (2007) highlighted potential issues relating to hyperactivity in children and suggested correlation to the use of six artificial colours: sunset yellow (E 110), quinoline yellow (E 104), carmoisine (E 122), ...

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Cochineal Sets an Example to us All

Cochineal Sets an Example to us All

1 Sep 2014

If we look at history, the aesthetic aspects of food were not a major consideration until relatively recently, and began to change fundamentally with the onset of the Industrial Revolution. (Today, for example, a Spanish paella rice dish would be unacc...

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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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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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Clean Label? Old Hat. Enhanced Natural is the Way to Go

Clean Label? Old Hat. Enhanced Natural is the Way to Go

24 Sep 2013

There once was a tussle between clean label and functionality, but no more. Today’s consumer expects the whole package – a natural product with functional properties which is also low in sugar and/or fat. And, if at all possible, it should also b...

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Food and Beverage Colours: Consumers Demand a Natural Rainbow

Food and Beverage Colours: Consumers Demand a Natural Rainbow

10 Sep 2013

Colour influences our food choices more than we realise. The main purpose of colour ingredients in food and beverages is to offset the colour that is lost during processing, or to enhance the naturally occurring colour. Nobody wants a fruit flavoured d...

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Trend Watch: Oral Health

Trend Watch: Oral Health

23 Jul 2013

According to Euromonitor International research, oral health is the sixth most popular positioning platform for health and wellness-oriented foods and beverages. We take a look at some potential new opportunities, including how the all-powerful natural...

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What Makes Food Good?

What Makes Food Good?

9 Jul 2013

This is a question best considered on a sun-drenched terrace overlooking a lake with snow-capped mountains in the background! At your right hand is a glass of good wine; an empty plate has probably just been taken away. Has that got you in the right mo...

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