Key trends for new product development in the global food and beverage industry are in health, convenience, naturality and sustainability. New foods based on fruits and vegetables fulfil many of the demands of the premium consumer. The intrinsic “health halo” of natural produce make ingredients derived from fruits and vegetables highly sought after in the global marketplace.
The market for functional foods – foods that offer benefits beyond basic nutrition – is one of the fastest growing segments of the global food industry and increasingly international regulations are demanding scientifically validated health claims on products.
Australians, like many global consumers, are becoming increasingly health conscious and interestingly looking toward functional foods as a way of managing health concerns such as weight and high cholesterol. This growing demand for novel and healthy food ingredients offers Australian industry an opportunity to capitalise of existing high quality horticultural and marine products.
Our science teams are involved in integrated research programmes aimed at delivering new knowledge and proprietary premium food and beverage products in line with global food megatrends including gut health, satiety, immunity, cognitive function and exercise nutrition.