According to market analysts from Mintel, the UK ‘Free-from’ market is growing fast. Research published in February 2016 shows that sales of ‘free-from’ foods are forecast to grow 13% to reach £531 million in 2016. That’s up from an estimated £470 million in 2015. Mintel forecasts the market to grow still further, to reach £673 million by 2020.
The ‘Free-from’ sector represents an opportunity and a challenge for food manufacturers. To achieve a substantiated ‘free-from’ claim, manufacturers need to apply a risk-based approach to allergen management, as well as considering issues such as staff training and appropriate testing.
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There are many different aspects to achieving success in NPD, but there is always a fundamental requirement to have a thorough understanding of ingredients
Many factors can compromise the quality and/or safety of a food product. But one of the most common scenarios that faces a manufacturer is an unexpected problem that comes with a change of supplier. The irony is that everything seems fine when the ingredient is received. It meets its specification (and this is similar to the previous supplier’s), yet nonetheless, the finished product ends up being far from satisfactory.
The industry needs reliable, accurate and robust methods that deliver answers to a range of questions. Method development is as much about validation as development.