Trends and insights

Trends and insights

Catch up on developments in the world of food, nutrition and science.

Nutrition transition: China's story

13 January 2022
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China's nutrition transition
The way consumers in China eat, drink, and move and the subsequent effects on their health has shifted greatly since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.1 Official reports have been released and are being used to understand how changes in the behaviours of Chinese consumers affect...

Vegetarian and vegan diets

04 January 2022
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cereal and dairy with vitamin b12
Previously considered a niche dietary choice, the rise in interest in plant-based diets and vegan lifestyles in the last 10 years has been notable. Motivation for cutting out animal-based foods is varied but includes concerns about animal welfare and ethics, environmental and sustainability issues...

New training modules on low and no calorie sweeteners

20 December 2021
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LNCS training modules
Confused about low and no calorie sweeteners? Have you heard a lot of mixed messages in the media? It can be confusing! Despite being some of the most researched ingredients in the world, mixed messages are still being communicated around the safety and benefits of sweeteners. It may seem impossible...

Do consumers feel enough products contain added fibre?

29 December 2021
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Products containing fibre
Closing the fibre gap and supporting gut health Globally, consumers are not getting enough fibre daily from the food and beverage they consume. From our own global research in 17 markets, we know that only 22% of consumers are eating and drinking products that contain fibre daily1. However...

Rare sugars: what are they and what can they do for you?

13 December 2021
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Allulose sugar reduction treats
Obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome have become major public health problems with global relevance. To curb this unfortunate epidemiological landscape, balancing energy consumed and expended has become crucial, impelling the industry to innovate and renovate, by reducing sugar, calorie and...

The importance of fibre consumption in children and the benefits of polydextrose

24 November 2021
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Fibre in children
Childhood is a period of growth and development and having a healthy diet is essential. Among the nutrients that are important for child development is fibre. It benefits gut health, helping to support normal bowel function, maintain healthy blood glucose and lipid levels and may contribute to...

Diabetes in Asia: Are we at higher risk?

14 November 2021
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Diabetes in Asia-Pacific
Home to 60% of the world’s population, Asia Pacific is undergoing rapid socioeconomic, technological, and cultural transitions. While these transitions have reduced poverty, they have come with considerable health consequences. Amongst the 422 million people globally affected with diabetes in 2014...

Defining prebiotics: where do we stand now?

10 November 2021
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Smiling woman eating a fortified breakfast cereal
Prebiotics are food components that feed and foster the growth of beneficial bacteria that live in your gut, enhancing gut health and thus whole-body health. This is backed by a growing amount of scientific research. What many people don’t know is the journey these substances took to get where they...

Does eating more sustainably equal bland and boring?

08 November 2021
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Plant-based trends
This month, the UK hosts the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. The summit brings parties, companies, and civil society together to inspire climate change and accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate...

Eight consumer trends driving product innovation

01 November 2021
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Transparency trend
In today’s world, consumers expect more from their favourite brands. They want to see them act as a force for good, as well as offering them solutions that are healthier, tastier and in line with the trends they care about.