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10 Dec 2021

Methods for exploring the links between emotions and food choices

Standing in front of a kitchen cupboard, a market stall or the shelves of a supermarket, how do consumers carry out their food choices? How are decisions made about the composition of a meal or a trolley?   According to experts, rational criteria (such as price, availability, or labels of quality) take second place to emotions in our decisions about food.   What links are there between food and emotions? What tools and methodologies can…

16 Nov 2021

What does flexitarianism mean for meat consumption in France?

In our circles, working on food innovation consumer trends, flexitarianism is a frequent topic of conversation, as are meat-free proteins and plant-based foods. I recently hosted a webinar on the topic of new sources of protein (you can see it here – in French).   So just for once, today I’ll be talking about… meat! While the overall quantities of meat eaten in France have been going down over the last 30 years, the picture is being more n…

26 Oct 2021

Vitawatch: your agrifood intelligence round-up for October

The impact of intestinal health on blood pressure and mental well-being, new processes for extracting pectin, innovative methods for evaluating soil health or for protecting crops from insects, consumer acceptance of lab-grown cheese...   Read the latest round-up of agri-food scientific intelligence in our Vitawatch bulletin for October 2021. Food and health Gut microflora and foods high in flavenoids work together to improve blood pres…

13 Oct 2021

The various realities, and opportunities, of urban agriculture in France

Whether from a growing awareness of the environmental impact of food production, or the travel restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic that encouraged the consumption of locally grown foods, or even the various food industry scandals that are corroding trust... French consumers are looking to retake control of their food with a focus on local and minimally-processed products.   As a well-spring of development for a territory, urban agricultu…

29 Sep 2021

Sustainable packaging: let's sort it out!

In total, France produces five million tonnes of household packaging per year (source: ADEME). While 70% of household packaging is currently recyclable, this depends above all on the materials used: 100% of steel, 85% of glass, and 64% of paper/cardboard packaging are recycled, but in the case of plastic, only 28% of packaging is recycled (source: CITEO).   To move in the direction of sustainable development, to meet the expectations of consu…

15 Sep 2021

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence round-up for September

Sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health benefits, food formulations and processes, consumer behaviour, food safety...  Throughout the world, researchers are working on innovative solutions for tomorrow's food business.   The health benefits of insect protein, ingredient associations for boosting health, the discovery of a natural cyan blue colorant, recycling shrimp by-products for flavouring and nutritional ingredients, the diversity…

01 Sep 2021

Pulses: what are the barriers to boosting consumer demand?

Lentils, beans, chick peas... pulses are well known for their many benefits for the environment (nitrogen fixing, low greenhouse gas emissions etc.) and for our health (high in protein, low in fats...) - here is a quick overview of these points. Despite their positive press, consumption of pulses has fallen steeply in France (as it has in many Western countries) since the beginning of their 20th century, from 7.2kg/year/person in 1920 to 1.7…

29 Jun 2021

Food regulations: is Europe opening its doors to insects in human foods?

On January 13th, 2021 EFSA green-lit the sale of flour made from yellow mealworms in the EU. As expected, on June 1st, the EU Commission confirmed EFSA’s scientific opinion and authorized the first edible insect, dried yellow mealworm, to be placed on the European market.   This is a landmark decision by the EU commission, in support of Europe’s food safety body, and for some is a path for harmonising the patchy application of EU regulatio…

16 Jun 2021

Organic, GMO-free… How to guarantee the compliance of your agricultural supply chain?

French consumers are more and more concerned by the impact of their diets on their health and on the environment. According to a recent Kantar World Panel survey, 79% of French people fear that the food they eat is harmful to their health, and 67% say that they have changed their consumption habits due to environmental awareness. In the face of this evidence, several labels of quality are showing favour with consumers, for example regarding…

02 Jun 2021

Vitawatch: agri-food intelligence round-up for June

Around the world, researchers in nutrition-health, taste, food safety and technologies are providing us with exciting advances.   Bioactive compounds of citrus fruits may be effective in combatting age-related cognitive decline. Research programs are investigating the origins of increasing food allergies. Sensory science is shedding new light on the sensation of astringency. A research group is studying the use of insect flour adapted for…

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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