Image Gallery: INSIDER Top 10 Food & Beverage Posts, Feb. 2016
During the month of February, readers of INSIDER’s Food & Beverage channels viewed articles and galleries on topics including the introduction of the DARK Act in the Senate; a podcast on clean label; the rise of plant-based proteins; fiber fortification strategies; Mars removing artificial colors from all its food brands; and much more.
Senate Ag Chairman Roberts Introduces DARK Act
Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Feb. 19 introduced draft legislation intended to preempt states from mandating labels on genetically engineered (GE) foods. The Senate bill would amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national voluntary labeling standard for bioengineered foods, and for other purposes. What’s more, if passed the bill also would preempt Vermont’s law that requires labels on GE foods by July 2016 and bans use of the word “natural” and similar words that promote GE foods.
Healthy INSIDER Podcast 5: What Is The Future of Clean Label?
Whether it’s called clean label, clear label or free-from, shifting consumer demands have led to immense innovation in the food, beverage and supplement industries with current trends driven by an emphasis on health and wellness, and a desire for products formulated with clean-label ingredients. In this episode—What Is The Future of Clean Label?— Heather Granato, vice president of content, Global Health and Nutrition Network, Informa Exhibitions, and Judie Bizzozero, managing editor, discuss defining clean label; how consumers are influencing the clean-label movement; and clean label’s future and what it might mean to product formulators.
02_24 plant protein
Protein has experienced substantial growth recently, marked by an unprecedented increase in consumers’ perceived deficiency of the nutrient, a growing awareness and usage of plant-based protein, and the resulting proliferation of protein-rich and protein-enriched products across an array of food and beverage categories. A report from Packaged Facts found the thriving and growing market for plant-based proteins has given Americans the push to become less reliant upon—or in some cases even entirely forgo—animal-based protein sources.
The Dairy and Non-Dairy Beverage Market
Consumers are looking for tasteful, nutrient-dense and, often, on-the-go beverages in both dairy and non-dairy forms. Sports nutrition was once the popular segment for dairy-based healthful beverages, but now, with the advent of hyper-nutritious consumers, these nutrient-dense beverages are expanding their reach, not to mention the recent boom of dairy-alternative beverages. Walk into any coffee shop, and you’ll hear an array of dairy alternative options—from soy and almond to rice and hemp milks. Read the entire article, “The Dairy and Non-Dairy Beverage Market” by clicking here.
Mars to Remove All Artificial Colors from Food Portfolio
Mars Inc. announced it will remove all artificial colors from its portfolio of human food products by 2021. Mars emphasized artificial colors pose no known risks to human health or safety, but consumers today are calling on food manufacturers to use more natural ingredients in their products. Removing all artificial colors from a human food portfolio that features more than 50 brands represents a complex challenge. Mars’ strategy includes partnering with suppliers to identify new ingredients and formulas, addressing legal and regulatory requirements, and creating accessible ways to gather input and feedback from consumers throughout the reformulation process.
Fortifying with Fiber
Fiber offers an array of health benefits, including improved digestive health, support for weight management, improved satiety, and prebiotic benefits to support a healthy gut. Understanding the health benefits of fiber ingredients—and how they work in certain applications—is critical to successful product development. Download the free “Fortifying with Fiber” Digital Pulse to learn about the latest research supporting fiber ingredients, as well as advice on formulating functional foods, beverages and supplements with fiber.
Global Functional Waters Sector to Double by 2020
Driven by consumers’ desire for optimal health and wellness, the global market for functional waters surged ahead in 2015, rising an estimated 12 percent in volume to 5.5 billion liters and 11 percent in value to US$12 billion, according to a report from Zenith International. The market is forecast to double over the next five years, primarily driven by rapid growth in Asia Pacific. Still water dominates the flavored functional water market, accounting for 90-percent of global volume.
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High-Fiber Diet May Reduce Crohns Disease Flares by 40%
People who suffer from Crohn’s disease and consume a diet high in fiber may be up to 40 percent less likely to have disease flares compared to those who avoid high-fiber foods, according to a new study published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The researchers found that the risk for disease flare differed by type of disease. Patients with CD were about 40 percent less likely to have a disease flare when they did not avoid high-fiber foods compared to those who reported that they did avoid high-fiber foods. Patients with CD in the highest quartile of fiber intake were significantly less likely to have a flare. For patients with UC, researchers found no link between dietary fiber intake and disease.