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|Kirin Brewer Innovates with Frozen Frosty Beer Machine
Beer drinkers listen up. A Japanese brewer has come up with a novel way to keep cool this summer by designing a machine which adds a frozen froth to your beer.
When the notoriously hot and sticky Japanese summer kicks in, many in the country reach for a cold beer and the air conditioner’s on switch. However, with all 54 of the country’s nuclear plants currently offline following last year’s disaster at the Fukushima facility, parts of the nation are facing the prospect of intermittent power outages in the coming months — which could well lead to summer days steamier than a Swedish sauna.
Monday, 03 September 2012
One Square Meal is the total meal to go, providing one third of your daily nutritional requirements in a handy, portable two-bar format. All you need – breakfast, lunch, whenever – One Square Meal delivers the power of a meal with no fuss. As well as providing one third of the recommended daily intake of energy, protein, carbohydrates, good fats and dietary fibre, One Square Meal is a world-first meal bar that also contains ten vitamins and six minerals.
One Square Meal is available in three flavours – Apricot with Manuka Honey; Cranberry with Blackcurrant and, launched in November 2011, Chocolate with Manuka Honey. The premium chocolate taste of our latest flavour is perfect for chocolate lovers who want a more guilt-free indulgence!
One Square Meal is perfect for work, sports, lunchboxes and emergency kits. What’s more, because you know two bars equals One Square Meal, you can vary the portion size according to your own needs and still know how many nutrients you are consuming. Using natural ingredients such as manuka honey – famed for its health benefits – and rolled oats, dried apricots and berries, One Square Meal has zero trans fats. It contains no artificial colours or flavours and uses non-GM soy protein. One Square Meal is available in two bar and six bar packs, plus One Square Meal Bites – bite sized and a great lunchbox staple.
Balance is at the heart of One Square Meal, with the development team determined to create a convenience food that wasn’t a junk food. With busy lifestyles, family and sporting commitments making it not always possible to sit down to meat and three vege, One Square Meal delivers the power of a meal with no fuss. Using natural ingredients such as manuka honey – famed for its health benefits – and rolled oats, dried apricots and berries, One Square Meal has zero trans fats. It contains no artificial colours or flavours and uses non-GM soy protein.
Sunday, 25 March 2012
“Taste versus health benefits. That’s the delicate balance that international brand consultancy, Dragon Rouge, perfected in its branding and package design for Vega, a 100% plant-based meal replacement product aimed at a broad cross-section of healthy, active consumers who want to eat ‘clean.’"
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Monday, 23 January 2012
The cardboard can developed by Keienburg GmbH in Germany enables a greener and cheaper packaging process for carbonated drinks.
While boosting green credentials can make a brand more attractive to consumers, cost savings can also result from a sustainable approach. German company Keienburg GmbH has developed an example of such an innovation with a can made of cardboard for carbonated drinks manufacturers, that enables both a greener and cheaper production process.
As reported by Packaging Europe, the patented multi-layered cardboard — launched at the end of 2011 — was developed to be suitable for most canned beverages, including beer, fruit juice, coffee and carbonated drinks. Keienburg supplies the complete can body production unit — a board reel and can top and ends — to beverage manufacturers who produce the cans directly at the filling lines. Current filling lines will only require small modifications to use the new material, which is cheaper to produce than aluminium and without the high transportation and storage costs of empty metal cans. A cardboard reel 4 x 0.5 feet will produce approximately 4,000 cans and will reportedly save drinks companies up to 30 percent in production costs. Consumers also benefit as beverages stay colder for longer in the cardboard container.
Simply being greener may not be enough to give your brand market stand-out, but taking an eco superior approach can result in better functionality, efficiency and savings. How could you satisfy consumer demand with an earth-friendly and cost-saving solution?
“Springwise, a London-based independent innovation firm, scans the globe for the most promising new business ideas.” www.springwise.com
Monday, 02 January 2012
“2012 looks set to be one in which on-going trends will be stretched to their full potential, particularly as consumer concerns about health and wellness have prevailed and continue to be high on the agenda,” says Laura Kempster, Senior Market Analyst. “Coupled with this, the uncertain economic future continues to affect both industry and consumers with a ‘tightening of belts’ attitude still very much affecting spending and investment.”
