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Buttriss: 'Investment in plant research involving a multidisciplinary research team can help tackle major public health challenges'

Nutrition opinion

Plant-based benefits: ‘super pea’ may help tackle diabetes

By Judy Buttriss

Recently there has been considerable interest in peas (Pisum sativum) as a plant source of protein. But new research indicates resistant starch – found in some peas – may help control blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, the incidence...

Freaks of Nature md Tim Wild talks free-from, COVID and being a finalist in this year's FMEAs

Plant-based awards finalist targets free-from growth

By Gwen Ridler

The growth of free-from in the plant-based category and the challenge of adapting to a global pandemic are hot topics for Food Manufacture Excellence Awards finalist Freaks of Nature.

Vegan chocolates, umami sauce and vegan 'meat' balls feature in this roundup

Vegan and plant-based food launches roundup

By Gwen Ridler

Chocolates for Easter, sauces from South Korea and plant-based meatballs all feature in this roundup of vegan and plant-based product launches from food manufacturers.

Sproud's products are available via Waitrose, Ocado and Amazon in the UK

Sproud raises £4.8m for plant-based milk push

By Rod Addy

Plant-based milk producer Sproud has announced that it has raised £4.8M from growth capital investor VGC Partners to accelerate distribution of its vegan products in core markets, including the UK.

Unilever sees meat alternatives as central to future plant-based development

Unilever unpacks its plant-based plans

By Rod Addy

Unilever has made some bold commitments for 2021. As this year draws to a close and Veganuary approaches, Food Manufacture unpacks its plant-based plans.

This latest iteration of rice starch from Beneo suits a range of applications, including dressings

Beneo discusses first instant rice starch of its kind

By Rod Addy

Global food ingredients supplier Beneo discusses the launch of the first instant clean label rice starch able to withstand harsh processing conditions, which debuted at virtual trade show Fi Europe Connect 2020 earlier this month.

Plant & Bean has developed plant-based meat products over 20 years for brands and retailers

Europe's largest plant-based factory to open in UK

By Rod Addy

Plant-based food manufacturer Plant & Bean is to open Europe's largest plant-based food factory in Boston, Lincolnshire and has revealed strategic partners including Griffith Foods and soy processor Gushen alongside this news.

Van de Bovenkamp: 'We we are really trying to focus on things like fava beans and pea protein'

Tyson Foods Europe outlines Raised & Rooted plan

By Rod Addy

Tyson Foods Europe has outlined more details about the roll out of its plant-based, vegetarian Raised & Rooted brand, including target customers and consumers and how it fits its sustainability strategy.

Left to right: Wright, part of the NPIF - Mercia Debt Finance team, and Troy Foods's Kempley

Troy Foods completes new factory, creating 20 jobs

By Rod Addy

Vegetable, salad and mayonnaise producer Troy Foods has completed a fourth factory in Yorkshire, creating more than 20 jobs and supported by £500,000 via the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

The Squeaky Bean Falafel is being stocked in the vegan and vegetarian fixtures of 380 Tesco stores

Plant-based Squeaky Bean range expands in Tesco

By Rod Addy

Winterbotham Darby is expanding its existing chilled plant-based food brand Squeaky Bean in large Tesco stores, with the addition of new Falafel and Hot & Spicy Chicken Style Pieces on 23 November.

The range is designed to allow foodservice customers to simplify their desserts offering

Freaks of Nature launches foodservice range

By Rod Addy

Freaks of Nature has launched into the foodservice market with a selection of the plant-based, free-from, vegan desserts that have already become established in top grocery retailers.

Kerry spoke to chefs across Asia about how they create umami and kokumi tastes

Kerry highlights umami and kokumi trends

By Rod Addy

Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition Company has launched a campaign exploring the growing potential of umami and kokumi food flavouring trends, particularly in Asia.

Meatless Farm mince is being launched frozen via Ocado

Plant-based NPD roundup

By Rod Addy

A flurry of plant-based product launches this week include Meatless Farm's first entry into the frozen food category, three new Morrisons products from Oumph! and Spanish brand Heura's UK debut.

Bale: 'The whole five-a-day thing – that’s the bare minimum'

Scrum-my veg

By Rod Addy

Brendon Bale, founder of British vegan rugby club Green Gazelles, tells Food Manufacture how he pursued his other great passion while his sport was suspended during lockdown and muses on plant-based food trends.

Vibrant Foods claims there has been a 'huge explosion in demand' for its Eat Real brand

Exclusive interview with Rohit Samani, chairman, Vibrant Foods: Part 1

Vibrant Foods boosts Indian food production

By Rod Addy

Indian foods manufacturer Vibrant Foods has increased production at its TRS Foods factory in Southall and East End Foods West Bromwich factory by 50% to manage surging sales, sparked by the coronavirus lockdown.

The UK is responsible for 4% of global ice cream innovation

Vegan ice cream demand grows

By Michelle Perrett

Demand for plant-based foods has seen an increase in launches of vegan ice cream, new data from research company Mintel has revealed.

Pino Calcagni: 'Synergies to improve economies of scale'

Nut and dried fruit supplier to grow Ipswich factory

By Rod Addy

Italian nut and dried fruit firm Besana, which supplies manufacturers and supermarkets including Tesco and Waitrose, will grow its Ipswich packing and distribution site following a merger with Spanish company Importaco.

