Fruit

The Nut Association chairman: '…Obesity and snacking in between meals would be a lot healthier if people ate these little things.'

Nuts: A ‘five-a-day’ food?

By Kacey Culliney

The Nut Association has filed a paper to Public Health England in the UK calling for nuts to be included in the country’s five-a-day fruit and vegetable recommendations.

Frito-Lay's method relies on mixed fruit and cereal ingredients vacuum cooked

Patent Watch

Frito-Lay files fruit snack patent

By Kacey Culliney

Frito-Lay has filed a global patent to make snacks with high fruit content that combine crunch with a melt-in-the-mouth sensation.

Produce firms increasingly are placing their fruits and vegetables in flexible packaging.

FMI Connect 2014

Top trends in fresh food packaging

By Jenni Spinner

The food and packaging exhibits at FMI Connect and United Fresh offered a glimpse at the hot products and packages that will be in shoppers’ carts in coming months.

The outer carton for Little Duck Organics' Mighty Oats cereal contains seeds that sprout when the paperboard is planted.

Kids' cereal waddles into plantable packaging

By Jenni Spinner

Little Duck Organics’ Mighty Oats single-serve cereal cups boast an outer carton that, when planted in the garden, sprouts tasty vegetables from the seeds in the paperboard.

“Fruit ingredients are never there to replace fresh fruit.”

Fruit ingredients shows super European growth

By Nicola Cottam

Food manufacturers have pampered to health-conscious Europeans with a raft of new fruit-based product launches in 2013, with overall fruit ingredient launches up 22% over the preceding year, according to Innova Market Insights.

The Topfil wild berry fillings can be used in patisseries, baked goods and cheesecakes and should appeal to consumers looking for tasty health, says Puratos

Puratos: Wild berry bakery fillings on trend

By Kacey Culliney

Puratos has added wild berries to its bakery fillings range to align with consumer interest in nutritional tasty ingredients and move away from watery, cultivated berries.

Taura says fruit doesn't need an EFSA claim, it stands on its own feet

Dispatches from FiE

Is the next generation of fruit functional?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Fruit may have its own stand alone functionality but Taura Natural Ingredients says fortification with milk and pea proteins, green coffee and grains will bring the ingredient into new areas. 

Tomatoes are one of the products the technology could be used with

Scientists develop method to ripen fruit on the move

By Joe Whitworth

Australian researchers have developed a method of encapsulating ethylene gas into powder which they claim can improve fruit quality and cut down the distribution time of produce to market.

Claim free a possible emerging trend says Mintel's David Jago

Dispatches from IFT Las Vegas

‘Claim free’ trend may lie around the corner

By Rod Ady

A ‘claim free’ trend may be set to emerge, with consumers becoming blind to complicated labels and pack assertions they may clamour for simple, natural ingredients they can understand without explanation.

100g of baobab fruit cubes contain 5g of fiber, 2g of protein and 40% of the RDA for vitamin C

Nutrient powerhouse baobab attracts cereals big gun

By Elaine Watson

Baobab – the African superfruit packing an unparalleled nutritional punch – is being tested by a major player in the cereals sector and is set to feature in a clutch of new launches later this year from granola to chocolate covered fruit snacks.