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How good are food companies at social listening?

Nearly a third of UK brand mentions on social media are about food and drink – but how good are industry's ‘social listening’ skills?

Assessing whole grains consumption: Part 2

Consumer confusion about gluten is a double-edge sword for whole grains

Ongoing consumer interest in gluten-free foods has opened a door for less common ancient grains to step into the limelight that wheat, rye and barley have dominated for so long....

Katjes creates first-to-market 3D printed gummies

The first commercial 3D printer for retail will be used to create gummies in different shapes, sizes, colors and flavors, says creator Katjes Fassin UK.

Non-alcoholic Guinness hopes to address beer challenges

Diageo hopes its non-alcoholic Guinness will improve fortunes in Indonesia, with the alcoholic beverage giant saying the beverage is addressing market trends in the country, and legislation which now bans...

Green-lipped mussels move from pharma to food with seafood seasoning

German pharmaceutical company, Pharmalink, is moving from pharma to food with a contaminant-free seafood flavouring made from green-lipped mussels.

KitKat commits to only sustainable cocoa by early 2016

Nestlé plans to source only sustainable cocoa for its global KitKat brand in order to strengthen consumer trust.

FoodNavigator's August Quiz

How much do you remember from this month's food technology developments, consumer shopping trends and government food policy? Take our quiz to test your memory and then click on the...

SIG Combibloc & Nestlé Mexico expand ‘Coffee Mate’ range

‘Beverage portions sizes are decreasing due to consumer concerns about sugar and calorie intake’

Beverage portion sizes are decreasing due to consumer concerns about sugar and calorie intake and plant-based alternatives to dairy products are finding a ready market with consumers, according to SIG...

Sugarcane conditions kill: The deadly epidemic confectioners and soft drink makers ‘can’t walk away from’

Perilous working conditions for sugarcane growers in Central America have claimed around 20,000 lives in the past decade and supply chain advisor Solidaridad says the food and drink industry can...

Spirals of success: Vegetable pasta is on the rise

With sales of traditional pasta falling across Europe, homemade 'spiralised' vegetables are an increasingly popular alternative – but analysts say there is potential for food manufacturers too.

Friday feature: Videojet

‘We’re living in an era of product proliferation – where manufacturers are producing broader products to address a certain segment’

As part of Food Production Daily’s on-going series of 60-second interviews with the movers and shakers in the food and beverage industry, we caught up with Richard Nemesi, global vertical...

Flavor Trends

Small, rotating flavor portfolios engage but don't overwhelm consumers, expert says

Increasingly adventurous consumers may say that they want a wide selection of flavors from which to select, but if manufacturers provide too many options they may actually deter shoppers, warns...

Environmental labels could benefit from 'economic value' measure, suggests researcher

Foods that display environmental impact labelling should use ‘economic value’ units in order to better assess organic and other high-quality products, says an environmental research scientist.

Flavor Trends

Bitter emerges as a new flavor trend that could aid sodium reduction efforts

Increasing consumer interest in bitter flavors could help manufacturers regain momentum on sodium reduction initiatives, many of which are stalled due to the common perception that less salt equals less...

Agroisolab UK launches SIRA food authenticity service

Agroisolab UK has launched a food authenticity service using a technique to verify the origin of foods and boost traceability efforts.

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Could it be you? BakeryandSnacks seeks new editor

BakeryandSnacks, the leading global trade publication for manufacturers in the bakery, snacks and cereal is seeking a new editor to take it to the next level.

We can pack ‘glass of milk’ level of calcium into chocolate, says Delavau

Nutritional ingredients supplier Delavau has utilized its fortification technology to enrich chocolate and compound coatings with calcium equivalent to levels in a glass of milk.

Firms focus on innovation but fear competition

UK manufacturing businesses – including food and drink manufacturers – are targeting innovation to boost productivity and exports but fear losing out to competitors, reveals a new survey by the...


Organic food trend sees demand for certification expertise increase

More than half of the world’s organic agricultural land is found in Australia, and the company responsible for certifying producers there sees demand soaring as organic food prices increase.

Evolva introduces fermentation-derived nootkatone

Swiss biotechnology firm Evolva has introduced its nootkatone citrus flavour and fragrance ingredient – made from fermentation rather than traditional extraction from grapefruit skin.

Beyond malnutrition: Food security means food supply

Food security is not just about hunger and poverty – it must move into the mainstream as the challenge of feeding nine billion people comes into sharper focus, according to...

Norwegians increasingly sceptical about organic

Norwegian strategies to up organic consumption are failing, say researchers. 

Insect oil: Bugs aren’t just about protein

Is it time to look beyond insect protein to… insect oil? This is the next opportunity within edible bugs, says researcher.

15 year challenge to develop products with, not for customers

Consumer behaviour has shifted from ‘shopaholic’ to ‘saveaholic’

One challenge for companies in the next 15 to 20 years will be to develop products with customers, not for them, according to Jörgen Jedbratt, trend forecaster, Kairos Future research...

Will fructose follow trans fats’ fate?

Mounting scientific evidence and a shift in public opinion could mean fructose is set to follow the same black-listed fate as trans fats, argues an analyst.

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