Cultured meat, plant-based innovation and alternative proteins were major themes running throughout 2019. Global consumers are increasingly aware of both the health and environmental impacts of the food and beverages they consume. Plant-based innovation has seen an abundance over the year, as industry giants such as Nestlé and Givaudan, alongside smaller start-up businesses, have concentrated their R&D efforts and NPD on expanding their offerings of meat alternatives. As such, food technology has been exploring new alternative sources of protein – found in unexpected places such as outer space, volcanic microbes and in the air we breathe – as well as unlocking the potential of natural biomasses that are traditionally discarded.
Other key themes include the ever-evolving clean label which now encapsulates sustainability, while manufacturers continue on the sugar reduction journey.
Innova Market Insights’ Top Trend for 2019, “Discovery: Catering to “The Adventurous Consumer,” was also apparent throughout 2019 as global manufacturers and brands specifically targeted consumers set on new discoveries with bolder flavors and multisensory food experiences. There has also been sharpened focus on a heightened sensory delivery over this past year.
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
Now in its 33rd year, Fi Europe & Ni has become one of the key ingredient shows for the industry – welcoming over 27,000 attendees, 1,700 exhibitors and 15,000 ingredients. Key themes at the show this year included a drive for clean label solutions couched within naturality, as well as sugar reduction and nutritional ingredients for healthy aging. The show also...View More