Key trends for Australian and New Zealand consumers in 2015, Mintel
October 27, 2014

Key trends for Australian and New Zealand consumers in 2015, Mintel Consumer rights, health and technology are among key consumer trends for Australia and New Zealand in 2015, according to Mintel’s Senior Trends & Innovation Consultant Jane Barnett. Healthy appetite People are becoming more informed about their health and are increasingly seeking out superfoods free from chemicals and additives, locally and seasonally sourced, according to Ms Barnett. Ms Barnett said that the 2014 trend that... ...Read more »

Potato Tracker project reveals taste and convenience key factors to increase Australian spud consumption
October 22, 2014

Potato Tracker project reveals taste and convenience key factors to increase Australian spud consumption Australian consumers are buying potatoes for taste and convenience, and are keen to purchase more, according to new industry research carried out as part of a potato research study funded by potato levies with matching funds from the Australian Government. Survey results reveal purchase triggers The ‘Potato Tracker’ project sheds “encouraging new light” on purchase triggers... ...Read more »

Iced tea and breakfast drinks blitz beverage market
October 22, 2014

Iced tea and breakfast drinks blitz beverage market The 21st century has not been kind to flavoured carbonated soft drinks, as the number of Australians aged 14 years or older consuming them continues to decline by the year, but Australians are drinking more iced tea and breakfast drinks, according to findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. Whereas 11,347,000 people (or 71 per cent of the population) drank at least one soft drink in any given four weeks back in 2003, this... ...Read more »

Tropical tree produces sweetener suitable for diabetics, study
October 22, 2014

Tropical tree produces sweetener suitable for diabetics, study A process for producing the sweetener erythritol from sapodilla, a tropical tree, has been developed by students at the Technological Institute of Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico. Some natural low calorie sweeteners, including erythritol (a sweetener found in fruits and vegetables) can be used to sweeten foods and drinks for patients with diabetes. However, because the extraction is usually made ​​from products with high nutritional and... ...Read more »

Mediterranean diet, olive oil and nuts can help reverse metabolic syndrome, study
October 22, 2014

Mediterranean diet, olive oil and nuts can help reverse metabolic syndrome, study For people with metabolic syndrome, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts may help reverse the condition, according to new findings from Spanish researchers. About 25 per cent of adults around the world have metabolic syndrome. The syndrome exists in the presence of three or more factors such as large waist circumference, high blood pressure, low HDL-cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides... ...Read more »

Supermarket bread price wars won’t impact specialty bakers, Roy Morgan Research
October 20, 2014

Supermarket bread price wars won’t impact specialty bakers, Roy Morgan Research Woolworths Supermarkets’ recent announcement that they were reducing the price of their Homebrand white bread from $1 to 85c a loaf not only attracted widespread media attention, but prompted Coles and ALDI to match the price with their equivalent ‘store’s own’ white loaves. However, the ‘bread wars’ are not likely to impact smaller specialist stores such as Bakers Delight, according to findings from... ...Read more »

Energy drinks sales skyrocket in UK despite health concerns
October 20, 2014

Energy drinks sales skyrocket in UK despite health concerns Over half of UK consumers believe energy drinks are bad for ier health, but sales of the drinks are reaching record levels anyway, according to global market research organisation Canadean. Canadean said that to secure the success of this fast-growing market, producers would need to come up with ‘healthier’ recipes and ingredients. A new survey by Canadean revealed that almost one in 10 UK consumers consume energy drinks, with... ...Read more »

Tinned food struggles drive demand for alternative types of packaging
October 20, 2014

Tinned food struggles drive demand for alternative types of packaging One in five consumers consider tinned food difficult to open, but with UK consumers spending over £8 billion on the most convenient food products, manufacturers will increasingly adopt easier to open packs such as pouches for vegetables, soups, meat, and fish, according to market research organisation Canadean. Young adults are most likely to look for an easier to open pack Of UK consumers, 22 per cent said they found tinned food... ...Read more »

Coffee good for the liver, even if decaffeinated, study
October 15, 2014

Coffee good for the liver, even if decaffeinated, study Drinking coffee, caffeinated or not, may benefit liver health, according to new research from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. The study, published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, showed that higher coffee consumption, regardless of caffeine content, was linked to lower levels of abnormal liver enzymes. The researchers said this suggested that chemical compounds in coffee... ...Read more »

UK prefers vegetables over miracle health cure products, Canadean
October 15, 2014

UK prefers vegetables over miracle health cure products, Canadean A majority of UK consumers are distrustful of food and drinks products that offer a ‘magic bullet’ health solution, instead opting for ‘traditional’ health foods such as fruit and vegetables, according to new findings from market research organisation Canadean. Canadean research found that the majority of UK consumers were distrustful of product labels that promise miracle health cures, such as a boost to the... ...Read more »

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