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Latest food ingredients trends from natural sweeteners to ancient grains

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Want to stay up to speed with the latest developments in sustainable palm oil, natural sweeteners, ancient grains, plant-based proteins, gluten-free ingredient trends, probiotics, prebiotics and omega-3s? Keen to stay on top of clean-label and natural trends, the challenges around replacing partially hydrogenated oils, BVO and Azodicarbonamide? Bookmark this section to see what the big names in ingredients supply are up to from Cargill and ADM to WILD, Givaudan, Bunge, PureCircle, Ingredion, GNT, DDW, Tate & Lyle and CP Kelco.

McCormick outlines ambitious plan to boost sales 4-6% in 2015

Flavor and spice behemoth McCormick & Company’s ambitious goal to increase sales 4% to 6% in local currency in 2015 hinges on increased consumer demand for bold flavors and healthier...

NPA’s Fabricant on caffeine: 'We don’t want to get into a position where Senators are using a court of public opinion to regulate the industry'

Science and an evaluation of risk must inform any regulatory decision on powdered pure caffeine products and not Senators usurping the law, says the Natural Products Association’s Dr Daniel Fabricant....

Convenience stores emerge as health food destination

More consumers are seeking healthy foods and beverages at convenience stores, creating an opportunity in a previously often overlooked channel for manufacturers of these products to expand their reach, according...

From salted satsuma to Falernum: Sensient Flavors unveils its 2015 flavor trends forecast

Trendwatchers at Sensient Flavors have identified eight up-and-coming flavor trends for 2015 using the company's proprietary ‘Trends to Taste’ program, a predictive process that filters trends from the broad, consumer, macro...

Heartland Chia creates new opportunity for farmers, manufacturers with first-ever U.S. grown chia

Thanks to traditional plant breeding techniques, a fourth generation farmer in Kentucky is successfully growing chia in the U.S. for the first time – creating a new valuable crop opportunity...

Industry disagreement could delay a national honey standard

Disagreement about what a potential standard for honey in the U.S. should include could hinder industry efforts to convince FDA to reverse its long-standing position that such a standard is...

Does the edible bugs trend have the legs to succeed?

Not a week goes by without media headlines talking about the potential of insects to help feed the world. But where does that potential really lie?

Nature knows best? Global design challenge invites firms to use biomimicry to design a better food system

Modeling patterns or processes found in nature (think of solar cells inspired by a leaf) is a hot trend in industrial design, but could biomimicry be used to create a...

Technology is reshaping how consumers buy food in 2015, Euromontior predicts

Technology is reshaping how consumers discover, evaluate and select food – creating dichotomies to which manufacturers must adapt their marketing and product positioning, a recently released white paper  evaluating consumer trends in...

Special edition: Blood sugar management

The key ingredients for blood sugar management

With diabetes rates rising, many healthy people are starting to consider the effects of blood glucose levels and keeping them in the healthy range. In this gallery we look at...

Olam pays $3m to settle unlawful cocoa trading case

The world’s third largest cocoa processor Olam has agreed to pay a fine of $3m for alleged mistrading of cocoa futures but has refused to admit wrongdoing.

Red wine grape powder harvests full range of polyphenols for blood pressure benefits, manufacturer says

BioHarvest, an Israeli company harvesting dietary supplement ingredients from plants grown via a unique hydroponic method, has launched a “biofood” ingredient called VINIA Red Grape Powder, said to offer the...

From turmeric to almond milk: What’s hot in beverage formulation?

While consumers may think twice about buying a large box of cereal featuring a new functional ingredient, they are much more willing to try new things in the beverage category,...

Evolva and Cargill partner on new fermentation-derived ingredients project

Swiss firm Evolva Holding and Cargill have signed an agreement to co-develop a “sustainable, customisable, and cost-effective fermentation production process” to produce new food and beverage ingredients.

4 factors to evaluate the potential impact of a health claim

Positive health claims, such as those touting the benefits of a food, diet or quality, more effectively motivate the general public than negative or fear-based claims that attempt to scare...

FDA GRAS no objections letter paves way for mainstream adoption of whole algal protein, says Solazyme

The FDA has written to Solazyme to say it has no objections to the firm’s GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) determination for its AlgaVia whole algal protein, a move which...

Health benefits of chocolate bars directly correlates with percentage of cocoa

Companies hoping to appeal to consumers interested in the heart health benefits of dark chocolate now have another marketing tool at their disposal: the percentage of cocoa labeled on their...

Local claims are rising star as sun sets on organic claims

New consumers continue to enter the organic category for the first time, but the health halo cast by the US Department of Agriculture’s certification is dimming as it becomes more...

Media investment means US probiotic growth outpacing EU

US probiotic market growth has been bolstered by big media investment, something yet to be seen in the EU, according to the Swedish firm Probi which just secured its largest...

Monster & Red Bull among brands attacked for 'declining to commit to restrict marketing to under 18s'

Energy drink companies unwilling to protect teenagers, say US senators

The majority of the energy drinks market is unwilling to commit to protecting adolescents, according to a report by three US Senators.

Chia is here to stay, thanks to long-term planning by The Chia Co.

A few years ago, chia seeds were virtually unheard of in the U.S., but now they are available across food categories and retail channels in a plethora of finished consumer...

Rabobank: Lower sugar prices set to continue in 2015

Global sugar prices are likely to remain low in 2015 as production looks set to continue at a similar level, according to Rabobank’s Q4 sugar report.

GRAS status opens up market for Ahiflower, a plant-based omega 3-6-9 oil with high SDA levels

A new competitor has arrived on the plant-based omega-3s scene with the announcement of FDA no-objection GRAS status for Ahiflower oil, an ingredient from Technology Crops International.  The oil offers...

Healthy Beverage Innovation

ALO Drink expands into c-stores after dominating the natural channel

The maker of ALO, a top-selling beverage brand in the natural channel, is hoping to break into the convenience-store channel and expand its reach to more mainstream shoppers with the...

Crowd-funding website Indiegogo helps start-ups, like Chef’d, get to market faster

Start-up meal kit delivery service Chef’d is able to raise much-needed capital to launch and at the same time work out the kinks in its operations, production and delivery by...