Health and nutritional ingredients

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.

Probiota 2022 is set to run from 28-30 March in Copenhagen

Experts explore future of probiotics

By Rod Addy

Experts from Cargill, Kerry and Yakult are set to take the stage in Copenhagen this month as part of a conference exploring the future of probiotics in the food sector.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Portman Group is calling for calorie labelling to remain voluntary

Alcohol manufacturers move towards calorie labelling

By Michelle Perrett

Almost half (47%) of alcoholic drinks from leading UK brands now carry calorie information on their labels, in addition to other warnings, the drinks watchdog The Portman Group has revealed.

Buttriss: 'Nutrition should also be central to discussions about how to transform diets and food systems'

UK food production needs transformation

By Michelle Perrett

UK food production needs to be transformed to achieve healthier and more sustainable diets, leading experts claimed at the British Nutrition Foundation’s (BNF's) annual day conference.

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.

The U-label scheme uses QR codes on wine or spirits bottles to convey information

Why voluntary nutrition labels for alcoholic drinks won’t work

By Richard Horwell

A voluntary e-label scheme has been developed by European wine and spirits trade bodies Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins and Spirits Europe enabling wine and spirit producers to communicate nutritional, calorie and allergen information via QR codes...

Martin: 'Companies must start their compliance early'

Legal opinion

Get to grips with low-to-no-alcohol labelling now

By Pete Martin

Consumers determined to ditch booze or reduce their intake have seen the no- and low-alcohol sector soar over the past two years, with the category growing by 51% in the year to February 2021 (Kantar Worldpanel).

Her excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri: 'Collaboration is key in accelerating this innovation'

Opinion

Agritech will improve human health while solving global food security

By Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri

Her excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, the United Arab Emirates’ minister of state for food & water security, addresses how technology can help solve food security problems in this exclusive opinion piece.

Euronext maize costs dipped in July

Ingredients for Success

Ingredients for success: grain costs and coating trends

By Rod Addy

European maize prices dip, while wheat costs stay high - plus savoury coating trends, innovation for healthier protein bars and plant-based solutions for hybrid products all feature in our August Ingredients for success.

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.

Reinders: 'a company registering a single product under Novel Food guidelines would need to invest between €350,000-€500,000'

CBD opinion

Hemp food firm wants quality marks, not Novel Food approval

By Mark Reinders

Driving CBD food producers down the Novel Foods route is unnecessary and expensive, argues Mark Reinders, HempFlax boss and former president of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) in this opinion piece.

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.

Generation Z are calling for change to how they access healthy food

Gen Z demand radical change from the food sector

By Gwen Ridler

Generation Z-ers from across Europe have called for radical change from the food sector, demanding that how they access, consumer and learn about healthy food should be overhauled.

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.

Buttriss: 'More needs to be done to help people make decisions about processed food purchases'

Nutrition opinion

Processed food dilemma

By by Judy Buttriss

Even at home, few of the foods we prepare are unprocessed.