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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.

Is health the key driver in children’s food?

Food manufacturers targeting children are under pressure to provide products that meet certain health standards – making health a major innovation driver. But does actual consumption reflect this?

There's an untapped opportunity in organic kids' food, says Mintel

European parents are consistently willing to pay more for organic, says Mintel. Yet while organic claims are common on baby food, they are less used on food and drink aimed...

DIC and Fermentalg ink deal on 'new generation' natural algae colours

French microalgae specialist Fermentalg is partnering with Japanese chemical giant DIC to develop natural food colours, particularly blue phycocyanin derived from Spirulina.

Purple chocolate ups the possibilities for healthy indulgent foods: Herza

Purple chocolate, coloured with nutrient-packed fruit and vegetable powders, can make healthy foods such as muesli more appealing or give indulgent ice cream a healthy halo, says Herza Schokolade.

For a better batter: Kröner-Stärke launches native starches for fried foods

Kröner-Stärke has launched a range of native wheat-based starches, including organic and gluten-free, for clean label battered and breaded products.

How food makers can build trust in the food chain

UK consumers place less trust in the food chain today than they did five years ago: How can the food sector reverse this trend?

Aromatech develops natural mamey flavour

Flavour firm Aromatech has developed a natural mamey sapote flavour which will allow manufacturers to tap into the trend for exotic, tropical fruit.

Wessanen’s Whole Earth sees protein snack going mainstream

Wessanen’s Whole Earth brand is extending its sports nutrition snack, Power Balls, beyond health channels and onto supermarket shelves as health-focused consumers become more “mainstream”.

What next for coconut’s millennial appeal?

The popularity of coconut-based products continues to rise thanks, in part, to their particular resonance with millennial consumers: What will the next big trend for coconut applications be?

Lycored's natural colour lasts longer in surimi, it says

Israeli supplier Lycored’s natural red, orange and pink colours remain stable in surimi for up to three months longer than carmine or paprika, it says.

Europe ‘leading innovation’ in natural food ingredients, says Roha MD

Europe is “leading” innovation in the global trend towards natural ingredients in the food and beverage industry and Roha’s acquisition of Italian firm New Food Industry will give India’s Roha a...

WORLD FOOD SUMMIT 2017

Chr Hansen CEO: Fighting food waste is part of our business plan

Chr Hansen's bioprotective cultures are so effective at extending shelf life, the firm has set itself an ambitious target: to reduce global yoghurt waste by 2% before 2020, its CEO says.

Seaweed start-up dives for success as specialty ingredient

Seaweed start-up Dansk Tang, which uses divers to hand harvest its macroalgae from the North Sea, is making a splash in Denmark's specialty food retail space.

Danish juice firms create value-added bakery ingredients with fruit pulp waste

Leftover fruit pulp from the juice industry is being transformed into a value-added and healthy ingredient for cereals, baked snacks and chocolate.

Frutarom acquires Swiss savoury flavour group Mühlehof

Israel-based flavours and ingredients giant Frutarom has acquired Swiss savoury flavour specialist Mühlehof.

‘Smart label’ could tackle fraud, bolster food safety

Scientists have developed what they describe as a “low-cost, portable, paper-based sensor” that could be used produce “smart labels” that detect food spoilage and contamination.

FDF, BRC back ‘coordinated’ approach to sugar reduction

Industry bodies representing the UK’s food and drink sector are backing a “coordinated” drive to reduce the amount of sugar in products.

Food makers expected to deliver on health but trust lacking, survey finds

Nine-in-ten consumers believe the food industry has a responsibility to provide them with a healthy diet but consumers are also mistrustful of the sector as a source of nutritional information,...

Givaudan targets SMEs with IMCD tie-up

Ingredients group Givaudan aims to make its flavour technology more accessible to small- and medium-sized food and drink businesses in Western Europe through a strategic tie-up with distributor IMCD....

Chinese supplier Layn to bring monk fruit to Europe

Chinese supplier Guilin Layn Natural Ingredients wants to be the first firm to sell monk fruit in Europe, and has submitted a request for a scientific opinion to the European Food Safety Authority...

Petrow sees demand rise for ‘free-from’ ingredients as its invests $131k in powder fill machine

Petrow Food Group has invested £100k ($131k) on an Auger powder fill machine for dry mixes.

Does Europe need a legal definition of natural food?

With the US considering a legal definition of ‘natural’ food, does Europe need one too? It would increase clarity for a complex concept, but defining 'degrees of naturalness’ for origin,...

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...

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.

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. 

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