BioCheese has expanded its latest dairy-free snacking range, with the addition of its new plant-based deli slices. Read more
Researchers from Agriculture Victoria and the Grains Research and Development Corporation are helping to boost the production of pulses by testing new varieties and harnessing new technology, capitalising on a growing domestic and global market. Read more
Pam Pam Buns, an Australian manufacturer of authentic Thai plant-based buns and ready-made meals, has announced the release of a new range of curry pouches and ready-made meals. Read more
After three years of development, Australia’s Mexican fast food giant Guzman y Gomez (GYG) has launched a new plant-based filling — Shredded Shiitake Mushrooms. Read more
New research from Toluna, a consumer intelligence platform, has shown that only one in five (or 20 per cent) of Australians eat meat every day. Read more
Oterra make it easy to use natural colours. Whatever your challenge, whatever the food and beverage category, we know we can help. Oterra, formerly Chr. Hansen Natural Colours, has been working with colour since 1876. And we’ve continued to bring the very best of nature to food and beverage manufacturers and consumers ever since. Read more
Vitasoy Australia, a plant-based milk brand, has announced the launch of its reformulated Cafe for Baristas Almond Milk. Read more
Rebel Kitchen, organic plant-based dairy alternatives brand, have created a plant-based Barista Mylk for use in coffee. Read more
Mt. Elephant has released a new range of healthy and nutritious plant-based proteins in supermarkets, convenience stores and selected cafes across the country.
A report released by Fact.MR found that plant-based dairy alternatives was predicted to grow rapidly across the 2020-2030 period.
Increased consumer interest in the stories behind their food and beverage products and their notable influence on purchasing decisions has resulted in companies increasingly paying attention to storytelling in branding strategies.
“Storytelling: Winning with Words” leads the list of Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends for 2020. The top five trends for 2020 are:
- Storytelling: Winning with Words
Although ingredient provenance has always been important, consumer interest in discovering the story behind their foods has risen further and increasingly influencing purchasing decisions. Consumers’ attention is piqued by opportunities to learn more about how products are produced, which promotes an understanding of product benefits and helps build all-important trust in the brand.As a result, manufacturers are increasingly focusing on ingredient provenance platforms in order to highlight the taste and quality of their products, as well as their uniqueness and sustainability efforts. Provenance platforms can communicate a whole range of messages to the consumer, including flavor/taste, processing methods, cultural and traditional backgrounds, as well as the more obvious geographical origin.
- Plant-Based Revolution
Plant-based innovation in food and beverages continues to flourish as a result of consumer interest in health, sustainability and ethics, which ties into the broader consumer lifestyle trend towards cleaner living. As the use of the term “plant-based” moves more into the mainstream, the industry and start-up companies in particular, are taking up the challenge to deliver more clean label meat and dairy alternatives with improved nutritional profiles.
- The Sustain Domain
Consumers increasingly expect companies to invest in sustainability, with Innova Market Insights research indicating that 85% of, on average, US and UK consumers expected companies to invest in sustainability in 2019, up from 64% in 2018. In the area of food waste, upcycling is the new recycling, as companies strive to follow a zero-waste approach by creating value from by-products. Meanwhile in packaging, the focus is on using less of it, as well as developing sustainable alternatives.
- The Right Bite
Stress and anxiety are key concerns in modern life as consumers manage careers, families and social lives while striving to maintain healthy lifestyles, both physically and mentally. Responses to this vary, although the majority of consumers aim to balance the benefits and costs of busy lifestyles. This, in turn, raises the demand for nutritious foods that are easy to prepare, convenient and portable.Indulgent treats play a role in relaxation and enjoyment.
- Tapping into Texture
Last year’s leading trend “Discovery: the adventurous consumer” is still prominent, with consumer demand for something new and different being reflected in more product launches with textural claims. Consumers increasingly recognize the influence of texture on food and beverages, allowing a heightened sensory experience and often a greater feeling of indulgence. According to Innova Market Insights research, 45% of, on average, US and UK consumers are influenced by texture when buying food and drinks, while 68% share the opinion that textures contribute to a more interesting food and beverage experience.
The other top trends for 2020 identified by Innova Market Insights are:
- Macronutrient Makeover
- Hello Hybrids
- A Star is Born
- Eat Pretty
- Brand Unlimited