Food Tech

Rice starch is a unique ingrediant that can allow manufacturers to tap current consumer trends. Image: Beneo

Beneo doubling down on the clean label mega trend

By Oliver Morrison

Beneo predicts to see significant growth in the market for chicory root, sugar beet, wheat and rice starches as consumers in 2021 demand cleaner but also natural easily recognisable ‘cupboard ingredients’.

The app promises to save congestion in supermarkets by navigating shoppers to products via the fastest route, Pic: Ubamarket

The retail tech set to shine in the Covid-hit world

By Oliver Morrison

Tech companies have long been developing methods for a faster and more efficient shopping experience for consumers. These are all gaining traction in a new world of social distancing and sanitation, says Will Broome, CEO of retail tech app Ubamarket.

The program is delivered by UKRI, with the Global Food Security Programme, BBSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, Defra, DHSC, PHE, Innovate UK and FSA.

Boost for UK researchers to transform food systems

By Jim Cornall

UK research projects that seek to fundamentally transform the UK food system, by placing healthy people and a healthy natural environment at its center, received a £24m ($32.9m) boost last week.

How will supermarket retailers impact how we eat in the future? Pic: GettyImages/AlexSecret

Food futurology part 2: How will we be eating 10 years from now?

By Flora Southey

By the year 2030, trend forecaster Dr Morgaine Gaye predicts much will have changed in terms of how food is consumed: supermarkets will be forced to diversify, urban areas will be transformed by biodiversity legislation, and we will be on our to using...

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Food futurology: What will we be eating 10 years from now?

By Flora Southey

Within the next decade, trend forecaster Dr Morgaine Gaye predicts we will have moved beyond the current protein craze, be eating food made from ‘the biggest ingredient of the future’, and variety will play a greater role in all things fruit and veg.

Using pectin-containing waste streams opens up new possibilities for the circular economy of plastics.  Pic: Getty Images/ligora

VTT creates recyclable plastic bottles from citrus peel

By Jim Cornall

New technology developed at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland enables the use of pectin-containing agricultural waste, such as citrus peel and sugar beet pulp, as raw material for bio-based polyethylene furanoate (PEF) plastics for replacing...

The swap to bio-based packaging delivered an 'immediate' reduction in CO2 emissions / Pic: GettyImages-Farnknot_Architect

Coffee maker Meira cuts carbon footprint with bio-based packaging

By Katy Askew

Finnish coffee producer Meira, part of the Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, has launched Vallilan Paahtimo, a new range that offers ‘a more sustainable cup, inside and out’. In partnership with packaging manufacturer Amcor, the line includes a bio-based...

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New modified wheat ‘could help tackle global food shortage’

By Oliver Morrison

UK scientists have created a new modified wheat variety that can increase grain production by up to 12%. They claim the innovation is a potential solution to help meet rapidly growing global demand, but also expect it to trigger heated debate around genetically...

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