Food Focus

The latest monthly Food Focus feature from the pages of Natural Products News – the leading trade magazine for the natural and organic products industry.

Grazing on goodness

Kate Miller grazes on the £5.2 billion snack market and translates what TikTok’s ‘girl dinner’ is all about.

Taking function further

Tough trading conditions may risk stifling functional drinks NPD, but where there’s passion and ambition, growth is still possible.

The free-from phenomenon

This year’s NOPEX was the perfect lens through which to discover trailblazing new free-from market trends, Denise Barrett discovered.

The big freeze

In the absence of a freeze on food prices, the freezer aisle itself is attracting new customers, Rosie Greenaway reports.

Sweet dreams are made of these

Hit your retail sweet spot with the next generation of better-for-you confectionery, suggests Matt Chittock.

The functional foods boom

There’s no doubt COVID heightened consumer awareness around health and wellness, with one result being increased interest in functional foods.

Start the day sustainably

As the milk float makes its return to the nation’s streets at dawn, Rosie Greenaway looks at what else is new on Britain’s breakfast menu

Milestone moments

As Veganuary hits a major milestone, Rosie Greenaway interviews one brand which has been driving meat-free innovation for 30 years.

Beyond the bar

From alt-choc to beads, spreads and vitamin-infused cacao concoctions, Jane Wolfe unwraps the chocolate sector.

Self-care in a mug

Functionality is the buzzword in the hot drinks sector as more of us turn to self-care in a mug, writes Jim Manson

Healthy lunchtime indulgence

Sharna Waid looks into the key lunch and snack players meeting that sweet spot of nutritional, indulgent and environmentally friendly.

Nature would choose organic

With Organic September around the corner, Jane Wolfe gets some early bird insights into the focus of this year’s campaign.

Another round

Nothing says summer like the gentle sparkle of a white wine spritzer – but are you brave enough to try beer made from urine?

Diversifying the definition

Publicity around free-from is at an all-time high; Lauren Addicott looks at how new high-profile regulations have affected its definition.

Global gastronomy

As fusion and Asian foods overtake British fare in popularity, Jane Wolfe takes a journey through regional cuisines from around the world.

Nutritional superstars

The lowdown on superfoods: already a popular shelf-filler, the category is gaining extra attention from post-pandemic consumers

Drinks that do more

Sipping her way through Dry January, Rosie Greenaway explores what’s on the menu in the world of functional drinks 

Rise and shine

A full English may not spring to mind when contemplating a nutritious cooked breakfast but Jane Wolfe highlights NPD for healthier versions.

Plant-based profusion

With celebs investing in vegan brands, certified launches rising and availability improving, the plant-based sector has never looked healthie

Alt-milk movement

In the past year we’ve seen court action, legislation regarding the use of dairy-based descriptors and concerns raised about sustainability.