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Food Professionals to Find Newest Technologies at Process Expo

Food Professionals to Find Newest Technologies at ...

  Process Expo, to be held September, 19-22, at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL,...

Newest Technologies to Be Recognized at LAMMA Innovation Awards

Newest Technologies to Be Recognized at LAMMA Inno...

  LAMMA, the UK’s farm machinery, equipment and agricultural services show, is preparing for a ne...

French Association of Potato Producers Prepares for 2017 Congress

French Association of Potato Producers Prepares fo...

  "An ecologically competitive potato, but at what price?" is the theme of the next Con...

NIFA Announces USD1.85m for Potato Breeding Research

NIFA Announces USD1.85m for Potato Breeding Research

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has re...

Lutosa Adds New Fry Line at Plant in Belgium

Lutosa Adds New Fry Line at Plant in Belgium

  In a recent presentation to employees and suppliers in the plant in Leuze-en-Hainaut (Belgium), Erwi...

China and Hong Kong Get Ready for over 1,500 McDonald’s Restaurants

China and Hong Kong Get Ready for over 1,500 McDonald’s...

  A new partnership between Carlyle Group and McDonald’s Corporation will become the largest McDonald'...

Lamb Weston / Meijer Invests in FAM Cutting Machines

Lamb Weston / Meijer Invests in FAM Cutting Machines

Lamb Weston / Meijer will invest in FAM cutting machines, for the plant in Bergen op Zoom, which proces...

tna Unveils Wash-down VFFS Packaging System

tna Unveils Wash-down VFFS Packaging System

  tna has announced the launch of a new vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) system with full wash-down ...

TOMRA Simplifies Equipment Designations

TOMRA Simplifies Equipment Designations

    TOMRA Sorting Food has launched a new way of naming its food sorting machines, to bring clarity a...

Pringles Introduces New Range of "Loud" Crisps

Pringles Introduces ...

    Pringles is introducing new line-up – Pringles Loud,...

Potato Chips Recalls Due to Salmonella Risk

Potato Chips Recalls...

  Potato chips producers Herr Foods, Snyder of Berlin, Bi...

Farm Frites Launches Its Ultimate Chip

Farm Frites Launches...

 Potato grower and manufacturer Farm Frites has announced ...

Schmieding Produce Launches Skinny Potato

Schmieding Produce L...

 Schmieding Produce prepares to launch in January a new sk...

 Good Health Launches Eat Your Vegetables Chip Lineup

Good Health Launche...

 Good Health®has launched its new Eat Your Vegetables® chi...

Cool Farming Tool Proves Sustainability of Potato Culture

Cool Farming Tool Pr...

  Since last autumn, the farmers and the professionals in...

Agreement on Genome-Analysis Technology

Agreement on Genome-...

  Monsanto Company and NRGene announced that they have re...

New Method to Capture Disease-resistant DNA for Plants

New Method to Captur...

  Scientists have developed and improved technique for ca...

New “Focus on Potato” Webcast Helps Growers Manage White Mold Infections

New “Focus on Potato...

The Plant Management Network (PMN) has released a new pres...

McDonald’s Chooses New Potato Varieties for Fries

McDonald’s Chooses N...

In September, the worldwide fast-food chain chose two new ...

Ten emerging food trends that will impact new product activity in 2011 have been identified by Innova Market Insights from its ongoing analysis of key trends and developments over the past year or so.

In previous years, the market researcher successfully identified upcoming trends to watch, including "Go Natural" and "Sustainability Rise" for 2008, "Trading Up and Down" for 2009 and "Sense of Simplicity" for 2010, all of which have now come right to the fore, as predicted:

1. Processed is Out for 2011, with consumers growing tired of being increasingly disassociated from the food they eat and turning against products full of complicated additives and with overly-long shelf lives. This has resulted in the natural/clean-label trend taking the US, in particular, by storm, with launches on a natural, organic or no additives/preservatives positioning rising dramatically over the past two years.
2. Offering Real Value is vital in this age of austerity. Although the food industry has been immune to the economic downturn in many ways, there has been a marked rise in consumers seeking real value for money propositions, not just in terms of low-cost or budget items, but also for products with perceived additional benefits, such as indulgence.

3. "Proven" is the New Buzzword and the relatively few companies that have successfully navigated the EFSA health claims maze, will be keen to highlight their ingredients from this perspective to encourage a previously skeptical consumer to try out a new functional food product. Use of the word "proven" has grown dramatically on new products since 2008, with numbers doubling over that period. Personalized nutrition is also becoming an increasingly important vehicle for global giants, as illustrated by the creation of Nestlé Health Science SA and Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences in September 2010 to "target new opportunities between food and pharma"; Unilever's creation of a novel partnership with Dutch research outfit TNO to explore links between diet and health; and PepsiCo's announcement of a significant new nutrition strategy via its Global Nutrition Group.

4. Return to Softer Claims is also apparent, however, with concerns about the impact of the tough EFSA health claims scrutiny now rife in the European food industry. A cloud of uncertainty hovering over health claims has resulted in a fall in numbers of food and drinks products launched on an "active health" [food plus] platform, despite growth in "passive health" [food minus] launches. Innova Market Insights tracked 1,960 new products with an active health positioning in the first half of 2010, down from nearly 2,200 in the same period in 2009, while numbers with a passive health claim rose from less than 8,750 to 10,350.

5. Getting "Connected" to brands is moving forward dramatically with the rise of social media platforms and more creative marketing campaigns to increase consumer engagement. The UK has led in this arena with campaigns such as those from Walker's (PepsiCo) with its 2008-2009 "Do Us A Flavour" and its 2010 "Flavour Cup" promotions. More recently, Cadbury started its Spots & Stripes promotion in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, whereby consumers join one of the two teams (Spots or Stripes) and start scoring points.

6. Culinary Expansion is resulting largely from consumers eating out less, but instead spoiling themselves with true indulgence at home. Rising interest in quality home cooking and the return of more traditional kitchen skills have also resulted from this trend. There have been rising numbers of repositioned and completely new products designed to cater to the creative home cook.

7. New Relaxation Paradigm recognizes the need to minimize stress and encourage relaxation as a counter to the meteoric rise of energy drinks during the first part of the 21st century. While the energy trend has not apparently halted in any way, a counter trend is also emerging, focusing particularly on creative relaxation beverages. On the same theme, tea is taking on a relaxation mantle in some instances, with the number of tea launches rising strongly in the year to September 2010 and about 5% of them featuring the word "relax."

8. Fruit & Veg Revival is apparent as manufacturers go back to basics and focus more on the inherent health benefits available. Packaged fruit snacks, fruit smoothies and juice and water blends are all seeing considerable activity, with one of the most interesting launches in late 2010 featuring the Spanish introduction of Toro Naranja (Whole Orange), a Minute Maid (Coca-Cola) orange juice created by pressing the entire orange (including the peel), thus offering double the antioxidant content of the standard product.

9. Try A Little Respect: as the sustainability trend continues to gather pace, whether for environmental or humanitarian reasons, manufacturers are increasingly answering calls for more sustainable practices to benefit both humans (fairtrade, etc.) and animals (e.g. free-range).

10. Selling the Technology may be used as an alternative approach to cutting back on processing, if manufacturers can clearly explain the benefits that an alternative technology can provide to consumers, whether in terms of flavor, shelf-life or presentation. The challenge is to explain complex technologies in a manner that the average consumer can easily understand.

 

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