Food Research

Research Shows American-Grown Fruit Adds Appeal to Juices in China

22 May 2017 --- Fruit juices made from ingredients grown in the USA are highly appealing to many Chinese Millennial fruit juice drinkers, according to new consumer research from Welch’s Global Ingredients Group. 

Full-Service Restaurants Face Uphill Battle Heading into 2017

12 May 2017 --- A recent Technomic report has indicated that the restaurant industry overall fared relatively well in 2016, but full service has experienced some highs and lows, with annual sales growth dipping to 1.4% and unit growth remaining flat. Traditional casual-dining chains most heavily contributed to this segment’s troubles. The top five largest full-service brands, four of which are casual dining, all either had negative or slow sales in 2016.

Study: Latino Taste Impacts Foodservice Trends

05 May 2017 --- A recent study conducted by Technomic has revealed insight on Latinos’ foodservice behavior, attitudes and preferences as well as the latest trends for Latin American cuisine.

Milk Proteins: Researchers Call for Greater Consumer Knowledge

01 May 2017 --- New knowledge on milk composition and quality is of essential importance to consumers as well as the industry. There are therefore considerable research efforts in milk worldwide. One of the major topics concerns milk's content of different proteins and their importance to human health. Basically, milk consists of two protein types - whey and casein. Casein can be further divided into four categories. One of these, beta casein, attracts particular attention. Several beta casein types exist and A1 and A2 are the most common.

DSM Invites Food Entrepreneurs to Pitch at Innovation Conference

27 Apr 2017 --- Royal DSM has invited entrepreneurs and innovators looking for financing and partnership to apply to attend an event with top DSM executives to explore business collaborations and investment opportunities. The Innovation Partnering Conference “Connecting Bright Innovations 2017” is to focus on new and innovative products and (bio)technologies that enable better food for everyone. The conference is to be held on 19-20 September at DSM's new Biotechnology Center in Delft, the Netherlands.

Sunflower Seeds May Pose Increased Health Risk in Many Low-Income Countries

24 Apr 2017 --- Michigan State University researchers have shown that sunflower seeds are frequently contaminated with a toxin produced by molds and pose an increased health risk in many low-income countries worldwide. 

“No Growth Hormones” Prioritized as a Key Claim for US Meat & Dairy Consumers

20 Apr 2017 --- Consumers are increasingly interested in how their food is produced and look for claims such as no growth hormones, no GMOs, no antibiotics, etc. on their food products. Many studies have focused on consumers’ willingness to pay for individual food attributes, but have not ranked which production attributes consumers say are most important to them.

Bread Wheat Genome: Researchers Develop More Accurate Navigation System

19 Apr 2017 --- Scientists have created the most accurate navigation system for the bread wheat genome to date – allowing academics and breeders to analyze its genes more easily than ever before.

Some UK Sweet Spreads Contain 57 Teaspoons of Sugar Per Jar, Claims Survey

13 Apr 2017 --- Campaign group Action on Sugar reveals the results of 272 sweet spreads which show how hazelnut spreads, jams and marmalades, often deliberately marketed towards children, are packed with sugar – and in some cases contain more sugar than nuts.

Study Suggests Some Strategies to Limit Sugary Drinks May Backfire

11 Apr 2017 --- In response to policy efforts aimed at limiting individuals' intake of sugary drinks, businesses could enact various strategies that would allow them to comply with the limits while preserving business and consumer choice. New research shows that one of these strategies - offering smaller cup sizes with free refills - can actually increase individual consumption of sugary drinks. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Nutrition Report Calls for Greater Cooperation and Coordination in Promotion of Pulses

10 Apr 2017 --- A special issue of Annals published by the New York Academy of Sciences, stresses how increased pulse consumption could address nutrition issues related to the health of the overall human population, as well as the planet.

Technomic Reveals Latest Trends in Consumers Attitudes Toward Poultry

07 Apr 2017 --- Chicken remains consumers’ protein of choice while turkey shows room to grow, according to Technomic’s recently-released 2017 Center of the Plate: Poultry Consumer Trend Report. 

Puratos Highlights Perceptions in the Patisserie Market

04 Apr 2017 --- The cakes and patisserie market continues to grow both in volume and value terms. Puratos have interviewed close to 6,000 consumers about their choices, attitudes and perceptions all related to the patisserie industry. 

Study Finds 58% of Brand Lovers Admit to Hoarding Favorite Brands

31 Mar 2017 --- New research reveals fifty-eight percent of brand lovers admit to hoarding their all-time favorite food product on hand.  The study conducted by research experts at Foodmix Marketing Communications sought to uncover the new and enlarged role of brand love in the food world.  

European Millennials Overwhelmingly View 100% Fruit Juice as Healthy, Claims Survey

21 Mar 2017 --- Millennial fruit juice drinkers in Europe overwhelmingly view 100% fruit juice as a healthy beverage, according to the findings of a new, independent consumer survey conducted by Concord grape juice supplier Welch’s Global Ingredients Group.

Ingredion Report Shows You Are “How” You Eat

17 Mar 2017 --- According to Ingredion it’s not just what you eat, but how you eat that’s important. The new report: ‘Eating Styles – A Complete Guide to our Unexpressed Love of Food’ looks at research into texture and eating styles and explores how the physical way consumers eat influences their food preferences and satisfaction levels.

UK Inflation: Non-Dairy Milk and Gin Added to Basket

15 Mar 2017 --- Non-dairy milk, such as soya, rice and oat milk, are being added to the Office for National Statistics's (ONS) inflation basket for the first time, reflecting the increase in the popularity of dairy-free diets. In addition, gin is returning to the basket after a 13-year absence, with gin consumption on the rise, partly thanks to the significant growth in the number of small gin producers.

Evolva Achieves Second Milestone in Alliance With Takasago

10 Mar 2017 --- Evolva has reached the second technical milestone under the multi-year R&D alliance with Takasago. This achievement brings the project closer to the launch of the target ingredients and prompts a total milestone payment of US$1 million to Evolva as well as the continuation of the collaboration into the next phases.

“Snackification” of Mealtimes is Widespread Among Millennials, Study Finds

08 Mar 2017 --- Most American Millennial snackers eat a snack in place of a standard meal at least once a week, a new survey commissioned by Welch’s Global Ingredients Group has revealed. 

UK: Staple Supplies Like Butter, Tea and Fish Spike

08 Mar 2017 --- UK food staples like butter, tea and fish all saw prices rise by more than 5% during the last three months, alongside fresh fruit and vegetables which are also costing shoppers in Britain more.