Key Interviews

Dairy platforms: Arla Foods Ingredients eyes personalization and protein

22 Oct 2018 --- The dairy category has changed dramatically in the past decade, driven by the move towards personalization. In doing so it has become more and more sophisticated with a wider choice of products available for different needs. There are now dairy products tailored to a range of dietary and nutrition needs: high protein, high calcium and low lactose, to name just a few.

Start-up focus: US-based Variety Fun targets healthy and convenient snacks market, direct to your door

15 Oct 2018 --- Two entrepreneurs have turned their US$165,000 investment into a millennial-favorite snack subscription box, that is now projecting US$12 million dollars in sales for 2018 and over 500,000 boxes sold on Amazon. According to the company, Variety Fun’s subscription service delivers an assortment of snacks to US offices, improving workplace culture and boosting employee morale. Variety Fun is a snack subscription box that curates “hundreds of the best-tasting, classic and nutritional brands,” including Popcorners, Hippeas, and Popchips, for offices in the US. By partnering with over 500 snack brands, the company offers businesses the most affordable and convenient subscription snack service with the most extensive selection.

Roha addresses industry shift in natural colors, highlights challenges and new potentials

08 Oct 2018 --- For global colors company, Roha, the shift from synthetic to natural ingredients is primarily driven by the fact that consumers are looking more closely and consistently at labels on packaged food products. Increased interest in natural colors is happening all over the world, specifically in Europe and the US. To answer to the needs of the market, Roha is developing their range of coloring foodstuffs for their global customers, tailoring solutions to fit with their specific requirements.

Simple Cellulose: Renmatix expands hydrolysis technologies

01 Oct 2018 --- The industry demand for competitive alternatives to petrol-derived molecules is gaining traction, despite recent market pressures, according to Renmatix, a leader in affordable cellulosic sugars. To serve this growing consumer need, Renmatix is intersecting with its hydrolysis technology and ingredient called Simple Cellulose. The company's most recent funding in 2016, was a US$14 million investment, led by Bill Gates.

Water lentils: Parabel’s tiny plants with huge potential, LENTEIN’s disruptive promise

24 Sep 2018 --- There is much debate in the food industry that centers on the challenge that a fast-growing global population, that is expected to hit 10 billion by 2050, presents. How will we feed everyone? How will climate change impact on agriculture? What crops and food commodities are the most sustainable? These are some of the big questions that the food industry is currently facing. And water lentils, an innovative protein source, is one of the newest and exciting plant proteins that could hold the answer, according to Parabel USA.

Flavors growth: Univar eyes potential in clean label, free-from and functional plant-based ingredients

17 Sep 2018 --- In today's rapidly changing food industry, keeping up with food trends like “free-from” and the consumer demand for transparency and safety, Univar recognizes the need to be at the forefront of innovation. Univar delivers tailored customer solutions through a broad product and services portfolio sustained by one of the most extensive industry distribution networks in the world. Additionally, Univar offers in-depth food market knowledge and understanding by helping customers achieve the latest food innovations to meet increasing demand. Most of all, Univar understands the importance of food safety and is committed to reducing environmental impact with more sustainable options.

Reinventing dairy: Edlong addresses plant-based dairy, expands flavor capabilities in “permissible indulgence”

10 Sep 2018 --- To meet the ever-changing demands of consumers, more and more creative vegan alternatives are showing up on supermarket store shelves and restaurant menus. Even if some consider veganism to be a somewhat niche approach to eating, awareness and social drivers behind this trend, such as the growing demand for eating healthier and more sustainably, have pushed more into the mainstream.

DouxMatok eyes potential in sugar reduced applications, as demand for healthier alternatives intensifies

03 Sep 2018 --- According to DouxMatok, a developer of targeted flavor delivery technology, up to 40 percent of sugar content in various food products can be reduced while maintaining the same sugar sensory profile and there are plenty of opportunities that lie ahead for sugar reduction, which is a key trend in today’s food industry. European sugar producer Südzucker and DouxMatok recently announced a partnership to commercialize their “breakthrough” sugar reduction solution across Europe to support efforts to reduce sugar content.

Sidel on PET for the liquid dairy industry: Differentiation, flexibility and sustainability

29 Aug 2018 --- The use of PET as a packaging material is expected to continue its growth within the global liquid dairy sector. Traditionally packaged in carton or HDPE containers, liquid dairy products bottled in PET are forecasted to grow by 4.4 percent in the period from 2018 to 2020, according to Guillaume Rolland, Vice President Sensitive Products at Sidel. Sidel, provider of complete solutions for packaging liquids in PET, can and glass, advocates for the dairy industry to swap to PET packaging. Rolland explains to PackagingInsights.

