Fortification is a growing trend in soft drinks and the dairy
sector, and played a role in 8 per cent of all new food and drink
products introduced last year, according to David Jago, director of
Mintel's Global New Products...
A new vegetable-based drink, based on a traditional Spanish recipe,
is being introduced to the fast-growing dairy alternatives sector
in the UK but it may have a tough time competing with soy
beverages, increasingly dominating this...
Growing consumer awareness of the health benefits of soya
consumption is reinvigorating sales of soy drinks in south-east
Asia, according to a new report from OrganicMonitor. And while the
category is dominated by Asian manufacturers,...
Dairy leaders are reaping the benefits of increasing consumer
interest in functional foods, with both Danone and Nestlé this week
reporting strong growth in probiotic and other healthy products,
report Danny Vincent and Dominique...
Competition in the European non-dairy sector stepped up last month
when the American organic and natural foods giant Hain Celestial
acquired the German soya-based desserts firm Natumi. A move set to
challenge the dominant player -...
The success of the 'little bottle' or 'daily dose' format in the
probiotics sector is encouraging companies to launch new functional
products in the handy sized bottle, leaving out the traditional
Japanese probiotics pioneer Yakult and French yoghurts and biscuits
maker Danone said today they will set up a new alliance to push
growth of their functional foods businesses and cement their
leading positions in the probiotics market.
Milk and cheese remain staples of diet in most parts of the world,
but yoghurt continues to be the main engine for growth in the
global market, not least because of its versatility as a functional
product, according a recent report...
The US-based natural food group Hain Celestial is snapping up
German manufacturer of soy, oat and rice-based drinks Natumi,
expanding its operations in Europe and giving it access to a
non-dairy production facility in the region.
A probiotic cheese and products with high CLA levels are among the
foods being developed at a new €16 million functional food research
centre, recently opened in Ireland. One of its goals is to boost
the competitive advantage of Irish...
Both the dairy sector and confectionery, considered reasonably
mature markets, are finding new ways of adding value to products -
the addition of functional ingredients. CLA yoghurts and
energy-boosting chocolate bars are among the...
US firm Galaxy Nutritional Foods, a producer of soy- and oat-based
dairy alternatives, has entered into an exclusive distribution
agreement with French cheese company Fromageries Bel, which will
make Galaxy's brands available...
French yoghurt manufacturer Danone has announced that it has raised
its stake in probiotics maker Yakult to 19 per cent, citing strong
performance of the Japanese company as the reason for its long-term
Struggling Dutch nutritional supplement company Numico is rumoured
to be the target of a bid by dairy products giant Danone, although
the French company has denied having any interest in the Dutch
As the European consumer becomes more health-conscious, dairy
companies are finding new ways of tapping into the trend. And with
recent figures showing that butter and cheese sales in western
Europe continue to grow, it seems that...
The European Commission today cleared the joint venture between
Swiss food group Nestle and New Zealand's dairy cooperative
Fonterra to produce and distribute dairy products in North and
With the booming trend in health products, and dairy manufacturers
under pressure to innovate, there is an impressive number of
healthy dairy products being launched each month. We take a look at
some of the latest entries, from market...
Sales of non-dairy drinks in Europe are to increase 22 per cent to
€228 million this year, according to new research by the UK's
Organic Monitor. The highest growth in the sector over recent years
has been in the UK, the largest...