Key Interviews

Foodarom CEO: A new wave of “Chemophobia” is dominating the food industry

19 Feb 2018 --- The world of flavors is continually evolving, and the habits of today’s consumer rely heavily on the evolution of taste, functionality and tradition. For flavor designer and manufacturer, Foodarom, this year is about balancing health and happiness and according to the company, the nutritional values of food has given rise to more products with flavors taken from foods that are valued for their health benefits.

Welch’s calls 2018 the “Year of the Grape,” in line with trend forecasts

12 Feb 2018 --- Welch's Global Ingredients Group has welcomed the news that “mindful choices” is set to be 2018’s top food and beverage trend – and says it believes this could be the Year of the Concord Grape as a result of this forecast.

SternMaid America COO: “Manufacturing and technology processes are much more sophisticated today”

05 Feb 2018 --- Looking to fulfill growing demand from the food and nutraceuticals industries, the Illinois, US-based contract manufacturer and co-packer SternMaid America’s US plant is one of the most modern of its kind and offers comprehensive, customized contract manufacturing services in the compounding and co-packing of powdered substances. The facility has a blending capacity of about 4,000 tons annually. SternMaid America offers further customized services ranging from raw material purchasing and warehousing to blending and delivery of finished goods.

Diana Food: Agronomic expertise key to answering consumers' flavor demands

30 Jan 2018 --- With the rise of the clean and clear label trend, the modern consumer is looking for clarity and more healthy foods, but is not willing to compromise on taste. To support its customers in creating products that will meet these consumer demands, Diana Food has just introduced a new range of 100 percent clean label natural juice concentrates, which the company says improve clients’ industrial performance, deliver a “real” taste signature, with no need for other taste components. FoodIngredientsFirst spoke with Sébastien Langlais, Science Platform Leader, Taste at Diana Food about the new range as well as the benefits of the company’s recent integration into Symrise and the importance of local expertise.

Bell Flavors highlights botanical extracts as a key theme for 2018

22 Jan 2018 --- The rapid shift towards more natural and organic products is expected to drive the global level market growth of botanical extracts, according to Bell Flavors and Fragrances. The usage of botanical extracts in food and beverage products offers great taste as well as natural flavor, together with enhanced organoleptic characteristics and improved nutritional value – underlining its growing presence in the market.

Blockchain benefits (Part 2): INS tokens reward customer loyalty like frequent flyer miles

18 Jan 2018 --- Through the INS Ecosystem, founder and CEO, Peter Fedchenkov, believes that shopping will be significantly more affordable. “For smaller brands, we believe that the INS Ecosystem could bring goods to consumer doorsteps for up to 30 percent cheaper than current prices. For established manufacturers we can help consumers save 5-15 percent compared to what they would spend in traditional stores – this is a big cut for groceries,” he tells FoodIngredientsFirst in a recent interview. Part 1 of the interview is available to read here.

Blockchain benefits (Part 1): Partners could bypass retailers and wholesalers entirely, says INS founder

16 Jan 2018 --- INS Ecosystem, the platform that enables consumers to buy groceries directly from manufacturers at lower prices with convenience, has received great interest from some of the world’s largest food manufacturers. Aviko, Dubro, Zijerveld (acquired by FrieslandCampina in 2013), Bake Five, 2 Sisters Storteboom, Gulden Krakeling, Henri to name a few have already signed non-binding memorandums, plus a whole host of other partnerships in the pipeline considering to joining the ecosystem.

Novel natural ingredients: Proti-Farm looks to scale up insect production

08 Jan 2018 --- The demand for natural and specialty foods has increased dramatically in recent years and is expected to continue to rise even further in the near future. Meeting this demand may require producers to take a closer look at “alternative” ingredients. Among the various novel “natural” ingredients that are available, ingredients derived from insects in various forms are now seen as “the new kid on the block” taking their place alongside algae, seaweed and legumes.

Paradise Fruits eyes opportunities in snacking, fruit blends and flavor concepts for 2018

02 Jan 2018 --- Paradise Fruits by Jahncke has a long history in the field of fruit and healthy ingredients. On display at FiE 2017 in Frankfurt recently, were three of the company’s business units, comprising of Paradise Fruits Solutions, Paradise Fruits Freeze-Dried and Paradise Garden. The family-run business provides an extensive range of quality ingredients and snacks ranging from freeze-dried products to flexible solutions from their state-of-the-art factories in Germany. The freeze-dried fruits and vegetables produced, are lightweight, clean ingredients, which retain many of the natural nutritional benefits, flavor and color characteristics from their fresh form.

