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Mindful Product Development

Mindful Product Development – Out with the old, in with the even older!

Everything goes full circle. When fashions resurface, which they invariably do, they are embellished by the younger generations in order to validate them, whilst the older amongst us will smile and nod knowingly. It is interesting that the key underlying trend, across all product sectors, be they food, clothing or […]

Specific dietary needs

Functional ingredients for the ageing population.

In a previous blog we highlight the forthcoming challenges of an ageing population.  Malnutrition in the elderly is a combination of physical, medical and social factors, but can impact on other aspects of health which in turn can exacerbate the problem;  poor diet extend much further than macro nutrient intake […]

ACTION: Food Technology Scouting

Innovating sustainably for our ageing population

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the UK’s population is set to pass 70 million by mid-2031 and will reach 72.4 million by mid-2043. The breakdown of the age demographics is quite startling. The number of children is estimated to decrease slightly from 12.6m in 2018 and 12.3m […]

Food Industry Trends

Food Industry Trends

It’s always fascinating to look at the wide array of food industry trends that are announced each year and try to understand the public opinion or technology behind those trends that has enabled them or brought them to prominence.  Often these trends have been lingering in the background for many […]

Natural Materials

Stewardship in Food and Drink Technology

There is little doubt that the food and drink industry is a hi-tech industry.  Technology, and by this we encompass the broad definition of technology including; ingredients, enabling technologies, manufacturing and processing technologies, is fundamentally responsible for helping ingredient companies and finished product manufacturers meet the needs of the consumers. […]

Food Production for Tomorrow’s World

It’s a widely reported fact that the amount of energy required to produce food exceeds the energy derived from that food. When the prevalent diet is meat-based, as in the Western world, then this inequality increases. In a world with a growing population and the subsequent pressure on natural resources, […]

To Innovation, With love

Generally speaking, managers of chemistry laboratories operating in the contract food testing sector prefer a simple life. It is a highly competitive industry in which there is a strong requirement for efficient and cost-effective analysis. This leads to an emphasis towards rugged and widely applicable methods allied to process control, […]

Packaging innovations for a Sustainable Future

– Richard Coles, Director, Emagine Packaging Limited Packaging innovations are of strategic importance to the food and drinks industries as it is a key enabler for creating brand value and offering functions that deliver a wide range of benefits to consumers and other stakeholders.  These benefits include its role in enhancing […]

APRIL Robot

Robotics in food and beverage manufacturing

The Office of National Statistics recently announced that The UK has returned to recession for the 3rd time in 8 years.  The challenge in the UK manufacturing sector as a whole is further underlined by a dive in productivity when compared to other industrial nations with UK showing more than […]