The 10 food and drink trends that Leatherhead has identified are: health and wellness, sustainability, convenience, flavour solutions, ‘free from’, natural, affordable luxuries, location, over 55s and softer claims.
Health and wellness
Health and wellness is a trend which has had an over-arching influence on the developments of the food and beverage industry in recent years and this influence is set to continue into 2012. Key priorities for companies include the continued efforts to meet guidelines on the reduction of salt, fat and sugar as well as the active promotion of health benefits on products (ranging from ‘one of your five a day’ to more niche areas such as the inclusion of functional ingredients).
As we mentioned last year, there is a continued focus from companies on issues of sustainability and this is likely to be a present and influential trend for many years to come as companies work hard to streamline their practices and supply chains into more ethically-sound operations. This encompasses a whole range of issues including packaging-reduction initiatives, ever-more ethical sourcing policies, reduction of food miles etc.
Food seems to be everywhere we look at the moment and hundreds of column inches and hours’ worth of television programming are devoted to the topic of eating.
However, it is still highly likely that those Christmas-present cookery gadgets will remain in the cupboards next year. The fact is that whilst we’re engaging with food more than ever, our busy, chaotic lifestyles simply will not allow elaborate home-cooked meals during the working week. In addition, the development of new ‘ready meal’ concepts in the form of meal kits and premium offerings ensure that choice and quality of prepared meals are like never before.
Compensating for lower levels of salt, fat and/or sugar will continue to increase the need for more flavourful solutions. Combinations of herbs, spices and other strong flavours will provide a flavourful backdrop to many products. Think of ingredient combinations such as lemongrass, garlic and ginger or the use of seaweed as a salt enhancer. Furthermore, consumers are looking for more adventurous and ‘premium’ flavour combinations, for example the use of lavender in dark chocolate.
‘Free from’ foods market
The crux of this market lies within the seemingly growing number of consumers who do not have a diagnosed food allergy but do believe their general health improves with the omission of certain foodstuffs from their diet for example avoiding wheat/gluten to combat bloating. Therein lies an opportunity for both mainstream manufacturers to highlight additional product benefits as well as allowing the traditional ‘free from’ brands to break the niche mould within which they’ve traditionally operated.
On-going demand for natural
Whilst the hype around the natural trend has dampened slightly, the effects are on-going particularly as larger multinationals weigh up the cost/benefit of switching to natural components (e.g. food colours, flavours). However, the practicalities have set in and companies now need to consider issues such as the sustainability of supply as well as the longevity of consumer demand in their particular product area (e.g. those product categories with inherent natural associations are likely to remain in demand).
The budget conscious still seek affordable luxuries
As we progressed through 2011, the lack of confidence in markets continued to affect the economic recovery and as such the austerity measures we hoped would end are anticipated to continue well into 2012. Unrelenting pressure on household budgets will see retailers continue to flex their ‘value for money’ credentials; thus manufacturers will persist in their efforts to seek cost-effective solutions. Conversely however, food is seen as an affordable luxury and therefore lucrative opportunities do exist, for example in the form of ‘staying in’ solutions (such as meal kits) and more premium offerings.
Quality linked to location
Consumers are more keenly aware of where their foods are produced and sourced and this will continue to impact the food and beverage market in two ways. Firstly, the demand towards locally-produced and -sourced fresh food including meat, vegetables, fruit, cheese etc. has not abated and will continue into 2012. Interestingly, the restaurant industry is seeing activities such as foraging and sourcing of speciality ingredients grow exponentially as chefs seek to differentiate their menus. Secondly, more exotic ingredients such as Madagascan vanilla will also benefit from an overt provenance message. The clear message is that location helps to give consumers a distinct impression of the product’s quality.
Over 55 and fitter than ever
Longer working lives and a strong interest in maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle is leading to the creation of more products which are tailored to the specific needs and wants of these consumers. Health benefits will be at the forefront of the market and this will be a key area of development for the functional ingredients market in particular (think glucosamine – for joint health – and omega-3 products for example).
