Food, Drink and Nutrition

Here you'll find all my latest published articles and blog posts relating to the food, drink and nutrition industries. 

Are we entering a new nutrition reality?

We spoke to Stineke Oenema, Global Coordinator of the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSN) about the current nutrition outlook and if we really are moving into a new nutrition reality. A report in The Lancet​, entitled A new nutrition manifesto for a new nutrition reality ​, sets out the urgency to address and tackle malnutrition throughout the world, and how in the “nutrition decade”​ that leads to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “a new global nutrition movement”​ is...

What's new in specialized nutrition in 2020?

Infants and young children, sportspeople, patients in search of medically-supervised products, celiac disease sufferers and overweight and obese consumers are all on the lookout for specialized nutrition products that answer their specific diet and health needs. When it comes to specialized nutrition in 2020, demands and innovations are taking it up a notch. “We are seeing a growing interest for hyper-specialized diets and nutrition options,” ​Ana Paula Gilsogamo, Food and Drink Senior Analyst...

Duas Rodas explores the big questions in nutrition

Personalized nutrition is gaining traction as consumers are increasingly seeking “divergent interests, tastes and habits”​, said Steven Charles Rumsey, PhD, General Manager of Technology and Innovation at Duas Rodas. Age demographics, in particular, are impacting nutritional attitudes, behaviors and preferences. The need for convenience to support busy lifestyles, for example, is a key fulfillment request. With “millennials currently being the primary influencer in the marketplace”

LATAM region is strongest for Chr. Hansen in Q1

Hailing the overall Q1 2019/2020 results as “in line with expectations”​, Chr. Hansen revealed that the nutrition specialists saw 1% organic revenue growth in the first three months of 2019/2020, which coincides with the company’s 1% euro growth. Along with the company’s health and nutrition segment witnessing 4% organic revenue growth, momentum has also improved in its food cultures and enzymes categories attaining 4% growth, while natural colors saw a 1% rise. The operating earnings over ope

Nutrition and Agtech investments in Brazil focus on alternative proteins

A first-of-its-kind AgTech fund is currently underway to ​ startups in Brazil. New and novel formulations are therefore evolving and advancing to reflect changing consumer needs. Focusing on the key nutrition trends in Brazil and the wider Latin American market at present, Francisco Jardim, Co-Founder, SP Ventures emphasizes that LATAM is being “absorbed”​ by many of the global nutrition trends. Brazilian and Latin American consumers are also responding to nutrition needs, causing food...

Core nutrition trends in 2020 and beyond demand more from innovators

What’s next in the world of food and nutrition? Food provenance and the country of origin​ As consumer lifestyles in different nations converge, the internationalization of food is leading food preferences to align and become more homogenous. However, with widespread travel a norm for many, consumers have the ability to try a selection of new cuisines and foodstuffs. Simultaneously, consumers are also adopting increased awareness and curiosity in the rediscovery of local food, a trend Euromon...

What's on the agenda for Sustainable Food and Nutrition in 2020?

Over 100 executives from the sustainable food and nutrition sphere joined the fifth Latin American edition of the summit in São Paulo, Brazil, on 28-29th November 2019. The industry insiders gathered to discuss the main sustainability issues that are facing the region’s food and nutrition space. Leading trends facing sustainable nutrition in Latin America focus on plant-based foods, biodiversity, traceability, organic food supply chains, veganism and vegetarianism and the development...

DSM will “continue to invest in the region” despite “all the challenges”

With innovation a core focus in nutrition too, we spoke to Luiz Magalhães, Vice-President of DSM Human Nutrition & Health in Latin America and Maria Fernanda Elias, Communication Manager of Human Nutrition & Health in Latin America at DSM Nutritional Products about their plans for the region. 1. What are DSM's current nutritional operations and activities in LATA​M?​ DSM’s current operations in LATA​M comprise large participation in human nutrition and health, animal nutrition and health...

Roquette Ventures invests in AP Technologies to develop HMOs for infant nutrition

Nutrition company Roquette, which has manufacturing operations in Brazil, will pair its venture investment arm with the protein manufacturing firm, Advanced Protein Technologies (AP Technologies). Together, the two companies will explore and progress understanding and capabilities of human breast milk nutritional components. Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs), which can only be found in human milk, are cognitive and immune-activating ingredients. Protein manufacturing technology specialists, AP...

Mindful eating dominates as consumers seek rich nutritious profiles

Described by Euromonitor International as a “constantly evolving trend”, ​mindful eating revolves around a balanced diet that contains nutritious foods. As well as reducing or removing ‘bad’ nutrients such as sugar, salt or carbs in their diets, consumers are simultaneously trying to increase the amount of ‘good’ nutrients, such as fiber and protein, they eat. New beliefs around food are driving consumer preferences for more natural and less-processed foods, short ingredient lists, clean labels...

