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Alternative proteins

Alternative proteins

The rise of flexitarians - people who chose to eat less meat for environmental reasons - is rising and with it comes the rise of alternative proteins. From plant-based pulses and soy to insects, new product development in the area is prolific. 

Healthy trends at IFE : From 'free-from', to functional teas, chickpeas, and protein waters

This week saw the International Food Exhibition (IFE) come to London. The mega-show brought out the latest offerings from small traders, multinationals, and food service. From the latest meat-free offerings,...

If it’s natural, it’s good…but what's natural? A case study in cultured meat, E numbers and plant extracts

If in-vitro meat is to be successful it must be marketed as a natural meat substitute, because the negative perception of synthetic foods are too great to overcome the potential...

Plant Meat Matters: Unilever, Givaudan and Ingredion invest in vegetarian steak

Plant-based steak, with a taste and texture to rival the real thing, is one step closer to the market as Unilever, Givaudan and Ingredion join Wageningen researchers in the Plant...

French soy juice manufacturers launch voluntary quality standard

A new certification for French manufacturers of soy juice which will give consumers greater clarity in a confusing space, says Agrifood certifying body Afnor.

FOOD VISION 2017

Seamore is campaigning for seaweed to be on everyone’s everyday menu

We caught up with ‘seaweirdo’ and founder of Seamore, Willem Sodderland, at Food Vision 2017 to speak about sustainable packaging, seaweed stigma and high prices for healthy foods.

Sustainability superhero? UK meat alternative Hooba uses food waste, YMCA programmes and eco-friendly methods

UK flexitarian brand, Hooba, is using sustainably grown mushrooms in favourite meat products to help the environment and consumers’ health.

What connects crickets, coffee & mushrooms in a sustainable urban food loop? This Danish start-up's protein juice

Another month, another insect start-up? Maybe, but Danish firm Insekt KBH's apple, ginger and cricket juice is different: it's sustainable not only thanks to its ingredients but because it's produced...

All dietary protein contributes to good muscle health, study suggests

A high protein intake from any protein dense food regardless of its source - plant or animal - can improve muscle health, according to US researchers.

ISM/ProSweets 2017

Ex-flight attendant creates PaPis pea protein snacks for business class passengers

Startup PaPicant has developed PaPis, a savory snack bar targeted at first and business class passengers.

Univar and TerraVia ink deal to bring whole algae to Europe

Ingredients distributor Univar has inked a deal to bring TerraVia’s AlgaVia brand of whole algae ingredients to Europe.

FOOD VISION 2017 PREVIEW - MARCH 1-3, LONDON

Recipe for success: Why bugs & social innovation are on the menu

What kind of food will be on our plates tomorrow? Worms and crickets? And what will it take for the industry to pick up on this trend and make headway...

FoodVision Preview

The secret to making insects a snack staple? 'Make a shareable, social product,' says Jimini's

Alternative proteins are in high demand, but can consumers stomach the thought of eating insects whole? French start-up Jimini’s is on a mission to put crickets, worms and grasshoppers on...

From algae ice cream to veggie sandwich slices: Ecotrophelia gives industry NPD inspiration

Lacking inspiration for new product development (NPD)? Look no further than Ecotrophelia, where Europe’s brightest young minds pitch ideas for innovative and sustainable foods, and have commercialised over 40 products in Europe so...

Sorghum's superfood credentials could see it become ingrained in our diet: Mintel

Sorghum is little known in the west but has all the makings of a superfood from the nutrient profile to its heritage tradition – can it join the ranks of...

Supermarket denies farmers' accusations of 'anti-meat agenda' over sustainable food research

UK supermarket Sainsbury's will take part in a multi-million euro research project to promote sustainable foods such as vegetarian food, triggering accusations of "an anti-meat agenda" from British farmers. ...

French agency ANSES slashes recommended meat intake in new guidelines

French food agency ANSES has updated its nutrition guidelines, cutting the recommended intake for meat and encouraging more pulses and less sugar. But how does it compare to other national...

Swedes spin silk from whey protein

Whey protein has become the unlikely source for producing artificial silk as researchers have perfected a method that uses nanostructures to form this high-demand material.

Dutch 'social ambitions & entrepreneurial spirit' will make its food healthy and sustainable: RIVM

The Netherlands has global ambitions to make food safe, healthy and sustainable - and this is how it should be done, accoridng to the country's National Institute for Public Health...

Insect innovation: Getting the right flavour and texture for your product

As Switzerland prepares to legalise three insect species for food, we talk to one Finnish researcher on the best ways to process mealworms and crickets to get the optimal flavour and texture profile....

Post-exercise protein cuts later food intake: Study

Consuming a whey protein drink after exercise cuts later energy consumption and eating rate compared to consuming a carbohydrate drink among lean men, according to a study.

Football fuel: Everton renews partnership with The Protein Works

English Premier League club Everton has renewed its partnership with The Protein Works (TPW) - adding personalised nutritional bars to the existing deal.

From wheat to meat: Seaweed start-up launches vegan bacon after pasta success

Following the success of I Sea Pasta, seaweed specialist Seamore, has launched a vegan bacon made entirely from seaweed and has further plans to expand its market.

Crikey! Fruit fly flour beats crickets for cost, says Israeli start-up

Move over crickets and mealworms - Israeli start-up Flying Spark is farming and processing fruit fly powders and oils that are cheaper than other insect ingredients but with a similar...

EU bank backs organic Bulgarian bar maker by a cool €2m

Sofia-based healthy snack and ‘superfood’ producer Smart Organic has won a €2 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to aid expansion for the rising healthy...

Egg prices set to keep rising in EU

Egg prices in Europe have risen 16% since November last year driven up by bird flu outbreaks and rising consumer demand, say global commodities analysts at Mintec.

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