Special Reports

Under plant-based pressure: “Plenty of room on the shelf,” say dairy ingredient suppliers

06 Dec 2018 --- Interest in plant-based nutrition is showing no signs of slowing down, with The Plant Kingdom being one of Innova Market Insights’ Top Trends for 2019. Plant-based options are flourishing in a range of categories, with dairy alternatives, for example, on the rise. But what will this plant-centered NPD boom spell for dairy suppliers, as consumer interest turns toward the ever-growing range of non-dairy options? At HiE 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany, NutritionInsight spoke with a number of dairy ingredients suppliers to hear their views on plant-based NPD growth and how it will impact the dairy ingredients sector.

Cannabis is a packaging industry “without precedent,” says AssurPack Founder

27 Nov 2018 --- Following 30 years in the pharmaceutical packaging business, Founder of AssurPack, Nancy Gruskin Warner, entered the emerging, yet somewhat booming, cannabis industry. Consumers are demanding when it comes to packaging and there is no exception when it comes to the cannabis market. However, as Warner tells PackagingInsights, “this is an industry without precedent,” with suppliers facing challenges related to swiftly changing regulations. However, the growing market and consumer enthusiasm do present ample opportunity for packaging NPD.

Metabolic surgery: Transformational or quick-fix?

19 Nov 2018 --- More than one-third of US adults are obese and some of the lead causes of non-communicable disease’ deaths – such as stroke, diabetes and cancers – are obesity-related. Although a healthy diet and lifestyle are key to healthy weight management, more drastic measures, such as bariatric surgery, are becoming more commonplace as obesity levels rise. NutritionInsight takes a look into the discussion around bariatric surgery, following research presented during last week’s Obesity Week event based in Tennessee, US.

Conveying overall wellness: Better-for-you NPD thrives on protein, fiber and natural platforms

08 Nov 2018 --- With half of all food and beverage launches in 2018 year to date having a better-for-you claim, the surge in product innovation catering to consumer demands for a healthier lifestyle is clear-cut. But what are some of the standout strategies for creating products with a much sought after health halo? Yesterday’s webinar presented by Innova Market Insights cast a light on the role of protein, fiber and natural ingredients in providing formulators with key strategies to convey overall wellness in food and beverage development.

Feeling good inside and out: Consumers seek fiber for gut health 

01 Nov 2018 --- Fiber holds increasing potential for manufacturers as an ingredient that can be added to products to throw in an extra dash of health and satiety. Due to its strong prebiotic value, consumers are increasingly recognizing the health benefits that a fibrous diet can bring – beyond keeping you regular. Further bringing fiber into the spotlight, eight specific fibers were greenlighted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a regulatory announcement earlier this year, meaning that the promoted fibers can be classified as “dietary fibers” on the upcoming Nutrition Facts Label. Fiber is a key ingredient for feeling good inside and out.

“When business fights malnutrition, everybody profits,” says Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation exec

24 Oct 2018 --- Innovation is key to providing affordable, nutritious foods to lower-income consumers, a currently underserved segment in need of industry attention. This growing industry spotlight will not only provide millions of consumers around the globe with the much-needed means to fight malnutrition, but also present the industry with an array of business opportunities. This is according to Kamel Chida, Deputy Director of Private Sector Partnerships at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, speaking at Future Food-Tech in London last week. The summit brought together start-ups, academics and food and beverage industry leaders to discuss the role of disruptive technologies in facing the key bottlenecks and opportunities in the world of food and beverages.

Mobile for longer: Active consumers seeking to prevent joint decline early widen target markets

18 Oct 2018 --- The joint and bone health space has moved far beyond encompassing just seniors. Instead, products aimed at mobility are finding audiences as varied as young people to athletes at different levels of training and fields of sports. On top of that, it has expanded to include all mobility-related aspects, such as tendon and muscle health.

How super? Nutrient dense profiles and innovative NPD drive superfruit growth

12 Oct 2018 --- Despite there being no concise definition of a superfruit, this group of “health haloed” fruits are generally said to be rich in nutrients and offer dense health benefits, such as adaptogenic properties. As consumers are increasingly eager to seek out extra nutrition in every bite, superfruits of different kinds are popping up in a range of products and markets.

Food fortification may not be a silver bullet, but it is a strong instrument against malnutrition

05 Oct 2018 --- Malnutrition is an umbrella term which includes undernutrition, such as stunting and micronutrient deficiency, as well as obesity, overnutrition and non-communicable diseases. Accessible and cheap interventions, such as the fortification of staple foods with essential nutrients, seek to address micronutrient deficiencies, which is just one type of malnutrition. NutritionInsight speaks to key players in the field to gauge the impact food fortification can have on malnutrition, on both a large and small scale.

