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This week is British Sandwich Week (8 to 14 May) and we in the UK absolutely love sarnies. We spent £7.85bn on them last year and www.lovesarnies.com has compiled the 10 biggest reasons why we all love the ultimate food to go – the sandwich.
1. Convenience – It is the easiest thing in the world to buy for lunch. Independent shops, cafés, and supermarkets – everyone, it seems, sells sandwiches. 2. Content – Whatever you want to eat, whatever style of cuisine, flavours, meat/veggie, and diary/vegan – you name it there’s a sandwich to suit. 3. Portion size – the classic wedge sandwich pack is ideal for a busy lunch, a sub or baguette great for larger appetites – there’s always one to suit you. 4. Fibre – Bread has fibre, vegetables, too and it all helps our digestive health. Better digestion means better absorption of all the other nutrients, too. 5. Nutrients – while we’re on the topic, are packed in with salad ingredients etc. Be honest, you’d leave a side salad but we tend to eat it inside a sandwich! 6. Lifestyle – whatever your goals there’s a sandwich for you. Supermarkets alone sell over 150 different varieties – plus seasonal specials and then there’s the independent sandwich shops where you build your own. 7. Price – the average UK sandwich costs just £2.25 – just great value. 8. Cake – yes, why not? When we buy something to accompany our sarnies, 2 in 5 of us choose cake! 9. Bread – It’s the new coffee - everyone now has their favourite. Focaccia, baguette, barm, cob, panini, wrap, pitta or a good old doorstep! 10. It’s a great British invention – yes, last but by no means least we love sarnies because it’s our gift to global cuisine. And it woven into our culinary DNA!
DSM Unveils New Data On Consumers’ Top Health Concerns
DSM has published the results of a comprehensive new survey on consumer health concerns, which reveals that today’s adults worry more about weight than other health issues. The study interviewed almost 7,000 people across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and uncovers brand new insights into the main health issues troubling today’s consumers.
The survey shows that health concerns change throughout life, as people age. For example, while the top concern for children up to 16 years old is immunity and resistance to disease and colds, adults from the age of 18-50 are largely worried about weight. The findings illustrate that this anxiety then shifts again over time – with consumers becoming more concerned about their bones and joints as they get older (from the age of 51).
DSM’s survey also unveils the differences in the top concerns between countries. For example, people in Italy, France and Egypt are most worried about their protection against diseases later in life, while the majority of those surveyed in Poland and Russia are concerned with eye health. Meanwhile, weight is the top preoccupation for consumers in Sweden, Spain, the UK and South Africa. In Germany, on the other hand, bone and joint health is the main issue.
In addition, the results disclose that up to 45% of people surveyed are worried about not getting the right amount of nutrition and half of those interviewed claim to be looking for foods with high vitamin content. However, despite these concerns, the survey found that only three out of ten people are eating five different types of fruit and vegetables a day, while just two out of five consumers eat 2-3 portions of fish a week on average.
The study also highlights the use of supplements by consumers to address their health concerns. The most used supplements by consumers of all ages are those that support immunity and resistance to disease and cold. For adults over 51 years old, supplements for bone and joint health follow closely behind, while younger adults (18-30 years) largely opt for supplements to take care of the appearance of their skin. Interestingly, although weight is a top concern for many consumers, exercise and nutrition is preferred over supplements as a solution to tackle the problem – with 39% total interviewees exercising to counter weight gain and only a total of 8% taking supplements.
The survey is part of DSM’s ongoing investment in being a leading supplier of nutritional solutions for various health benefits throughout life. Maria Pavlidou, Head of Communications Human Nutrition and Health EMEA at DSM comments: “The survey has revealed essential insights that we can use alongside our scientific expertise to further support our customers in developing the right products for people at different life stages. Understanding the needs of today’s consumers is just one example of how DSM provides added value to its customers.”
For more insights from the survey, visit DSM’s stand l40 at Vitafoods. To learn more about DSM’s product portfolio, visit www.dsm.com/human-nutrition.
Super Growth for 'Super' Foods: New Product Development Shoots Up 202% Globally Over the Past Five Years
Superfoods, they are frequently marketed as the answer to our health woes and now new research from Mintel highlights the popularity of these nutrient packed foods. Mintel GNPD (Global New Products Database) reveals that between 2011 and 2015 there was a phenomenal 202% increase globally in the number of new food and drink products launched containing the terms “superfood”, “superfruit” or “supergrain”.
