New Product Development

Eating a straw for additional nutrients

Many countries have seen a sudden surge in concern about ocean plastic pollution over the past year. Some have even moved to ban disposable plastic items, including straws. When it comes to eco-friendly alternatives, biodegradability is a minimum. But one entrepreneur is adding value with edible and flavoured options. Read More

Okara: extracting value from soymilk byproducts – Claire Schlemme [Interview]

San Francisco-based company Renewal Mill is on a mission: reducing food waste sustainably while offering new culinary experiences to their customers. Using the nutritional by-products of food manufacturing, they turn leftover produce pulp into ready-to-use flour. Read More

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

Investors back a boom in plant proteins

Plant-based protein is not just a consumer trend – it is also a major new investment theme, attracting billions from venture capital funds and tech investors around the world. Read More

Is fungi protein the future of vegan meat? – Wim de Laat [Interview]

Dutch startup, FunGeneX has developed a novel fermentation process to create vegan meat products. Tapping into the growing trend for sustainable alternative protein, this process also brings a number of health benefits. 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

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