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.
At IFT FIRST, which took place July 17 to 19 in Chicago, US, alt-dairy and meat innovations took prevalence on the show floor, with trends in protein and fiber fortification, gluten-free, nostalgic flavors and better-for-you decadence garnering attention. Innovations in sugar reduction were abundant, with allulose and soluble corn fiber coming up as star ingredients. Taste...View More
Hi & Fi Asia- China is China’s one-stop shop for the food and health industry. Hi & Fi Asia-China is the premier industry event that brings together leading suppliers, manufacturers, and experts from the health and food industries. The event will take place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai from June 19 to 21, 2023. The show combines...View More
Private-label brands are responding to the consumer demand for trending categories such as better-for-you, plant-based and sustainability. This was evident at the PLMA 2023 trade show hosted in Amsterdam recently. The show floor was thriving with health-conscious categories, such as meat alternatives and functional drinks.
ISM and ProSweets took place in Cologne, Germany, from April 23 to 25, covering the complete value chain for the global sweets and snacks market. The co-located trade show highlighted sustainable innovations from vegan confectionery and traceable ingredients to eco-friendly packaging. Healthier indulgent products were also showcased with lower sugar formulations and...View More