New products

 

Drinking to good health

Rising consumer interest in health and naturalness is being strongly reflected in new product activity in the global soft drinks market, according to Innova Market Insights. According to the market research company, 60% of the soft drinks launches recorded globally in 2010 had a health positioning of some sort. This was primarily in terms of […]

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Rules relaxed on beer, wine and bread sales

The UK government has confirmed that it’s to scrap regulations banning the sale of small measures of beer and wine as well as different unwrapped bread sizes. Existing laws limit licensed premises to selling alcoholic drinks in certain measures, while bakers may produce loaves of unpackaged bread in set sizes only. But science minister David […]

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Wasabi taking root in new launches

While wasabi has been used in Asia for many years, interest in its use as a flavouring elsewhere in the world is growing, with the number of product launches outside Asia rising strongly in recent years, according to market analysts. Innova Market Insight’s Innova Database records that such launches have more than quadrupled over the […]

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New trend in adult soft drink sector

Flavour company Wild has used cider as the inspiration for a range of new products in the ‘adult soft drinks’ sector. With flavours such as blackcurrant and bitter orange, the firm says its non-alcoholic, cider-mix beverages ‘with a tart, tangy, fruity note’ offer ‘a perfect match for the palates of adult consumers, and a refreshing […]

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Spearmint Treatt from flavour firm

Ingredients firm Treatt has unveiled its latest innovation – a spearmint flavour which it claims offers ‘leafy green flavours and imparts distinct Mojito-like topnotes’. Spearmint Treattarome 9764, says the manufacturer, provides flavourists and manufacturers with a sweeter alternative to conventional spearmint oil. Wholly distilled from Mentha spicata, the ingredients is a 100% natural FTNF (From […]

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Safeline’s liquid asset

Mettler Toledo Safeline says it has made a significant breakthrough in the detection of contaminants in fluids with the launch of its FluidCheK x-ray inspection system. Developed primarily to meet the needs of manufacturers and packers of beverages and other liquids, the manufacturer says the system is equipped with advanced image-scanning software and employs x-ray […]

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Bold move for Martek

Global omega-3 DHA leader Martek Biosciences Corporation has moved into product manufacture with the £123 million (£141m) acquisition of Amerifit Brands, a company that specialises in women’s and digestive health products. The all-cash deal means Martek is now the owner of brands such as the probiotic supplement Culturelle, AZO for urinary tract infections and Estroven […]

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Tesco sales weaker than expected

Despite posting a rise in third-quarter sales, Tesco’s latest performance is weaker than analysts had expected. Britain’s biggest supermarket chain reported that UK like-for-like sales rose by 2.8% (excluding petrol and adjusted for lower VAT) in the 13 weeks to 28 November. However, analysts were forecasting around 3%. Overall, group sales were up by 8.8% […]

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Burnt sugar flavour breakthrough

Specialist food colouring company DD Williamson has developed a breakthrough natural acid-stable burnt sugar flavour which, it says, responds to demand for clean-label flavours. Applications include beverages and sauces, with the non-GM product offering stability in phosphoric acid, citric acid, alcohol (60%) and salt (15%). “Class one (plain) caramel colours and burnt sugars are not […]

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