The ever-changing regulatory environment is having a strong impact in the way manufacturers are positioning their products. For example, EFSA regulations have taken the shine off the functional health market and the cost/benefit trade-off of substantiated EFSA claims is unlikely to provide a strong competitive edge in most cases (particularly as ‘me too’ products remove the incentive for innovation). Instead manufacturers will persist with seeking out a softer approach to deliver key messages to their consumers (e.g. within colour, imagery, phraseology etc.).
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
News Release For Immediate Release
December 20, 2011
LycoRed Makes Key Appointments
LycoRed, Israel, appoints Ilan Ron as VP Global Marketing & Sales for its international and domestic markets. LycoRed is also pleased to announce that Doug Lynch has joined the LycoRed Corp. as VP Business Development and New Product Marketing for the Eastern USA market.
Ron brings to LycoRed extensive experience and knowledge in developing and executing strategies and marketing plans. He is highly skilled in optimizing diverse organizational structures and business processes while delivering sustainable bottom-line results. Ron comes to LycoRed following seven years with Unilever Israel as VP Sales and Customer Development Director, and CEO of Beigel & Beigel Unilever Israel where he successfully brought significant sales growth and business development to the company. Prior to those experiences, Ron held leading positions at such international companies as Sodexho Catering, El-Chef Airline Catering and Sbarro Israel. Ron holds an MBA in Marketing of Services from The George Washington University - School of Business, Washington, DC, USA.
“Ron’s capabilities and remarkable experience will help us lead LycoRed to new horizons—not just in the dietary supplements industry but, most importantly, in the food and beverage industries,” says Morris Zelkha, President and CEO of LycoRed Ltd.
“I’m very proud and excited to be a part of the LycoRed group,” notes Ron. “I intend to lead LycoRed to the next level via high-impact growth engines, such as our natural colors line, flavor-enhancement ingredients and natural ingredients. What helps is that these ingredient systems and the other LycoRed products, such as like Lyc-O-Mato natural lycopene, are backed up by extensive research. LycoRed will follow new trends and offer innovative natural ingredients to the market.”
Doug Lynch brings to LycoRed nearly two decades of sales, marketing and business development experience in nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and functional foods. He has a strong background in global regulatory and quality systems, Intellectual Property portfolio management skills, and finished-product development. Prior to joining LycoRed, Lynch led global sales, marketing and business development for the B2B ingredient division for Cott Beverages. Lynch also has directed sales and marketing of the natural product development company Unigen, Lacey, WA, USA, as Global VP of Sales and Marketing and was Director of Sales and Marketing at Naturally Scientific Inc., West Caldwell, NJ, USA He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s Degree in Management from Troy University.
“In addition to leading LycoRed Corporation’s Eastern USA sales team, Doug will oversee LycoRed’s penetration into new market sectors,” adds Zelkha.
LycoRed is a science-based company with regional facilities in the U.S., Europe and Israel. It supplies natural carotenoids and a wide range of other nutritional and coloring ingredients to the dietary supplement, functional food & beverage and nutricosmetic industries worldwide.
Visit us at SSW booth # 23027
For more information please contact:
VP Global Marketing & Sales
Monday, 19 December 2011
News Release For immediate release
December 19, 2011
AstaPure™ - Natural Astaxanthin in a new liquid formulation
Algatechnologies, Israel, a leading manufacturer of natural astaxanthin, has collaborated with Novel Creation, Israel, to develop "Maximum Red Alga", a unique liquid dietary supplement of natural astaxanthin using AstaPure™ 10% astaxanthin oleoresin as its main active ingredient. "Maximum Red Alga" liquid supplement is produced and marketed by Novel Creation and is available in all pharmacies, drugstore chains and health food stores in Israel and will be launched in the US and Europe in 2012.
This innovative product was developed utilizing an advanced technology that enables oil-soluble ingredients, such as natural astaxanthin, to be easily incorporated into water-based formulations whilst keeping their natural properties and delivering their health benefits more effectively.
“This new liquid formulation is an ideal solution for people suffering from digestive system absorption problems or for persons with difficulties swallowing capsules and pills,” explains Efrat Kat, Director of Marketing & Sales at Algatechnologies.
Each bottle contains 450ml, the precise amount of a monthly supply according to the 4ml recommended daily dose of astaxanthin. It tastes great and is also enriched with pomegranate concentrate.
