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New proteins are creeping on trend

Creepy proteins will be hot

Alternative proteins are a “hot area” of interest and products such as sandwich spreads made with meal worms could be a thing of the future, according to one food trend expert.

Published: 12-Dec-2014

Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Jake Riddle

General manager - Kerry Asia Pacific

Irish dairy and ingredients group Kerry sees a lot of potential in an Indonesian market where sophisticated nutritionals are gaining ground with a young demographic. It is upping investment in a country with south east Asia’s largest population (250m).

Published: 21-Oct-2014

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia's food industry will continue to grow in importance as its population of around 300 million gains wealth, according to some voices in the halls of the Jakarta International Expo at Food Ingredients-Asia last week. But it may have some way to go yet.

Published: 20-Oct-2014

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

Jane Barnett

Insights manager for Australia-New Zealand, south east Asia and India - Mintel

From tea yoghurt to coffee fruit energy, portable water enhancement  to Milo’s brand expansions, Mintel shared category-busting innovation at Food Ingredients-Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, this week.

Published: 16-Oct-2014

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

Japan has always led the world in functional food experimentation even if the results of most of that have remained within the confines of the 127.3m-strong nation with the world's oldest average lifespan - 84.6 years.

Published: 13-Oct-2014

‘Weekend warriors’ drive added protein demand

Rise in demand for products with added proteins: expert

Weekend fitness fanatics are driving the demand for more mainstream food and drink products, such as milk, fortified with sports nutrition ingredients.

Published: 29-Sep-2014

Get rid of nutrients and focus on foods in guidelines, says sat fat researcher

Saturated fat guidelines out, food guidelines in?

Benoit Lamarche

Saturated fat researcher - Laval University

Science should look beyond LDL cholesterol and saturated fat, which have dominated cardiovascular research until now, towards other contributing factors and a food-group approach to guidelines, according to one researcher.

Published: 26-Sep-2014

UK researcher backs supplements for boosting omega-3 intakes

UK researcher backs supplements for omega-3 intakes

Philip Calder

Professor - University of Southamption

Omega-3 supplements are key to boosting intakes, a UK researcher says, and marine omega-3 fatty acids are more beneficial than their plant-based counterparts.

Published: 22-Sep-2014

Saturated fats may not cause heart disease: Researcher

Saturated fats may not cause heart disease: Researcher

Prof. Philippe Legrand

Director of the biochemistry laboratory - Agrocampus Ouest

Saturated fatty acids shouldn’t be avoided as they don't cause cardiovascular disease - but 'excess' is the important word, says a human nutrition expert.

Published: 19-Sep-2014

The road to fish-oil equivalent GM camelina

GM camelina matches fish oil omega-3 levels

Rothamsted Research has achieved omega-3 levels comparable to fish oil in its first GM camelina harvest, something which has been surprisingly well received by the public, its senior researcher says. 

Published: 18-Sep-2014

Russian embargo impact on Arla whey and lactose interests 'minimal': CEO

Russian embargo impact on Arla whey and lactose interests 'minimal'

Henrik Andersen

Chief Executive Officer - Arla Foods Ingredients

The Russian embargo on Western food imports will have little impact on Arla Foods Ingredients' whey and lactose interests, says CEO Henrik Andersen.

Published: 12-Sep-2014

‘You think Red Bull’s just gonna roll over? It’s not gonna happen!’ Expert warns wannabes

‘You think Red Bull’s just gonna roll over? It’s not gonna happen!’

Beverage brand development guru James Tonkin has warned wannabe entrepreneurs that going up against established brands such as Red Bull and Coca-Cola without some kind of ‘silo vertical’ protection is fruitless.

Published: 11-Sep-2014

'It's business as usual': Davisco Foods on Agropur takeover

'It's business as usual': Davisco Foods on Agropur takeover

Polly Olson

Vice President of Business Development - Davisco Foods International

It's "business as usual" at Minnesota-based cheese and whey ingredients manufacturer Davisco Foods following its recent takeover by Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur.

Published: 11-Sep-2014

Little difference between diets, it's the sticking that counts: Research

All diets work if you stick to them: Research

Dr Bradley Johnston

senior scientist - the Hospital for Sick Children's Research Institute

All diets have similar effects and people should concentrate less on choosing a specific one and more on how to last longer following it, Canadian research has suggested. 

