Start-up Innovation Challenge

Printing our way to a sustainable food supply – Eshchar Ben-Shitrit [Interview]

Animal products, particularly meat, have come under fire lately as not being a sustainable solution to long term food supply. There is a growing shift towards plant-based alternatives, and companies who are developing products with the look and feel of meat are catching a lot of interest. Read More

Turning sugar in juice into beneficial nutrients – Eran Blachinsky [Interview]

Better Juice – the winner of the Most Innovative Technology or Service Supporting F&B category of the Startup Innovation Challenge 2018 – has developed an exciting technology to reduce sugar in natural fruit juice whilst adding beneficial nutrients, such as dietary fibres. We caught up with Eran Blachinsky, CEO of Better Juice, to learn more. Read More

Fermentation drives innovation in nature-identical ingredients

From animal-free milk to stevia sweeteners without stevia plants, a handful of innovative companies are fermenting engineered yeast to make nature-identical ingredients. Fermentation soon could become a more sustainable way to produce some compounds that otherwise rely on agriculture or petrochemicals. Read More

Aleph Farms makes history with world’s first lab-grown steak

Israeli startup Aleph Farms has revealed the first cell-grown steak with the texture and appearance of whole muscle beef without animal slaughter, and at a fraction of the cost of earlier cultured meat prototypes. Read More

Are the new novel food rules living up to their promise?

Europe introduced new novel food regulation at the beginning of 2018, intended to simplify procedures for food companies introducing new foods and ingredients in the region. Nearly a year on, is reality living up to the promise? Read More

European Food Tech Report 2018 [Download]

European Food Tech Report 2018 [Download] A report on the State of  European Food Tech by Five Seasons Ventures in partnership with dealroom.co – featuring the current impact on the food value chain of investments in Food Tech, as well as details on the focus areas for the next generation of Food Tech entrepreneurs. Read More

German Food & Beverage Overview 2019/2020 [Download]

German Food & Beverage Market Overview 2019/2020 [Download] Get an overview of market opportunities in the Food & Beverage Industry in Germany. Learn more about the growing organic and convenience food sectors. Read More

Mutual recognition principle hurdle for sports nutrition

Sports nutrition’s move into the mainstream has had a major impact on innovation, according to two experts scheduled to speak at the upcoming Hi Conference in Frankfurt. What does continued mainstreaming mean for the future of the sector? Read More

Artificial nose ‘smells’ food quality

A portable artificial nose could help manufacturers track the evolution of flavour and aroma in their products over time, leading to more consistent quality in foods. Read More

Is nitrite-free meat the next big ‘free from’ opportunity?

Sodium nitrite and potassium nitrate – also known as saltpetre – have been used to rapidly cure ham and bacon for decades. Apart from speeding up the curing process, they extend the shelf life of processed meats, give them their pink-red colour, and provide a distinct tangy flavour. However, the World Health Organization has linked nitrite and nitrate consumption from processed meat to increased cancer risk, because they form carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds when they react with certain components in meat. Read More

Artificial intelligence could predict future flavour trends

New technology based on artificial intelligence could accurately predict future taste preferences among specific groups, allowing food and drink companies to get ahead of the next big trend and better target new product launches. Read More

Access To Nutrition Index nudges F&B companies to discover the healthy bottom line

What’s the best way to motivate food manufacturers to produce healthier products? Major investors use the Access to Nutrition Index to keep track of which manufacturers are already taking strides toward better nutrition for a healthier bottom line. Read More

‘If I had one silver bullet for the sustainable and delicious future of food, it would be green and loaded with algae’- Mariliis Holm [Interview]

Putting sustainability at the heart of her passion for food and science has opened a world looming beautifully green for food scientist and startup founder Mariliis Holm. Read More

Calories count for health conscious consumers – and could impact sales

Calories are set to become a major driver of consumer purchases, whether listed on restaurant menus, on food packaging or via online calorie counters and apps. Read More

‘I get inspired by consumers’ needs and demands’ – Elham Tehrani [Interview]

As a food engineer with a talent for innovation, Elham Tehrani has mastered the reformulation of pastry products to create sweets that appeal to consumers while meeting the current demands for lower sugar content and natural flavours. Read More

Cost barrier to cultured meat could vanish within five years

The world’s first lab-grown burger cost an eye-watering €250,000 to grow – but firms working on ‘clean meat’ products claim they may be even cheaper than farmed meat in just a few years. Read More

‘The digital revolution is a gamechanger for the health and food industry ‘ – Mariette Abrahams [Interview]

Personalised nutrition consultant Mariette Abrahams is inspired by the potential of digital innovation to help us eat healthier. She sees a trend in companies offering a tiered approach with online services at the bottom end and professional interaction at the top end. Read More

Non-GMO technology shapes the future of plant protein

Ensuring a sustainable food supply without genetically modifying plants has come a step closer with a computational breeding technology that identifies seeds with the highest nutritional potential. This means farmers can produce more high quality protein with less land. Read More

‘There is a lack of holistic view when it comes to food’ – Divya Mohan [Interview]

Product developer and innovator Divya Mohan works with probiotics by day and is in the process of developing cost effective edible straws by night. We interviewed her about her career and what she views as topical themes in the world of food. Read More

Top beverage categories and claims in Indonesia

Indonesia has seen the most new product launches in the beverage market in South East Asia, with most key ingredients centered on health. Read More

Sustainability and health driving innovative startups [Interview]

The most disruptive innovation in any industry comes from startups, and small companies are starting to transform the F&B landscape. Read More

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