2021 saw significant advancements in the cell-based food scene, with specific cuts and seafood alternatives coming to the fore as slaughter-free food gained further traction. Players in the space include Aleph Farms, Redefine Meat and BlueNalu. Meanwhile, several industry giants, including PepsiCo and Nestlé, restructured their snacking and beverages portfolios in a bid to make them healthier with less sugar and fat. Sustainable sourcing of ingredients such as cocoa and vanilla was also spotlighted this year, paving the way for Innova Market Insights’ Top Trend for 2022 to take shape, “Shared Planet.” The market researcher underscored how both industry and consumers can play their part in a sustainable and prosperous future.
Last week, food and beverage industry members gathered at Fi Europe in Frankfurt, Germany (Nov 30-Dec 2). Notable themes included plant-based and non-dairy innovation, sugar reduction ingredients, clean label stabilizers and alternative proteins. The spotlight was also on natural and organic solutions, immunity-boosting and nutritional products, while sustainability played a...View More
2020 has been a year like no other. As we turn the corner into the promise of 2021, FoodIngredientsFirst takes a look back on the top 20 ingredient highlights of the past year. From the early days of COVID-19 impacting supply chains, and companies scrambling to cope, to the evolution of plant-based NPD – 2020 was marked with some significant industry stories....View More
Held in Nuremberg, Germany, Biofach 2020 (February 12 to 15, 2020) attracted numerous manufacturers, traders and industry stakeholders active in the burgeoning space for organic produce. Key themes at the show included novel plant-based food and beverage varieties, “future-proof” organic breeding practices, eco-centric sourcing and emergent hero ingredients.
A bountiful, colorful range of sweets and snacks were presented to thousands of industry professionals at ISM and Prosweets 2020 (Feb 2 to 5) in Cologne, Germany, last week. Key themes included healthy ingredients and naturalness, while diverse flavor combos and ingredient hybrids were also high on the agenda. Meanwhile, the growing significance of brand storytelling was also...View More