A recent exploratory clinical study by Algatechnologies and Novel Creation at Soroka Medical Center, Beersheba, Israel, tested the absorption rate of natural astaxanthin in different forms. AstaPure™ in Novel Care solution, and AstaPure™ 10% astaxanthin oleoresin. A single dose of product, corresponding to 100mg AstaPure™ 10% natural astaxanthin, was given to healthy volunteers. Serum concentrations of astaxanthin were measured every two hours over a period of ten hours. Results as manifested by average serum concentrations of 0.3 micromolar, 6-8 hours post ingestion were indicative of good absorption in the digestive tract of astaxanthin in the forms of both AstaPure™ oleoresin and Maximum Red Alga products (water-based ) formulations.
Astaxanthin is a natural red pigment and the most important natural carotenoid found in nature. It is an extremely potent antioxidant and is recognized to be as many as 500 times more effective than vitamin E, and more powerful than beta carotene. Astaxanthin was found to be beneficial in several areas, including preventing disorders related to sports activities, maintaining cardiovascular and skin health.
Algatechnologies holds a global patent for its closed, environmentally protected, cultivation system which allows for the production of a pure product with a high concentration of astaxanthin. The AstaPure™ line includes a 10% astaxanthin oleoresin extracted using CO2 super critical extraction technology, 4mg astaxanthin soft gels, 2.5% astaxanthin beadlets and 2% astaxanthin vegetarian beadlets as well as cold water-dispersible beadlets. All products can be used in multiple forms of dietary supplements, cosmeceuticals and functional foods.
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Efrat Kat
Director, Marketing & Sales
Phone: +972-8-6356425 * E-mail: email@example.com * www.algatech.com
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
News Release For Immediate Release
13 December 2011
Vitiva Takes on Stevia Market
Vitiva, Slovenia, launches its stevia line, under Sweet’nVit brand, providing maximum sweetness with minimum bitterness, following EC recent approval for use in food and beverage applications in Europe. Vitiva will market its stevia intense sweetener worldwide, throughout Europe, North America , South America and Asia Pacific.
“The Sweet’nVit line has an exceptional taste profile and can be used as a solo sweetener;
in combination with bulk natural sweeteners such as erythritol or maltitol; or in
combination with sucrose to offer optimal taste and mouthfeel,” says Ohad Cohen, CEO of Vitiva.
All Sweet’nVit products are extracted from leaves Stevia rebaudiana bertoni. This product range is standardized with a minimum of 95% steviol glycosides, in compliance with EC legislation on food additives and has GRAS status in USA. The products are of all-natural origin with zero calories, zero carbohydrates and inducing no glycaemic response .
“In a blind tasting, 80% of the test panel preferred our high purity Reb A 98% product over the main competitors in the market,” reports Cohen. “We anticipate the demand for products with reduced or replaced sugar to be reflected across all food applications, from soft drinks to dairy, as well as table-top sweeteners. This will enable processors to respond to the greatest challenge in the food and beverage industry to intensify efforts toward reducing consumer calorie intake. We also expect a move away from artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose.”
Now that stevia has been approved for use in the EU, there undoubtedly will be an explosion of new launches over the next few months, following a significant growth experienced in USA since 2008. “The continued increase in the price of sucrose and the opportunity to develop a healthier product with little change in taste profile--and at a potentially decreased cost in final formulation-makes our Sweet’nVit range most attractive,” adds Cohen.
Vitiva also offers customized natural sweetener systems which make use of the synergies to be found by combining different sources of natural intense and bulk sweeteners.
Vitiva is leading, fast-growing and innovative company providing advanced, application-specific solutions based on natural extracts for the food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. Its extensive portfolio includes: VivOX®, INOLENS®, AquaROX® and SyneROX® products for oxidation management as well as other natural solutions covering food safety, water binding and food enhancement, to replace synthetic additives and ingredients. As a science-driven company, Vitiva offers extensive technical support to help its customers launch new products in a timely manner.
