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Less than half of consumers trust manufacturers, according to EIT Food

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Less than half of consumers trust food manufacturers

By Gwen Ridler

Consumer trust in the food system has dropped, with less than half of shoppers trusting food manufacturers over a perceived lack of competency and openness, according to EIT Food.

Among the new product launches is a new range of Pieminister on-the-go pies and Strawberry & Cream flavoured Squashies

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May 2024: New product launches

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture rounds up the latest raft of new product launches to hit UK shelves, from Cathedral City's first venture into chilled meals, to new Kettle crisps varieties, and a Thai Green Cod Curry oven ready SKU from New England Seafood.

Since 2012, Mondelēz has invested more than £200m into the home of Cadbury - Bournville

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Millennials driving ‘chocstagia’ trend

By Bethan Grylls

Mondelēz International reveals the UK’s love for nostalgic chocolate treats with Cadbury trends report, as the purple wrapped brand turns 200.

Food Manufacture unwraps the Easter 2024 market. Credit: Getty/Bruno Netto

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Easter 2024: Trends, new product launches and cocoa prices

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture cracks open Easter NPD, relaying the key trends for 2024 – from experimental flavours, to flat eggs, and free-from innovation – and looks at how unique weather events are impacting Brits’ pockets.

Vegetable oil prices were down year-on-year across the board in 2024. Image: Getty, Yuji Kotani

Food Manufacture exclusive

Edible oils price index: Exclusive report

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive report for Food Manufacture, food commodity and price data analyst Mintec explores the shifts in oil prices and the drivers behind the changes.

Welsh Lamb EU exports sees healthy year-on-year rises, but will new regulatory red tape put UK sheep exports at risk? Credit: Getty/Henry Arden

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Welsh Lamb exports booming

By Bethan Grylls

Exports of Welsh Lamb and other sheep meats have grown again, whilst beef exports continue to recover.

Sales of non-alcopholic drinks surged for Not on the High Street in January. Image: Getty, Paper Boat Creative

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Brits ditch alcoholic drinks in January

By Gwen Ridler

Sales of non-alcoholic drinks surged in January as Britain sees a cultural shift towards wellness trends at the start of the year, according to new research from bespoke retailer Not on the Highstreet (NOTHS)

Social media apps like TikTok are influencing the food and drink manufacturing sector more than ever before. Credit: Getty / alvarez

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Top TikTok food trends in the UK

By William Dodds

New research has found that overnight oats and coronation chicken were the top-searched food trends on TikTok in the UK last year.

Gen Z are becoming less inclined to choose an alcoholic drink, according to Mintel. Image: Getty, franckreporter

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Gen Z turns it back on alcohol over emotional impact

By Gwen Ridler

Generation Z – people born between 1997-2012 – are increasingly turning their noses at alcohol over growing concerns of its emotional impact and the cost of alcoholic drinks, according to new research from Mintel.

Almost a third of UK adults don’t want plant-based food that looks like an animal product. Credit: Getty/ArtMarie

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Time to ditch the plant-based copycats?

By Bethan Grylls

Almost a third of UK adults don’t want plant-based food that resembles their animal counterparts, finds research commissioned by law firm Browne Jacobson.

The big Food Manufacture trends report 2024

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The biggest food and drink trends of 2024

By Bethan Grylls

From flavours of the moment, to the importance of health and functionality, to the impact of an unstable world – Food Manufacture unpicks the major trends and drivers for food and beverage producers in 2024.

Image: Getty, Svittlana

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Exports for British festive treats on the rise

By Gwen Ridler

Demand for luxury British staples such as Scotch whisky, chocolate and sparkling wine soared this Christmas from consumers in Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) countries.

Caramel was one of the top trends identified for 2024. Credit: Getty / Danielle Wood

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Top flavour trends for 2024

By William Dodds

Specialist flavour house I.T.S has launched a new report analysing the top trends that are set to drive the food and drink industry in 2024.

Bethan Grylls reflects on 2023 and some of Food Manufacture's most read stories. Credit: Getty/Olemedia

Opinion

A word from the Editor: Year in review

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls reflects on some of Food Manufacture's most read stories for 2023 and notable moments for the year, as we get set to welcome 2024.

