Key Interviews

Canada sets sights on plant-protein potential, notes Natural Products Canada CEO

03 Dec 2018 --- The Canadian market is an ideal space for innovation and NPD along plant-based lines, illustrated by the Canadian Government seeking to place the country as a leader in the plant-based market with a US$153 million investment in the Prairie-based Protein Industries Canada Supercluster. This, combined with the legalization of recreational cannabis which has opened the door to a whole new category of cannabis-infused foods, makes for an exciting time in Canadian food and beverages. As global food supply pressure mount, leading to increasing interest in alternative protein sources, is Canada the next plant-protein superpower?

Global wine adulteration: Bruker AIC President warns “wine forgery is on the rise”

26 Nov 2018 --- Wine forgery is on the rise in Europe, but it takes place on a global scale, that is according to Dr. Iris Mangelschots, President of Bruker BioSpin’s Applied, Industrial & Clinical (AIC) division. “Major wine producing countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany and Chile are at a higher risk of wine fraud and forgery, as the higher priced varieties tend to originate from these regions,” she tells FoodIngredientsFirst in a recent interview.

“Endless possibilities in personalization and variation of savory foods,” says FrieslandCampina Kievit

19 Nov 2018 --- FrieslandCampina Kievit has developed new concepts for its customers in the savory market, including soups, sauces and ready-to-eat meal kits. According to the company, trends in the savory market are closely related to global trends in the food and beverage industry and consumers look for two important things: a clear, clean and comprehensible label and indulgent experiences.

New stevia platforms: Tate & Lyle targets Middle Eastern trends for reduced sugar solutions

13 Nov 2018 --- Tate & Lyle is offering ingredients solutions in an array of product categories, including drinks, condiments and dairy, specifically targeting the Middle East. The company is showcasing its tailored ranges and helping manufacturers seeking solutions for sugar or calorie reduction, specific texture profiles or enriching products with fiber while reducing cost.

“Color is not only required to support new flavors, but it has also become a trend in itself,” says GNT

05 Nov 2018 --- Vegetable and plant-based snacks with ingredients such as beetroot, carrot and kale, are popping up more often on supermarket shelves. Color and flavor also come hand in hand and with international cuisine growing consumers are embracing new experiences, leading them to exciting worlds of taste, which is often shared through social media platforms.

Global Blockchain Technologies Corp CEO: “Blockchain’s ability to decentralize is relevant to everything on the face of the earth”

29 Oct 2018 --- Hyped as a potentially game-changing pioneering innovation, blockchain technology is inspiring change and innovation in the global food and beverage industry – and although it’s still in the extremely early stages, blockchain technology offers the promise of disruption on a huge scale across multiple sectors including agri-food, retail and the ingredients business at large.

Dairy platforms: Arla Foods Ingredients eyes personalization and protein

23 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.

Tetra Pak’s Vice President of Sustainability: “We are the largest user of biopolymers today, but the market is not yet there”

22 Oct 2018 --- A holistic approach to sustainability that will lead to a packaging portfolio of 100 percent renewable materials is driving the vision of Tetra Pak. Mario Abreu, Tetra Pak’s Vice President for Sustainability and Chairman of the Sustainability Forum tells PackagingInsights about how Tetra Pak is attempting to increase the viability of the renewable sources market in an effort to only use “renewable and available materials that will always be replenished.”

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.

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.

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