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Step onto the show floor at IFE 2019 in this video

Innovation on show at IFE 2019

By Gwen Ridler

From low calorie meringue bars to vegan ready meals, this year’s International Food & Drink Event (IFE) showcased the latest innovations in the industry – captured in our whistle-stop video tour.

Kerry's focus on innovation has made them prepared for the future

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Preparation pays off for Kerry

By Ellie Woollven

Last year, Irish firm Kerry launched a programme targeting changing needs in prepared meals. So, how is the innovation panning out?

McVitie's Chocolate Chip & Coconut, one of two lines in the new Digestives Twists range, will be available in Asda before a larger roll-out

Pladis launches Digestives range

By Gwen Ridler

Pladis is set to launch two new additions to its McVitie’s Digestives range of biscuits, in a bid to drive younger customers to the brand.

The database underpins research that informs current Public Health England dietary policy

Nutrition of thousands of recipes made available online

By Noli Dinkovski

The nutrient levels of thousands of the most commonly eaten foods and recipe dishes in the UK has been made available online following a tie up between Public Health England (PHE) and the Quadram Institute.

Mondelēz International claimed fourth place for its UK milk chocolate wafer snack Cadbury Roundie

Top five global food and drink innovators

By Rod Addy

Nestlé, Barilla, Mondelēz International, Danone and PepsiCo have emerged as the top five global food and drink innovators, according to research by Nielsen.

New product launches by Coca-Cola and Unilever feature in this month's gallery

New product launches in food and drink

By Gwen Ridler

From Coca-Cola energy drinks to Marmite peanut butter, we take a look at some of the latest developments and trends in the food and drink industry in this gallery of new product developments.

This latest UK development for Magnum follows the launch of Magnum Vegan in Classic and Almond varieties in September 2018

Unilever extends Magnum White Chocolate selection

By Rod Addy

Unilever is taking its Magnum White Chocolate ice cream variant in a fresh direction, launching Magnum White Chocolate & Cookies, hailing 2019 as the year of white chocolate.

The move taps into the trend for plant-based diets, says brand owner Upfield

Flora gets vegan-friendly overhaul

By Noli Dinkovski

Spreads brand Flora is to become 100% plant-based has part of a relaunch that includes a rollout of the Dairy Free variant to caterers.

The Belgian company specialises in creating ingredients for bakery, patisserie and chocolate products

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How Puratos puts innovation centre stage

By Noli Dinkovski

With innovation centres around the world, Puratos is on the frontline of new product development. So, what are its latest findings?

On-hand support: A Go-Go founder Adam Dick (left) with Heck co-founder Andrew Keeble

Heck unveils excellence centre for start-ups

By Noli Dinkovski

Sausage-maker Heck has set up a mentoring scheme to support other Yorkshire-based businesses after claiming EU grant funding in the region had been pulled.

Sweet treat launches lead new product development

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Sweet treat launches lead new product development

By Gwen Ridler

As the Easter holiday season rushes rapidly towards us, we take a look at some of the latest new product developments by food and drink manufacturers capitalising on the nation’s obsession with sweet treats this month.

MMR Research is leading the innovation race in British food and drink manufacturing (Photo by Marc Sendra Martorell on Unsplash)

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The fast track to NPD success

By Ellie Woollven

With the pressure on to win the NPD race, MMR Research’s Simon Williams explains how its Express platform can meet the challenge.

Perversi shared the ethos of the company and plans for the future

Reinvention and innovation at Barry Callebaut

By Gwen Ridler

Reinventing and leading in trends, driven by the launch of ruby chocolate, are the driving force of chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, according to its head of innovation.

Last year’s winning team were from the University of Nottingham

Ecotrophelia UK 2019 offers £2,000 to winners

By Rod Addy

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) and food and drink research organisation Campden BRI are urging UK food science and technology students to take part in this year’s Ecotrophelia UK competition.

Food and drink trends for 2019

Key food and drink trends for 2019

By Noli Dinkovski

From pegan diets to cannabidiol oil, we offer a snapshot of what 2019 holds for the UK food and drink industry.

Vegan snack bar launches in the UK

Vegan snack bar launches in the UK

By Gwen Ridler

General Mills is to bring US vegan snack brand Lärabar to the UK, with listings in Sainsbury’s stores and online through Amazon.

Nim's Fruit Crisps has launched a range of edible teas

Nim’s launches edible tea range

By Gwen Ridler

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards shortlisted manufacturer Nim’s Fruit Crisps has launched its own range of tea and infusions.

Swapping a higher-sugar breakfast cereal for a lower sugar variant is equal to 2.5 fewer cubes of sugar per bowl

Food firms back Change4Life sugar reduction drive

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers have pledged their support to a new Change4Life campaign that encourages parents to tackle childhood obesity by swapping sugary foods with healthier alternatives.

Bidfood's Andy Kemp at the opening of the West London Food innovation Lab

University opens £1.5m food lab

By Gwen Ridler

A new £1.5m food innovation lab has been opened by the University of West London (UWL) in the heart of the capital.

HiE & Fi runs from 27–29 November at Messe Frankfurt

HiE & Ni preview

Consumer trust the focus at healthy ingredients show

By Noli Dinkovski

Growing consumer demand for trust and transparency in food is set to be the leading theme at next week’s Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) and Natural Ingredients (Ni) shows in Frankfurt.

Eat Grub’s Smoky BBQ Crunchy Roasted Crickets (12g) launched in 250 Sainsbury's convenience stores on 18 November

Sainsbury’s lists Eat Grab insect snacks

By Rod Addy

Edible insects are “no longer” a gimmick, with Sainsbury’s becoming the first UK supermarket to list edible crickets, supplied by Eat Grub, in its stores.

O’Gorman: ‘The consumer tends to identify with the freshness of tea as part of wider health and wellness trends’

Beverage processing

A new thirst for innovation

By Paul Gander

Driven by the health agenda, new product development in the drinks sector is rife, and processors are having to respond accordingly.

Vegan products have doubled over the past four years, according to Mintel

Vegan product launches double

By Gwen Ridler

Vegan product launches almost doubled last year, as more UK adults ate vegetarian and meat-free foods, according to new research from Mintel.

MuscleFood has launched its festive range including a giant pig in blanket

MuscleFood launches festive range

By Aidan Fortune

Online food retailer MuscleFood has launched a new Christmas range, featuring the biggest pig in blanket available in the UK.

Clipper has launched its first plastic-free teabags

Clipper launches plastic-free teabag

By Gwen Ridler

Wessanen UK-owned Clipper Teas has launched a plastic free, non-genetically modified (GM) and unbleached teabag for use in all of its products.

Robles: ‘Imagine a world where salmon has become extinct – maybe we could consume virtual pieces’

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Making waves in food development

By Ellie Woollven

The next decade, according to the visionary Marius Robles, will see ‘the end of food as we know it’, opening up a world of possibilities.

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