The Food Manufacture team headed to Frankfurt to find out the latest trends from FiE 2023. Bottom picture credit: Fi Europe

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F&B trends emerging from FiE

By Bethan Grylls

Plant-based applications with high protein claims were among the key trends at FiE 2023 which took place last week in Frankfurt, Germany.

From McCain to Pukka and Ladbaby inbetween, we round-up the latest food product launches

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McCain and Pukka lead new product launches round-up

By Gwen Ridler

From McCain’s biggest product launch in more than 10 years to Christmas pies from chart toppers Ladbaby, we round-up more recent product launches from food and drink manufacturers.

We delve into the state of the food and beverage industry and its future outlook. Credit: Getty/bin kontan

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State of the food and drink sector in 2023 and beyond

By Bethan Grylls

In an exclusive online event, Food Manufacture heard from three industry experts as they captured today’s food and drink trends and how wider societal challenges have impact behaviour and policy.

What does the future hold for alternative proteins? Food Manufacture finds out... Credit: Getty/DronG

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What’s next for the alternative protein market?

By Bethan Grylls

The alternative protein market is going through a reckoning typical of any major innovation that requires big changes in behaviour – here’s what two experts believe will happen next…

What's the secret to HARIBO's success? Credit: Getty/deepblue4you

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Standing the test of time

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture interviews Phil Murphy, HARBIO’s UK head of marketing, to find out how the sweets brand has maintained relevance since it rolled out UK production more than 50 years ago.

Dawn's Mojito doughnut: Taking formats and flavours from different categories was originally championed in smaller bakeries and is now big news across the mainstream bakery and desserts category too

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How Gen Z is influencing bakery trends

By Bethan Grylls

Born between 1996 and 2020, Gen Z is a key consumer to lock-down. Here’s how their experiences have influenced the bakery category.

From p[lant-based to sugar replacement, we observe some of the biggerst trends for the year so far

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Mid point trends: Developments and innovation in food and drink

By Gwen Ridler

From the continued growth of the plant-based meat alternatives in a sea of administrations, to the latest innovations in coffee flavours and everything in between, we explore some of the need-to-know trends in the food and drink manufacturing industry....

Tune in for episode six of the Food Manufacture Podcast

The Food Manufacture Podcast

Episode 6: Uplifting products

By Gwen Ridler

The Food Manufacture Podcast returns with a deep dive into uplifting products and how you can build your food and drink brand with some expert advice from this month’s special guests.

Frozen chicken has seen an uptick in popularity. Credit: Getty/Photosiber

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Seara capitalises on frozen food surge

By Bethan Grylls

Current economic volatility has been having a big impact on consumer purchasing habits, driving the popularity of frozen foods, says leading UK poultry supplier Seara.

What are the new drink flavours and trends in 2023? Credit: Getty/Maren Caruso

Long read

The latest innovations in beverages

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture reports on the trends dominating the beverage sector, how leading brands are delivering to these demands with innovative new product development, and areas of interest for the future of drinks.

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The biggest trends in sausages, burgers and food forming

By Bethan Grylls

Experts of sausages, burgers and food forming take a look back (and forwards), as they examine what’s changed and how new technology is influencing the sector with Food Manufacture’s editor.

Searches for food and drink related to Ramadan skyrocketed in 2023. Image: Getty / marchmeena29

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Searches for Ramadan skyrocket in 2023

By Gwen Ridler

Searches for Ramadan saw massive growth in 2023 as families search for food and drink inspiration to make this year’s celebrations special in the wake of COVID-10 restrictions being lifted.

Food waste, sugar and animal welfare were the top concerns among consumers

Food waste top concern among British consumers

By Gwen Ridler

Food waste, sugar and animal welfare were among the top concerns for British consumers when buying food, according to a new report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

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.

Ready-to-drink, take home and exotic new flavours are key trends that have emerged during lockdown

Drinks innovation

Top drinks trends: how pandemic has shaped innovation

By Gwen Ridler

In the world of drinks innovation, there have been a clear number of trends that have emerged during the events of 2020/21, fuelled by the impact of COVID-19 on consumer purchasing habits.