Food, drink and nutrition

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

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

Water sources are getting an upgrade

Brands are now exploring water as a creative component by utilising ingredients such as banana and watermelon. “Water has long been prized by spa and dermocosmetic brands as a carrier of valuable trace elements, but this is now being extended so that water is almost regarded as an active ingredient in its own right,”​ revealed Vivienne Rudd, Director of Global Innovation and Insight, beauty and personal care, at Mintel. Over the next ten years, “Water – the new luxury”​ is one of four main tre

China makes strides in improving safety evaluation and cosmetics technical regulations

China’s National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC) closed its public consultation on the proposal ​to introduce the direct peptide test method for ascertaining skin allergies in cosmetics products and the “method for short exposure of chemical raw rabbit corneal epithelium cell (STE) for cosmetic chemicals” to identify eye irritation on 15th February 2018. Amid this consultation, and as we await its results, we spoke with Troy Seidle, Vice President, Humane Society International to a

China invites comments on suggested skin allergy and eye irritation testing methods

A report on the “Regulation Status of Domestic Non-Special-Use Cosmetics Related Animal Testing”​ prepared by Reach24h Consulting Group​ for Humane Society International​ sets out the testing method requirements that exist at present in China. Produced in May 2016, the report states that “the only source of test method accepted by CFDA [China Food and Drug Administration] is from Cosmetics Hygienic Standard (2007 version) and Safety and Technical Standard for Cosmetics, [which] will come into e

China public consultation for new draft cosmetics classification comes to a close

Cosmetics in China fall under one of two classifications: "cosmetics for special use(s)" or "cosmetics for non-special use(s)". Described as the current classification, this distinguishment results in different regulatory requirements being applied to cosmetics. With the draft consultation currently under consultation, the results have the potential to change these classifications and how the regulatory body, CFDA, handles these definitions. The CFDA released the draft rules on the classificat

China: Authority amalgamation and health care influence

At the National People’s Congress conference, the State Council revealed that China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) and State Administration for Industry & Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (SAIC) would merge, China’s regulatory news and database, Chemlinked revealed on 13th March 2018​. As part of this consolidation, the simultaneous formation of the National Market

APAC inspires next-gen food-based skin care

Currently a niche segment, global intelligence company, Mintel, reveals that there is the potential for food-based skin care to become mainstream​. Set to grow in uptake in the US and the UK, brands are increasing the number of formulations that contain nutritive food ingredients in a bid to make the appearance of skin look healthier. Mintel Beauty and Personal Care Trend ‘Gastronomia​,’ highlighted how face and neck care product launches use the term ‘food’ to promote beautiful skin, and how

Tea is stirring up the skin care market

Global intelligence company, Mintel, revealed that tea-based skin care is seeing enjoyed popularity as it enters beauty supplements​. Green tea (unfermented tea) is the most familiar skin care ingredient in China as it comprised over 50% of tea-based skin care products in 2016, according to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD)​. 1. Why has tea entered the cosmetics space?​ Tea has had a long history and an established culture in China. Tea has long been used as a relaxing herbal drink i

Are your cosmetics vegetarian? Disclosure to soon be mandatory

Awareness relating to cosmetics free from ingredients containing animal-origins, known as vegetarian cosmetics, is high on the Indian government’s agenda. In order to make this a prerequisite of cosmetics manufacturing, the Indian government is set to amend its Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945. It will state that cosmetics and toiletries packaging including shampoos, toothpastes and soaps should feature a red/brown dot for non-vegetarian origin and a green dot for vegetarian. The Drugs Technical

Kohonjin supports fermentation science through skin care launch

On 22nd March 2018, the K-beauty pioneer announced that it is set to reveal its product lineup including nutritional cream, skin essence and a mask pack. Designed to make skin delicate and sensitive skin moist, Kohonjin uses ingredients produced through fermentation science that can then be absorbed into the skin as soon as it has been applied. Utilising actress Min Jeong Kim as its exclusive model and celebrity brand ambassador, the brand focuses on skin care and anti-ageing through unveiling

Etude House Singapore recalls products

The South Korean cosmetics name released its statement on 21st March 2018 on its website following the discovery. Etude House also voluntarily shared this information with the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. The affected products, which were largely distributed in Korea, were produced and supplied by Hwasung Cosmetics, an Amorepacific contractor. Etude House Singapore has now withdrawn its AC Clean-Up Mild Concealer (Serial number: AAH and Use-by Date: 8th January 2021) and Drawing Ey

APAC inspires next-gen food-based skin care

Currently a niche segment, global intelligence company, Mintel, reveals that there is the potential for food-based skin care to become mainstream​. Set to grow in uptake in the US and the UK, brands are increasing the number of formulations that contain nutritive food ingredients in a bid to make the appearance of skin look healthier. Mintel Beauty and Personal Care Trend ‘Gastronomia​,’ highlighted how face and neck care product launches use the term ‘food’ to promote beautiful skin, and how

Tea is stirring up the skin care market

Global intelligence company, Mintel, revealed that tea-based skin care is seeing enjoyed popularity as it enters beauty supplements​. Green tea (unfermented tea) is the most familiar skin care ingredient in China as it comprised over 50% of tea-based skin care products in 2016, according to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD)​. 1. Why has tea entered the cosmetics space?​ Tea has had a long history and an established culture in China. Tea has long been used as a relaxing herbal drink i

Sognap releases soap with ice cream tulip extract

Combining the popularity and innovative potential of beauty, food and flowers, Sognap unveils its latest offering combining all three. The Seoul-based cosmetics brand revealed its newly-launched soap, on 14th May 2018. Taking inspiration from its domestic market and local industry development, Sognap, has produced the body wash item using rare ingredients. Its ice cream soap contains ice cream tulip extract for the first time in cosmetics formulation. Ice cream tulip is an extract from a rare

Can larger portion sizes encourage healthy food consumption?

The study, ‘Might bigger portions of healthier snack food help?’,​ consists of two experiments conducted in France with young adults and adolescents. Researchers examined the relationship between portion size and food intake — known as the portion size effect — to learn more about how this correlation impacts the consumption of healthy and unhealthy foods. There is a significant amount of published research highlighting that people overconsume unhealthy foods when portion size doubles. As a re

Inflore & Sens claims to innovate herbal tea market

1. What is the name of your eco-innovation food product?​ 2. Where are you based?​ "We are from the engineering school, ISARA-Lyon, located in Lyon, France. It is a school specialising in food science, agronomy and the environment."​ 3. Can you describe the product in your own words?​ "InfIore & Sens is the unexpected association of essential oils and natural plants that are gathered together and combined into a stick. Poured, this liquid mix is diluted instantly in water to create a fabulou

Refined glycogen helps avoid harmful effects of sun exposure

Japan-based Glico Nutrition Company, one of a group of companies comprising Ezaki Glico Group, has released a new study on its refined glycogen product, Bioglycogen, that works to avoid the destructive effects of UVB. UVB is considered to be the primary cause of skin reddening and sunburn, which damages skin cells, particularly on the skin’s outer epidermal layers. The laboratories of Glico Nutrition Company have previously demonstrated the effective ability of glycogen to increase production

Gastronomia part 1: natural products with a DIY twist

Market research company Mintel reported that APAC consumers really are following the saying, 'it's what's on the inside that counts' by showing increased interest in the naturals market. However, the big shift is in consumer desire and willingness to create beauty products from scratch. “In the Asia-Pacific region, we're seeing the rise of DIY beauty products, while 'clean labels' which call out product benefits and ingredients on the front of the pack are also gaining popularity,”​ highlighte
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