Health and nutritional ingredients

Smart salt is designed to help achieve between 10% and 60% sodium reduction in products

Re:formulate: Brusco MD on sodium reduction and Smart Salt

By Jerome Smail

Food manufacturers will face continued pressure to lower salt levels in their products in response to a growing ‘health crisis’, according to Andrew Ashby, managing director of ingredients supplier Brusco Food Group.

James Maguire

Trade body Pulses UK appoints new president

By Jerome Smail

James Maguire has been named as the new president of Pulses UK, the trade association representing the processors and users of British-produced pulses.

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.

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...

Buttriss: 'New opportunities may emerge now the UK has left the EU'

Nutrition opinion

Omega 3 fatty acids from transgenic plants

By Judy Buttriss

Oily fish such as mackerel, sardines and salmon are our primary dietary source of the long chain omega 3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

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.

Scientific papers on emerging aspects of nutrition and COVID-19 continue to be published

Food scientists assess nutritional weapons against COVID-19

By Rod Addy

Selenium, zinc, Vitamin D and a healthy gut microbiota can all help fight the effects of COVID-19, according to scientists presenting at the British Nutrition Foundation's (BNF's) virtual conference Nutrition and COVID-19.

Buttriss: 'An increasingly large proportion of plant-based food is imported'

Opinion

Empirical support for the Government’s Eatwell Guide

By Judy Buttriss

Better adherence to the UK’s Eatwell Guide recommendations is associated with health (7% reduction in total mortality risk) and environmental benefits in terms of dietary greenhouse gas emissions (30% reduction), compared to very low compliance.

Pladis said it had cut the sugar content in nine of its best selling McVitie’s biscuits last year

Pladis boosts profit and sales amid nutrition drive

By Rod Addy

Biscuits and snacks firm Pladis Foods, which makes brands such as McVitie’s, has reported significant annual growth in international profits and sales and outlined efforts to promote nutrition and healthy eating.

The National Food Strategy makes urgent recommendations

National Food Strategy issues urgent call to action

By Michelle Perrett

The National Food Strategy has intensified pressure on food manufacturers to support healthy eating, with author Henry Dimbleby claiming the industry clothes “itself and its products in false virtue”.

Salt of the Earth has developed a clean label sodium-reduction powder. Pic: GettyImages/adrian825

Ontrend umami powder cuts salt in snacks

By Gill Hyslop

Salt of the Earth has developed a clean label plant-based powder that slashes the salt content in snacks but maintains the desired savoury taste that consumers crave.

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.

We cover some of the latest CBD developments in food and drink

FDA is tough on CBD food

By Rod Addy

UK suppliers of products containing cannabis-derived compound cannabidiol (CBD) are still reviewing the tough stance the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took to the ingredient last month.

The range is composed of three functional products: Focus, Amplify and Balance, each with a unique flavour profile

Former Danone R&D director helps launch CBD shots

By Rod Addy

Former Danone research and development director Dr Ketan Joshi has worked on the development and launch of a range of ready-to-drink (RTD) shots infused with cannabidiol (CBD).

from humble beginnings to a globally recognised brand, Grenade talks its growth and plans for the future

Business leaders

How to blow up a brand: inside Grenade

By Aidan Fortune

Alan and Juliet Barratt set up Grenade in 2009, which has grown into a sales juggernaut. The duo discuss building a brand that is blowing away the competition.

Creating a tasty, healthy product with a good mouthfeel is a difficult balancing act for manufacturers

Beverage innovation

A matter of taste: striking a balance in healthy drinks

By Noli Dinkovski

With the trend for naturally sweetened and reduced-sugar drinks continuing, manufacturers are striving to find a good balance of taste and mouthfeel while supplying healthier products.

The new Food & Beverages division includes a portfolio of functional dairy protein ingredients

Dairy ingredients firm in global relaunch

By Noli Dinkovski

Dutch ingredients firm FrieslandCampina has consolidated its individual businesses into four strategic divisions that each serve different areas of nutrition.