Alternative concepts for Christmas dining, meat-free indulgence and festive NPD

03 Dec 2018 --- As the year of “Mindful Choices” comes to an end and consumers gear up for the holiday season, food and indulgence is top of mind for many. Traditionally Christmas is a time of guilt-free “overindulgence,” however, today’s mega-trends toward health, wellness and looking after the body, might mean a different take on the traditional Christmas classics for some. As the countdown to Christmas begins, FoodIngredientsFirst takes a closer look at “healthier” yuletides offering as well as some of the more traditional Christmas hampers and limited editions in NPD available around the world – and the trends that are inspiring them.

Functional beverages: Antioxidants, kefir and botanicals spur NPD innovation at Food Matters Live

27 Nov 2018 --- Food Matters Live, which returned to London last week, presented innovative insights across the food and more notably, the beverage sector. One key theme which dominated the show floor was functional beverages, as many consumers globally seek to improve their health and well-being through the consumption of healthy products. Industry moves to overcome the recent sugar reduction challenges remained top of the UK NPD agenda, with significant shifts towards openness around development and reformulation.

Genome editing: Could the groundcherry become the next big fruit crop?

03 Oct 2018 --- With the help of CRISPR genome editing, researchers have discovered how to take a little-known fruit called the groundcherry (Physalis Pruinosa) from almost wild to almost domesticated in a just a few years. And, the “new” fruit is being tipped as a contender for favorites like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. The groundcherry, which is around the size of a marble, could become agriculture's next big berry crop.

Relief strategy: Almond and cherry subsidies added to Trump’s bailout package for farmers

24 Sep 2018 --- Producers of shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries will be able to apply for part of a bailout package aimed at mitigating the losses suffered by US farmers in the midst of country’s trade disputes. In July, President Trump pledged a US$12 billion emergency bailout package for producers affected by escalating trade disputes. At the time much, the US Administration said that much of the aid would be directed towards payments to farmers of soybeans, sorghum and wheat, but now it’s been extended to include almonds and cherries.

Going beyond juices: “Our possibilities are endless,” says Austria Juice

30 Jul 2018 --- The awareness of health goes hand in hand with the demand for beverages containing fewer calories, according to Kai Oliver Antonius, Chief Sales Officer (CSO) of Austria Juice. 100 percent and 50 percent juices have experienced a decline in Europe and Antonius believes this is down to the fact that consumers are making choices directed towards water-based beverages while delivering a lower juice concentrate. The needs of the market can, therefore, be embedded into a new generation of juice flavors and the demand for natural ingredients enhances this.

John Morley MD: Healthier snacking agenda presents dried fruits opportunity

23 Jul 2018 --- There has been a jump in new product development for better-for-you snacks driven by health-conscious consumers searching for satiating healthy food that tastes good, can be eaten on-the-go and is low in sugar. Companies are finding success in the “snackable” dried fruit, nuts and seeds category where produce is packaged into convenient individual items and snacks are being redefined as somewhere between healthy and indulgent.

Botanical prospects: Natural, organic and “active” ingredient trends

03 Jul 2018 --- As the motion of “mindful choices” continues to dominate as an overall trend this year alongside the demand for natural, clean label ingredients in beverages, substances obtained from plants are giving a significant boost to products across multiple platforms. Sugar reformulation in the beverage industry also boosts botanical applications and as government-imposed sugar taxes hit markets around the world, manufacturers want and need to innovate with better-for-you ingredients.

World Cup flavor fever: Russian blends and cuisines take center stage

15 Jun 2018 --- With football World Cup hosts Russia opening up their campaign with a 5-0 drubbing of Saudi Arabia yesterday, a higher sense of optimism now exists around the national team, despite their lowly world ranking and recent form. Flavors and cuisines from the hosting country are also in the spotlight. World Cups and Olympic Games offer consumers the chance to try out new cuisines from the spotlighted host countries and this year is no exception, with a wealth of flavors and cuisines on offer from this vast and diverse country.

Vegan innovation: Ecotrophelia challenges UK students to top the menu

25 May 2018 --- The growing trend for plant-based diets has inspired the teams that have entered this year’s student food innovation competition – Ecotrophelia UK. All five of the shortlisted products are meat–free and four are also vegan. Now in its sixth year, Ecotrophelia challenges teams of UK students to develop an innovative, eco-friendly food and drink products.

