Health and Wellbeing driving Innovation in Food Trends

“Among the dozen or so really hot trends in food and beverage innovation this year, health and wellbeing underpin them, whether its collagen products, no-sugar beverages, gut, brain or immune support or free-from products.

A great example is the health tonic drink Vitonic or Good Herb Soda which takes the health benefits of cannabis and has created a drink to improve wellbeing. Both of these are published as case studies on our website.

Removing sugar is also a hot topic and our R&D teams and food technologists work hard to balance the desire to remove it alongside the functional role sugar plays in a formulation. Beyond adding sweetness, refined sugar influences how we perceive flavour and how those flavours are released; it also impacts texture and the sensory experience. Using a more natural sweetener, like stevia, inulin or erythritol in its place is a fine balancing act. But one we work hard to achieve when the client brief requires it.

As more people realise they can impact their own mental and physical health through nutrition, we will continue to see more people producing highly functional food. In this category you’ll already find an explosion of plant-based milks, and innovation abounds in the emerging proteins space. Be it development of products from plants, non-traditional animal sources (like insects) or through biotechnology where foods similar or identical to traditional animal meats are created and commercialised.”

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Published by RenSun Lee

Kia ora! Sustainability is at the core of my soul ever since I was a kid. I always strive to finish the food on my plate and live as a minimalist. I love to cut down on waste in order to live sustainably and harmoniously with our planet. This brings me to my passion as a Food Scientist to integrate new technologies into innovative and creative solutions to meet customer demands and market trends and to optimize products and processes for quality, savings and sustainability. To these goals, I have published a Journal on my work on sustainable packaging and patented a new Antimicrobial wash. Nothing is more satisfying than working hard and smart at the workplace and playing hard outside of working hours. I enjoy rejuvenating myself through spending quality time with my two adorable kids and my awesome soul mate and getting close to nature when possible, be it gardening, tramping or going to the beach. I also love to learn about our magnificent universe and how sustainability is working in the grand scheme of things. I strongly believe that Work, Life & Balance is the key to a healthy state of mind, both physically and mentally. I look forward to making a positive difference wherever and whenever I can. Through this Blog, I hope to catalog recent Food Trends and Food Technologies that I come across so that anyone who is interested can have access to it (articles and resources). Please use these resources at your discretion. On top of that, I would also like to share related news and technologies of the future that would help mankind advance towards a Type 1 Civilization. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to share and contribute to the “Resources“. I would like to thank you in advance for dropping by. I sincerely hope that you can benefit from the recent Food Trends and Food Technologies I catalogued. Kind regards | Ngā mihi RenSun Lee

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