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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.

Healthy agers: To market older, you’d better get wiser

Europe’s seniors see functional foods as a 'dated' concept, are uncomfortable with products that expressly mention age, and want sustainable, naturally nutritious products, finds a consumer study led by the...

German court rules against 'vegan cheese' - but what should plant-based alternatives be called?

If it's not made from animal milk it can't be called cheese, a German court has ruled in a case against a 'vegan cheese' manufacturer. But when consumers' point of reference for a...

Spotlight on start-ups

Clean-label products are not always uniform - that's a selling-point, says fruit foam start-up

Using exclusively clean label ingredients can sometimes mean products are not always 100% standardised. But for French start-up Woos fruit foams this is a key selling point. 

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Spotlight on Start Ups: Personal and product development

The Natural & Organic Products show in London was an opportunity to showcase the best of the natural and organic industry. 

Our stool frequency claim may not be sexy – but it adds credibility to empty slogans: BENEO

A survey of over 1,000 consumers in the UK and Spain has helped German ingredients giant BENEO join the dots between its EFSA-approved stool frequency health claim on paper and...

Raw foods on the rise as clean-label consumers crave more

From snack bars to spreads, chocolate to cheese, the trend for raw ingredients in processed foods is spreading across Europe, says Mintel, as consumer attention goes beyond the ingredient list...

Kerry Foods' 100% natural preservative claim given green light for Irish ham

Kerry Foods Denny Deli Ham is able to claim it is the only 100% natural ham without artificial ingredients in ireland, after an advertising complaint was rejected by the UK’s...

Is the booming gluten-free baby food market about to get another boost?

New studies have prompted changes to some advice on the introduction of gluten. Could it have an impact on booming EU sales of gluten-free baby foods?

Polish potential: Poland is Eastern Europe’s food innovation hub, says Mintel

Poland is leading the way for food and drink innovation in Eastern Europe accounting for over a third of product launches in the region – but as one of the...

Expert calls for activity icons that could help ‘reduce obesity rates’

Food should be labelled with how much exercise is required to expend its calories in order to help promote an active lifestyle, said a leading health expert. 

Heard of soursop, ditakh or cashew apple flavour? You'll need to if you want to break into Africa, says Aromatech

French flavour firm Aromatech has developed a range of flavours specifically designed to appeal to African consumers based on local fruit - but European consumers looking for new, exotic tastes...

Can firms clean up vanillin's clean label image amid natural supply shortages?

It’s the world’s most popular food flavour but less than 1% of global demand for vanilla can be met by the natural vanilla orchid – and this year’s supplies have...

Nano 3D structure of food could lead to reduced costs and waste

3D images of food produced at a nano level promise to save on food industry costs and reduce food waste as a result of faulty production, according to a study’s...

The rise of the 'invisible ethical': Why consumers want sustainability throughout the supply chain

From non-GMO glycerine-based solvents to sustainably sourced hydrocolloids, more and more companies are seeking ethical certification for 'invisible' ingredients – but what’s fuelling this demand when consumers probably don’t even...

FMI report says Greek yogurt still growing

A new report by Future Market Insights (FMI), Yoghurt Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015 – 2025 is being published in May 2016.

Sugar tax

Budget shock: sugar tax on soft drinks

A surprise tax on sugary soft drinks to tackle childhood obesity, unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, has dismayed manufacturers but delighted campaigners, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

Nestlé chief: Reduce sugar now before it’s mandatory

At the World Food Innovate conference in London, Stefan Catsicas, chief technical officer of Nestlé described how the food giant is meeting the challenge of making foods healthier without causing...

Consumers ‘actively seek’ clean-label alternatives

Almost a third of consumers actively seek products with some form of clean-label claim, while 70% of those purchasing dairy and bakery products say such claims influence their buying decisions,...

Dispatches from Food Vision 2016

When Jorg met Jane: Nestlé talks PPP public health gain with an NGO insider

Private public partnerships (PPPs) are the best way to tackle the world’s public health issues with food and nutrition, but only if strict rules are in place to guard against...

Naturex calls on start-ups for ingredient innovation partnerships

Naturex is calling on innovative start-ups with fresh ideas on plant-based ingredients, green technologies and novel farming processes to collaborate with it thorugh Ingenium, its open innovation accelerator scheme.

Awareness of state organic logo is 100%, says Danish government

Danish demand for organic food is booming and awareness of the state-controlled logo has never been higher, according to a recent survey.

A look at the top product launches in Germany, Europe's 'innovation testing ground'

Not only is Germany the front-runner for innovative food and drink launches, it is also Europe's testing ground for trendsetting companies looking for a receptive market. Mintel market analyst explains...

Demand for citrus flavour blends on the rise in Europe, says FMI

Demand for citrus flavour market is set to rise in Europe in the next ten years, says Future Market Insights (FMI) - but which are the most popular flavour blends,...

Change is COOL: Online petition for meat origin labelling gains momentum in France

Nearly 8000 French consumers have signed a petition on Change.org calling for mandatory country of origin labelling for processed meat products.

Food Vision 2016 preview

Child nutrition NPD needed to avoid crippling cost of obesity, says expert

New product development (NPD) is essential to address the nutritional needs of a child during its first 1000 days if health systems are to avoid the crippling cost of treating...