Special Report

Innovators target fat reduction resolutions on multiple application platforms

23 Aug 2017 --- Trends continuing to dominate 2017 are clean label ingredients and the reduction of ingredients with negative perceptions and impacts on health. Although there are geographical differences with some ingredients, such as sugar, fat is universally being cut. Across the board food innovators and manufacturers are finding ways to use less of it, substitute it, or use healthier alternatives. You can read the first part of this report here.

Fat reduction in the spotlight – the race against trans fat

21 Aug 2017 --- Many food manufacturers would say that the top priorities for the food industry are salt, sugar and fat reduction. For many years now the unrelenting advice has been to cut out the so-called “bad” saturated fats, which, in turn, has had an impact on many categories across the food industry. 

Looking beyond traditional fiber – innovation and consumer attitudes

15 Aug 2017 ---  One company that continues to trailblaze in terms of fiber is Ingredion, which late last year launched new fiber ingredients derived from potato and corn, neither of which has yet figured prominently in the fiber enrichment of baked goods. The VERSAFIBE 2470 and 1490 dietary fibers are designed for fiber fortification and calorie reduction in pasta and noodles, baked goods (such as bread, crackers and cookies) and extruded products. They are versatile, process stable, insoluble resistant starch ingredients and can be added with little to no impact on product texture, flavor or color. They can help manufacturers deliver such claims as "good source of fiber" or "excellent source of fiber" as well as "gluten-free," according to the company. You can read the first part of this report here

Looking beyond traditional fiber

14 Aug 2017 --- Adding fiber to finished foods is big business and one substantial change in terms of fiber in recent years is the sheer scale and diversity of fiber sources. Back in the day, fiber was associated with “regularity”, however thinking about dietary fiber in terms of the overall health and well-being benefits that it can bring is the new order and food innovators across a multitude of categories are tapping into high/source fiber claims

The future of food: Online retailers offer fresh groceries straight to your door

10 Aug 2017 --- As today’s busy lifestyles, work and family commitments lead to an increased need for convenience foods, many areas of the food sector industry are evolving. Even though consumers are often looking towards healthy food choices, there has never been an easier time to get what you want, delivered to where you want, in a matter of hours at just the click of a button. You can read the first part of this report here

The future of food: Food companies ramp up delivery services

08 Aug 2017 --- As today’s busy lifestyle, work and family commitments lead to an increased need for convenience foods, many areas of the food sector industry are evolving. Even though consumers are often looking towards healthy food choices, there has never been an easier time to get what you want, delivered to where you want, in a matter of hours at just the click of a button.

Botanicals breakthrough: Industry innovation

02 Aug 2017 --- One food trend that is undeniably shaping 2017 is botanicals – how substances obtained from plants are giving a major boost to new products across multiple platforms. You can read the first part of the report here

Botanicals breakthrough: Spicing up natural ingredients for clean label claims

01 Aug 2017 --- One food trend that is undeniably shaping 2017 is botanicals – how substances obtained from plants are giving a major boost to new products across multiple platforms. Eagle-eyed consumers are scanning labels more than ever, scrutinizing the small print for signs of sugar or a host of other ingredients with negative connotations. The clean label trend is driving so many food and drink segments and it’s the natural and healthy credentials of botanicals that are increasingly making them popular and a go-to choice for innovators, who are looking to make bold health and well-being claims.

New product highs for hemp – the market potential

24 Jul 2017 --- With new product innovation surging, highly nutritious hemp in its various forms, is an ingredient on a health mission with widespread applications. According to research from Innova Market Insights, hemp claims have climbed up 42 percent CAGR for NPD (Global, 2011-2016). 