Making mindful choices: why sustainable seafood will thrive 

19 Dec 2017 --- Sustainability and the notion of a circular economy are high on both the industry and consumer radar, with “Mindful Choices” and “Going Full Circle” among Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends for 2018. One of the most important sustainability platforms relates to fish & seafood. The market researcher also notes “Ocean Garden” as one of its 2018 trends, where the industry is looking towards the sea as a source for ingredients and more holistic nutrition inspiration. 

New Naturex CSO: “A mere fraction of the plant kingdom’s potential has been explored”

15 Dec 2017 --- Last month, leader in natural specialty ingredients, Naturex announced changes to its senior management team with the appointment of Sarah Martin as its new Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). Martin, who has a wealth of high-level experience in the food science and nutrition industry, joins Naturex’s Executive committee, taking global responsibility for Naturex’s scientific and innovation programs.

Omya responds to fast-growing need for calcium and vitamin fortification

11 Dec 2017 --- At the beginning of this year, global producer of calcium carbonate, Omya, began to address the needs of the fast-growing vegan market, by expanding their offering of their Calcipur brand for producers of plant-derived drinks based on soy, rice, oat, coconut or almond. As the demand for calcium and vitamin fortification grows due to evolving lifestyles trends, Omya’s platform offers an array of opportunities within the vegan space as well as several major consumer groups. Calcium deficiency is a growing concern and Omya is responding to those requests.

Fonterra: Resurgence of butter in Asia is down to understanding health foods and demand for premium products

04 Dec 2017 --- Globally, annual butter consumption has increased 1.7 million MT over the last 10 years. In recent years we’ve seen the world adopt a better understanding of the health benefits of butter. While historically experts advised people to reduce their fat intake, they now agree that some fats are actually beneficial for people’s health – especially natural dairy fats. 

Kasih Food and Tetra Pak respond to millennials’ demand for hummus

27 Nov 2017 --- Back in October, Jordan-based Kasih Food Production Co, unveiled a range of hummus products in Tetra Pak packages at the Anuga food and drink fair. With the new Mézete brand product line, the company aims to increase its share of the hummus market, projected to reach US$1.1 billion globally by 2022, that would represent an annual growth rate of more than 9 percent for the period between 2016 and 2022, mainly driven by healthier eating trends among consumers worldwide.

Agrana Fruit CEO: Botanicals continue to grow, driven by need from millennials

20 Nov 2017 --- Agrana Fruit is established as a world market leader for fruit solutions for the dairy industry. The company does, however, have a much broader product portfolio and is also specialized in a wide range of diverse and innovative solutions for other categories and channels such as the ice cream, bakery and foodservice industries. Alongside a range of fruit solutions, Agrana Fruit is also a specialist in brown flavor preparations, preparations with inclusion ingredients, cereals and savory preparations.

Carrot fibers from FoodSolutionsTeam: Closing the door on food waste

14 Nov 2017 --- FoodSolutionsTeam has been shortlisted for the upcoming Food ingredients Innovation Awards 2017, and specifically in the sector of the Sustainability Champion Award Shortlist for its’ present KaroPRO, a functional, natural and sustainable carrot fiber ingredient. Derived from side streams of vegetable juice production, KaroPRO is produced using innovative drying and milling technologies. The development of KaroPRO is claimed to reduce food waste and at the same time offer a highly functional ingredient with a positive declaration and beneficial nutritional values.

Ingredion addresses the role tapioca plays in texture

06 Nov 2017 --- Earlier this year, Ingredion announced the launch of Homecraft Create multifunctional tapioca flours. The new range of ingredients emerges as a milestone in more than two decades of research dedicated to understanding the role tapioca can play in clean label applications.

Frutarom CEO talks acquisitions, consolidation, efficiency

30 Oct 2017 --- 2017 has been a significant one for Frutarom so far. Earlier this summer the company reported a record quarter as it continues to implement its growth strategy. With nine acquisitions having been made in 2017 so far, it looks as though it is certainly going to plan. For the past 30 years, the company has been able to double its size and revenue every four years, and Ori Yehudai, Frutarom’s President and CEO believes the business is in the best position for even further future growth.

L’Italiana Aromi targets free-from and organic platforms for extracts growth

23 Oct 2017 --- For many years, the field of beverages has been where the Italian-based L’Italiana Aromi has highlighted leading trends and brought innovation to many of its customers. Among the first tea producers in Europe and representing 75 percent of its production today, L’Italiana Aromi has a long and consolidated experience in other industries as well, such as dairy, plant-based milk, savory and confectionery.

NZMP highlights consumer trends driving demand for protein across Asia

16 Oct 2017 --- With the Asia protein ingredients market forecast to grow by 11.5 percent from 2016 to 2020, NZMP – Fonterra’s dairy ingredients business – are leading the way as one of the key players for high protein food launches. NZMP believes that Asian consumers are increasingly seeking specific nutritional benefits to support their growing interest in health and active living.

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