The food industry is constantly evolving towards new technologies that aid in the development of products that are more sustainable, more attractive and healthier to consumers. In this new project of the creativity and inspiration hub for professionals by Itac Professional, Importaco’s B2B brand, we highlight manufacturers who are revolutionising the way in which nut products have traditionally been formulated.

 

Innovation in the development of nut products

Nuts are an increasingly common ingredient in the development of products for the food industry. Their great versatility, nutritional properties and their ability to enhance flavour and improve the sensory appeal of products make them an increasingly popular ingredient.

 

Many manufacturers who develop products with nuts —such as snacks, pastries or confectionery— not only give this ingredient a greater role in their product ranges, but also work with new technologies that allow them to introduce this ingredient in a more transparent and natural way, reducing the use of additives such as colourings, preservatives or binding sugars.

 

Trends that are driving innovation include:

 

1. Naturalness

Naturalness. A concept that consumers relate to the origin of the food, the final properties of the product or the way in which the food is produced or processed.

 

2. The «no added sugars» label 

The «no added sugars» label. The challenge here is that the greater the sugar replacement, the more difficult it is for food formulators to achieve the taste, texture, colour or stability that consumers demand.

 

Nut bars

 

3. Convenience

Convenience. A concept that consumers relate to ease of use, nutritional value and functionality, and which, in turn, sparks a strong competition for innovation and added value among manufacturers.

 

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4. Personalisation

Food companies have become aware of the growing demand for personalised products and are looking to incorporate advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence and data analysis, to improve their new product development.

 

As is the case in other industries, personalisation in the food sector can also generate a competitive advantage, and innovation in this field is currently focused on two areas:

 

  • Adaptation to sensory preferences: Differences in sensory perception and consumer preferences offer a world of opportunities for personalisation.
  • Personalised nutrition: Consumers are looking for and want to make changes in their lifestyles and, to do so, they seek personalised products.

 

According to the Innova Market Survey, 64% of global consumers demand products that are nutritionally personalised and tailored to their lifestyles. And, according to Mintel, by 2030, consumers will know their biological needs thanks to advances in analytics and data technology.

 

Given this context, food personalisation can be addressed along the entire food value chain, from the choice, combination and processing of raw materials to the presentation and consumption of the final product.

 

 

Examples of technological innovation in the formulation of products incorporating nuts

 

Success Story  – New nut bars without binder syrups

Nut Bars

This project by Israeli start-up Torr FoodTech has succeeded in developing a bar with nuts and other plant-based ingredients using an innovative technology to fuse the ingredients: compression and ultrasonic waves. 

 

A real revolution for manufacturers of bars, biscuits and other products that fuse different ingredients and that helps improve the labels «clean label» and «no added sugars» in this important category.

 

Below, you will find a number of resources on this project:

 

Nut bars success story

 

 

Video presentation of the success story

 

 

Find out more about this success story, the innovative technology used to achieve it and its various implications for the energy bar segment. Furthermore, learn why nuts are a key ingredient for the developers of these products.Nut Bars Success Story

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Success Story  – Personalised muesli: 566 quadrillion combinations of nuts, cereals and dried fruits

 

Personalized muesli

 

The second success story of this project is linked to the German company Mymuesli, which thanks to its automation technology, it is now possible to design a perfect and fully customized muesli. To do this, it is enough to choose from a wide variety of organic ingredients: cereals, nuts, seeds, fruits and some other extras up to a maximum of 566 quadrillion combinations from 80 ingredients.

 

The main challenge Mymuesli faced was finding a machine that cpoul mix different combinations of multiple ingredients. The company made up to six prototypes to find the perfect machine, that it would later replicate for each ingredient. It was then that the large-scale production process began.

 

Mass customization of food is already here, and in the case of Mymuesli it is as easy as selecting the ingredients online, checking the nutritional values of your personalized and organic muesli and confirming that your combination is in line with your nutritional goal: a low calorie product, rich in protein, gluten-free, etc.

 

Below, you will find a number of resources on this project:

 

Muesli Success Story

 

Video presentation of the success story

 

 

 

 

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We will soon be adding more success stories to this series that is aimed at professionals in the food industry. Do you have a new project involving nuts? Do you need advice on a specific nut or nut derivative? Contact our team.

 

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