Sugar reduction no longer a trend, it’s the norm - alternatives & research

19 Jul 2017 --- One of the most striking international phenomenons in recent years is how consumer attitudes have changed towards sugar. In the food and drink industry, reducing sugar content, swapping out the white stuff for sweeteners and natural alternatives has become top priority for food innovators and manufacturers the world over and across countless applications. You can read part one of this report here

Sugar reduction no longer a trend, it’s the norm – the market

18 Jul 2017 --- One of the most striking international phenomenons in recent years is how consumer attitudes have changed towards sugar. In the food and drink industry, reducing sugar content, swapping out the white stuff for sweeteners and natural alternatives has become top priority for food innovators and manufacturers the world over and across countless applications.

Special Report: Middle Eastern Trends - Meat and Authentic Spices Still on the Menu

10 Jul 2017 --- Fresh, wholesome, healthy, rich, aromatic - it's no wonder that the past decade has seen Middle Eastern cuisines global profile skyrocketing. With today's consumers being more adventurous than ever, there are certain pockets of the world that have sparked interest particularly when it comes to food and flavors. Are the flavors and eating habits of the Middle East consumers changing and how is this influencing the rest of the world? FoodIngredientsFirst investigates. 

Special Report: Key Brexit Concerns: Labor Shortages, Tariffs and Food Price Hikes

03 Jul 2017 --- British Prime Minister Theresa May says she is pushing ahead with a “smooth and orderly” Brexit, despite the fact that she failed to reach a majority vote in the recent UK general election and propped up her Government with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), well known for its right-wing social views and politics.

Special Report: Turmeric Sales Heat Up as Holistic Lifestyles Grow

26 Jun 2017 --- Native to Southern-Asia, turmeric, the main spice in curry, has been trending for some time. Arguably one of the most powerful herbs on the planet it has many healing properties that include fighting and reversing disease. 

Special Report: The Indulgence Factor - Innovators Play with Texture, Mouthfeel and Freshness

19 Jun 2017 --- The indulgent factor and indulgent experience trends are driving new product development globally. With its varied definition, indulgency can be applied across multiple food applications, with the main categories being desserts, confectionary, chocolate and beverages. Today’s consumers are more and more mindful about eating healthy but that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice their indulgence food experiences. 

Special Report: Beverage Innovators Target Craft and Plant-Based Opportunities

12 Jun 2017 --- Craft, sustainability, plant-based natural ingredients, functional drinks, botanical boosts and of course clean label are all trends that are driving new product development in the beverage industry. From millennials to seniors, and from east to west, global consumers are seeking less sugar and more nutrition. 

Special Report: Sugar and Sodium Reduction Top Priorities in Bakery Trends

05 Jun 2017 --- Bakery is a huge and ever changing food sector. From breakfast to convenience, snacks to sandwiches, the bakery business has been heavily influenced by some of the leading trends in the food industry. As consumers look towards healthier options for an improved lifestyle, the definition of healthy products can vary from market to market, specifically when it comes to bakery items. In one market, a healthier option might mean using wholemeal flour whereas in another, the presence of grains immediately provides the perception of a healthy product.

Special Report: Pulses Thrive on Health and Multiple Application Potential

29 May 2017 --- Packed with nutritional goodness, the health credentials of pulses is driving their use in new product developments around the world. Although consumption differs from country to country, the benefits of pulses - which includes contributing to the prevention of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and to help lower cholesterol and control weight - are universally pushing pulses’ demand. 

Special Report: Sugar Reduction, Whey and Organic Trending in Child-Friendly Foods

22 May 2017 --- Child-friendly foods often come under fire in the food industry. High on the agenda for most food manufacturers will be the continuous need for less sugar, particularly when it comes to the marketing of “junk food”. However, foods high in salt and fat are becoming particularly undesirable when it comes to choosing what to give to young family members. 

Special Report: Food Safety in the Spotlight

16 May 2017 --- Potential changes to US Food and Drug Administration policies which could impact on food safety issues and the consequences that Brexit may have on policy as Britain withdraws from the European Union - these are just two of the issues in the food safety space right now. On both sides of the pond, and elsewhere, the issue of food safety is a hot topic as consumers and industry decipher the mountains of information, bureaucracy and legislation there is on the subject.

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