Flavor trends 2018: Innova Market Insights tips overseas influences, plant goodness & indulgence as key drivers

17 Jul 2018 --- Today’s connected world creates an opportunity for new ethnic flavors, street food inspired meals and the revival of culinary classics. Innova Market Insights has reported an average annual growth of 20 percent in food and beverage launches with global flavors (Global, 2013-2017), with growth in platforms such as chili, herb and floral flavors. With the plant-based trend still going strong, consumers are looking for innovative ways to take the benefits of plants into their daily lives. Meanwhile, innovation relying on decadent flavor application, from desserts to alcohol or flavors that evoke indulgence, will continue to grow and remain paramount in the industry. 

Sundogs: Hydrosol launches vegan compound for sausages with sunflower & pea protein

17 Jul 2018 ---  Plant-based claims are dominating the food industry and the trend for plant-based foods is not slowing down. Not only addressing health megatrends as well as the growing expectations of consumers, regarding animal protection, plant-based foods also appeal to flexitarian, vegetarian lifestyles to vegan alternatives for fish, meat and dairy. In response to these trends, Hydrosol has launched Sundogs, all-in compound, which the company believes are an ideal fit.

Gelita joins Animal Welfare Initiative as sponsoring member

17 Jul 2018 --- Gelita AG is joining the Animal Welfare Initiative as a sponsoring member. As of August 1, 2018, the company will support the Animal Welfare Initiative with a financial contribution. By becoming sponsoring members, companies that do not directly sell meat and meat products can help improve animal welfare in livestock farming.

Reb M capacity increase: PureCircle expands production of its Starleaf stevia


16 Jul 2018 --- Producer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle, has expanded its capacity to supply significantly more Reb M to global beverage and food companies. Using beverage sweetening as an equivalized example, PureCircle can now supply enough Reb M to sweeten approximately 500 million cases of zero-calorie carbonated soft drinks. The company continues to build production capacity and estimates that three years from now, it could supply enough Reb M to sweeten 1 billion cases of zero-calorie carbonated soft drinks or the equivalent in beverages and foods using Reb M as the sweetener.

Kaslink & Tetra Pak partnership: Transforming Nordic oats into plant-based dairy alternatives

16 Jul 2018 --- With plant-based dairy drinks trending strongly in Europe, Kaslink and its partner, Tetra Pak are “willing to take risks to stay ahead of the competition.” In the Nordic countries, oat is a common food ingredient. Oat-based drinks and fermented oat-based products are cereal-based products which are common in Asia where many products are based on soy, almond or rice. The global market for alternative dairy drinks is expected to reach US$16.3 billion this year alone, according to Innova Market Insights data, a dramatic increase from US$7.4 billion in 2010.

Barry Callebaut hails volume growth “significantly above global chocolate confectionery market”

16 Jul 2018 --- Barry Callebaut has released its nine-month key sales figures for the fiscal year 2017/18 which has shown good group momentum and volume growth that is significantly above the global chocolate confectionery market, according to the company. In the first nine months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended May 31, 2018), the manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products grew its sales volume by 6.9 percent to 1,512,853 tons.

Advanced sugar reduction: DSM to launch new Reb M sweetener at IFT

13 Jul 2018 ---  DSM is set to showcase its new generation sweetener Avansya Reb M at this year’s IFT, in Chicago. Avansya is DSM’s new brand for sustainably produced, non-artificial sweeteners that answers the need for advanced, flexible sugar reduction in a wide range of foods and beverages. The first product in this range is Avansya Reb M (Rebaudioside M), a calorie-free steviol glycoside with a pure and clean taste, according to the company, which is sustainably produced by fermentation.

Arla Foods expands premium yogurt offerings to European markets

13 Jul 2018 --- Arla Foods is set to expand its Finnish brand, Ihana, into new markets. The premium yogurt range was launched in Denmark this spring and makes its debut in the UK this week. Made with natural ingredients, Ihana taps into key trends that fit with European consumer lifestyles and provides an authentic and indulgent treat with a thick and creamy texture. 

CHS makes “great strides” to report US$229 million Q3 net income

12 Jul 2018 --- Farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, CHS Inc has reported net income of US$229.3 million for the third quarter of its 2018 fiscal year. This covers the three-month period ending May 31, 2018, and compares to a net loss of US$45.2 million for the same time period a year ago. Results for the quarter were attributed to higher operating margins in the company's Ag and Energy segments compared to previous years, primarily driven by higher margins in feed and farm supplies, crop nutrients, processing & food ingredients and refined fuels.

“No-No Ingredients”: Kerry consumer research highlights meat concerns

12 Jul 2018 --- Consumer knowledge of food and beverage properties has begun to evolve into ingredient curiosity, according to taste and nutrition company Kerry. With increased attention on the origin, sourcing and manufacturing of products, ingredient selection for meat products, has become a priority to consumers. They often want to know more about what they consume. In terms of clean label, consumers are demanding a return to real food and transparency through authenticity. They seek foods that are natural and familiar, with simple ingredients that are easy to recognize, understand and pronounce.

