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Latest food ingredients trends from natural sweeteners to ancient grains


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 Givaudan, Bunge, PureCircle, Ingredion, GNT, DDW, Tate & Lyle and CP Kelco.

Not all calories are the same: Those from excessive omega-6s more damaging than omega-3s

When it comes to weight management not all calories are created equally – especially when they come from omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, according to an editorial in the online...

Cargill believes it has passed stevia taste test just in time for new nutrition labels

Consumer research leads Cargill to believe that it has finally rounded the stevia taste bend, just in time for the revamp of nutrition labeling phases in over the next several...

'This is the end of the beverage category as we knew it'

‘Water is not water anymore’: In a new era of beverages, where does bottled water fit in?

As the beverage sector continues to evolve, categories are blurring more than ever. Bottled water can either be left on the sidelines as  ‘the boring choice’ – or it can...

Hydrogenated vegetable fats are not the main source of nickel in confectionery, finds Czech study

Hydrogenated vegetable fats are not the main source of nickel in finished confectionery products as previously assumed, a Czech study suggests.

Pea protein specialist branches out into whole pulse powders

World Food Processing is branching out from pea protein to offering a line of whole pulse ingredients aimed at helping food manufacturers achieve fortification targets.

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M&A: Stratas Foods acquires Supreme Oil Company

Tennessee-based Stratas Foods is expanding its manufacturing presence in the Northeast with the acquisition of Supreme Oil Company, based in Englewood, NJ.

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WILD on trend with vegan protein power drinks and Clarisoy dessert toppings

WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients (WFSI), part of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), is tapping into the vegan market with its protein power drinks and Clarisoy dessert toppings.

NTC develops natural, metallic/bitter blocker for ‘potassium salt’

Geneva, Switzerland-based Natural Taste Consulting (NTC) is launching a natural bitter blocker capable of significantly reducing the undesired bitter/metallic taste of potassium salt.

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Ingredion reduces sugar by 30% in baked goods with prebiotic fiber

Illinois-based ingredients supplier, Ingredion, has launched a soluble prebiotic fiber that provides fiber and prebiotic benefits and supports sugar and calories reduction efforts for bakeries, while allowing formulators to keep...

Frutarom's extract line aims to bring Mediterranean diet benefits to formulators

Israeli ingredient supplier Frutarom Health has launched a line of extracts that offer fortification possibilities for food and beverage manufacturers.

Cocoa flavanols offer ‘modest but significant’ benefits for heart disease risk factors

If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, a serving of cocoa could help avoid the need for medicine in the first place – at least when it...

'It still feels like we’re just at the tip of the iceberg...'

What's the size of the sprouted food prize?

To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co – the Alabama-based supplier of the organic sprouted grains in Kashi’s cereals – has expanded its facility for the third time to meet surging...

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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How to better reach Hispanic shoppers

With a collective spending power of $1.5 trillion, the Hispanic and Latino population in the US is a highly coveted group of shoppers who represent a significant growth opportunity for...

Soybeans with super nitrogen-fixing capabilities produce higher yield with less fertilizer

A “breakthrough” discovery that increases how much nitrogen soybeans can pull from the atmosphere and how efficiently they use it could help feed the world’s rapidly growing population by significantly...

From Dosha dining to noodles and goat meat: 10 culinary trends to watch in 2017

From Ayurvedic-inspired cuisine and Vietnamese Pho, to plant-based ‘meat’ and goat empanadas- Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) highlights 10 culinary trends it predicts will inspire packaged foods and foodservice menus in 2017. 

3 strategies buoying soft drink sales in the face of volume declines

Sales of carbonated soft drinks continue to decline as consumers reach for lower sugar, lower calorie and more natural alternatives, but all hope is not lost for the soda category,...

Penn State academics seek to commercialize ‘bulletproof’ natural colors from avocado pits

Academics at Penn State University are seeking to commercialize water-soluble yellow, orange and red colors derived from avocado seeds (pits), which they claim offer cost and stability advantages over natural...

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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The rise and evolution of meat snacks in America

In the past few years, Americans’ growing demand for protein and desire for on-the-go food opened the door for meat jerky to re-position itself as a healthy, convenient snack, which...

Cargill gains Non-GMO Project verification for erythritol, cane sugar, high-oleic sunflower oil

Cargill has joined a flurry of suppliers making non-GMO announcements at the Supply Side West trade show this year, gaining Non-GMO Project verification for erythritol, cane sugar, and high oleic...

Step aside peas, rice and algae.. there's a new protein in town, from Shiitake mushrooms...

Shiitakes are loaded with nutrients, and also contain more protein than rival mushrooms (up to 18% by dry weight), although many other foods contain more. But what if you could...

Future ice cream flavors will feature nostalgia with a shot of whiskey, fruit blends & a savory spin

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean ice cream season is thanks to new flavor predictions from ingredient supplier Parker Products that extend the frozen dessert’s appeal into Fall...

Where next for beans, peas, chickpeas & lentils? Join the FoodNavigator-USA Pulse Innovation Forum

Pulses (beans, chickpeas, peas and lentils) are now appearing as added value ingredients in every part of the store, from chips and snacks to salads, soups, pastas, dips and baked...

From function to taste to packaging: Top beverage trends driving growth in organic & natural

Innovation around sensation and packaging as well as increased fortification and functional benefits are driving growth in the booming beverage segment of the natural and organic channel, according to data...

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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: 5 trends driving growth in natural & organic

As US consumers embrace a healthier lifestyle focused on prevention rather than treatment, they increasingly are turning to the natural and organic channel for products that are clean, natural and...

Three overlooked “superfoods” rising in popularity thanks to innovative formats

Superfoods are no longer restricted to exotic and hard to find plants in under-developed countries. Rather, the latest batch comes from a little closer to home and likely already are...

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