Covid-19 has brought into relief the links between metabolic disease and food and nutrition. We discuss the implications with Tim Avila, president of LA-based Systems Bioscience, and a nutrition super-connector working with companies from the US to Norway and New Zealand to create science-based products that improve human health. He talks about dietary guidelines, whether they help make people healthier, and maps a way ahead with phyto-nutrients and micro-nutrients.
Investors are pouring billions of dollars into companies that hope to commercialise plant-based meat substitutes and cultured meats, produced by fermentation. They are many times hailed as a greener alternative to animal agriculture. But how exactly is cultured meat produced and how likely is to save the planet? NNB North American editor Dale Buss has been digging into this area and he discusses what he has found with Julian Mellentin.
Most of you have heard in a presentation or seen in the media that plant milks are mainstream and that they are taking over from cows' milk. Today we take a short tour around some facts to show that none of these statements are true. We look at the secret history of the plant milk business, and how the US dairy industry got to compete so successfully that just a few years from now sales of lactose-free cows’ milk will be bigger than sales of plant milk.
Everyone loves an innovation incubator! Since 2012, the corporate or investment fund that doesn't have involvement in an incubator has become a rare exception. The newest convert to the creed of innovation is Ocean Spray Cranberries, the 90-year-old farmer-owned cooperative.
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon, is investing in a Chilean start-up that uses machine learning to create vegan alternatives to animal-based products. It’s one of many similar “vegan” investments by investors with a background in Silicon Valley, and it’s fuelled by their belief they can disrupt existing categories. It’s a belief that rests on certain assumptions – and they are about to learn how weak those assumptions are.
New Nutrition Business's market research manager Joana Maricato discusses how food & beverage companies can successfully connect to personalised nutrition with Josh Anthony. Josh is the CEO at Nlumn, where he is helping companies create personalised products with benefits that people want. He was also the founding chief science officer at the personalised nutrition company Habit.
If meat and dairy are to be redeemed with consumers who suspect livestock husbandry and conventional farming are bad for the planet, so-called “regenerative” agriculture will play a key role. Already companies, including food industry giants, are experimenting with ways of moving away from “corporate agriculture” to farming in ways that “feed” the soil in the hope of meeting emerging consumer demands for the foods they eat to have a lower environmental impact.