As veganism becomes increasingly available in mainstream retail, consumers’ attention inevitably shifts towards how healthy a vegan product is. Brands should address this by reducing sugar and salt levels in processed vegan food, removing allergens and adding ingredients beneficial for the vegan diet, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
GlobalData’s 2018 Q3 survey found that 3% of consumers in the UK were describing their daily diet as vegan, a moderate figure, but still bigger than the global 2%.
“Growth in the vegan food sector comes mostly from the rise of the number of flexitarian consumers willing to stick to a vegan diet for a period of time or a few days each week. This has led to more vegan products being released with a number of major brands and private labels launching vegan options to their line-ups. While these products are better for the animal welfare, not all vegan foods are healthier than the standard options and this is noticed by consumers.”
Aleksandrina Yotova, Consumer Analyst at GlobalData
M&S’s new Plant Kitchen vegan range has been reported to feature allergy related warnings, which not only contradict the vegan nature of the range but also suggest a risk for allergy sufferers. Greggs’ newly popular vegan sausage roll has been reported to have more salt than the original and nearly a gram of sugar, which makes its health benefits debatable.
Yotova concludes: “As consumers want vegan products to be healthier alternatives to meat and dairy, the lack of clarity will be off putting for some. Future trends in vegan food will follow the same philosophy that consumers apply to eating in general: eat whole, real foods with as little processing as possible. Vegan food products will need to keep this philosophy central to their product formulations, as many have been doing for decades.”
Digital metering and control devices
New Features for Industrial Gas Flow Meters
The In-Flow Mass Flow Meters and Controllers by Bronkhorst High-Tech, The Netherlands, are of rugged design according IP65 (dust- and waterproof). The instruments are available for flow ranges from 0,05-1 mln/min up to 200-10000 m3n/h Air-equivalent.
In addition to the optional Atex approval for use in Category 3, Zone 2 hazardous areas, the In-Flow series can now be offered with FM approval for Class I, Division 2, which is an important feature for the North American market.
Furthermore Bronkhorst announces the availability of a Profinet fieldbus interface on their industrial mass flow meters and controllers for gases (for this new fieldbus the FM and Atex approvals are pending). Profinet is said to be the “new standard for industrial automation”, offering major savings in configuration and commissioning. The flexible architecture of Profinet with its comprehensive scope of functions enables innovative, flexible, and cost-saving machine automation: maximum performance and precision, flexible address assignment and modular design, fast commissioning thanks to open access and defined interfaces and optimal diagnostics of devices as well as the network.
Bronkhorst has many years of experience with fieldbus communication. Depending on customer requirements, their digital flow meters and controllers can be equipped with one of the six available fieldbus interface options. The wide range of digital metering and control devices is applied in many different markets, e.g. the food & beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, glass and tool coating processes and in machinery for solar cell production.
The Felföldi’s team welcomed the visitors enthusiastically at the world’s biggest candy expo, the ISM in Cologne, Germany. They’re especially excited about their new and improved Let’s Cheese!, the all-natural healthy snack product aimed at the crucial and increasingly health-conscious 18-30 age range.
“The first day of ISM has been fantastic – we are delighted to be back again! We love the atmosphere of the ISM expo here in Cologne and we’ve already met lots of friends and potential business partners – we absolutely encourage you to visit if you would like to taste something new and exciting and discover the latest innovations in the candy and snack industry.”
Andrea Szabo, Export director at Felföldi
Following global successes with candy-filled straws and artfully-presented cake-mixes, Felföldi’s is now offering a high-quality dry cheese snack “Let’s Cheese!” that promises great taste, no added ingredients and a casual style aimed at young adults. It’s just one of a range of products that combine the best of tradition, fun and innovation, to stand out in an increasingly competitive market.
Company founder Joseph Felföldi handed over partial control of his company to his son recently after a period of record growth. Over the next year, the company will be laying out its strategy to deal with new challenges including Brexit, sustainability and public health. Mr Felföldi knows from long experience that the rules of the game are always changing and is looking forward to an exciting year ahead.
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Hell Energy and SEW-Eurodrive
Energy drink bottling
Hungarian drinks manufacturer Hell Energy promises customers “power like hell.” Seven years ago, it built an ultramodern factory on a greenfield site. The company is now the market leader in the energy drinks segment of several countries. Krones filling lines combine with mechatronic drive units from SEW-Eurodrive to ensure a smooth power supply and material flow.