Food Ingredients, Health & Nutrition

Rubisco extracted from tomato leaves could provide a sustainable source of protein of plant-based meat alternatives

New method to extract protein from tomato leaves

By Gwen Ridler

A new method of extracting protein from tomato leaves could help accelerate adoption of plant-based diets and boost the sustainability of plant-based meat alternatives, according to Wageningen University & Research.

The market has received a boost with the reopening of gyms and leisure centres

Digital feature: long read

Sports Nutrition trends

By Michelle Perrett

Consumer interest in health and wellness has grown since the pandemic struck, with a focus on protection and immunity and a corresponding need for exercise fuelling growth in sports nutrition.

Acrylamide can be found in products such as crisps, chips and cakes. iStock credit piotr_malczyk

Be aware of EU acrylamide changes

By Mark Hughes

The EU recently added many more products to its acrylamide monitoring system, broadening the list of baked goods and including pita and specialty breads, pancakes, tortillas, churros, doughnuts and croissants.

The deal will see Tate & Lyle in the chickpea flour market

Tate & Lyle buys plant-based ingredients company

By Michelle Perrett

Food and drink ingredients producer Tate & Lyle has revealed that is has “acquired substantially” all of the assets of Nutriati, an ingredient technology company developing and producing chickpea protein and flour.

Johan Westman ceo: 'The war has also affected the global economy'

AAK to exit Russia permanently

By Michelle Perrett

AAK, the global fats and oils business, is the latest company to announce it is to exit from its operations and investments in Russia, following the Ukraine war.

Barry Callebaut claims to be the largest manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products

Barry Callebaut factory in Moreton faces closure

By Rod Addy

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has begun consulting with employees over the proposed closure of its Moreton factory in Merseyside, which employs 45 full-time staff.

The FSA's list of credible CBD products could create confidence for investors and brings clarity to manufacturers

FSA CBD product list brings clarity to the sector

By Gwen Ridler

Producers of food and drink products containing cannabidiol (CBD) have been provided with clarity over the future legality of their products on the UK market, as the Food Standards Agency (FSA) published its list of credible Novel Foods applications.

Counterfeit Wonka chocolate bars have been spotted on store shelves in the UK

FSA issues fake Wonka chocolate warning

By Gwen Ridler

UK and Ireland food safety authorities have warned members of the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit Wonka chocolate bars being sold in shops and online across the country.

Kerry Group has upgraded its operations in the US

Kerry expands US reach with £105m factory uprade

By Gwen Ridler

Irish ingredients and nutrition company Kerry Group has expanded its reach in the US and Canada with the opening of a newly upgraded €125m (£105.2m) manufacturing facility in Rome, Georgia.

Allan, with Macphie chairman Alastair Macphie

Macphie appoints sustainability manager

By Rod Addy

Food ingredients manufacturer Macphie has appointed Kirsty Allan to the newly created post of sustainability manager to drive forward its environmental agenda.

The conference will tackle fat, salt and sugar reduction as well as a host of other issues

Virtual Reformulation conference: one month to go

By Rod Addy

Some of the UK's foremost experts on food and drink reformulation will offer essential insight and guidance on vital topics at Food Manufacture's virtual conference Reformulation: What Next? from 29-30 March.

Intakes of added and free sugar should stay as low as possible, according to EFSA

Sugar intake levels in line with current recommendations

By Gwen Ridler

Intakes of added and free sugar should be as low as possible – in line with current recommendations – for a nutritionally adequate diet, according to a new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

AHDB stresses the growth in plant-based food in January is from a low-base

Meat-free share fails to rise in Veganuary

By Rod Addy

Meat-free foods failed to grow market share throughout Veganuary 2022, compared to January last year, according to Kantar figures cited by levy body AHDB.

Restaurants need to evolve their plant-based offer beyond the burger, Quorn argues

Top plant-based restaurant trends outlined by Quorn

By Rod Addy

Top plant-based restaurant trends have been highlighted by Quorn in a survey of 2,000 consumers and while the burger remains the favourite menu choice, restaurants should expand their repertoire the meat-free manufacturer argues.

Twinings Ovaltine performed well in its interim period, ABF said

Sugar and ingredients soar as ABF offsets inflation

By Rod Addy

Associated British Foods (ABF) claims its sugar and ingredients divisions have delivered powerful performances in the 24 weeks to 5 March 2022, while Twinings Ovaltine proved a star performer in its grocery channel.

Kerry is to acquire biotech firms c-LEcta and Emmex

Kerry acquires duo of biotech firms

By Gwen Ridler

Nutrition and ingredients firm Kerry has acquired biotechnology firms c-LEcta and Emmex in a bid to expand its technology portfolio and manufacturing capabilities across fermentation and developing enzymes for use in the production of food and drink....

One of Framptons's bottling lines

Contract manufacturing profile: Framptons

Hatching a plant-based future

By Rod Addy

Framptons is a contract packer and manufacturer for well-established brands. Its flexibility and adaptability have ensured its longevity and it has expanded its capacity in plant-based ‘milk’ production thanks to trailblazing investment in a SIG Combidome...

Van den Eshof discussed some of the key consumer trends for 2022

Key consumer trends for 2022: Exclusive podcast

By Gwen Ridler

The balance between health and indulgence, experiences and flavour mash-ups were just some of the key consumer trends to look out for in 2022, according to Friesland Campina’s global marketing lead for food Suzanne Van den Eshof.

According to the ISC, demand for stevia continues to grow. iStock credit: HandmadePictures

Framework for steviol glycoside production approved

By Rod Addy

International food safety body Codex Alimentarius has approved a framework outlining four safe ways of producing steviol glycosides, enabling greater access to stevia products across the globe.

Danone Specialised Nutrition produces Nutricia, Aptamil and Cow & Gate

Danone UK & Ireland secures B Corp certification

By Gwen Ridler

Danone UK & Ireland has acquired B Corp certification, claiming to be the first combined food and healthcare manufacturer in the UK and Ireland to do so, following accreditation of its Specialised Nutrition business.