Published: 05-Sep-2014

CO YO launches coconut milk ice cream after demand soars for alternative dairy

CO YO Coconut Milk Ice Cream alternative dairy

Start-up company Planet Coconut has seen an increase in demand for its CO YO brand, an alternative to dairy using coconut, and has opened a factory in Kent.

Published: 06-Aug-2014

Coffee may hydrate athletes just like water: Researcher

Coffee may hydrate athletes just like water: Researcher

Sophie Killer

Doctoral researcher - Loughborough University

Caffeine does not have a diuretic effect on regular coffee drinkers and is safe to use, says sports nutrition researcher and consultant in elite sport.

Published: 31-Jul-2014

Caffeine taken during training and even in small doses may boost sports performance: Researcher

Caffeine in small doses and during training may boost performance

Sophie Killer

Doctoral researcher in exercise metabolism and performance nutrition

Already one of the most widely-used stimulants in sport, recent research suggests there may be greater scope for caffeine to be used in a wider range of sports as well as during exercise, says sports nutrition researcher and consultant in elite sport.

Published: 24-Jul-2014

Sainsbury's listings at 19, a sports drink launch at 24: Overly entrepreneur on guessing Justin King's email and casting off wide-eyed innocence

Sainsbury's listings at 19, sports drinks at 24: Overly comes of age

Young entrepreneur Chris Hannaway and childhood friend Will Hammersley launched frozen yogurt brand Arctic Farm into Sainsbury’s at the tender age of 19. Now they’re back with sports drink Overly. This is Chris’s story…

Published: 10-Jul-2014

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Dr John Wilkinson

Consultant and EU Novel Foods expert

Exotic and functional fruits and vegetables like cashew nut fruit, chu chu and their extracts are set for an easier passage into European Union markets if mooted simplifications to EU Novel Foods laws come to fruition, according to a UK-based expert.

Published: 25-Jun-2014

Psychobiotics can feed gut-brain health axis: 'It’s really an exciting frontier,' says professor

Psychobiotics can feed gut-brain health axis: 'It’s really an exciting frontier,' says professor

Professor John Cryan

Chair and head of the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience - University College Cork, Ireland

Evidence is building that links the gut microbiome and brain function and ‘psychobiotics’ are at the heart of that, says a leading Irish researcher working in the field for more than five years.

Published: 05-Jun-2014

Sweet innovation? Candy makers are sticking to what they know, says Euromonitor

Candy innovation: Miniature, flavors but little on health, Euromonitor

For the most part, confectioners have continued to innovate in known areas like flavor, product size and packaging rather than innovating for health, says Euromonitor International.

Published: 26-May-2014

EC gives thumbs up to €6m PlantLIBRA botanicals project. But will there be more?

EC gives thumbs up to €6m PlantLIBRA botanicals project. But will there be more?

Dieter Brigitta, at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation in the EC

Research programme officer - Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

As the EU’s ambitious €6m PlantLIBRA project to further botancials science drew to a close this week at a congress in Vienna, we asked the European Commission about the project’s relative merits – and whether a ‘mark 2’ was on the cards.

Published: 15-May-2014

Ingredia: Chia oil to boil bigger storm in Europe thanks to claims

Ingredia Benexia omega-3 chia oil: EFSA approval will boil storm

Europe's rubber stamp on Ingredia’s Benexia chia oil, expected in June, will heat up appeal even more, claims its global director.

Published: 14-May-2014

EU chia oil approval will open up 'limited' dairy use: Ingredia

EU chia oil approval will open up 'limited' dairy use: Ingredia

Aurélie Vromaine

Product Manager - Ingredia Nutritional

The passing of European legislation on the use of omega-3 rich chia oil will open up the use of trendy chia in dairy products, Ingredia Nutritional believes.

Published: 13-May-2014

Don't focus simply on Neomil 1 infant formula caesarean claims: Rontis

Don't focus simply on Neomil 1 infant formula caesarean claims: Rontis

Zoe Konstantinidou

Product Manager, Nutrition Division - Rontis

Rontis has urged potential distributors not to focus entirely on the claim that its Neomil 1 product is the "best choice" infant formula for babies born by caesarean section.

Published: 12-May-2014

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