Special Report

Packaging for sports nutrition: “Decoding” complex products for the mainstream market 

18 Jul 2018 --- Packaging not only protects and preserves the inner contents but also plays a communicative role by supplying the consumer with essential information. Sports nutrition has made the leap from niche market to mainstream, giving suppliers new impetus to do all they can to stand out. NutritionInsight investigates some of the trends in the sports nutrition packaging market, and key concerns that come with a market that is ever evolving.

Food for thought: Suppliers on the cognitive health ingredients market 

13 Jul 2018 --- 13 Jul 2018 Cognitive health has proven itself a growing category, with new products appealing to consumers from all walks of life, from more senior citizens seeking to prevent cognitive decline, to busy office workers looking to combat mental fatigue. NutritionInsight speaks to suppliers about their views on this growing category.

On-the-go packaging solutions pick up speed to accommodate modern consumerism

05 Jul 2018 --- 05 Jul 2018 Much of the modern consumer market lives life on-the-go, consuming higher volumes of drinks and snacks outside of the home than ever before. The convenience and functionality of on-the-go packaging can be the difference between one product and another at point-of-sale. Packaging suppliers are responding to the on-the-go challenge with an increasing range and diversity of innovative mobile packaging solutions and technologies.

Immunity ingredients space: From Ayurvedic roots to ocean garden

02 Jul 2018 --- The immunity ingredient space is reaching beyond classical vitamins, such as vitamin C, for immune health, with manufacturers highlighting a range of ingredients for their immune boosting properties. From Ayurvedic roots, botanicals, ocean garden's seaweed and yeast beta glucans, the market continues to diversify and expand to keep a growing market engaged. As John Quilter, Vice President and General Manager, GanedenBC & Wellmune, tells NutritionInsight, “Research shows that improving immune function is a leading health concern among consumers globally, with 87 percent expressing an interest in buying food and beverage products that deliver this benefit.”

Labels of the future: Sustainable and technological drivers in packaging

25 Jun 2018 --- Innovation within labels is expanding and diversifying to meet the challenges of modern consumerism. Food and beverage companies are producing more environmentally-conscious products and labels are the medium through which this message can be conveyed to the increasingly mindful consumer. Label suppliers are conscious too that their solutions are compatible with sustainable packaging types so as to avoid creating issues related to waste disposal. Innovation in labels is also centered on customer engagement and brand appeal, as technological advancements enable labels to connect consumers with products in new and exciting ways.

Infant nutrition (part 2): Innovations in feeding the first 1,000 days

20 Jun 2018 --- Although breast milk is the most nutritious and advisable way to feed an infant for the first six months of life, as advised by the World Health Organization, there are situations that necessitate good quality breast milk substitutes. Part one of this two-part series on infant nutrition focused on the R&D challenges facing formula manufacturers. This second section focuses on the innovations in the ever-evolving market of Breast Milk Substitutes (BMS), as shared by a range of suppliers, as well as a look at the upcoming trends.

Infant nutrition (part 1): Challenges in feeding the first 1,000 days

18 Jun 2018 --- The World Health Organization (WHO) solidly recommends breastfeeding for infants. However, there are situations – medical, situational or personal – that necessitate good quality breast milk substitutes (BMS), such as formulas. In a bid to produce a formula that is closest in composition to human breast milk, manufacturers face a range of unique R&D challenges. In this two-part series on Infant Nutrition, NutritionInsight speaks to a number of key suppliers and experts about these challenges.

The right nutrition for the golden years: Space for personalization

11 Jun 2018 --- Medical interventions and overall improved standards of living are causing us to live longer than previous generations. However, since the aging process is accompanied by a host of physiological changes, extra attention needs to be given to the appropriate nutrition and lifestyle standards. NutritionInsight speaks with a number of key suppliers about the unique needs of aging consumers.

Gut health (part 2): Probiotic growth to continue

30 May 2018 --- As knowledge of the gut microbiome increases, probiotics have experienced a huge surge in popularity. Not only can they boost the overall health of the microbiome but specific strains can provide answers to some medical conditions. In this report, NutritionInsight notes the importance of scientific research for probiotic strains, growing market applications and novel delivery forms, as informed by Ganeden, Kerry, Fonterra and Anlit. In part one of the gut health series, functional fiber was the focus.

Biodegradable/ compostable packaging innovations sprout amid sustainability challenge

29 May 2018 --- Rising demand for more environmentally-responsible consumer products is driving innovation in biodegradable and compostable packaging solutions. Public concern for the environmental impact of everyday packaging materials – particularly plastics – has intensified, creating market opportunities for creative, forward-thinking and sometimes entirely unusual biodegradable/compostable packaging.

