Friday, 01 August 2014

Your Potato Europe VIP Ticket Awaits!

As media partners of the event in Bockerode/Hanover, Germany, Potato Processing International and Potato Storage International is inviting 20 lucky readers to win VIP tickets to the fair in September 3-4.

World Map of Test Centres: Woerden

The slogan Florigo applies for the work performed within its Food Technology Center (FFTC) is: “… when Food becomes Fun!”, and starts our series of virtual tours mapping testing facilities the world over and

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture Launches Call for Innovations

The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), the event for the future of sustainable agriculture, has recently launched the Call for Innovations for next year’s event, to be held from March 9-10, 2015

World Potato Congress Inc. Appoints Three New Directors

David Thompson, President CEO, World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC Inc.) announced the appointment of Mr. Ron Gall, New Zealand; Dr. Nora Olsen, USA; and Anne Fowlie, Canada; as members of the Board

Industry Trends: Exotic Cuts

As consumers are increasingly chasing product diversification and the unique, exotic shapes, we’ve analyzed with Key Technology’s John Kadinger the processes involved into manufacturing them, step by step.

Europe’s Largest Machinery Demonstrations – Potato Europe 2014

Europe’s Largest Machinery Demonstrations – Potato Euro...

Potato Europe will give you the chance to see the latest trends and developments in the potato sector, l...

Supporting the Scottish Potato Industry

Supporting the Scottish Potato Industry

Potato Council has been working to raise the profile of potatoes amongst Members of the Scottish Parliam...

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture Launches Call for Innovations

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture Launches Ca...

The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), the event for the future of sustainable agricult...

The Little Potato Co. Introduces New Packaging and Products

The Little Potato Co. Introduces New Packaging and Prod...

The Little Potato Co., the largest grower of creamer potatoes in North America, has launched smaller pa...

Potato Industry Leadership Institute Accepts Applications

Potato Industry Leadership Institute Accepts Applicatio...

The National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) are accepting applications ...

tna Appoints New European Director of Sales

tna Appoints New European Director of Sales

Packaging and processing solutions specialist, tna, announces the promotion of James Hosford to the new...

Key Technology Introduces Sanitary Rotary Finish on Vibratory Conveyors

Key Technology Introduces Sanitary Rotary Finish on Vib...

Key Technology introduces a rotary polish as the new standard finish on its vibratory and horizontal mo...

Ishida Introduces Fast Snack Packing Solution

Ishida Introduces Fast Snack Packing Solution

Ishida Europe has introduced single and twin high speed snacks packing systems, comprising either a 14-...

Ishida Reveals Ultrasonic Technology

Ishida Reveals Ultrasonic Technology

Ishida Europe has introduced ultrasonic technology into its Atlas range of bagmakers.

Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" Contest Finalists Announced

Lay's Do Us A Flavo...

Lay's potato chips, one of the brands from PepsiCo (http:/...

New Vertical Z Conveyor to Be Introduced at PackExpo

New Vertical Z Conve...

Dynamic Conveyor is introducing a vertical z-style conveyo...

Lay's Launches Football-Themed Flavours

Lay's Launches Footb...

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UK Ingredients Firm Targets Booming Food Market in Asia

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UK-based food coatings specialist Bowman Ingredients has a...

 Kiremko’s Sliver Remover Gets Upgraded

Kiremko’s Sliver Re...

The Kiremko sliver remover has undergone a major innovatio...

BioSafe Systems Introduces Complete Potato Storage Protection Programme

BioSafe Systems Intr...

Following research and development, BioSafe Systems offers...

Future Proofing Cheshire Potatoes

Future Proofing Ches...

Cheshire potato growers gathered at Aston Grange Farm near...

Sophisticated Potato Inspection

Sophisticated Potato...

Improvements in sorting machinery are aimed at many grower...

McCain Foods to Help Monitor Potato Crops with Drones

McCain Foods to Help...

Global potato processor McCain Foods is using drone techno...

Open Farm Sunday 2014 Review

Open Farm Sunday 201...

Farmers and their helpers celebrated this weekend the posi...

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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