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Natural and clean label

Consumers have spoken: You can't beat natural. Food companies are working at-the-double to provide them with foods that are safe, tasty, and top quality, with ingredients lists as 'clean' as can be.

Avebe targets Asian frozen dumplings with innovation

Starch firm Avebe is targeting frozen dumpling manufacturers in Asia with a new ingredient that it claims will deliver better quality products.

Wild creates ice cream ingredients

Wild has launched completely natural ingredients that can be used as coatings and fillings for ice cream manufacturers.

Special edition: meat alternatives

Mintel highlights future trends for meat substitutes

Focusing on indulgence, health and convenience trends would pay dividends for meat substitute manufacturers, according to market analyst Mintel Group.

Clean label becomes Europe-wide trend

Demand for ‘clean label’ products has gripped the whole of Europe, rather than select countries, according to the latest research from National Starch Food Innovation Europe, part of the Ingredion...

Breakthrough in anthocyanin extraction from red cabbage

Scientists have found a way to extract purer and more stable anthocyanins from red cabbage, according to a study published this week in the journal Food and Bioproducts Processing.

PureCircle shores up stevia supplies

PureCircle has diversified its supplies of stevia leaf, enabling it to step up global growth plans and defend its supply chain against future issues.

Palm oil-free may be emerging trend

A shift towards palm oil-free foods and ingredients could be an emerging trend in Europe, according to market analysts.

Sensient launches palm-free colours

Sensient Food Colours Europe has developed a range of palm-free colours through research into soluble and encapsulated systems that do not depend on palm oil-based emulsifiers.

Asia-Pacific to overtake Western Europe in natural flavours

Sales of natural flavours in Western Europe are set to be overtaken by sales in the Asia-Pacific market within the next three years, according to market research firm RTS.

Tough economy threatens juice and nectar sales

EU fruit juice and nectar volumes will be hit by the shaky European economy this year, the European Fruit Juice Association (AIJN) has predicted.

Chr Hansen plans further investment in China

Chr Hansen has committed to growing its presence in China significantly, celebrating a decade of business in the country.

Why did we get so fat, so fast? Toxic sugar, HFCS, obesity and the blame game...

We've all heard the statistics - almost 36% of Americans are now obese. But 50 years ago, it was just 13%. So why did we get so fat, so quickly?...

UK Flavour Association outlines aims

The UK Flavour Association has outlined its core aims following its launch in London, saying it will be a crucial voice for its members on quality control, technical and regulatory...

News in brief

Children sample edible insects

Children at a UK primary school have been sampling edible insects to mark National Insect Week 2012.

Ulrick & Short boosts research into new ingredients

UK firm Ulrick & Short has vowed to step up its research into launching new functional clean label ingredients and extending the uses of its additional raw material crop base.

PureCircle: High purity stevia volumes up 20% plus

High purity stevia volume sales at PureCircle have increased by more than 20% year-on-year, PureCircle reported in a pre-close update for the second half of its financial year.

Dispatches from IFT 2012 Las Vegas

Natural reds bound for larger distribution

California-based San Joaquin Valley Concentrates aims to boost its range of crystalline natural red colours, which it has developed in the US, in the global market.

EU organic logo now compulsory

The official EU organic logo is now obligatory on all pre-packaged organic foods after the two year transition period came to an end on the 1 July.

Datamonitor pinpoints natural trends

Datamonitor has highlighted ‘all natural’ food and drink trends, including sprouted seeds, grains and beans; natural sweeteners; grass-fed dairy and meat products and eating like a caveman.

Dispatches from IFT 2012 Las Vegas

IFT 2012 new product round-up: Sweeteners

A wealth of new sweetener blends are being showcased by exhibitors at IFT 2012 in Las Vegas, with a major focus on natural sources.

IFT 2012: Day one in pictures. From Ingredion to Elvis...

The IFT annual meeting and expo in Las Vegas started as it meant to go on, with inspirational speeches from Starbucks boss Howard Schultz and PepsiCo's R&D chief Dr Mehmood...

Dispatches from IFT Las Vegas

‘Claim free’ trend may lie around the corner

A ‘claim free’ trend may be set to emerge, with consumers becoming blind to complicated labels and pack assertions they may clamour for simple, natural ingredients they can understand without...

Dispatches from Israel

Galam Group rolls out soy-based formulations from NutriGal

Galam Group is rolling out a range of soy-based formulations to address demand for textural and gluten free solutions globally following its acquisition of Italy’s NutriGal in 2008.

Synergy builds on appetite for street foods

Global flavours house Synergy is launching street food inspired natural seasoning blends for snack foods, building on growing demand for such flavours from the food industry and consumers.

DuPont launches natural antioxidant blend

DuPont Nutrition & Health has followed the launch of natural metal chelator Guardian Chelox L in the US with a version containing rosemary extract, an antioxidant, tailored to European markets....