Food Research

CPW study reveals confusion over whole grain

14 Nov 2017 --- New research commissioned by Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW), the joint venture between Nestlé and General Mills, has revealed that there is significant confusion over how much whole grain consumers should intake every day and where to find whole grain in foods.

Soft drinks will soar this Christmas as alcohol consumption declines, finds Britvic research

13 Nov 2017 --- Brand new research from Britvic has revealed that almost half of consumers (45 percent) are set to buy more soft drinks at Christmas as figures show that over a fifth (21 percent) plan to drink less alcohol. With 37 percent also planning to spend more on soft drinks at Christmas than previous years, increasing to over half (56 percent) of consumers aged 16-24, seasonal soft drinks sales are set to soar this Christmas and Britvic is advising leisure operators to be prepared.

Kerry research highlights the driving forces behind the clean label movement

10 Nov 2017 --- Clean label continues to top many food product development agendas and the notion of clean label and natural claims having been a prominent industry trend since 2008. The demand for total transparency is now increasing marketing efforts that incorporate the entire supply chain into a product's branding. The upstream part of the value chain is gaining more attention in product and brand positioning, as the overarching clean label positioning becomes more holistic. More products are carrying claims referring to agricultural practices, while calls for transparency have led to strong regional marketing; through the use of origin flags and illustrations.

Rising overpopulation likely to hinder food standards, according to GlobalData

08 Nov 2017 --- As the population continues to rise globally, especially in the UK, concerns raised over food standards have started to mount. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK population is expected to increase by 3.6 million (5.5 percent) by 2026, with the 70 million mark being surpassed by 2029. This increase is more pronounced in births, rather than deaths; 46 percent of the growth is projected to result from more births.

Can frozen cod be just as good as fresh?

07 Nov 2017 --- New research reveals that frozen cod can be just as good as fresh, as long as it is handled properly. On average it takes three days for a fresh cod to reach most sales counters. And for both retailers and customers, a three-day-old fresh fish is stretching it a bit. However, if the fish is frozen on board the vessel and thawed properly before it reaches the sales counter, its quality can be just as good as if it had never seen the inside of a freezer. 

Flavored waters are making waves, finds Comax consumer study

01 Nov 2017 --- Comax Flavors has released new primary research on consumers’ behavior, usage and attitudes towards flavored water. This is the third study of the company’s primary market research program. The Flavored Water study was fielded in March 2017 with 500 US respondents aged 18-70+, half of which were parents of children aged 3-17. 

Technomic reveals preferences for new flavors vary by generation

27 Oct 2017 --- Baby boomers are showing a growing tendency to forgo new flavors, as millennials and Gen Xers continue to drive demand for unique flavors, according to Technomic’s recently released 2017 Flavor Consumer Trend Report. Differing attitudes ring particularly true for spicy, bold and ethnic flavors, with millennials twice as likely as baby boomers to order ethnic foods at least once a week.

Symrise study examines family and children snacking habits to create product concepts

13 Oct 2017 --- Symrise Flavors has announced the findings from an in-depth study on children's snacking that spans preschool to high school age subjects. A wide range of issues were explored and, using the information gathered, Symrise was able to conceptualize new solutions to address consumer needs.

Study reveals desserts are increasingly considered as an anytime occasion

10 Oct 2017 --- Consumers are slowly shifting away from the traditional view of dessert as a post-meal occasion and are increasingly defining dessert as an anytime occasion, according to Technomic’s recently released 2017 Dessert Consumer Trend Report. Planned dessert occasions are also on the rise, and 18 to 34-year-olds are increasingly likely to visit specific restaurants for a meal because of a dessert they offer.

New WUR research facility opened for fresh produce quality control

06 Oct 2017 --- Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (WUR) is opening its new research facility for quality control in the fruit, vegetable and flower sector today (October 6, 2017). The facility brings together knowledge and expertise in post-harvest technology and agro-food robotics. Worldwide, the need for quality conservation is growing: companies can keep their products fresher and reduce food waste using insights obtained at Wageningen in the Netherlands.

Food safety: Faster Salmonella test developed

06 Oct 2017 --- A new test allows for accurate, rapid testing for Salmonella, a bacteria that is one of the leading causes of food-borne illness across all regions of the world. Salmonella can infect animals as well as people, with commonly reported cases of people falling sick after handling pets and livestock. 

Animal proteins still the preferred American protein source, finds Nielsen study

05 Oct 2017 --- When it comes to protein, nearly half of US and Canadian consumers eat it with every meal, according to a recent consumer survey conducted by The Nielsen Company. For one-fifth of consumers, plant-based proteins like legumes, seeds and nuts are among their preferred sources of protein. However, animal protein from meat, such as chicken, beef, turkey, pork and seafood, ranks first, which aligns with the fact that consumers in both countries spend more than half of their protein dollars on animal protein.

Three-quarters of world’s honey contains neonicotinoids, finds study

05 Oct 2017 --- High concentrations of neonics has been found in honeys from North America, Asia and Europe, according to a study published in the leading scientific journal Science by an interdisciplinary team from the University of Neuchâtel and the Botanical Garden of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Three-quarters of the honey produced throughout the world contain neonicotinoids (neonics) – a class of pesticides known for their role in the decline of bees and for their harm to a large number of non-target species. The measured concentrations of neonics are, however, below the maximum authorized levels for human consumption.

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. 

Consumer nutrition knowledge study highlights untapped potential for acacia gum

27 Sep 2017 --- Alland & Robert has released the results of a survey it asked the polling organization Toluna to carry out in the UK, Germany, Japan and the US. The questions asked were about the general public’s nutritional knowledge, in particular regarding acacia gum, and the varied results are described by Alland & Robert as “both surprising and unexpected.”

Comax research reveals more than half of US consumers tested prefer juice with pulp

07 Sep 2017 --- Comax Flavors has released new primary research on consumers’ behavior, usage and attitudes towards Juice. Comax Flavors’ research finds that 58 percent of 174 adult US respondents prefer pulp in their orange juice compared to 42 percent who prefer no pulp. Comax Flavors has released new primary research on consumers’ behavior, usage and attitudes towards juice. 

PerkinElmer introduces speedy fipronil detection device for eggs

05 Sep 2017 --- US biotechnology company PerkinElmer is introducing a fipronil detection device that identifies pesticide levels in eggs within minutes. As the fipronil egg scandal still rocks the food industry around Europe and elsewhere, the multinational is putting forward a solution: Qsight Triple Quad LC/MS/MS.

Sports nutrition market expected to grow by US$5.5bn in 2021

29 Aug 2017 --- The global sports nutrition market was estimated to be worth approximately US$12 billion in 2016 and expected to amount to US$ 17.5 billion in 2021. This corresponds to an impressive CAGR of 8 percent, according to a new report on Sports Nutrition & Dairy Ingredients from 3A Business Consulting. 

Caffeine triggers the temptation for sweets

28 Aug 2017 --- Caffeine, the widely consumed stimulant and igniter of sluggish mornings, has been found to temper taste buds temporarily, making food and drink seem less sweet, according to new Cornell University research. Caffeine is a powerful antagonist of adenosine receptors, which promote relaxation and sleepiness.

Less-pure forms of protein retain functionality, finds protein study

28 Aug 2017 --- Proteins extracted from potatoes, blood plasma and peas retain their functionality, even in less-pure forms. In fact, sometimes their functionality is improved. Researchers from Wageningen University & Research, NIZO and TNO came to this conclusion after a two-year study – a Strategic Innovation Project (SIP) – carried out by the Protein Competence Center. The results provide manufacturers with new approaches to improve the sustainability of protein production.