Food Ingredients News

Chocolate snacking: Almonds thrive amid premium, plant-based and texture trends

25 Apr 2018 --- Indulgence has long been known as a key driver for chocolate NPD, but nowadays consumers are looking for a healthier chocolate experience. According to Innova Market Insights, 11 percent of global chocolate products have an indulgent and premium positioning in 2017 and globally, 23 percent of all chocolate launches tracked in 2017 carry a texture claim. Social eating occasions are driving the trend for sharing bags and easy to share formats across the confectionery, bakery and snacking segments.

Milka chocolate joins Mondelēz sustainable cocoa sourcing program

25 Apr 2018 --- Mondelēz International’s iconic chocolate brand Milka is joining the confectionery giant’s sustainable cocoa sourcing program, Cocoa Life – and there are plans to add the entire Milka chocolate European portfolio by the end of next year.

Mix & match: Packaging solutions amid the customization trend

25 Apr 2018 --- Within the food industry, the key trend of customization looks set to continue. The trend reflects a consumer who is more inclined to have a say in what they eat, through the personalization and customization of their food on a nutritional or taste basis. Innovative packaging solutions are appearing on the market, in response to this stable trend and making personalized nutrition on-the-go a particularly viable reality.

Seedlip success: Non-alcoholic spirit thrives as lighter alcohol consumption spreads

24 Apr 2018 --- The first-ever distilled non-alcoholic spirit, Seedlip, is now being served in 15 international cities and 100 Michelin restaurants since its initial launch in 2015. Marketed as a sophisticated alternative to overly sweet or fruity options, the non-alcoholic beverage is served at prestigious cocktail bars, hotels, restaurants and retailers across London, Barcelona, Stockholm, Berlin, Copenhagen, Milan, Stockholm, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sydney and Melbourne.

ADM debuts new yeast protein for pets and opens US enzyme lab

24 Apr 2018 --- ADM Animal Nutrition is launching a versatile yeast protein for dogs and cats with an amino acid profile similar to an egg, making it an ideal complementary or replacement protein source for pets: Versity.

Citromax makes major investment in South American facilities for lemon imports

24 Apr 2018 --- Vivian Glueck, President of the Citromax Group of companies, recently announced that the company would be importing fresh lemon fruit into the US from the company’s Argentine-based lemon groves, with the first shipments departing Argentina last week and arriving in the US by mid-May. To support the company’s import activities, Citromax has invested more than US$250,000 into its lemon packing house in Tucumán.

Lampados sweetener production process cuts energy and water usage

24 Apr 2018 --- Lampados International, Ltd. has completed a new plant expansion for the production of Liteez, a vegan, 3D meringue kiss sweetener for hot beverages. The new facility was designed according to eco-friendly principles to reduce energy and water use dramatically.

Sustainable operations: Consumer and investor demand spurs food & beverage response, finds Ceres report

24 Apr 2018 --- Consumer demand for clean food, transparent labeling and responsible sourcing is challenging the industry’s business models, forcing large companies to rapidly transform their portfolios by accelerating research and development timelines, vying to acquire artisanal or organic brands, and reformulating existing product lines. These were among the key learnings from a food and beverage sector analysis is derived from Turning Point: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability.

Vegan NPD: Plant-based dairy alternatives thrive amid European boom

24 Apr 2018 --- Plant-based dairy alternatives are thriving in European markets, amid a surge in demand for vegetarian and vegan options. But while soy still leads, it is other plant-based options that are enjoying much stronger growth from an NPD standpoint.

French meat substitutes marketing setback: Ban on terms like “bacon” and “steak”

23 Apr 2018 --- French politicians have banned meat-like terms from describing vegetarian and vegan food which means that words such as “steak” and “fillet” will only be used for products of animal origin. MP for La République En Marche party, Jean-Baptiste Moreau, initially proposed the ban claiming that using words and phrases such as “plant burgers” or “vegetarian sausage” were misleading to consumers.

Flavors: Silesia strengthens footprint in the Asian market

23 Apr 2018 --- German flavor manufacturer Silesia is reacting to the growing demand for the food and beverage industry in Asia by establishing a new plant for the manufacturing of liquid and powder flavors in Singapore.

Start-up focus: Rethink Water revolutionizes sugar-free beverages for children

23 Apr 2018 --- Plastic in our oceans has been a hot topic of conversation for a number of months and Rethink Brands is on a mission to help reduce the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills and oceans each year. Just last year, it honed in on demand for sugar-free or low-sugar beverages for children, in a world where parents are looking for healthier beverage options.

Damning cocoa report: Decade-long efforts to improve cocoa sector falling way short, claims NGO

20 Apr 2018 --- A damning report into the cocoa sector claims that widely touted efforts in the industry to improve the lives of farmers, communities and the environment made over the last decade are having little impact. Despite many of the big players in the cocoa and chocolate supply chain working on sustainability issues like trying to eradicate child labor and stopping environmental damage like deforestation, the efforts of companies and governments have very little influence, according to the Cocoa Barometer 2018.

Imbibe launches line of clean label flavor masking ingredients

20 Apr 2018 --- Imbibe has launched a line of clean-label flavor masking ingredients for food and beverages, called NonSense. The development of NonSense comes hot on the heels of the success of the company's first proprietary ingredient, SweetSense.

Sugar beets: Tereos’ cooperative growers benefit from good results

20 Apr 2018 --- To help support its cooperative growers in the post-quota era, Tereos was the first group in Europe to guarantee growers a minimum price for their sugar beets and implement measures to bolster the cash flow of their farming businesses.

Wasteful: Average American wastes 422g of food a day, study finds

19 Apr 2018 --- New food waste research from the US unveils the shocking truths about the amount of food tossed out every day and it is people with healthier diets rich in fresh produce that are among the worst offenders. Fresh fruit and vegetables were the most likely to be thrown out, followed by dairy and then meat, according to the latest insights into the country’s food waste problems, carried out by US Department of Agriculture.

Impossible Foods makes its international debut in Hong Kong

19 Apr 2018 --- The Impossible Foods is launching its award-winning plant-based meat in Hong Kong, at some of the city's most beloved restaurants: Little Bao, Happy Paradise, and Beef & Liberty. Ranked one of the world's top culinary hotspots by Conde Nast Traveler, Hong Kong is the first place outside of the US to feature the Impossible Burger, which cooks, smells and tastes like ground beef from cows, but is made entirely from plants.

Kerry buys plant-based protein company Ojah BV

18 Apr 2018 --- Kerry Group has purchased Dutch plant-based protein manufacturer Ojah BV for €20 million (US$24.6 million). The European Commission approved the acquisition earlier this week.

Bühler expands into natural hazelnut market with Turkish launch

18 Apr 2018 --- Bühler has expanded into the natural hazelnut market with the Turkish launch of its innovative combination of sorting technologies. This commitment is set to transform the industry and help increase yield and efficiency, similar to levels already achieved by US almond, pistachio and walnut processors.

Sustainable solutions key drivers for innovation at Empack 2018

18 Apr 2018 --- Sustainable packaging solutions were the pulse of this year’s Empack, held in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Empack aims to display on-trend marketing innovations, trends and technology in all things packaging. FoodIngredientsFirst visited Empack to gain an insight into some of the innovations that dominated the show.