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.
In an eventful year for the food and beverage industry, AI transformed business operations, from environmental protection to next-gen product development. Plant-based continued its charge, with ingredient formulators achieving taste and texture gains. Also, other alt-protein technologies, like precision fermentation, proliferated and improved cost-effectiveness. But climate...View More
The expansion of sustainable alt-proteins dominated the show floor, as did “green” ingredients with a health halo for both people and the planet. During the Frankfurt-based trade show (Nov 28-30), exhibitors showcased their latest offerings, demonstrating ongoing trends in meat and dairy alternatives, boosting nutrition, improving taste and texture and much...View More
SupplySide West 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, witnessed innovation in women’s health, sustainability and upcycling. Companies unveiled products catering specifically to women’s wellness needs, from novel supplements to menopause solutions. Sustainability also took center stage as exhibitors showcased their commitment to reducing environmental impact through...View More
The Anuga trade show, held in Cologne, Germany, from October 7-11, focused on the theme of “Sustainable Growth.” It emphasized the need for ecological and economic development that does not deplete natural resources or harm future generations. The event addressed key industry concerns, including sustainable development goals, supply chain transparency,...View More