Holdsworth: ‘Analysing the marketplace allows brands to identify gaps for innovation’

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Succeeding at NPD: A question of understanding

By Ellie Woollven

Nielsen Brandbank and FoodMaestro have collaborated on a project designed to support and help food manufacturers succeed in a market where a high number of new product developers fail.

The ‘PB triple play’ is intended to appeal to consumers who are actively seeking to reduce meat in their diet and switch to plant-based meals.

Nestlé to expand plant-based range

By Dan Colombini

Nestlé is to launch a new alternative to cheese and bacon products as the firm seeks to ramp up its existing plant-based burger range.

The deal is exclusive with retail giant Asda and will come in block and slice form

Saputo expands dairy-free range

By Dan Colombini

Saputo Dairy UK has announced the launch of a new Vitalite dairy-free alternatives range as it seeks to develop further growth in the free-from market.

Whitworths is focusing on NPD after a downturn in performance for last year

Whitworths to launch plant-based ready meals

By Dan Colombini

Seeds and nuts producer Whitworths is seeking to enter the lucrative plant-based ready meal sector with a new range planned for next year, as the firm announced a reduction in turnover in its full-year results.

The project is funded through the EU’s Interreg Atlantic Area programme

Welsh and NI firms in EU healthy food funding boost

By Noli Dinkovski

Small and medium-sized (SME) food and drink businesses in Wales and Northern Ireland are set to benefit from a €1.2m (£1.09m) European project aimed at broadening their knowledge and capacity to supply the growing demand for innovative healthy food.

The investment in The Meatless Farm Co, a local Yorkshire business, comes as Channel 4 is soon to launch its new National HQ in Leeds

Channel 4 invests in The Meatless Farm

By Rod Addy

The Meatless Farm Co is has clinched a seven-figure deal with leading British broadcaster Channel 4’s Commercial Growth Fund as the development of plant-based food gathers pace with a host of innovations.

Manufacturers and retailers reduced sugar by 2.9% across 10 categories between 2015–2018

‘Mixed progress’ in sugar reduction: PHE report

By Noli Dinkovski

Breakfast cereal and yogurt manufacturers are leading the way in sugar reduction, but progress in confectionery, biscuits and puddings has stalled, according to Public Health England’s (PHE’s) second-year report on the food industry’s attempt to voluntarily...

The report reveals the latest R&D trends

Top 15 food firms disclose £900m+ R&D spend

By Rod Addy

The UK's top 15 food processors spent more than £900m annually on research and development, according to the latest available data, with the lion's share of that invested by Unilever.

Greggs is looking into the follow up to its vegan sausage roll (pictured)

Greggs set to create vegan steak bakes

By Gwen Ridler

High street baker Greggs is looking to turn its hand to vegan variants of some of its most popular food items, following the success of its vegan sausage roll.

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).

The Hemp plant is the most common sauce of CBD oil used in food and drink production

All you need to know about CBD

By Gwen Ridler

From its perceived medical benefits to the growth in the market, we run down the things you need to know about cannabidiol (CBD) and its use in food and drink production.

Nourishe3d founder Melissa Snover shares her dream for personalised nutrition using 3D printing

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A glimpse into life in 3D

By Ellie Woollven

3D printing of food is turning from pipe dream into commercial reality, as nutrition supplements firm Nourish3d is about to prove.

Coca-Cola’s asymmetric Fanta bottle took at least two years to develop


Going out on a limb for packaging development

By Paul Gander

Every manufacturer wants their fast-moving consumer goods to make speedy progress onto the shelf, as well as off it. But how can firms accelerate the packaging development process for that to happen?

Fresh Prince star Will Smith launched Just Water in Boots this week

News in brief

Will Smith launches drinks brand in UK

By Gwen Ridler

Movie and music star Will Smith was spotted stacking shelves at Boots’ Westfield shopping centre store this week, as part of the launch of his son’s new drinks brand Just Water in the UK.

Unilever has relaunched Pot Rice, 15 years after it was last seen in UK stores

Unilever relaunches Pot Rice range

By Gwen Ridler

Unilever’s noodle brand Pot Noodle has relaunched its Pot Rice range of instant rice snacks in response to “consumer demand”, supported by a £1m marketing campaign.

Food innovators unveil NPD kitchens

Bingham & Jones

NPD experts unveil new innovation kitchens

By Noli Dinkovski

Top food innovators Jonny Bingham and David Jones claim their new product development (NPD) potential has been significantly boosted by the opening of two new ‘innovation kitchens’.

Meat firm boss: ‘We've got the capacity to produce new products in line with demands’


Pork producer: ‘We’ll continue to innovate’

By Noli Dinkovski

A meat firm boss has claimed innovation through new product development (NPD), and improved shelf-life and packaging, will allow his business to grow both supermarket sales and its own retail arm.

Don't compromise the success of new food and drink products by neglecting manufacturing practicalities, warns Coriolis

Process as vital as products to improve NPD success

By Gary Scattergood

Food and drink companies are failing to give their new products the best chance of success by paying too much attention to products and not enough to the practicalities of the manufacturing processes, according to food specialist management consultancy...

Lack of NPD spend in the UK cheese sector has hit sales, according to one expert

UK cheese market hit by lack of NPD spend

By Dan Colombini

A lack of investment in new product development (NPD) and support for brands has hit sales in the UK cheese sector, according to a leading industry expert.

Fill me in

Fill me in

By Rod Addy

Like the format of some varieties of nut, new product development (NPD) in snacks and sandwiches is a mixed bag.

FM survey: Has the recession permanently changed spending habits?

FM survey: Has the recession permanently changed spending habits?

By Elaine Watson

With the economy still emerging from recession and many firms keeping a tight rein on spending, it should come as no surprise that blue sky new product development (NPD) is not top of the agenda at many food retailers, according to food manufacturers...

The health divide

The health divide

By Rod Addy

Depending on which category processors specialise in, the health craze is either stifling or encouraging creativity. Rod Addy investigates

Movers and shakers

Movers and shakers

By Sarah Britton

Food developers are constantly switching jobs. Sarah Britton looks at why staff move on so frequently and how this affects manufacturers

Proactive NPD

Proactive NPD

Over recent months there have been several reports of successful large companies experiencing a fall in sales as their ranges are rejected by...

Bang for your bucks

Bang for your bucks

A decent NPD process helps manage risk and control costs. So why aren't more food manufacturers using one, asks Elaine Watson


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