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Coconut meat, Star Wars cookies and ‘natural’ among latest food innovations

Virgin coconut meat, a Star Wars-inspired cookie kit and a range of ‘natural’ products all feature in our collection of the latest food and drink innovations.

Scotland's rapeseed oil sector poised for growth

Scotland’s rapeseed oil industry is expected to see significant growth in the coming years, following a joint campaign between processors and scientists from Queen Margaret University, near Edinburgh, to promote...

New gluten-free launch

Europe’s largest gluten-free firm Dr Schär will launch its range of Schär products in the UK this September, boosting the number of gluten-free food options on supermarket shelves for consumers....

Ready meals benefit from slow-cooking

A slow-cooking technique has allowed ready meal firm Wrights to manufacture 19 new products with a greater depth of flavour than other ready meals currently on the UK’s supermarket shelves,...

Natural colouring meets rising demand

Wild Flavors and Speciality Ingredients has launched a new range of colouring foodstuffs, which feature new concentrates and cater for a rise in consumer demand for natural ingredients.

A new study shows SOD B’s brain benefits

SuperOxide Dismutase SOD B can reduce stress and physical fatigue, while improving cognitive performance, new research from ingredients firm Bionov has shown.

Vegetable burgers for the barbecue

Mash Direct has launched a new range of veggie burgers for the barbecue season.

How food industry can boost milk’s value: fortify it

Fortified milk could help to boost the value of milk sales, despite supermarket price war slashing the price of the white stuff to as little as 89p for a four...

Health dominates food and drink innovations

Healthy ingredients dominated the latest food and drink innovations, as manufacturers seek to provide tasty snacks with nutritional benefit.

PepsiCo team wins green food innovation award

A team of PepsiCo placement students has landed a £2,000 cash prize after winning a prestigious green food innovation award.

Food and drink firms focus on premiumisation

Food and drink manufacturers are increasingly exploiting premiumisation by focusing on niche products in a bid to insulate their businesses from the low prices arising from  the supermarket price war,...

Top food and drink brands ‘in trouble’: Rabobank

Top food and drink brands are falling out of favour with US consumers, warns a new report from Rabobank, which offers five top tips to revitalise sales.

Improve skin appearance

Skin radiance in women can be improved if Activ’ Inside’s SkinAx product is taken for up eight weeks, the supplement's manufacturer claims, following a clinical study.

Premier Foods plans more innovation

Premier Foods is stepping up innovation plans, after seeing gains from initial steps in the past year, ceo Gavin Darby claimed as he reported on full-year results at an analyst...

Free-from dominates latest food innovations

Free-from products dominated food innovations launched in the past four weeks.

True food innovation means ‘disruptive’ change

Breakthrough innovation is marked by a total transformation of an organisation and is completely different to developing food or drink products that just follow the latest fad or trend, according...

How to impress food buyers and get listed

Food and drink start-ups must understand their market and competition and prove their product could disrupt it and bring benefits for retailer before approaching a buyer, according to Sainsbury.

Food overtakes celebrity on young people’s agenda

Food is more important than celebrities and fashion for younger consumers, but the sector has yet to take advantage of its growing audience, new research has claimed.

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Shortlist announced for student ‘green’ innovation award

The finalists of Ecotrophelia UK 2015 – a competition which challenges students to develop new eco-friendly food – have been announced by the Institute of Food Science & Technology and Campden BRI.

Voakes Free From pork pie wins top award

Voakes Free From nailed the top prize at the FreeFrom Food Awards 2015 for its Traditional Raised Pork Pie.

Boost meat product yield and fibre content

The manufacturing yield and fibre content of processed meats can be boosted by Ulrick and Short’s Complex F protein, claims the firm.

Innovation helps Santa Maria secure £30.4M sales

Mexican food manufacturer Santa Maria has posted £30.4M in value sales for the 52 weeks to February 28 2015 as a result of increased innovation in the sector, the firm claimed.

Fat-burning pizza to sexy lollies: latest innovations

A fat-burning pizza, sexy lollipops, lemon cupcake popcorn and chorizo and pumpkin ravioli all feature in our list of the latest food and drink innovations.

Boost convenience products to grow, says cereal boss

Changing consumer needs and an increasingly challenging market will continue to push cereal manufacturers to develop convenience products, Bokomo Foods’s ceo John Hiles has said.

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Tomorrow’s new product development in focus

The latest thinking in food and drink new product development (NPD) will be featured in seminar called ‘Breakthrough Innovation’ taking place in London on April 14.