Plant-Based

Left: OFI's Cascara made from coffee waste, Centre: Vegan Casein from Fooditive

Latest innovations in food and drink ingredients

By Gwen Ridler

From vegan proteins ‘genetically identical’ to the ones found in milk to the growth of microalgae in the pet food market, we run-down some of the latest innovations in food and drink ingredients.

The plant-based meat industry has reached a tipping point, but there's still a glimmer of hope for businesses in the sector

News

Plant-based meat market at the ‘tipping point’

By Gwen Ridler

The recent string of high-profile closures in the meat alternatives market is not the end of a ‘fad’ but plant-based is reaching a mass tipping point where not every producer is going to make it, according to non-dairy cheese producer Julienne Bruno.

What's happening in the alternative protein market? Credit: Getty/coldsnowstorm

Long read

Alternative proteins: market snapshot 2023

By Bethan Grylls

Despite retail trends showing a fall in demand for alternative proteins, global revenues are projected to surpass $290bn. Here we look at each market segment and the start-ups with big potential.

Are you sure you can claim vegan? Credit: Getty/The_Believer_art

Food Forensics

Vegan lab testing – what to expect

By Alison Johnson

In this month’s Food Forensics column, Alison Johnson looks at the different testing options to confirm your vegan product claims and some interesting outliers you may encounter.

Plant & Bean has appointed administrators after struggling with rising energy and raw material costs

News

Plant & Bean appoints administrators

By Gwen Ridler

Alternative proteins manufacturer Plant & Bean has appointed administrators following significant disruption caused by inflation.

Your plant-based product's success may rely on this one element. Credit: Getty/Rocky89

Feature

The role of fats in plant-based foods

By Bethan Grylls

The experts at Cargill and Planted explain the importance of fats in meat and how they're creating successful plant-based fats to mimic desirable characteristics.

Food manufacturers should work harder at making plant-based foods more than just a replacement for meat

News

Do we need to drop the plant-based label?

By Gwen Ridler

Manufacturers need to move the focus away from making plant-based replacements for meat products and instead make alternatives that can stand up as desirable food in their own right, according to FMCG Gurus head of research and insight Mike Hughes.

Searches for vegan chocolate dropped in the past year, according to Ashbury

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Demand for vegan chocolate drops this easter

By Gwen Ridler

The demand for vegan chocolate has dropped by almost a quarter (23%) year-on-year this Easter, according to research by food label consultant Ashbury.

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Feature

Does anyone know what sustainability means anymore?

By Bethan Grylls

The meaning of sustainability has evolved to encompass a whole host of other focuses. Do we need to untangle these once separate issues, or are we all responsible in delivering to this new meaning of sustainability?

Europe continues to see investment in sustainable proteins, but the rest of the world hasn't been as luicky

News

Sustainable protein investment continues growth in Europe

By Gwen Ridler

European investment in sustainable proteins – including plant-based and cultivated meat – grew 24% last year despite global economic turbulence, but Government was urged to step up their game in supporting this growing sector of industry.

Plant-based dog food is a key trend in 2023. Pictured is an example of a dog chew made using wheat texturates

Trends

Top 3 dog food trends for 2023

By Gwen Ridler

Plant-based, sustainability concerns and treats were three key trends driving new product development in the dog food, according to functional wheat products manufacturer Trigea.

Check out the latest plant-based NPD

Round-up

Plant-based product launches for Veganuary 2023

By Gwen Ridler

As the plant-based community celebrates another Veganuary, we take a look at some of the new launches from the sector in this round-up of plant-based new product development.

Food Manufacture explores the meat trends to look out for in 2023

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Traditional and cultured meat: The trends to look out for in 2023

By Gwen Ridler

As the world emerges into 2023 following a year of perma-crisis, Food Manufacture explores what the coming 12 months have in store for the meat industry and what role cultivated animal proteins have supporting the industry and the growth of plant-based...

Read our long awaited 2023 report on key food and drink trends

Feature

Key trends for 2023’s food and drink industries

By Michelle Perrett

With the last several years including a series of unprecedented events and challenges, Food Manufacture seeks the expertise of several food and drink leaders to find out what’s on the cards for 2023.

Out of the frying pan into the fire...or will 2023 hold more hope? Credit: Getty/Yagi Studio

Ingredients challenges and opportunities for 2023

By Bethan Grylls

As we enter the new year, Food Manufacture examines three key ingredients challenges and opportunities for the food and drink sector, from rising costs and purchasing habits, to the food safety risks of climate change, and the potential of precision fermentation....

Meat alternatives have the potential to shine, but the affordability and misconceptions surrounding safety need to be addressed

Unlocking the potential of alternative proteins: Exclusive podcast

By Gwen Ridler

ReNewFood’s entrepreneurial lead Matthew Hutchinson and professor Dr Kang Lan Tee from the University of Sheffield discuss the steps alternative proteins need to take to become the leaders in the market in the second part of this exclusive podcast interview.

Could alterntaive proteins be a more sutainable way to feed a rapidly expanding population?

Podcast

Alternative proteins: The sustainable solution?

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive podcast interview, ReNewFood entrepreneurial lead Matthew Hutchinson and Dr Kang Lan Tee, chemical and biological engineering lecturer at the University of Sheffield, discuss the potential of alternative proteins as a replacement for...

PLanted has secured £61m in series B funding

Planted closes on £61m funding round

By Gwen Ridler

Alternative proteins firm Planted has successfully closed a series B financing round of £61m, the largest funding round for the ‘faux meat’ manufacturer to date.

We cover some of the latest plant-based product launches from food and drink firms

Plant-based product launches: Round-up

By Gwen Ridler

From vegan cheese dips to seaweed crisps, we cover some of the latest plant-based food and drink launches from manufacturers in this round-up.

Eduardo Noronha talks alternative proteins in this exclusive podcast

JBS delves deeper into the world of alternative proteins

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive podcast interview, JBS global head of innovation and operational excellence Eduardo Noronha discusses the meat processing giant’s plans for alternative proteins across plant-based, fermented and cultivated meat.

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.

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