Label harmonization will lead national nutrition strategies in 2020

Speaking with NutraIngredients-LATAM, David Pineda Ereño, Advisor on Strategy, Policy and Regulation at DPE International Consulting explained the developments we can expect to see in individual Latin American countries to improve nutrition and support targets. While three key ​are set to spearhead nutritional development strategies across the LATAM region in 2020, there is a wide variety of initiatives and actions taking place on the national level. Throughout LATAM, individual nations are ex

Argentina announces 50% increase in nutrition policy budget amid food emergency

Although 2019 has witnessed its anticipated record levels of cereal production, it has failed to turnaround the growing intensity of the threat to food and nutrition. Due to the acute weakening of the local currency and rising inflation rate, cereal prices have spiked at an ongoing and detrimental rate. As a result, the alarming pricing levels are drastically restricting the Argentinian population’s access to food. 2018 saw the Latin American country’s GDP experience negative growth, depreciat

Life stage nutrition leads consumer segmentation in the era of eating occasions

For manufacturers and retailers, life stage nutrition is a core area for new product creations. As brands strive for more segmented product portfolios, the oldest and youngest consumer demographics have stood out as target markets to appeal to. With aging populations in Latin America, food producers are drafting innovative and novel ideas to “meet the unique nutritional needs” ​of older purchasers, market intelligence provider, Euromonitor International reports. By 2030, 991 million people aro

Nestle Health Science Brazil launches nutrition-based health program

Nestlé Health Science (NHSc) Brazil has introduced Nestlé Beyond Food, a competition that plans to create and build partnerships with startups in e-health. The contest program, which is accepting entries until 25th October, is collaborating with entrepreneur network, StartSe, and R&D and manufacturing specialists, Innoscience. Together, the trio aims to commence and accelerate business success by working with up to three Brazilian startups between 2019 and 2020.

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences explores plant-based and probiotics expansion

When it comes to megatrends impacting consumer-style, behavior and choice — health and well-being is one such trend that is influencing different demographics, generations and geographies. DuPont sees that this is “no different in Latin America”, ​explained Daniel Borges, LATAM Sales and Industry Leader of Probiotics, Fibers and HMO at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. Consumers are looking for benefits that appeal to their personal, their family’s and their planet’s wellbeing.

Clean recipes help sports nutrition enter the mainstream

Amrin Walji, Senior Innovation Analyst at Mintel explains that in Latin America, consumers are after clean recipes. Emphasizing the importance of ingredient transparency, product label clarity and health, the industry is honing in on ensuring its sports nutrition segment is set up to deliver on these demands. Market intelligence provider, Euromonitor International asserts how sports nutrition remains an “evolving category”​ in the region.

Unilever vows to work with third party to test the nutrient levels in Mexican products after report highlights shortcomings

We speak with Alice Delemare Tangpuori from Changing Markets Foundation to look at what impact this has on consumer confidence and transparency in the food industry. The Changing Markets Foundation, Proyecto Alimente and ContraPESO teamed up to explore Unilever’s commitment to, and deliverance of, its global nutritional responsibility. Their research, which culminated in the trio’s Changing Markets ​, found that the global leader in food production is failing to keep to its worldwide promises,

What's next for blockchain in the food industry?

European retailers and food manufacturers are maximising their efforts in food tracking to optimise transparency in the supply chain. A whole host of brands have activated blockchain technology to highlight the need for product and supply transparency that communicates safety and quality. Looking after the supply chain European supermarkets and manufacturers are striving to reduce the complexity and potential confusion of supply chains by implementing QR codes and product labelling. Carrefour

Genomma Lab and UPI promote infant nutrition in Mexico

Group Novalac Nutrition & Health-owned UP International (UPI) has granted Genomma Lab the exclusive license to market its Novamil and Novalac infant nutrition products in Mexico as it develops its presence in Latin America. Both UPI and Genomma Lab “strongly support breastfeeding as the best nutrition for babies”.​ As such, they aim to evolve their nutrition products to support breastfeeding while simultaneously offering nutritional supplements for babies who cannot be breastfed. As part of th

Fiber-rich food appeals to health, diet and lifestyle needs

Roquette conducted an online survey with participants in Mexico, Brazil and the US. When it comes to food and nutrition awareness, while sugar and fat may be considered as highly prevalent in the media and health organization’s campaign initiatives, fiber remains somewhat in the background. The French-based leader in plant-based ingredients and new vegetal proteins gathered responses from consumers in Mexico, Brazil and the US to understand perceptions about fiber in food and drinks. Increasin
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