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Consumers say it’s natural if it comes from a plant: PureCircle

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Consumers say it’s natural if it comes from a plant: PureCircle

By Maggie Hennessy

Obviously taste rules when it comes to any food or beverage. But many consumers are also looking for indications that what they’re eating has been minimally “messed with”—hence the growing incidence of “all natural” and related terms on product labels. 

Natrose I flavor shows promise with stevia blends

Natrose I flavor shows promise with stevia blends

By Maggie Hennessy

Aiming for a lower cost way to boost flavor and mouthfeel of stevia extract, sweetener supplier Sweet Green Fields (SGF) launched Natrose I natural flavor at last month’s IFT 2014 show in New Orleans. 

LycoRed: Cardio health is not just about reducing LDL cholesterol

LycoRed: Cardio health is not just about reducing LDL cholesterol

By Elaine Watson

While many cardio health products are still focused on reducing 'bad' LDL cholesterol, the next generation will cover a broader range of benefits from improving endothelial function to protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation, predicts tomato...

Why do we waste so much food, and what can we do about it?

Why do we waste so much food, and what can we do about it?

By Elaine Watson

Americans don’t eat a third of the food they produce. But while this shocking statistic might alarm consumers, many still don’t see themselves as part of the problem, and mistakenly believe that food waste is less damaging to the environment than other...

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

Special edition: Oils & fats

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

By Elaine Watson

If the cover of TIME magazine earlier this month (headline: Eat Butter) is anything to go by, it would seem that the conversation about fat, and saturated fat in particular, is changing, at least in the media. But are policymakers sitting up and taking...

Is your product ready for nutrition label changes?

Insights from IFT 2014

Is your product ready for nutrition label changes?

By Maggie Hennessy

Food and beverage manufacturers are holding their collective breath in anticipation of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel put forth by the Food and Drug Administration and likely to be finalized next year. 

IFT 2014: Chefs! Is it time to proudly serve GMOs on your table?

IFT 2014: Chefs! Is it time to proudly serve GMOs on your table?

By Elaine Watson

You'd think that pro-science,'molecular gastronomists' such as Chef Homaru Cantu would be all in favor of genetically engineered foods, especially if they can add nutrition, or reduce the environmental impact of food production, right?...

Packaged Facts: why there's still growth in protein

Macho yogurt, nuts & eco-eating: why there’s still growth in protein

By Maggie Hennessy

Growing consumer interest in positive nutrition, demographic shifts, new eating patterns, recent scientific findings, and the recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans all point to a bright future for protein-rich foods and beverages,...

FDA probe threw 'wet blanket' over caffeinated food trend, but consumers still crave energy, says Datamonitor

FDA probe threw 'wet blanket' over caffeinated food trend, but consumers still crave energy, says Datamonitor

By Elaine Watson

The flow of caffeinated foods hitting the US market “slowed to a trickle” after Wrigley pulled its Alert Energy gum in the wake of the FDA probe into caffeine, says Datamonitor. But it’s too early to write off this trend just yet, as consumers still crave...

Protein, sugar and hybrid products: Innova teases IFT agenda

Trendspotting from Innova Market Insights

Protein, sugar and hybrid products: Innova teases IFT agenda

By Maggie Hennessy

Can anything top protein? What’s a “silver consumer” and why should we care? Would salty caramel work in a soft drink? Innova Market Insights teased a very full agenda of trendwatching presentations at next week’s Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT)...

ISAPP: “The panel concluded that the general benefit of support­ing a healthy digestive tract was reinforced by evidence gathered on a large number of different probiotic strains representing commonly studied species.”

ISAPP consensus: Gut, yes. Immunity, no (for now)

Time to recognise ‘core benefits of certain probiotics’: ISAPP

By Shane STARLING

The evidence has grown so strong for the best-documented probiotic strains that a generic digestive health claim should exist, according to a consensus statement from leading international researchers published this week in Nature Reviews: Gastroenterology...

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