Half-year report: Flavor players spread bets, policy hurdles

Jun 2018


The first six months of 2018 have been dominated by the shift in the traditional flavors segment, where major players such as Givaudan and IFF diversify their portfolio to look beyond their core base and target the more holistic concept of taste as opposed to pure flavor. The clean label trend is central to this market dynamic, as Firmenich also looks to this arena with the creation of a Clean Label & Natural platform. Other significant business moves this year include the shift towards alternative proteins, with Cargill expanding in pea protein through the acquisition of Puris and plant-based milk trending. On the policy front, novel foods changes, sugar taxes and the outlawing of PHOs have dominated.