Dessert trends: Visual appeal, keeping a clean image and vegan NPD

06 Nov 2018 --- More than clean label, today we see a trend toward “clean image” which encompasses sustainability, low sugar, low salt, plant-based, health, and nutrition as well as products which do not negatively impact on society and the environment. These megatrends are driving new product development across many food and beverage categories, including desserts. And as vegan innovative for NPD gathers pace, manufacturers and suppliers are constantly creating ways to tap into the opportunities that this huge category presents as well.

Weekly Roundup: Arla Foods UK unveils new farming standards model, Nestlé launches food waste initiative

19 Oct 2018 --- This week, sustainability has been high on the agenda. Arla Foods UK unveiled a new farming standards model to bring sustainable change to dairy farming in the country. Nestlé has helped to form a new platform to combat food waste in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the same week, the global leader announced plans to reduce salt and saturated fat in its iconic Maggi products in the UK and Ireland. Omya announced significant price increases for calcium carbonate products globally and Hershey completed the acquisition of Pirate Brands.

Clean appeal: CP Kelco launches label-friendly texturizing agent for neutral desserts

04 Oct 2018 --- Producer of specialty hydrocolloid ingredients, CP Kelco, has launched GENU Explorer Pectin ND-200, a label-friendly food ingredient solution designed for neutral pH dairy desserts. GENU Explorer Pectin ND-200 is positioned as an ideal gelling agent for formulators seeking consumer-friendly ingredients for indulgent dairy desserts, such as Panna Cotta, crème desserts and more, according to CP Kelco.

Kröner-Stärke targets health and costs in starches and flours, amid widespread industry challenges

04 Oct 2018 --- European natural starch specialist, Kröner-Stärke has developed a new range of clean label, native, pre-gelatinized, starches and flours to boost the health credentials of many food products. All of the new range offers a cost-effective solution for the food industry at a time when many raw materials have increased in price and profit margins are being squeezed.

Peeling back the label: UK study explores the “real” ingredients in popular processed foods

19 Sep 2018 --- A study examining the lack of meat in some processed foods and what UK consumers think is classified as “ultra-processed products” reveals a widespread lack of understanding. Less than half of those surveyed feel confident in pointing out which foods fall into the “processed” and “ultra-processed” categories. The study also revealed that many didn’t know the difference between processed foods like frozen vegetables or dried fruit which are not considered unhealthy and ultra-processed foods which contain additives and ingredients (often salt, fat and sugar) to enhance their flavor, texture, or longevity.

Vaessen-Schoemaker completes majority stake acquisition of Polish alginate-gel business Agersol

18 Sep 2018 --- Vaessen-Schoemaker has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Agersol Sp. z o.o. (Agersol). Katowice area-based, Agersol is a Polish producer of innovative, functional ingredients for meat applications and predominantly focuses on the production of alginate-gel based casings. Vaessen-Schoemaker has established itself in ingredient functionality. The business is continuously looking to bring innovations to the food processing industry, adding new and optimizing existing features for protein (red meat, poultry, vegetarian and seafood), bakery and convenience applications.

Weekly Roundup: Nestlé revives Zimbabwe's coffee industry, Corbion achieves sustainability rating from Ecovadis

07 Sep 2018 --- This week, Nespresso, an operating unit of the Nestlé Group, announced a long-term investment plan to help revive Zimbabwe’s coffee industry and stimulate the rural economy. DuPont Nutrition & Health has been recognized for clean label innovation in Brazil. Corbion has achieved a gold sustainability rating from Ecovadis and TIC Gums has added to their Non-GMO Project Verified Portfolio. Also this week, Nestlé completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Terrafertil and UK-based Finsbury Food Group acquired Ultrapharm for £17 million (US$21.9 million).

Ingredion expands processed cheese ingredient offerings with new potato starches

19 Jul 2018 --- Ingredion has added three functional potato starches to its processed cheese ingredient portfolio, giving manufacturers greater functionality and choice. CheeseApp 50, 70 and 80 enable recipe cost savings in processed analogue block cheeses while delivering the appealing texture and sensory qualities consumers crave, according to the company.

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.

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.

Ingredion launches cost-effective nature-based plating agent

31 May 2018 --- Ingredion has unveiled a new plating agent to the Asia Pacific market. N-ZORBIT 2144 is positioned as a high-capacity carrier that allows manufacturers to economically and cost-effectively transform a wide variety of both oil and water-soluble liquids into powdered ingredients.

Premium pet treats: Essentia launches clean label proteins based on "human grade" raw materials

03 May 2018 --- Ingredients manufacturer Essentia Protein Solutions is targeting the premium pet food market with a new natural range of clean label meat-based proteins for pet food manufacturers. Essentia’s new brands are designed to deliver protein enrichment, taste enhancement, yield and texture improvements for any dog and cat food.

Startup focus: Fruitfunk eyes opportunities in healthy snacking for children

26 Feb 2018 --- The demand for healthy snacks for children is a market in itself and Dutch-based startup Fruitfunk saw that there was an increasing need for an alternative to sweets snacks. In 2014, the company decided to do something about it. As a fairly young startup, Fruitfunk were daring enough to develop a completely responsible products range, something which the company believes big confectionery players might be hesitant to do.

Veggie delight: NPD innovation for millennials

20 Feb 2018 --- With “Mindful Choices” tipped as Innova Market Insights top trend forecast for this year, the move is making its way onto the dinner plates of health-minded young millennials. As concerns around sustainability, animal welfare and campaigns such as Veganuary is building momentum and driving innovation in the meat-free space.

Innovation success for alternative proteins at FiE

13 Dec 2017 --- Alternative proteins had a strong presence at FiE in Frankfurt last month. Exhibitors showed a sustained focus on alternative protein concepts, with a number of innovations and concepts creating a real buzz at this year’s show. FoodIngredientsFirst looks at a few of the offerings being exhibited at this year’s event.

Rousselot launches solution for starch-free production of gummies

28 Nov 2017 --- Rousselot has developed SiMoGel, a new gelatin-based solution for the starchless production of gummies. Launching at this year’s Fi Europe, it is the perfect solution for state-of-the-art jelly production on starchless confectionery equipment.

Kroner-Starke launches pre-gelatinized starch flakes for clean label foods

08 Nov 2017 --- German producer of natural wheat starches, Kröner-Stärke, has boosted its range of starch flakes to include a new instant porridge, pre-gelatinized wheat starch flakes, corn starch flakes, waxy maize starch flakes and whole flour starches for use in healthy clean-label food products.

Dutch innovators Triskelion develop gel method to identify gelatin purity

20 Oct 2017 --- Contract Research Organization (CRO) Triskelion has developed a validated LC-MS method for the species-specific determination of gelatin. Recently published in Food Chemistry, the TrustGel method reliably detects porcine and bovine constituents in gelatin with a high sensitivity. Using TrustGel, species authenticity of gelatin can be demonstrated unambiguously.

Gelita reports strong sustainability progress

10 Oct 2017 --- Gelita AG’s recently published second sustainability report provides information on the company's environmental, economic and social commitment and illustrates the progress the company believes has been made. This includes a reduction in emissions, despite an increase in production volume.

Gelnex expands production capacity with fifth gelatin manufacturing plant

09 Oct 2017 --- Gelnex has announced the construction of a new plant in the state of Mato Grosso (Brazil). The project, fully established within the company’s long-term growth plan, has as its main goal an extension of its production capacity, from the current 28,000 metric tons a year to 35,000 metric tons a year.

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