Fruit, vegetable, nut ingredients

There isn’t yet a trusted international certification scheme for sustainable soya

Digital feature: long read

Sustainable sourcing: the challenges

By Michelle Perrett

Food and drink processors are making constant progress in tackling the sustainability of the raw materials they use, from energy, gas, packaging, to ingredients such as soy and palm oil.

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.

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...

KP Snacks brands include Tyrrells crisps

KP Snacks develops green farming practices

By Michelle Perrett

KP Snacks is to scale up its regenerative farming practices as part of its partnership with agricultural sustainability experts Future Food Solutions.

Consumers are showing great interest in protein-rich drinks, such as tropical protein water, as well as foods

How to make the most of the protein trend

By Rod Addy

Taste and health and wellness are the largest trends associated with protein-rich foods as the 'protein revolution' offers product developers 'exciting opportunities', according to Kerry Group.

Martin: 'There is currently no legal definition of what a vegan product is in the UK or EU'

Legal opinion

Plant-based food labelling: what the law says

By Pete Martin

The meteoric growth in sales and the variety of plant-based foods has been so fast that the thinking on how such products are labelled has barely kept up. Here, Pete Martin, regulatory director at product information specialist Ashbury explores the latest...

Mayer: 'Committed to offering health through food'

Danone UK & Ireland appoints James Mayer as president

By Rod Addy

Danone UK & Ireland has appointed James Mayer as president of a restructured company, which combines its specialised nutrition, plant-based, dairy and waters businesses under one leadership team.

Pictured: Blue Aurora founder Rachel Templeton

Reducing waste and beating COVID at Blue Aurora

By Gwen Ridler

Rachel Templeton, founder of blueberry wine producer Blue Aurora, spoke with Food Manufacture about reducing food waste and finding success despite the COVID-19 pandemic in this exclusive podcast.

The new vegan friendly additions to the Baxters Plant Based Soups range

Baxters adds vegan lines to plant-based soups range

By Rod Addy

Baxters Food Group has introduced three vegan friendly flavours to its Plant Based Soups range into Asda and Sainsbury's stores nationwide: Spiced Red Lentil; Sundried Tomato & Thyme and Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry.

Meatless Farm, Nim's Fruit Crisps and Verdino Foods were just some of the recent plant-based launches

Plant-based new product development round-up

By Gwen Ridler

From meat-free chicken burgers to air-dried ingredients, ‘World first’ confectionery launches to vegan friendly brioche buns, we cover the latest in plant-based new product development from food manufacturers.

Buttriss: 'The overall package of nutrients needs to be centre stage'

Nutrition opinion

Nutrition a vital consideration in food system transformation

By Judy Buttriss

Amid concerns about the urgency of tackling climate change and the environmental impact of food systems, the fundamental importance of food as a source of nutrition and a means to good health is sometimes overlooked.

Bakery & confectionery trends: good for shoppers and the planet

Digital feature: bakery & confectionery ingredients

Bakery & confectionery trends: good for shoppers and the planet

By Michelle Perrett

The advent of COVID-19 in the UK sparked a major shift in the outlook of consumers: home baking surged and issues such as health and sustainability assumed greater importance.

Ruangsorn: 'Gap in the market for smoothies that contain vitamin D and iron'

High protein smoothies make Ecotrophelia finalist list

By Gwen Ridler

High protein smoothies packed with berries in eco-friendly packaging derived from edamame beans secured University of Surrey's two person team Edam & Eve a finalist place in Ecotrophelia UK. Team lead Ruangfah (Minnie) Ruangsorn explains more...

FoodMan Talks: Ecotrophelia UK finalist on cereal bar idea

FoodMan Talks: Ecotrophelia UK finalist on cereal bar idea

By Gwen Ridler

An innovative cereal bar concept netted student team ReGen, from London Metropolitan University a finalist place in Ecotrophelia UK 2021's contest. Team lead Nyani Lebrasse tells us more in the latest FoodMan Talks.

Buttriss: 'We need to change the way we produce and consume food'

Nutrition Opinion

National Food Strategy Part 2: positive but chances missed

By Judy Buttriss

Part 2 of Henry Dimbleby’s recommendations to Government for a National Food Strategy, published on 15 July are ambitious and positioned to address the major challenges facing the food system: climate change, biodiversity loss, land use, diet-related...

British entrepreneur Henry Dimbleby is the author of the National Food Strategy

National Food Strategy Part 2: reactions

By Rod Addy

The National Food Strategy Part 2 has provoked mixed reactions, with big grocery retailers backing calls for mandatory reporting of key information, while others have criticised sugar and salt tax proposals.

Dimbleby: 'We must now seize the moment to build a better food system for our children and grandchildren'

National Food Strategy Part 2: sugar and salt tax plans

By Rod Addy

The National Food Strategy Part 2 has been published, revealing proposals for a sugar and salt tax on all processed products, except ingredients for home cooking, and on foods sold through foodservice channels.

The session will include a discussion of the latest thinking on plant-based protein diets and nutrition

Plant-based NPD as plant-proteins event airs in two days

By Rod Addy

Plant-based NPD has been launched by Bridor and The Honest Bean Co - and Food Manufacture's plant-based proteins conference airs online in two days, with representatives from Marks & Spencer, Tyson Foods and Meatless Farm.

Conference speakers include representatives from Marks & Spencer, Tyson Foods, Meatless Farm, Mintel, Algenuity and Winterbotham Darby

Plant-based event tackles functional and nutritional issues

By Rod Addy

Functional and nutritional issues surrounding plant-based proteins and ingredients will be a core topic at Food Manufacture's virtual conference The Future of Plant-based Proteins: Roots of Further Growth on 31 March.

Speakers at Food Manufacture's plant-based proteins conference include representatives from Marks & Spencer, Tyson Foods and Meatless Farm

Plant-based NPD – and plant-based proteins event a week away

By Rod Addy

Sausage brand Richmond and freeze-dried ingredients specialist European Freeze Dry have announced plant-based launches, while just seven days remain for potential delegates to register for Food Manufacture's plant-based proteins conference on 31...

Plant-based meat, egg and 'dairy' investment trebles

Plant-based meat, egg and 'dairy' investment trebles

By Rod Addy

Plant-based meat, egg and 'dairy' attracted the most alt-protein investment globally in 2020, claims the Good Food Institute (GFI), whose foodservice and supply chain manager Zak Weston is presenting at Food Manufacture's virtual plant-based...

Buttriss: Bioavailability of vitamins and minerals one important consideration

Nutrition opinion

There is more to eating healthily than protein intake

By Judy Buttriss

Widely recognised is the importance for health of plenty of plant-derived ingredients – vegetables, fruit, grains, oilseeds and pulses – combined with more moderate amounts of animal-derived foods for the wealth of essential nutrients these provide.

The event will look at the full range of plant-based products and tackle technical and production issues

Marks & Spencer tackles plant-based food at web conference

By Rod Addy

James Fisher, product development lead for Marks and Spencer's vegan sub-brand Plant Kitchen, will cover what the retailer looks for from plant-based suppliers at Food Manufacture's Plant-based Protein conference on 31 March.

Nestlé's entire KitKat range, including KitKat V, is made from 100% sustainable cocoa

Vegan KitKat to launch in UK

By Rod Addy

Nestlé has announced the launch of KitKat V, the much-anticipated vegan version of its original KitKat chocolate wafer snack bar, later this year.