Natural and clean label

Natural colours overtake synthetics as European growth leads the way

Global report on food colours

Clean label trend helps drive natural colours to overtake synthetics

By Nathan Gray

Natural colours have overtaken their synthetic counterparts for the first time ever, and the trend towards clean label products is one of the key drivers according to new data from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research.

Natural antifungals from sourdough fermentation have food potential

Natural antifungals from sourdough have food potential: Researchers

By Nathan Gray

Powerful antifungal compounds produced from linoleic acid found in bread flour are the key reason for sourdough bread’s mould resistant properties, and have potential to be used in a host of food and agricultural applications, say researchers.

Stevia has innovation on its side, says Euromonitor

Stevia is not just another E-number, says Euromonitor

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Stevia’s credentials as a plant-derived sweetener and uptake from large manufacturers will prevent it from being seen as just another E-number, according to market research organisation Euromonitor.

There are still technical challenges for manufacturers looking to switch to natural colours

Natural colours are here to stay…but there are still challenges

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Synthetic colours may still be more prevalent than natural colours in foods and beverages, but natural is catching up as manufacturers increasingly look first to natural ingredients in developing new products – however, challenges remain.

Most consumers would like labels to indicate GM presence

FSA survey: Majority of UK consumers back GM labelling

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Two-thirds of UK consumers think it is important that genetically modified (GM) foods are labelled, although only 2% actively look for GM content when buying foods for the first time, according to a new report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Dairy alternative drinks move into the mainstream

Dairy alternative drinks move into the mainstream

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Dairy alternative drinks are moving out of the specialist health food sector and into the mainstream – and it’s not all about soy anymore, according to market research firm Innova Market Insights.

Natural colours present major technical challenges

‘No way back’ from natural colour trend, says Nestlé scientist

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The trend toward natural colours for foods, drinks and sweets is here to stay – but raises huge technical challenges, according to Steve Tolliday, principal product technologist at Nestlé’s Product and Technology Centre in York, UK.

Will iced teas sparkle in 2013? (Picture Copyright: Aria Belli/Flickr)

Hot New Beverage Concepts for 2013: Episode One

By Ben Bouckley

The CEO of beverage development and innovation company MyDrink Beverages tells BeverageDaily.com why his firm's new non-alcoholic beverage concepts for 2013 could take the market by storm...

Special edition: Free-from foods

Consumers equate ‘free-from’ with health: EUFIC

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

‘Free-from’ has become synonymous with healthy food for a large number of consumers – but how that affects shopping habits remains uncertain, according to EUFIC’s Dr Sophie Hieke.

Nearly three-quarters of consumers said they would pay more for additive-free foods

Kampffmeyer asks: What does clean label mean to consumers?

More than three-quarters of European consumers want foods without chemical additives and most say they are willing to pay more for additive-free foods, according to a new survey carried out on behalf of Kampffmeyer Food Innovation.

EHL introduces lemon myrtle in UK

EHL introduces lemon myrtle for UK food manufacturers

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

EHL Ingredients has introduced the Australian herb lemon myrtle to the UK market, touting it as a natural, organic ingredient with lemon and basil notes that could be used in tea, or as a food ingredient.

Nexira chief Stéphane Dondain on newly acquired Tournay Biotechnologies:

Nexira buys Tournay as it drives expansion plans

By Shane

French botanicals and ingredients supplier, Nexira, has made good its promise to expand its portfolio and operations by acquiring fellow French firm, Tournay Biotechnologies, for an undisclosed cash sum.

Natural sweetener demand drives Galam Group to triple R&D activity

Natural sweetener demand drives Galam Group to triple R&D activity

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Israel-based firm Galam Group has said it is tripling its R&D capabilities to provide comprehensive sweetener solutions for food manufacturers – especially as they look to capitalise on the potential of natural sweeteners, the company has said.

RTS identifies growing market for natural flavour materials

RTS identifies growing market for natural flavour materials

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Market research firm RTS has identified a burgeoning market for natural flavour materials as companies increasingly move away from artificial ingredients – but its first report on the market is intended to open discussion rather than clearly define market...

Market researcher: Naturalness is a key consideration for industry

Market researcher: Naturalness is a key consideration for industry

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Consumer demand for ‘more natural’ foods and beverages continues to grow – and food manufacturers are responding by highlighting naturally derived ingredients and the natural credentials of new products, according to market researchers at RTS (Research...

Wild creates ice cream ingredients

Wild creates ice cream ingredients

By Rod Addy

Wild has launched completely natural ingredients that can be used as coatings and fillings for ice cream manufacturers.

Clean label becomes Europe-wide trend

Clean label becomes Europe-wide trend

By Rod Addy

Demand for ‘clean label’ products has gripped the whole of Europe, rather than select countries, according to the latest research from National Starch Food Innovation Europe, part of the Ingredion Group of incorporated companies. 

PureCircle shores up stevia supplies

PureCircle shores up stevia supplies

By Rod Addy

PureCircle has diversified its supplies of stevia leaf, enabling it to step up global growth plans and defend its supply chain against future issues.

Palm oil-free may be emerging trend

Palm oil-free may be emerging trend

By Rod Addy

A shift towards palm oil-free foods and ingredients could be an emerging trend in Europe, according to market analysts.

Sensient launches palm oil free natural colours

Sensient launches palm-free colours

By Rod Addy

Sensient Food Colours Europe has developed a range of palm-free colours through research into soluble and encapsulated systems that do not depend on palm oil-based emulsifiers.

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