European Bioplastics: Challenging misconceptions and building platforms

27 Aug 2018 --- Bioplastic packaging is gaining popularity in a global market driven by sustainability demands. Yet the inherent difficulties in finding mainstream definitions for the many complex variations in bio-based materials means that bioplastics do not always get the attention from regulatory bodies that they deserve. PackagingInsights speaks exclusively to Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics (EUBP), about the message his organization is working to promote.

Coffee break: Swiss Barista Champion highlights coffee culture, gourmet trends & future opportunities

27 Aug 2018 --- The coffee sector is undergoing somewhat of a renaissance, with several major acquisitions taking place last year among key manufacturers, including Nestlé and Unilever. The focus seems to be on upscaling premium coffees, exploiting the growing market for cold-brewed coffee and the sector has experienced dramatic growth in recent years. Youth interest is vital as it demonstrates the potential for coffee among this audience. The percentage of Americans drinking coffee on a daily basis increased to 62 percent in 2017, up from 57 percent in 2016, according to the According to the National Coffee Association’s (NCA) 2017 National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) consumption tracking report. Among the drivers behind the increase was soaring consumer enthusiasm for gourmet coffee varieties across most demographics.

Pea protein potential: Cosucra advances on NPD amid evolving consumer demands

20 Aug 2018 --- Cosucra, founded in 1852, has undergone a profound transformation over the last 30 years to become a pioneer in the production of healthy ingredients derived from chicory root and yellow pea. The company’s most recent investments in its pea factory in Belgium, which doubled pea protein isolate, fiber and starch capacity, have been completed in 2018 and increased to €35 million (US$40.4 million) in a bid to further support increasing consumer demand in the US market and suit the needs of the industry.

Sugar and alcohol reduction: Rising industry openness around reformulation, claims Food Matters Live Director

13 Aug 2018 --- Industry moves to overcome the sugar reduction challenge remain top of the UK NPD agenda, with a major shift towards openness around development. When Food Matters Live first started in 2014, the soft drinks industry was reluctant to speak about the issues of sugar reduction in beverages, but a new environment has now opened up, according to Event Director, Briony Mansell-Lewis.

Novel approach: TechAccel awards grant for gene editing, trial to focus on tomato plants

06 Aug 2018 --- TechAccel, the Kansas City-based technology development company, has announced its selection of a grant recipient under the Venture Catalyst Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) Grant program at The University of California (UC). The program will fund a novel method for genome editing and the trial will focus solely on tomato plants. TechAccel earlier committed to an expansion of the Venture Catalyst STAIR grant program, which is in its fifth year. TechAccel was also represented on the STAIR Grant selection committee that reviewed 29 applications from UC Davis researchers for this year’s award. The winning candidate receives funding for proof-of-concept research aimed at demonstrating commercial feasibility.

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.

Kaslink & Tetra Pak partnership: Transforming Nordic oats into plant-based dairy alternatives

16 Jul 2018 --- With plant-based dairy drinks trending strongly in Europe, Kaslink and its partner, Tetra Pak are “willing to take risks to stay ahead of the competition.” In the Nordic countries, oat is a common food ingredient. Oat-based drinks and fermented oat-based products are cereal-based products which are common in Asia where many products are based on soy, almond or rice. The global market for alternative dairy drinks is expected to reach US$16.3 billion this year alone, according to Innova Market Insights data, a dramatic increase from US$7.4 billion in 2010.

Tackling child labor: Cargill Cocoa Sustainability Director updates on 2025 goals

09 Jul 2018 --- Almost two decades ago, the International Convention on the Rights of the Child declared that all children should be protected from dangerous work or anything that might harm their health or education. There is a very long way to go on this journey, however, as stark statistics reveal. Today, there are still 152 million child laborers worldwide, many of whom are carrying out harmful and exploitative tasks on a daily basis. More than two million of these children work on cocoa farms in West Africa; a region where Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate (Cargill Cocoa) sources most of its cocoa beans.

Nigay eyes opportunities in colors & flavors, taps into reduced-sugar and clean label trends

25 Jun 2018 --- Caramels are increasingly popular across several of the top market categories. Typically applied in ice creams, dairy products, chocolates, variations of caramel such as salted caramel, have become popular and according to Innova Market Insights data, there has been a 17 percent increase in food & beverage launches tracked with caramels (CAGR 2013-2017). In keeping up with this demand, a French leader in caramels, Nigay, is expanding its caramel offerings and tailoring their solutions to complement the current market trends.

Faravelli CEO talks cleaner labels, natural preservation & expansion plans

18 Jun 2018 --- Italian company Faravelli has grown from a small trading company to a global supplier of food and pharmaceutical ingredients, as well as supplying cosmetic and biochemical industries with ingredients. According to the company, 35 percent of its business is for the food and supplement industry, where Faravelli believes that there is a vast amount of innovation and activity.

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