And it seems there is no end to the popularity of these so called wonder foods, as in 2015 alone there was a 36% rise in the number of food and drink products launched globally featuring the terms “superfood”, “superfruit” or “supergrain”. In 2015, the US played host to the most “super” food and drink launches (30%), followed by Australia (10%), Germany (7%), the UK (6%) and Canada (6%).
The surge in launches comes as a result of strong consumer demand for highly nutritious products. Today, over seven in 10 consumers in France (72%), Germany (71%), Italy (73%) and Spain (72%) agree that health-promoting benefits of natural foods, for instance fruit and vegetables, are preferable to the added benefits of functional foods.
What is more, the research reveals that the superfood sensation has spread beyond food and drink. Indeed, while 43% of products launched with the words “superfood”, “superfruit” or “supergrain” in the product description were in the food category between 2011 and 2015 and 11% fell under the drink category, as many as three in 10 (30%) were found in beauty and personal care, while 12% were in the health and hygiene category and 4% were in the pet category.
Stephanie Mattucci, Global Food Science Analyst at Mintel, said:
“The popularity of 'super' products is clear as food and drink manufacturers globally are tapping into a demand for these nutritionally dense ingredients. But superfoods are not only limited to food and drink, they are regularly springing up in the beauty, health and hygiene and pet food aisles as a result of today's consumers becoming much more aware of what they are putting into and onto their bodies.”
In particular, the trend towards a wheat-free diet has resulted in a growing number of products containing the “supergrains” ancient grains. And whilst quinoa and buckwheat have all become household names in recent years, it's chia which has seen the biggest rise in usage. Between 2014 and 2015, there was a 70% increase in the percentage of food and drink products launched containing chia, whilst the percentage of food and drink products containing teff rose by 31%. Meanwhile, the percentage of food and drink products containing quinoa rose by 27%.
“Desire for healthier, less refined alternatives to wheat has fueled the rediscovery of ancient grains. Flavorful and nutrient-dense ancient grains have begun to change the negative perception of some carbohydrates by leveraging their nutritional profile and rich heritage. Ancient grains offer an alternative to wheat but also come bundled with functional and nutritional components, and provide new flavours and textures. They are a great way for free-from products to talk about health.” Stephanie continues.
Alongside the hype in launch activity, there is also strong consumer interest in ancient grains as 30% of UK pasta consumers say that pasta made with ancient grains, for instance quinoa, is healthier than regular pasta. What's more, usage of these heritage grains is high, as two in five (41%) US consumers have eaten ancient grain-based cereals.
“Whilst the number of products containing ancient grains have been rising, next we could see the popularity of sprouting ancient grains. The ancient, accidental process of sprouting, where whole grains are soaked and left to germinate has largely been eliminated by modern processing techniques. There has been a return to this ancient practice, with controlled 'sprouting' practices being introduced, as the nutritive advantage of sprouted grains is being recognised. The ancient grain quinoa is leading the comeback of sprouted grains.” Stephanie continues.
And whilst ancient grains have been in the spotlight over the past year, with the UN announcing 2016 the year of the pulse, pulses too have been receiving added attention. Over the past two years, the percentage of food and drink products launched with green split pea has grown by 126%, whilst the percentage of food and drink products containing coral lentils has grown by 62% and the percentage of food and drink products containing yellow split peas has increased by 21%.
“Pulses can be used to add a range of natural health benefits to food and drink products. Additionally, healthy pulses are staples in many ethnic cuisines, offering manufacturers a pathway for product innovation for convenience-seeking ethnic food explorers.” Stephanie continues.
Mintel research reveals that super seeds have also seen an uptick in usage. Over the past two years, the percentage of food and drink products containing chia seeds has risen by 70%, whilst the percentage containing pumpkin seeds has grown by 27% and the percentage of food and drink products containing sunflower seeds has grown by 22%.
“Some seeds, including chia and pumpkin seeds, offer complete protein, with all nine essential amino acids in the correct ratios. However, a lot of protein from seeds is incomplete. Blending seeds can help improve the quality of protein.” Stephanie adds.
Going forward, it seems that turmeric known for its anti-inflammatory benefits and moringa, said to have beauty and anti-aging properties, could be the superfoods to watch.
“Turmeric has potential as an ingredient in supplements and functional food and drink products, particularly within products aimed at the growing senior population. Additionally, moringa could be used in anti-ageing beauty food products. Whilst currently the ingredient is used in many beauty launches, the leaves are nutritional powerhouses.” Stephanie concludes.