Food, Drink and Nutrition

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

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

Are our attitudes to meat changing?

With sustainability and health credibility strongly encouraging consumers to question their eating habits, our tastes and consumption of meat are evolving. The awareness and understanding surrounding our impact on the state of the planet is increasing; raising difficult questions on the way we live our lives and the food we choose to buy and eat. As a result, specific substitutes are gaining traction, market research provider Euromonitor International revealed. “Ultimately, more and more peopl

Are plant-based milks entering a vegan renaissance?

Gone are the days when the appeal of plant-based milk was only related to its perceived health benefits, notably as shoppers sought allergen-free and lactose-free products. In fact, that time has 'long gone', Roux told FoodNavigator. Amid the rise of plant-based milk varieties, consumers are consciously choosing to 'drink plant-based milk for its taste'. In Spain, for example, 32% of consumers prefer the taste of plant-based milk to dairy milk. Unsurprisingly, plant-based milk brands are bring

Peru employs communication strategy to improve nutrition

The food-assistance branch of the United Nations, World Food Program (WFP), has maintained a role in Peru since 1968. Over this time, its presence and support have transformed from equipping the country with food aid to bolstering its national, regional and community nutritional scope. Adopting its global campaign: Saving lives, changing lives, the recently-published country brief reveals its operational influencers and strategic plans to promote healthier eating habits to reduce child malnutri

Chilean healthy nutrition brand Denda raises $1 million

The Latin American company strives to provide people with online products that are sustainable and responsible within the environment. After receiving $1 million from numerous national investors, Denda now plans to grow its sustainability presence. Sudamerik, a natural product retailer, and Dadneo, a management group focusing on entrepreneurship in Chile and Latin America, led the funding round. Two angel investors also contributed to Denda’s capital injection, creating a total of $1 million in

Nutrition in Health Focus Could saves Millions of Lives, WHO says

To achieve the life-saving goal, health services will need to implement and integrate a stronger emphasis on maximizing high-quality nutrition in people, at every stage of their life, the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals in a new report​. Reaching the goal of saving 3.7 million lives by 2025 is largely based on organizations and companies around the world supporting the right investments​[1]​​​. Outlining how instrumental nutrition should be in overall health education and provision, Dr

DSM and Vitamins Angels reach global vitamin A milestone

Emphasizing the critical first 1,000 days of life, together, DSM and Vitamin Angels promote the importance of global nutrition by providing lifesaving vitamins to pregnant women and children around the world who are at risk of malnutrition. Why is Vitamin A so Vital?​ As vitamin A is a necessary nutrient in the growth and development of individuals, especially children, DSM and Vitamin Angels are seeking to overcome the problems relating to cultural taboos, the environment and infrastructure t

Deterioration of food security in Venezuela is “palpable”

“The case of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is very particular because it was the only country in the region where the prevalence and the number of undernourished increased between the trienniums 2004-2006 and 2016-2018,”​ emphasizes Ricardo Rapallo, FAO Senior Policy Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean. Estimations reveal that “5 out of 6 of the people who joined the undernourished population in the region during that same period live in Venezuela,”​ Rapallo expressed. Describin

“We definitely can eradicate hunger and push back the rising tide of malnutrition”, FAO Senior Policy Officer says

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 report revealed the true scale of undernourishment and hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean. “The increase in hunger in recent years is strongly associated with the economic slowdown of the region, ​Ricardo Rapallo, FAO Senior Policy Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, explained. Key Societal and Economic Factors at Play in Latin America​ South America accounts for the majority of the number of undernourished people with

‘Many people seek supplementation, but they also want to return to natural’: Move Nutrition founder

1. Can you tell me a little about yourself and Move Nutrition? ​ Move Nutrition is a registered trademark in Colombia, which offers products and services that carry the motto of body, mind and spirit in motion. We currently carry out face-to-face and virtual nutrition consultations, and have an agreement with sports physicians and personal trainers to support the clients' goals. We also offer talks in academic events, formative institutions and private companies. We want to integrate more pro

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019: LATAM Insights

To overcome the prevalence of food insecurity and malnutrition amid economic slowdowns and downturns, the industry needs to address the “root causes of hunger and malnutrition: poverty, inequality and marginalisation”​. Following three years of divergence, the disparity between world hunger and obesity continues to grow. In 2018, over 820 million people around the world were hungry, which is up from 811 million in 2017, representing an increase for the third year in a row. “FAO has been warnin

The strategic focus of enforcement is evolving but food safety remains a 'fundamental right'

Speaking exclusively to Wayne Anderson, Director of Food Science and Standards at Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), we explore the prevailing challenges impacting food safety in Europe and the enforcement of EU-wide food safety law. For the FSAI, there is the perceived consumer desire for authorities and public bodies that enforce the food law do so in a way that protects consumer health and is “not in any way compromised by dealings with the food industry”​. As a result, consumer awaren

Is food packaging doing enough to communicate allergen information?

The UK free-from market is estimated to have hit the £837 million mark in 2018; representing total sales growth of a staggering 133% between 2013-2018. As such, consumers demand assurance, trust and reliability in the product selections they make based on their allergen requirements. Emma Clifford, Associate Director of Food and Drink at Mintel, emphasises how there have been calls for the government to impose changes relating to allergen labelling. After the recent death of Natasha Ednan-Lape

Australian Made/Grown logos part 2: Digital age calls for new marketing

Recently-released data from market intelligence agency, Mintel, indicates that 72% of metro Australians invest and choose products with an Australian Made/Grown logo. Of the number of Australians that purchase products with this logo, 29% make this decision as it helps to instil trust in the product/brand. Of the number of urban Australians asked, 28% stated that the Australian Made/Grown logo assures them of the health or safety level of food or drink items. In addition, 25% believe that it co

New health and wellness expo comes to Hong Kong

The inaugural Green Queen Expo 2018 will take place at the award-winning AsiaWorld-Expo venue on 27th and 28th January 2018. Health-focused consumers from all over Asia will gather to explore natural beauty & cosmetics, organic and healthy food, fitness & yoga, eco-lifestyle, holistic health and sustainable fashion. Wellness media startup, Green Queen, has served health-focused consumers since 2011 through utilising digital content. "Since Green Queen began in 2011, our mission is to make it
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