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May 13, 2015

Webinar Wrap-up: Opportunities and Challenges in Specialty Food Ingredients

John Madden, Head of Ingredients Research, and John George, Ingredients Industry Associate, respond to some of the key trends in specialty food ingredients in this video.

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April 20, 2015

Opportunities and Challenges in Specialty Food Ingredients

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The supply of speciality ingredients to the international food and drinks market presents varied opportunities and challenges.

Adding value is a priority for the global food and beverage industry, with consumers no longer looking for simple nutrition or hydration but demanding far more in terms of taste and quality, health and wellness, naturalness, and convenience. There are also many issues at supply level that are having a significant impact on business strategies, including economic challenges, sustainability, and regulatory issues.  Our presentation will discuss the activities of ingredients companies and their response to the opportunities and challenges in today’s global market.

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April 18, 2015

Ingredient Marketplace 2015 Recap

ChrisSchmidtChris Schmidt, Consumer Health Research Analyst, recently attended Ingredients Marketplace 2015 in Orlando, Florida Chris shares his findings on innovations in vitamins and dietary supplements and also recaps his presentation on trends in Omega Fatty Acids and fish oils.

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March 20, 2015

Case Study: Identifying Potential Targets for Milk Products after the end of EU Milk Quotas

At the end of March 2015, the European Union will abolish milk quotas, meaning EU member states are no longer restricted on the amount of milk they can produce. This increased output means a likely oversupply of milk. Using Passport and Euromonitor's Competitor Analytics system, Euromonitor identifies key markets, categories and companies that ingredients suppliers should target.

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March 8, 2015

New Technologies to Spell the End of Stevia?

Simone_BarokeAnalyst Insight by Simone Baroke - Contributing Analyst

Next year, a new generation of stevia sweeteners produced by fermentation instead of extraction is going to hit the market. In other words, the leaf of the stevia plant will soon be surplus to requirements. On the one hand, this is great news for the industry: it will save costs and provide a more consistent product with a superior taste profile. But it also means that stevia’s already wobbly status as the only “natural” low-calorie sweetener is about to be thrown into even greater jeopardy. 

Stevia sweeteners 2.0

In February 2015, US agricultural and food products giant Cargill announced that its food ingredients arm, in collaboration with Swiss food technology company Evolva Holding SA, had successfully developed a method of producing stevia sweeteners by means of fermentation, thus foregoing the laborious process of extracting them from the leaf of the Stevia rebaudiana plant. The product is expected to be ready for launch in 2016. 

Cargill is, of course, not the only ingredients player going down this route. US company Stevia First, for example, reported last year that it was working on developing microbial fermentation processes with the aim of producing steviol glycoside sweeteners. 

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February 18, 2015

Euromonitor to Speak at Ingredient Marketplace 2015

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Event: Ingredient Marketplace

Dates: April 7-9, 2015

Location: Orlando, Florida

Description: Ingredient Marketplace is where buyers and sellers connect for exploration and innovation. Ingredient buyers and sellers from around the world will discover an expo hall of more than 350 booths, and learn from renowned speakers, training programs and presentations. Add in numerous networking and business development opportunities and you have an event you can't miss.

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February 2, 2015

New Nutrition Data Shows Global Calorie Consumption

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We are excited to announce our new research examining the total amount of nutrients purchased per-person per day through packaged food and soft drinks products. Passport: Nutrition is a new research tool that maps the purchase of energy, protein, carbohydrate, sugar, fat, saturated fat, fibre and salt from packaged food and soft drink products sold through retail in 54 countries globally.  Passport: Nutrition allows your organisation to:

  1. Analyse where consumers get their calories. The purchase of eight different nutrients on a per person per day basis is available for 54 countries, regionally and globally. This information is also split by product category to the lowest level.

  2. View the nutrition composition of food and beverage products.  The nutritional information per 100g of product is available for over 50,000 packaged food and soft drink products in 54 countries. The nutritional content of one product can be compared with that of another, as well as comparing the same products in different countries.

  3. Review company and brand contributions. Nutrition brand shares look at how much each packaged food and soft drink brand and company is contributing to the total purchase of each nutrient, by category and country.

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January 29, 2015

Euromonitor to Speak at Cocoa Revolution 2015

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Location:
GoodWood Park Hotel, Singapore
Date:  4th – 5th March, 2015

Event Description: Cocoa Revolution brings to action - new strategies, key innovations by chocolate producers and buyers and is a major opportunity for buyers and sellers to meet and share new ideas and concepts in the industry.

  • Global view on the future of the cocoa market and the dynamics of the butter: powder balance
  • Olam’s cocoa position and value chain activities in Africa
  • Perspective from Emerging Consumer markets – China and India
  • Flavors: Solutions for Cocoa Supply and Quality Variations
  • Consumer trends and preferences in chocolate consumption etc

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January 20, 2015

Food and Beverage Ingredients Trends to Follow in 2015

John GeorgeAnalyst Insight by John George - Ingredients Industry Associate

2015 will see the near 600 billion tonne ingredients industry continue to advance, with developments to existing trends and new consumer preferences.  The following trends are a mix of those which look set to evolve in 2015, and new trends which could break through.

New legislation leading to reformulation

The new Food Information for Consumers (FIC) regulations could unfavourably change EU consumer perception of certain ingredients. Vegetable oils are particularly at risk, since the specific oil type must now be stated. This could lead consumers to reject the ingredient, and therefore the product, on the grounds of health or sustainability.  Brands could switch to alternative oils, putting vegetable oil’s forecast absolute growth of 282,823 tonnes in the EU, over 2013 to 2018, at risk. In 2015, any ingredient could face the threat of reformulation, as manufacturers become more aware of the importance of consumer perception.

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December 19, 2014

Olam to Become One of Top Three Global Cocoa Processors

John MaddenAnalyst Insight by John Madden - Head of Ingredients Research

As the year ends on a major acquisition in ingredients, we ask what is driving this and does it make good business sense? Archer Daniel Midlands (ADM) announced plans to dispose of its cocoa business in July 2013 – a decision driven by volatility in the cocoa market. Cargill purchased the chocolate business in September 2014 but steered clear of cocoa processing due to potential competition issues. This week Olam broke the news of a US$1.3 billion purchase of ADM’s cocoa business – a deal that will catapult Olam to become one of the top three global cocoa processors.

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Webinar Wrap-up: Opportunities and Challenges in Specialty Food Ingredients

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