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Researchers are exploring the utilization of corn husk waste for value-added end applications. Image: Getty/Matauw

The researchers brewing lipids to transform waste into food

By Oliver Morrison

Researchers say they are using ancient technology to turn agricultural waste into fats. They say the approach could help the sustainable protein industry recreate the flavours of meat and has the potential to replace palm oil or other tropical oils.

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5 things we learned about the alcohol-free category in January

By Rachel Arthur

January is the month of the year when the low and no alcohol category really has a chance to shine. So what have we learned about the direction of the category this year? Here’s five takeaways from Drynuary.

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Should we be worried about the outlook for plant-based meat?

By Katy Askew

Plant-based meat has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past few weeks, as industry heavyweight Impossible Foods hit back at accusations that the category is failing to perform. Fake news or fake meat? Survey data from Rabobank suggests...

EIT Food has announced its programmes for 2023, calling for applications. Pic: GettyImages/jacoblund

EIT Food opens entrepreneurship applications for 2023

By Gill Hyslop

EIT Food has launched its 2023 Entrepreneurship Programmes, designed to offer support to entrepreneurs to scale up their agrifood startups working to solve global food system challenges and deliver new innovations worldwide.

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NPD Trend Tracker: From non-HFSS sweets to vitamin-enriched coffee pods

By Flora Southey

Fancy a dose of ‘wellness’ with your hit of morning caffeine? One of the newest products hitting retail shelves in the UK combines arabica coffee with a range of vitamins. Other products development with healthier consumption in mind include Nestlé-owned...

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What’s next in RTD coffee?

By Rachel Arthur

Gen Z consumers are more likely to drink RTD coffee than hot coffee – and as brands respond, the category is expanding and developing. We explore what’s trending in RTD coffee – and where the category could go next.

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Could reframing ‘shrinkflation’ as portion-control boost sales?

By Elizabeth Crawford

Many packaged food and beverage manufacturers that have trimmed serving sizes without lowering cost in recent years to mitigate inflation have tried to do so in stealth mode for fear of losing value-seeking shoppers, but new research suggests if they...

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NPD Trend Tracker: From cocoa-free gianduja to Heinz Beanz Nuggetz

By Flora Southey

As we move into the second week of Veganuary, we look at Asda’s two new vegan brands: OMV! and Plant Based. Elsewhere in the meat-free space, Kraft Heinz is continuing to expand its bean-based offerings with the launch of frozen Heinz Magical Beanz Nuggetz....

Protein is expected to cement its presence in the bakery and snacks sectors in 2023. Pic: GettyImages/Aleksei Bezrukov

Will protein be the next mega-trend in 2023?

By Natasha Spencer

With growing calls for high protein and alternative options – and as manufacturers tackle traditional manufacturing challenges – the industry’s eyes are on whether 2023 will be the year protein cements itself as a seismic influence in bakery and snacks.

NPD Trend Tracker: From Veganuary to healthy beverages

NPD Trend Tracker: From Veganuary to healthy beverages

By Katy Askew

FoodNavigator profiles some of the new product launches that caught our eye in the first few days of 2023. Innovation highlights include products targeting the vegan-curious during the 'Veganuary' promotional period and better-for-you beverages...

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How snacking habits have shaped up in 2022

By Gill Hyslop

Data from FMCG Gurus confirms what we all know – that consumer snacking has seen an increase over the past two years, especially as many turned toward food as a means of comfort during the dark days of the pandemic.

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Trends for 2023: Caring for mental, physical and sexual health

By Olivia Brown

A sense of overwhelm shapes Mintel’s predicted food and drink trends for 2023 following climate and economic fears, yet “consumers are absolutely unwilling to compromise on health and nutrition”, the market analysts say.

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NPD Trend Tracker: From vegan foie gras to Branston mayo

By Flora Southey

What new food and beverage products are hitting shelves? In our latest NPD round-up, we look at Nestlé’s vegan foie gras product (Voie Gras) being rolled out in Switzerland and Spain, low carb pizza from SRLY who is rebranding from next month, and a new...

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