As 2022 draws to a close, FoodIngredientsFirst reflects on the year’s biggest headlines, which offer indications of directions where the F&B sector will be heading toward next year. This year, plant-based diversification gained ground thanks to new ingredient discoveries like transforming sunflower kernels into a key ingredient in vegan chocolate. Beyond plant-based, cell-cultured meats and precision fermentation derived dairy are advancing at a quicker pace. With price inflation, energy costs and other supply chain disruptions mounting, companies scrambled to find an easy switch out for staple ingredients like sunflower oil. Industry titan Unilever moved to slim down its F&B portfolio to maximize efficiencies and focus more on its personal care offerings. Meanwhile, producers in Europe kept an eye on the sweeping titanium dioxide ban, which continues to propel industry toward researching sources of natural bright white food colors.
The health of the planet combined with personal health were key drivers of innovation showcased during Fi Europe and Hi Europe 2022 in Paris (Dec 6 - 8). Nutrition and well-being were highlighted, while alternative proteins and plant-based innovation were booming. Sustainability, local sourcing and innovating cost-effective solutions were also underscored as trends within...View More
Industry members shone a light on their latest introductions of clean label goods, including indulgent gluten-free desserts, vegan cheeses and novel food supplement formats at the Free From Functional Foods Expo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (November 22 to 23, 2022). NPD has proliferated in the “free-from” space, driven by consumers’ appetite for shorter...View More
Industry has gathered at the 25th anniversary of the SupplySide West trade show, which spotlighted how the health and nutrition industry has evolved over the last quarter of a century. There was a whole host of product launches and a sharpened focus on alternative proteins, the plant-based space, sports nutrition, botanicals, snackable creations and new flavors.
FoodIngredientsFirst was on the show floor of SIAL 2022 (October 15 - 19). The event highlighted trends and NPD shaping and inspiring the agri-food industry to transform food ecosystems for better health for people and the planet. Among key themes were functional drinks, the no-alcohol trend, alternative proteins, dairy development, and international flavors.