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06 Apr 2021

Unlocking the power of mushrooms

Porcini, morels, chanterelles, truffles… our forests and woods are full of fungal epicurean delights. Mushrooms, "the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus", are eaten by French people at a rate of 1.5kg per person per year (source).   More than 100,000 different species of fungus have been identified, including a little over 1,100 edible varieties, and around 500 varieties are used for traditional medicine (source).   Outside…

24 Mar 2021

Food scoring apps in France, a threat or an opportunity for food brands?

NutriScore, Siga, Nova, Eco-score: for a number of years, food “scoring” systems and a number of apps that tabulate them have been addressing a dual expectation from French consumers – an expectation of transparency (to know more about the products they are buying) and a desire for simplification (to better understand the information found on packaging). While these scores are displayed on packaging on a voluntary basis, many consumers are b…

10 Mar 2021

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence round-up for March

Plants that naturally have fewer allergens… Changes in gut flora as an early sign of type 2 diabetes… Ideas for reducing food waste in the home or for improving healthy eating… A new process for measuring the antioxidant capacity of foods… Rapeseed as the protein of the future... A "miracle" cure for bacterial plant infections...    Throughout the world, from the USA to Japan, scientists in the fields of health and nutrition, food behaviou…

13 Jan 2021

Nanomaterials: is your product labelling in compliance with European regulations?

They can be used to improve taste characteristics, to optimise manufacturing processes, or in smart packaging… Nanomaterials and additives containing nanoparticles are appearing frequently on the ingredient lists of food products.   Faced with underlying consumer fears regarding the potential health risks posed by nanomaterials, regulations have been evolving: since December 2014, it has become compulsory to indicate manufactured nanomater…

05 Nov 2020

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence round-up for November

Food and health, consumer behaviours, packaging, formulation, sustainable agriculture… What are the latest scientific advances for agri-food from around the world?   Identifying the brain cells controlling sugar craving, genetically modified rice as a treatment for hypertension, peanut waste products as a health ingredient in chocolate, Generation Z's doubts about lab-grown meat...   Read our Vitawatch monthly agri-food intelligence briefin…

06 Oct 2020

Centralising open innovation: are you killing your agility?

How can we innovate? All companies struggle with the issue of optimising their innovation processes, balancing an imposed secrecy to preserve their competitive advantage against the potential gains of capturing innovation ideas from outside of the company. As an innovation cluster, this sort of discussion is at the heart of our activity.   In recent decades, "open innovation" has increasingly been adopted, but in a form that sees incoming…

16 Sep 2020

Preserving natural nutrients in your products: what processing techniques are available?

According to an Opinion Way/ French Food Capital survey published in September 2018, 86% of French people declared that they are careful about what they eat. 56% of them found that the composition of a product (the list of ingredients) was important information, and 43% considered that the negative effects that food products may have on their health are greater today than in the past (source: LSA). "Living food", raw food, paleo diet... Die…

22 Jul 2020

Independance, agility... why you should use intrapreneurship. The example of Symrise

Agile innovation is not exclusively the domain of startups. For a number of years, large companies have been questioning their innovation processes: hierarchy, cumbersome bureaucracy, long delays... and turning to intrapreneurship.   At the helm of an innovation cluster, observing my team's experiences of working with large companies has shown me that this can bring real results, as was the case for the Symrise group.    This company too…

12 Jun 2020

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence round-up for June 2020

Food and health, consumer behaviours, packaging, formulation, sustainable agriculture… What are the latest scientific advances for agri-food from around the world?   The role of immunonutrition in the face of the Covid-19 crisis, diet and dementia, packaging made from the durian plant, breaksin the cold chain, fertilisers made from urine… areas of scientific research can sometimes be surprising but always in service of discovery and innova…

26 May 2020

European regulations - use caution with your sensory claims

A "more creamy" yoghurt, a chocolat bar with "even crunchier nuts", a "refreshing" chewing gum, an "even more delicious" recipe for a ready meal, a "delicately floral" coffee flavour etc. A large number of food brands are using packaging to vaunt the sensory aspects of their products in order to stand out in crowded supermarket aisles.   What type of messages are covered by the European regulations on sensory claims? How can you use them?…

LE COVID-19 : INFORMATION IMPORTANTE

Compte-tenu des mesures prises par le gouvernement, concernant la situation sanitaire liée à la propagation du virus COVID-19, toutes les réunions physiques, manifestations, et visites en entreprise sont à nouveau suspendues à partir du vendredi 30 octobre 2020 à minima jusqu'au 1er décembre.

Cependant, tout comme lors du confinement de printemps, toute l’équipe Vitagora adopte des mesures de télétravail et reste entièrement disponible pour répondre à vos questions et demandes liées aux services et actions proposés par Vitagora.

Nous vous rappelons qu’une cellule de crise au sein de Vitagora liée à l’impact du COVID-19 sur l’activité de nos entreprises agroalimentaires régionales, en lien avec l’ANIA et les autorités régionales, est toujours en place.

Vous pouvez joindre cette cellule de crise pour toute demande relative à ce sujet au 06 72 39 66 96, Tom Vaudoux, ou par email, au elisabeth.lustrat@vitagora.com.

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