Consumers want foods that are ‘wholesome’, ‘authentic’, and above all ‘natural’, although few of them can articulate what this means.
And they are not alone. Regulators have not had a good stab at defining ‘natural’ either. The US Food and Drug Administration says natural means that “nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in the food”.
But what about HFCS, GMOs and a raft of other ingredients that some stakeholders believe do not belong in an ‘all-natural’ product?
In Europe, meanwhile, there is also no legal definition of ‘natural’ or ‘clean-label’, and every retailer has a different list of ‘unacceptable’ ingredients for suppliers to avoid.
To some consumers, ‘natural’ means safer, to others it means healthier, less processed, nothing artificial, or sustainable.
In this FREE FoodNavigator online event, we explore how clean label and natural trends are developing, what consumers expect, and the latest developments in natural ingredients.
Who should attend?
Natural and Clean Label Trends 2013 targets marketers, researchers and formulators working in the food, beverage and dietary supplements sectors.
- Chris Brockman: Senior Global Food & Drink Analyst- Mintel
- Rebecca Cross: Partner- BraunHagey & Borden LLP
- Tom Vierhile: Innovation Insights Director- Datamonitor
- Aaron Edwards: Director, Wholesome Ingredients Business- Ingredion UK Limited
- Catherine Adams Hutt: President – RdR Solutions Consulting, LLC
- Mary C. Mulry: President – FoodWise
- Elaine Watson: Editor- FoodNavigator-USA
- Caroline Scott-Thomas: Editor- FoodNavigator.com
- Hank Schultz: Senior Correspondent- NutraIngredients-USA.com and FoodNavigator-USA.com