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Step inside the Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2023

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Food and drink trends at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair

By Gwen Ridler

From alcoholic tea to mango chutney spiced cheese, join us on our tour around this year’s Speciality & Fine Food Fair as we discover some of the up-and-coming food and drink trends on display.

Sainsbury's has launched a lower carbon beef range. Image: Sainsbury's, Mikael Buck

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Sainsbury’s launches lower carbon beef range

By Gwen Ridler

Sainsbury’s has launched a new range of beef with a 25% lower carbon footprint compared to industry standard, reportedly the lowest carbon been ever produced in the UK.

Industry experts explore what insights actually are and the role they play in NPD. Image: Getty, yangwenshuang

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Insights: More than just trends data?

By Gwen Ridler

Insights are more than just data and need to play a bigger role at the start of new product development (NPD) and strategic business decisions, according to experts in the sector.

It's time for an all new episode of the Food Manufature Podcast

Food Manufacture Podcast

Episode 7: Alternative proteins

By Gwen Ridler

Tune in to this month’s Food Manufacture podcast, where we talk plant-based proteins and the future of the meat alternatives market.

Dawn's Mojito doughnut: Taking formats and flavours from different categories was originally championed in smaller bakeries and is now big news across the mainstream bakery and desserts category too

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How Gen Z is influencing bakery trends

By Bethan Grylls

Born between 1996 and 2020, Gen Z is a key consumer to lock-down. Here’s how their experiences have influenced the bakery category.

FHIRST Living Soda is made without sugar or sweeteners and can boost gut health. Credit: FHIRST

Start-ups

Food and drink start-ups to watch

By William Dodds

Food Manufacture takes a closer look at start-ups specialising in cultivated meat, gut health and reduced sugar products as they seek to address emerging trends.

From p[lant-based to sugar replacement, we observe some of the biggerst trends for the year so far

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Mid point trends: Developments and innovation in food and drink

By Gwen Ridler

From the continued growth of the plant-based meat alternatives in a sea of administrations, to the latest innovations in coffee flavours and everything in between, we explore some of the need-to-know trends in the food and drink manufacturing industry....

Have you 'herd' the news about Omsco?

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Omsco rebrands as Organic Herd

By Bethan Grylls

The British, farmer-owned co-operative will now be known as 'Organic Herd' and adopt a new visual identity in a view to cement its position as a leader in organic dairy.

Tune in for episode six of the Food Manufacture Podcast

The Food Manufacture Podcast

Episode 6: Uplifting products

By Gwen Ridler

The Food Manufacture Podcast returns with a deep dive into uplifting products and how you can build your food and drink brand with some expert advice from this month’s special guests.

We round-up the latest food and drink product launches

NPD

Wallace & Gromit pasties lead new food and drink launches

By Gwen Ridler

From Wallace & Gromit themed pasties to axolotl gummy sweets, vegan chicken alternatives in the chilled aisle to white chocolate digestive biscuits, we round-up some of the latest food and drink product launches from the past month.

Plant-based food needs to provide value for money if it wants to entice new customers

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Drivers and innovations leading the plant-based food market

By Gwen Ridler

Environmental worries still drive plant-based sales, but consumers are becoming more concerned over the value of the products they buy and how close they are to their meat counterparts, according to a new report from Mintel.

Shoppers want products to drop the plant-based label in favour of clearer indication of their ingredients

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Plant-based puts punters off products

By Gwen Ridler

Consumers are less likely to choose food products that have ‘plant-based’ or ‘vegan’ labels on them, according to research commissioned by dairy-free cheese brand Julienne Bruno.

The Vegetarian Butcher is one of Unilever's alternative protein brands. Credit: Unilever

Long read

How Unilever is harnessing AI to create better food

By William Dodds

Chief R&D officer at Unilever’s Nutrition Business Group Carla Hilhorst tells Food Manufacture how the brand is using AI to transform the way new products are conceived.

Left: OFI's Cascara made from coffee waste, Centre: Vegan Casein from Fooditive

Latest innovations in food and drink ingredients

By Gwen Ridler

From vegan proteins ‘genetically identical’ to the ones found in milk to the growth of microalgae in the pet food market, we run-down some of the latest innovations in food and drink ingredients.

What's happening in the alternative protein market? Credit: Getty/coldsnowstorm

Long read

Alternative proteins: market snapshot 2023

By Bethan Grylls

Despite retail trends showing a fall in demand for alternative proteins, global revenues are projected to surpass $290bn. Here we look at each market segment and the start-ups with big potential.

New launches from drinks manufacturers

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New product development in drinks

By Gwen Ridler

A new summer cider launch from Sheppy’s and a blend of classic sweets with sports nutrition lead this round-up of recent drinks NPD.

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