Gut health (part 1): Functional fiber's growing applications

28 May 2018 --- The importance of fiber is intimately tied with gut microbes. A healthy, fibrous diet feeds and allows the gut bacteria to thrive. In turn, they increase and enhance the gut microbiome. NutritionInsight focuses on fiber in this special report on gut health, speaking to Beneo, CFF, Taiyo and Roquette on the evolving space of fibers for gut health and its growing suite of markets including gluten-free, meat-free and weight management.

Oral health: Natural products rising and good-for-your teeth sweets

15 May 2018 --- In line with the personal care market, oral health products are increasingly marketing themselves from a natural positioning, as well as a cosmetic one. “Beauty from within” claims all contribute to a more holistic understanding of wellbeing and consumers are increasingly looking to inherent health benefits from natural ingredients which convey better-for-you appeal. NutritionInsight covers a range of innovative products and suppliers tapping into the tooth-care market. When it comes to teeth, more than a shiny, white veneer is the goal: strong teeth and a healthy mouth – chemically free –  are in demand. 

Drinks with benefits: Premium organic beverages thriving

11 May 2018 --- Over the past years, the mainstreaming of organic launches has only continued, with Innova Market Insights reporting 20 percent CAGR in organic claims being reported in global food & beverage launches from 2013 to 2017. The mainstreaming of organic foods was a key theme at Natural & Organic Awards Europe, which was held in London at the end of April. Similar to FoodEx 2018 last month, premium beverages touting low sugar content or healthful ingredients, played a key role at the Natural & Organic Awards Europe. 

Prenatal and natal nutrition: Folate in focus

02 May 2018 --- One of the stages of life that arguably requires particular nutrient attention is pregnancy, as a woman’s body creates an environment to nourish and grow a baby. Crucial to creating a coherent nutritional profile during this time is folate, or folic acid. NutritionInsight shines a light on this nutrient and its importance in pregnancies.

Dieting trends (part 2): Is fasting the future?

27 Apr 2018 --- Part one of NutritionInsight’s special report into dieting trends delved into the pool of popular low-carb diets: keto and paleo. However, perhaps borrowing from the ancient religious and cultural practice of fasting could lead health seekers to their optimum diet? Taking a scientific stance by utilizing dieticians insights on the topic, NutritionInsight will take a look at intermittent fasting (IF) being used as a weight-loss diet.

Dieting trends (part 1): Keto and paleo low-carb culture

25 Apr 2018 --- Diets seem to forever be evolving, with new diets being tipped every year to be the next “big thing.” As consumers are ever-more engaged with their health and losing weight remains a key concern, the continuous stream of weight-loss diets is set to continue. What does the future hold for current “trendy” low-carb diets, such as paleo and keto: are they fact or fad? NutritionInsight delves into the pool of paleo and keto.

Bone and joint health: Consumer demands and promising ingredients

19 Apr 2018 --- Mobility, which incorporates bone and joint health, is becoming a key concern for a range of demographics. NutritionInsight spoke with a number of key suppliers in the bone and joint health space about the key ingredients to look out for, as well as some key consumer demands driving innovation in this space.

Time to get personal? How to embrace digital technology in tomorrow’s nutraceuticals

12 Apr 2018 --- Within the world of nutrition, personalization has quickly climbed the ranks to become a key industry phrase, with both larger players and newer start-ups seeking to profile themselves as capable of offering their customers, and ultimately consumers, cutting-edge solutions for all their health needs. NutritionInsight looks at some of the developments in this space, as well as the challenges involved in the pivotal strategy of using digital tools with personal consumer input.

Processing breakthroughs 2018: HPP, PEF and REV technologies

09 Apr 2018 --- Three of the most promising processing technologies for the nutrition space gaining momentum in 2018 are High Pressure Processing (HPP), Pulsed Electric Fields technology (PEF) and Radiant Energy Vacuum technology (REV). These technologies meet the increasing demand for more cost-effective and sustainable food processing while maintaining the natural qualities of foodstuff. NutritionInsight spoke to experts in these forward-thinking areas at Anuga FoodTec 2018, Cologne.

Healthy indulgence: Chocolate & confectionery

04 Apr 2018 --- According to statistics from the US National Confectioners Association, chocolate sales represent at least 75 percent of Valentine’s Day candy purchases, while Easter comes with a strong side of chocolate eggs, and chocolate coins and candy canes often fill children’s Christmas stockings. And although chocolate and confectionary are big business all year round, the industry has also had to adapt to the realities that have come with the number one trend for 2018, as identified by Innova Market Insights: mindful choices. This reflects a consumer who wants to indulge, but healthily.

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