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Natural and clean label

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.

Does healthy food need a marketing makeover? 'Indulgent' descriptions make people eat more vegetables

‘Hold the green beans but pass the sweet sizzlin’ ones.’ Using indulgent words to describe vegetables makes people eat more of them – even if there is no difference in...

Desert King banks on plantations for sustainable supply of quillaja and yucca

Investing in quillaja and yucca plantations, rather than relying on wild harvests, will guarantee a more sustainable supply of these natural foaming agents, says international supplier Desert King. 

Natural umami flavours are a clean-label alternative to MSG, says Bell

Umami flavours can be a natural alternative to the not-so-clean-label monosodium glutamate (MSG), says Bell Flavours and Fragrances, as it launches six natural umami flavours including three yeast-free formulations.

Does the future of sustainable eating lie in plant-meat blends?

Could be the future of sustainable eating be plant and meat protein blends? We put the question to three experts at this year's IFT.  "There’s an untapped market there," says one...

Rising expectations: Health and nutrition drive ‘strong’ Q3 for Chr Hansen

Probiotic and natural colours player Chr Hansen reported a 10% growth in organic revenue in the first nine months, leading the company to slightly raise full year expectations.

Demand for annatto colouring provides work for women in Latin America

Local women farmers in Latin America are being offered a secure income due to the increased demand for natural annatto colouring.

Sugar-free quinoa breakfast cereal finds success as creative consumers blur categories

A breakfast cereal made from French popped quinoa with a one-word ingredient list (quinoa - and that's it) is finding success as consumers use it for croutons and salad toppings thanks...

News in brief

Bayn to extend sweetener reach in Norway with distribution deal

Swedish supplier Bayn has inked a distribution deal with Norwegian flavour firm Storms for its range of sugar-reducing ingredients.

EFSA confirm current exposure levels of food nitrites and nitrates are safe

Consumer exposure to nitrites and nitrates as additives used in processed meats is safe for most population groups at existing levels outlined by the European Safety and Food Authority (EFSA). ...

What are the best flours to use in gluten-free bread? Study evaluates contenders

The effects of different flours, including chickpea, chestnut and tiger nut, on gluten-free bread have been examined with results suggesting tiger nut flour could be a winner.

Beetroot, mango and pumpkin trump tomatoes in ketchup

Traditional tomatoes are being shunned by manufacturers looking to make the classic condiment appeal to more sophisticated palates with mangoes, beetroot or pumpkin.

UK supplier creates low morphine poppy seed blend after drug test alarm

A UK-based specialist ingredient maker has launched a poppy seed blend which contains low morphine content, amid a number of recent cases in which individuals have failed drug tests after...

EFSA launches platform to help SMEs with novel food applications

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) preparing a novel food application can receive administrative help through a new support platform launched by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Cargill's novel process matches cultivated carrageenan functionality with wild

A novel way of processing carrageenan means the cultivated variety matches wild carrageenan for functionality in dairy desserts. It's also cheaper than wild and has a more stable supply, says...

Nestlé to give global Maggi brand a clean label revamp

Nestlé aims to “transform” the global Maggi brand by 2020 by cutting salt, swapping modified starches for simple ones and removing artificial emulsifiers and thickeners, it says....

Orkla snaps up distribution deal for acrylamide-reducing yeast

Orkla Food Ingredients has inked a deal with Canada's Renaissance BioScience to exclusively produce and sell its patent-pending, acrylamide-reducing yeast Acrylow in Nordic and Baltic countries.

Does a high-fibre claim on premium ice cream still sound indulgent? Absolutely, says Koupe

Dutch start-up Koupe's high-fibre, high-protein ice cream is more than just a 'healthy' product, says its founder, who aims to compete with premium brands Häagen-Dazs and Magnum.

Firmenich weathers the vanilla supply storm with diversified sourcing

By diversifying its vanilla sourcing to Uganda, Indonesia and India as well as developing alternative natural flavours, flavour giant Firmenich says it is weathering the impact of Madagascan cyclone Enawo.

Do consumers really care about the ethical considerations of fishing?

Ethical and social considerations are not as important to consumers as nutrition and freshness when buying fish, according to a new survey conducted by TÜV SÜD.

Tate & Lyle launches 17 non-GMO starches

Specialty ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle will launch 17 non-GMO starches in order to meet a growing global demand, particularly in North America and Eastern Europe, it says.

Modified maize starch brings cost savings of 15%, says Ingredion

Ingredion's latest waxy maize modified starch can bring cost savings of up to 15% when replacing in sauces and removes the pasty texture associated with other texturisers, said the company. ...

High fibre pasta set to 'revolutionise' ready meals

Healthier, high-fibre pasta is the newest 'reinvented carbohydrate' with potential for EFSA-backed health claims, says Ulrick & Short.

Austrian start-up taps into fermentation trend with umami-packed seasoning

With its umami-packed, fermented seasoning made from locally-sourced, organic lupin and oats, Austrian start-up Genusskoarl is bringing to the market its "soy sauce adapted to European tastes".

PureCircle plans to bring glucosylated stevia to Europe with EFSA request

PureCircle has requested a safety opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for glucosylated stevia as it hopes to bring the enzymatically modified sweetener to the European market in 2018.

Acacia gum improves texture and shelf-life of bread, says supplier

Adding between one and 3% of acacia gum to either gluten-free or white bread can improve softness and extend shelf-life, according to French supplier Alland & Robert.

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