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Bacteria can be used to convert plastic waste into vanilla flavouring

Bacteria can be used to convert plastic waste into vanilla flavouring

5 Jul 2022

A lab engineered strain of E.coli that can sustainably convert used plastic waste into vanillin – the key ingredient in vanilla flavouring – has been discovered at the University of Edinburgh. 

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Parmesan partnership to put ‘blockchain ready’ digital chip on all cheese wheels

Parmesan partnership to put ‘blockchain ready’ digital chip on all cheese wheels

29 Jun 2022

A new line of food-safe and secure digital labels on each Parmigiano Reggiano cheese wheel will deliver previously unseen levels of traceability, product control, and quality assurance, says the Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano (CFPR).

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‘Game-changing’ tech such as automation and synthetic biotechnology the future for manufacturing, VTT predicts

‘Game-changing’ tech such as automation and synthetic biotechnology the future for manufacturing, VTT predicts

28 Jun 2022

“Game-changing technologies” such as synthetic biotechnology – combining engineering principles with biology in natural production processes – and more automation could revolutionise European food manufacturing, as well as for a host of other sectors i...

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World first: Dutch team develop method to extract high-value protein from tomato leaf

World first: Dutch team develop method to extract high-value protein from tomato leaf

27 Jun 2022

Tomato leaves that are currently seen as a major waste stream in horticulture could provide a reliable and sustainable source of rubisco – a widespread plant protein that has potential in food and drink, say researchers.

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NutriScore logo could help young people make healthier food choices – but more awareness is needed

NutriScore logo could help young people make healthier food choices – but more awareness is needed

22 Jun 2022

The European Nutri-Score labelling system can help young people make healthier food choices, according to a Spanish study – but one third still do not know what the label indicates.

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Nitrite and nitrate alternatives gain ground for processed meat applications

Nitrite and nitrate alternatives gain ground for processed meat applications

14 Jun 2022

As France finalises its review into the health risks of nitrite in cured meats, industry research focuses on the potential substitutes for nitrite and nitrate in processed meats to offer consumers healthy alternatives.

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Report: War in Ukraine leads to global food security and price crisis

Report: War in Ukraine leads to global food security and price crisis

3 Jun 2022

The war in Ukraine has resulted in a reduction in spring crop planting by at least one third and heavily disrupted supply routes, according to a report by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. 

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Gen Z consumers are thirsty for variety in beverages

Gen Z consumers are thirsty for variety in beverages

31 May 2022

As Gen Z consumers gain disposable income, they are looking to quench their thirst with beverage brands that are clean, sustainable and socially responsible, according to a report from the global consumer trend forecaster WGSN.

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Mars leverages artificial intelligence for smart product development

Mars leverages artificial intelligence for smart product development

12 May 2022

Mars has inked a multi-year deal with artificial intelligence (AI) company PIPA as part of its ambition to put AI at the heart of product design and development for both food and pet food.

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How massive parallel sequencing amplifies ingredient transparency

How massive parallel sequencing amplifies ingredient transparency

11 May 2022

Food manufacturers are using massive parallel sequencing techniques to build transparency and trust with consumers by confirming the authenticity of ingredients and the absence of harmful bacteria.

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SPINS: Food trends that will shape 2022 and beyond

SPINS: Food trends that will shape 2022 and beyond

3 May 2022

Clean label options, health supplements and ready-to-drink (RTD) alcohol are major food trends for 2022 and beyond, according to the market research firm SPINS.

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Algae, mushrooms & cell-cultivation: Meet the ProVeg incubator startups

Algae, mushrooms & cell-cultivation: Meet the ProVeg incubator startups

27 Apr 2022

Seven new food startups from around the world joined ProVeg’s alt-protein accelerator programme this year on April 4 to begin a 12-week course. The new group focusses on the latest technologies, including mushroom-based ingredients, cultured...

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