Fruit fillings: Puratos highlights growing need for natural ingredients

11 Apr 2018 --- Consumer demand for natural products is increasing continually. The latest “Taste Tomorrow” survey, from Puratos, has revealed a distinct consumer preference for fruit because it is both natural and tasty. Not only did the Taste Tomorrow survey reveal a preference for fruit on the part of the consumer and the customers; demand for cleaner label products was also clearly expressed, including products without artificial preservatives, colorings and flavorings.

Sweet findings: Comax study reveals consumer attitudes towards baked goods

13 Mar 2018 --- Comax Flavors has released new primary research on consumers’ behavior, usage and attitudes towards sweet baked products, primarily focusing on cakes, cookies, donuts, muffins and pies. The seventh study of the company’s primary market research program, named “The Sweet Baked Goods Study” was fielded in August 2017 with 1,000 US respondents aged 18-70+; half were female and the other half were male.

Four new flavors of Diet Coke as iconic soda enters “new era”

11 Jan 2018 --- On-trend bold botanical, fruit and spice flavors like mango, lime, ginger and blood orange, are the key components of new-look Diet Coke as the iconic brand goes through a transformation which also includes sleek new packaging.

UK: Food industry welcomes Brexit progress but warns of “mountain of work” ahead

18 Dec 2017 --- The European Council and British Prime Minister Theresa May have finally agreed to move onto phase two of Brexit talks after long negotiations which comes as some consolation for the food industry just in time for Christmas. Late last week, the 27 leaders of member states agreed to move onto the second phase of Brexit talks which now means that the UK’s future relationships with the bloc can now be addressed but negotiations can only really start next March.

Sensient launches new flavors collection including floral and herbal extracts

08 Dec 2017 --- Sensient Flavors has launched it's All Natural Flavor Collections. The new flavors help food and beverage manufacturers to respond successfully to upcoming market trends and reflect current consumer preferences of botanical extracts.

Could Hain Celestial purchase be the next step for Nestle?

23 Nov 2017 --- As consumer tastes shift to healthier food, makers of organic and vegetarian food Hain Celestial Group sits in the “sweet spot” of current trends, and speculation is mounting over what companies are eyeing a possible takeover bid of the on-trend company. Coming out as one of the potential top suitors is Nestlé.

Strong color vibrancy among top trend tips for 2018, claims Innova Market Insights

22 Nov 2017 --- Innova Market Insights has described in detail all of its top trends in the food industry for 2018, with "Say It with Color" appearing as number 6 on the list. In a webinar hosted by FoodIngredientsFirst yesterday, Director of Innovation Lu Ann Williams explained all the trends that are expected to take the food world by storm next year. The first five of Innova Market Insights’ top trends for the coming year were recently covered on FoodIngredientsFirst, with “Mindful Choices” tipped to be No 1 for next year.

Juice Press partners with Lavit on infused waters for single-serve water coolers

01 Nov 2017 --- Organic food and beverage retailer, Juice Press, recently announced a partnership with beverage technology company Lavit, LLC to create two infused water capsules for Lavit's Cooler Water Coolers. Lavit is devoted to helping consumers improve their hydration; it is offering free trials of its system to companies looking to enhance their employee and guest beverage service.

Sensient launches taste modulation and protein masking solutions

24 Oct 2017 -- Sensient Flavors are supporting sugar reduction concepts in various beverage, bakery and dairy applications. Their latest range helps to maintain the full sensorial perception in the end product, even if sugar is significantly reduced. Without the need to change the labeling, Sensient Sweet Solutions can help to create pleasant sugar reduced still or carbonated drinks, from tea-based to fruit-based and many more, as well as a wide range of sweet products such as cookies, wafers and biscuits and yogurt.

Plum Organics introduces new Baby Bowls to spoon-feed babies

20 Oct 2017 --- Plum Organics, the organic baby food brand credited with the introduction of the spouted pouch, has launched Baby Bowls: culinary-inspired baby food blends in a spoon-friendly dish.

New Ruby chocolate forms ideal wine flavor pairings, claims pioneering researcher

02 Oct 2017 --- Since Barry Callebaut’s launch of Ruby chocolate last month, the so-called “fourth generation of chocolate,” it has caused a stir in the chocolate industry. This fourth type of chocolate offers a totally new taste experience, which is not bitter, milky or sweet, but a tension between fruitiness and smoothness.

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