The revamped factory offers additional reassurance for consumers scouring allergen labelling for 'nut-free' tags

Finsbury Food Group turns cake factory nut-free

By Michelle Perrett

Finsbury Food Group, the cake manufacturer supplying supermarkets including Tesco and Sainsbury's, has turned its Hamilton Celebration Cake factory in Scotland into a nut-free site, offering consumers additional reassurances regarding allergen labelling.

Anderson describes Betta Indulgence's 'reinvented banoffee pie'

Food Man Talks

Ecotrophelia UK finalist on healthy tart NPD concept

By Rod Addy & James Ridler

A healthy banoffee tart concept using waste Fairtrade bananas from local retailers, proposed by a team from Reading University, got its creators into the Ecotrophelia UK final.

Spencer: 'Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of biowaste comes from coconuts'

Food Man Talks

Gluten-free waffle sandwich wins Bronze at Ecotrophelia UK

By Rod Addy & James Ridler

Jared Spencer, representing the Eco-Dive team from the University of Nottingham, which won Bronze at this year’s Ecotrophelia UK competition for CocoWaffle, a gluten-free, Dutch-inspired waffle sandwich concept, describes the group's ethnically diverse...

Turner: 'We developed a recipe that was particularly scalable'

Food Man Talks

Vegan pasta concept wins Silver at Ecotrophelia UK

By Rod Addy & James Ridler

Kirsty Turner, representative of the Silver-winning team at this year’s Ecotrophelia UK competition, Plant-Up from the University of West London, explains how their entry addressed consumer demand for convenient, healthy and eco-friendly food.

Upfield produces plant-based margarines, spreads, cream and cheeses, including Flora

Flora producer Upfield invests in food science centre

By Rod Addy

Flora producer Upfield Group aims to open a €50m food science centre at Wageningen in the Netherlands before 2022 focused on developing plant-based products and sustainable packaging solutions.

The ASA has slammed an ad for Burger King's Rebel Whopper for being misleading

Burger King ad slammed for false vegan claims

By Gwen Ridler

Online ads for Burger King’s Rebel Whopper have been pulled for making misleading vegan- and vegetarian-friendly claims, according to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).

The rise in plant-based diets has sparked demand for flour made from legumes and vegetables

Plant-based flour market set to grow

By Noli Dinkovski

The growth in vegan and vegetarian diets is set to be mirrored by a rise in the demand for flour made from legumes and vegetables, a West Yorkshire-based ingredients supplier has claimed.

Macsween's vegetarian haggis has been renamed for the US market

Vegetarian haggis launches in the US

By Gwen Ridler

Macsween of Edinburgh has launched a vegetarian haggis in the US, the manufacturer’s first export to the country in 50 years.

Only 54% of consumers are aware that grains and seeds can be incorporated in bread, Puratos says

2020 FOOD TRENDS

Promote ‘power ingredients’ to meet health agenda

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers should look to promote ‘power ingredients’ to capitalise on the growing health agenda, a bakery and chocolate ingredients firm has claimed.

The Rebel Whopper has launched in the UK, but it's not suitable for vegans

Rebel Burger launches in the UK

By Gwen Ridler

Burger King’s plant-based Rebel Whopper has landed in the UK, offering consumers a meat-free alternative to one of its most popular products.

Jackfruit is commonly used in south and south-east Asian cuisines

2020 FOOD TRENDS

Jackfruit, tempeh and seitan to lead plant-based boom

By Noli Dinkovski

The likes of jackfruit, tempeh and seitan are likely to appear much more frequently on supermarket shelves in 2020 as the plant-based boom continues, an ingredients supplier has claimed.

The Podberry product is harvested and frozen in under two and a half hours before undergoing a freeze-drying process and is never fried

Vegan snack goes UK-wide

By Rod Addy

Scottish vegan snack brand Podberry, produced by Bruce Farms, is going UK-wide from late December via office snack box delivery scheme Officedrops Nutribox.

Jesper Højer's appointment is the latest senior hire at The Meatless Farm Co

Former Lidl CEO joins The Meatless Farm Co

By Gwen Ridler

Former Lidl global chief executive Jesper Højer has joined plant-based meat manufacturer The Meatless Farm Company as its new chair, following a string of appointments at the company.

Poor weather conditions threaten the supply of potatoes in the UK

Crisp production threatened by poor potato harvest

By Gwen Ridler

Manufacturers of crisps and frozen chips are at risk of losing access to vital raw materials, after wet weather prohibited the harvest of potatoes destined for food processors.

Hynes: 'ripe opportunity for R&D'

Plant-based company names product development head

By Rod Addy

British plant-based firm The Meatless Farm Company has appointed Dr Peter Hynes as its new head of research and development (R&D) to build on the company’s innovation in vegan mince, burgers and sausages.

Rebel Kitchen is to merge with Nurture Brands

Rebel Kitchen to merge with Nurture Brands

By Gwen Ridler

Alternative milk business Rebel Kitchen is to merge with Nurture Brands in a bid to create the UK’s top plant-based snacks and drinks producer.