Bunge Loders Croklaan to debut Non-GMO Project Verified sunflower lecithin

12 Jul 2018 --- Customers seeking growth opportunities in the non-GMO food and beverage space now have a versatile new lecithin solution, according to Bunge Loders Croklaan. At IFT18 (July 16-18), Bunge Loders Croklaan will showcase BungeMaxx sunflower lecithin, a Non-GMO Project Verified ingredient with a range of benefits for food and beverages, including emulsification and crystallization control.

Brazzein scale-up: “Nature has the answer to sugar reduction,” says Magellan Life Sciences CEO

11 Jul 2018 --- UK-based Magellan Life Sciences is scaling up their production of brazzein, through its patent-pending fermentation process. The company believes it will be the first to market the natural sweetener on a major scale. Using an FDA-approved microorganism strain and food-grade chemicals, Magellan Life Sciences has developed a unique process that promises commercial quantities of brazzein that are “identical to nature.”

Going gluten-free: Is there a conflict between wheat & gluten?

11 Jul 2018 --- European starch specialist, Kröner-Stärke has declared that there does not have to be a conflict between going gluten-free and still being able to enjoy the taste and functional properties that wheat has to offer. Thanks to the high-quality raw materials, it is possible to produce gluten-free bakery products, sauces, batters and coatings using 100 percent naturally produced wheat starches with the gluten content washed out, according to the company.

HB Natural Ingredients eyes opportunities in stevia and licorice extracts

11 Jul 2018 --- Plant-based ingredients manufacturer HB Natural Ingredients is eyeing opportunities in stevia and licorice extracts to achieve their reformulation and NPD objectives. The company’s next generation, modified stevia extracts are planned for near-term launch. Currently, HB Natural Ingredients’ technology-driven portfolio includes a comprehensive range of stevia extracts, such as Rebaudioside D and licorice root extracts, such as MAG (Mono-Ammonium Glycyrrhizinate).

Sustainable soy: Louis Dreyfus promises to raise the bar

10 Jul 2018 --- Louis Dreyfus, the global merchant firm involved in agriculture and food processing, notes that the soy industry is now growing so rapidly that managing its supply chain sustainably is becoming “increasingly urgent.” That’s why it has just launched a new policy geared towards protecting biodiversity, preserving natural resources and habitats while also generating a fair wage for farmers. 

DSM extends use of enzymatic acrylamide-reduction for baked goods

10 Jul 2018 --- Global awareness of acrylamide is on the rise. In response to this, DSM has launched PreventASe XR, an enzymatic solution that prevents the formation of acrylamide in high-pH applications such as corn chips, biscuits, and crackers. PreventASe is positioned as a trusted acrylamide-reduction solution proven to reduce acrylamide in processed foods by up to 95 percent. While PreventASe is suitable for a broad range of applications, the new PreventASe XR is optimized for higher-pH applications. 

Carrageenan potential: Cargill expands sustainable texturizing offerings for dairy desserts

10 Jul 2018 --- Cargill has launched Satiagel Seabrid, a new type of carrageenan extract, based on 100 percent cultivated seaweed, which allows dairy manufacturers to achieve a premium texture, for creamy dairy desserts. This launch follows the 2017 debut of Cargill’s Seabrid solution for gelled dairy desserts. It enables a reliable supply of sustainably sourced ingredients while also delivering the texture preferred by consumers. 

Green eating: 62 percent increase in plant-based claims, Innova Market Insights reveals

09 Jul 2018 --- Plant-based innovation is flourishing, according to Innova Market Insights. Growing consumer interest in health, sustainability and ethics are driving plant-derived ingredients and products into high popularity. Innova Market Insights reports that plant-based product claims increased by 62 percent globally (CAGR, 2013-2017) with growth occurring on platforms such as plant proteins, active botanicals, sweeteners, herbs and seasonings and coloring foodstuffs.

Listeria fears: Greenyard investigates “root cause,” as UK supermarkets recall frozen vegetables

09 Jul 2018 --- Greenyard, the company at the center of a frozen vegetable listeria contamination scare, says its top priority is the on-going recall initiative working with supermarkets to call back certain batches amid concern that they could contain the bacteria. The fruit and vegetable giant tells FoodIngredientsFirst that production has stopped at its Hungarian vegetable plant while an in-depth investigation takes place into the potential listeria contamination. 

World Chocolate Day: Despite health concerns, chocolate popularity still strong in NPD

07 Jul 2018 ---  Today marks World Chocolate Day 2018 and July 7 is dedicated to all things cocoa-based. Despite concerns about health and obesity, chocolate remains a popular treat worldwide. World Chocolate Day supposedly marks the day when chocolate was first brought to Europe in 1550 and has been observed since 2009 globally. However, there has been a slight shift in consumer tastes. The focus on obesity and the health agenda has made many consumers transfer allegiance to lower sugar and fat confectionery products. However, to ensure chocolate is still a firm favorite for many years to come, confectionery manufacturers have been working hard to offer healthier versions of existing products, as well as new innovations.

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