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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

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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.

ADM's new Manchester facility

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Manchester to home ADM’s food innovation hub

By Bethan Grylls

ADM is opening a Customer Creation and Innovation Center in the UK to further develop food innovation capabilities, with a big focus on enhancing savoury protein offerings.

Your plant-based product's success may rely on this one element. Credit: Getty/Rocky89

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The role of fats in plant-based foods

By Bethan Grylls

The experts at Cargill and Planted explain the importance of fats in meat and how they're creating successful plant-based fats to mimic desirable characteristics.

The blonde chocolate trends makes its way into non-HFSS with the launch of Nestle's new dessert

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Milkybar gold chocolate desserts join non-HFSS train

By Gwen Ridler

A new contender has joined the growing ranks of non-high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) sweet treats, with the reveal of Lactalis Nestlé Chilled Desserts UK’s Milkybar Gold White Chocolate Crème Dessert.

Local innovation hubs are key to driving R&D in the food industry, claims according to AberInnovation.

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Future of food R&D lies in local hubs of excellence

By Gwen Ridler

Creating local hubs to promote collaboration between industry experts, stakeholders and Government is key for the future of research and development (R&D) within the food and drink sector, according to AberInnovation.

What are the new trends in food and drink packaging? Credit: Getty/Edwin Tan

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Packaging trends and innovations: The Interpack 2023 roundup

By Bethan Grylls

Sustainable packaging solutions ruled this year’s Interpack, with exhibitors showcasing a range of innovations that addressed key challenges such as greenhouse gas, cost and efficiency. Here’s our roundup of launches…

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The biggest trends in sausages, burgers and food forming

By Bethan Grylls

Experts of sausages, burgers and food forming take a look back (and forwards), as they examine what’s changed and how new technology is influencing the sector with Food Manufacture’s editor.

Food manufacturers should work harder at making plant-based foods more than just a replacement for meat

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Do we need to drop the plant-based label?

By Gwen Ridler

Manufacturers need to move the focus away from making plant-based replacements for meat products and instead make alternatives that can stand up as desirable food in their own right, according to FMCG Gurus head of research and insight Mike Hughes.

The soft drinks levy has been a catalyst for innovation and growth

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Soft Drinks Levy driving innovation and growth

By Gwen Ridler

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy – AKA the Sugar Levy – has been a catalyst for growth in the soft drinks industry, but growth of sugary drinks in the out of home market suggests more could be done to educate retailers and consumers of sugar-free alternatives.

Food and drink brands are getting creative. Credit: Getty / Urupong

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F&B investing more in NPD and outsourcing

By Bethan Grylls

Despite headwinds, food and beverage brands are spending more in new production development and contract manufacturing, and keen to embrace automation to relieve stress following historic global supply chain challenges.

Searches for vegan chocolate dropped in the past year, according to Ashbury

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Demand for vegan chocolate drops this easter

By Gwen Ridler

The demand for vegan chocolate has dropped by almost a quarter (23%) year-on-year this Easter, according to research by food label consultant Ashbury.

Capilano Honey produces Manuka honey where the bees have foraged on the flowers of Leptospermum tree

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Five Australian foods coming to the UK

By Will Downey

Will Downey, Senior Business Development Manager at The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) in the UK discusses the nutritional benefits of new Australian products set to enter the UK market following the Free Trade Agreement.

How well do you know Gen Z? Credit: Getty	/ Nataliia Nesterenko

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How to win with Gen Z

By Bethan Grylls

As we gear up towards Food Manufacture’s Spotlight Series week (20-24 March) which focuses on food security, the grocery sector can enjoy another excellent event from William Reed, a digital, high value data and events business serving the food and drinks...

Jackson (pictured) talks winning at this year's FMEAs and what's next for his career

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An interview with the future talent of food

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls sits down with Raynor Food’s Patrick Jackson, winner of this year’s Future Talent Award at Food Manufacture Excellence 2023.

Oterra red striped gelatin desserts

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Food and beverage colour trends for 2023

By Bethan Grylls

From TikTok to wheat prices, Bethan Grylls explores the influences for this year’s colour trends, the most sought-after tones, and the events which are triggering changes in food and drink.

Europe continues to see investment in sustainable proteins, but the rest of the world hasn't been as luicky

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Sustainable protein investment continues growth in Europe

By Gwen Ridler

European investment in sustainable proteins – including plant-based and cultivated meat – grew 24% last year despite global economic turbulence, but Government was urged to step up their game in supporting this growing sector of industry.

Plant-based dog food is a key trend in 2023. Pictured is an example of a dog chew made using wheat texturates

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Top 3 dog food trends for 2023

By Gwen Ridler

Plant-based, sustainability concerns and treats were three key trends driving new product development in the dog food, according to functional wheat products manufacturer Trigea.

The UK took 1% of global investment for cultured meat projects. Pictured: 3DBT's pork steak made from cultured cells

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Europe lags behind in lab grown meat race

By Gwen Ridler

UK cultured meat projects took home the fifth highest share of global investment, but Europe is lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to lab grown meat, according to a new report by R&D tax relief specialist GovGrant.

Pinter's Andrew Potter highlted five top drinks trends for 2023

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Alcoholic drinks: Top 5 trends for 2023

By Gwen Ridler

Low alcohol, brand collaboration and flavoured beers were just some of the key alcohol trends to look out for in 2023, according to home brewing kit firm Pinter.

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