Markets have been shaped by a prevailing theme of uncertainty and worry - war, pandemic, price inflation and growing pressures on food systems - resulting in a sharper consumer focus on protecting their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Beverage products entering the Middle Eastern market need to be clean label and low in sugar in order to gain a strong local foothold, with both regulatory pressure and consumer demand firmly pushing trends in this direction.
German ingredients company Döhler has announced plans to acquire SVZ, a Dutch supplier of fruit and vegetable ingredients, from Royal Cosun. The move is expected to buildout Döhler’s portfolio, notably in red fruit and vegetable ingredients.
GNT has secured US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the use of spirulina extract in beverages: offering a clean label way of delivering not only vibrant blue shades but also an associated palette of navy blues and violets.
Asia Pacific consumers are increasingly turning to the back of food packaging to check ingredient lists, before considering any front-of-pack health claims, with interest in clean label products seemingly gathering pace.
Fruit product heavyweight Dole has revealed plans to focus on developing more clean label and fortified juice products for the Asia Pacific market, citing rising consumer interest in the region as a major motivation.
Beverage manufacturers in the Asia Pacific region wanting to follow Coca-Cola’s lead by launching red-coloured beverages need to offer products that both fulfil the visual appeal, as well as clean label demands of consumers.
Phytolon, a growing startup company making natural food colorants, has announced a partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks, a horizontal platform for cell programming, to produce vibrant cultured food colors via fermentation of yeast.
High-pressure processing (HPP) of food is effective at destroying harmful microorganisms and poses no more food safety concerns than other treatments. However, HPP is not as effective on milk and some ready-to-eat foods (RTE), according to an EFSA opinion.
The COVID-19 global pandemic had a drastic and sudden impact on how people shop and eat. As we move to a new normal where – the hope is – we are able to shift gears and learn to ‘live with COVID’, how will people’s attitudes to food continue to evolve?
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