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Ingredients

By Megan Stanton, associate director, South APAC, Mintel Food and Drink It has been a tough couple of years for plant-based meat alternatives. A sector which was showing incredible growth as consumers raced to try these novelty products are facing challenging with increasing sales and retaining customers. At the start, consumers...
Many decades ago, Coco Chanel summed up the link between outward appearance and inner confidence very neatly when she urged women to “add more lipstick and attack” if they were feeling down. Today, however, consumers are looking further than colour cosmetics to boost their beauty and self-esteem. Increasing numbers are...
By Christian Philippsen, managing director, BENEO, Asia-Pacific Calcium is an essential mineral for keeping our bones strong and healthy at any age. Maintaining a certain level of calcium in our blood is also needed to support important purposes in metabolism. However, most of the calcium we eat is not fully...
By Nikesh Hindocha, regional director of AAK South East Asia Smooth and delicious chocolate is known for its premium raw materials. As the recipe for real chocolate products is mainly based on cocoa butter, manufacturers of compound chocolate products are limited in what they can do to enhance the cocoa...
Consumers increasingly want to avoid artificial colours. Victor Foo, general manager at GNT Singapore, explains how plant-based colour concentrates can deliver eye-catching shades alongside clean and clear labels Colour is key to creating appetising confectionery. It can help products stand out on the shelf, showcase enticing flavours, and influence product...
The connection between gut health and immunity is becoming increasingly apparent through scientific research. Studies have shown that a healthy gut microbiome is essential for a strong immune system.  Caroline Perreau, nutrition and health research manager at Roquette, explained: “The gut microbiome contains millions of beneficial bacteria that help to...
Consumers’ changing attitudes to life are affecting the way they indulge. Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut’s recent trend research shows how changing attitudes to life were impacted by Covid, and how this has accelerated already emerging attitudes. Consumers are shifting between different attitudes, and as they do, they also look...
By Carolina Diaz Quijano, director of technical services consumer goods, Omya International Sometimes it is the little things in life that can make a big difference. Therefore, in order to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to meeting the future needs of today’s consumers, food manufacturers must carefully...
Symrise is gearing up for Gulfood Manufacturing 2023, from 7-9 Nov 2023. During the show, Symrise will demonstrate its approach to understanding consumer preferences in food & beverages, catering to various functional and emotional need states. To illustrate these, Symrise will present four distinct regional consumer personas: the traditionalist,...
The flavour and fragrance industry has always been looking for natural ingredients – even more so these day in order to meet consumer demand. Sustainability, renewability, competitiveness; there are many parameters that have been challenging to meet with traditional natural ingredients. Gaël Boyenval, director of business development for F&F...