For more information please contact:
VP food enhancement system BU
Tel: +386 2 1788 87 38 Fax: +386 2 788 87 31
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.vitiva.eu
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Top Trends for 2012 – Purity, Authenticity and Sustainability Lead the Way
Innova Market Insights will Present the Top Ten Trends in a Webinar
DUIVEN, THE NETHERLANDS ---Innova Market Insights has identified ten key trends to impact the food and beverage market through 2012 and beyond. The top trends relate to purity, authenticity and sustainability, as consumers continue to look for products with added value, despite the ongoing economic uncertainty. Innova Market Insights will present the top trends at Food Ingredients Europe (Paris, Stand: 4D13). A special webinar will provide a 20 minute sneak peak of next year’s trends on Wednesday, November 23 at 4:00pm (Central European Time), 10:00am (Eastern Standard Time). You can register here.
1. “Pure” is the New Natural: Natural products are becoming the rule rather than the exception in most western markets, despite ongoing issues with a clear definition of what “natural” encompasses. One way around this has been marketing the “purity” of a product, with Innova Market Insights reporting a doubling in the number of products using the word “pure” between 2008 and 2009, with a further third added in 2010 and considerably more in 2011.
2. Green is a Given: Corporate social responsibility and sustainability strategies have taken on an increasingly important role. The focus is on reducing carbon emissions or packaging, or creating higher welfare or fairly traded lines. The “ingredientization” of commodities is also moving forward, with previously untapped waste materials used for their potential functional and health benefits.
3. Location, Location, Location: Interest in where their foods are coming from has never been higher among consumers. This is being driven by an interest in supporting local suppliers, a desire for ethnic-style lines, concerns over the quality and safety of imported products, or the demand for authenticity in terms of products from a particular country or region.
4. Premium Stands Out: Despite austerity measures topping the agenda yet again from mid-2011, a premium positioning provides many benefits. Consumers still have to eat and are likely to look increasingly to the extremes of discount or super-premium products, with center-ground brands squeezed. A premium treat can be justified as an affordable indulgence during difficult economic times, particularly if it can also encompass a better-for-you element.
5. Seniors Draw Attention: Companies are starting to address the needs of an aging population, both in terms of packaging functionality and of general and specific health concerns. New EU regulations on labeling should also help seniors by improving the clarity and visibility of nutritional information. Various recent moves have been made in US front-of-pack labeling.
The other five trends identified by Innova Market Insights are:
- Forty is the New Twenty
- Grounded in Science
- Regulators Force a Rethink
- Unmeasurable Niches
- Boom for Protein
You can register for the webinar here:
For further information, please contact:
Lu Ann Williams: email@example.com Tel: +31 26 319 2000
About The Innova Database:
The Innova Database (www.innovadatabase.com) is the product of choice for the whole product development team. See what food manufacturers are doing around the world in a way you never thought possible. Track trends, competitors, ingredients and flavors. It contains excellent product pictures, search possibilities and analysis.
Sunday, 18 September 2011
The Quick Zip pouch innovation opens up a wide variety of uses for frozen and dry food products, pet food, and other powder and seed-type applications. It’s convenience offers improvements that will benefit all consumers.
Ampac, a global leader in the retail, food, pet food, and medical packaging markets, introduces the Quick ZipTM pouch innovation with a self-gripping fastener system.
The innovative Quick Zip pouch utilizes an easy-open, resealable zipper closure method that encompasses self-mating hooks and/or loops. Available in any style pouch where press-to-close standard zippers are currently used, the Quick Zip pouch provides the ultimate in convenience with its ease of closure due to minimal requirements for zipper alignment.
Quick Zip pouches are contaminant resistant and readily seal through powders and fine particles. With a sturdy and robust structure, the Quick Zip pouch allows for numerous openings and closings without damage to the pouch. The opportunity to differentiate from other pouches creates a unique and fun innovation in pouch capabilities from Ampac.
Suggested applications for the Quick Zip pouch innovation include dry food products such as nuts, trail mix and dried fruit, pet foods such as dog, cat and bird food and treats, frozen vegetables, dairy products such as shredded cheese, fine particle foods including sugar and sugar substitutes and protein powders, as well as lawn and garden applications for seed and fertilizers.
“The Quick Zip pouch innovation opens up a wide variety of uses for frozen and dry food products, pet food, and other powder and seed-type applications. It’s convenience offers improvements that will benefit all consumers.” said Dave Bartish Ampac’s Marketing Director, New Business Development.
Learn more visit website: www.ampaconline.com
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