Grabbing the opportunity: Snacking NPD undergoes health transformation

24 Sep 2018 --- Consumers are increasingly seeking food options that are suitable for on the go consumption, as well as being nutritious. Traditional fast-food snacks may fall short as healthful demands prevail, spurring ample NPD and innovation in an array of market areas. Nutrition on the go is becoming more achievable as healthier foods package themselves in on the go friendly formats, as well as established snacking options undergoing healthy transformations.

Adapting to the market? Adaptogens thrive on natural and health trends, but marketing remains a challenge

20 Sep 2018 --- Products that are clean label, natural and have health benefits are in vogue, and busy lifestyles are putting a spotlight on foods and beverages that can offer some stress relief and mood balancing effects. It’s no wonder then that adaptogens – claimed to stabilize physiological processes and promote homeostasis – are having a moment. Featured in a growing number of product categories, suppliers tip ongoing research into their capabilities as well as consumer education as necessary for continued growth.

Botanical boosters: Consumer curiosity and quality control key to category growth

10 Sep 2018 --- Consumers are increasingly clued up on matters of health and nutrition, leading them to seek energy boosters from a wider range of sources than the typical office coffee machine. “What better than plants to deliver the benefits from nature?” asks Maider Gutierrez, Director of Marketing and Sales at Frutarom. “Everything revolves around being natural and that is where botanicals score high.” However, the botanical market has undergone vast changes in recent years, with an increased focus on authenticity and adulteration. How are major players in the industry adapting to these demands?

Clinical nutrition: Trending platforms for optimal recovery

05 Sep 2018 --- The medical nutrition space, which includes oral nutritional supplements (ONS) and enteral nutrition (tube feeding via the nose or gastrointestinal tract), is enjoying increased growth. Oral nutritional supplements, in particular, are experiencing a boost as consumers and healthcare providers increasingly prioritize health & wellness, focusing more on aging well and disease prevention. Moreover, ongoing research into the benefits of nutrition on the healing process, as well as a growing demand for products that have a chance of encouraging patient compliance, are providing ample opportunities for ongoing R&D.

Watch this space: Screen time drives opportunities for natural eye health solutions

20 Aug 2018 --- Technological advancements have made many aspects of modern life more convenient but also brought certain negative consequences to human health. One of these is the deterioration of eyesight due to increased screen time. What are some of the opportunities and ingredients suppliers are tipping to counteract these effects?

Plant-based and dairy-free: Delivering on consumer taste and texture expectations

14 Aug 2018 --- The demand for dairy-free and plant-based products is growing. However, taste continues to reign supreme as consumers want dairy-free products but without budging on flavor or texture. Such demands have led to a range of R&D moves to overcome textural, stability and flavor challenges while aiming to keep ingredient lists as short as possible. NutritionInsight speaks to suppliers on how they are responding to the ever-expanding dairy-free trend, with a focus on plant-based protein and milk options.

Packaging for pets: A walk in the park?

13 Aug 2018 --- Packaging for pets is big business – it is estimated to account for around five percent of the total European demand for flexible plastic-based packaging. It explains why many leading suppliers have designated pet packaging teams. The challenges are varied – from pet-specific considerations such as the need for industry-high hygiene, clean dispensing and shelf-life standards, to more general packaging focuses including brand appeal and sustainability demands. Three pet packaging specialists – Mondi, Constantia Flexibles and Amcor – speak to PackagingInsights about the challenges and latest solutions in pet packaging.

Premixes: Strong potential for plant-based nutritionals and protein innovation

07 Aug 2018 --- The aging of the population, increasing scientific evidence of the benefits of nutritional supplementation and the trend toward foods and beverages rather than pills and capsules have led to increased consumer interest in the incorporation of nutrient premixes to support a healthy diet. “Consumers are doing everything they can to stay healthy so that they can stay out of the traditional healthcare system,” says Sam Wright IV, CEO at The Wright Group, which develops custom nutrient premixes, the enrichment of rice and grains, as well as the microencapsulation of vitamins, minerals and omega 3.

Sex matters? Marketing to women in the nutritional food space

01 Aug 2018 --- Gender roles are undoubtedly shifting, with recent headlines being heavy on gender-neutral rhetoric. But what effect does this have on the nutritional foods space, where consumers drive NPD and marketing as much as in any other industry? As consumers become more interested in personalized nutrition, does gender matter?

Connective technologies lead packaging into the digital future

23 Jul 2018 --- Connected Packaging and the Internet of Things (IoT) has opened up a world of possibilities for brands to communicate with their customers in more engaging and proactive ways. Brand owners are beginning to realize the massive potential of pioneering technologies such as Near-Field communication (NFC), QR codes, barcode scan and Augmented Reality (AR) in increasing brand loyalty and awareness and better understanding consumer behavior.

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.

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