The U.K. moves from fighting sugar to fat and calories 

The U.K. moves from fighting sugar to fat and calories 

We’ve known for some time the hidden costs of obesity here at Tematica as it’s one of the factors behind our Fattening of the Population investment theme. The fight to limit sugar has led beverage companies to change drink sizes as well as alter formulations, which has stoked demand at flavor companies given the need to preserve taste. We see this latest move to fight calories as having a similar impact, and it means we’ll continue to keep those flavor companies on the Tematica Select List.

The British government has a new enemy: calories.After cracking down on sugar and salt, Public Health England said Friday it now wanted companies to slash the calories in food to tackle an obesity epidemic among children.It plans to set calorie targets for fast food and other meals popular with kids by the start of 2018.”

Ready meals, pizzas, burgers, savory snacks and sandwiches are the kinds of foods likely to be included in the program,” the government’s health body said in a statement.Dominique Lemon, spokeswoman at Public Health England, said the program would cover food sold at all kinds of outlets, from grocery stores to coffee shops and fast food restaurants.

The government has already set similar targets for sugar and salt content.The initiative could force food manufacturers to slash the size of their products and use different ingredients.

It’s been down this road before, introducing a sugar tax on soda makers last year.The U.K. introduced the tax as part of an effort to reduce childhood obesity. Drinks with total sugar content above 5 grams per 100 milliliters are affected by the levy with a higher rate ($0.30 per liter) for drinks with over 8 grams. The measure appears to have worked. Rather than risk higher prices damaging sales, Coca-Cola (KO) and Pepsi (PEP) have already reduced the sugar content of many products.

Source: U.K. to food industry: Cut the calories in pizzas and burgers – Aug. 18, 2017

2017 food trends include plant & cricket protein, healthy fats and more  

2017 food trends include plant & cricket protein, healthy fats and more  

If we were to follow the headlines, which we do and then some given that we know by only digging into things do we learn what is really going on, it sure seems that our Food with Integrity theme is catching fire as we head into 2017. Looking back over 2016, it’s pretty apparent the big food trends were –  protein, gluten free, paleo and local. What’s likely to be big in 2017…

– sorghum
– sprouting (seeds, nuts, beans and grains)
– plant-based proteins (vegan protein powders, beans, lentils, legumes)
– fat (yes… fat! You no longer need to feel bad about putting that creme in your coffee ☕️

One other that we’ve talked about previously here at Tematica is insect protein, and we have to look no further than Exo Bars and one of their larger fans, Tim Ferris.

What food trends will we be seeing in 2017? At the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston in October, I was among more than 10,000 nutrition professionals who got an inside scoop on the latest nutrition information and products from 416 exhibitors and more than 130 research and educational presentations, lectures, panel discussions and culinary demonstrations.

If I had to summarize the overall theme for food trends next year, I would say: plant proteins, healthy fats and whole foods made convenient.

Source: Plant proteins, healthy fats and more 2017 food trends – The Washington Post