Clean Label & Natural

Nanoencapsulation solves formulation problems with bioactives – Mariano Oto [Interview]

One of the challenges food manufacturers can face is developing functional and healthy products that take advantage of the full range of properties of bioactive ingredients. By enabling a controlled release of bioactives and microorganisms, encapsulation can offer a solution. Read More

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

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

‘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

‘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

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