Healthy foods and new protein sources are on the rise in Nordic food trends. Although healthiness and sustainable choices are seen as important, glamour and indulgence play a part as well.
According to the results of Fazer’s recent Future of Food 2019 report, 41% of the Finnish respondents, reported they would be interested in favouring plant-based proteins, such as seitan, pulled oats and soya meal to protect the environment (23% in Denmark and Norway, 31% in Sweden). Furthermore, no less than 28% of the Finns surveyed would be interested in removing meat from their diet or only eating meat as an exception to protect the environment (18% in Denmark and Norway, 23% in Sweden). Individual health needs stand out in Finland, as more than half (54%) would like to eat food with nutrient profiles customised for their own needs.
Arla Foods Ingredients will launch one of the world’s fastest cream cheese manufacturing processes at Food Ingredients South America (São Paulo,Brazil, 21-23 August 2018).
Traditionally, cream cheese-making is a complex procedure that can take up to 20 hours and generates significant amounts of acid whey meaning it is inefficient, expensive and occupies valuable space on the production line. But thanks to a new whey protein ingredient solution from Arla Foods Ingredients – Nutrilac® CH-7694 – dairies can now reduce the cream cheese manufacturing process to just 30 minutes while increasing yield at the same time.
Nearly two thirds of shoppers in South America are willing to pay extra for a food or beverage product that is higher in protein, according to a survey commissioned by Arla Foods Ingredients.
Researchers from Lindberg International asked 4,000 consumers in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia if they would spend more on buying a product if it contained more protein than a similar product. Across all three countries, 61% of respondents said they would be willing do so.
South America is a key market for Arla Foods Ingredients. In February 2018, it agreed to acquire the shares in Arla Foods Ingredients S.A, its joint-venture in Argentina, that were owned by SanCor. The move will support the company’s ambition for growth in South America.
Arla Foods has scooped an award for its protein pouch format at the fourth annual World Food Innovation Awards. Celebrating the very best in excellence and innovation across every product category, Arla protein pouches took home the award for Best Brand Extension.
Beating over 200 entries from 29 countries, Arla Protein pouches were recognised for their malleable design that ensures the consumer gets their protein hit in the easiest and most convenient way when on the go.
An online knowledge-sharing platform designed to maximise the potential of whey protein and lactose has been set up by Arla Foods Ingredients.
The new Whey & Protein Blog – www.thewheyprotein.blog – will act as an impartial, non-commercial focal point where individuals, businesses and experts with an interest in whey protein and lactose can share information. In line with this spirit of neutrality, it will not be used as a medium for promoting brands or companies and their products.
Tanvi Savara, Consumer Insight Analyst at Canadean, says that top consumer and innovation trends for dairy in 2016 include targeting niche consumer groups, creating new occasions for dairy consumption, and snacking on the go.
Savara explains: “Dairy brands are redefining dairy consumption occasions by targeting new day parts to boost consumer engagement and brand loyalty. The trend is more mainstream in yogurt, but there are opportunities to expand usage occasions for milk and cheese by targeting late evenings and after-dinner.”
The analyst also notes that high-protein products will have a significant impact on the dairy sector over the next few years, as the trend extends beyond its typical demographic consumer base.
Savara explains: “The protein trend is going mainstream, as major brands are launching products such as Fairlife and Mars High Protein. Furthermore, not only are high protein claims appealing to younger consumers, but the 55+ demographic will also provide consumer opportunities to dairy brands in 2016 and beyond. Healthy aging will be a key focus area for innovation looking ahead.”
Other key trends discussed at the Dairy Innovation Summit included: “snackifying dairy”, which covers new launches of products such as yogurt drinks with added fibre, chia seeds and nuts and bite-sized cheeses; sensory pleasure, wherein manufacturers are breaking the mould by introducing spicy flavours to ice creams and yogurts; and alternative milks, including a new wave of innovation in milks derived from nuts, grains, rice and seeds.
Researchers from the Laboratory of Food Process Engineering at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, in collaboration with FrieslandCampina, are researching and developing methods for 3D printing protein-rich foods using sodium caseinate, a high-quality protein found in mammalian milk.
3D food printing is a particularly interesting and important area within the 3D printing industry as a whole. It is interesting because the technology behind 3D food printing allows for unique flavor combinations and enhanced food presentations that were previously impossible to achieve in even the most advanced culinary institutions. At the same time, the science of 3D food printing could be an important key in addressing pressing issues such as sustainability, food waste, and malnutrition across the world.
Wageningen’s research into 3D printing protein-rich foods falls into the second category. The research, part of a collaboration between Wageningen University and FrieslandCampina, the world’s largest dairy cooperative, aims to develop FDM 3D printed protein-rich foods that are both tasty and nutritious, delivering essential, high-quality protein nutrients while eliminating food waste.
Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a new clean-label protein solution that tackles the long-standing problem of watery low-fat cottage cheese.
Arla Foods Ingredients’ new dairy protein is simply added to the dressing (cream) that is combined with the curds to make cottage cheese. It reacts with the salt in the dressing to create a thicker texture and a creamier end product. This eliminates the need for the stabilisers frequently used to enhance the quality of low fat cottage cheese, which tends to have a runnier consistency than the standard version and is therefore more likely to require thickening. This is often done using starches and gums, which may mean sacrificing clean label status.
Because the cream dressing containing Arla Foods Ingredients’ dairy protein is better quality, the proportion of curds required in the recipe can be reduced without any negative impact on product quality – enabling manufacturers to optimize their production costs and maximize profitability.