World: Liquid water enhancers grow 85% and go international, finds report

The UK, France, Germany, Italy and China offer the greatest prospect for liquid water enhancers after their success in the US since they were first launched in 2011, states a report entitled 2014 Zenith Report on Global Liquid Water Enhancers. It finds pocket-sized packs of super-concentrated syrups did not exist until Kraft Foods Group introduced MiO in March 2011. By the...

World: New products containing vitamin K2 almost double over the past five years globally, says Mintel

The global functional food market has been steadily increasing in recent years and manufacturers have become innovative with the ingredients they include to bring benefit to the consumer, according to a research by Mintel. However, it says there may be a new ingredient that brands are realizing the opportunity of. New product launches containing vitamin K2 Mintel finds that new product launches...

Europe: Low carbohydrate products double over past five years, finds Mintel

Food and drink product launches with low carbohydrate claims in Europe have doubled (+95%) between 2008 and 2013, according to a research by Mintel. It finds the most popular categories are those traditionally associated with carbs – in 2013, 10% of new low carbohydrate food and drink launches were pasta products, 10% baking ingredients or mixes, 9% bread and 8%...

Americas: US consumers to enjoy more ethnic foods, functional products and online shopping, says Mintel

As 2014 begins, Mintel’s Consumer Trends Analysts Jennifer Zegler and Stacy Glasgow outline the four trends set to impact the American consumer market, examining the areas of commercial opportunity for brands – and what consumers will be buying into in 2014. ‘Internationalism’ “Consumers’ interest in world events is already influencing shopping habits, as Mintel research finds that 67% of legal...

World: Stevia set to steal intense sweetener market share by 2017, says report

Post EU regulations, improved tastes and textures and increased consumer buy in and demand, stevia has been quietly gaining traction with consumers, usurping the traditional pecking order of more established sweeteners, according to a report by Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research. It states while the value of stevia as an additive for use in food and beverage manufacture totaled US$110...

Europe: Food processing plant installs Allpax Gentle Motion retorts

Allpax Products, powered by Pro Mach, said its Gentle Motion reciprocating retorts have been installed in a food plant in Europe. The retorts are being used on shelf-stable soup products packed in flexible containers. The reciprocating agitation process reduces processing time on average from 5-40% and consequently increases plant capacity. The resultant reduced cook time improves a shelf-stable product’s taste, texture, and...

Americas: Berry Plastics receives award for tube design

Berry Plastics Group has received the 2013 Tube of the Year Award for a food product with its French’s Flavor Infuser package/tube design from The Tube Council. The French’s Food Company partnered with Berry Plastics’ Design Center to create the one-step marinade package using a laminate tube, custom ‘spike’ marinade injector and clear overcap. It took the companies nine months from...

Asia Pacific: India’s food additives market to thrive on changing consumer preferences, says Frost & Sullivan

The changing lifestyles and hectic work schedules have spawned a large market for processed and packaged convenience foods, as the booming organized retail sector further extends the reach of processed foods, according to the Frost & Sullivan report Analysis of Indian Food Additives Market. The change in eating habits and the frequent introduction of new products and product lines, particularly...

Americas: Consumers want to eat right, enjoy luxurious, reasonably priced items, says Euromonitor

There is an overwhelming desire globally to indulge in luxury goods, download more apps and document experiences visually through social media, according to a consumer trend report 2013 Global Consumer Trends Survey by Euromonitor International. However, consumers are also struggling with work-life balance, maintaining an eco-friendly lifestyle and eating better. These trends would change the way brands appear and interact with...

Asia Pacific: China’s health and wellness market to reach nearly $70B by 2020, says report

Consumers in China are the most health-conscious people in the world, according to a new report entitled Capturing a Share of China's Consumer Health Market by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). BCG's Center for Consumer and Customer Insight (CCCI) surveyed 2,600 Chinese consumers aged 18 to 65, from the middle and affluent classes, and from large, medium, and small cities...